Cristiano Ronaldo was unsurprisingly elected Juventus Player of the Season by the club’s fans after finishing the campaign as Serie A top goalscorer despite the Bianconeri’s struggles in Italy.

Ronaldo scored 36 goals in 44 games, with 29 coming in the league – five more than second-place Romelu Lukaku. Juventus finished 4th in the Italian league, sneaking into a Champions League place on the final day and ensuring they will play at the top level of continental football next season having often looked in danger of missing out.

Ronaldo took to social media on Monday to offer a detailed assessment of the season, during which he added the Coppa Italia to his trophy haul, while admitting his personal accomplishments in Europe’s top three leagues are a source of pride.

Full statement:

“The life and career of any top player are made of ups and downs. Year after year, we face fantastic teams, with extraordinary players and ambitious goals, so we always have to give our best to keep ourselves at excellence levels.

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. The Italian Super Cup, the Italian Cup and the 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 that 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.

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.

So, I'm very proud with this fact that has been widely replicated in recent days: Champion in England, Spain and Italy; Cup winner in England, Spain and Italy; Super Cup winner in England, Spain and Italy; Best Player in England, Spain and Italy; Best Scorer in England, Spain and Italy; Over 100 goals for a club in England, Spain and Italy. Nothing compares to the feeling of knowing that I’ve left my mark in the countries where I’ve played, and that I gave joy to the fans of the clubs I represented. 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.

Thanks to everyone who took part in this journey! We stand together!”

Ronaldo is the first-ever player to finish top goalscorer in England, Spain and Italy.

By Sean Gillen

@SeanGillen9

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He has always been my mentor and has made me proud...congrats

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Sounds like a farewell message. I hope he returns back to his roots Sporting Club de Portugal and is able to fully cement his legacy there. Representing his boyhood club in the Champions League next season would be special as well. Força Cristiano!

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It would be awesome to see Ronny back in the Primeira Liga and the attention it would being to Sporting alone would be great.

But his salary demands might just be way too far out of the Sporting realms of the possibilities.

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Far from finished...can still be a 1a on a very good, competitive CL team.

Sporting Lisbon only comes after he makes it to 40.

I think he heads to PSG on a Free Transfer after next season, regardless of outcome, so that he can team up with...

Far from finished...can still be a 1a on a very good, competitive CL team.

Sporting Lisbon only comes after he makes it to 40.

I think he heads to PSG on a Free Transfer after next season, regardless of outcome, so that he can team up with Neymar, Mbappe and be their pure 9.

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@Martim Lucena

The fact that you called them Sporting Lisbon only reveals your ignorance.

The Primeira Liga is not a retirement league
Benfica and Porto rank #2 and #11 in most Champions League appearances all time. In other words, they have...

@Martim Lucena

The fact that you called them Sporting Lisbon only reveals your ignorance.

The Primeira Liga is not a retirement league
Benfica and Porto rank #2 and #11 in most Champions League appearances all time. In other words, they have overacheived with 1/4 to 1/5 the market value of several of these billonaire clubs. Speaking of which PSG is one of them. BTW, guess where Sporting ranks in comparison to Paris? 21 appearances to 13! That joke of a club with the likes of Neymar and Mbappe couldn't even stop them from losing the league to Lille.

Bottom line is Ronaldo stated he's left his mark where ever he's gone but very obviously Sporting has been short changed. It would be a massive achievement for his career and legacy for him to grow his reputation at Sporting. If he chooses to play until he's 40 then whoever wants him can sign then. How about that?

@Chris

Yes, indeed. Salary will always be an issue. Let's hope CR realizes how well off he is now and knows there are things more important than money.

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Great roast of the oil defrauders PSG! I love it when these pathetic oil clubs are buried for the greedy runners of the game that they are.

PSG were hailed as ethics heroes for turning down the Super League but we all know they only did it...

Great roast of the oil defrauders PSG! I love it when these pathetic oil clubs are buried for the greedy runners of the game that they are.

PSG were hailed as ethics heroes for turning down the Super League but we all know they only did it because the Qatari owners didn't want to risk losing the controversial World Cup.

We're it not for that, you know PSG would've jumped on the bandwagon.

As a Portista, I would love to see Ronny back in the league. I just think he still values money, so we shall see what he does.

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Also to add to the Supremo and Chris bang on analysis. That rich nugget Nasser Al-Khelaifi owns Bein sports which has a 10 year deal to broadcast the champions league. He could care less about the sport, he is all about "SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!"...

Also to add to the Supremo and Chris bang on analysis. That rich nugget Nasser Al-Khelaifi owns Bein sports which has a 10 year deal to broadcast the champions league. He could care less about the sport, he is all about "SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!" Whatever brings in the most cash is best, ethics and the fans be damned.

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I could see CR7 being more than willing to take a "pay cut" to join SCP now...

"So, I'm very proud with this fact that has been widely replicated in recent days: Champion in England, Spain and Italy; Cup winner in England, Spain and Italy;...

I could see CR7 being more than willing to take a "pay cut" to join SCP now...

"So, I'm very proud with this fact that has been widely replicated in recent days: Champion in England, Spain and Italy; Cup winner in England, Spain and Italy; Super Cup winner in England, Spain and Italy; Best Player in England, Spain and Italy; Best Scorer in England, Spain and Italy; Over 100 goals for a club in England, Spain and Italy. Nothing compares to the feeling of knowing that I’ve left my mark in the countries where I’ve played, and that I gave joy to the fans of the clubs I represented"

Why not do all of the above in a 4th league for the club where it all began in his homeland without giving up Champions League football next season? Making the move a year sooner would increase the likely-hood of CR7's "dream club football scenario". Next to a world cup, winning the Champions League with SCP has to be the one accomplishment to firmly give CR7 the edge in the GOAT debate. Maybe I got too much sun this week-end

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Watch him join Sporting, and get another 100 for the club then the the first person is history to do it in 4 leagues and on 5 different teams. Oh, and Sporting wins the Champions league. Wouldn't that be a hoot!

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