Paratici went on to discuss the “Signing of the Century” Juve pulled off last summer, when Cristiano Ronaldo joined from Real Madrid.
“The Cristiano deal was actually quite simple because he already had this idea of wanting to come to Juve,” Paratici explains.
“After the Champions League final he was very determined to make it happen and when I met Jorge Mendes to discuss [Joao] Cancelo he said to me, ‘You won’t believe this but Cristiano wants to join Juve.’ It wasn’t that I didn’t believe it but we needed to find a way to make everything fit into place.
“So I went to the President, who is very much involved in our work on a daily basis, and I said: ‘We have this opportunity but you have to hear me out.’ He clocked on straight away and immediately started considering it. He told me to give him a day or two to think about it but then he called me just three hours later.”
The acquisition of Ronaldo was one of the best presents any Juve fan could have hoped for – including Paratici’s own son.
“Ronaldo wasn’t a player we had planned to sign. My son, who is a huge fan of his, used to ask me when we were going to buy him and each time I had to tell him it was impossible. After it happened last summer he came up to me and said, ‘Didn’t you say it was impossible?’”