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That’s the view of Ronaldo’s former Manchester United team-mate Ryan Giggs after the Portuguese star agreed to a move to Turin.

Ronaldo will sign a four-year deal at Juventus after Real accepted a bid of £105million for the superstar.

The 33-year-old will be hoping to add to his tally of five Ballon d’Ors while at the Old Lady, with his rival Messi also having won five.

And as the race for supremacy continues, Giggs believes Ronaldo will see a move to Juventus as a one-up on the Barcelona star.

“Having that on your CV – Real Madrid, Manchester United, Juventus – it’s some CV,” Giggs said on ITV’s World Cup highlights show. “But it’ll be a challenge for him.

“He’s obsessed with beating Messi, and he’ll have the ‘I did it in England’, ‘I did it Spain’, ‘I’m going to do it in Italy’, ‘I did it with Portugal’.

“So maybe that’ll be his argument when the Messi question comes around.”

Ronaldo’s departure leaves a hole in Real Madrid’s attack.

Neymar has been a rumoured target for the past few months while France star Kylian Mbappe has also emerged as a potential replacement.

Gareth Bale’s future at the Bernabeu remains in doubt with talks suggesting he may leave the Spanish capital and return to the Premier League.

And Giggs believes Madrid won’t be shy when it comes to spending the income they’ve now got.

“I’m sure Real Madrid will be looking at the likes of Neymar and Mbappe to bring in the biggest names,” Giggs added.

“They’ve got £100m burning a hole in their pocket.”

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