Sarri Concludes Plans to Transform Cristiano Ronaldo to CR9 for First Campaign with Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his third goal of the night against Atletico Madrid to send Juventus into the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals

New Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri visited Cristiano Ronaldo on vacation to discuss the new centre-forward role for the star forward, which papers are already nicknaming CR9.

Reports from several sources indicate that the former Chelsea boss and Juve’s Director of Sport Fabio Paratici flew out to the Cote d’Azur on Friday for a face-to-face meeting with Ronaldo on his yacht.

The former Napoli tactician has already hinted he’d like Ronaldo to shatter the existing Serie A record of 36 goals in a single season, set by Gonzalo Higuain while he was at Napoli under him.

The key will reportedly be to move the Portuguese winger into the False 9 role, as have been done by Napoli’s Dries Mertens and Eden Hazard.

Sarri made it clear in his Press conference that he is not stuck with the 4-3-3 system, having used 4-3-1-2 at Empoli and at the beginning of his Napoli career.

He intends to speak to the players and adapt his tactics to fit their characteristics, starting with the MVP CR7.