Juventus slammed for supporting ‘great champion’ Cristiano Ronaldo

-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.’

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It took Cristiano Ronaldo just 8 minutes into his Juventus debut to score

– Cristiano Ronaldo has opened up on the standing ovation from Juventus fans

– In last season’s Champions League, Ronaldo scored a stunning overhead kick

– Juve fans got to their feet to applaud and Ronaldo says it was ‘unbelievable’

– The classy gesture also played a part in him opting to join the club this summer

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Cristiano Ronaldo ha revealed how a standing ovation by Juventus fans in last season’s Champions League helped him decide on a move to Italy.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was heralded by Juve supporters after he netted a stunning overhead kick goal in the Champions League.

And having swapped Madrid for Turin this summer in a £100million move, the Portuguese ace has opened up on that moment for the first time.

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‘I felt surprised at the beginning. I am used to following Juve and I like the club, but since that moment I liked them even more,’ Ronaldo said in an interview with JuventusTV.

‘I won’t say it was the key point in my decision, but every detail helps. Maybe. Of course, it helps when you see the people like you, the supporters and club like you, the feeling is completely different.

‘Unbelievable. I remember every day, that never happened to me before. In the Champions League against Juve, a quarter-final, you score a goal and see everyone in the stadium applaud you. It was an unbelievable feeling.’

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The first leg quarter-final win was dominated by talk of Ronaldo’s goal and whether it should be regarded as the competition’s greatest strike.

Now wearing the white and black of the Old Lady, Juventus fans will hope he can produce similar magic in this year’s competition.

Having been busy training with his team-mates, Ronaldo looks set to make his debut when Juventus begin their Serie A title defence with an opening trip to Chievo on August 18.

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He’s Gone! Ronaldo Quits Real Madrid To Join Juventus In Staggering Sh11.7 Billion

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.

‘Real Madrid will always be his home.’

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Juventus confirm Can on free transfer from Liverpool as German midfielder touches down in Turi

Juventus have confirmed the imminent signing of Emre Can on a free transfer after the midfielder was pictured arriving in Turin.

After failing to agree a new deal with Liverpool, Can has decided to make the switch to Serie A.

Can joined Liverpool from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014 and made 167 appearances for the club, the last of which came in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last month.

It is anticipated that Can will be the second arrival at Juventus in this transfer window after the club also signed goalkeeper Mattia Perin from Genoa.

Liverpool previously confirmed Can’s departure and have already acted to strengthen their midfield ahead of next season by securing the signings of Naby Keita and Fabinho from RB Leipzig and Monaco respectively.

EMRE CAN’S SENIOR CAREER

2011–2013: Bayern Munich

2013-2014: Bayer Leverkusen

2014-2017: Liverpool

2018: Juventus

The Reds had attempted to persuade Can to remain at the club but it soon became apparent that his future lied away from the club.

Last season Juventus won the Serie A title as well as the Coppa Italia, although they went out to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Every Juventus fan has to read this emotional tribute from Gianluigi Buffon ahead of the final match for club

 

Gianluigi Buffon penned a touching farewell to Juventus supporters ahead of his final game for the Old Lady on Saturday.

The Serie A champions host Verona and it will bring to an end Buffon’s 17-year trophy-laden career in Turin.

But despite departing the club aged 40, the goalkeeping icon is yet to decide his next move as he insists he has received some ‘exciting challenges’ to play on away from the Bianconeri.

‘Six thousand, one hundred eleven days. Six thousand moments of pure passion. Of joy, of tears, of defeat and of victories. Thank you,’ Buffon begins.

‘With tomorrow, a journey ends. A book closes that we wrote together. There is a lot of emotion. Too much.

‘Inevitably, a new journey will begin. A new book. It has to begin.

‘Juve are a family. My family. And I will never stop loving it, thanking it and calling it “home.” Because it gave me so much. Everything. Certainly more than I gave to it.’

BUFFON TRIBUTE TO FANS IN FULL

Six thousand, one hundred eleven days.

Six thousand moments of pure passion. Of joy, of tears, of defeat and of victories.

Thank you.

Thank you to each and every one of you.

Because each of you contributed to making every instant of my life in the Bianconeri jersey special. A life that has become a second skin.

A skin I wore, loved and respected. That I treasured and protected with all of myself. With all my limits, but also with all the passion that has always accompanied me.

With tomorrow, a journey ends. A book closes that we wrote together. There is a lot of emotion. Too much.

Inevitably, a new journey will begin. A new book. It has to begin.

For Juventus will remain beyond any player, always! And will continue to write important pages in its book, that I think and imagine will be infinite. Because this club has a unique DNA that cannot be equalled. It cannot be repeated and it is magnificent.

Juve are a family. My family. And I will never stop loving it, thanking it and calling it ‘home.’ Because it gave me so much. Everything. Certainly more than I gave to it.

Inevitably, a new journey will begin. A new book. It has to begin.

For I, who will learn to look at the future with different eyes.

Who will start to pick up new challenges that life offers me with the curiosity of who doesn’t want to stop feeling in ‘the game’. And who will feel the healthy fear of someone who experienced many challenges, at times won, many lost, but who is aware that every one is different to what came before.

And therefore more difficult.

I arrived at the stadium on my bicycle. I was so young.

And tomorrow I want to metaphorically walk away from there so I can savour every instant, feel the pain of the detachment. And the joy of the salutes.

To feel moved.

And to understand that I will never be far away from that place I call ‘home’ – for ever!

And to salute the teammates and friends who I will never stop calling BROTHERS.

Until the end! Forever yours,

Gianluigi Buffon

Two goals in final five minutes secures Juventus win over Inter Milan

Juventus produced a stunning late show to beat 10-man Inter Milan 3-2 and get their Serie A title push back on track.

Juve saw their gap at the top of the league cut to one point when they lost to Napoli last weekend and they were heading for another shock defeat after Mauro Icardi’s effort and a Andrea Barzagli own-goal put Inter within touching distance of a fine win.

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But Massimiliano Allegri’s men, who led early on through Douglas Costa, refused to give up and drew level in the 87th minute through a Milan Skriniar own-goal and then two minutes later won it thanks to Gonzalo Higuain’s header.

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The three points, which have to be considered a bonus, mean they are now four ahead of Napoli, who play Fiorentina on Sunday.

Inter battled bravely, having been forced to play most of the game with 10 men after Matias Vecino was sent off after a challenge on Mario Mandzukic.

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Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri believes his side’s stunning late win at Inter could be a decisive result in the Serie A title race.

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Buffon calls Oliver a ‘murderer’ in extraordinary rant after he was sent off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Loss

Gianluigi Buffon has labelled Michael Oliver heartless after the English referee’s controversial awarding of a stoppage-time penalty against Juventus, which allowed Real Madrid to advance to the Champions League semi-finals at the Italians’ expense.

Juventus had clawed back a three-goal first-leg deficit at the Bernabeu and were set to take the tie to extra time. But in the 93rd minute, Oliver awarded Madrid a spot-kick for Mehdi Benatia’s challenge on Lucas Vazquez, from which Cristiano Ronaldo scored to seal a 4-3 aggregate victory.

Buffon fumed at Oliver following the decision and was sent off for his aggressive reaction, which saw him scream and point his glove in the referee’s face.

And the legendary goalkeeper was still seething after the final whistle, as he launched an impassioned and bizarre rant against Oliver during a post-match interview.

‘It was a tenth of a penalty,’ Buffon, who was playing in his last-ever Champions League game, told Mediaset. ‘I know the referee saw, it was certainly a dubious incident.

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‘And a dubious incident at the 93rd minute when we had a clear penalty denied [for a challenge on Juan Cuadrado] in the first leg, you cannot award that at this point.

‘The team gave their all, but a human being cannot destroy dreams like that at the end of an extraordinary comeback on a dubious situation.

‘Clearly you cannot have a heart in your chest, but a bin. On top of that, if you don’t have the character to walk on a pitch like this in a stadium like this, you can sit in the stands with your wife, your kids, drinking your Sprite and eating crisps. You cannot ruin the dreams of a team.’

‘You have to be a murderer to make the last two decisions the referee made,’ Buffon added later, on a Spanish radio station.

Buffon conceded that Madrid were worthy winners but said he was proud of his team for coming close to advancing despite entering the second leg 3-0 down.

‘Real Madrid deserved to go through over the two legs,’ Buffon said. ‘I wish them the best and it has always been an honour for me to face this club, but objectively we at least deserved to go to extra time.’

Benatia maintained his innocence in the penalty incident, insisting that he did not push Vazquez and claiming the Madrid winger went down out of desperation.

‘I can promise you, I did not push him. He went down because he had nothing else to do at that point,’ Benatia said.  ‘Giving a penalty like that at the 93rd minute is simply absurd. Bayern Munich had the exact same thing last year. What can you do?’

Buffon has never won the Champions League during his 23-year career, despite reaching the final three times with Juventus in 2017, 2015 and 2005.

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Ramsey Or Ronaldo? Who Scored The Best European Goal This Week?

On Tuesday night the whole world came to a standstill after the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals including a spectacular bicycle kick, in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Juventus.

The goal which got everyone talking is widely viewed as one of the best Champions league goals ever, if not in all competitions.

Ronaldo rose over two meters high before connecting to Dani Carvajal’s sumptous cross, sending a rocket bicycle kick with his back at goal.

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On Thursday Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey was the hero of the night during their Europa League match against CSKA Moscow at the Emirates stadium.

With Arsenal already controlling the match at 2-1 courtesy of Ramsey’s opener and Lacazzette’s penalty, the 27-year-old’s moment of magic came when he beat the off side trap to score with a fantastic flying mule kick, courtesy of Mesut Ozil’s magic looping pass.

The goal still has tongues wagging with many now claiming his goal was better than Ronaldo’s!

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Whom do you think scored the best European goal this week?

Read some of the reactions online.

 

 I will never understand how Aaron Ramsey is still not rated by some. He will have pretty much every club in Europe chasing him. Arsenal face a huge challenge to keep him. Vital he is convinced his future is best served in north London. Superb player, just about to hit his peak.

Aaron Ramsey > Ronaldo

Someone send Pogba a compilation of Ramsey‘s performance tonight please. Thank you in advance.

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Record Breaking Ronaldo Steers Real Madrid To A 3-0 Win Over Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace including a spectacular overhead kick to help Real Madrid beat Juventus three nil in the first leg of the champions league quarter final played in Turin.

Ronaldo opened the scoring, three minutes after kick off and doubled the lead after the break with an incredible bicycle kick as Juventus fans rose to give him a standing ovation.

Marcelo added the third goal as Madrid took a huge step towards progressing to semi finals and remain in firm contention to defend their trophy.  Elsewhere, Bayern Munich secured a 2-1 win over Sevilla in Spain thanks to an own goal from Jesus Navas and Thiago Alcantara’s goal in second half.

Juventus Fight Back To Dump Spurs, Man City Progress Despite Home Loss

Juventus yesterday came from a goal down to beat Tottenham 2-1 and progress to the quarter finals of the champions League on 4-3 aggregate in the return leg of round of sixteen.

After wasting several chances in the opening minutes, Son Heung Min gave Spurs a one nil lead before the break. However Juventus fought back to score two goals in three minutes through Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala.

Meaning, just as Tottenham’s excellent title challenges suffer inexplicable derailments at crucial moments, so a Champions League tie that looked to be well in hand, suddenly reared up and savaged them.

From the quarter-finals to the ranks of the also rans took all of two minutes and 49 seconds and this time there was no heroic fightback. Tottenham were looking good, 1-0 up on the night, 3-2 ahead on aggregate, Son Heung-min had scored his 14th Wembley goal this season – of 16, in total – and all was right in the world.

Then it all went a little, as the saying goes, Spursy. Juventus, having barely threatened all night aside from a travesty of a rejected penalty, scored an equaliser. Tottenham were still progressing on away goals, though. All they had to do was stay calm and – oh, Juventus scored again. Suddenly a familiar feeling of dread descended.

Elsewhere Manchester City eased to the last eight despite losing 2-1 to Basel at Etihad, their first home defeat since 2016.

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