The 2019-20 Premier League season came to a thrilling conclusion this weekend and Serie A saw Juventus crowned champions for a ninth consecutive season. It’s Monday, so Gab Marcotti reacts to the weekend’s biggest moments.
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Ronaldo delivers Serie A for Juventus, but what’s next for Sarri & Co.?
If football were more like other sports, evaluating whether Juventus’ decision to commit some €318 million Euros (around $370m) in wages and transfer fees over four seasons to Cristiano Ronaldo would be more straightforward. You figure out to what degree the team has improved, you look at his production, you count the silverware, you factor in any increased revenue and you weigh that against what that cash might have bought you if you’d chosen to spend it differently. Chuck in some fuzzy variables like brand image and prestige and you’re done. You might not reach a definitive, indisputable answer, but at least you have something to work with.
Except this sport — and its economics — don’t quite work that way. The “fuzzy” intangible stuff takes on outsized importance because we live it by moments, and Ronaldo showed late in the first half of Sunday’s title-sealing 2-1 win over Sampdoria just what he brings to the table.
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It was late in the first half and the old fox Claudio Ranieri had set his Samp side up to frustrate Juve. They had avoided relegation and had nothing to play for but pride, yet were finishing the season on a high with five wins in seven games. Juve, on the other hand, were hobbling to the finish line with one victory in five and, just as worryingly, a string of sub-par performances. They lost Danilo through injury and then, more…