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Get ready to come back! – Ronaldo

Juventus’s Champions League hopes are hanging on Cristiano Ronaldo pulling off another sensational comeback as the Italians trail 2-0 to defensive specialists Atletico Madrid going into the last 16, second-leg tie in Turin on Tuesday. “We didn’t expect to lose the first leg 2-0, but anything can happen, and we want to give a great response in our home, in front of our fans,” Ronaldo told Juventus TV ahead of the game in the Allianz Stadium. Continue reading

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Perez asked Zidane to come back to Madrid – Calderon

Zinedine Zidane has rejected the chance to return as manager of Real Madrid, according to former club president Ramon Calderon. Zidane, 46, left the club last summer five days after winning a third straight Champions League title. Calderon told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I know that this morning the president [Florentino Perez] called Zidane to ask him back, he said not now. Continue reading

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Nobody has stepped up to fill Cristiano Ronaldo’s void – Luka Modric

Luka Modric says Real Madrid are missing Cristiano Ronaldo, as any team would, and admits some of his team-mates have not stepped up as hoped since the Portuguese left last summer. Ronaldo scored 450 goals in nine seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu as Los Blancos claimed four Champions League crowns and a number of other trophies, but the 34-year-old is now a Juventus player and in his absence, Real have struggled for goals at times. Continue reading

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Italy turns on Ronaldo – “Juve are CR minus 7”

Having gone almost the entire season with the view of the Italian public in his favour, Cristiano Ronaldo is now experiencing criticism for the first time in his Juventus career. The country’s most influential newspaper, ‘La Gazzetta Dello Sport’, ran the headline “Juve are CR minus 7” – a slur against Ronaldo’s poor recent form. Then, in the report that followed, the newspaper accused Ronaldo of “disappearing from the radar”. Continue reading