Ronaldos Juventus move sparks strike in Italy

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A small union has called a strike at Fiat Chrysler's Melfi plant in Italy after its main investor, the Agnelli family, made a decision to pay 100 million euros to land Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. However, with a new investment strategy in place, Fiat claims that all employees across Italy shall return to work by 2022.

Ronaldo met Juventus club president Andrea Agnelli on Tuesday afternoon in a hotel in Greece, where he is on holiday with his girlfriend and family, before agreeing a four-year deal worth an estimated £500,000 a week.

However, football finance expert Rob Wilson, of Sheffield Hallam University, said Juventus should earn more than enough money from Ronaldo to cover the transfer fee and his wages. Added to that the likelihood that he will strengthen the team, it seems plausible that they will be more successful domestically and qualify routinely for the Champions League.

Ronaldo and Messi have battled to be deemed the best player in the world for the past 10 years, winning five Ballons d'Or apiece as Real Madrid and Barcelona fought for supremacy in LaLiga.

The USB union confirmed Thursday it has called a three-day strike from Sunday at the Fiat plant in the southern town of Melfi in protest.

The Italian soccer club is owned by the Agnelli family, which also has a 30 percent stake in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles through its holding company, Exor.

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

Fiat factory workers in Italy can think of a few things they'd rather see their owner spend $US130 million ($176 million) on than Cristiano Ronaldo.

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