Cristiano Ronaldo Jr Follows Dad’s Footsteps, Scores Sensational Solo Goal. Watch


Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo Jr Follows Dad


Cristiano Ronaldo posted the video of his son playing football on social media © Instagram


Cristiano Ronaldo is regarded as one of the best footballers of our generation. He has scored numerous goals ranging from screamers to overhead kicks, his list seems to be unending. However, it appears his son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr wants to emulate his father in scoring some astonishing goals. In a video shared on social media by Cristiano Ronaldo, his son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr rattles the opposition players by scoring two brilliant goals for his Juventus youth team. The 33-year-old striker posted the clips of both his son’s goals to social media. Cristiano Ronaldo shared the video with a heart emoticon.

Last week, Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici had said it was not easy to replace a player of the calibre of Ronaldo as he also dismissed a return to Italy for Manchester United’s French World Cup winner Paul Pogba. Ronaldo, 33, joined Juventus from Real Madrid last summer for 100 million euros (115 million dollars). The Spanish club have lost three and drawn one of their last four matches and are currently fourth in La Liga. 

“Ronaldo is probably the best player in the history of the game so he isn’t easy to replace,” Paratici told journalists at the Manlio Scopigno ceremony at Rieti in central Italy after receiving a “Manager of the Year” award. Paratici revealed that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner had been keen from the outset to join Juventus. “We talked about it initially, and straight away we got the feeling he wanted to join us, which was a huge advantage,” he said.








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Last-Gasp Cristiano Biraghi Goal Saves Italy, Gives Roberto Mancini First Competitive Win


“A new cycle has already begun,” said Mancini.

“We dominated the game, we had to score the first goal, it would have been unfair to finish 0-0.

“All the lads are trying to do their best. It’s a good win in a very good game.”

Fiorentina defender Biraghi made the sign ’13’ with his hands when he scored, as he dedicated his first goal to former Italy and Fiorentina captain Davide Astori who died of a heart attack last March.

“I owe everything to him. I’m here thanks to Davide who was a mentor for me,” said Biraghi, who was called up to Italy for the first time last month at the age of 26.

European champions Portugal lead the three-team group with six points from two games with Italy on four points after three games with Poland relegated to League B with one point.

Mancini stuck with the same eleven he started with in last Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Ukraine with Federico Bernardeschi, Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Chiesa leading the attack.

Nicolo Barella, 21, was chosen to start over Lorenzo Pellegrini in midfield after making his international debut in Genoa. Poland opted for the strike partnership of Robert Lewandowski and Arkadiusz Milik over Genoa forward Krzysztof Piatek, who has scored 14 goals in ten competitive games for club and country.

Italy had the best of the first half but once again demonstrated their difficulty finishing off.

Jorginho rattled the bar within the first minute, with Federico Chiesa also hitting the woodwork after half an hour in the Silesian Stadium.

Poland could thank Wojciech Szczesny for keeping them in the game with the under-pressure goalkeeper denying Alessandro Florenzi, Jorginho, Federico Bernardeschi and Juventus teammate Giorgio Chiellini in the first half.

Italy had a goal disallowed after 65 minutes following a well-worked pass between Bernardeschi and Marco Verratti with Insigne offside in the box.

Poland also had a couple of chances in the second half with Kamil Grosicki denied by Gianluigi Donnarumma, with Arkadiusz Milik curling over.

– ‘Never say die attitude’ –

Just when it looked as if both sides would settle for a draw, off the last corner, substitute Kevin Lasagna, who made his international debut, steered in for the Biraghi to finish off.

“It had looked as if the match was jinxed,” said Biraghi. 

“The minutes were going by and the ball wouldn’t go in.

“When you create a lot and the ball doesn’t go in you start to get nervous, even risk losing.

“Instead we stayed calm and believed until the end. This victory is thanks to the group’s never say die attitude.”

The result ensures Italy stayed in the tier ahead of December’s Euro 2020 qualifying draw.

Italy next host Portugal on November 17 with Poland playing in Portugal three days later.



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Embattled Cristiano Ronaldo Scores As Juventus Beat Udinese


Embattled Cristiano Ronaldo Scores As Juventus Beat Udinese


Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 37th minute as Juventus beat Udinese 2-0. © AFP


Cristiano Ronaldo shrugged off damaging rape allegations to score for Juventus as the Italian champions beat Udinese 2-0 to stretch their lead at the top of Serie A on Saturday. The Portuguese forward lashed in the second goal in the 37th minute from Mario Mandzukic’s pass, four minutes after Rodrigo Bentancur’s opener. It was Ronaldo’s fourth goal this season for Juventus, with the 33-year-old celebrating wildly with his teammates. Juventus — with a maximum 24 points from eight games — opened up a nine-point lead on second-placed Napoli who host Sassuolo on Sunday.

Ronaldo showed no sign of being under pressure despite the accusations made against him which threaten his multi-million euro sporting empire.

US police on Monday re-opened an investigation into accusations by former American model Kathryn Mayorga that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in June 2009.

Ronaldo has strenuously denied the claims, and Juventus have so far stood behind their superstar, who moved to Turin in the summer in a 100-million-euro (USD 115 million) deal from Real Madrid.

He arrived at Udinese’s compact Stadio Friuli and was greeted by the enthusiastic cries of dozens of children waiting for the two team buses.

During the warm-up before the game he was even approached by a child who came onto the pitch to ask for his autograph.






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Cristiano Ronaldo Prepares To Play For Juventus


“Ronaldo is doing well, he is ready to play. His professionalism and his composure on and off the pitch are not in question,” Allegri said on Friday.

“I could go with a front three of Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo, or alternatively one of them could be rested,” he added.

The Italian sports press predicted on Saturday that the match against Udinese, lying 14th in Serie A, could be the most difficult of the season for Juventus, who are looking for a tenth straight win in all competitions.

“Stronger than the mud,” headlined Turin daily Tuttosport, a traditional backer of Juventus, above a photograph of Ronaldo dining with the team, and a bigger picture of the star smiling.

“CRSexe,” was the front-page headline on Rome-based Corriere dello Sport, referring to the allegations. Another headline said “World of Juve shaken” after the club’s share price plunged almost 10 percent on Friday.

The back page was covered in an advert for Ronaldo’s line of underwear.

Ronaldo, 33, has strenuously denied the accusations and has hired David Chesnoff, known as the lawyer of the stars, to defend him.

The Las Vegas-based criminal lawyer has already worked with well-known athletes like Shaquille O’Neal, Mike Tyson and Andre Agassi.

After initially dismissing the accusations as “fake news” on Instagram, the former Real Madrid player took to social media during the week to “firmly deny” the accusations.

“Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in,” he said on his Twitter feed, which has 75 million followers.

Sponsors concerned

However, there have been off-field consequences to the controversy.

Just two weeks ago, shares in Juventus rose 180 percent to a record level of over 1.80 euros. On Friday, they closed down 9.92 percent at 1.19 euros on the Milan stock exchange.

Nike has said it is “deeply concerned” by the allegations against one of their marquee athletes whose relationship with the US sportswear giant is rumoured to be worth USD 1 billion (869 million euros).

“We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation,” a Nike spokesman said.

According to Forbes magazine, Ronaldo is one of only three athletes to have been given a lifetime deal with Nike, joining an elite club that also includes NBA icons LeBron James and Michael Jordan.

EA Sports, for whom Ronaldo is a leading figure in their phenomenally successful FIFA video game market, also described the allegations as “concerning”.

“We are closely monitoring the situation, as we expect cover athletes and ambassadors to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with EA’s values,” the group said in a statement.

Juventus have so far stood behind Ronaldo, who moved to Turin in the summer in a 100 million euro (USD 115 million) deal from Real Madrid.

However, the Italian club’s reaction to the issue has angered some fans.

The Portuguese striker “has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus”, the club wrote on Twitter on Thursday, breaking their silence over the allegations.

“The events allegedly dating back to almost 10 years ago do not change this opinion, which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champion.”

Juventus later posted a video on YouTube and Twitter showing their star celebrating a goal, with the caption: “Cristiano Ronaldo finds the target!”

The defending Serie A champions’ tweets were widely panned on social media as “dismissive” and “insensitive”.



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Will Pick Lionel Messi Over Cristiano Ronaldo, Says Brazilian Legend Pele


Football legend Pele on Friday picked Argentina’s star striker Lionel Messi over Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo to play for his team. While having a conversation with former Indian skipper Bhaichung Bhutia, Brazilian great Pele said many people compared him with George Best but they had different styles and the same was the scene with Messi and Ronaldo. “If I have to decide for my team I will choose Messi over Ronaldo, three-time FIFA World Cup champion Pele said.

“Difficult to compare Messi and Ronaldo. Messi has a completely different style than Ronaldo. A lot of people compared me with George Best but we had a different style of play. Ronaldo is more of a centre-forward while Messi is more organised,” he added.

On being asked how football has changed, Pele said, “Football hasn’t changed inside the field. The biggest change has been in the facilities. We didn’t have such great facilities.”

Pele first won the FIFA World Cup title in 1958 and then defended the world title with the Selecao in 1962. He then captained the side which won in 1970.

Pele opined that in order to improve the sport in India, young players should spend three months in Brazil to work on their basics.

He also answered how Brazil has produced the best footballers and the best teams over the years.

“Send young children to Brazil for three months every year. You have to learn the basics there,” he said.

“Sometimes I think God is coaching the Brazilian team,” he added.

On his selection in the national team at 16, Pele said: “When my friend told me I was selected for the World Cup, I thought he was joking. I came home and asked my father and he confirmed that the team was looking for five young players and I was one.”



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Nike ‘Deeply Concerned’ And Juventus Shares Drop Amid Cristiano Ronaldo Rape Claims


“We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation,” a Nike spokesman told AFP on Thursday.

According to Forbes magazine, Ronaldo is one of only three athletes to have been given a lifetime deal with Nike, joining an elite club that also includes NBA icons LeBron James and Michael Jordan.

EA Sports, for whom Ronaldo is a leading figure in their phenomenally successful FIFA video game market, also described the allegations as “concerning”.

“We are closely monitoring the situation, as we expect cover athletes and ambassadors to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with EA’s values,” the group said in a statement.

Juventus reaction criticised

Ronaldo’s move from Real Madrid to Juventus in the summer gave the Italian champions a huge boost, both on and off the field, as they continue their elusive bid for a first Champions League title since 1996. On September 20, shares rose 180 percent to a record level of over 1.80 euros.

But the Italian champions woke up to the sobering news on Friday that over five percent had been wiped off the value of their shares after the Milan stock exchange opened. At midday, on Friday they were worth 1.25 euro a share.

Juventus have so far stood behind Ronaldo, but the Italian club’s reaction to the issue has angered some fans.

The Portuguese striker “has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus”, the club wrote on Twitter Thursday, breaking their silence over the allegations.

“The events allegedly dating back to almost 10 years ago do not change this opinion, which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champion.”

Juventus later posted a video on YouTube and Twitter showing Ronaldo working up a sweat as he trained with his teammates for Saturday’s league game against Udinese.

“Juventus go for goal. Cristiano Ronaldo finds the target!” read the caption beside the video.

The defending Serie A champions’ tweets were widely panned on social media as “shockingly dismissive and insensitive”.

“You’d expect a more nuanced and sensitive approach from such a mega organisation,” said one tweet.

Ronaldo has vehemently denied the accusations.

“I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me,” he tweeted in English on Wednesday.

“Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.

“My clear conscious (sic) will thereby allow me to await with tranquility the results of any and all investigations,” he added on his Twitter feed, which has 75 million followers.

Portugal said Thursday Ronaldo will play no part in the country’s next four internationals, but he was given backing from Portugal coach Fernando Santos and the president of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF), Fernando Gomes.

Asked about the allegations, Santos said. “I know Cristiano Ronaldo very well and I fully believe his word when he says he would never commit a crime like this.”

Gomes also spoke up for Ronaldo.

“I believe what he said… because I’ve known Ronaldo for many years and I can attest to his good character,” Gomes said.

Mayorga’s attorney Leslie Stovall told reporters his client had suffered years of trauma as a result of the alleged attack and found the courage to speak out thanks to the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault at the hands of powerful men.

Mayorga claims she was pressured into signing a non-disclosure agreement in 2010 to keep the alleged rape secret and is seeking at least $200,000 in penalties and damages.



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Cristiano Ronaldo To Miss All Portugal’s Autumn Internationals: Coach


“I will not reveal the details of the conversation we three had,” said Santos when pressed by reporters.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner missed the two internationals Portugal played in September. At the time, Santos suggested that the 33-year-old’s absence was temporary and intended to help the star attacker adapt after his move from Real Madrid to Juventus.

“This is not what I am saying now,” Santos said on Thursday when asked if the explanation was the same.

The omission comes as Ronaldo, one of the world’s most successful and highly-paid sportsmen, faces down allegations of rape.

Last month, an American woman, Kathryn Mayorga, accused Ronaldo in a 32-page complaint filed with a district court in Nevada, of raping her on June 13, 2009.

Asked about the allegations, Santos defended the player. “I know Cristiano Ronaldo very well and I fully believe his word when he says he would never commit a crime like this.”

Earlier Gomes also spoke up for Ronaldo.

“I believe what he said… because I’ve known Ronaldo for many years and I can attest to his good character,” Gomes said.

Ronaldo, Portugal’s captain, will miss three Nations League games, against Poland on October 11 and against Italy and Poland in November and a friendly against Scotland later this month.

Meanwhile, Eder, who scored the extra-time winner as Portugal beat France in the final of Euro 2016 but was dropped for the World Cup in Russia, returns to the 25-man squad.

Portugal squad:

Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Wolves/ENG), Beto (Goztepe/TUR), Claudio Ramos (Tondela)

Defenders: Cedric Soares (Southampton/ENG), Joao Cancelo (Juventus/ITA), Kevin Rodrigues (Real Sociedad/ESP), Luis Neto (Zenit/RUS), Mario Rui (Napoli/ITA), Pedro Mendes (Montpellier/FRA), Pepe (Besiktas/TUR), Ruben Dias (Benfica)

Midfielders: Bruno Fernandes (Sporting), Danilo Pereira (FC Porto), Gedson Fernandes (Benfica), Pizzi (Benfica), Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich/GER), Ruben Neves (Wolves/ENG), Sergio Oliveira (FC Porto), William Carvalho (Betis/ESP)

Forwards: Andre Silva (Sevilla/ESP), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City/ENG), Bruma (RB Leipzig/GER), Eder (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia/ESP), Helder Costa (Wolves/ENG).



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Cristiano Ronaldo Denies Attack Accusation, Calls Rape ‘Abominable Crime’


“My clear conscious (sic) will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations,” he added on his Twitter feed Cristiano, which has nearly 75 million followers.

Kathryn Mayorga, 34, of Las Vegas, accused Ronaldo, in a 32-page complaint filed last month with a district court in Nevada, of raping her on June 13, 2009.

Las Vegas police this week said they were reopening a case filed on that date but did not identify the victim or the alleged perpetrator by name.

Mayorga’s lawyers are to hold a news conference in Las Vegas at 3:00 pm Pacific time (3:30 IST) on Wednesday to discuss the case.

Mayorga alleges in the lawsuit that she was pressured into signing a nondisclosure agreement to keep the alleged rape secret and is seeking no less than $200,000 in penalties and damages.

The complaint was first reported by the German magazine Der Spiegel. Lawyers for Ronaldo have reportedly threatened to sue the magazine over the story.

In the suit, Mayorga said she met Ronaldo, who was then 24 years old, on the evening of June 12, 2009 at the Rain Nightclub in the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

It said she accepted an invitation to join Ronaldo and others in his penthouse suite to “enjoy the view of the Las Vegas strip.”

‘No, no no’

She was invited to join guests in a hot tub but she declined because she did not have a bathing suit, the complaint said.

Ronaldo offered her clothing and then followed her into a bathroom where she was going to change clothes, it said.

After she refused his demand to perform oral sex and said she wanted to leave, Ronaldo pulled her into a bedroom and anally raped her while she screamed “no, no, no,” according to the suit.

“When Cristiano Ronaldo completed the sexual assault of the plaintiff, he allowed her to leave the bedroom stating he was sorry, he was usually a gentleman,” it said.

The lawsuit said Mayorga reported the alleged assault to  police the same day and was examined at a local hospital.

It said the assault left her with “severe emotional and bodily injuries including but not limited to anal contusions, post traumatic stress disorder and major depression.”

Under pressure from Ronaldo’s “fixers,” Mayorga settled the case “in exchange for a payment of $375,000 and non-disclosure of the sexual assault,” the lawsuit said.

It claimed the agreement should be voided because she was “incompetent and lacked the mental capacity to participate in negotiations and settlement of her claims due to the injuries suffered during the initial sexual assault.”

The unidentified “fixers” were named as co-defendants.

In an interview with Der Spiegel, Mayorga said she was inspired to come forward in part by the #MeToo movement that has exposed the sexual abuse of women by powerful men.

Ronaldo is a five-time winner of FIFA’s men’s player of the year award.

The Portuguese striker, a married father of four, left Real Madrid this year to join Juventus for 100 million euros ($117 million).





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‘Extraordinary’ Cristiano Ronaldo Helps Juventus Stretch Perfect Start With Napoli Win


“Ronaldo is enjoying his football, he has integrated very well,” said Allegri.

“He’s an extraordinary player, the passing is exceptional, and tonight was the best Ronaldo of the season, along with the high-level half-hour in Valencia.”

In Turin, Ancelotti’s first trip to his former club got off to a promising start when Jose Callejon volleyed for Dries Mertens to open the scoring after ten minutes.

But Ronaldo set up Mandzukic to head in the equaliser after 26 minutes.

The momentum then swung to Juventus with a Ronaldo effort ricocheting off the post and into the path of the onrushing Croat who tapped in four minutes after the break.

Napoli were struggling after Portuguese left-back Mario Rui was sent off on 58 minutes for a second bookable offence.

Ronaldo headed towards goal after a corner with centre-back Leonardo Bonucci sliding in the third on 76 minutes.

“I think the referee made a superficial decision. Mario Rui got the second yellow card after a good long wait to consider it,” said Ancelotti.

“I was angry at my team because we started strong and took the lead, but then started getting sluggish and allowed Juventus to regain their confidence.”

Both teams are in Champions League action next week with Juventus hosting Swiss club Young Boys without Ronaldo, who has a one-match ban after he was controversially sent off in the win over Valencia.

Napoli play at home against last year’s runners-up Liverpool.

Earlier Lorenzo Pellegrini came off the bench and lifted Roma to a 3-1 win over bitter city rivals Lazio to revive his side’s stumbling start to the season.

Eusebio Di Francesco’s team had plunged into crisis after a 2-0 defeat to Bologna, but have now claimed consecutive wins for the first time this season after their 4-0 victory over Frosinone in midweek.

The win ended Lazio’s four-match winning streak in Serie A and lifts Di Francesco’s side into fifth just behind their city rivals with 11 points from seven games.

“We reacted as men today, which was what I had asked for,” said Di Francesco.

“This performance means the team hasn’t lost its identity or idea of football. I saw the difference in their faces and their eyes today, and it showed on the pitch.”

Pellegrini came on after 35 minutes in place of Argentine Javier Pastore who hobbled off with a suspected calf injury.

And the 22-year-old transformed the must-win match in the Italian capital, opening the scoring just before half-time with a back-heel flick.

Lazio ace Ciro Immobile missed a chance for the equaliser moments later, but made no mistake after 67 minutes with an angled drive following a howler by Roma’s Argentine defender Federico Fazio.

But minutes later Aleksandar Kolarov fired Roma ahead again after Pellegrini won a free kick which the Serb sent through the Lazio wall, to achieve the rare exploit of scoring for both Roma and former team Lazio, in 2009.

Fazio made up for his earlier error with Roma’s third goal, heading a Pellegrini free kick into the far top corner four minutes from time.

“It hurts to lose a derby,” said midfielder Marco Parolo, “but we have to look ahead, this team has shown they are able to get up and start again. We are still ahead of them.”

Di Francesco’s side take on Czech club Plzen in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Inter Milan warmed up for their Champions League trip to PSV Eindhoven with goals in either half from Lautaro Martinez and Matteo Politano giving them a 2-0 win over Cagliari at the San Siro.

Luciano Spalletti’s Inter  are fourth on 13 points ahead of Lazio (12) and Roma (11).



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Cristiano Ronaldo Turns To Juventus Challenge After FIFA Best Player Snub


Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri had backed Ronaldo – who has scored three goals in his last two league games – for the award, as he led the way in the Champions League with 15 goals to help Real to a third straight title.

“With no offence to Luka Modric, I’d give the Ballon d’Or to Ronaldo for what he did last season. I think he deserves it,” said Allegri.

The Italian champions face a heavy week in Turin with three games in their Allianz Stadium in the space of seven days.

After Wednesday’s game against 18th-placed Bologna, who shocked Roma 2-0 at the weekend, Juventus play Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli in a top-of-the table clash on Saturday.

Juventus have had a perfect start to the season with five wins and 15 points – three points ahead of Napoli.

Allegri’s side also play Swiss club Young Boys in the Champions League a week on Tuesday, a game which Ronaldo will miss after his controversial sending off against Valencia in Spain.

Napoli host promoted Parma, before their trip to Turin, with an eye on their Champions League game against Liverpool in Naples.

“We won there (Juventus) last season and still finished second,” said Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne. 

“If we don’t win the midweek game with Parma, then the result with Juve is irrelevant, so we have to take it one at a time.”

Under-pressure Roma host promoted Frosinone looking for a boost after slipping to 14th with their weekend defeat in Bologna.

Coach Eusebio Di Francesco has reportedly been given a week to save his job, starting against the newcomers from outside Rome, before the city derby against Lazio at the weekend.

Frosinone are second from the bottom of the table with 12 goals conceded, including two to Juventus last weekend.

“At the end of the year when the points are counted the matches like the one in Frosinone you don’t remember immediately, but you know how important they were,” said Allegri.

Roma then host Czech club Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League next week, having lost their opener to holders Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, Inter Milan face a tough task against Fiorentina in the San Siro Tuesday with coach Luciano Spalletti serving a touchline ban for his over-exuberant goal celebration against Sampdoria.

Inter have been struggling but their last-gasp win against the Genoa side followed their come-from-behind 2-1 win in the Champions League against Tottenham. 

Spalletti’s side travel to the Netherlands to play PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League next week.

Fiorentina are third in the table five points adrift of Juventus, with Inter in ninth.



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