Back in 2003 when then Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson concluded to sign a very young Ronaldo from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon, while there were people who believed in the talent he possessed, there were others who questioned the move and raised questions like whether he would adapt to the Premier League.
When he finally made his Manchester United debut, Ronaldo showed glimpses of what he is made of and the wealth of talent he had in his armory. He however shoes some slight weaknesses, but Sir Alex chose to look behind those. He was sure of the deal he just concluded.
Juventus attacker Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his century appearance for his Italian Serie A club with a brace during the 3-1 win at Genoa in the league on Sunday. The Portuguese superstar scored a pair of penalties to hand Juventus all the three points. Juventus were heading for a point before Cristiano Ronaldo scored two late penalties to lead Juve to victory.
After a goalless first half, Paolo Dybala gave the visitors the lead on 57 minutes of the week 11 encounter but it didn’t take long for Genoa to hit back with Stefano Sturaro getting the equalizerafter the hour mark to pave the way for Cristiano Ronaldo to win the game for Juventus with two spot kicks in the final quarter of the encounter. Continue reading
It is not often that we see a club sign a player who goes on to become an instant hit, hit the ground running and eventually become the club’s best player. That has been the case of brilliant Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
The midfielder, since joining Manchester United, has been such an outstanding player and lifted the club from its previous low state. His arrival also brought about more confidence in the United’s dressing room and lifted the spirits of fans of the Premier League club.
Italian football manager Fabio Capello has weighed in on the Raul Jimenez, 29, to Juventus move, saying the player would be the perfect complement for Cristiano Ronaldo. There have been heavy links to Turin as Andrea Pirlo sets up shop.
Ronaldo was impressive in the 2020 calendar year despite the suspension of sports, scoring 25 goals in 25 games, only behind Robert Lewandowski who scored the same amount of goals but in four games less. Ciro Immobile outscored him season-wide to win the Golden Boot award in the Serie A.
La Liga giant Barcelona have been strongly linked with a move for Juventus star Miralem Pjanic. They are keen on retaining Arthur Melo but open to discussing other targets the Serie A might want, as per reports. This is the same market in which the Spanish champs are hoping to offload 130 million pounds Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian was underwhelming at his time at the Nou Camp compared to expectations from his time at Anfield. He went on loan to Germany but after nine goals and eight assists, Bayern Munich feel he is not at the level his employers are pricing him so they rejected a permanent deal. The 27-year old has ruled out a return to Liverpool, and at some point Barca were willing to bring him back to Spain to play. But then they are seeking out Pjanic as a player more suited to their style of play.
Manchester United will renew their interest in Netherlands center back Matthijs de Ligt. The towering center half was on Manchester United radar last summer before the youngster chose to move to Italy with Juventus. The Red Devils are apparently ready to renew their interest in the player ahead of the 2020/21 season.
The Netherlands international has spent the last nine months in Turin following a £77m move from Ajax, where de Ligt – together with Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong – was the star of Erik ten Hag’s side that reached the Champions League semi-finals. The young Ajax side saw off Real Madrid and Juventus on their way to the semi final. They won the first leg of the semi final against Tottenham Hotspur before Spurs turned the game around in the second leg.
Real Madrid was supposed to have a walk over into the final of the Copa Del Rey when they got drawn to face Real Sociedad but on a night Barcelona themselves lost to Athletico Bilbao, Los Blancos fell to Sociedad who was ironically with a young star from on loan from the capital club Martin Odegaard
Odegaard is one of the many teenage talents to have crossed under the radar of Real Madrid before trying out other teams and the chief reason almost always rested on the fact that the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo in the squad was kind of an obstacle. Even the well-established players like Karim Benzema often struggled to step out of his shadow while the likes of Gonzalo Higuain didn’t waste time before deciding he was better off somewhere else.
France and Belgium are leading contenders for the Euro 2020 title, but Portugal and England also stand decent chances if things go their way.
France are the defending champs of the FIFA World Cup and were the opponents Portugal had to fiercely overcome to win in 2016. The core of the squad is still available, talented and ready, hungry for even more titles. The option of experienced players and bond in the French side will only be hindered by complacency – which is starting to get obvious.
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is still topping European charts. The Portuguese has fired 36 shots – the most in Europe’s Top Five leagues.
The 34-year old former Real Madrid star moved to Italy for a different experience last term. While he did not top the scoring charts, he was one of the top scorers. Despite his advanced age, he consistently kept on leading the chats in Spain. However, now he has to be rotated to assist in specific games and times in the season.
Cristiano Ronaldo endeared himself to many more during the UEFA award night when he spoke fondly of his greatest rival Lionel Messi. He said he was open to the idea of having dinner with Messi, even as they both lost the biggest award of the night – the UEFA Men’s Player of the Tear award – to Virgil van Dijk.
Ronaldo has always seen his moving around and yet being successful as a thing of pride. With Juventus’ continental success a priority this term, afterwards the Portuguese would likely be looking at his next move.