FROM THE EDITOR
Three weeks on from the World Cup Final and already the European club season is up and running. Cristiano Ronaldo did not wait for the tournament in Russia to finish before landing in Italy. His move to Juventus feels like a significant event; it is certainly being portrayed that way by Italian observers. Serie A has been given a shot in the arm by his transfer, while Real Madrid, masters of the marquee signing, appear to have been caught unawares by his departure.
Madrid could yet take advantage of the early closing of the transfer window in England to acquire reinforcements. And it’s easy to forget that last season they achieved what no other club had ever done in the Champions League by retaining their title.
A year is an eternity in football. Less than 12 months ago Neymar was the heir apparent to Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. But after a World Cup in which the Brazilian’s play-acting was ridiculed, his reputation has taken a battering.
Whether Neymar can take PSG to the next level in the Champions League is a theme we will turn to next month in our guide to the European club competitions.
See you then.
Gavin Hamilton, Editor
Serie A has been given a shot in the arm by Ronaldo’s transfer, while Madrid appear to have been caught unawares