Fiat workers strike over Ronaldo signing

Ronaldo signs for Juventus from Real Madrid

Ronaldo signs for Juventus from Real Madrid

Juventus' €100 million ($158m) splurge on Cristiano Ronaldo has resulted in a spectacular strike from an Italian trade union.

"It's unacceptable that while FCA and CNHI workers continue to make huge economic sacrifices, the company then spends hundreds of millions of euros on the purchase of a player".

After nearly 10 breathtaking years with Real Madrid, he has joined Juventus for €105 million.

He added: "The marketing leverage that Juventus will be able to create will be significant. That means more sponsors, more TV money and more prize money".

Ronaldo, 33, has nearly exclusively worn the No 7 shirt for both Manchester United and Real Madrid, wearing No 9 for the Spanish giants in 2009/10 when club legend Raul occupied his preferred number. Portugal made the last 16 of the tournament, in stark contrast to Italy, who failed to qualify for the first time since 1958.

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He scored four goals at the World Cup in Russian Federation before reigning European champions Portugal crashed out of the tournament after losing 2-1 to Uruguay in the Round of 16.

The USB Union, which is leading the strike, said that the Agnellis would have been better served helping the lives of workers, "rather than enriching only one".

Both Juventus and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which has a large plant in Melfi, are part controlled by holding company Exor.

However, the impact of the stoppage is likely to be limited.

FCA, whose plants churn out Jeep SUVs, sporty Alfa Romeos, luxury Maseratis and tiny Fiats, had promised to bring all employees in Italy back to work by the end of 2018, but that goal slipped as investments and product launches were delayed.

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