Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus staring at Europa League next season after AC Milan’s defeat.
The monumental Cristiano Ronaldo could well be competing in the Europa League next season with Juventus.
Juventus lost 3-0 at home to AC Milan on Sunday, a result that left Ronaldo and his teammates fifth in Serie A and a point off the top four with just three games to go.
Brahim Diaz put the visitants ahead on the stroke of half-time. Franck Kessie then failed to score from a penalty for Milan just before the hour mark before Zlatan Ibrahimovic hobbled off with a knee injury.
However, Ante Rebic (78) and Fikayo Tomori (82) made sure of the win as Stefano Pioli’s side climbed up to the third spot.
It was a deeply disappointing night for Juve who only made one shot on target during the 90 minutes.
Juventus go to eighth-place Sassuolo on Wednesday, before entertaining champions Inter Milan on Saturday. They end their league campaign with a trip to mid-table Bologna.
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Consideration over Ronaldo’s future remains. calciomercato.it claim that the Portuguese has his mind fixed on a return to Manchester United and is ‘ready to do anything it takes to get back to wearing the Red Devils shirt’ this season.
But Italian journalist Claudio Raimondi maintains that Ronaldo wants to reunite with his former club Sporting Lisbon when his Juve deal lapses next year.
“Ronaldo has an idea for his future that we are going to reveal here first hand,” Raimondi told Italian TV Sport Mediaset’s ‘Pressing’ programme.
“He wants to end his cycle at Juventus and then play for two years at Sporting.
“Cristiano has no intention of leaving Juventus, he wants to honour the contract, which ends in 2022.
“There is no chance of a return to Spain and Real Madrid, whereas Manchester United have no financial strength for a move.
“There are no conditions for Ronaldo to leave Juventus, especially for personal reasons and the connection with his sponsors.”
Ronaldo was honored by Sporting in September last year when the Portuguese side renamed their academy after the 36-year-old.
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus staring at Europa League next season after AC Milan’s defeat