Cristiano Ronaldo bows for Juventus opener against Udinese amid exit rumors-Sports News, Firstpost

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Italian media report that five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo is uninjured and was not chosen by the return of Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri for tactical reasons.

File image of Cristiano Ronaldo. AP Photo

Milan: Cristiano Ronaldo will start on the bench for Juventus’ new season opener at Udinese on Sunday amid rumors of the club’s possible exit from Serie A.

Italian media report that five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo is uninjured and was not chosen by the return of Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri for tactical reasons.

Allegri chose Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala to start in Udine, with Federico Chiesa also being a substitute.

Midfielder Manuel Locatelli, one of Italy’s Euro 2020 heroes alongside Chiesa, will start his career at Juve on the bench after leaving Sassuolo on Wednesday.

Serie A top scorer last season with 29 goals, Ronaldo was absent Thursday for Juve’s last warm-up against the club’s youngsters.

However, on Friday Allegri said the 36-year-old, linked with a Real Madrid return, wanted to stay despite talks he was trying to leave Juve, adding that he was ready to play in what will be his fourth. and last season. of his contract.

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