Giuseppe Marotta is a man that made a big mark on Juventus and can be considered as one of the best negotiators in the football world.

Marotta was the CEO and the General Manager of Sport at Juve from 2010 until October 2018, and during this time, he was able to sign quality players at an excellent price.

Some of these players included Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba on free transfers and Arturo Vidal for only €10.5 million, who all contributed to their success in the Serie A.

However, Marotta departed Juventus at the end of October and is set to be unveiled as Inter’s new director of football.

This makes Juve’s upcoming clash with Inter on Friday night even more intriguing, as it will be the first time that Marotta will face off against his former side. Whether or not there is tension between Marotta and Juve, it will be interesting to see how things pan out.

While no confirmation on why Marotta left Juve has been announced, there is a possibility that the arrival of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo triggered his departure.

Former Italian star Luca Toni recently speculated in an interview that the signing of Ronaldo played a part in the decision.

“In my opinion the arrival of Ronaldo has broken something at Juventus,” Toni said to Sky Sport.

The signing of Ronaldo may be extremely costly, however, acquiring arguably the best player in the world is a massive coup for Juve and the financial benefits of this will continue to come through in the coming seasons.

As disappointing as it is for Marotta and Juve, it is an exciting time for Inter fans. They have seen what Marotta can do at Juve and will hold hope that it can be replicated at the Nerazzurri.

Marotta will also see it as a new challenge, as Inter look to dethrone Juve’s run of seven straight Serie A titles.

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Tim Sperliotis
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