Cristiano Ronaldo says he “cannot allow people to continue playing with my name”

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As Juve prepare for the start of the new Serie A season, Spain’s El Chiringuito TV show has suggested a return to Real Madrid could take place. There were also reports of a return to the Portuguese star’s first professional club, Sporting CP, while Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport reported that Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes had offered the striker of 36 years in Manchester City.

“More than disrespecting me as a man and as a player, the frivolous way my future is covered in the media is disrespectful to all the clubs involved in these rumors, as well as to their players and their staff, “Ronaldo wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday.

“My story at Real Madrid is written,” Ronaldo added. “It’s recorded. In words and figures, in trophies and titles, in records and headlines. It’s at the Bernabéu Stadium Museum and it’s on the minds of all the club’s fans as well.

“And beyond what I have accomplished, I remember that during those nine years I had a relationship of deep affection and respect for the ‘afición du merengue’, an affection and a respect that I retain to this day and will always cherish.

“I know that true Real Madrid fans will continue to have me in their hearts, and I will have them in mine.”

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo attends the Joan Gamper Trophy match between Barcelona and Juve at Estadi Johan Cruyff on August 08, 2021 in Barcelona.
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“I stay focused on my career”

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti tweeted on Tuesday that although Ronaldo was “a Real Madrid legend and has all my affection and respect”, he never considered signing the forward.

At Euro 2020, Ronaldo tied the all-time international goalscoring record of 109 international goals set by Iranian Ali Daei.

Nevertheless, since joining Juventus on a four-year contract for a transfer fee of $ 117 million in 2018, the 36-year-old has not been able to lead the Italian team to a title. in the Champions League, a competition he has won four times with Real Madrid. .

Ronaldo in action during the pre-season friendly match between Juve and Atalanta in Turin, Italy.
Ronaldo won the Serie A title in his first two seasons with the Old Lady, but last season the club finished fourth as Inter Milan won the Scudetto, which may explain the speculation.

“In addition to this most recent episode in Spain there has been frequent news and stories associating me with a number of clubs in many different leagues, no one has ever cared about trying to find out the truth Ronaldo said on his Instagram. Publish.

“I am breaking my silence now to say that I cannot allow people to continue playing with my name. I remain focused on my career and my job, engaged and prepared for whatever challenges I face. Everything else is just talk, “added Ronaldo, who has 12 months of contract with Juventus left.

Ronaldo during training at JTC on August 12 in Turin.

Despite Juve’s stuttering last season, Ronaldo was Serie A’s top scorer with 29 goals.

“He’s the best in the world and we’re keeping him,” former Juve general manager Fabio Paratici said of Ronaldo in March.

“Some seasons are going better than others, but the word transition does not exist. The seasons are important even if they relate to growth that yields results in the following years,” added Paratici, who is now the club’s general manager. for Premier League Tottenham Hotspur. Soccer.

The new Serie A season begins on Saturday August 21, with Juventus at Udinese on Sunday.

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