Crying Ronaldo picks himself up for SerieA trip to Frosinone

Cristiano Ronaldo picks himself up and gets back to business in Serie A against promoted Frosinone on Sunday after his return to Spain in the Champions League ended in a tearful sending off against Valencia.

The former Real Madrid star collapsed dramatically on the pitch after being handed a controversial red card just days after his first goals for Juventus saw the champions keep their 100 percent record to pull three points clear at the top of the Serie A table.

Juventus beat Valencia anyway thanks to two Miralem Pjanic penalties.

And after securing a winning start to the European campaign which is their focus this season, the Turin giants look to keep their quest for an eighth straight domestic title on track with a trip to Frosinone. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

Coach Massimiliano Allegri is confident that Ronaldo, 33, will be back to business against a side from outside Rome who are second from bottom of the league with one point.

“He was upset and he needs time to calm down. He needs to rise above it and focus on Sunday, even if these things leave a bitter taste in the mouth,” said the coach. Continue reading “Crying Ronaldo picks himself up for SerieA trip to Frosinone”

SerieA Match Preview: Juventus vs Sassuolo

Juventus have won their first three league games and are already two points clear at the top of Serie A.

Sassuolo start the weekend as Juventus’ closest challengers after making a surprise start to the season.

The Neroverdi have scored more goals than any other team in the division this season (8).

Juventus are favourites but Sassuolo will hope the Old Lady suffer from a lapse in concentration with the start of the Champions League a few days away.

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Juventus- Massimiliano Allegri is expected to pick most of his team based on who featured the least during the international break or who had the shortest trip. Various SerieA Betting Options are available on Site

Cristiano Ronaldo skipped the break with Portugal to fine-tune his game with Juventus after a disappointing start to life in Italy.

Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado and Douglas Costa might all be rested this weekend with an eye on their Champions League opener against Valencia next week. Continue reading “SerieA Match Preview: Juventus vs Sassuolo”

Simeone will love to coach Inter later says agent

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone will “sooner or later” become coach of Serie A giants Inter Milan, his sister and agent claimed on Sunday.

“I think it’s only a matter of time. He loves the club, the atmosphere and living in Milan. Inter is a side he would really love to coach,” Natalia Simeone said in quotes in the Italian press.

Former Argentina international Simeone spent two years as a player with Inter, whom he joined from Atletico Madrid in 1997, winning a Serie A title and the Uefa Cup.

He then went on to play for four years with another Italian club, Lazio, before returning to Atletico Madrid. Place bet on LIVE matches 24/7

“Diego said it too, sooner or later, he’ll end up at Inter,” said Natalia.

“Inter is a team that he would like to coach so much, but he has remained very close to Lazio, too.” Continue reading “Simeone will love to coach Inter later says agent”

SerieA resumes as Ronaldo chases first Juventus goal

Cristiano Ronaldo faces Sassuolo on Sunday still chasing his maiden competitive goal for Italian champions Juventus before he returns to Spain for the first time in the Champions League.

Bolstered by five-time winner Ronaldo, Juventus begin their quest for the Champions League title which has eluded them since 1996 in Valencia next Wednesday.

Despite a seventh straight Serie A title last season the Turin giants plunged into the red with a €19.2-million loss as a result of their European quarterfinal exit.

Serie A returns after a two-week international break with former Real Madrid player Ronaldo having skipped Portugal duty to focus on his new club, just as his teammate, Croatia’s World Cup runner-up Mario Mandzukic, did. Bet Now on NaijaBet

During the break the 33-year-old was pictured relaxing on board his yacht off St Tropez on the French Riveria.

“Vitamin D,” wrote the five-time Ballon d’Or winner under a photo of him lounging on the deck of his yacht. Continue reading “SerieA resumes as Ronaldo chases first Juventus goal”

Ronaldo’s oldest son joins Juventus youth academy

Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s oldest son has started training with the Juventus youth academy’s Under-9 team, according to media reports in Italy.

Five-time Ball d’Or winner Ronaldo, 33, signed for Italian champions Juventus this summer from Real Madrid for €100 million.

His oldest son Cristiano Jr — who was born in June 2010 — was photographed training on Monday with the Juve Pulcini 2010 squad reserved for Under-9s at Juventus’s Vinovo ground. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

Ronaldo’s partner Georgina Rodriguez was also present at the training ground.

Other senior Juventus players have children in the team’s academy including Andrea Barzagli’s son Mattia and fellow former Italian international Claudio Marchisio’s son Davide. Continue reading “Ronaldo’s oldest son joins Juventus youth academy”

SerieA Match Preview: Juventus vs Lazio

Juventus struggled more than expected against Chievo last weekend, coming from 2-1 down to win 3-2 with a late winner.

Lazio took the lead against Napoli last weekend but ended up losing 2-1. Their difficult start to the season continues here with a trip to Turin.

Lazio are better than Chievo and Juventus will have to improve if they are to come away with three points on this occasion. Naija and Bet

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Juventus- Mario Mandzukic is favourite to start ahead of Juan Cuadrado in the supporting trio. This would mean moving Douglas Costa to the right flank.

Cristiano Ronaldo will make his home debut for Juventus this weekend in front of a sell-out crowd. Continue reading “SerieA Match Preview: Juventus vs Lazio”

Cristiano Ronaldo reveals reason for moving to Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo said it had been an easy decision to leave Real Madrid for Juventus as he bids to become just the second player to win the Champions League with three different clubs.

“I want to win the Champions League with Juventus and we will do everything to win it,” the 33-year-old Portuguese superstar said in an interview. Naija and Bet

Ronaldo has lifted a record five Champions Leagues titles – four with Real Madrid and one with Manchester United.

Another with Juventus would see him join Dutch great Clarence Seedorf, the only player to win the top European trophy with three different clubs.

Seedorf won the European title four times – with Ajax, Real Madrid, and twice with AC Milan between 1995 and 2007. Various betting options are available on site for today’s games.

“We’ll focus on that, with my teammates, but without obsessing over it. We’ll go step by step and then we’ll see, if it’s this year, next year or the year after that,” continued Ronaldo who has agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal to become DAZN’s first global ambassador. Continue reading “Cristiano Ronaldo reveals reason for moving to Juventus”

Gonzalo Higuain join AC Milan from Juventus

Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain on Thursday moved to AC Milan in a three-player swap deal between the seven-time European champions and Juventus that will see Leonardo Bonucci return to Turin after just a season away.

Milan signed 30-year-old Higuain on a one-year loan deal worth a reported $21 million that gives them the option to buy the striker next summer for a further 36 million euros.

Italy centre-back Bonucci has been swapped for promising Mattia Caldara just weeks after Caldara arrived at Juve following his transfer from Atalanta, which was agreed in January 2017. Place bet on Various today’s games on NaijaBet

Higuain left Juventus, where he won two Serie A titles and scored 40 goals in 76 league appearances, following the shock signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid that made the Argentine surplus to requirements.

Italian media reported that Higuain’s transfer had been structured to allow Milan to comply with Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations, which they fell foul of last season.

His move opened the door for Bonucci to return to Turin, where the defender won six league titles and reached two Champions League finals. Continue reading “Gonzalo Higuain join AC Milan from Juventus”

NaijaBet Opens Betting on Ronaldo as he begins his career in Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo ended his record-breaking nine-year spell with Real Madrid last month when he signed for the Serie A giants in an £89m deal.

And fans of the Old Lady will be very excited for the upcoming season after watching his moment of magic in training.

The footage shows Ronaldo casually clipping a ball from the edge of the penalty box onto the crossbar. Place bet on Europa League Qualification Matches on NaijaBet

He then follows up and shoulders it into the open net with remarkable ease.

NaijaBet has open Betting Options on Cristiano Ronaldo Total Goals in his first season at Juventus.

19 or Less = 13.00 Odds, 25 to 29 = 3.25 Odds, 20 to 24 = 4.50 Odds, 30 to 34 = 2.87 Odds and 35 or More = 6.00 Odds. Continue reading “NaijaBet Opens Betting on Ronaldo as he begins his career in Juventus”

Ronaldo set to make Serie A debut in August

Cristiano Ronaldo will kick his first ball in Serie A at troubled Chievo on the weekend of August 18/19 when new club Juventus begin their bid for a record eighth straight league title.

The fixture list for the 2018-19 season of the Italian championship was announced on Thursday with all eyes on where the superstar attacker, signed for 100 million euros from European champions Real Madrid earlier this month, would begin what he called “a new adventure”.

Juventus are strong favourites to further cement their domestic dominance following the superstar attacker’s arrival, with the league’s other big hitters in a transition period. Place bet on Live Events on NaijaBet

Napoli, who finished four points behind Juve last year, will be a different prospect from the free-flowing purists of recent years after replacing new Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri with Carlo Ancelotti, a double winner with the Premier League club in 2010.

Ancelotti begins his new job with a tough away trip to Lazio, who were top scorers last season with 89 goals and only missed out on Champions League football on the final day after a dramatic defeat to Inter Milan.

Three-time Champions League winner Ancelotti follows that up with the visit of AC Milan, themselves hoping to rebuild after being taken over by American hedge fund Elliott Management earlier this month. Continue reading “Ronaldo set to make Serie A debut in August”

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”