Cristiano Ronaldo Nets 99th International Goal as Portugal Qualify for Euro 2020

​Portugal will have the chance to defend their European crown this summer, after Cristiano Ronaldo’s 99th international goal helped them overcome a resilient Luxembourg and finish second in qualifying Group B. 

Four goals against Lithuania in the previous fixture put the Portugal captain on ten for the campaign and left him chasing a brace that would make him only the second-ever player to hit 100 senior international goals. 

With his side limping to the finish with a fragile 1-0 lead, granted to them by Bruno Fernandes’ clinical first half strike, it had begun to look like it would not be the ​Juventus star’s day. However, Ronaldo managed to squeeze his name onto the scoresheet on 86 minutes when he bundled home on the goalline after an effort from Diogo Jota. 


The win ensured Portugal finished second in Group B ahead of Serbia, who drew 2-2 with leaders Ukraine, and means they will have the chance to defend the trophy they lifted in Paris four years ago. 

While Portugal’s qualification was at stake in the tie in Luxembourg City, the narrative surrounding ​Ronaldo proved dominant, as he looked for a double that would put him into three figures for international goals. Iran’s Ali Daei (109) is the only player to top 100 so far in men’s football history. 

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99 goals means 34-year-old Ronaldo sits ten behind Daei, the all-time international top scorer, but remains likely to surpass that record before he hangs up his boots. 

Having made 164 appearances for Portugal, his current average of 0.6 goals per game means that around 20 more caps should do the trick if he is to go one step further and score more international goals than any other player.


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Father of Everton Striker Moise Kean Claims Juventus Still Owe Him ‘2 Tractors’

​Moise Kean’s father Jean has criticised his son’s former club Juventus, claiming that I Bianconeri promised him two tractors, but the Italian club has apparently failed to keep its end of the deal. 

Kean senior has been vocal in recent weeks about his son’s future at Everton, begging Kean to return to Serie A, and Jean also took a swipe at both Juventus and super-agent Mino Raiola. 

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Speaking to Centro Suono Sport (as cited by ​Sky Sports), Kean senior discussed a deal he made with ​Juventus, in which the club promised to provide him with two tractors, but he is yet to receive anything from the Italian giants. 

“The story of the tractors? I believe in God and I believe in promises.

“But if their word was a lie I can’t trust them anymore. They promised me two tractors and they still haven’t been given to me.”

Kean senior also used this opportunity to hit out at Raiola, the agent of the ​Everton star, as he claimed that he has no relationship with the man in control of his son’s future. 

“I don’t have a relationship with Raiola, I have never met him, I don’t think he even wants to see me.

“He demanded my son’s power of attorney when he was 14 and together with my ex-wife he wanted to take him to England.

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“At Everton, where he is playing now, he is not settling in well. I think he was supposed to wait a few more years before he had an experience abroad.

“If there is a possibility for him to come back to Italy, I hope he can do that, so as not to ruin him.”

Kean has failed to live up to expectations since his move from Italy to Goodison Park, and is yet to find the net for the Toffees this season. The 19-year-old has not featured for Marco Silva’s side since making a four-minute cameo against ​West Ham on October 19. 

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Cristiano Ronaldo Risks Wrath of Maurizio Sarri as Portugal Star Features in Euro 2020 Qualifier

​Cristiano Ronaldo could land himself in Maurizio Sarri’s bad books after featuring for Portugal in their 6-0 win over Lituania, despite claims from Juventus’ manager that his star forward was carrying an injury into the international break.

Ronaldo scored the first, second and sixth goal for Portugal to notch the 55th hat-trick of his career, while three goals in 11 minutes from Pizzi, Gonçalo Paciência and Bernardo Silva helped to keep the Selecção das Quinas in second place in Group B.

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But Ronaldo could now face a fallout with his manager at after Juventus after Portugal boss Fernando Santos brushed aside Sarri’s claims that the 34-year-old has been carrying an injury.

I do not find anything strange,” Santos said after Portugal’s win, quoted by The Express. “There was a lot of noise around Cristiano. I even read that he was angry.

“I already said it, that Cristiano was fine. I was not surprised at all. Of Cristiano, little or nothing surprises me.”

A suspected injury had been an excuse Sarri used to let Ronaldo off the hook for leaving Juventus’ 1-0 win over Milan before the full-time whistle.

The Portugal international missed teammate Paulo Dybala’s winning goal after storming off the pitch when he was substituted, walking down the tunnel without giving Sarri a second glance.

We must thank Ronaldo, because he made a sacrifice to be there tonight in a difficult situation,” Sarri said after their win over Milan. “He did everything possible to play, but I saw he was not well and thought it best to take him off.

Over the last month, he has had this little knee problem, he had a knock in training and it hurt the collateral ligament.

It is affecting his performances and he is not at his best at the moment.”

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But with Ronaldo clearly not only playing without an injury but also in fine form, Juventus manager Sarri is at risk of being left with egg on his face by defending the Portuguese forward’s actions against Milan last week.

It wouldn’t be the first time that Ronaldo and Sarri have had their disagreements this season either, as both of them exchanged words when the forward was brought off in Juventus’ 2-1 away win against Lokomotiv Moscow.


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Looking at the Positives & Negatives of Juventus’ Season So Far

Juventus have strolled to league title after league title in recent years, but this season appears different. Antonio Conte’s Inter have pushed them so far and appear ready to fight for the Serie A title.

The Bianconeri overcame a resilient Milan side 1-0 prior to the international break to ensure they moved back above their title rivals at the top of the table.

However, it has not by any means been a perfect season for the Italian giants. So, with that in mind, we have decided to look back at three positives and two negatives from the season so far…


Positive – Unbeaten Record

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We shall start with the obvious. ​Juventus are now the only team in Europe’s top five leagues that are yet to lose this season. 

Yes, even ​Liverpool have lost – Napoli, remember?

Anyway, Sarri’s team have won ten out of their first 12 league matches, drawing the remaining two. As far as the Champions League is concerned, they have won three and drawn one of their opening four group matches, three points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid.

So yes, on paper, the Bianconeri have made a very promising start to the campaign under their new manager. 


Negative – The Cristiano Ronaldo Situation

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​Cristiano Ronaldo is a sensational talent, a supreme talent, one of the best players to grace this beautiful game. 

However, he has been left frustrated in recent weeks, having been substituted twice in his last two matches. The first came against Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League, before he ​was taken off once again in the tussle with Milan a few days later. To make matters worse, his side were drawing 0-0 at this point and Sarri acted by bringing him off after just 55 minutes.

The forward was far from pleased and ended up leaving the stadium before the match had finished. After the game, the manager responded by claiming Ronaldo was struggling with a knee injury. However, the ​Portugal international denied this and recently bagged a hat-trick for his country…

Sarri and Juventus must find a way to get Ronaldo back and firing as he has the ability to be the difference this season. 


Positive – The Resurgence of Paulo Dybala & Gonzalo Higuain

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​Paulo Dybala appeared to be on his way out of the club in the summer, with Juventus looking to offload the player. Gonzalo Higuain, meanwhile, was another that few expected to remain at the club. But they both did. 

This season, the pair have proven to be two of the Bianconeri’s best players. Neither Higuain nor Dybala have set the world alight with remarkable goalscoring form, but they have been integral to the team, creating chances and working tirelessly. They have both also proven to be the difference in numerous games this season.

Lokomotiv were up 1-0 in the Champions League recently, before Dybala struck twice inside the final 15 minutes to ensure his side claimed all three points. Most recently, the Argentinian duo combined before Dybala fired home the winner against Milan. 


Negative – Injury Struggles

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A negative this season has to be the number of injuries that Sarri has needed to contend with. Centre-back and club legend Giorgio Chiellini ​tore his anterior cruciate ligament in training earlier in the season, ruling him out until February or March 2020. 

Elsewhere, ​Douglas Costa, Mattia De Sciglio and Aaron Ramsey have all struggled with injuries this term, while Blaise Matuidi and Miralem Pjanic are now the latest to suffer. Matuidi went off in the last match, with the Frenchman suffering a rib fracture. Pjanic, meanwhile, came off while playing for Bosnia and Herzegovina recently, which will be a cause for concern for Sarri. 


Positive – Squad Depth

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Juventus certainly have had a fair few injuries this season, but the manager has been able to fill any gaps thanks to the size of his squad. 

The likes of Adrien Rabiot and Emre Can have struggled to really make an impact this season, with the latter being left out of the Champions League squad. 

Equally, Merih Demiral has featured just the once in the league this season. While these players will all undoubtedly be frustrated by their lack of minutes, this strength in depth has already been crucial so far and will continue to aid Sarri and Juventus this season. 


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90min’s Definitive European Power Rankings: Week 13 – Peep Show Special

Following a week in which: 

– Chelsea won AGAIN.

– Bayern Munich crushed Borussia Dortmund’s hopes and dreams AGAIN.

– Cristiano Ronaldo threw his toys out of his pram despite being a 34-year-old man AGAIN. 

We, using quotes from Peep Show, while listening to Kanye West’s new album ‘JESUS IS KING’ and wondering how under God someone can make music this bad, we rank the 15 best teams in Europe. AGAIN.


15) Sheffield United (Re-Entry)

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“Tonight is going, if a bit weird, extremely f**king well for us.”

It’s a bit weird, but things are going extremely f**king well for ​Sheffield United. 

It’s going so well, in fact, that the Blades are fifth in the Premier League table, above Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham. 

Bit weird.


14) Hoffenheim (New Entry)

Sebastian Rudy

“This may be the best day of my life! War with Sophie is over, and Johnson’s given me a promotion! I’ve only got my own bloody little office.”

This may be the best run in Hoffenheim’s largely unsuccessful history, as since reverting to a back three Die Kraichgauer have been on an absolute tear. 

They’ve won their last five, and with games against Mainz and Fortuna coming up after the international break, that run doesn’t look set to end anytime soon. 


13) Cagliari (New Entry) 

Fabio Pisacane

“Love’s hard mate. F**king hard. Doesn’t work…breaks. But you’ve got to give it a go. Norwich are never going to win the league, but they still turn up every week don’t they? The pricks.”

Football’s hard mate. F**king hard. 

But Cagliari are giving it a go. Last weekend they absolutely thumped Fiorentina 5-2, largely thanks to a masterclass from Radja Nainggolan, and the weekend before that they beat everyone’s favourite Italian football team (Atalanta) 2-0.

Sure, Cagliari may very well be the Norwich City of Serie A, and no they are never going to win the league, but they still turn up every week and do their best. That’s all that counts. 


12) Barcelona (Up 2) 

Lionel Messi

“You are the best of men. The truest, kindest, most generous of men.”

Lionel Messi’s 2019/20 La Liga stats: 

Played: 7

Goals Scored: 8

Goals Assisted: 4

It’s not Robert Lewandowski good, but it’s still pretty good.


11) Manchester City (Down 8)

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“A new boiler. Surely the least enjoyable way to spend a thousand pounds. At least throwing the money out of the window you’d see the scrabbling mass, the hate-filled faces. I have spent a cool grand on acquiring the resumption of an equitable temperature.”

A new defender. Surely the least enjoyable way to spend £80m. At least throwing the money out of the window you’d see the scrabbling mass, the hate-filled faces. 

But you know what? While it’s boring, like spending £1,000 on a new boiler, spending £80m on a central defender to compete with Liverpool was/is necessary.


10) Real Madrid (-)

Karim Benzema

“I’m in my element. Older people are still people. They’re just people who think when they open a new window on the computer the previous window has disappeared for good.”

The likes of Fede Valverde and Rodrygo are five-year-olds who have been exceptional in recent weeks, but the real stars of the show at ​Real Madrid are the old people:

Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos. 

They’ve been in their element this season, scoring goals for fun (yes, a defender scores goals for fun). 


9) Lazio (New Entry)

Ciro Immobile

No teas for the beastmaster, thanks. He feasts on the blood of his prey.”

Ciro Immobile’s 2019/20 Serie A stats: 

Played: 12

Goals Scored: 14

Goals Assisted: 5

It’s not Robert Lewandowski good, but it’s still really, really good. 


8) Bayern Munich (Up 7)

Robert Lewandowski

“Four naan, Jeremy? Four? That’s insane.”

Four goals, ​Bayern? 

Four? 

Against your biggest rivals and straight after sacking your manager?

That’s insane.


7) Chelsea (Up 5)

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“I like you. Is that such a crime? Should I be hounded to the ends of the earth, just for liking you? I like you, and if you can’t handle it, you can just, you know, f*** off.”

Oh no. 

No, no, no, no, no. 

It’s happening, isn’t it? 

It’s really happening.

Oh please God no. 

​Chelsea are…

…likeable.

They’re the most entertaining team to watch in the Premier League at the moment, and they’re relying on young players – which every FM fan loves. 

Chelsea are actually likeable.

I need to lie down. 


6) Inter (Up 3)

Antonio Conte

For the worst thing that could possibly happen, this is actually going extremely well.”

For a team enduring the worst injury crisis of all time that’s in dire need of new players because the current ones are sh*t (this is basically what Antonio Conte said), things are going extremely well for ​Inter.

I Nerazzurri are unbeaten in their last five league games, and are just one point adrift of Juventus atop of Serie A.

See, things are going extremely well. Cheer up Conte. 


5) Borussia Monchengladbach (-)

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“It’s good to know who you are”

Borussia Monchengladbach are now four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table. 

‘Four points, Gladbach? Four?’

No, we’ve already used that one. We can’t use it again. 

‘Oh, ok…’

For Borussia Monchengladbach we’re using ‘it’s good to know who you are’, because after weeks of waiting for them to collapse and fall back into 4-6 obscurity we’ve finally come to the conclusion that such a collapse isn’t forthcoming.

So now we know exactly who they are: they are the real deal. 


4) Leicester City (Up 3)

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“Now I know how whatshisname felt when he finished the Mona Lisa…knackered.”

Big Brendy baps and ​Leicester City’s Premier League campaign, thus far, can be hyperbolically described as follows:

A masterpiece.

They sit second in the table after 12 games, having won their last four games on the bounce. 

But can this incredible run last? 

Only time will tell, but all this masterpiece…ing must be knackering. 


3) RB Leipzig (Up 1)

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“Super Hans says he’s come up with a bass loop for our new track that is so good, that when he tried turning it off…he literally couldn’t…he actually physically couldn’t do it.”

RB Leipzig have a striker that is so prolific, that even when he doesn’t need to score, when his team are already winning comfortably…he scores anyways…Timo Werner actually physically can’t stop scoring goals.


2) Juventus (-)

Paulo Dybala

“Socks before or after trousers, but never socks before pants. That’s the rule. Makes a man look scary, like a chicken.”

Beat AC Milan, but not before you give them hope that they can beat you. 

That’s the rule. 


​1) Liverpool (-)

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“Like when they fed all the cows to the other cows in the ’90s and we got what was it? Super-burgers?”

​Liverpool are a super-team. 

They are indestructible. 

They are unstoppable. 

They are undeniable. 

And last weekend, they proved it by humbling their nearest and greatest rivals at Anfield. 

TOO. GOOD. 


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