Sunday 24 February 2019

Juventus refuse to rule out Ron deal

Real superstar could be set for Turin move

PASTURES NEW: Cristiano Ronaldo appears primed to end his nine-year association with Real Madrid.
PASTURES NEW: Cristiano Ronaldo appears primed to end his nine-year association with Real Madrid.

Juventus managing director Giuseppe Marotta has remained tight-lipped on the possibility of the Serie A champions making a sensational move for Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

Reports have suggested the reigning Champions League holders are weighing up whether to sell the 33-year-old Portuguese forward this summer.

Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or award, given to the world's best player, for the past two campaigns and scored 15 times in the Champions League last season as Real won Europe's premier club competition for a third time in-a-row.

However, he has dropped hints that he may be looking to leave the Spanish capital and Juve have been linked with his signature in recent days.

Marotta did nothing to downplay those rumours when he was asked: "Can Juve fans start dreaming about Cristiano Ronaldo?"

He responded: "I won't speak (about that)."

Ronaldo, Real's all-time top scorer, has been at the La Liga club since he made a then-world record move from Manchester United in 2009.

Yet he sparked the suggestion he could be seeking a new club with his comments after the Champions League win over Liverpool in Kiev last month.

Ronaldo said: "In the coming days there will be an answer about my future for the fans, who have always been by my side. It has been very nice playing for Real Madrid."


Ronaldo has been a thorn in Juventus's side in recent years, scoring twice in Real's Champions League final victory in 2017.

In this year's quarter-final first leg in Turin, he scored a sensational overhead kick that was applauded by Juventus's own supporters and it was Ronaldo's late penalty in the second leg that ultimately knocked the Italians out.

Juve midfielder Blaise Matuidi said he would welcome having Ronaldo as a team-mate when he was asked about the possibility during France's press conference on Wednesday.

"It would be incredible to have one of the best players in the world at Juventus," he said.

"It would be great for the club and for the players. Right now, though, I'm focused on France."

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