Cristiano Ronaldo (centre) warms up with teammates in the empty stadium at the Juventus stadium in Turin on Sunday. AFP
Gulf Today Report
Portuguese icon Cristiano Ronaldo once said, “I never tried to hide the fact that my only goal is to be the best.”
The wonder footy wizard, who has over 700 career goals in his kitty, is considered the best player in the world.
No wonder he has a zillion fans who go crazy over him – and are totally bowled over by his skills on the field.
His reputation remains in fact despite the fact that he may be in the news for the wrong reasons – plagued by injuries or even facing, as happened in one instance, a rape charge from which he was cleared.
As the coach of his club Juventus Maurizio Sarri said, “Sometimes, Ronaldo creates a small problem because you know you have a champion in the team and it has to be set up around him but at the same time it solves 100 of them.”
Even in adversity, he has learnt to smile. Perhaps Ronaldo has the rare flair of adding a light-hearted touch to grim situations, in this case the atmosphere over the alarming spread of the coronavirus.
The footballer had helped Juventus to a 2-0 win over Inter Milan in Seria A on Sunday, with one striking difference: the stands were virtually empty. The Derby d'Italia, one of the season's biggest matches, had to be played with only a limited number of people because of the virus outbreak in Italy.
When Ronaldo got off the team bus inside the stadium, he pretended to high-five imaginary mascots – something he normally does with the actual mascots – before smiling at the cameras.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Juventus came from behind to beat Inter Milan 2-1 at the San Siro in their Italian Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday. Record 13-time winners Juve will be favourites to reach a sixth final in seven years when they bid to complete the job
Cristiano Ronaldo travels to his Portugal, donning the Juventus’ jersey for the first time, as the Italian giants take on Porto in their Champions League match on Thursday.
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