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Serie A giants Monitoring €25m-rated Chelsea defender

English Premier League giants Blues have set a price tag of €40m for the want-away defender Marcos Alonso.
The 28-year-old left-back has been linked with a move away from the London-based club after the arrival of coach Frank Lampard in the summer who has preferred Emerson Palmieri as the first-choice left-back at the club.

There have been reports of interest in Marcos from the Italian Serie A club Inter Milan who are looking to strengthen their full-back department in the mid-season transfer window. The Spanish defender has been at Chelsea since the summer of 2016 when he moved from Serie A outfit Fiorentina for a reported transfer fee of €23m.

As per the latest report, London club have now set a price-tag of €40m for Spain international which might be too much for the Milan-based club who will be now evaluating alternatives such as French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint Germain (PSG)’s Layvin Kurzawa who is in the final year of his contract.

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Every year I have to prove that I’m good says Cristiano Ronaldo

Every year I have to prove that I’m good’ – Ronaldo ‘annoyed’ by constant criticism

The 34-year-old forward continues to attract silverware following his move to Juventus but wishes his critics would let him be

Cristiano Ronaldo says he is “annoyed” that he is forced to prove that he is a good player every year and wants critics to leave him alone.

The Juventus and Portugal star has long been regarded as one of the best players the game has ever seen, having won five Ballons d’Or and as many Champions League titles.

After winning the Serie A title with Juve this season, the 34-year-old has now won league crowns in three different countries and is challenging for the Italian division’s top scorer award having scored 21 times in 29 appearances.

But the attacker continues to receive criticism in some circles because of his ongoing rivalry with Barcelona icon Lionel Messi and he finds the animosity towards him irritating.

“I will not deny that sometimes it annoys me and it tires because it seems that every year you must prove that you are very good,” he told El Pais .

“It’s hard. You have what you have to have that extra pressure of having to prove something to people, not just for you, also to the people around you. Your family, your mother, your son: ‘Cris, you have to win tomorrow’.

“That makes you more active. You always have to train, but there comes a time when you say: ‘Look, let me be’.”

He added: “I don’t think they believe I’m a robot, but they do see me as a person who can never have a problem, can never be sad, can never have a problem.

“People identify having no problems, success, with money. How can you be sad or have a downer if you have millions? You must understand that people do not think like you, have not lived certain moments, do not have a culture greater than what they are allowed.

“But I understand it. I know people are waiting with a shotgun for Cristiano to miss a penalty, or to fail in a crucial match. But it is part of life and I must be prepared. I’ve been prepared for many years now.”

Nevertheless, Ronaldo insists he is still enjoying his playing career, saying he hopes to keep surprising his critics.

“I see football as a mission: go to the field, win, make me better,” he said.

“Those moments when I went out on to the field thinking: ‘I’m going to dribble!’ Honestly, I don’t have those moments anymore.

“There is an additional pressure. People are always judging: ‘It’s over already. He’s 33, 34 or 35 years old, he should stop’. And you want to surprise people: here the bug follows.”

Cristiano Ronaldo late equaliser prevents Torino victory in Juventus home.

Ronaldo equaliser prevents landmark Torino victory as Juve’s home run continues.

The Portugal star scored a late header in Friday’s Turin derby, preventing Juve’s city rivals from earning a huge win

Cristiano Ronaldo’s late equaliser on Friday prevented city rivals Torino from earning a landmark win over Juventus.

With Juventus down 1-0 to Torino late in the game, Ronaldo rose up from six yards out to nod Leonardo Spinazzola’s cross past Salvatore Sirigu.

The 84th-minute equaliser salvaged a 1-1 draw for Juventus in the Turin derby, with Ronaldo now having scored seven goals in his last nine Serie A appearances.

Ronaldo’s goal was the 601st of his club career after he reached the 600-goal milestone with a goal against Inter on Saturday.

The Portuguese has now reached 101 headed club goals in his career and he has been especially prolific in the air of late, with seven of his last 10 goals in all competitions coming from headers.

Ronaldo’s goal also prevented Torino from winning away at Juventus for the first time since 1995, with Juve winning nine and drawing four of the 13 games since then.

Torino could have drawn level on points with fourth-place Atalanta had they held on for a win, but Walter Mazzarri’s side are still in the midst of a record-setting campaign.

The Granata are on 57 points so far in 2018-19, equalling their club record haul in the three-point era set in the 2013-14 season.

Juventus, meanwhile are on 89 points and lead second-place Napoli by 19 points, having already clinched their eighth consecutive Serie A title.

Juve’s ability to come from behind is a major reason they so easily won another Scudetto, with Massimiliano Allegri’s side now having gained 21 points from trailing situations this season, the most in Serie A.

Massimiliano Allegri’s men will close out the season with games against Atalanta and Sampdoria.

Juventus take eighth consecutive Serie A win over Fiorentina

Alex Sandro’s goal and an own goal from German Pezzella were enough to seal the title with five games to spare for the reigning champions

Juventus confirmed their domestic supremacy in Italy by sealing a record eighth consecutive Scudetto win after Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Fiorentina.

The Turin giants suffered disappointment in Europe in midweek, losing to Ajax to crash out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage.

But in Italy at least Massimiliano Allegri’s men remain on top of the pile.

Alex Sandro hit in the first half to cancel out Nikola Milenkovic’s early strike for Fiorentina, bringing the scoreline to 1-1 an equalizer.

After the break Juve then took the lead, German Pezzella turning a Cristiano Ronaldo cross past his own keeper to complete the comeback for the hosts.

Juventus needed just a draw to wrap up the title with five games to spare and celebrations started at the final whistle, with Napoli’s clash against Atalanta on Monday now irrelevant to the Scudetto chase.

It also marks a first Serie A for Ronaldo, who has contributed 19 goals to the Juve cause in the league so far this season in his maiden campaign since joining from Real Madrid in 2018.

The team’s glittering run of success dates back to the 2011-12 season when, under the stewardship of Antonio Conte, they lifted their first silverware since the breaking of the Calciopoli scandal in 2006 with that year’s Scudetto.

Conte went on to win the next two titles before leaving in the summer of 2014 to take the Italy job. His replacement Allegri has continued Juve’s dominance with four Scudetti in as many seasons since taking over from the ex-Chelsea boss.

This latest victory marks Juventus’ 35th Serie A title, just short of double the number achieved by nearest rivals Milan, who have prevailed on 18 occasions.

The Turin side have additionally finished top on two further occasions, in 2004-5 and 2005-6, only to see those wins overturned due to Calciopoli, with the former revoked and the latter awarded to second-placed Inter.

European success, however, continues to elude Allegri’s charges.

The last Champions League victory for Juventus came all the way back in 1995-6, despite making the final on five separate occasions since then.