StoryMatthijs de Ligt keen on Juventus move, says agent

Super-agent Mino Raiola has said that Matthijs de Ligt is keen on making the switch to Juventus this summer, although he won’t push through the departure from Ajax. The Serie A holders have been widely touted to land De Ligt in the transfer window but so far, they have failed with their initial approach for the Dutchman.

Speaking to De Telegraaf, Raiola revealed that De Ligt has an agreement to leave Ajax as per the discussions held during the previous campaign. He added that an arbitration case for the defender remains out of question and the centre-back is hopeful of making the switch to Turin with the blessings from the Dutch champions.

StoryGianluigi Buffon insists Cristiano Ronaldo came to represent Juventus

Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon has said that Cristiano Ronaldo was lured to the Serie A because of the Bianconeri rather than the surroundings of Italy. The Portugal international had a wonderful first season where he scored 27 goals across all competitions and he helped the Bianconeri to win the Serie A for the eighth-season running.

Speaking to Corriere dello Sport, Buffon said that there is nothing fake about the 34-year-old and he sees the Portuguese as a professional, who is determined to achieve regular success with the Turin giants, he told: “Cristiano? I don’t think Ronaldo chose to come to Italy, he chose Juventus. If you’ll allow me to say, it’s a different reality to the others. We met up in Turin and I don’t think Ronaldo is pretending to be the perfect champion. He is simply someone who set himself personal and professional goals and spent all his life trying to achieve them. He sets the example.”

StoryRonaldo's debut season in Italy: was it a success?

Cristiano Ronaldo took the decision to leave Real Madrid behind after winning a third Champions League on the spin and head to Italy to join Juventus. It's fair to say it has been a mixed season for the 34-year-old old, especially from a player who demands so much from his team and himself.

The Portuguese star failed to register a fourth straight Champions League and he even failed to be the Serie A's top goalscorer, missing out by five goals to Fabio Quagliarella, who finished the season with 26 to his name.

StoryCahill suggests Ronaldo should win the Ballon d’Or over Messi

Former Everton star Tim Cahill has said that Cristiano Ronaldo should be awarded with the Ballon d’Or ahead of Lionel Messi this year. The Portugal international ended his nine-year association with Real Madrid to pursue a fresh challenge with Juventus and Cahill believes the attacker’s success in Turin should be acknowledged with another Ballon d’Or crown.

He said: "He left Real Madrid, went there and had such a massive impact on another league. I've never seen another player do it at Man United, Madrid for so many years. And I know he didn't win the Champions League, but he has such an impact in any club. If you can take players and put them somewhere at his age... I know people won't agree, I just appreciate his professionalism."

StoryPogba says players should not be compared with Messi and Ronaldo

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has said that players should not be compared with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, considering they are maintaining scoring statistics which are beyond the capabilities of others. One of Messi or Ronaldo had won the Ballon d’Or between 2008 and 2017 but that trend changed last year with midfielder Luka Modric bagging the accolade.

Speaking to The Manchester Evening News, Pogba suggested that Messi and Ronaldo remain the exception when it comes to performances, given they have been scoring loads of goals on a seasonal basis. He added that some of the legends of the past are being made to look average with the statistics and every player’s work should be judged with perspective.

StoryAllegri reiterates Juventus commitment after Champions League exit

Juventus manager Max Allegri has said that he is committed to the cause of the club despite the recent Champions League exit at the hands of Ajax. The Bianconeri were outclassed by Ajax over the course of the double-legged quarter-final and the latter eventually prevailed with a 3-2 aggregate in the end.

Speaking after the game, Allegri praised the performance from Ajax and said that the Eredivisie outfit truly deserve to make the next stage of the competition. He added that he is fully committed to the Turin giants for the future and the immediate focus remaining on clinching an eighth successive Serie A crown.

StoryGareth Bale Denies Suggestions of Rift with Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale has denied suggestions that he had a rift with former Madrid galactico Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo was one of the first major acquisitions by president Florentino Perez when he took over from Ramón Calderón in January 2009. Ronaldo was signed for a then-world record fee of £80 million. The Portuguese international was able to hold his position as the world’s most expensive player for four years before the record was broken by the arrival of Gareth Bale for £90 million. Up until then, Ronaldo had enjoyed the supreme status and his ego seemed to have suffered a major blow when Bale turned up at the Santiago Bernabeu.

As a result, there were frequent reports of Ronaldo not getting along well with Bale. This was even demonstrated by a couple of on-the-field incidents in which Ronaldo did not celebrate when Bale scored a goal. The pair, though, played a crucial role in the success of the team during their time together. After playing together for five years, Ronaldo quit the Santiago Bernabeu for Juventus in the summer of 2018. Even though Bale’s importance at Real Madrid has gone down drastically over the last couple of years due to injuries, he remains an integral part of the Los Blancos.

StoryIs Rashford the New Ronaldo?

When it comes to Manchester United and superstar players, the list is certainly an illustrious one. Whether it be the likes of George Best and Denis Law from yesteryear or Cristiano Ronaldo at the start of this century, Old Trafford has been the home to many a great over the past few decades.

However, since the departure of Ronaldo to Spanish giants Real Madrid back in 2009, it could be argued that the club have not really had the same calibre of player pull on their world famous red and black colours.

StoryOle Gunnar Solskjaer compares Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United’s caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that Marcus Rashford has the potential in himself to reach the heights of former favourite Cristiano Ronaldo. The England international has improved on his goalscoring ratio since the appointment of Ole in December and he most recently bagged the winning penalty in the shock 3-1 win which ousted Paris Saint-Germain from the Champions League.

Speaking to MUTV, Ole acknowledged that Rashford has the tendency to score goals but he still needs to improve on his gameplay within the box where Ronaldo has excelled over the course of his career, he said: “Rashy’s goals are sometimes worldies and he does have a sensational strike of the ball, but you see the improvement and maturity and change in Cristiano’s goals from when he was young to now. He [Ronaldo] scores more from inside the box and that’s what Rashy has to do - improve his tap-ins, movement in the box, staying in the box, getting away from the centre-backs a few more times.”

StoryMax Allegri speaks positively about Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance despite Atletico defeat

Juventus head coach Max Allegri has spoken positively regarding the performance of Cristiano Ronaldo despite the attacker struggling to make an impression on his return to the Spanish capital. The Bianconeri recently suffered a 2-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 and the match witnessed Ronaldo have the single shot on target while contributing towards the deflected goal by Diego Godin.

Despite this, Allegri was impressed with the performance of the Portugal international on the night and he suggested that the entire team were responsible for the mediocre showing during the second period, he said: "Ronaldo played a good game. He is confident with these kinds of matches. He was not bad at all. We missed all the second half as a team. And this match will be useful looking forward to the second leg."

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