Cristiano Ronaldo produced a master class performance to help his side Juventus turn around a two nil deficit and beat Atletico Madrid three nil in the return leg of the champions league round of sixteen.
The forward gave Juventus a one nil lead in the first half before adding the second after the break to level the scores on aggregate. The Portuguese was not done as he added his third of the night from the spot to complete Juve’s incredible comeback in Turin.
This was Operation Cristiano Ronaldo in all its glory. Without the Champions League trophy since 1996, Juventus turned to the man who caused them so much heartache, a man who is never far away from the trophy having lifted it for the past three seasons consecutively.
Just look at Real Madrid without him. Stunned by Ajax. As for Juventus, they are profiting immensely. Having fallen flat in Madrid in the first leg, there was never a worry their main man would miss the mark again.
There was VAR drama. Goal-line technology was called into action and the final nail in the coffin came from the penalty spot. Then came the cojones celebration Diego Simeone produced with such enthusiasm come full-time in Madrid. How the tables turned in Turin. For boss Massimiliano Allegri, this was the plan all along from the first whistle of the first leg.
In the other match played yesterday, Manchester City trashed Schake 04 seven nil at Etihad.
The club lying 14th in an 18-team Bundesliga arrived in England having conceded 11 goals in three games since an eventful 3-2 defeat to Manchester City in Gelsenkirchen three weeks ago and were battered by another seven here.
That said, City were absolutely fantastic on the way to the second biggest knockout win in the history of the Champions League. Clinical. Ruthless.
Two goals for Sergio Aguero, a pearler from Raheem Sterling and brilliant performances from Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan to name but two.
Pep Guardiola can say what he wants, the reality is that City are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and one of the favourites to win it now.
A wound-up Cristiano Ronaldo continued to taunt Atletico Madrid fans after Juventus’ 2-0 defeat, holding up five fingers in the media zone for each of his Champions League titles.
Having been singled out by the Spanish supporters on Wednesday night, the Portuguese responded to taunts by repeatedly performing the gesture, a clear reference to his incredible success in the competition.
And evidently the 34-year-old was still seething after the game as he marched through the Wanda Metropolitano media zone with a scowl on his face.He again held up the five-finger gesture and declared: “I won five Champions Leagues and these guys none.”
Ronaldo made a zero with his hand as if to drive home the point as he sped away clutching his luxury wash bag under his arm.
As a former Real Madrid legend, he attracted plenty of ire from the home support and it seemed to get under his skin.
The convicted drug trafficker father of Cristiano Ronaldo‘s girlfriend has reportedly died in his native Argentina after a long battle against illness.
The football star’s partner Georgina Rodriguez posted a birthday photo on her Instagram earlier this week from Buenos Aires and wrote: ‘Coincidences of life. I land in the country I was born in at the same time and the day of my birth 25 years ago.’
She gave no hint of the reason for her trip, thought to be her first to Argentina since her dad was kicked out of Spain in 2013 and banned from returning after doing ten years jail for two drugs trafficking offences.
Celeb Spanish magazine Hola reported on its website on Friday that the pretty brunette had flown to Buenos Aires following the death of Jorge Eduardo Rodriguez Gorjon at the age of 70
He is said to have suffered from complications related to a stroke he had two-and-a-half years ago.
No-one from Cristiano Ronaldo’s agency Gestifute, which rarely comments on the footballer’s private life, was available early Friday.
Fans of the footballer and his partner, who gave birth to their one-year-old daughter Alana Martina in November 2016, have taken to social media to offer their condolences.
One, writing on the Instagram page of Georgina’s sister Ivana, said: “My sincere condolences.
‘I hope you find comfort in God. I am very sad for you. Be strong. We are all with you.”
Another messaged Georgina to say: ‘I am very sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you.’
Buenos Aires-born former footballer Jorge was jailed in 2003 and released in 2013 after receiving sentences of 11 years and two years, although he was on license for part of that time and not behind bars 24/7.
He is thought to have been kicked out of the country and banned from returning to Spain after completing his sentence in August 2013.
It was known he was seriously ill and being cared for by a relative, believed to get by with money former shop worker Georgina and her older sister Ivana sent them.
Jorge, who met Georgina’s mum after moving to Spain in the eighties, was found guilty of trafficking with cocaine and cannabis resin in separate trials at Madrid’s top criminal court the Audiencia Nacional.
Judges there deal with the extraditions of British criminals and have also tried some of Spain’s most dangerous terrorists including the men responsible for the 2004 Madrid train bombings which killed 193 people and injured around 2,000.
His cocaine trafficking conviction, set out in an 18-page document dated July 28 2003, shows how he masterminded a failed attempt to smuggle more than £100,000 of cocaine from Spain to France using a bolthole where he was in hiding from outstanding arrest warrants.
Two accomplices were stopped by police near Madrid on January 26, 1999 as they drove towards the French city of Nice to deliver the drugs to an Italian nicknamed ‘Espaguetti’ – ‘Spaghetti’ in English.
The passenger tried to avoid arrest by throwing the drugs – just over three kilos of 83 per cent pure cocaine – out of the window of their Fiat Tipo.
Georgina’s dad failed to get incriminating phone taps rejected as evidence at his trial which linked him to a Colombian that paid for the drugs.
Prosecutors wanted him jailed for 13-and-a-half years but the three trial judges decided on an 11-year sentence and £106,500 fine, ruling he had carried out ‘coordination tasks.’
He received his second sentence on November 22, 2010.
A different Audiencia Nacional judge handed him a two-year jail term for smuggling cannabis resin from Morocco to Spain with six accomplices.
Martinez was convicted of organising a boat drugs drop in the Costa Tropical holiday resort of Roquetas de Mar in December 2008 during a brief early release on licence.
Police discovered nearly a tonne of cannabis resin valued at more than £1m during a raid on a nearby warehouse the drugs were taken to after being smuggled into Spain.
Two guns and six bullets, described as being ‘in perfect working order’ and provided by two gang members who were also convicted of weapons possession, were found in the same warehouse.
Prosecutors demanded a four-year, six-month jail sentence for Rodriguez but he was let off with a lighter punishment because he confessed.
Juventus striker Cristiano, who will turn 34 next Tuesday, forged his relationship with Georgina during lock-ins at the upmarket clothes store where she used to work.
She soon became his first serious girlfriend since he broke up with Russian beauty Irina Shayk at the start of 2015.
He moved her into his luxury home on a gated estate on the outskirts of the Spanish capital before setting up home with her in Turin.
Last year the footballer’s mum said of Georgina during a magazine interview about her son’s love life, children and his alcoholic dad Dinis who drank himself into an early grave in September 2005: ‘She is the mother of my grand-daughter. She is a future daughter-in-law. She’s not my daughter-in-law yet. She’s a future daughter-in-law. She’s a very calm person.’
Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal secured the Italian Super Cup for Juventus after a 1-0 win over 10-man AC Milan.
The Portugal international struck with a second-half header as Juventus, runners-up in the previous two seasons, got their hands on the trophy for the first time since 2015.
It was also a first piece of silverware for Ronaldo since he swapped Real Madrid for Turin last summer.
uve bossed the first half and Douglas Costa fired a shot across goal and narrowly wide before Joao Cancelo drove just the wrong side of the far post.
Blaise Matuidi had the ball in the net just after the half-hour mark but he had strayed offside as he received a pass 10 yards out.
Ronaldo’s first opportunity arrived three minutes before the interval, his attempted scissor kick crashing into the turf before bouncing over the crossbar.
But Juve were almost caught out on the stroke of half-time when Hakan Calhanoglu’s snap-shot forced a smart save from Wojciech Szczesny.
Shortly after the break Milan’s Patrick Cutrone’s fierce shot beat Szczesny but crashed back off the crossbar.
But on the hour Ronaldo struck, ghosting beyond the Milan backline and glancing Miralem Pjanic’s ball over the top past Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Paulo Dybala thought he had scored a spectacular second after a series of one-twos with Matuidi sliced open the Milan defence but once again an offside flag cut the celebrations short.
Gonzalo Higuain, heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this month, came on as a substitute for Milan but their task got harder in the 73rd minute when Franck Kessie was sent off for a nasty foul on Emre Can.
Milan felt they should have had a late penalty when Can caught Andrea Conti in the area but their appeals fell on deaf ears as Juve held on to pick up their first honour of the Ronaldo era.
-Juventus are ready to welcome back Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday night
– There is growing concern among his biggest sponsors over allegations of rape
– Criticism has been aimed at Juve after they came out in support of their player
– Shares in Juventus have fallen sharply, with the stock price down 13 per cent
Juventus are ready to welcome back Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday evening despite growing concern from his sponsors over allegations of rape.
The club were described as ‘awful’ by Gary Lineker after they released a statement in support of ‘great champion’ Ronaldo. Sponsors Nike and Electronic Arts distanced themselves from the 33-year-old amid a reopened police investigation.
Shares in Juventus fell sharply on Friday, with the stock price down almost 10 per cent. It has now crashed 18 per cent since the allegations emerged on Sunday.
His former side Manchester United also left themselves open to criticism by using the narrative of Ronaldo’s comeback to Old Trafford to promote ticket sales for their Champions League game against Juventus on October 23.
Ronaldo is being sued by Kathryn Mayorga, who says he raped her in the penthouse suite of a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. Ronaldo denies the charge and Juventus are ready to select him for the first time since the story broke. He is in contention for Saturday’s visit to Udinese after missing Tuesday’s Champions League game against Young Boys through suspension.
Manager Massimiliano Allegri said the £100million signing could start. ‘I must say that I’ve only known him as a person for three months, but over the years I’ve seen him as a serious person, both on and off the pitch,’ said Allegri.
‘He has broad shoulders, so much so that he can be completely focused on the match. After having a break from the Champions League, he is extremely ready to return, as he demonstrated in training yesterday.’
Lineker slammed Juve after the Serie A holders tweeted: ‘Ronaldo has shown in recent months his great professionalism . . . the events allegedly dating back to almost 10 years ago do not change this opinion, which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champion.’
Any car, any house, any executive jet. Indeed, any number of made-to-order surrogate children. Cristiano Ronaldo, footballer turned global brand, the ‘galactico’ with a galactic fortune — some £350 million and counting — can have it all.
Except apparently the silence he allegedly tried — and failed — to buy of the woman who accuses him of rape.
The striker, recruited this year at the age of 33 by Juventus following a glittering career that has taken in Manchester United and Real Madrid, is now facing the possibility of being tried for rape in the U.S. state of Nevada.
It follows the claim from former hotel hostess Kathryn Mayorga that the Portugal captain raped her in his £770-a-night penthouse room at the Hotel Palms Place in Las Vegas in 2009.
The claims were first published by the German magazine, Der Spiegel. Ronaldo’s lawyers have said they will sue the publication.
In a statement, Ronaldo’s lawyer Christian Schertz said ‘the reporting in Spiegel is blatantly illegal’. He has added that he had been instructed to seek compensation for ‘moral damages’ over ‘probably one of the most serious violations of personal rights in recent years’.
In a lengthy and detailed interview, Miss Mayorga told the German news magazine Der Spiegel how Ronaldo apologised after forcing himself upon her despite repeated rejections.
She says he went ‘down on his knees and said: ‘‘Ninety-nine per cent of me is a good guy, I just don’t know about the other one per cent.’’ ’
Claiming to have suffered years of mental torment and suicidal thoughts as a result, Miss Mayorga says Ronaldo’s lawyers purchased her silence in 2010 with a £288,000 out-of-court settlement, something she now regrets.
Prior to the settlement, the magazine cites documents claiming that U.S. lawyers hired a private detective to follow Miss Mayorga and ‘dig up dirt’, watching her house, following her and finding out information about her parking tickets.
She also claims his lawyers tried to ‘discredit’ her, saying that her hostess job was not a ‘good girl’ job’.
As part of the settlement, Ronaldo’s legal team reportedly insisted that Miss Mayorga be prohibited from mentioning the player even to her therapist. If the allegation is proven, that ‘one per cent’ of flawed character will be fatal for a player used to having the world at his feet.
As the cases of Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein show, fame, wealth and passage of time are now no deterrent to women seeking redress for sexual offences.
According to Der Spiegel, Miss Mayorga, now 34, contacted police shortly after the alleged attack but initially refused to identify her assailant. She then decided not to pursue it through the criminal system and chose the civil path, and a settlement.
Yesterday, Ronaldo, a father of four, counter-attacked, accusing Miss Mayorga of peddling ‘fake, fake news’, while his lawyer in Germany promised legal action against Der Spiegel.
Cristiano Ronaldo will head back to Old Trafford after Manchester United were drawn in Champions League Group H with Italian champions Juventus.
Aside from Ronaldo and Juventus providing a difficult challenge, United should face easier rides against Valencia and Young Boys, who return to the group stages this year.
However Ronaldo’s reunion can’t be dismissed as the 33-year-old tries to win the Champions League for a fourth year in a row.
The pressure is only increasing on manager Jose Mourinho as United, after a poor start to the Premier League season, face Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford.
The ties against Juventus are going to be marquee occasions, especially because of the match-up between Mourinho and Ronaldo, who joined the Italian club from Real Madrid for £100million in the summer.
They may share the same super agent in Jorge Mendes but the pair had a fraught relationship when Mourinho managed Real.
Three of the four English teams have received difficult draws. Last season’s finalists Liverpool also have a tough group to negotiate against Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade.
Tottenham, who face Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan in Group B, look like they will be playing most of their home games at Wembley with their new ground not expected to open until December.
Real Madrid, winners in each of the last three seasons, will face 2018 semi-finalists Roma, along with CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen from the Czech Republic.
The final this season will be held at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium. If Diego Simeone’s men want to attend the party at their own house, they must negotiate a group featuring Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and Club Brugge.
Bayern Munich, once again among the favorites for the title, are in Group B with Benfica, Ajax, and AEK Athens – who knocked out Celtic in the qualifiers.
The weakest pool appears to be Group D, with Russian champions Lokomotiv Moscow as top seeds. Porto, Schalke and Galatasaray will all be eyeing a place in the last 16.
Cristiano Ronaldo has made an astonishing £88million move to Juventus after Real Madrid granted him permission to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ronaldo met Juventus club president Andrea Agnelli on Tuesday afternoon in a hotel in Greece before agreeing a four-year deal worth an estimated £500,000 a week.
It is believed that the transfer was finalised at the meeting in Greece, where Ronaldo is currently on holiday with his girlfriend and family.
Real Madrid confirmed the transfer late on Tuesday afternoon.
In a statement, the club admitted that they had granted Ronaldo his wish to leave the club.
It read: ‘Today, Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football.’
‘Beyond the titles won, the trophies collected and the triumphs achieved on the pitch during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement.’
Ronaldo thanked Real Madrid for making his time at the club ‘possibly the happiest of my life’, but added that he felt it was the right decision to move on.
He said: ‘I believe that the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept transferring me. I feel that way and I ask everyone, and especially our followers, to please understand me.’
An hour after Real Madrid’s statement, Juventus confirmed the news of Ronaldo’s capture on their website.
The club confirmed that they will pay £88m (€100m) to the Spanish giants, with a further payment of £10m is believed to be going to his first club Sporting Lisbon.
‘Juventus Football Club SpA announces that it has reached an agreement with the company Real Madrid Club De Futbol SpA for the definitive acquisition of the right to the sports performances of the player Dos Santos Aveiro Cristiano Ronaldo against a fee €100million, payable in two years, plus the solidarity contribution provided for by the FIFA regulations and accessory charges for €12million,’ the statement read.
‘Juventus signed a four-year sports performance contract with the same player until June 30, 2022.’
Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid with a legacy littered with smashed records and a haul of trophies.
He is the Spanish club’s all-time top scorer with 450 goals in all competitions and won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.
‘For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its greatest symbols and a unique reference for the generations to come,’ Real Madrid’s statement added.
Uruguay beat ten man Russia 3-0 in their final world cup group A match to finish top with nine points, while the hosts progressed to the last 16 as runners up.
In the same group, hard fighting Egypt finished bottom after a 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia. However, veteran Egypt keeper El Hadary made history by becoming the oldest player to feature in the tournament aged 45 years and 161 days.
In pool B, Portugal progressed to the knockout stages with a 1-1 draw against Iran in a game full of VAR controversies. Veteran Ricardo Quaresma scored a first half before Karim Ansarifard tucked a late Iran spot kick into the top corner, as captain Cristiano Ronado’s penalty was saved.
Spain finished top with another controversial two-all draw against Morocco.
Uruguay will play Portugal in the last 16 while Russia will tackle Spain.
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