According to former club president Ramon Calderon, Real Madrid have made an ‘historic error’ by selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus,
The Portuguese star was official introduced as a Juventus player on Monday after completing a £100million transfer to the Serie A giants, ending a trophy-laden nine years at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 33-year-old is Real’s all-time leading scorer with 450 goals in 438 appearances, winning the Champions League four times during his time with the club.
And Calderon, the man responsible for bringing Ronaldo to Madrid from Manchester United back in 2009, believes the club have made a mistake. Read more... (231 words, estimated 55 secs reading time)
Cristiano Ronaldo declared himself the new Special One of football as he vowed to go on and on at the very highest level after sealing a £100million transfer to Juventus.
Ronaldo, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, leaves Real Madrid after a nine-year spell with the Spanish giants, in which he scored 451 goals and won four Champions League titles.
Including his vast wages, Juventus’ investment in Ronaldo may reach up to £300m over the duration of his four-year contract in Italy, which will take the Portuguese forward through to the age of 37. Read more... (477 words, estimated 1:54 mins reading time)
Chelsea are looking to take advantage of AC Milan’s precarious financial situation by making an offer for star centre back Leonardo Bonucci, according to reports.
Milan are currently in turmoil and US-based hedge fund Elliott Management have been forced to seize control of the club after former owner Li Yonghong missed the deadline to pay back part of a £265million loan.
The Italian giants have already been banned from taking part in the Europa League for breaching Financial Fair Play rules and are now looking to balance the books, with a number of last summer’s high profile arrivals available for transfer. Read more... (282 words, estimated 1:08 mins reading time)
James Rodriguez could be in line for a shock return to Real Madrid, after giving signals he would welcome a fresh start at the Bernabeu.
The Colombian international spent last season on loan in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich, although he had signed a new Madrid deal.
James’ agreement in Bavarian was initially set to see him complete a two-year loan, after which his Madrid contract would expire and Bayern would have the option to buy.
The Germans are keen to exercise this clause, but according to reports in Spain James is now looking to return to La Liga. He has dropped hints that he could start anew at the Bernabeu, report Marca. Read more... (275 words, estimated 1:06 mins reading time)
Maurizio Sarri must have wondered what he has gotten himself into. With 24 hours of his hiring, Chelsea’s best player Eden Hazard told the world he wanted to leave Stamford Bridge. Now, Hazard’s Belgium teammate Thibaut Courtois had also cast a huge doubt over his future at the club.
The goalkeeper has been locked in talks with Chelsea over an extension to his existing deal that has less than 12 months to run. Chelsea’s existing offer is worth in the region of £200,000-per-week.
If the Belgium international does not agree a new deal he can leave for nothing next summer , a scenario Chelsea are obviously keen to avoid. Read more... (438 words, estimated 1:45 mins reading time)
Cristiano Ronaldo wanted Napoli to be his next destination after leaving Real Madrid, but had to opt for his ‘plan B’ of Juventus after club president Aurelio De Laurentiis refused to spend big, according to reports.
It is claimed in Italy that the player had made a decision to leave Madrid and had focused on Serie A, with specific intentions of joining Napoli.
The free-flowing football of the Italian side earned the admiration of Europe’s elite last season, and a move would have seen Ronaldo reunited with manager Carlo Ancelotti after the veteran boss replaced Maurizio Sarri. Read more... (253 words, estimated 1:01 mins reading time)
Cristiano Ronaldo has touched down in Turin ahead of his official unveiling as a Juventus player on Monday afternoon.
The Portuguese star looked cool in shades and a T-shirt, giving the thumbs up to the cameras as he stepped off his private jet alongside girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez. He was accompanied by his mother Maria Dolores, and son Cristiano Junior.
Ronaldo timed the arrival to coincide with the 2018 World Cup Final between France and Croatia, so he avoided crowds of fans or journalists.
After landing in Turin they then went to La Mandria, where he will be staying tonight ahead of the medical at the J-Centre on Monday morning. Read more... (204 words, estimated 49 secs reading time)
Goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, as well as a controversial VAR-awarded penalty, helped France beat Croatia 4-2 in an incredible World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday to lift the trophy for the second time in their history.
In a match that had a bit of everything, Mario Mandzukic scored the first ever own goal in a World Cup final to put France in front at the Luzhniki Stadium, only for Ivan Perisic to equalise.
However, Antoine Griezmann’s penalty put France back in front after Perisic’s handball was penalised with the aid of the video assistant referee, before Pogba and Mbappe both scored in the second half. Read more... (652 words, estimated 2:36 mins reading time)
Manchester United’s depleted squad flew to Los Angeles on Sunday as they prepared to embark on their preseason tour of the United States.
The Red Devils boarded a plane from Manchester Airport as they geared up for their five-match tour which will see them play matches in five different US cities.
Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw were pictured at the airport as they embark on United’s preseason despite uncertain futures at the club.
Shaw is determined to win back his place but is entering the final 12 months of his United deal with manager Jose Mourinho still unconvinced by the left back. Read more... (285 words, estimated 1:08 mins reading time)
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard wasted no time now that the World Cup has ended to tell the world that he wants to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
After helping his country to their best-ever finish at a World Cup tournament and afterward told reporters:
‘I have spent six years with Chelsea. I played a fantastic World Cup, so it’s maybe time to change something. Chelsea will make the final decision — if they want to let me go, you know my preferred destination.
“After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different. Read more... (234 words, estimated 56 secs reading time)