Sport Cristiano Ronaldo ruled out for Juventus’ trip to Bergamo to face Atalanta
Cristiano Ronaldo's Armband Raises $75,000 for Baby's Medical Treatment
The Portugal captain's armband that Cristiano Ronaldo threw to the ground was auctioned off for a good cause. BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The captain’s armband that Cristiano Ronaldo angrily threw to the ground during Portugal’s World Cup qualifier in Belgrade last week has been sold to an unidentified bidder for 64,000 euros ($75,000) at a charity auction, Serbian state TV reported on Friday.A Serbian humanitarian group put the blue armband up for online bidding to raise money for medical treatment for a 6-month-old boy suffering with spinal muscular atrophy.
Andrea Pirlo’s pre-game press conferences aren’t necessarily meant to be news dumps. He rarely reveals much of his starting lineup for the next day, and most of the time the squad updates that he does give sometimes don’t give you a definitive answer as to what things will look like.
This one was different, though.
Pirlo announced at his pre-match press conference that Serie A’s leading goal scorer and’ biggest star Cristiano Ronaldo will not make the trip to Bergamo this weekend when the Italian champions face Gian Piero Gasperini and Atalanta due to a flexor injury he originally picked up last week against Genoa. According to Pirlo, Ronaldo’s absence will clear the way for Paulo Dybala — who himself is recently back from injury — to make his first start in three months when Juve face Atalanta on Sunday afternoon.
Mistakes haunt Juve again in Derby della Mole draw with Torino
Self-inflicted wounds were again the topic of the day as Juve dropped more points and fell into a tie with Napoli.Instead, all hell broke loose in the days leading up to the contest, then Juve shot themselves in the foot repeatedly in the game itself. Leonardo Bonucci and Merih Demiral came back from their respective national teams positive for COVID-19, leaving questions as to whether other players who were with their national sides would also test positive for the virus. Then Weston McKennie, Paulo Dybala, and Arthur were suspended by the team after violating lockdown rules attending a gathering at McKennie’s home.
Here is what Pirlo had to say about Ronaldo’s injury during said pre-match press conference:
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) : "We'll have an important absence tomorrow: won't be able to play due to a flexor problem. We'll try to get him back for Wednesday."
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) : " 's flexor problem happened after the last game and he wasn't able to push himself this week as he saw fit. We prefer not to take risks, so tomorrow will start."
Ronaldo, who has 25 goals in Serie A this season, will miss his first game due to something other than planned rest since he was diagnosed with COVID-19 during the October international break. This will be his first injury absence since he was dealing with a knee issue back in November 2019.
Basically, this is something that Pirlo and Juve hope is just one game, but we don’t know for sure just how long Ronaldo will be out for with this flexor issue.
As mentioned, Ronaldo’s absence means Dybala will make his first start since January when he sustained the knee injury that kept him out nearly three months. Dybala will get the start alongside Alvaro Morata, who had one of his better games in weeks last weekend against Genoa. (You know, the kind of game some confidence can be built back up and hopefully taken with him into the stretch drive of the season.)
Inter on brink of Serie A title with 'nine point' win, Atalanta move second .
Matteo Darmian scored the only goal to push Inter Milan to the brink of the Serie A title with a 1-0 win over Hellas Verona on Sunday with coach Antonio Conte hailing the victory as worth "nine points". Achraf Hakimi set up Darmian to grab the winner on 76 minutes at the San Siro. Inter are 11 points ahead of Atalanta, who moved second with a 5-0 rout of 10-man Bologna, with five games remaining. AC Milan are a further two points behind in third before they travel to fellow top-four hopefuls Lazio on Monday."Today's victory is not worth only three points, not even six. It is worth nine," said Conte."We're 95% of the way towards the Scudetto.