Juventus sign Atletico forward Morata on one-year loan deal – Reuters India

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(Reuters) – Juventus have signed Spain striker Alvaro Morata on a one-season loan from Atletico Madrid for 10 million euros ($11.71 million), the Italian champions said on Tuesday.

The agreement also gives Juve an option to buy the 27-year-old at the end of the season for 45 million euros to be paid over three years, the Turin club added.

They could otherwise take him on loan again for the 2021-22 season for another 10 million

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Andrea Pirlo gets coaching career at Juventus off to sparkling start in 3-0 win

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September 21, 2020 11:19:44 am





Cristiano Ronaldo, Danilo and Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo celebrate after the match. (Source: Reuters)

Andrea Pirlo got his coaching career off to a winning start as Juventus beat Sampdoria 3-0 in Serie A on Sunday.
Dejan Kulusevski scored early in his debut and second-half goals from Leonardo Bonucci and Cristiano Ronaldo sealed the result on a day which saw fans return to Serie A stadiums.

“They are great players and I am so confident because I see every day quality players who are working toward the team in order to improve,” Pirlo said.

“Of course, we have just started and we have time to improve, but the commitment of the players to give it all to the team is there and that gives me a lot of comfort.”

It was a positive day for debutants as Weston McKennie _ the first American to play for Juventus _ had a hand in Bonucci’s goal and also sparked a move which led to Ronaldo hitting the crossbar.

“McKennie arrived having already started preseason training in Germany, so is in better shape than some others,” Pirlo said. “He did well. He made a few errors but it was the first game, we can forgive him for that.”

Juventus is bidding for a record-extending 10th straight Serie A title but has an unproven coach in Pirlo. The former midfield great was handed his first coaching job last month when he was put in charge of Juventus’ under-23 team, which plays in Serie C. But he had not led a game before he was promoted to replace the

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He’s Ron of their own: Sporting Lisbon rename academy in honor of Cristiano Ronaldo

Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon have announced they are renaming their academy to honor their most famous son, Cristiano Ronaldo.

“It is with great honor that Sporting Clube de Portugal announces that the Club Academy will be called the Cristiano Ronaldo Academy [Academia Cristiano Ronaldo],” read a statement in Portuguese on the club’s website on Monday.  

The club – where Ronaldo emerged from the youth team ranks – said it was taking the step to recognize someone who has gone on to become “the best Portuguese player of all time” and “the best player in the world.”

Born on the island of Madeira, Ronaldo joined Sporting in 1997 at the age of 12.

He made his senior debut in 2002 at the tender age of 17, before going on to achieve global renown at Manchester United, Real Madrid and now Juventus. 

“The Academy will immortalize the name of the greatest symbol ever that it has formed, and that will be the inspiration to follow for all the youngest talents,” added the statement from the Portuguese club.

“The Cristiano Ronaldo Academy will represent sporting DNA in its excellence and follow the destinies of the one who now gives it its name: to be the best in the world.”

The announcement concluded with the message, “Once a Lion, always a Lion!”, referring to the club’s nickname and the image which adorns its crest. 

Sporting have p

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In pics | Forbes 2020 list: Here are the top 10 highest-paid soccer players in the world

Forbes has released this year’s ranking of the highest-paid soccer players in the world and the list is topped by the two best soccer players in the world; Barca’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.

Forbes has released this year’s ranking of the highest-paid soccer players in the world. FC Barchelona player Lionel Messi, who was in headlines few days back for a dispute with Barca over his contract, continued to take the top spot with total earnings of $126 million over the past 12 months. Let’s take a look at the top 10 soccer players with the highest earning in 2020; the pretax earnings includes salary, bonuses and endorsements excluding transfer fees. (Image: Reuters)

Forbes has released this year’s ranking of the highest-paid soccer players in the world. FC Barchelona player Lionel Messi, who was in headlines a few days back for a dispute with Barca over his contract, continued to take the top spot with total earnings of $126 million over the past 12 months. Let’s take a look at the top 10 soccer players with the highest earnings in 2020; the pretax earnings include salary, bonus and endorsements excluding transfer fees. (Image: Reuters)

Rank 1 | Lionel Messi | Football club: Barcelona | Total earning: $126 million (Image: Reuters)

Rank 1 | Lionel Messi | Football club: Barcelona | Total earning: $126 million (Image: Reuters)

Rank 2 | Cristiano Ronaldo | Football club: Juventus | Total earning: $117 million (Image: Reuters)

Rank 2 | Cristiano Ronaldo | Football club: Juventus | Total earning: $117 million (Image: Reuters)

Rank 3 | Neymar Jr. | Football club: Paris Saint-Germain | $96 million (Image: Reuters)

Rank 3 | Neymar Jr. | Football club: Paris Saint-Germain | $96 million (Image: Reuters)

Rank 4 | Kylian Mbappe | Football club: Paris Saint-Germain | Total earnings: $42 million (Image: Reuters)

Rank 4 | Kylian Mbappe | Football club: Paris Saint-Germain | Total earnings: $42 million (Image: Reuters)

Rank 5 | Mohamed Salah | Football club: Liverpool | Total earnings: $37 million (Image: Reuters)

Rank 5 | Mohamed Salah | Football club: Liverpool | Total earnings: $37 million (Image: Reuters)

Rank 6 | Paul Pogba | Football club: Manchester United | Total earning: $34 million (Image: Reuters)

Rank 6 | Paul Pogba | Football club: Manchester United | Total earning: $34 million (Image: Reuters)

Rank 7 | Antoine Griezmann | Football club: Barcelona | Total earning: $33 million (Image: Reuters)

Rank 7 | Antoine Griezmann | Football club: Barcelona | Total earning: $33 million (Image: Reuters)

Rank 8 | Gareth Bale | Football club: Real Madrid | Total earnings: $29 million (Image: Reuters)

Rank 8 | Gareth Bale | Football club: Real Madrid | Total earnings: $29 million (Image: Reuters)

Rank 9 | Robert Lewandowski | Football club: Bayern Munich | Total earnings: $28 million (Image: Reuters)

Rank 9 | Robert Lewandowski | Football club: Bayern Munich | Total earnings: $28 million (Image: Reuters)

Rank 10 | David De Gea | Football club: Manchester United | Total earnings: $27 million (Image: Reuters)

Rank 10 | David De Gea | Football club: Manchester United | Total earnings: $27 million (Image: Reuters)

First Published on Sep 21, 2020 03:20 pm