Santos: Ronaldo focused on winning World Cup amid club speculation

Cristiano Ronaldo’s club future may be unclear but Portugal coach Fernando Santos insists the 36-year-old is dreaming about playing at and winning next year’s World Cup. Ronaldo has been linked with a move away from Juventus this close season, including speculation linking him with MLS, along with a possible return to Real Madrid. Amid that, Santos moved to clarify that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was committed to playing for Portugal at the World Cup as they chase their maiden Jules Rimet Trophy. “[Cristiano] has a big dream, that one…

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Juventus haven’t given up hope of winning Serie A – Pirlo

Juventus’ players still believe they can claim a 10th consecutive Serie A title this season, according to head coach Andrea Pirlo. The Bianconeri are 10 points behind leaders Inter, although they have a game in hand on Antonio Conte’s side. That comes at home to Spezia on Tuesday, with Juve looking to address a worrying run of form which has seen them win just once in their past five games across all competitions. They have, however, won their five most recent top-flight matches at the Allianz Stadium, scoring at least…

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Match that, Messi! Ronaldo has hit 15 league goals or more in 15 consecutive seasons

Cristiano Ronaldo unlocked a stunning new career achievement when he netted late on in Juventus’ 3-1 win over Sassuolo on Sunday. It meant the Portugal forward became the only player to score at least 15 goals in each of the last 15 seasons in the top five European leagues. Ronaldo first hit double figures in a league season in 2006-07 when he was a Manchester United player, scoring 17 goals in 34 appearances. Remarkably Ronaldo, who turns 36 next month, has not dropped below that tally in a full season…

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Ronaldo is one goal shy of becoming top scorer in football history

After scoring Juventus’ third goal in the match against Sassuolo on Sunday, Cristiano Ronaldo became the joint top scorer for official goals in football history. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the third goal in Juventus’ 3-1 win over Sassuolo on Sunday and with that he became the joint-highest scorer for club and country in the history of the game. With 759 career goals, Ronaldo equalled Josef Bican, the Austrian-Czech striker who played between 1931 and 1955. In the first week of the year, the Portuguese icon edged past former Brazilian great Pele’s…

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Seria A: Gattuso tells team to be ugly like him

Gennaro Gattuso insisted Napoli cannot always be beautiful like Hollywood actor Brad Pitt as he urged his side to be a “bit ugly” like him. Napoli claimed a last-gasp 2-1 victory at Udinese thanks to Tiemoue Bakayoko’s 90th-minute winner in Serie A on Sunday. Lorenzo Insigne had opened the scoring via a 15th-minute penalty to move level with Careca for seventh place on Napoli’s all-time scorers list in Serie A (73) and also seventh position across all competitions (97). Udinese’s Kevin Lasagna equalised 12 minutes later before Bakayoko ensured Napoli…

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BREAKING: Juventus defender Alex Sandro tests positive for Covid-19

Juventus defender Alex Sandro has tested positive for coronavirus, the Italian champions confirmed on Monday. Juventus said that “following the appearance of some mild symptoms” a test revealed the 29-year-old was positive for Covid-19.  “The player has already been placed in isolation.” Brazilian Sandro played for 83 minutes in Juventus’ 4-1 win over Udinese on Sunday. Juventus added: “The club is in contact with Authorities to define an effective implementation of the protocols required to allow for the training and competition activities of the team.”

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Ronaldo is the star of the show again as Juventus beat Udinese

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and created another goal as Juventus got back to winning ways in Serie A with a 4-1 victory over Udinese in Turin on Sunday, moving the champions up to fifth in the standings. Ronaldo opened the scoring with a trademark drive, after latching on to Aaron Ramsey’s pass in the 31st minute, before threading a perfect through ball into the path of Federico Chiesa to score Juve’s second goal four minutes into the second half. The VAR had a busy evening in Turin. First, the referee…

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Ronaldo overtakes Pele as the 2nd highest goal scorer of All Time

Cristiano Ronaldo overtook Pele as the second-highest goalscorer of all-time with a brace for Juventus in their 4-1 win against Udinese on Sunday. The Portuguese forward scored his 757th and 758th goal of his illustrious career with the goals coming in either half as Andrea Pirlo’s side moved up to fifth in the Serie A table. Pele registered 757 goals during his career for Santos, New York Cosmos and Brazil between 1956 and 1977, but now sits third in the all-time list with Ronaldo now one behind Josef Bican’s total…

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Madrid are a machine against the big teams: 20 points from 24 against top sides

If Real Madrid could play against Spain’s best teams every week, they would be untouchably dominant in LaLiga Santander. Los Blancos’ latest 2-0 win over Celta Vigo at the weekend was just the latest evidence supporting the argument that, as far as Real Madrid are concerned, there’s no better fixture than one against a top side. Having seen off the Galicians, Real Madrid have already played against the other eight sides accompanying them in the top part of the table, taking 20 of the 24 points on offer. Atletico Madrid,…

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