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CRISTIANO RONALDO TRANSFER NEWS: Real Madrid stunned as Star agrees to join Juventus

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CRISTIANO RONALDO TRANSFER NEWS

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The Champions League holders expected to hold on to their star attacker despite recent rumours, but he is set to begin a new chapter in Italy
Real Madrid have been left shocked by Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to leave the European champions to join Juventus.

Goal can confirm the 33-year-old is close to completing a move to the Serie A side, having already reached an agreement over a four-year contract worth €30 million (£26.5m/$35m) per season.

Juventus still have to negotiate a fee with Madrid and are expected to have to pay upwards of €100m (£88m/$117m), but could go as high as €120m (£106m/$140.5m).

Although the prospect of the Portugal star leaving the Santiago Bernabeu outfit has only increased since he indicated he wanted to leave after his side beat Liverpool to win a third consecutive Champions League final , those in charge at Madrid have only recently started to take it seriously.

But Ronaldo is closer than ever to leaving and the Bianconeri are confident of landing a player they tried to sign from Sporting CP when he was 18 years old, only to see the move collapse because Marcelo Salas, offered in exchange for him, rejected the move to Portugal.

However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has admitted before that he admired Juve as a child and felt the respect of the fans after scoring with a stunning overhead kick when Madrid visited the Turin team in the Champions League.

Ronaldo sees Juventus as the ideal team to enhance his global reputation as he aims to dominate another of Europe’s top divisions and compete for another Champions League crown to add to the five he has won with United and Madrid.

Furthermore, the Blancos captain feels a lack of protection at Madrid. Reports of his unhappiness first arose last summer when A Bola reported his desire to leave amid his issues with the Spanish tax authorities, which he has agreed to settle with a €18.8 million (£16m/$22m) payoff .

The situation got worse as Ronaldo had a rough start to the season while Madrid were constantly reported to be looking for replacements for him.

This week, Madrid had to release statements denying reports they had made offers for Paris Saint-Germain stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe .

Although Ronaldo has often said he is open to staying at Madrid until the end of his playing career, his relationship with the club has deteriorated and prompted him to find the love he seeks in Italy.

Source: Goal.com

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Jose Mourinho speaks on 3-0 win over Young Boys, Pogba’s performance in Champions League group match

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Jose Mourinho speaks on 3-0 win over Young Boys, Pogba’s performance in Champions League group match

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has said he fully understood why it took his team half an hour, to get going against Young Boys on Wednesday night.

United took the lead in their Champions League opener in emphatic style through Paul Pogba.

The Frenchman doubled the lead from the penalty spot before half, before Anthony Martial wrapped up the win in the 66th minute.

“I can understand the reasons we didn’t start the game very well. I can understand why it took us 20-25 minutes to be in control.

“I can understand why Young Boys pushed us back at the beginning, like they did against Dinamo Zagreb too.

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“I think they know, and I can say it now the game is over, how difficult it is for opponents to play on this pitch (plastic). They created us with problems, but the goal changed everything and after that we were totally in control.

“It is really important for us to start with a victory,” Mourinho told reporters after the match.

Speaking on Pogba’s performance, Mourinho said: “He felt tired in the last part of the game but it was a good performance. Solid, class and gave the team the pace we needed at times. He controlled the tempo and of course it was a very good goal.

“The penalty showed personality too as sometimes when you miss one you have doubts but none for him.”

Mourinho also heaped praise on both full-backs – Diogo Dalot and Luke Shaw.

“Both full-backs were very, very good. Very offensive and always eyes open. Very calm. Luke has been doing it since the start of the season and Diogo is one of the best young right-backs in Europe already. He is just 19 years old,” he said.

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Champions League Update: Real Madrid, Manchester United win, Lyon stun Man City

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Champions League Update: Real Madrid, Manchester United win, Lyon stun Man City

Real Madrid began their quest to win the Champions League for a fourth time in a row, with a 3-0 win over Roma on Wednesday night.

The LaLiga giants, who lost Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, dominated proceedings at the Santiago Bernabeu, but only scored once in the first half through Isco’s lovely free-kick.

However, Gareth Bale and Mariano Diaz added more goals in the second half.

Manchester United thrashed Young Boys 3-0 in Switzerland, with Paul Pogba netting a brace, while Bayern Munich won 2-0 away at Benfica.

Lyon shocked Manchester City 2-1 at The Etihad and Ajax hammered AEK Athens 3-0.

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Cristiano Ronaldo leaves pitch in tears after receiving red card for grabbing opponent by the hair on Champions League debut for Juventus (Video)

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Cristiano Ronaldo leaves pitch in tears after receiving red card for grabbing opponent by the hair on Champions League debut for Juventus (Video)

Portuguese striker, Cristiano Ronaldo left the pitch in tears as he received a red card following an off-the-ball clash with an opponent during Juventus and Valencia clash on Wednesday night.

The 33-year-old flicked his boot at Jeison Murillo as they clashed together in the 29th minute and the defender fell to the floor. The Portugal forward then appeared to pull Murillo’s hair in an attempt to lift him off the ground and the Valencia players immediately protested to the fifth official behind the goal.Cristiano Ronaldo leaves pitch in tears after receiving red card for grabbing opponent by the hair on Champions League debut for Juventus (Video)

After Referee Felix Brych consulted with his colleague, he gave Ronaldo a red card, leaving the footballer in tears as he made his way down the tunnel.

The red card was Ronaldo’s 11th red card of his career but first in the Champions League.

Watch the incident below.

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