Weston McKennie has shared a funny Cristiano Ronaldo tale from their time together at Juventus, as the American midfielder prepares to embark on a new journey with Leeds United.
From 2020–2022, McKennie and Ronaldo were colleagues for two seasons. They appeared to get along well, with Ronaldo calling him “Texas Boy” with fondness.
The American midfielder has since provided another another illustration of his jocular relationship with his former teammate.
‘He was getting a massage and I was walking by and said, ‘oh my gosh, your feet look terrible,” he recounted before being presented at Leeds.
‘He said, ‘Friend, these feet are worth 1 billion euros.’
‘I said, ‘you right, respect.”
The striker’s assessment may not have been accurate, but there was some truth to his lighthearted remark.
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According to reports from back in 2009, Real Madrid insured his legs for $111 million after their top player’s knee injury scare.
Although McKennie’s days as Ronaldo’s teammate are ended, he should still have a lot of fun with Tyler Adams, a teammate and close friend from the USA who has been playing for Leeds since last summer.
The team also includes American Brenden Aaronson and manager Jesse Marsch, who will be hoping the gifted No. 8 will help them avoid relegation.
This week, Leeds and McKennie, 24, came to a deal for a loan with an option to purchase him for $37 million. He’ll wear shirt No. 28.
The agreement also has a loaning fee of $1.6 million.
Leeds, who are now in 15th position and one point above the relegation zone, have lost all six of their Premier League games.
Is Ronaldo’s Feet Really Worth €1 Billion?
Well, since that is coming from a former teammate, it could possibly have been a joke in the dressing room, but that does not mean the feet is worthless.
Real Madrid didn’t take any chances when they originally signed Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2009. After all, he’s widely regarded as one of the best football players of all time.
At the time, Real outdid themselves by insuring Ronaldo’s legs for an astounding £90 million, shattering the previous record-setting £80 million transfer fee.
American professional soccer player Weston James Earl McKennie (born August 28, 1998) plays midfield for Premier League team Leeds United while on loan from Serie A club Juventus and for the United States national team.
McKennie is a versatile player who can play a variety of midfield positions, primarily as a box-to-box or a deep-lying defensive midfielder.
McKennie began his professional club career at Bundesliga team Schalke 04 after progressing through the development system.
He established himself as a first team member in 2017–18, participating in 25 games across all leagues.
McKennie moved to Juventus on loan after three seasons, and the arrangement became permanent in March 2021.
He won the 2020 Supercoppa Italiana and the 2020–21 Coppa Italia with Juventus.
McKennie has competed internationally for the United States at both the junior and senior levels.
In addition to winning the inaugural 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League and placing second in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, he earned his senior debut in 2017.
In 2020, he was named the Male Player of the Year by U.S. Soccer.