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Cristiano Ronaldo Reveals Why He Thought About Retiring When He Was Playing For Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo reveals he thought about retiring when he was playing for Juventus ‘if Leo Messi had won the Ballon d’Or.’

French journalist Thierry Marchand has published a biography of the ex-Juventus forward featuring nine exclusive interviews with the Portugal superstar who is preparing for his fifth World Cup.

In one of those interviews, Ronaldo discussed his time at Juventus and, of course, his rivalry with Leo Messi.


“It’s so easy to stay in your bubble when you’re successful, not to leave your comfort zone,” he said.

“I dared to come to Turin, to change club, league, football culture. I put myself in danger. I took this risk which I am sure caused me to lose the Ballon d’Or.

“I don’t regret anything, but [I thought that] if Messi wins the Ballon d’Or this year [2018], I’ll quit football!’

Ronaldo had won his fifth Champions League at Real Madrid before his move to Juventus in 2018 and was one of the leading candidates for the Ballon d’Or that year.


However, his former teammate Luka Modric was eventually named the best player in the World for 2018, with Ronaldo finishing second.

Leo Messi has won the Ballon d’Or twice since, first in 2019 and then in 2021. The Argentinean star won the award seven times, against Ronaldo’s five.

Ronaldo scored 101 goals in 134 games with Juventus, winning two Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia and two Supercups.

Erik ten Hag sends brutal warning to Manchester United flop Donny van de Beek

Donny van de Beek has struggled to make an impact at Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

Much was expected of the attacking midfielder when he joined the Premier League giants from Ajax over two years ago in a £35million deal.

The 25-year-old struggled, however, to win the faith of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and was unable to make an impact under Ralph Rangnick after he was loaned out to Everton in January, a move that did little to reignite his career.

It was hoped that a reunion with Ten Hag, his manager at Ajax, would spark Van de Beek into life but he has again been reduced to a bit-part role.

Van de Beek has featured in United’s two most recent games against Aston Villa but flattered to deceive. Ten Hag maintains he saw green shoots of recovery but urged his compatriot to seize what will, in all likelihood, be his final chance to save his United career.

“Yeah, I see the opinion [that he might not suit England], but when I watched back the performance against Sociedad and at Villa, he is in the positions that I expect No.10s to do and nowadays that tends [to be] really difficult to show themselves.

‘What he [Van de Beek] is doing well is his positioning and his movements into space with strikers, especially with that No.9.

‘That combination is really good, positioning and anticipation in and out of possession, and he did it to my satisfaction in the last games.

‘I have seen he [Van de Beek] isn’t on the scoring list, he is not on the assisting list, and he can do better. I think he’s still not on his limits.

‘I’ve seen him better in the past. But I think positioning-wise, he’s acting quite well. But he has to make that step up.

‘I don’t think a loan [makes] sense. It’s either he fights [for] himself and proves himself, in this atmosphere in this environment, or he goes.

‘But for me, there is still a way for him, there Is still a perspective for him. It’s not going to be easy because the competition there is really strong.’


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