This season’s UEFA Champions League campaign is already edging towards the knockout stage and while some teams have secured their position in the next round, there are some whose qualification still hangs in the balance. There are also the ones who already know that they’re either dropping to the Europa League or have left the competition already.
Last season’s winners Bayern Munich are looking like they are going to retain their crown as they remain the team to beat even this season. After drawing just one and won four of their last five games, they have sealed their qualification to the next round.
Portugal striker Christiano Ronaldo has become the second player in the history of football with 100 goals against his name playing for the country. He achieved this feat scoring both twice as Portugal scored a 2 -0 victory over Sweden this week. The match was Portugal’s second outing in the ongoing UEFA Nations League. The 35-year old player is now only 8 goals shy of equaling the all-time record.
Ali Daei of Iran has his name etched as the highest goal scorer in the game so far. Daei has 109 goals to his credit playing for Iran. Ronaldo who plays his club football in Italy for Juventus started his professional football career in 2003. Since then, he has made a name for himself as one of the all-time greats in the sport. He also wears the captain’s armband for his country.
Cristiano Ronaldo will always remain number one for Medhi Benatia, his team-mate at Juventus. The defender from Morocco has wished the Bianconeri star good luck despite his bitter exit. Those who have been in Turin had been certainly enjoying another campaign that has been productive for them in the session 2019-2020 before the whole of football entered into a state of uncertainty regarding COVID-19 pandemic and indefinite lockdown. Ronaldo once again took the charge of being a great leader for Juventus. The five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or recorded 25 goals out of 32 appearances.
The Portuguese international is currently at the age of 35, but he is still showing off great skills in each of the games. He has not shown any signs of slowing down or weariness and has been continuously improving and enhancing his reputation as one of the best footballers to have ever played a game. Benatia, when asked about his reaction to Ronaldo’s performance, he said for him he is number one, not only as a footballer but also as a human being. He is the ultimate representation of the sport to others. He added, Ronaldo, is very intelligent even when he is off the ground. His brain is faster and quicker than anybody else.
Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri says his gem in human form Cristiano Ronaldo is in huge doubt in facing Roma in the upcoming Coppa Italia clash.
The win over Parma served to show how important having the Portugal international in one’s squad is. For all his superhuman efforts though, Ronaldo remains a human and mitigating the risk of injury is one of the many ways of making sure coaches get the best out of him.
Lionel Messi has been confirmed as an excellent set-piece specialist. The Argentine until a few years ago was not a specialist with freekicks with rival Cristiano Ronaldo known for set pieces. However, the 32-year-old has started scoring freekicks with alarming frequency and reached the magical number 50 against Valladolid in midweek.
Messi has scoreda total of 50 foul goals divided into 44 with Barcelona and 6 with the Argentine national team, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s 54 are distributed as follows: 13 goals with Manchester United, 32 goals with Real Madrid and 9 with Portugal.
Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a move from Barcelona in the past few months and it seems like a transfer could occur in the coming days. The 27-year-old midfielder today changed all traces of Barcelona on his Instagram Bio.
Coutinho changed his profile picture to him in a Brazil jersey and removed the mention of Barcelona on any of his profile. It is understood that several clubs have contacted the midfielder over a move this summer.
Juventus won the Serie A title for the eighth season in a row but disappointed in the Champions League and the club are looking to strengthen in the summer. In a sensational report, the Daily Star claims that star forward Cristiano Ronaldo has told the club to consider signing three players from Barcelona
It is understood that the trio of Jasper Cillessen, Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti were suggested by the 34-year-old. Barcelona disappointing crash in the Champions League to Liverpool means that the Catalans are looking to offload some of their high earning stars and the trio have been linked for a potential exit.
Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri says that having Christiano Ronaldo in the squad “is an advantage” ahead of Juventus clash with the Spanish football giants Athletico Madrid in round of 16 , first leg clash of UEFA Champion league.
Ronaldo is one of the hottest property in the world of football and he is said to be one of the best player in the world of football and who had already won the champion trophy 5 time in his whole career with the Real Madrid before he joined the Italian heavyweights Juventus last year breaking his long tie with Real Madrid and this year Juventus is heavily relied on the Ronaldo for winning their first European crown after 1996 after facing many final and semifinals defeat.
President of Real Madrid Florentino Perez thinks that the transfer of Ronaldo from Real Madrid to Juventus was a big mistake.
Cristiano leaving Real Madrid
Last summer Ronaldo actually left Real Madrid in order to join Juventus which is an Italian club, where he was offered a big amount of money. After Real Madrid won three consecutive titles of UEFA Champions League Ronaldo left the club.
Cristiano Ronaldo said that he is disappointed with the result of the game against Manchester United and that he feels that his team could have done better. He said that Juventus had so many opportunities during the game and that he feels that they could have scored three or four goals during the game.
He said that the Red Devils did not create anything during the whole game and managed to steal the three points by scoring on free-kicks. He said that he is disappointed with the results as he felt that his team has done enough to win the match.