Ronaldo join Juventus from Real Madrid

Five-times world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo has signed for Italian champions Juventus from Real Madrid, the La Liga club said in a statement on Tuesday.

Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record £80 million, is the Spanish club’s all-time top scorer with 451 goals in all competitions and won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.

“For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its greatest symbols and a unique reference for the generations to come,” European champions Real said, adding that Ronaldo had asked to be transferred. “Real Madrid will always be his home”. Naija and Bet

The transfer fee was not disclosed but Spanish media said Ronaldo had signed a four-year deal and had cost Juventus €105 million. Continue reading “Ronaldo join Juventus from Real Madrid”

Ronaldo has received offer, might sign for Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo has received an offer to leave Real Madrid and join Italian champions Juventus, a source close to the player told Reuters on Wednesday.

Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record 80 million pounds ($105.65 million), is the Spanish club’s all-time top scorer with 451 goals in all competitions and has won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.

Despite the glut of silverware, however, the five-times world player of the year has had frequent fallouts with Real and has declared on several occasions that he wants to leave the club. Various Betting options are Available for today’s games on NaijaBet

Moments after lifting a third consecutive Champions League trophy by helping beat Liverpool 3-1 in the final on May 26, Ronaldo appeared to suggest he had already decided to leave Real, telling a television reporter on the pitch at Kiev’s NSC Olympic Stadium: “It was beautiful to play for Real Madrid.”

Ronaldo, 33, appeared to backtrack on that statement during Real’s celebration parade through the Spanish capital the next day, when he told a mass of supporters: “See you next season.”

The Portugal forward was reported to be on the verge of leaving last June after a news story appeared in Portuguese newspaper Record declaring he was unhappy with the club. Continue reading “Ronaldo has received offer, might sign for Juventus”

Buffon get Uefa banned for three matches

Uefa has banned goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon for three matches for comments he made about the referee after Juventus lost in the Champions League quarterfinals in April, European soccer’s governing body said on Tuesday.

Buffon was enraged by English referee Michael Oliver’s decision to award Real Madrid a stoppage-time penalty during the second leg at the Bernabeu and lost control, screaming at and jostling the Englishman until he was shown a red card.

Cristiano Ronaldo coverted the spot-kick and Real lost the match 3-1 to win the tie 4-3 on aggregate. Place bet on Today’s games on NaijaBet

“The Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided to suspend Juventus player Gianluigi Buffon for three Uefa competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible,” Uefa said in a statement on its website https://www.uefa.com/insideuefa/disciplinary/index.html.

The 40-year-old Buffon, who left Juventus after 17 seasons at the club, criticised Oliver after the match, saying the referee had been out of his depth, should have been in the stands eating crisps and must have a garbage bin for a heart. Continue reading “Buffon get Uefa banned for three matches”

Schalke suspend Meyer over bullying allegations

Schalke on Monday hit back at allegations from Max Meyer that senior club officials bullied him by suspending the Germany midfielder for their last two games.

Meyer’s contract expires at the end of the season and despite being linked to Arsenal, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain, he has yet to reveal his plans.

Schalke moved quickly after Meyer told German daily Bild that he “felt bullied” out of the club by sports director Christian Heidel and chairman Clemens Toennies. Place bet on various sports event on NaijaBet

“We cannot tolerate this approach and these statements – even more so the incorrect allegations which disturb us and we strongly reject,” said Heidel.

Schalke’s coach Domenico Tedesco, who has steered the club to second in the Bundesliga behind Bayern Munich, also slammed Meyer.

“I am disappointed with his personal attacks and I cannot understand them, because they just are not true,” said Tedesco. Continue reading “Schalke suspend Meyer over bullying allegations”

Napoli keep hopes alive, Crotone held Juve

Napoli kept their title hopes alive with a 4-2 win over Udinese on Wednesday as champions Juventus’ path to a seventh consecutive Serie A title was stalled 1-1 at Crotone.

Nigerian forward Simy grabbed the equaliser for relegation-threatened Crotone after 65 minutes with a spectacular overhead bicycle kick with shades of that scored by Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League in Turin last month.

“We didn’t do so well tonight, even though the guys did everything possible,” said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.

“Tonight was decisive for the Scudetto. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

“These are the games you need to bring home. The thing to do is stay calm, and play this championship until the end.”

Napoli came from behind twice to cut the gap on Juventus to four points with five games remaining including next Sunday’s top of the table clash between the two teams in Turin. Continue reading “Napoli keep hopes alive, Crotone held Juve”

AC Milan set to reward Gattuso with new contract

AC Milan have confirmed that coach Gennaro Gattuso will be rewarded with a new contract this Easter.

Gattuso, the club’s former youth team coach, took over the seven-time European champions from Vincenzo Montella on a caretaker basis last November and has rekindled the club’s season as they sit within the Europa League spots and with hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

“When we open our eggs this Easter, we’re going to find Gennaro Gattuso’s renewal inside,” the club’s sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli told journalists. Place bet on Today’s game on NaijaBet

“I’ve been telling you for some time, although perhaps you only know him as a player, that Rino (Gattuso) is already an important coach and in the future will be one of the best in the world, so it’s only right that Milan keep hold of him. Continue reading “AC Milan set to reward Gattuso with new contract”

Napoli will not giving up on Serie A title – Hamsik

Napoli skipper Marek Hamsik insists his side are still in the Serie A title race as they battle to avoid falling seven points behind Juventus before the international break.

“Napoli aren’t giving up anything,” said Hamsik, after six-time defending champions Juventus pulled four points clear in midweek.

“Anything can definitely happen. The league still gives us opportunities, there are so many points and so many games.”

Massimiliano Allegri’s Old Lady can extend that advantage on Saturday when they visit struggling SPAL. Start forecasting games now, Latest odds on NaijaBet

With 10 games to play this season, Napoli desperately need to return to winning ways at home against Genoa on Sunday.

Juventus’ victory against Atalanta was their 12th consecutive league win, and they have become accustomed to turning the championship into a one-horse race with the arrival of spring.

“I see a team that is growing,” said coach Allegri whose side are targeting a historic treble of Serie A, Italian Cup and Champions League titles. Continue reading “Napoli will not giving up on Serie A title – Hamsik”

Allegri delights in Juventus defensive mean streak

Nothing pleases Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and his players more than a good defensive display.

The Serie A leaders now boast both the best attack as well as the meanest defence in the league but it is the latter statistic which fills Allegri with the most pride.

Juventus, chasing a seventh successive title, beat Atalanta 2-0 on Wednesday to move four points clear at the top of the table and have yet to let in a Serie A goal this year.

Verona were the last team to breach Juve’s rearguard on December 30 and, in all, they have conceded 15 goals in 28 games while scoring 67, one more than Lazio. Bet Now NaijaBet

“Which statistic do I prefer most? Having the best defence,” Allegri told reporters after Wednesday’s win.

Allegri said he was delighted to see goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and defender Giorgio Chiellini celebrate a key intervention as if they had scored a goal, just as they did in the Champions League win at Tottenham Hotspur a week ago. Continue reading “Allegri delights in Juventus defensive mean streak”

Costa dribbling skills will sparks Juventus treble bid

Douglas ‘The Flash’ Costa owes his nickname not only to his thunderbolt haircut but also to his lightning speed and dribbling skills which are driving Juventus’s treble bid.

The 27-year-old ex-Bayern Munich winger is coming into his own at his new club as the six-time Italian champions look to keep their bid for titles burning on three fronts.

Juventus – with a game in hand – are just one point behind Napoli in the Serie A title race, but are also through to their fourth straight Italian Cup final largely thanks to Costa’s skills. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

Massimiliano Allegri’s side next head to Wembley Stadium for Wednesday’s Champions League last 16 second leg tie against Tottenham Hotspur with the tie finely balanced 2-2.

Juventus – who lifted the European Cup in 1985 and 1996 – have been losing finalists in Europe’s elite competition twice in the past three editions.

This year’s quest remains in the balance after Allegri’s side threw away a two-goal lead earned by Gonzalo Higuain’s double in the opening nine minutes of the first leg in Turin last month.

Allegri has heaped praise on Costa, who has in recent months provided game-changing speed down the wing and been a thorn in the side of opposition defences. Continue reading “Costa dribbling skills will sparks Juventus treble bid”

Milan hope to sink Inter in “Derby della Madonnina” this weekend

In the midst of a superb run of results, AC Milan face stuttering city rivals Inter in the “Derby della Madonnina” this weekend looking to haul themselves right into Champions League contention in Serie A.

Sunday’s game will be the moment of truth for Inter coach Luciano Spalletti, as amid claims of dressing room quarrels the club have still not fully emerged from the crisis of recent weeks, despite last week’s win against bottom club Benevento.

They occupy fourth position — the final Champions League spot — but Roma are just one point behind before they go to leaders Napoli. Milan are seven points behind in seventh. Forecast your weekend games Now on NaijaBet

Steven Zhang — son of owner Zhang Jindong — joined the Inter team at their snow-covered Appiano Gentile training centre this week, underlining the significance of the clash as they struggle for form.

“This weekend is the moment of truth,” said Inter centre-back Milan Skriniar of a game which will be followed by a home clash with Napoli.

“Certainly my stay at Inter isn’t linked to whether we qualify for the Champions League, although I’m convinced we’ll get there,” added the Slovak, who joined from Sampdoria last summer. Continue reading “Milan hope to sink Inter in “Derby della Madonnina” this weekend”

Coppa Italia Match Preview : Juventus vs Atalanta

Juventus could take advantage of the unexpected rest from Sunday in the short term, but adding a game later in the year and possibly losing rhythm might have a negative effect. They will be able to keep concentration levels high despite not playing at the weekend, however.

Atalanta are on the verge of building on an already incredible previous season. Now that the Europa League is over for them and they’re aware of the strength of their rivals in the league, reaching the Coppa Italia final will be their number one target. Place bet on today’s games NaijaBet

Seeing Juventus lose at home and throw away 1-0 lead from the first leg would be a surprise. The Bianconeri have the tools to control the game, but Atalanta have been scaring big teams over the last 18 months.

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Juventus- The postponement of the Serie A encounter against Atalanta granted Juventus some rest in an otherwise busy period, which might be crucial in order to avoid further injury issues in attack.

With the trio of Juan Cuadrado, Gonzalo Higuain and Federico Bernardeschi still out, Massimiliano Allegri will not have too many options up front. Continue reading “Coppa Italia Match Preview : Juventus vs Atalanta”

Seedorf suffers lost in his first game at Deportivo

Clarence Seedorf got off on the wrong foot in his first game in charge of struggling Deportivo La Coruna as the Dutchman’s side lost 1-0 at home to Real Betis on Monday.

Betis forward Lorenzo Moron kicked on from his dream debut against Villarreal last weekend by netting the only goal of the game in the 55th minute, his third strike in his second appearance in the Betis first team.

The Spaniard slid in to meet a low cross and scuffed it into the net off the foot of hapless Depor goalkeeper Ruben Martinez. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

Deportivo rallied after going behind and striker Florin Andone hit the post and in added time fired just wide of goal, moments after teammate Celso Borges had come agonisingly close to scoring for the home side. Continue reading “Seedorf suffers lost in his first game at Deportivo”

Weekend Fixtures: Buffon set for return, Lazio prepare for Milan

Gianluigi Buffon is set to make his long-awaited return for Juventus as in-form Lazio travel to AC Milan for the first of their double header in Serie A action this weekend.

Veteran goalkeeper Buffon returns against Chievo on the weekend he turns 40 after struggling with a calf injury since the 1-0 win over Napoli on December 1.

In his absence Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has impressed, conceding just one goal in seven Serie A games as the Turin side continue their push for a seventh straight Serie A title. Weekend’s games latest odds are available on NaijaBet

Juventus are just one point behind leaders Napoli after 21 games with Maurizio Sarri’s side hosting Bologna on Sunday.

Massimiliano Allegri will be counting on bringing home all three points against Chievo, in 13th, and without a win in two months.

“Playing these kinds of games is always difficult,” said Juventus’ Moroccan defender Medhi Benatia. Continue reading “Weekend Fixtures: Buffon set for return, Lazio prepare for Milan”

Juventus advanced into another Italian Cup semifinals

Douglas Costa and Mario Mandzukic scored in either half as defending champions Juventus advanced to the semifinals of the Italian Cup on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over city rivals Torino.

Brazilian Costa opened after quarter of an hour in the Allianz Stadium with Croatian Mandzukic adding the second amid controversy on 69 minutes to set up a meeting with Atalanta, who eliminated Serie A leaders Napoli 2-1 on Tuesday, in the final four. Place bet on various sport on NaijaBet

Lazio, finalists in 2017, will meet AC Milan in the other semifinal played over two legs on January 31 and February 28.

The winning team will earn a direct entry to the group stages of the Europa League.

“We’ve reached the semifinal for the fourth year running and the lads took the right approach to this game,” said coach Massimiliano Allegri. Continue reading “Juventus advanced into another Italian Cup semifinals”

Inter focus on tough Lazio test after Cup defeat

Inter Milan turn their focus back to their flagging Serie A campaign after their Italian Cup derby flop hosting Lazio on Saturday looking to keep pace with leading duo Napoli and Juventus who are jostling to end 2017 on top.

Luciano Spalletti’s side – third in Serie A five points behind leaders Napoli – have now suffered three consecutive losses and face a tough task against fifth-placed Lazio to keep their Scudetto ambitions on track.

A defeat to the Romans would see Inter drop further behind the leaders as Napoli look set to end 2017 top of the Italian football league table for the second time in three years at third-from-bottom Crotone on Friday. Naija and Bet

Napoli have 45 points from 18 games ahead of their trip further south to Calabria, just one ahead of Juventus, who saw off title-rivals AS Roma 1-0 last weekend, and travel to second-from-bottom Verona on Saturday.

Inter are third two points ahead of Roma with Lazio a further two points back in fifth with the two teams from the capital both having a game in hand.

Spalletti was scathing of his players, including leading Serie A scorer Mauro Icardi and winger Ivan Perisic after a 1-0 extra-time defeat to Milan which ended their Italian Cup ambitions. Continue reading “Inter focus on tough Lazio test after Cup defeat”

Lazio cruise into Italian Cup quarters

Felipe Anderson scored his first goal of the season on Thursday as Lazio cruised into the quarterfinals of the Italian Cup after beating Serie B side Cittadella 3-1.

Lazio will face Fiorentina in the quarterfinals, which are being played on December 27 and January 3.

Brazilian winger Anderson, who has become one of Lazio’s star players since arriving in Italy from Santos in 2013, slotted the home side’s 24th-minute second in his second appearance since being sidelined with a knee injury before the start of the season. Place on today’s games on NaijaBet

Anderson raced through to stroke home Lucas Leiva’s fine through ball 13 minutes after Ciro Immobile opened the scoring and his strike was added to by an Agostino Camigliano own goal nine minutes before the break and a smart Immobile chip in the final moments.

Cittadella’s cup run came to an end despite a missile of a free-kick from Paolo Bartolomei three minutes before half-time.

Donnarumma wants to cancel Milan deal

Teenage goalkeeping sensation Gianluigi Donnarumma is claiming he suffered “moral abuse” at the time of renewing his AC Milan contract last summer and wants to cancel the deal, according to Italian press reports on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old’s agent Mino Raiola has reportedly asked Milan bosses to cancel the contract on the grounds of “psychological pressure” suffered by Donnarumma to renew last July, Corriere della Sera reported.

Raiola and the player’s lawyers were reportedly not present in the room at the time of the signature.

And the newspaper claims that the teenager — regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe and a successor to Gianluigi Buffon on the Italian national team — has sent a letter to Milan bosses outlining his demands. Naija and Bet

If the agreement is cancelled, Donnarumma would return to his former contract which expires on June 30, 2018 and would be free to join another club. Continue reading “Donnarumma wants to cancel Milan deal”

Gattuso angry at Europa League ‘burning’ defeat

Angry AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso singled out forward Andre Silva for criticism after his side suffered a “burning” 2-0 defeat to Croatia champions Rijeka in the Europa League on Thursday.

Milan had already qualified for the knockout stages and rested a number of regulars, but that did not stop the famously combative former midfielder from letting rip at his players — in particular the new signing from Porto.

“It’s a burning defeat. I take full responsibility for the choices I made, which are only mine,” Gattuso said. Naija and Bet

“AC Milan’s shirt deserves respect. This bothers me a lot. We didn’t come here to lose. We made some pretty clear choices, trying to start those who needed more playing time.

“But we need to turn things around and a change in mentality. We need more intensity and desire and all these things weren’t there today. Continue reading “Gattuso angry at Europa League ‘burning’ defeat”

Buffon wins SerieA best player award

Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon eased some of his World Cup heartache by winning the Serie A Best Player of the Year award at the Gran Gala del Calcio Awards in Milan.

“The failure to participate in the World is the biggest disappointment in my career together with some (lost) Champions league finals,” said the 39-year-old Juventus goalkeeper at Monday night’s ceremony.

“I’m happy and proud. I never thought I’d get this kind of trophy, and I’ll hold on tight to it because I’ve never won best youngster!”

Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri was named the best coach in the Italian football awards. Place bet on Italy- Cup matches on NaijaBet.com

Buffon quit international football last month as four-time champions Italy sensationally missed out on their first World Cup finals in 60 years after a playoff defeat to Sweden on Monday. Continue reading “Buffon wins SerieA best player award”

SerieA Match Preview : Atalanta vs Benevento

Atalanta have failed to reproduce last season’s form in Serie A this term but are going well in the Europa League and return to Italy after thrashing Everton 5-1 on Thursday.

Benevento were minutes away from picking up their first point in Serie A last weekend but are still bottom on 0 points afte 13 matches. It should be defeat number 14 on Monday.

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 Atalanta- Remo Freuler is back from suspension and Marten de Roon is expected to make room for the Switzerland international.
Andrea Petagna and Andreas Cornelius will continue to rotate in attack, while Jasmin Kurtic should also start for the hosts.
 Benevento- Amato Ciciretti is a doubt for the trip to Bergamo due to muscular problems.

Continue reading “SerieA Match Preview : Atalanta vs Benevento”

Milan sack coach, appoint Gattuso on an interim basis

Fallen Italian giants AC Milan have sacked coach Vincenzo Montella and named combative former player Gennaro Gattuso as their new boss, the Chinese-owned club said Monday.

The seven-time European champions are lying seventh in Serie A after a goalless draw against Torino on Sunday. Mid week Premier League Fixture on NaijaBet

Gattuso, 39, made more than 450 appearances for AC Milan between 1999 and 2012, winning a reputation as a rugged defensive midfielder.

He spent a season at Glasgow Rangers before that.

He has been working within the AC Milan structure as youth team coach.

Allegri urges squad to step up their game against AC Milan

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has told his team that they will lose to AC Milan in Saturday’s Serie A showdown at San Siro unless they improve from what he considered an untidy display in their last match.

Both teams enjoyed 4-1 wins on Wednesday with Juve beating SPAL at home and Milan winning away to Chievo, but there were very different reactions from the two coaches.

Milan’s Vincenzo Montella was a happy and relieved man after his big-spending side ended a four-match winless run in the league, lifting some of the pressure off his shoulders after talk that his job was on the line.

“It’s a victory that gives us belief and strength,” he said. “We had already seen significant improvements in the quality of football over recent games and I am very satisfied with this performance.”

There were no such sentiments from Allegri whose side rushed to a 2-0 lead in only 23 minutes but then let SPAL back into the game. The visitors pulled one goal back and had an equaliser disallowed before two quickfire goals got Juventus off the hook. Play Bet on Weekend’s games 👉 NaijaBet

“If we play like that again, we will come away from the match on Saturday beaten and worn out,” said Allegri. Continue reading “Allegri urges squad to step up their game against AC Milan”

Inter survive Sampdoria late fightback

Mauro Icardi scored a double as Inter Milan went top of Serie A on Tuesday with a 3-2 win over Sampdoria as victims of the Holocaust were remembered following anti-semitic acts by Lazio fans.

Inter captain Icardi and Sampdoria counterpart Fabio Quagliarella handed out copies of “The Diary of Anne Frank” and Italian Jewish writer Primo Levi’s memoir “If This Is A Man” to child mascots accompanying players onto the pitch at the San Siro. Today’s SerieA fixture odds on NaijaBet

The initiative followed the controversy ignited after Lazio fans defaced the Stadio Olimpico, which they share with rivals Roma, during Sunday’s league game against Cagliari with anti-semitic slogans and stickers showing images of Frank.

On the pitch the hosts led 3-0 after 54 minutes with Slovak Milan Skriniar opening after 18 minutes against his former club with another ex-Sampdoria man Icardi adding to his tally on 32 and 54 minutes for 11 league goals this season. Continue reading “Inter survive Sampdoria late fightback”

UCL Match Preview : Chelsea vs Roma

Chelsea have a 100% record in Group C and hold the advantage in the quest to finish top. Roma are their nearest rivals and a win over the Italian side would all but put their name in the next round of the competition.

Roma are in second on four points but now have two tricky fixtures against Chelsea. Assuming Atletico Madrid can beat minnows Qarabag twice, the Serie A side will do well to hold onto second place by matchday 5.

Roma have won only one of their 15 away games in England, losing nine. Chelsea slipped to a shock defeat against Crystal Palace at the weekend and Antonio Conte will demand a reaction here.

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Chelsea – Victor Moses and N’Golo Kante are ruled out with hamstring injuries, but Alvaro Morata is in contention to return after missing their 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace with the same injury. Meanwhile, Danny Drinkwater is still sidelined for the home side.

Khedira set for Juventus return against Lazio

Sami Khedira has taken a swipe at the makers of Fifa 18 on Thursday for getting his hair wrong in the latest edition of the popular video game.

While many players such as Chelsea’s Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi and Manchester City’s France defender Benjamin Mendy are unhappy with their Fifa ranking, Khedira is unhappy with his look.

The veteran German international, who is set to make his comeback for Juventus after a two month injury layoff, is unhappy with his long hair.

The 30-year-old took to Twitter: “Hey @EASportsFIFA, I’m really glad you like my long hair… but I’m wearing it short for almost two years now…” Place Bet on Weekend’s games on NaijaBet.com

Khedira has been sidelined with a knee injury for the past seven weeks but scored twice for Juventus in a test match midweek and could return in Saturday’s Serie A clash against Lazio in Turin. Continue reading “Khedira set for Juventus return against Lazio”