Cristiano Ronaldo has said he has realized all the goals he set for himself when he joined Juventus in 2018, and that he valued everything the club had achieved this season despite their run of nine straight Serie A titles coming to an end.
Ronaldo, 36, has one year remaining on his contract at Juventus but there has been a flurry of media speculation that the Portuguese forward could be leaving in the summer. Media reports have linked him to various top European clubs, including Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, and the long post on his Instagram account has fuelled more speculation about his next moves.
Juventus were deposed as champions by Inter Milan and only climbed into the top four on the final day of the campaign on Sunday to secure Champions League qualification.
“This year we couldn’t win Serie A, congratulations to Inter for the well deserved title. However, I have to value everything that we achieved this season at Juventus, both in collective and individual terms,” Ronaldo wrote in an Instagram post.
“The Italian Super Cup, Italian Cup and Serie A top scorer trophy fill me with happiness, mainly due to the difficulty they carry with them, in a country where nothing is easy to win.
“With these achievements, I reached a goal I had set myself since the first day I arrived in Italy: to win the championship, the Cup and the Super Cup, and also to be Best Player and Top Scorer in this great football country filled with tremendous players, giant clubs and a very own football culture.”
The 36-year-old former Manchester United and Real Madrid player said he was delighted to have won major individual and team honours with clubs in three different countries.
“I’ve already said that I don’t chase records, records chase me. For those who don’t understand what I mean by this, it’s very simple: football is a collective game, but it is through individual overcoming that we help our teams achieve their goals. It is always looking for more and more on the field, working more and more off the field, that records eventually emerge and collective titles become inevitable, some being the natural consequence of the other,” he wrote.
He added that he was proud to have made a mark in all the countries and clubs that he had played, and that he had brought joy to fans across the world.
“This is what I work for, this is what moves me and this is what I’ll always keep chasing for until the last day,” added Ronaldo, who did not play in their 4-1 win over Bologna on the final day.
“Thanks to everyone who took part in this journey. We stand together.”
The club declined to comment on the post.