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Fiat workers 'to strike over Cristiano Ronaldo signing'

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Kristopher Love | 13 July, 2018, 17:44

Ronaldo, whose World Cup campaign with Portugal was ended in the last 16 by Uruguay just under two weeks ago, hinted after May's Champions League final victory over Liverpool that he was considering leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.

While football fans in Italy are celebrating the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, the workers of the Fiat Chrysler plant have gone on a strike. Taking umbrage at the malicious irony of layoffs while the same parent company pays tens of millions of dollars for an athlete, Italian union Unione Sindacale Di Base announced plans to strike.

Union members working at the plant, where Fiat models such as the Punto and 500X are made, will walk out at 10pm local time on Sunday night, remaining on strike until 6pm on the following Tuesday.

Fiat is pumping €112mn to make this deal happen.

The former United man can still prove his talent at one of the biggest clubs in the world and would cement his status as a legend if he could win Juventus the Champions League trophy they so desperately want.

The Union said it is unacceptable that millions of euros were being spent on the purchase of a player in a time when Fiat Chrysler workers were making "huge economic sacrifices". During his nine years with the Spanish team, he scored 450 goals in 438 games.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been approached for comment. On top of the black-and-white-striped jerseys, the Jeep logo is displayed front and center. Ronaldo has joined Juventus, and this leaves Messi with an opportunity to become the player with most representations in the UEFA team of the year for a single club. That means little to laid-off workers struggling to support their families, though.