Fiat workers strike over Ronaldo signing

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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.

Both the football club and the carmaker are controlled by the Agnelli family through their holding company.

The auto manufacturer Fiat, to which the brand Ferrari exclusively belongs, is reportedly 29.1 percent owned by the Agnelli family, who also hold about 63.77 percent of Juventus.

The union have claimed that the firm need to guarantee the future of thousands of people "rather than enriching only one", also claiming that Fiat's workers were making "huge economic sacrifices" while millions were being spent on one player. "The company should invest in auto models that guarantee the futures of thousands of people, rather than enriching only one".

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The four-year deal to woo Ronaldo from Real Madrid was announced on Tuesday amid concern that Juventus might have overpaid for the 33-year-old forward.

The marketing leverage that Juventus will be able to create will be significant.

With Los Blancos all-time leading goalscorer Ronaldo off to Italian side Juventus, Spanish publication Marca conducted a pool of 200,000 Real supporters, with 15 percent choosing Hazard and 14 percent in favour of bringing former Barcelona man Neymar to the Bernabeu this summer.

The strike, however, will likely have a nominal impact - the factory is one of seven plants in Italy and USB doesn't represent all of the workers there.

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