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Cristiano Ronaldo says he is "grateful for the opportunity" given to him by Juventus, as players of his age "usually go to Qatar or China". The 33-year-old Portugal forward has joined the Italian champions for £99.2m after nine years at Real Madrid. "To come to this club at this stage of my career, I am very happy," he said at his presentation in Turin.

Ronaldo also said he hopes to be the "lucky star" as the Italian side attempt to win the Champions League. He added he had not received any other offers.
Ronaldo scored a club record 450 goals for Real - winning four Champions Leagues and La Liga twice - having joined from Manchester United in 2009. A five-time Ballon d'Or winner - including last year - he led Portugal to victory at the 2016 European Championship.

"I want to win," he said. "I want to be the best. Who knows, maybe I will be awarded the Ballon d'Or again but things will happen naturally. "It was difficult to win it in Manchester and Real Madrid, but maybe here? We will see." Ronaldo said there were "many important things" that contributed to his decision. "I am well - physically, mentally and emotionally," he said. "That is why I am so proud of being here and the way I have come here.

"I am different from all the other players who think that their career is over at my age, but I want to show the others that I am different. It is very emotional for me at the club now because I am not 23, I am 33. "It gives me so much momentum for the future."

Taking Juventus to an 'even higher level'
Juventus are Italy's most successful club, having won Serie A 34 times - including the last seven in a row - and the Coppa Italia on 13 occasions. However, they have not won the Champions League since 1996, losing on their past five appearances in the final. Ronaldo said: "I do know that the Champions League is a trophy every club would like to win. This is an option. We are going to fight not only for the Champions League but for the Serie A title.

"We know competition will be harsh but we must stay concentrated. I hope I can help Juventus win it. I hope I can be the lucky star of this club but we will see what happens. "Juventus gave me a wonderful opportunity. I'm so grateful. They gave value to my football style so it's a step forward as I see it. Juventus can have many successes. They have won domestic cups and titles and reached Champions League finals.

"I am so proud they were interested in me. I hope I can take Juventus to an even higher level."

Zinedine Zidane has sensationally resigned as Real Madrid head coach less than a week after leading the club to their third successive European Cup triumph.    The 45-year-old announced his departure in a surprise press conference at Real Madrid's training ground on Thursday morning.

Zidane leaves Real Madrid as one of the club's most successful managers having won three Champions Leagues, two Fifa Club World Cups and one La Liga title.  "I've taken the decision to not continue next year as Real Madrid coach," Zidane told reporters. "This is the right moment for everyone, it might seem a bit strange, but it had to be done for the good of everyone, the players, the club, and myself. This team must keep winning, and it needs a change after three years, another voice, another method of working."

"I love this club a lot, the president, who gave me everything – to play first at this great club. I’ll always be thankful. Today I need to change, for me, for everyone, for this I’ve taken the decision," Zidane added. "I wanted him to stay forever and I wanted to convince him to stay. But I know it was his final decision," said Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who was present alongside Zidane.

"The only thing I want to say is 'hasta pronto' because I know he will return, maybe after a rest," he added. On Saturday he became the only manager in the Champions League era to win the trophy for three straight years with the same club. However Real Madrid endured a disastrous league campaign last season, finishing 17 points adrift of eventual winners Barcelona. Zidane said he would be taking a break from football after leaving Real Madrid and would not be interested in taking a new role: "I'm not going to coach next season. I'm not looking for another team.”

In February the Frenchman admitted he would consider quitting the club if he felt "there is nothing more to give". However after masterminding Real Madrid's victory over Liverpool in Kiev, Zidane gave no indication that he was considering his future at the Bernabeu. "This is a legendary club. This is a club that has won 13 European Cups so I'm happy to be part of this history," he said.

He added: "We are going to think about what we achieved, enjoy the moment first. This is the most important thing now." The Frenchman has in the past been linked with the manager's job at Chelsea, although Antonio Conte remains in charge for now with Maurizio Sarri tipped to replace him. Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been installed as the early favourite to succeed Zidane.
Source: The Telegraph

Substitute Lionel Messi scored a sublime 89th-minute equaliser as leaders Barcelona came from 2-0 down to preserve their unbeaten La Liga record. Sevilla looked set to inflict a first league defeat on Barca for 11 months after goals by Franco Vazquez and Luis Muriel.

Luis Suarez pulled a goal back from close range in the 88th minute before Messi equalised moments later.

Barca's leading scorer curled home his 26th league goal from outside the area.

Messi had missed both of Argentina's friendlies during the international break because of a hamstring injury and was left out of the starting line-up for this game.

Barcelona are 12 points clear at the top of the table although Atletico Madrid will cut the gap to nine if they beat Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday (19:45 BST).

Sevilla, who are sixth in the table, wasted a string of chances to seal victory when 2-0 up.

They have not beaten Barcelona since October 2015 although they will get another chance to overcome Ernesto Valverde's side when the teams meet in the Copa del Rey final on 21 April.

The teams could also still meet in the Champions League.

Barcelona are chasing a European and domestic treble and host Roma in the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday, while Sevilla entertain Bayern Munich the day before.


Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund clash on Saturday for the German Super Cup in a rematch of their Champions League final, with Dortmund denying they want revenge. Bayern's 2-1 win over Dortmund at London's Wembley in May meant Munich became the first German team to win the treble of European, league and cup titles, but Borussia are viewing the Super Cup showdown as a yardstick, rather than Wembley payback.

 "This is not revenge for Wembley," said Borussia's Germany defender Mats Hummels ahead of the game in Dortmund

Borussia may have finished second, and fully 25 points, behind Bayern in last season's Bundesliga, but Hummels added: "For us, it is a good test to know where we stand, but we won't base our motivation on the fact that we lost in London."

With the new Bundesliga starting on August 9th, bragging rights are up for grabs in this pre-season showdown, but much has already changed for both teams since Arjen Robben's late winner at Wembley.

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes has been replaced by ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, Spain under-21 captain Thiago Alcantara has been recruited from the Camp Nou and Germany midfield star Mario Götze has joined from Dortmund.

Dortmund have also rung the changes by signing attacking midfielders Pierre-Emerick Aubameyeng, from St Etienne, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Illness or injury means neither are due to start at Dortmund's sold-out Westfalenstadion, with a crowd of 80,645 expected.

Mkhitaryan is out for the next few weeks having torn ankle ligaments in a pre-season match, while Aubameyeng, along with Poland winger Jakub 'Kuba' Blaszczykowski, is expected to be on the bench as he recovers from a stomach disorder.

Between them, Dortmund and Bayern have won the last four Bundesliga titles and there is much global interest in the match, which will be broadcast in 195 countries.

While Dortmund will start without their newly-signed trio, Bayern's star-studded squad will be at virtually full strength.

The European champions have won all nine of their pre-season friendlies at a canter, seeing off Catalan giants Barcelona 2-0 in Munich in Wednesday's friendly.

Guardiola has ten full internationals in his midfield and has said he will meet club bosses after Saturday's match to discuss whether any players should be sold before the transfer window closes at the end of August.

Brazil midfielder Luiz Gustavo has been linked to Wolfsburg, while Premier Legaue side Liverpool are reported to be interested in Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri.

Both sides have played down the bad blood which flowed between them earlier this year, especially following the April announcement that Götze had activated a clause in his contract to join Bayern.

"Last season, there were one or two irritations, but they were dealt with publicly or internally," said Dortmund's director of sport Michael Zorc. "We would do well to just talk about ourselves."

In February, Bayern's president Uli Hoeness had boasted "the status quo in Germany has been restored" after Munich beat Dortmund in the German Cup quarter-final.

Bayern's director of sport Matthias Sammer insisted: "There'll always be a bit of rivalry."



 Cristiano Ronaldo's injury-time penalty put holders Real Madrid through to the Champions League semi-finals after holding off a stunning Juventus comeback.Ronaldo's coolly taken 97th-minute penalty into the top corner came after Medhi Benatia brought down Lucas Vazquez in the box. Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, in what might be his last Champions League appearance, was sent off by English referee Michael Oliver after awarding the spot-kick, for foul and abusive language.

Real, Champions League winners in three of the past four seasons, came into the second leg leading 3-0, helped by Ronaldo's stunning bicycle kick. But the Serie A leaders got off to a perfect start when Mario Mandzukic headed in from Sami Khedira's cross after just two minutes and Mandzukic got a second before half-time.
Blaise Matuidi pounced to capitalise on Keylor Navas' fumble to level the tie on aggregate before the dramatic ending.
Real join Liverpool, Roma and Bayern Munich in the last-four draw, which takes place in Nyon on Friday at 12:00 BST.
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Relive how it happened
Chaotic 10 minutes in Madrid
The game looked to be heading for extra time before a chaotic final few minutes saw even the calmest of players lose control.
90th minute: Benatia push on Vazquez is adjudged to be a foul and Oliver points to the spot. Benatia booked and furious Juve players surround the referee,
incensed at the decision.
93rd minute: Buffon remonstrates too vociferously, screaming and pointing his finger in the direction of Oliver and is shown a red card.
96th minute: Juve striker Gonzalo Higuain is brought off and replaced by former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
97th minute: Ronaldo despatches the penalty into the top right-hand corner.
98th minute: Ronaldo is booked for taking off his shirt while celebrating in front of the home supporters.
99th minute: Referee blows for full-time.
Ronaldo steps up to the mark
Real have endured a poor season so far in La Liga, sitting fourth in the table and 15 points adrift of runaway leaders Barca, who capitulated on Tuesday night to go out of the Champions League.
The competition is Real's only hope of a major trophy this season, but they only just managed to sneak through to the last four for the eighth consecutive season.
Ronaldo, the Ballon d'Or holder, proved himself to be the best once again, stepping up under the most intense pressure to send his team through.
The penalty extended his incredible goalscoring form this campaign:
Now netted in 11 games in a row for Real
Takes his tally to 27 in his past 14 games for club and country
41 strikes overall in 38 games this season
120th goal in 150 Champions League appearances.
Not the send-off Buffon was hoping for
Legendary goalkeeper Buffon ended the night, and possibly his European career, in controversial fashion.
It drew parallels with Real boss Zinedine Zidane when his France playing career ended with a sending off at the 2006 World Cup final for a headbutt on Italy defender Marco Materazzi.
Italy's most-capped international Buffon, who is much respected throughout the game, let his emotions overcome him at the end and was dismissed on his 650th appearance for Juve.
Buffon had announced in October that this would be his last Champions League campaign unless his side won the final, after which he had intended to play in the Club World Cup.
Buffon had been having a brilliant game, saving low from Welshman Gareth Bale and reacting sharply to keep out efforts from Isco and Ronaldo.
But he will not receive the dream send-off, missing out on claiming the only major trophy which has evaded him in his career.
Super Mario - the stats
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 10 Champions League goals against Juventus - the most by one player against a one opponent in the competition.
Juventus have won more away games against Real Madrid than any other side in all European competition [three].
Gianluigi Buffon's first Champions League red card was Juventus' sixth in the competition against Real Madrid - more than any team has had against another opponent in the competition.
Mario Mandzukic's first goal after 76 seconds was the fastest that Real Madrid have ever conceded in a Champions League home game.
Mandzukic also became the first player to score a first-half double as an opposition player in a Champions League match at the Bernabeu.
The Italian side had more shots on target in the opening 15 minutes of play [three] than they did in the entire first leg (2).

Paris St-Germain continued their domestic dominance by winning the French League Cup for the fifth successive time with a comfortable victory against Monaco.

PSG took an eighth-minute lead through Edinson Cavani's penalty, Angel di Maria firing in a second on 21 minutes.

Monaco skipper Radamel Falcao saw a header ruled out by the video assistant referee (VAR) just before half-time.

PSG sealed victory when Uruguay striker Cavani drilled in a late third.

The Qatari-owned club have now won 11 of the 13 major domestic trophies on offer in the past five seasons and remain on course for their third treble in four seasons.

Unai Emery's side are 17 points clear of second-placed Monaco in the league, while they are tied at 1-1 with Caen after the first leg of their French Cup semi-final.

Cavani converted a penalty given for a foul on former Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe, although there was a three-minute delay amid confusion when referee Clement Turpin went to the VAR before confirming the decision.

Mbappe's stunning pass set up Di Maria for the second, splitting the Monaco defence with a ball from inside his own half, allowing the Argentine to fire under a weak attempted block from keeper Danijel Subasic.

Monaco thought they had a lifeline when Falcao bravely beat PSG keeper Kevin Trapp to a right-wing cross to head in.

However, the referee decided he needed VAR help again and, after another two-minute wait, the effort was ruled out for a tight offside call.

Monaco continued to improve after the break, coming closest to halving the deficit when former Manchester City youngster Rony Lopes clipped the crossbar.

Despite that chance, PSG were always in control and never looked in danger of relinquishing their lead and Cavani sealed the win in the 85th minute.

Source BBC

Germany followed England out of the European Under-21 Championship at the group stage after Alvaro Morata's late winner for Spain in Israel. The 2009 winners looked on course for a point which would have kept their hopes of progressing alive despite losing the first game 3-2 to the Netherlands. But Germany were stunned when Real Madrid striker Morata cut inside the box in the 86th minute and drilled the ball into the net.

 Spain progress to the semi-finals.They will be joined in the last four by the Netherlands, who showed their title credentials with an emphatic 5-1 win over 10-man Russia in the European Under-21 Championship Group B. After falling behind to Georginio Wijnaldum's 30-yard finish in the 39th minute, Russia had Nikita Chicherin sent off for a foul on Adam Maher.Luuk de Jong made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute, Denis Cheryshev reduced the deficit, before Ola John made it 3-1.

Late goals by Danny Hoesen and Leroy Fer sealed the win for the Netherlands, who won the tournament in 2006 and 2007. The result means Russia, who lost 1-0 to Spain in the first game, are knocked out at the group stage.


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