New Juventus signing Cancelo welcomes Ronaldo arrival

Doug Mendoza
July 13, 2018

Fans of Italian giants Juventus are delighted their team has netted Cristiano Ronaldo as their star summer recruit - but a union has called a strike saying the 100 million-euro signing is too much.

"It's unacceptable that, while FCA and CNHI workers continue to make huge economic sacrifices, the company spends hundreds of millions of euros on the purchase of a player", Lavoro Privato, a spokesperson for the Union of Base Workers Syndicate, said in a statement.

Juventus announced on Tuesday that they had agreed an £88m deal with Real Madrid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.

Privato said the money spent to bring Ronaldo to Italy's Serie A soccer league should have been spent on "car models that guarantee the futures of thousands of people, rather than enriching only one".

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He is the Spanish club's all-time top scorer with 450 goals in all competitions and won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them. "That means more sponsors, more TV money and more prize money".

Ronaldo and Messi have battled to be deemed the best player in the world for the past 10 years, winning five Ballons d'Or apiece as Real Madrid and Barcelona fought for supremacy in LaLiga. Portugal made the last 16 of the tournament, in stark contrast to Italy, who failed to qualify for the first time since 1958.

Despite being operated as entirely separate businesses, Juventus and Fiat Chrysler are both owned by the Agnelli family and are run through their Exor holding company.

Some workers a Fiat Chrysler plant in Italy have registered their displeasure with the amount of money spent to sign the five-time Ballon d'Or victor.

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