Manchester United draw PSG in Champions League, Liverpool to face Bayern Munich

Manchester United have drawn Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Liverpool will face Bayern Munich and Tottenham will take on Borussia Dortmund. Manchester City were drawn against Bundesliga side Schalke, meaning three of the four English teams will face German opposition. Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the city of Madrid, with Juventus drawn against Atletico. Holders Real Madrid must overcome Dutch side Ajax, while Barcelona will take on Lyon and Roma will face FC Porto. The first legs of the last-16 ties will be split…

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Ronaldo challenges Messi to leave Barcelona and La Liga

Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has suggested that Lionel Messi “maybe needs more” after so long at Barcelona and has invited his eternal rival to join him in Serie A. Two talismanic performers who have cemented standings among the all-time greats spent nine years battling for supremacy in Spain prior to a stunning summer transfer window. Ronaldo’s decision to leave Real Madrid for Turin in a £90m deal has left Messi as the standalone five-time Ballon d’Or winner in LaLiga. Ronaldo has called on his great rival to join him in Serie…

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Luka Modric wins Ballon d’or to end Ronaldo and Messi dominance

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won the 2018 Ballon d’Or, becoming the first player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the award in more than a decade. Modric, 33, won his third successive Champions League in May before helping Croatia to a first World Cup final. Former Brazil and AC Milan forward Kaka, in 2007, was the last player other than Messi or Ronaldo to win it. Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer, came second. Barcelona forward Messi finished fifth, with…

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UEFA president dismisses possibility of breakaway Super League

Proposed plans for a breakaway European Super League are “fiction” – according to the two most powerful officials in European football. Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin and Andrea Agnelli, the chairman of the influential European Club Association (ECA) which represents over 200 leading teams, say they are “united” – despite recently leaked documents claiming secret talks had been held over the creation of a new elite league. “The Super League will not happen. It is in a way a fiction now or a dream,” said Ceferin. Agnelli, who is also chairman…

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Cristiano Ronaldo believes Juventus should have easily beaten Man Utd

Cristiano Ronaldo believes former club Manchester United’s performance was not deserving of victory over Juventus on Wednesday. Ronaldo volleyed Juve into the lead in the second half in Turin – his first Champions League goal for his new club. But his sensational strike counted for nothing as United staged a dramatic late turnaround, snatching three points thanks to Juan Mata’s free-kick and an Alex Sandro own goal in the final four minutes. Ronaldo was pleased with the quality of his goal but felt Juventus should have easily beaten his former club.…

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Injured Romelu Lukaku doubtful for Manchester derby

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku could miss the Manchester derby at the weekend after he was not named in the squad for Wednesday’s trip to Juventus. The 25-year-old Belgian was dropped to the bench for the match against Everton two weeks ago and then missed the win at Bournemouth because of an injury. “He’s injured for tomorrow, I’m not sure for Sunday,” United manager Jose Mourinho said. Lukaku has only scored four goals in 14 matches for United this season. The last of those came in the 2-1 win at…

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Paul Pogba ‘unaffected’ by removal as Manchester United vice captain

Paul Pogba says he has been unaffected by having the Manchester United vice-captaincy stripped from him by manager Jose Mourinho – who he said he plays for with “happiness”. The France World Cup winner, 25, fell out of favour at Old Trafford last season and had his role as deputy taken away in late September, prompting suggestions that fans should snap up a ladbrokes bonus code 2018 and bet on an Old Trafford exit. “If he takes the armband away, it doesn’t change anything,” said Pogba. “I just want to play,…

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Real Madrid sue over claims club forced Ronaldo to settle in rape case

Real Madrid have taken legal action against a Portuguese newspaper that reported the club forced Cristiano Ronaldo to settle with the woman who accused him of rape. Real said the information published by Correio da Manhã is “categorically false” and was printed in an effort to “seriously damage the image of this club”. Real said they have “absolutely no knowledge of any of the information that the newspaper published with regard to the player Cristiano Ronaldo, and therefore the club was unable to take action on a matter of which…

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Cristiano Ronaldo lawyer acknowledges Kathryn Mayorga agreement

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Las Vegas-based attorney said his soccer star client “vehemently denies all of the allegations” made in a lawsuit filed last month, and he described the encounter in a Las Vegas hotel room in June 2009 as “consensual in nature.” In a lawsuit filed in Clark County (Nev.) District Court last month, Kathryn Mayorga detailed the alleged assault inside a suite at the Palms Hotel and Casino. Ronaldo issued a statement last week to “firmly deny the accusations being issued against me.” “Mr. Ronaldo has always maintained, as he…

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Ronaldo denies attack accusation, calls rape ‘abominable crime’

Cristiano Ronaldo has categorically denied accusations by a former model who says the soccer star raped her in a Las Vegas hotel penthouse suite in 2009. “I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me,” tweeted the 33-year-old, who plays for Juventus in Italy’s Serie A. “Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.” “Keen as I may be to clear my name I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense,” he said. I…

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Keylor Navas admits Real Madrid are missing Ronaldo after shock loss

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas admitted the La Liga giants are missing Cristiano Ronaldo after their goalless run continued on Tuesday. Madrid suffered a shock 1-0 loss to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, extending their winless and goalless streaks to three matches. Ronaldo left Madrid for Juventus in July, having scored at an incredible rate at the club, including 44 times last season. While Navas is keen to move on from the Portuguese superstar, he said his team had a big hole to fill following Ronaldo’s departure. “Cristiano left…

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s one-game ban clears him to face Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo will be available to face his former club Manchester United in the Champions League next month after being handed a one-match ban by Uefa for his red card against Valencia. The governing body has confirmed the Juventus forward will be suspended for only a single game – against Young Boys in Turin – after its control, ethics and disciplinary board decided not to increase the automatic penalty at a meeting on Thursday. A Uefa statement said: “The CEDB has decided to suspend the Juventus player Cristiano Ronaldo for one Uefa competition match for which…

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Modric breaks Ronaldo-Messi dominance to win top FIFA award

Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long domination of football’s individual awards by being crowned FIFA’s best player of the year on Monday. The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions League, and he inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time. He beat Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah to the prize. Modric’s success means Ronaldo remains tied with Messi having won FIFA’s award in different guises five times each. At 33, Croatia’s run to the final was…

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Antoine Griezman: I am at the top with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe

Antoine Griezmann has said that although he is a different player to Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, he is “at the top” in football. Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann, a World Cup winner with France, is targeting the Ballon d’Or after the disappointment of not being nominated for FIFA’s The Best award. “There are different ways to look at football,” he told Diario AS. “It’s obvious that I’m a different player to Cristiano, Messi, Neymar or [Kylian] Mbappe. “I’m at the top but I can get better. I want to be the most complete…

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Douglas Costa faces lengthy ban and Juventus fine after red card for spitting

The Juventus coach, Massimiliano Allegri, said the winger Douglas Costa will be fined by the club after he was sent off for spitting at a Sassuolo opponent on Sunday, marring a 2-1 Serie A win in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goals for the club. Costa, who faces a lengthy ban, was dismissed for spitting at Federico Di Francesco after a running feud in which the Brazilian also elbowed and head-butted the Sassuolo player. “Even if he was fouled, these episodes must not happen,” Allegri said. “We mustn’t fall for provocation.…

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Cristiano Ronaldo opens account as Juventus edge past Sassuolo

Cristiano Ronaldo opened his long-awaited account for new club Juventus with two goals in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Sassuolo at the Allianz Stadium. The reigning Player of the Year, who had gone 320 minutes in the black and white colours of the Old Lady without a goal, found himself in the right place at the right time to prod home on the 50th minute mark after the visitors made a mess of clearing their lines from a corner, with the ball rebounding kindly to Ronaldo off the post for the 33-year-old to…

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Marcelo dismisses exit speculation and commits future to Real Madrid

Real Madrid defender Marcelo has insisted his future lies with Real Madrid despite continued reports linking him with a move to Juventus. With Cristiano Ronaldo, formerly of Real and good mates with Marcelo, joining the Serie A club, the Brazilian left-back was expected to follow the same path but he has now poured cold water on such speculation. “It’s an element which is hardly worth discussing. I’m very happy at Real Madrid, it’s my home and I’ve got many years left on my contract,” Marcelo told Real Madrid TV . “I’m very happy…

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Ronaldo, Modric and Salah nominated for FIFA The Best Men’s Player of the Year award

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah have emerged as the final three nominees for FIFA’s The Best Men’s Player of the Year award. Ronaldo and Modric both led Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title in May while Salah scored 44 goals in a record breaking debut season for Liverpool. The final three means there’s no place for Lionel Messi whose Barcelona side won LaLiga last term but crashed out in the quarterfinals of the Champions League to Roma who overturned a 4-1 first leg defeat. Croatia…

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Alvaro Morata says he never considered Chelsea exit

Alvaro Morata is determined to prove his worth to Chelsea after admitting he never considered leaving the club after a difficult first season in England. Morata only scored one league goal after the turn of the year as speculation over his Chelsea future intensified amid links with Serie A and LaLiga. The 25-year-old Spain international, who was left out of the country’s World Cup squad, was on target in Chelsea’s 3-2 win over London rivals Arsenal in Premier League action on Saturday. “There was never a thought for me to leave. For me,…

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Ronaldo, Modric and Salah up for UEFA Player of the Year award

Luka Modrić, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah have been nominated for the 2017/18 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award. Ronaldo, who won the award last season, helped Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title and finished as the competition’s top scorer with 15 goals. The Portuguese, who has since moved on to Juventus has three wins in total and is the only player to have made the shortlist every year since UEFA created the award in 2011. Modric, also part of Madrid’s Champions League winning team, finished…

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Bonucci rejoins Juventus from AC Milan as Higuain moves the other way

Leonardo Bonucci has rejoined Juventus from AC Milan just a year after his dramatic exit from the Italian champions, with the striker Gonzalo Higuaín moving in the opposite direction. AC Milan will pay 18m euros (£16m) for the loan of Higuain and have the option to make the deal permanent in a year by paying a fee of 36m euros (£32.04m). Italy defender Mattia Caldara has left Juve to join AC Milan. Bonucci, 31, and Caldara, 24, is a swap deal with both transfers worth 35m euros (£31.2m). Higuain, 30,…

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Cristiano Ronaldo joining Juventus in €100m deal from Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo is joining Juventus after the Italian club agreed a €100m (£88.3m) fee for the Portuguese forward with Real Madrid. The 33-year-old is set to sign a four-year deal in Turin reportedly worth a staggering £500,000/week. “Real Madrid CF communicates that, in response to the will and request expressed by the player Cristiano Ronaldo, he has agreed to transfer to Juventus FC,” read a statement on the club’s website. The player and his agent, Jorge Mendes, met the Juventus chairman, Andrea Agnelli, in Greece where he is on holiday, on…

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Paris St-Germain complete signing of Buffon from Juventus

Paris St-Germain have signed former Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon on a free transfer. Buffon, 40, left Juventus at the end of last season, ending a 17-year stay at a club where he played 656 times. The nine-time Serie A winner has signed a one-year deal with the French champions with the option for a further 12 months. “I know what dreams PSG and its fans have in their hearts,” he said. “I am going to bring all my energy, all my experience and all of my thirst to…

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Cristiano Ronaldo set for sensational Juventus switch

Cristiano Ronaldo is on the cusp of sealing a sensational move to Juventus from Real Madrid, according to multiple media reports in Portugal, Italy and Spain. The five-time Ballon D’or winner cast doubt on his future at Real in the immediate aftermath of winning the Champions League for the third successive year, and it appears a move to the Italian champions is inching ever closer. According to Portuguese newspaper Record, Ronaldo is set to sign a four-year contract in Turin and a €100m deal is set to be confirmed in…

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Juventus sign Valencia defender Joao Cancelo for £35.5m

Juventus have signed Portuguese defender Joao Cancelo from Valencia for £35.5m on a five-year deal. Cancelo, who plays as a right back but can also play further forward, spent last season on loan at Inter Milan where he scored one goal in 26 Serie A appearances. The 24-year-old was included in Portugal’s 26-man preliminary squad for the ongoing World Cup in Russia but was eventually axed from Fernando Santos’ travelling party. Cancelo will be replacing Stephan Lichtsteiner, the veteran Swiss right back, who left to join Arsenal last month on a…

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