Cristiano Ronaldo advices Lionel Messi to do something new

मिलान: दिग्गज फुटबालर क्रिस्टियानो रोनाल्डो ने लंबे समय से मैदान में उनके प्रतिस्पर्धी रहे लियोनेल मेस्सी को कुछ नया करने की सलाह देते हुए स्पेन के बाहर किसी अन्य लीग से जुड़ने की चुनौती दी. रोनाल्डो ने इटली के क्लब यूवेंटस से जुड़ने के 150 दिन पूरे होने के मौके पर सोमवार को मीडिया से बातचीत में कहा, ‘‘ मैं चाहूंगा कि वह एक दिन मेरी तरह इटली आएं. मुझे उम्मीद है कि वह भी मेरी तरह चुनौती को स्वीकार करेंगे लेकिन अगर वह वहां खुश है तो भी मैं उनका सम्मान करता हूं.’’ 

पिछले एक दशक से इन दोनों खिलाड़ियों के बीच कड़ी प्रतिस्पर्धा रही है जिसमें दोनों ने पांच-पांच बार बेलोन डिओर का खिताब जीता है. इस साल हालांकि उनके वर्चस्व को विश्व कप के उपविजेता रहे क्रोएशिया के कप्तान लुका मोड्रिक ने तोड़ा. रोनाल्डो से जब पूछा गया कि क्या क्या उन्हें 31 साल के मेस्सी की कमी महसूस हो रही जिन्होंने अपना पूरा सीनियर करियर बार्सीलोना के साथ बिताया है तो उन्होंने कहा, ‘‘ नहीं, शायद उन्हें मेरी कमी महसूस हो रही हो.’’ 

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उन्होंने कहा, ‘‘ मैंने इंग्लैंड, स्पेन, इटली, पुर्तगाल और अपनी राष्ट्रीय टीम के लिए खेला है जबकि वह अभी भी स्पेन में ही हैं. शायद उन्हें मेरी ज्यादा जरूरत है. मेरे लिए जिंदगी एक चुनौती है, मुझे यह पसंद है और मुझे दूसरों को खुश रखना पसंद है.’’ 

युवेंटस के साथ 10 करोड़ यूरो (लगभग 114 करोड़ डालर) का करार करने वाले इस खिलाड़ी ने कहा, ‘‘ वह शानदार खिलाड़ी और अच्छा इंसान है लेकिन मुझे यहां उसकी कमी महसूस नहीं होती है. यह मेरी नयी जिंदगी है और मैं खुश हूं.’’ 


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Cristiano Ronaldo “Challenges” Lionel Messi To “Try Something New”

“I’d like him (Messi) to come to Italy one day. I hope he accepts the challenge like me, but if he’s happy there then I respect that,” Ronaldo told the Italian press on Monday.

Asked if he missed the 31-year-old Argentinian, who has spent his entire senior career at Barcelona, Ronaldo replied: “No, maybe it’s him who misses me. I’ve played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal and for my national team, while he’s still in Spain.

“Maybe he needs me more… For me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy. He’s a fantastic player and a good guy, but I don’t miss anything here. This is my new life and I’m happy.

“I left my comfort zone and took on this challenge here in Turin, everything has gone well, I’ve proven I’m still an incredible player,” Ronaldo added.

Ronaldo joined Juventus for 100 million euros (USD 114 million) last summer as the Turin giants bid to lift the Champions League trophy after two runner-up finishes in the past four seasons.

The 33-year-old forward completed 150 days in Italy. He has scored 11 goals this season, bringing his career total to 584.

Ronaldo said that finishing second in the Ballon d’Or voting to Luka Modric motivates him even more.

“Of course I’m disappointed, but life goes on and I will continue to work hard,” Ronaldo said. 

“On the pitch I’ve done everything to win the Ballon d’Or, numbers do not lie, but I’m no less happy if I do not win, I have wonderful friends and a family, I play in one of the best clubs. 

“Congratulations to Modric, who has earned the award, but next year we will meet again and I will do everything to win the prize again.

“Do you think I’m going home and crying?” 

(With AFP inputs)

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Luka Modric Ends Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or Duopoly

“As a kid we all have dreams. My dream was to play for a big club and win important trophies,” Modric said.

“The Ballon d’Or was more than just a dream for me and it is really an honour and a privilege to hold this trophy.” 

Mbappe, who does not turn 20 until later this month, picked up the consolation prize of the Kopa Trophy for the best young player.

The gala ceremony also saw a women’s Ballon d’Or named for the first time, with Lyon’s prolific Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg taking that award.

Modric — the oldest winner since Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro, also 33, in 2006 — was crowned after an outstanding year in which he starred in the Real side that retained the Champions League before heroically helping drag his country to the final of the World Cup for the first time in their history.

Croatia lost 4-2 to France in Moscow in the final in July.

The prize comes after Modric claimed the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup before picking up UEFA’s prize for player of the season and FIFA’s best player award in September.

Ronaldo and Messi were among 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or, organised by France Football magazine and which takes votes from 180 journalists from around the world.

The Portuguese star played with Modric in the Madrid side that won the Champions League before moving to Juventus in a typically prolific year, while Messi has again been outstanding with Barcelona.

The pair had won the prize five times each in the last decade but both are now in their 30s and neither stamped their authority on the World Cup.

Messi finishes outside the top three in the voting for the first time since 2006.

The World Cup was always likely to play a key role, and France had hoped to see one of their stars take the award on home soil.

‘Huge step’ for women’s game

The last time a Frenchman won the Ballon d’Or came in 1998, when Zinedine Zidane was rewarded for starring as Les Bleus won that year’s World Cup.

But perhaps the lack of a single standout French candidate cleared the path for Modric — Hugo Lloris, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante had also been in the running, as had Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Harry Kane, the World Cup’s top scorer.

“I won the Europa League and the World Cup, so it’s been a great year, but it is true that it was a little bit disappointing after I was told what the podium was,” said Griezmann.

Modric has won 14 trophies since joining Real in 2012, including four Champions Leagues. He could add to that as Real take part in the Club World Cup later this month.

A refugee at one point growing up during Croatia’s War of Independence in the 1990s, his popularity in Croatia was hit by his testimony last year during the multi-million-euro corruption trial of former Dinamo chief Zdravko Mamic.

Prosecutors charged Modric for giving false evidence, but the charges have now been dropped.

Hegerberg, 23, won the women’s prize after starring for French side Lyon as they successfully defended the Champions League title and won a 12th consecutive French title.

“I want to say thanks to my teammates because this would not have been possible without them, my coach or our president Jean-Michel Aulas,” Hegerberg said.

“I also want to thank France Football. This is a huge step for women’s football.”

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AC Milan’s Former Chinese Owner Li Yonghong Thwarted In Cristiano Ronaldo Bid

AC Milan’s former owner Li Yonghong wanted to sign Cristiano Ronaldo a year before the five-time Ballon d’Or winner joined Juventus but was persuaded they could not afford him, ex-club chief executive Marco Fassone said on Tuesday. Fassone — ousted along with Li from the debt-ridden Italian club last summer — was speaking as Milan’s representatives met with UEFA officials in Nyon, Switzerland on Tuesday amid impending sanctions for breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.

“Mr. Li wanted Ronaldo because he believed he (Ronaldo) had great strength in the Chinese market,” Fassone told Italian daily newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.

“The player wanted to leave Madrid. We met in July 2017 with his agent (Jorge) Mendes, to check the costs and availability of the player. Then I persuaded Mr. Li to let go of the dream, because Ronaldo was too expensive.”

Li purchased the seven-time European champions from former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for 740 million euros ($845 million) in April 2017, before splashing out 230 million euros on players.

And Fassone conceded he did not know the source of Li’s revenues, with the club making losses of 126 million euros before defaulting on loans and being taken over by US hedge fund Elliot Management last summer.

“I don’t know where the money came from, but prestigious advisors were involved in the deal so why should I have doubted him (Li)?” said Fassone.

The club won an appeal against their exclusion from this season’s Europa League but are facing a hefty UEFA fine for breaching FFF rules for the period 2014-2017 with a decision expected in the coming weeks.

“I think Milan were led by an excellent board of directors,” insisted Fassone.

“That 126 million euro debt included 45-million-euro extraordinary costs, covered entirely by Elliott.

“I don’t hear from Li anymore, although sometimes I do from his right-hand man (David) Han Li,” he added.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Spends Rs 25 Lakh On Wine To Celebrate Daughter’s Birthday In London

Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and eight-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. watched world number one Novak Djokovic beat John Isner at the O2 Arena in London. On the same day Ronaldo celebrated the first birthday of his youngest daughter Alana Martina, with a sweet social media post. “Happy birthday, dear princess! One year of bliss! Love you!” he shared, along with a picture of her older twin siblings. Subsequently, Ronaldo reportedly spent an astonishing amount of 27,000 British pounds on two bottles of wine (a little over Rs 25 lakh).

As per The Sun, Ronaldo spent 18,000 pounds on a bottle of Richebourg Grand Cru, which happens to be the world’s most expensive wine before splashing more cash on a 1982 Pomerol Petrus, priced at 9,000 pounds.

Ronaldo and his family were at celebrity hotspot Scott’s to celebrate the first birthday his daughter with Georgina.

A source told the newspaper that Ronaldo was in a great mood and wanted to celebrate the first birthday of his daughter Alana Martina in style.

The source further revealed to the newspaper that Ronaldo and his family were in the restaurant for just 15 minutes and while the sum of 27,000 pounds didn’t matter to the Portuguese at all, it became a huge topic of discussion in the restaurant.

Ronaldo isn’t a part of the Portugal squad that is presently preparing to play Italy and Poland in the UEFA Nations League. For club Juventus, however, the 33-year-old has been in sublime form, netting on eight occasions already as the Italian champions currently hold the top spot in the Serie A.

Ronaldo is not back in action again until November 24, when table-topping Juve welcome SPAL to Turin.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Tries To Catch A Tennis Ball During ATP Finals Match Between Novak Djokovic And John Isner. Watch Video

Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo Tries To Catch A Tennis Ball During ATP Finals

Cristiano Ronaldo was at the O2 Arena in London with his son and girlfirend Georgina. © AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently led Juventus to victory against a 10-man AC Milan in the Serie A, was spotted enjoying an ATP Finals contest between World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and American John Isner at the O2 Arena in London. Accompanying him was his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and son, Ronaldo Jr, who is also making a name for himself as a footballer. Cameras panned at Ronaldo the moment he tried to catch the tennis ball flying in his direction. The ball slipped out of his hands, and hit Rodriguez on her head.

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Against AC Milan, Ronaldo scored in the 81st minute as Juventus bounced back from their midweek UEFA Champions League defeat by Manchester United.  

Mario Mandzukic headed in the opener in the eighth minute at the San Siro with Ronaldo adding a second on 81 minutes as Juventus maintained their six-point cushion ahead of the international break.

It got the defending seven-time Serie A champions back on track after suffering their first defeat of the season by United following two late goals despite Ronaldo’s stunning volley.

Juventus have 34 points from 12 games — six ahead of Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli with Inter a further three behind.

“I’m very happy, especially for the team, because playing away to Milan is always very difficult. “It was important to win, because Napoli beat Genoa last night and we had to keep our distance.” said Ronaldo.

(With AFP inputs)

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Real Madrid Fan Kedar Jadhav Wants To Follow New Club After Cristiano Ronaldo Departure, Asks Fans For Advice

Among the first to reply was Kedar’s Chennai Super Kings teammate Sam Billings. Billings suggested that the Indian cricketer should start following English football giants Manchester United.

Kedar has been a part of the Chennai outfit in the lucrative IPL since the previous edition. He had earlier represented the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils.

Kedar, who had earlier been included for the final two One-Day Internationls (ODIs) at home against the Windies has been omitted from all three formats of the squad, which will tour Australia. He had been excluded from the first three ODIs due fitness issue.

With an experience of 48 matches in the 50-over format, Kedar averages 42.09 with a high score of 120. He has also scalped 22 wickets in ODIs with his best figures of three for 23 coming against arch-rivals Pakistan during the Asia Cup 2018.

In first-class cricket, while playing for Maharashtra, Kedar has represented the state on 74 occasions. He has 4,945 runs in this format of the game.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Still Out Of Portugal Squad For UEFA Nations League

A former American model Kathryn Mayorga, 34, accused Ronaldo of raping her on June 13, 2009, just before he joined Real Madrid from Manchester United.

When asked about Ronaldo’s absence, Santos said: “The only thing I can say is that he deserves winning the Ballon d’Or. It would be a travesty if he didn’t win it.

“That’s all that matters now.”

Portugal face Italy in Milan on November 17 and host Poland three days later in Guimaraes.

Portugal squad:

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

Defenders: Cedric Soares (Southampton/ENG), Joao Cancelo (Juventus/ITA), Jose Fonte (Lille/FRA), Luis Neto (Zenit Saint-Petersburg/RUS), Pepe (Besiktas/TUR), Ruben Dias (Benfica), Mario Rui (Napoli/ITA), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund/GER)

Midfielders: Andre Gomes (Everton/ENG), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon), Danilo Pereira (FC Porto), Joao Mario (Inter Milan/ITA), Pizzi (Benfica), Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich/GER), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton/ENG), William Carvalho (Real Betis/ESP)

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

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Rohit Sharma Questions Real Madrid President After Cristiano Ronaldo Reveals Reason For Leaving Club

Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday said that he left Real Madrid for Juventus because club president Florentino Perez no longer saw him as being “indispensable”. Following, Ronaldo’s revelation, India opener Rohit Sharma on Tuesday uploaded a photo of Ronaldo’s interview and shot a question at Perez, asking “What did you do Mr Perez.” Rohit Sharma is a follower of Real Madrid and often uploads photos and videos of the club. In an interview with France Football magazine, Cristiano said he “was no longer considered in the same way as he was at the beginning.”

“The president looked at me in a way that suggested I was no longer indispensable, if you know what I mean. That is what made me think about leaving,” Ronaldo said.

The 33-year-old Portuguese superstar joined Juventus in a 100 million-euro (115 million dollar) deal in July 2018, ending a glorious nine-year association with Real Madrid.

Ronaldo’s last act with the Spanish club was to participate in them winning the Champions League for a third consecutive season by beating Liverpool in the final in May.

But Zinedine Zidane departed as coach in the wake of that game, something which Ronaldo admits confirmed to him that it might be time to move on.

“My decision to leave was not based on him going. That said, it was one of the little details that confirmed to me what I had been thinking about the situation at the club,” Ronaldo remarked.

Rohit, on the other hand, is currently representing Team India in the ongoing five-match ODI series against the Windies. The final ODI is set to be played at Thiruvananthapuram on November 1. India lead the series 2-1.

(With AFP inputs)

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‘I Was No Longer Indispensable’ At Real Madrid, Says Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has said he decided to leave Real Madrid for Juventus after sensing that the Spanish club’s president, Florentino Perez, no longer saw him as being “indispensable”. “I felt within the club, especially from the president, that I was no longer considered in the same way as I was at the beginning,” Ronaldo said in an interview with France Football magazine. “For the first four or five years, I felt like Cristiano Ronaldo. Less so after.

“The president looked at me in a way that suggested I was no longer indispensable, if you know what I mean. That is what made me think about leaving.”

The 33-year-old Portuguese superstar joined Juventus in a 100 million-euro ($115 million) deal in July, ending a glorious nine-year association with Real.

His last act with the Spanish club was to participate in them winning the Champions League for a third consecutive season by beating Liverpool in the final in May.

But Zinedine Zidane departed as coach in the wake of that game, something which Ronaldo admits confirmed to him that it might be time to move on.

“My decision to leave was not based on him going. That said, it was one of the little details that confirmed to me what I had been thinking about the situation at the club,” Ronaldo said.

He added that he would “deserve” to win the Ballon d’Or this year, and in doing so would pass Lionel Messi by taking the award for a sixth time.

The winner of the prize, awarded by France Football, will be announced in early December.

But while Ronaldo continues to enjoy great success on the field, scoring twice for Juventus at the weekend, he remains embroiled in off-pitch problems after being accused of rape in the United States.

A former American model 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 in June 2009, just before he joined Madrid from Manchester United.

“Of course this matter interferes with my life. I have a partner, four children, an ageing mother, sisters, a brother, a family with whom I am very close,” he told the magazine.

“That is without talking about my reputation, that of an exemplary person.

“Imagine what that is like to have someone say you are a rapist, or that you have this or that.

“I know who I am and what I did. The truth will come out. And the people who criticise me and who expose my life today, who make a song and dance about it, these people will see.”

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