Ronaldo ready to play for Barcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been offered to Barcelona in a shock move to link-up with Ballon d’Or rival Lionel Messi.

Despite a record-breaking campaign in front of goal and another Serie A title, the Juventus superstar’s season ultimately ended in disappointment.

Defeats in the Supercoppa Italiana and Coppa Italia final were compounded by crashing out of the Champions League to Lyon on Friday.

The shock European exit cost Maurizio Sarri his job while Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claim that Ronaldo was also considering his future.

The 35-year-old, who has two years left on his Juve deal, has reportedly been offered the chance to conquer France alongside Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain.

Yet Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has sensationally claimed that a return to LaLiga with Barcelona is another option for Ronaldo.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “The reason why Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked to PSG is not so much that PSG are thinking of getting him, it is because Jorge Mendes has been given instructions to find a team for Ronaldo.

“We’ve seen this in the last six months, he was linked to Real Madrid.

“They said no chance, he’s not coming back.

“And there’s been talks about the MLS because Juventus want to get rid of that wage.

“It is as drastic as that. He’s been offered everywhere, including Barcelona.

“I’m not sure if they can get rid of him easily [because] with the kind of money he still earns – 23 million euros net – that he was earning at Real Madrid and I think he equaled those wages when he went to Juventus.

“Who is going to pay that kind of money?”

Argentinian superstar Messi has been battling his Portuguese counterpart Ronaldo for the crown of the world’s best player for over a decade.

The pair have never played together but Brazil legend Rivaldo recently claimed it was football agents’ dream for the two icons to link up.

Ronaldo has previously admitted it would interest him to feature in the same colours as Messi but true to form added he’d still get more goals.

According to AS, Ronaldo’s camp have denied claims he has been offered to Barca and insist he is focused on fulfilling his Juve contract.

Sarri is so proud of Ronaldo’s new achievement in Serie A

Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as “extraordinary” after the Portuguese superstar became the fastest player to score 50 Serie A goals.

Ronaldo reached half a century of Serie A goals in just 61 matches as league leaders Juve defeated slumping Lazio 2-1 in Turin on Monday.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored twice in the space of three second-half minutes to put Juve on the cusp of their ninth successive Scudetto.

Real Madrid and Manchester United great Ronaldo also became the first player to score 50 or more goals in Serie A, LaLiga and the Premier League.

Sarri on Ronaldo

“When Cristiano smells blood… He’s extraordinary, as he recovers so quickly between games,” Juve head coach Sarri told Sky Sport Italia. “It’s not just physical, but psychological.

“He could be someone who uses up so much energy in each game, but he recovers it every time and he’s world class in the mind as well as the legs.”

Ronaldo broke the deadlock six minutes into the second half when he converted a penalty after VAR ruled Lazio’s Bastos handled his shot inside the area.

Paulo Dybala then teed up Ronaldo for the easiest of finishes three minutes later, while Ciro Immobile’s 83rd-minute spot-kick reduced the deficit.

Ronaldo has scored 30 Serie A goals in 30 appearances to top the charts alongside Immobile with four matches remaining.

The Serie A record is 36 goals in a season – reached by Gonzalo Higuain with Napoli in 2015-16 – and when asked if Ronaldo could eclipse the number, Sarri said: “If he puts his mind to something, he’s very difficult to stop.

“We’ll see if we should rest him over the next few rounds, but if he’s still in this shape, then he might not need it.”

Juve are eight points clear atop the table, ahead of nearest rivals Inter, with four Serie A fixtures remaining.

“As I’ve always said, talking about an opportunity to win is like a chance to score a goal. It means nothing unless the objective is achieved,” Sarri said.

“We need to get another four points, every point is difficult at the moment playing every three days, so we’ve got to keep focused.

“There are ifs and buts, but at the first if, that’s when I stop listening!”

Why Rooney thinks Messi is better than Ronaldo

Wayne Rooney has waded into football’s greatest debate by picking Lionel Messi as the game’s best player in a surprising snub to ex-Manchester United pal Cristiano Ronaldo.

Juventus superstar Ronaldo has battled it out with his Barcelona rival Messi as the sport’s premier stars for the best part of the last 15 years.

Incredibly only once in the last 12 years has the game’s most coveted prize – the Ballon d’Or – NOT gone to one of the Portuguese or the Argentine.

Rooney starred alongside Ronaldo during the first of his five Player of the Year awards at Old Trafford and the two formed a formidable partnership and remained close since.

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Yet despite that, the former England captain opted for Messi when tasked with picking a winner because of the different things to the Barca icon’s play.

He wrote in the Times: “Ronaldo wasn’t as focused on goals when we started playing together but you could see that all he wanted was to be the best player in the world.

“Cristiano has become an incredible scorer and he and Messi are arguably the best two players the game has seen. But despite my friendship with Cristiano, I’d go for Messi.

“He [Ronaldo] practised and practised and began to produce.

“But despite my friendship with Cristiano, I’d go for Messi. It’s for the same reason I loved watching Xavi and Scholes: it’s the different things in Messi’s game.

“I’ve talked about composure and I can’t remember seeing Messi score when he has hit the ball as hard as he could. He just rolls them in, makes it so easy.

“Ronaldo is ruthless in the box, a killer. But Messi will torture you before he kills you. With Messi you just get the impression he is having more fun.

“Those two have completely changed the game in terms of goalscoring numbers and I don’t think they’ll ever be matched.”

Rooney’s verdict follows in another of United’s legends in snubbing Ronaldo for Messi after David Beckham gave his assessment of the two.

Pundits and fans have been hard-pushed to split them in the GOAT debate, even players who have played with both of the record-breaking pair have found it tough to do so.

However, supporters were denied the chance to see Messi and Ronaldo line-up together following the news that United initially preferred to sell their star asset to Madrid’s El Clasico rivals Barcelona in 2009.

Ronaldo not interested in joining Los Blancos

The financial implications of the coronavirus crisis in Italy have led to talk of a Juventus exit for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real Madrid, naturally, have been linked with re-signing the Portuguese forward, but the club aren’t thinking about a potential return for one of their biggest former stars.

The relationship between Cristiano, Real Madrid and Florentino Perez is still a close one, with the player being invited back to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu to watch the Clasico in March, but there’s never been any thought of a return.

Cristiano hasn’t particularly kept many close ties with his former teammates, especially after his comments about Luka Modric winning the Ballon d’Or in 2018. Only Marcelo is still close to him.

After all, Cristiano left Los Blancos for Juventus in search of new challenges.

On top of this, after all the contract disputes with Real Madrid, Juventus have given the 35-year-old exactly what he wants, in terms of both salary and contract length.

Los Blancos were never prepared to pay the 31 million euros per year that he earns in Turin and they’re not considering it now.

Even though the team has suffered from his exit, Real Madrid have viewed his 112 million euro sale as good business.

Despite returning to the Bernabeu for the Clasico, it was only a flying visit, as Cristiano is only thinking about winning trophies with Juve.

Ronaldo reacts to Dybala’s comment, says he’s used to being hated

Paulo Dybala has explained that he was surprised seeing Cristiano Ronaldo smiling when being told by him that he is being hated in his country of Argentina.

Cristiano Ronaldo last two seasons made the move to Juventus from Real Madrid where he met Argentine forward Paulo Dybala at Turin. And since then, Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala have been good friends off and on the pitch in Italy.

According to the report on Daily Star, Paulo Dybala has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo for being an important figure stressing that he is happy to be his teammate.

The Argentine also explained that Cristiano Ronaldo laughed off after being told that he is so much hated in his country of Argentina.

He added that Cristiano Ronaldo was not angry hearing such statement, but instead told Dybala that he is used to such. “Always ready to talk, to listen, that surprised me, being an important figure, they are not always like that.

Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala

“Once I sat down to talk to him, we were traveling. I said ‘look, I’m honest, we in Argentina a little hate you, for your figure, for the way you are, then you really surprised me because I found something else’.

“He laughed because he said ‘I know that’s the way it is, but I know myself, I’m used to being criticised for that,” Dybala explained.

Cristiano Ronaldo recently took to social media to post a stunning photo of himself urging his fans and lovers to stay active in this troubled period where the world are battling against covid-19.

Football activities in virtually all the nations in the world have been suspended to control spread of the coronavirus. Some of Cristiano Ronaldo’s teammates have already contracted the virus and were quarantined for proper treatment.

Cristiano Ronaldo luckily traveled to Portugal with his family before the virus became more deadly and he has not returned to Italy since then.

Liverpool star Alisson Becker shows respect to Cristiano Ronaldo

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker may be isolating himself from his teammates but the Brazilian’s quality remains untouched.

The 27-year-old has been out of action for the Reds having picked up an injury during his side’s FA Cup defeat to fellow Premier League outfit Chelsea earlier this month.

His absence saw the Merseyside outfit crash out of the Champions League in the round of 16 after losing both legs to Atletico Madrid.

Shortly after being ruled out of action, coronavirus pandemic forced all football action in England and most parts of the world to go into hibernation until the flu is contained.

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Reports claim that the English topflight has been scheduled to return later this month, but it is unsure if the league would resume by then.

However, the current world’s best goalkeeper was filmed testing his distribution ability in his small garden.

The former Roma shot-stopper achieved his purpose without an issue and emulated Cristiano Ronaldo’s celebration afterward.

After posting the short clip on his official Instagram page, the Reds goalkeeper accompanied it with a caption saying: “Quarantine effect!! #AB1challenge.” In the picture, he was seen standing opposite his house with an open skylight on the roof.

It was earlier reported that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that number one goalie Alisson Becker will miss the club’s next two games against Bournemouth in the Premier League and Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 second leg tie.

This comes after the Brazilian goalkeeper suffered a muscle injury in training before his side’s FA Cup clash against Chelsea which the Reds suffered a defeat. Second choice goalie Adrian was used in the tie against the Blues and he will get the chance to be in goal again this weekend and next mid-week in the Champions League.

Ronaldo and Juventus accept pay cut to support fight against coronavirus

Juventus have reached an agreement with Cristiano Ronaldo and their other first-team stars for a pay cut while Serie A is suspended.

Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri and the entire first team, including Cristiano Ronaldo, have agreed to a temporary pay cut during the coronavirus pandemic, a move that will save the club around €90million.

Juve have not played since beating Serie A title rivals Inter behind closed doors on March 8.

Italy’s top flight will not return until at least May 3, a date that could be pushed further back, with the nation recording the highest number of deaths at over 10,000 as a result of COVID-19.

Defending champions the Bianconeri have therefore moved to reduce players’ wages.

Fellow Champions League giants Barcelona filed to make cuts after their squad reportedly refused an initial proposal, but Ronaldo and the rest of Juve’s stars – plus head coach Sarri – were able to reach an agreement.

Juventus statement on coronavirus wage cuts

“[The club have] reached an understanding with the players and the coach of the first team regarding their compensation for the residual portion of the current sport season,” a statement read.

“The understanding provides for the reduction of the compensation for an amount equal to the monthly payments of March, April, May and June 2020.

“In the coming weeks, personal agreements with the players and the coach will be finalised, as required by the current regulations.

“The economic and financial effects of the understanding reached are positive for about €90m for the 2019-20 financial year.

“Should the current season’s matches be rescheduled, the club will negotiate in good faith with the players and the coach conditional increases of compensations according to the actual resumption and finalisation of official competitions.

“Juventus would like to thank the players and the coach for their commitment at a difficult time for everyone.”

Ronaldo wants to leave Juventus

Is Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s time at Juventus coming to an end after just two seasons?

Ronaldo swapped LaLiga giants Real Madrid for Serie A champions Juventus in 2018.

But the 35-year-old superstar reportedly wants out of Turin.

Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Juventus as Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United circle, according to Diario GOL.

The report claims Ronaldo has an offer from Ligue 1 champions PSG, who want to partner the five-time Ballon d’Or winner with Kylian Mbappe.

Ronaldo has also received a proposal from former club United and the 35-year-old wants to restore the glory days at Old Trafford, though it depends on Champions League qualification.

Ronaldo’s brace for Juventus an inspiration for low-scoring Inter Milan

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to form has coincided with Juventus taking a firm grip on Serie A. Ronaldo did not score at all in November, but he scored twice as Juventus beat Parma 2-1 on Sunday to take his tally to 11 in his last seven league matches.

The win also put Juventus on course for a record-extending ninth straight Serie A title as the Bianconeri moved four points above Inter Milan. They were two points behind the Nerazzurri a month and a half ago.

Ronaldo has struggled with injury this season and missed three Serie A matches, playing through pain in others. The 38-year-old Portugal forward has nevertheless scored 16 goals in 17 matches, becoming the first Juventus player to have that many goals after 20 matches since Omar Sivori in 1960.

Ronaldo is also the only player to have scored at least 15 goals in one of Europe’s top five leagues in each of the last 14 seasons. “Cristiano is in another class,” Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri said. “Sometimes he poses you a little bit of a problem but he will solve 100 others for you.”

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While Juventus managed to grind out results in November when Ronaldo wasn’t scoring, Inter struggles when its top scorers are not on form. There have been three matches since December where neither Romelu Lukaku nor Lautaro Martínez have managed to find the back of the net. All three ended in draws.

The latest was a surprise 1-1 result at relegation-threatened Lecce on Sunday. That is also down to a general drop in pace in the team as, prior to that, Inter had managed to win the previous four matches where Lukaku and Martínez didn’t score.

“The final result stems from the fact that we’re a team that needs to go at 200 kph. We cannot afford to be off the pace,” Inter coach Antonio Conte said.

“It’s evident that if we go at an average pace, if we go into cruise speed, we become a normal team and aren’t able to get a result.”

Why Ronaldo missed the 2019 Ballon d’Or gala

Cristiano Ronaldo was the most notable absentee at Monday’s Ballon d’Or awards ceremony, where his great rival Lionel Messi scooped his sixth trophy to put him one ahead of the Juventus star.

Ronaldo eventually finished third behind Messi and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk in the 2019 nominations list, but according to his agent Jorge Mendes, there remains no doubt about who is world’s greatest ever footballer.

While the rest of the world’s footballing royalty were in Paris to see Messi, Megan Rapinoe, Alisson Becker and Matthijs de Ligt lift the four Ballon d’Or accolades, Ronaldo had travelled to Milan to pick the award for Serie A’s best player at the Gala del Calcio.

At the event held at the Megawatt di Milano, the Portuguese striker was accompanied by his partner Georgina Rodriguez and his agent Mendes, who was asked about Cristiano’s absence from the Ballon d’Or gala.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is the best ever and you know it,” Mendes told reporters.

Juventus sports director, Fabio Paratici, also praised Ronaldo at the Serie A awards ceremony, saying the Bianconeri striker “deserved the Ballon d’Or”.

He added: “We’ve always said it. The rankings for these awards are always debatable.”

Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid: The untold love story

Real Madrid still have Cristiano Ronaldo’s shadow lurking around the Santiago Bernabeu since he left Spain for Italy, having amassed numerous individual trophies and inspired the team’s “double-double” feat in both UEFA Champions League and La Liga Santander.

The Portugal international player has performed at top level since arriving Juventus—and is optimistic about winning his sixth Ballon d’Or.

But Real Madrid are missing Ronaldo’s goal-scoring abilities and wishing there’s someone more competent, focused, reliable and hungry for victories. This is the current reality at the Santiago Bernabeu, not just a feeling.

Considering that only Karim Benzema has lived up to expectations on goal count this season, Madrid management admits this overwhelming responsibility is too much for the France international player.

Ronaldo’s exit from the scene in the summer of 2018 was a major reason Los Blancos suffered humiliating losses in all competitions. The disappointment followed Madrid’s confident claim that his figures would be shared among players, and in the past summer, Madrid snapped Eden Hazard from Chelsea to remedy the unbearable situation.

Of course, the expectations on Hazard is far from being realized. But this does not imply that the Belgium international footballer is a flop, having scored a total of 50 goals in one season and contributing to the country’s third-place position at the 2018 World Cup. Similarly, Luka Jovic joined Los Blamcos but has struggled to find his footing.

Generally, Madrid has lost prominence since Ronaldo’s switch to Serie A. The Spanish club, surprisingly, scored five goals against Leganes but the achievement didn’t make headlines. However, Saturday’s match against Real Betis—a club Madrid could easily trash with Team B, previously—highlighted Zinedine Zidane’s challenge to restore his team’s lost glory.

Again, Madrid’s current struggles is evident in their 11.48% shot conversion rate this season—the worst performance since 2008/09. Their second worst rating, 14.79%, was in the 2018/19 season when Los Blancos had to prove their worth without Ronaldo.

In the CR7 era, Madrid’s shot conversion rate was around 20%. The current results therefore show that Los Blancos have fallen from scoring a goal in 5 shots to roughly 10 since the famous No. 7 left for Juventus.

Although football pundits believe its too early to idealize Ronaldo’s return to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, it is obvious that his presence in the Madrid squad is sorely missed.

Zinedine’s side is now 22nd best among Europe’s top scoring teams, having managed 24 goals in 14 matches. Only Barcelona (29 goals) and Villareal (25) have scored more than Madrid in Spain this 2019/20 season.

Cristiano Ronaldo admits humble love for Real Madrid

Having scored a total of 27 goals in 42 matches during his first year in Turin, his worst performance since the 2008/09 season at Manchester United, Ronaldo has said he won’t forget his success story at Real Madrid.

The Portuguese international isn’t a contender for Serie A’s highest individual prize “the Capocannoniere” given to the league’s top scorer, and he’s not interested at the moment. Even if he does, it is quite difficult for him to achieve the dream in this 2019/20.

Ronaldo, 34, has scored only 5 goals in 9 league matches while former Manchester United player, Romelu Lukaku, who currently plays for Inter Milan has a total of 9 goals in 11 games.

Ciro Immobile tops the league’s goal chart with 13 goals in 11.

Moreover, Cristiano’s goal tally falls behind records set by Luis Muriel (Atalanta, 6 goals in 9 games), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo, 7 in 9), and Duvan Zapata (Atalanta, 6 in 7).

Nothing is impossible in the world of football. That includes Ronaldo’s return to Real Madrid and a possible resurgence in his goal-scoring form.

Ronaldo: I made Messi a better player

Cristiano Ronaldo has made a public statement about his long-standing rivalry with Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo, who left Real Madrid for Juventus in 2018, admits he has a high degree of respect for the Barcelona talisman.

However, heated arguments about who is a better player between Messi and Ronaldo will never end among lovers of the round leather game although both football legends no longer play in the same league.

Interestingly, Ronaldo has never been shy of fueling the discussion with claims of being “the best”.

The Portugal international footballer believes he was the main reason Messi upgraded his club and international football career.

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In his interview with TV1, CR7 said his presence in La Liga boosted the Argentine’s overall performance, adding that without him, the Barca forward would never have counted among football legends.

‘I helped him [Messi] improve a lot,’ Ronaldo said.

‘There’s no doubt too, that he made me a player…I was a source of inspiration to him and everyone knows that…When he sees me winning trophies, you can be sure that it must hurt him—the same way it hurts me when he does the same.’

Ronaldo continued, ‘Messi has had a wonderful career with Barcelona—I really admire him…He too, has confessed his disappointment about my exit from Spain because he loved the competition between us.’

The former Manchester United talked about their most memorable sporting duels, adding that he will—someday—have dinner with Messi.

‘My relationship with Messi has been excellent—but on the professional side…We shared similar moments for about 15 years…Though we haven’t had dinner for the first time, I don’t see any reason why we can’t hang out in the future.’

Yet, Ronaldo stated that such rivalries are common in sport and should be embraced with a positive mind.

‘The Messi-Ronaldo rivalry is a good one, but it’s not unique,’ he said. ‘Michael Jordan found inspiration in it…Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost had a taste of it in Formula 1, too…Sportsmen help each other perform better through healthy rivalries.’

Cristiano Ronaldo: Some footballers are over-paid for doing nothing

Cristiano Ronaldo is unhappy that club owners and billionaire investors are spoiling the beautiful game of football with excess cash.

The Juventus star disagrees that all modern-day footballers who go for big money in the transfer market are actually worth every penny they get.

Ronaldo, who broke the world transfer record with his 2009 move from Manchester United to Real Madrid, says the outrageous fees paid to some footballers are, indeed, laughable and unnecessary.

The Portuguese ace was paid a total of €94m to join Los Blancos in 2009. In 2018, Juventus paid a whooping sum of €94m to whisk him away from Real Madrid.

Comparing his current price tag, Ronaldo said: ‘The football industry is a money-spinner…And it’s very hard to make accurate calculations on a player’s true value in modern football because it’s a norm for most clubs to gamble on potentials.’

However, Ronaldo handpicked the case of Joao Felix as an exception.

‘Apart from few talented youngsters who truly deserve their price tag, it’s obvious that any other player can go for €100m—even when they have no exceptional qualities,” CR7 added. ‘That shows there’s money in football.’

The former Sporting Lisbon player continued, ‘Both center-backs and goalkeepers can rake in up to €70m or €80m…I don’t agree with it but that’s the reality…We just have to accept it—without questions.’

Cristiano Ronaldo hungry for more individual trophies

Cristiano Ronaldo has already scored his first goal of the 2019/20 campaign for Juventus, after netting for the Bianconeri in their 3-2 defeat to Tottenham in Singapore on Sunday.

Despite being substituted by Maurizio Sarri in the 62th minute, Ronaldo once again finds himself among the favorites for the Ballon d’Or, FIFA’s The Best award and UEFA’s European Player of the Year award.

He was instrumental as Juventus won Serie A and the Supercoppa Italiana, while he also played a starring role in Portugal’s successful UEFA Nations League campaign.

Ronaldo ended the season on 28 goals and 10 assists for Juventus and was named the best player in Serie A.

In the Champions League, Ronaldo won his 100th game and scored his 125th goal.

He also netted three times for Portugal, with all three coming against Switzerland in the semi-finals of the Nations League in Porto.

All these figures and performances mean that Ronaldo is a contender to the sixth Ballon d’Or, the third The Best award and the fifth UEFA Player of the Year award of his career.

U.S. court clears Cristiano Ronaldo of sexual assault charges

Cristiano Ronaldo will not face charges in the US after being accused of sexual assault, the prosecutors have confirmed.

Kathryn Mayorga has alleged that the Juventus star sexually assaulted her in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009, a claim which he strenuously denies.

“The allegations of sexual assault against Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,’ the US prosecutors said in a statement.

“Therefore, no charges will be forthcoming.”