Cristiano Ronaldo : The Juventus Chapter

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I remember when he went to Juve for £100M. I so badly wanted to see him here, but I knew that we were looking to save money and had ambition for 4th place. That ambition was never going to be acceptable to Ronaldo or even Mourinho, who IMO, engineered his own sacking.
Credit to Juve though. They got one of the best players of all time (even in his twilight years), showed ambition and will try to compete for the biggest trophy in football.
 

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Ronaldo is finished, not even in the top 20 players anymore. As many goals at club level as Messi this season though.
 

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This season so far:

15 goals in 21 games for Juventus
11 goals in 8 games for Portugal

Total: 26 goals in 29 games in all competitions

Not bad at all, especially when he is going to turn 35 within a month.
 
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Same as last season and the one before. People calling him finished, he. Steps it. Up and they bite their tongue.

He's still a world class goal scorer. Thing is, the way he plays nowadays and his professionalism in mind, I can see him going on like that until his late 30s.

Truly amazing athlete. At this point I expect him to retire after Messi, who'll probably 'only' play two or three additional seasons
 

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Same as last season and the one before. People calling him finished, he. Steps it. Up and they bite their tongue.

He's still a world class goal scorer. Thing is, the way he plays nowadays and his professionalism in mind, I can see him going on like that until his late 30s.

Truly amazing athlete. At this point I expect him to retire after Messi, who'll probably 'only' play two or three additional seasons
I think he'll play for longer than Messi too.

I could see Ronaldo going to the MLS after he's done with Juve.
 

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Same as last season and the one before. People calling him finished, he. Steps it. Up and they bite their tongue.

He's still a world class goal scorer. Thing is, the way he plays nowadays and his professionalism in mind, I can see him going on like that until his late 30s.

Truly amazing athlete. At this point I expect him to retire after Messi, who'll probably 'only' play two or three additional seasons
Last season he was good throughout even though he didn’t score in his first 3 games for Juve.
 

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It's just like he hasn't even reached his 30's yet.

Dude is an amazing player. Can't even hate him If I wanted.
 

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I think he'll play for longer than Messi too.

I could see Ronaldo going to the MLS after he's done with Juve.
He could, but he recently said he want to be an actor after he retired from football, with his huge ego I don’t think he can stand being not one of best in the world, so I doubt he would want to stay that long. My guess is around 3 more years when he reached 38 he will retire for good (after breaking all time career goal record and international goal record)
 

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How much he scores depends more on Juve than on him. If they don't completely stop attacking once they get a 1 or 2 goal lead then he'll always get plenty of goals, the goals he's been missing out on compared to the goals he scored at Madrid are the goals like yesterday's 4-0 in comfortable wins after the result is already decided.

Needs to take it easy, get rested when he can and avoid injuries now, big 6 months ahead with the CL knockouts, Euros and a close title race coming.
 

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How much he scores depends more on Juve than on him. If they don't completely stop attacking once they get a 1 or 2 goal lead then he'll always get plenty of goals, the goals he's been missing out on compared to the goals he scored at Madrid are the goals like yesterday's 4-0 in comfortable wins after the result is already decided.
Basically, this.

Was especially apparent and aggravating for me last year under Allegri, because I was so used to Madrid keeping on mopping the floor after even being 2 or 3 nil up and in Juve after they went 1-0 they would go all out defending and slowing the game down. This year is better but still not quite the kind of attacking showcases of Madrid and Barcelona.

And the way I see it, having 4, 5, 6 results throughout the year that are clear cut results of 4-0, 4-1, 5-1, etc, always helps in building out confidence for the CL knockout games.

I understand he only scored 28 goals last season, but honestly? With the way Juve played? That was a miracle actually.

Fundamentally, Juve just sees football way differently in home turf than both Spain's two huge clubs.
 

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Watched they Juve game yesterday and they all were appalling, very lucky that their opponents in Serie A are so shite this season (bar Inter, who'll lose the steam anyway) because they could well finish without scudetto if they continue this awful game. So many unforced errors, they were non-existent in the second half, Ronaldo passing to offside guy so many times - plenty of my Juve supporting friends are done with this style of play and Sarri, will be very tough for Juve to win CL this season if they play like that.
Then again, Cristiano should get in the shape for the second half of the season.
 

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Every little ounce of anything resembling danger to Parma's goal thsi half has come from him.

I'm not sure whether that speaks volumes of his quality or shows just how uninspired Juve are against well organized defences.
 

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During the last 11 matches he’s only been goalless twice. So much for the much talked about decline earlier this fall.
 

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16 goals halfway through the season.

Last season he got 21 in all of the league!
 

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Apart from his two goals, he looked extremely lively throughout. Does not look like someone that is about to turn 35 in 3 weeks at all.

If I was new to the game and didn't know who he was and you were to tell me he was that age, I'd be convinced you were lying.
 

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Did think he had a poor start to the season, but he is scoring goals for fun at the moment.

Maybe he is the guy to stop Liverpool from another CL win ;).
 

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16 goals in 17 Serie A games so far
18 goals in total for Juventus midway through the season
and 29 goals in 29 games in all competitions for Juventus and Portugal

Another season of decline for a player who will turn 35 next month.
 
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Amazing still churning the stats out. Unreal player and will be a huge loss to the game when he and Messi hang their boots up.
 

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Every time I think he's 'finished', he proves me wrong.

Though I think he's still declined a huge amount from his peak compared to Messi.
 

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Every time I think he's 'finished', he proves me wrong.

Though I think he's still declined a huge amount from his peak compared to Messi.
Don’t forget Ronaldo is nearly 35 though. We don’t know yet how good Messi will be at 34-35, but when Ronaldo was at around 32 (same age as Messi currently), he won Ballon D’or and CL and scored 40-50 goals per season.
 

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Don’t forget Ronaldo is nearly 35 though. We don’t know yet how good Messi will be at 34-35, but when Ronaldo was at around 32 (same age as Messi currently), he won Ballon D’or and CL and scored 40-50 goals per season.
I think Ronaldo will be able to maintain his prime form longer than Messi. He 100% knows how to take care of himself and has oustanding genes.
 

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I read Ronaldo takes 5 naps a day. Fecking lazy bum. I wish I could take 5 naps a day.

Though to be fair, I read it in The Sun and the Daily mail (don't worry, I'm not linking to that).
 

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Looks like he is back to his best, 11 goals in last 7 league games.
 

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obviously he was never "finished". he has bad games like everyone else and struggle from time to time like everyone does. it was mostly his fans that kept saying "he's 34 after all" and "Juve/Sarri suck" while he was just having a couple of bad games earlier in season - which is normal. Messi will also turn 33 soon, he's also "old" now and he will also play bad on a certain day because that's normal, not because he's old or finished. sometimes you simply struggle, but that's something that we aren't accustomed to with these two so we always seek for different explanations like injury and age, ignoring the fact they're humans after all and can't put MOTM performance every week.