Agnelli’s wealth, League’s assembly and players’ soundbites

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Forbes recently released a list of the richest owners in football and the Agnelli family, which is obviously represented by the president of the club Andrea, are ranked fifth with a $15.9B net worth. They trail to Carlos Slim (Real Oviedo, $59.3B), Francois Pinault (Rennes, $31.7B), Mansour bin Zayd Al Nahyan (Manchester City, $23B), Dietrich Mateschitz (Red Bull teams, $18.9B), while they precede Roman Abramovich (Chelsea, $12.4B), Philip Anschutz (Los Angeles Galaxy, $11B), Stan Kroenke (Arsenal, $8.8B), Zhang Jindong (Inter, $6.8B), Dmitry Rybolovlev (Monaco, $6.8B) and Nasser Al-Khelaifi (PSG, $6.2B).

The Serie A held an assembly on yesterday and Juventus was the only one to vote against a resolution that opposed the new Super Champions League proposed by the European Club Association, chaired by Andrea Agnelli, and UEFA. Milan, Inter, Roma and Fiorentina abstained, therefore the Italian league officially joins the other competitions that are fighting against the new project. The Old Lady also rejected, but not in official manner, the Mediapro plan to create a TV channel owned by the League, which is instead supported by the majority of the sides.

Several Bianconeri featured with their national teams over the last few days and some talked to the press about Juventus-related matters. The most notable bit actually belonged to Ajax’s Matthijs De Ligt, who revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo asked him to join the club after the Nations League final and the starlet has been very public about his doubts on transferring to Barcelona.

Miralem Pjanic weighed in on the coaching search: “There are a lot of certainties at Juventus, luckily they waved off my previous red card so I will be able to play in my Stadium in Turin. I am not worried about what will happen, they will choose a great manager.” After the Italy game, he stated that he and the club love each other very much and that he has long-term deal.

Blaise Matuidi looked back at the 2018/2019 campaign: “It was a rather satisfying season, I played in almost all the games and that means something when you are at Juventus. The elimination in the round of eight was a black eye that had some tough consequences since our coach left. We had the tools to do better, but we could not put it all together at the right moment. We had a proper reaction in the second leg against Atletico Madrid and after that perfect game I thought we could have gone deep, but then we had to play without some key elements, like our captain Giorgio Chiellini.”

On Cristiano Ronaldo: “He is impressive, he has won everything but he is not affected by it, he is always looking forward to the next trophy and to bigger achievements. He wants to win all the time in practice too. He is different from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the winning mentality is the same but Cristiano works harder, even though Zlatan improved there. Cristiano is there pushing hard even the day after the matches while everybody is trying to recover.”

On his future: “I have a year left on my contract with an additional optional one, I am fire at Juventus.”

On racism: “That day in Cagliari was one of the worst moments in my career. It had happened in the same stadium the year before too, so the first instinct was to stop the game, but my teammates are there too and I could not think just about myself. I do not want that. Whoever is responsible needs to be identified and punished, but not all 20k fans were like that, I felt like it was unfair to punish the majority of them for the behavior of few imbeciles.”

“I do not regret leaving PSG, life is made of fights and I love challenges. I am the happiest guy on earth now. I could have stayed there, nobody forced me to move, but when you no longer feel to have the trust of the team…”

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