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!”

Barcelona considering a swap for Juventus star De Ligt

De Ligt has been a world-class footballer at Ajax, long before joining Juventus, and Barcelona management thinks the 20-year-old will “perfectly” fit into their current squad.

“I know where De Ligt will play next season,” President Josep Bartomeu said in an interview. His words, without doubts, filled Barcelona fans with excitement as it appeared that the club was close to signing the former Ajax central defender.

Matthias De Ligt

Ligt silenced Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo to knock Real Madrid and Juventus out of the Champions League last season.

However, the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, made the negotiations difficult and De Ligt finally ended up at Juventus, where he has so far failed to live up to expectations.

De Ligt demanded more than De Jong

“De Ligt is not De Jong,” so stated sources within Camp Nou, who stressed the two former Ajax team mates have different personalities.

De Ligt, they claimed, was more arrogant, demanding to be a starter as well as a higher salary than Frenkie De Jong.

The Dutch defender wanted to climb three steps before had even mounted the first, which was something that did not fall in line with Barcelona’s plans for him last season.

De Ligt-Barcelona links emerge again

But according to a report by Mundo Deportivo this Sunday, De Ligt is attentive to the fact that Barcelona and Juventus have opened a line of communication on possible player exchanges.

And while he is comfortable in Turin, the young centre back would look favourably on a move to Camp Nou should the opportunity arise.

Juventus are very interested in Barcelona midfielder Arthur, while Barça have their eye on Demiral, De Ligt, De Sciglio, Pjanic, Bentancur and Bernardeschi – any of whom could form part of a swap deal for the Brazilian.

On 18 July, 2019 De Ligt signed for Serie A champions Juventus on a five-year contract for a fee of €75 million.

Juventus keen on signing Sergi Roberto

Sergi Roberto’s name has appeared on the radar of Juventus as they look for reinforcements ahead of next season.

The Italian giants have actually been in talks with FC Barcelona for a while about various potential transfers, including part exchange deals. And it appears Barça are open to letting the La Masia graduate leave.

With transfer fees likely to be on the low side going forward, it’s forcing teams to consider alternative options. Barça and Juve have both mentioned players from the other’s squad that they would be interested in. Roberto was one of the names Juve enquired about and not Arthur Melo, which has been reported in Italy.

Roberto’s versatility is something that appeals to Juventus. The player’s representatives are aware of the interest – and Barça’s willingness to sell – but there’s a long way to go before a deal can be reached.

Barça are interested in Miralem Pjanic but, as with Roberto, these talks are exclusively about swap deals with no money changing hands.

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.

Juventus want Zinedine Zidane in Italy, not Pep Guardiola

Juventus are thinking about their coach for next season.

Per the Daily Mail, Andrea Agnelli is hoping to appoint Zinedine Zidane to lead their next project after Maurizio Sarri.

Zinedine Zidane and Pep Guardiola 1

For a while they have been looking at Pep Guardiola but it seems he does not want to abandon his team despite their UCL punishment, so the Juve chief has had to go back to the market.

Zidane could be convinced to leave Madrid and join another of his former sides, where he would reencounter Cristiano Ronaldo, who played under his leadership at Madrid in his first spell.

Emre Can joins Borussia Dortmund from Juventus

Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Emre Can from Juventus on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent move.

Germany international Can joined Juve in 2018 after his contract with Liverpool expired, but has been short of match action this season.

The 26-year-old has made just eight Serie A appearances under Maurizio Sarri and was left out of the Turin giants’ Champions League squad.

Can on Friday completed a return to the Bundesliga with Dortmund, initially on loan – for a fee of  €1,000,000 – and the transfer will become permanent if agreed parameters are met.

Dortmund could pay Juve €25million, over the course of three financial years, to keep the former Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich man.

“In Can we get a German national player who can be used across multiple systems in defence as well as in central midfield. A player who brings in his technique as well as his technique and has a strong will to win,” said Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc on the club’s official website.

“I think the team has great potential and can win something,” added Can. “I am convinced that I can help them and can’t wait to play in front of these fans for whom Borussia Dortmund is known all over the world for the first time.”

Can becomes Dortmund’s second major addition of the January window, after the club brought in striker Erling Haaland, who has scored five goals in his two Bundesliga appearances.

Haaland’s stunning start allowed Dortmund to free up funds for the Can move by selling Paco Alcacer to Villarreal on Thursday, while winger Jacob Bruun Larsen has also left for Hoffenheim.

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.”

Ronaldo Juventus

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.”

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.

Chiellini: Why Juventus can win more trophies with Ronaldo and Sarri

Juventus made an incredible investment in Cristiano Ronaldo when they signed him from Real Madrid in 2018, yet Giorgio Chiellini believes it was a worthwhile move.

He believes that Ronaldo is a player who can make the difference for the Bianconeri in the Champions League.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is like a hyena on the pitch, you look at him and you realise he’s different from the rest,” Chiellini told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“You will never see himself take it easy, he has important daily goals and everything he does is calculated with extreme care.

“For me, it’s a privilege to have him on our team, even at 34, because you see a constant desire in him to improve.”

Elimination at the hands of Ajax in 2018/19 was tough as Chiellini feels as though the competition was there for the taking last term.

“It hurt a lot to fall to Ajax, because I think that had we got through that tie then we’d have reached the final,” he confirmed.

“These recent years we’ve lacked the ability to know how to handle a final.

“We’ve also lost some matches because we were too daring.”

Juventus underwent a philosophical change in switching from Massimiliano Allegri to Maurizio Sarri during the summer, but thus far the former Chelsea coach has found success in implementing his style of football.

“Both are similar in that they are born winners, Chiellini said.

“Sarri, though, is a perfectionist and is very thorough from a technical standpoint.

“He makes a scientific analysis of everything, providing data and numbers that stimulate a player.

“The important thing is to create empathy between the coach and his players.”

Italy and Juventus legend Claudio Marchisio retires from football at 33

Former Italian midfielder of Serie A’s Juventus, Claudio Marchisio declared on Thursday to hang up his boots at the age of 33, one year younger than Cristiano Ronaldo who is still one of the best shooters in the world.

Marchisio wrote on social media (Instagram) on Thursday, “I’d made a promise to the kid who dreamt to become a football player. I would have played until I had felt the marvel of the dream coming true by stepping into the pitch.

“In the past months my mind and my heart went through mixed feelings and I finally understood I wasn’t fulfilling my promise anymore. There are times when it is right for the heart to prevail over the mind, that’s why I prefer to stop.

“I have no regrets, also thanks to my family that has taught me to eagerly look into the future.

So, thank you dream! You gave me courage, strength, success and, above all, joy!”

Having grown up in Juventus’ youth system, Marchisio spent 12 of the total 14 seasons in his career in the club. He stayed with the Old Lady even during the dark days in the Serie B and finally saw the dawn of victory.

From 2011 to 2018, Marchisio helped Juventus win seven straight Serie A titles, four Coppa Italia championships and three Supercoppa Italiana trophies.

In his best days, Marchisio was compared by many to Juventus’ former star Marco Tardelli. However, two horrible injuries, torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee in 2015 and torn ACL in his left knee in 2016, almost ruined his career.

Marchisio left Juventus in 2018 and signed a deal with Zenit Saint Petersburg of the Russian Premier League. After one season, he reached an agreement with the club over terminating his contract.

Will Juventus sign Rakitic before today’s transfer deadline?

Juventus have not given up on Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic and are insisting on a swap deal for the Croatian international before the transfer window closes on Monday.

The Italian club’s interest is not new, but they have been unable to strike a deal so far.

However, contact between sporting director Favio Paratici and Barça’s hierarchy has been reactivated over the weekend.

After confirming that the chances of Rakitic joining Paris Saint-Germain as part of a deal for Neymar are slim. Juve got back in touch with the player and Barça to study pushing through a late deal.

Reports in Italy suggest Juve would offer various midfielders in exchange, with the name Emre Can at the top of the list.

According to the same sources, negotiations between both clubs and the player are open and the postures are getting closer. Add in the fact that, once again, Rakitic was an unused substitute for Barça this weekend.

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.