Cristiano Ronaldo turned 34 yesterday and briefly talked to the club’s TV after practice: “I am very happy to be celebrating my birthday here, it is nice to be in Italy. I want to thank the fans to the messages and the affection. Being at Juventus in a great experience and I feel lucky to play in Serie A. People are treating me very well, especially within the club and Torino is a very nice and quiet city. My family and my kids are happy and therefore so am I. The squad is in a good moment, we feel well and we are top of the league, we advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals and we won our first trophy. We are ready for the upcoming games.”
Earlier this week, Soccerex released their study “Football Finance 100”, which ranks the wealth of the clubs based on five parameters: value of the roster, real estates, bank account, potential investments and net debts. The mix results in an index and the subsequent chart sees Manchester City (4,21) finish first, before PSG (3,84) and Bayern Munich (2,67). Juventus (1,96) is ninth, behind Tottenham, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United. You can see the full chart below.
After the end of the January window, Juventus updated their Champions League list and made just a couple, but obviously relevant, changes: Martin Caceresreplaces Medhi Benatia, while Leonardo Spinazzola was inserted in lieu of Juan Cuadrado. The young fullback was initially excluded while he was recovering from an ACL tear, while the winger is now rehabbing after knee surgery to fix a meniscus and cartilage lesion. The decision suggests that the coaching and medical staff do not expect him to return any time soon and he was initially given a three-month timetable.
The transfer market just closed, but the rumours about what will happen next summer have already begun and on that regard Wilson Rodriguez, James’ father, talked to Bild after the future of his son: “He is very close to Cristiano Ronaldo. For the way I see Italian football, moving to Juventus would be a good decision.” The Colombian attacker has spent the last two seasons on loan to Bayern Munich, notching 11 goals and 16 assist in 53 appearances thus far, but would return to Real Madrid if the German club did not pick the €42M option to make it a permanent move.
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