Cristiano Ronaldo Signs for Juventus

Ronaldo Juventus Transfer

The Ronaldo Juventus Transfer

Earlier today, Juventus tweeted that they had signed Cristiano Ronaldo. This is a huge deal for Juventus and for Real Madrid. Today we are going to be looking at why this deal could have happened. To stay updated on future posts, follow my Twitter here, like my Facebook page here, and join my Discord here.

So why would Ronaldo want to leave a team that has won the last 3 Champions League titles? On May 31, former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane announced his resignation from managing the club. On June 12, Spain manager Julen Lopetegui was announced as the new manager for Real. The next day, the Spanish FA fired him. The reason all of this matters is because the reason Ronaldo might have wanted to be sold could be because he does not like Real’s new manager. He could have wished that they were still going to be managed by Zidane. We don’t know for certain why Ronaldo left Madrid, but we do know why Juventus bought him.

Juventus paid 117 million dollars to buy Ronaldo, so obviously, they really wanted him. He will join Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, and Giorgio Chiellini. With this lineup, Juventus has the potential to win the Champions League as well as the Serie A title.

It will be interesting to see Ronaldo in a new jersey this season, but it will be a new challenge for him and will make the soccer world more interesting. Look for previews of the Champions League and other soccer games throughout the year.

How Ronaldo’s Five Game Suspension May Benefit Real Madrid

Yesterday in the Spanish Supercopa, a game between La Liga winner Real Madrid and Spanish Cup winner Barcelona, Cristiano Ronaldo received a second yellow card to get sent off in the 82nd minute after diving in the box. He got suspended for pushing the ref after getting mad for being sent off

If you dive like you got hit in soccer when you really didn’t, the opponent receives a free kick, and the player who flops may receive a yellow card. Ronaldo had already received his first card after he took his jersey off celebrating a goal, which is automatically a card.

But Ronaldo getting sent off could teach Real Madrid a lesson.

Since Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009, he has scored 285 goals for Real Madrid in 265 La Liga appearances. Real Madrid has played 304 games in La Liga in that time. That means Ronaldo has only missed 39 games with Real Madrid, just over a full season of La Liga. This 5 game suspension will teach Real Madrid how to play without Ronaldo.

Real Madrid still has great players like Bale, Benzema, Isco, Modric, Kroos, and Asensio. But sometimes they are overshadowed by Ronaldo’s talents. Last season, Real Madrid scored 106 goals in La Liga. Ronaldo scored 25 of those. The next best scorer was Alvaro Morata, who is not on the team anymore. He scored 15 goals in La Liga. So Real Madrid needs to learn that Ronaldo cannot do everything for them, and this suspension may allow Real Madrid to learn how to perform without Ronaldo.

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UEFA Super Cup Preview: Real Madrid vs. Manchester United

Tomorrow the UEFA Super Cup will be played in Skopje, in the Republic of Macedonia. The UEFA Super Cup is a game played by last season’s winner of the Champions League (Real Madrid) and Europa League (Manchester United). Heres what to watch for in tomorrow’s game, which kicks off at 2:45 EDT on FS1. Make sure you check out my facebook page and follow my twitter.

Season Recap

Real Madrid won a type of treble last season, which is winning 3 competitive trophies. They won the Champions League, La Liga, and Super Cup last year. Their record in La Liga was 29-6-3. (For those unfamiliar with football records, the table reads Wins-Draws-Losses.) Real Madrid finished with 93 points, 3 ahead of second place Barcelona. In the Champions League, Real Madrid finished second in group play with 12 points in 6 games, and the top 2 from every group qualify for the knockout rounds. Borussia Dortmund finished ahead of them with 14 points, and Legia Warsaw and Sporting finished below them with 4 and 3 points respectively.

In the knockout stages until the finals, there are two games played, one at each team’s stadium. Real Madrid won both games 3-1 in the round of 16 vs Napoli from Italy or 6-2 on aggregate. They moved on to the quarterfinals vs Bayern Munich, from Germany, and Real Madrid won that round 6-3 on aggregate. In the semifinals, they played cross-town rivals Athletico Madrid and won 4-2 on aggregate. And in the final, which is just one game, they beat Juventus of Italy 4-1 to become the 2016-2017 UEFA Champions League Winners.

Manchester United came back after a disappointing 2015-2016 season in which they finished 5th in the Premier League. That season wasn’t the worst though because they won the FA Cup. Last season, they won the Community Shield, a game played between the FA Cup winner and Premier League winner from the previous season, and they won the Europa League and EFL Cup. They finished 6th in the Premier League, but their success was more in tournaments than the EPL. In the Europa League, they finished second in their group with 12 points, one behind Fenerbahce Sk. In the knockout stages, they beat Saint-Etienne of France 4-0 on aggregate to advance to the round of 16. They beat Rostov of Russia 2-1 on aggregate to move to the quarters. There they just beat Anderlecht of Belgium 3-2 on aggregate. In the semifinals, they beat Celta Vigo of Spain 2-1 on aggregate, and in the 1 game final vs. Ajax of Netherlands, they won 2-0.

Game Preview

Manchester United have not announced their lineup yet, but they have said on twitter that Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, and Marcos Rojo will miss the game through injury, and Phil Jones and Eric Bailly will miss it through suspension. Real Madrid did announce their lineup though. It is:

I predict that Real Madrid will win 3-2 with Ronaldo scoring twice and Bale once for Real Madrid, and Lukaku and Rashford scoring for Manchester United. The reason Real Madrid will win is that they have not yet had a great preseason so they will really want to get the new season started with a win and they will probably put out a better squad than Manchester United.

 

 

Transfer Rumors: Neymar, Mbappe, Ozil?

Welcome to Transfer Rumors, where we look at some of the potential transfers that could be happening soon. All of the rumors were first reported at the site Football Whispers, which rates the transfers on a scale of 1-5. 1 is unlikely, while 5 is a done deal. Here are some emerging rumors.

Neymar to PSG. Rating: 3.5

Neymar has been in the news for a while now about how he could be signing a massive deal with Paris Saint-Germain. Sources have told ESPN FC that PSG will get Neymar for $258.9 million and that the deal is for at least 4 years. Neymar is currently in China to fulfill his promotional commitments with Barcelona. But the source tells ESPN FC that Neymar will complete a medical and sign a contract with PSG in Qatar later this week.

Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid. Rating: 3.8

Mbappe is a young player from France who has played for Monaco in the Ligue 1 for 1.5 years. He has such a high value because he is only 18 and has the potential to be one of the best strikers in the world. Mbappe got a new number, and some people are saying that Monaco is making a hint that Mbappe is staying.

Mesut Ozil to Barcelona. Rating: 1.6

Ozil could be moving to Barcelona from Arsenal, but the deal would be unlikely. Ozil was the club transfer record breaker when he signed from Real Madrid in 2013. And Ozil is probably the second best player on Arsenal behind Alexis Sanchez, and with Sanchez’s future unclear, Ozil would be the star of the team if Sanchez leaves.

Bonus: Nemanja Matic to Manchester United Confirmed

Manchester United announced today that Matic is signing for the Red Devils. Matic has signed a 3-year contract and will now be reunited with manager Jose Mourinho, who coached him before at Chelsea. Matic has been linked with Man U all summer, and the deal is finally done.

James Rodriguez Signs Loan With Bayern Munich

James Rodriguez, a midfielder who turns 26 today, signed a two-year loan with Bayern Munich yesterday. The Columbian player will be in the German League for two seasons after Real Madrid let him leave their team and go to Bayern. Bayern will have to pay Real Madrid 5 million euros each year and at the of the loan, they can pay 35.2 million euros to keep James permanently. Rodriguez played 111 times for Madrid, scoring 36 goals and making 41 assists. He was almost certain to leave Real Madrid permanently this summer after being left off the Champions League final squad. But now he will have the chance to play for one of the best teams in the world and the team that has won the Bundesliga 5 straight times. He will also be reunited with manager Carlo Ancelotti, who coached him at Real Madrid from 2014-2015.