In the summer, the Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid to Juventus for the tidy sum of 750 million. kr.
the Deal was long in the making, and the first interest was already aired by the two clubs meeting in the Champions League quarter-finals in early april, writes Marca.
After returmødet in Madrid - a match in which Ronaldo kicked off Real Madrid in the semi-final on a controversial penalty kick in injury time - contacted Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, for the first time, Juventus sports director, Fabio Paratici.
He looked at me and said, 'you believe me not, but Ronaldo is going to Juventus. We should just talk about', says Fabio Paratici to Marca.
the Next time the two men met, was in connection with Joao Cancelos switch from Valencia to Juventus, as Cancelo - just like Ronaldo - is represented by Jorge Mendes.
Now could Paratici really feel the interest.
Mendes told me that Ronaldo was moving away from Real Madrid, and he was very interested in switching to Juventus.
Fabio Paratici when he visited Denmark in 2009. At the time he worked for Sampdoria. Photo: Claus Bonnerup
He said that Ronaldo would only be for historic clubs. He would try his luck in Serie A, where he has played before and win the Italian championship, tells Fabio Paratici.
He knew that you had to react quickly, if Ronaldo was going to Juventus.
I told him that they would hear from us within a few days. If I had not declared my interest, they were probably passed on to another club, says Fabio Paratici.
After the meeting with Jorge Mendes should Paratici anyway think things through before he acted.
I thought of Gonzalo Higuain, which obviously would leave us, if Ronaldo came to. the
- But I knew that if we got Ronaldo in, it would open a lot of doors for us both sporting and commercial, says Fabio Paratici.
Paratici ended prior to the deal with Ronaldo to declare his interest in the argentine striker Mauro Icardi from rivals Inter, but ended up with to draw in the country. the
- If we had brought Icardi to, there had been a huge drama.
But he was never our first choice, says sportsdirektøren.
It ended up as familiar with Ronaldo came to the club on a 4-year contract, and Gonzalo Higuain, as Paratici had foreseen, ended up being leased to AC Milan, and later, the smoke he is to Chelsea.
Cristiano Ronaldo has this season scored 20 goals in 31 matches for Juventus.