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Ronaldo not leaving Juventus, says coach

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Cristiano Ronaldo is not leaving Italian club Juventus yet, the manager of the team, Massiliano Allegri,  has said.

Ronaldo, 36, wrote on social media this week that rumours of his departure were “a disrespect for me as a man and as a player”.

In a pre-match interview, Allegri said the Portugal captain was staying.
“[Ronaldo] has never expressed a desire to leave,” he said, adding, “He has told me that he’s staying, so we can clear that one up.”
Juventus travel to Udinese in the opening game of their Serie A campaign on Sunday at 17:30 BST.
Ronaldo has been the subject of transfer speculation throughout the summer, with reports linking him with Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain and Manchester City.
However, on Tuesday, Real’s new boss Carlo Ancelotti dismissed the idea of Ronaldo returning to the Spanish giants any time soon.
“Cristiano is a Real Madrid legend and he has all my love and respect. I have never considered signing him. We look forward,” he wrote.
Ronaldo added in his Instagram post: “The frivolous way that my future is covered in the media is disrespectful to all the clubs involved in these rumours, as well as to their players and staff.”
The former Manchester United forward moved to Juventus from Madrid in a deal worth 112m euros (£99.2m) in 2018.
In May, he became the fastest player to score 100 goals for the Italian side – a feat he achieved in 131 games.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has 10 months remaining on his contract at Allianz Stadium. BBC

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Edinson Cavani wants Barcelona FC move

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Manchester United striker, Edinson Cavani, wants to move to Barcelona next month.

The Uruguay international, off contract in June, is a target for Barca coach, Xavi, and also Juventus FC.

However, Mundo Deportivo said Cavani’s priority is Barca and he wishes to make the move in January.

Indeed, the 34 year-old would be willing to play out his career as a Barca player.

Barca chiefs are now counting on Cavani negotiating a free transfer from United.

Indeed, the Catalans see Cavani as a better option than FC Basel striker Arthur Cabral and Manchester City’s Ferran Torres.

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Ronaldo hits back at ‘lies’ about Ballon d’Or rivalry with Messi

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Cristiano Ronaldo has hit back at comments made by Ballon d’Or organiser Pascal Ferre, saying the editor-in-chief of France Football “lied” about his rivalry with Lionel Messi.

Ferre told the New York Times on Friday that Manchester United forward Ronaldo’s sole ambition was to retire with more of the awards for the world’s best player than Messi.

Argentine Messi beat Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho to claim a record-extending seventh Ballon d’Or award.

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“Pascal Ferre lied, he used my name to promote himself and to promote the publication he works for,” Ronaldo, who has won the award five times, said in an Instagram post on Monday.

“It is unacceptable that the person responsible for awarding such a prestigious prize could lie in this way, in absolute disrespect for someone who has always respected France Football and the Ballon d’Or.”

“I always win for myself and for the clubs I represent, I win for myself and for those who love me. I don’t win against someone,” added the Portugal forward.

“The biggest ambition of my career is to leave my name written in golden letters in the history of world football.”

 

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Ronaldo criticises France Football editor over Messi Ballon d’Or claims

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Cristiano Ronaldo has hit back at the editor of France Football who claimed the Manchester United forward’s only ambition is to “retire with more Ballons d’Or than Lionel Messi”.

The Portuguese, who has won the prestigious accolade five times, took to social media on Monday to refute the claims made by Pascal Ferré, who spoke to the New York Times ahead of the 2021 awards.

Messi won the men’s award for a record seventh time at the ceremony in Paris on Monday.

Ferré told the New York Times: “Ronaldo has only one ambition and that is to retire with more Ballon d’Or [awards] than Messi. I know because he has told me.”

However, Ronaldo has disputed that version of events and took to Instagram to claim that Ferré “lied” during the interview.

“Today’s outcome explains the comments by Pascal Ferré last week, when he stated that I confided in him that my only ambition was to finish my career with more Ballons d’Or than Lionel Messi,” a Ronaldo statement said.

“Pascal Ferré lied and used my name to promote himself and to promote the publication that he works for. It’s unacceptable for the person responsible for handing out such a prestigious award to lie in this way and to show disrespect to someone who has always respected France Football and the Ballon d’Or. He lied again today to justify my absence from the ceremony due to an alleged quarantine that has no reason to exist.

“I always congratulate whoever wins, in tandem with the sportsmanship and fair play that have underpinned my career since the start and I do that because I’m never against anyone. I always win for myself and for the clubs that I represent. I win for myself and for those who love me. I don’t win against anyone.”

Ronaldo added: “My biggest ambition in my career is to win trophies at club and international level, for the clubs that I play for and my national team. My biggest ambition in my career is to set a good example for everyone who is or wants to be a professional footballer. My biggest ambition in my career is to have my name written in gold in world football history.

“I’ll finish up by saying that my focus is already on Manchester United’s next game and everything that we can still achieve this season alongside my teammates and our fans. As for the rest, the rest is just that…”

 

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