UEFA Champions League: Round of 16 – Round Up

UEFA Champions League: Round of 16 - Round Up

UEFA Champions League Round of 16’s first four matches came to a conclusion on Wednesday and all lived up to agreeable expectations.


On Tuesday, Roma were quite efficient in their 2-1 win over Porto, while Manchester United were humiliated 2-0 in front of their own fans by a Neymar-Cavani less PSG. Wednesday saw a rampant Tottenham Hotspur in their 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund, while Real Madrid left it late to beat Ajax 1-0 at Amsterdam. Here’s a full round-up of the action.

Manchester United 0-2 PSG

English giants Manchester United were given a reality check by Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night, with the French side securing an impressive 2-0 win at Old Trafford in the Champions League round of 16. This loss was the first of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign as interim manager, with his previous 11 matches resulting in 10 wins and a draw.

After a well-contested first half, despite missing both Edinson Cavani and Neymar, the visitors were clinical with two quick-fire goals; first Presnel Kimpembe turned home at the far post from an Angel Di Maria corner 53rd minute, before Kylian Mbappe finished off from another Di Maria assist 60th minute giving United a huge task to overcome. It would have been more but for some fine goalkeeping from David de Gea, but matters were made worse when Paul Pogba was dismissed late on for a second yellow card, meaning he will miss the second leg.

What’s next in the 2nd leg?

Manchester United and their interim manager are no strangers to dramatic comebacks. But the Red Devils have never overturned a first-leg home defeat to win a tie in Europe. Furthermore, Paris have not lost a UEFA Champions League home game since last year, when they were already trailing Real Madrid 3-1 from the first leg. It was very much a Paris affair in Old Trafford in the 1st leg this time around, and with Paul Pogba suspended, it will be very much difficult for United to overturn the deficit on 7th March.

Roma 2-1 Porto

Two goals from teenager Nicolo Zaniolo earned Roma a valuable 2-1 win against Porto in their Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday. The 19-year-old continued his superb breakthrough season by finding the net twice in six second-half minutes. In doing so he became the youngest Italian to score two goals in a Champions League match.

The opening goal came after Edin Dzeko knocked down Stephan El Shaarawy’s cross for Nicolo Zaniolo to drill past Iker Casillas and into the far bottom corner. The teenager doubled his tally by tapping in the rebound after Dzeko’s shot came off the left post. For Porto, Adrian Lopez, who had entered the field eight minutes before scoring, after replacing the Algerian Yacine Brahimi, finished with a cross-shot inside the area, after receiving the ball from Brazilian Tiquinho Soares.

What’s next in the 2nd leg?

As things stand now, this tie could hardly be more balanced heading to Portugal. In all the previous European Cup/UEFA Champions League knockout ties that the home side have won 2-1 in the first leg, 90 have gone through while 89 have been eliminated in the return. Roma contributed to those numbers at this stage last season, losing 2-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk before winning the second leg 1-0. The lead for Rome side is quite slender, so on 7th March, there is immense hope and calculation for Porto.

Ajax Amsterdam 1-2 Real Madrid

Spanish giants Real Madrid struck late in the second half to secure a 2-1 win over Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday. Real, winner of the last three Champions Leagues, recovered in the second half after being outplayed by underdog Ajax before the break at a packed Johan Cruyff Arena, when the hosts had a goal disallowed by VAR.

It was Karim Benzema, who struck a powerful shot past Andre Onana on the hour after a strong run from the left by Vinicius Junior to put the 13-time European champion ahead. Ajax were level with 15 minutes remaining as Neres broke free down the left before cutting the ball back for Ziyech, who slotted into the bottom corner. In the end, Real showed the pedigree of champions and struck in the final minutes through Asensio. Dani Carvajal received a ball down the right and swung a pass across that Asensio latched onto with his left foot end redirected into goal for the 1-2 final, giving Real a healthy advantage going into the return leg early next month.

What’s next in the 2nd leg?

Real Madrid will be strong favorites against Ajax to finish the job when they again face-off on 6th March, for the second leg, despite being outplayed for much of this first leg. The Santiago Bernabeu is a difficult place to go but, as CSKA Moscow demonstrated a couple of months ago, not impenetrable. So, though Santiago Solari’s side are favorites to march on in the premier competition, there is still a slender hope for the high-flying Dutch outfit.

Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Borussia Dortmund

Tottenham Hotspurs took a huge step towards the Champions League quarter-finals with an awesome display to comfortably thrash Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund in a well-earned 3-0 victory in arguably the club’s greatest night at Wembley. Second-half strikes from Heung-Min Son, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente meant the hosts had one foot in the last eight after a masterclass in management from Mauricio Pochettino inspired Spurs to a historic win.

Spurs were on fire after the first half, and Son Heung-min broke the deadlock two minutes after the interval with a side-foot volley from Jan Vertonghen’s cross. Dortmund, regarded by many as favorites with Spurs missing injured talisman Harry Kane as well as Dele Alli, failed to respond and the home side rammed home their superiority in the last 10 minutes. The outstanding Vertonghen slid in on Serge Aurier’s delivery and substitute Fernando Llorente headed in Christian Eriksen’s near-post corner, with Spurs also keeping a clean sheet to enhance their chance of progressing.

What’s next in the 2nd leg?

Tottenham have lost only once in their last five visits to Germany, although that defeat came at Dortmund in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg (0-3). Moreover, the London club have only twice lost a UEFA-competition tie after having won the home first leg, and both of those home victories had been by a single-goal margin. Dortmund, meanwhile, have won nine of the 16 ties in which they lost away in the first game and will have it all to do on 6th March, but to win with a 4-goal margin, seems like a pretty difficult job.

2018 round-up: 5 best moments in football

2018 round-up: 5 best moments in football

It’s been a roller coaster of a year for football. The footballers teased the fans into thinking something magical would happen, only to get swept by their wonderful displays.


There are more stories of struggle, triumph and history in the beautiful game than most people can remember at the end of 2018. As the new year is here, Khelpanda looks back on the 5 best and most significant moments in football during the last 12 months.

 

Arsene Wenger quits Arsenal after 22 years

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Wenger stepped down as coach of Arsenal at the end of the 2017/18 Premier League season. The Frenchman was one of the longest-serving managers in the history of European club football, leading the Gunners to three league titles and seven FA Cups over the course of his 22 years at the helm. He also oversaw one of the most iconic seasons in English football history – the 2003/04 season in which the club were unbeaten over the league campaign, winning 26 and drawing 12 of their 38 games.

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Roma’s historic comeback against Barcelona

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Barcelona entered the second leg of their quarterfinal clash with Roma in a comfortable position. The Catalans had not lost a match in domestic or Champions League match all season and had not tasted defeat in 18 straight matches, including a 4–1 thrashing of Roma in the first leg of the competition at Camp Nou. But Ernesto Valverde’s side came out flat-footed, allowing a sixth-minute goal to Edin Dzeko on a brilliant Daniele De Rossi long pass. De Rossi doubled Roma’s lead shortly after half-time from the penalty spot and defender Kostas Manolas finished a beautiful header past Marc-Andre ter Stegen late in the game to dramatically propel Roma to the semifinals with a 3-0 win.

 

Champions League, Real Madrid win three in a row

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Real Madrid are the most successful team in the history of the Champions League and they made yet more history in May 2018 when they became the first team to win the trophy three times in a row in the modern era. Real won the European Cup four years in succession in the 1950s, while Bayern Munich and Ajax each won it three times in a row in the 1970s. AC Milan won it twice in a row in the late 1980s, but notably, no club had managed the feat since the adoption of the new format in 1992. Los Blancos blew Liverpool away in the Kiev final, easily beating the Liverpool 3-1 in Cardiff, with Gareth Bale scoring twice.

 

Mbappe the hero, as France win World Cup

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Kylian Mbappe shone as France won the World Cup in Russia, scoring a majestic double against Argentina and a strike from outside the box against Croatia. He was clearly nowhere near an unknown, having already cost Paris St-Germain £165.7m, but it was the summer that Mbappe really showcased himself on the world stage as the man most likely to replace Messi and Ronaldo as the best. The now 20-year-old has carried that form into this season, with 13 league goals in 11 games. Only Lionel Messi has scored more in Europe’s top five leagues.

 

Luka Modric, the new Ballon d’Or

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For ten years, the prestigious Ballon d’Or award in football kept changing hands between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. But 2018 was witness to a new winner, as Croatia’s Luka Modric got his hands on the title thanks to his stellar efforts in helping Real Madrid win a third successive Champions League title in May and also captaining his Croatia team to the World Cup final and being named the player of the tournament.

Real Madrid 2 – 1 Viktoria Plzen | UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid 2 - 1 Viktoria Plzen | UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid put in a dubious performance as they edged over Czech side Viktoria Plzen with an unconvincing 2 – 1 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.


From the start, there was a visible hunger from the Los Blancos to respond and put their recent crisis to bed. This was evident in the first five minutes when skipper Sergio Ramos‘s header, from a Toni Kroos corner, rattled the bar.

Madrid sustained an early scare when Roman Hubnik‘s precarious pass drifted past makeshift right-back Lucas Vazquez, and Milan Petrzela fired two efforts on goal. His first strike blocked by Keylor Navas while his second grazed the side netting.


However, within a matter of seconds, Vazquez managed to find Benzema at the far post, who then found the back of the net through a precise header in the 11th minute of the game. With this goal, the French striker, who has been many a centre of controversy, becomes the outright fourth top scorer in Champions League history with 57 goals overtaking Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

Benzema also became only the third player to score in 14 consecutive Champions League campaigns, following Raúl and Lionel Messi.

The goal appeared to set the tone, yet Plzen were still persistent going forward. Limbersky, who was the first player to go on the book, shot just wide of the post from close range. Just a couple of minutes later, Kroos found Bale who fired a strike into the bottom corner and the fans went wild, but the party was cut short when the linesman raised the flag up for the goal to be disallowed.

Julen Lopetegui replaced Isco with 20-year-old debutant Federico Valverde after the break, who made quite an introduction for himself at the Bernabeu as he found Gareth Bale, who set up Marcelo for the second goal of the match in the 55th minute. Real seemed to have control of the match but were disallowed another goal, as Benzema tapped in what he thought was his second of the night, the linesman claiming Modric was offside.

In the 78th minute of the game, Hrosovsky slotted past Navas to bring the game back to life. However, Real held on thanks to some sturdy defending from Nacho.

The result sees Madrid retain top spot in Group G with six points in the bag, alongside AS Roma. Be that as it may, the performance failed to relieve any pressure on the under-fire manager Julen Lopetegui.

Real Madrid now head to the most awaited fixture in the world of football on Sunday, 28th October, a customary El Clasico meeting with Barcelona.

Real Madrid vs Roma – Combined XI | UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid vs Roma - Combined XI | UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid start their defense of the UEFA Champions League title for the third consecutive time on Thursday, with last year’s semi-finalists AS Roma visiting the Bernabeu for a Group G clash of the proverbial titans.

Match Preview

Here, we pick the Combined XI from the stars of Real Madrid & AS Roma for their upcoming UEFA Champions League fixture.

Formation: 4-4-2

Goalkeeper – Thibaut Courtois (Real) 

Real Madrid’s Goalkeeper scenario is presumably stronger than any other side in Europe. With two world-class keepers in Keylor Navas, the UEFA Champions League Goalkeeper of the year, and Thibaut Courtois, FIFA World Cup  2018 Golden Glove winner. Both of them are considered leagues above the new Roma stopper Robin Olsen.

Right Back – Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) 

Despite Roma performing below average in the start of this season, their wing-back Alessandro Florenzi has been excellent, registering a goal and an assist in just 3 matches this season. He gets the nod ahead of experienced Spanish fullback Dani Carvajal.

Centre Back – Kostas Manolas (Roma) 

Greek veteran Kostas Manolas is considered as one of the best defenders in Europe since the last 5 years. The 27-year-old gets picked ahead of Raphael Varane simply due to his transcendent experience.

Centre Back – Sergio Ramos (Real)

The skipper has taken over penalty duties since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. The 32-year-old defender still retains his position as one of the best in Europe. 

Left Back – Marcelo (Real)

Often considered the best left back in modern football, Marcelo is yet to find the net for Madrid this season and based on his attacking style of play, the Brazillian must be desperate for a goal.

Right Midfield – Gareth Bale (Real)

Gareth Bale has been in blistering form recently. The Wales international has scored 3 and assisted 2 in his opening four La Liga appearances this term.

Centre Midfield – Toni Kroos (Real)

Toni Kroos forms 1/2 of the best midfield in the World beside his Real Madrid partner Luka Modric.  

Centre Midfield – Luka Modric (Real)

The other half of the best midfield duo in the World and the UEFA Midfielder & Player of the Year and FIFA World Cup 2018 Golden Ball winner, Luka Modric is key to Real Madrid’s success.

Left Midfield – Marco Asensio (Real)

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The talented Spaniard is yet to open his account for Madrid this season. Marco Asensio will hope he can score when it matters, in the biggest competition in Europe.

Striker – Edin Dzeko (Roma)

Edin Dzeko remains one of the star names in the Roma team sheet. An effective striker when provided adequate service, Dzeko will be key to finding the net against the Spanish giants. 

Striker – Karim Benzema (Real)

Karim Benzema seems to have found his feet early this season. The French striker has scored 4 goals in his 4 games in the La Liga this season.

Real Madrid vs Roma – Match Prediction | UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid vs Roma - Match Prediction | UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid vs Roma – Kick-Off: 20th September 12:30 AM (IST) 

Real Madrid start their defence of the UEFA Champions League title for the third consecutive time on Thursday, with last year’s semi-finalists AS Roma visiting the Bernabeu for a Group G clash of the proverbial titans. 

Los Blancos have won 3 of their first 4 La Liga games this season but were held to a shock 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. On the other hand, Roma are out of form, standing in mid-table in Serie A after winning just a single game out of 4 since the start of the new term.

Real Madrid, now without their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, will look to Gareth Bale to take over the cape of Los Blancos’ superhero while Roma will be looking at Edin Dzeko to incite them to a memorable victory.  

Team News

Real Madrid: Julen Lopetegui‘s new and revitalized Real Madrid do not have any fresh injury concerns ahead of their Champions League tie.

Roma: Besides Javier Pastore fighting a muscle injury, Eusebio di Francesco seems to have a full strength side to take to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Predicted Line-ups 

Real Madrid: Courtois | Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Carvajal | Casemiro, Modric, Kroos | Asensio, Benzema, Bale

Roma: Olsen | Florenzi, Manolas, Juan Jesus, Kolarov | Pellegrini, N’Zonzi, Cristante | Under, Dzeko, El Shaarawy

Key Players

Real Madrid: With Los Blancos now guided under new management and Ronaldo leaving for Juve, Gareth Bale has been in blistering form recently. The Wales international has scored three and assisted twice in his opening four La Liga appearances this term.

Roma: Edin Dzeko remains one of the star names in the Roma team sheet. An effective striker when provided adequate service, Dzeko will be key to finding the net against the Spanish giants. 

Score Prediction

Real Madrid 4 – 2 Roma: Los Blancos’ grand Champions League form has made them favorites against any side they face. It would definitely not be a huge surprise to see them beat Roma and start Group G with the maximum points. 

Real Madrid 1 – 1 Athletic Bilbao | La Liga 2018/19

Real Madrid 1 - 1 Athletic Bilbao | La Liga 2018/19

Real Madrid ended the match with a single point after their 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao in the La Liga.

Markel Susaeta starred as Athletic Bilbao ended Real Madrid’s 100% start to the new La Liga season by battling to a 1-1 draw at the Estadio San Mames.

Susaeta worried the dull Real defense during the match and set up a 32nd-minute opener for Iker Muniain which frightened to cause humiliation for Julen Lopetegui’s squad. Substitute Isco made an instant impact when he drew Real level midway through the second half but it was a performance which gave more questions than answers over Real’s post- Cristiano Ronaldo era.

Real Madrid had won their opening three games in La Liga, scoring four goals in each of their past two games, and they started quickly at the San Mames Stadium with Luka Modric facing an effort blocked in the opening minute. Things seemed set to go well for the visitors when Luka Modric took advantage of some wavering defending to make a first-minute attempt which was blocked by a wall of defenders. Madrid sustained the early movement but they received their first warning just before the quarter-hour mark when Susaeta threaded a pass to Inaki Williams who shot just wide of the target.

Susaeta hit another attempt over the bar, then jumped on a rare blunder by Sergio Ramos but elected to shoot rather than find his better-placed team-mate Williams, and missed his chance. Bilbao came even closer in the 22nd minute when left-back Yuri Berchiche got on the end of a sudden counter-attack but could only fire straight at Thibaut Courtois.

Bilbao ‘keeper Unai Simon refused both Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio before the hosts seized the opener they deserved in the 32nd minute when Susaeta’s ball across the box was shot home by the lurking Muniain. Things could have been even unsatisfactory for Real if Raul Garcia‘s attempt not been ruled out for offside, but it served to show that all was not fine within Lopetegui’s defenders.

Williams blew another chance for Bilbao early in the second half before the course began to turn and Simon was expected to make a magnificent double-save both from Bale’s free-kick and a Ramos follow-up.

Isco pounced in the 63rd minute with an excellent close-range finish using a right-wing cross from Bale. Real Madrid remained in the power as they continued to hunt for the second goal which would have kept their 100 percent start to the new campaign unimpaired.

Bale fired just over the bar and Asensio also shot an attempt just wide as Lopetegui’s men persisted to push, with a plainly exasperating Bilbao side to sit back and seek to utilize the counter-attack. Ramos had the last opportunity for Real when he lashed a long-range free-kick over the bar.

Real Madrid start the defense of their Champions League crown at home to Roma on Wednesday.

Roma 3 – 3 Atalanta | Serie A 2018-19

Roma 3 - 3 Atalanta | Serie A 2018-19

Roma completed their comeback against Atalanta through a late equalizer from Kostas Manolas as the match ended in a 3 – 3 draw on Monday in the Serie A.

Roma gained an early lead when recently signed midfielder Javier Pastore scored an extraordinary back-heel goal two minutes in the competition.

However, Atalanta took advantage of the poor defending by Roma including by Manolas and they went in 3-1 down at the interval thanks to Timothy Castagne‘s equalizer and a  then a brace from Emiliano Rigoni

However, Alessandro Florenzi began Roma’s comeback by penetrating through the centre of Atalanta’s defence and secured one back on the hour mark when he collected Edin Dzeko‘s pass and found the net from outside the box.  

Manolas then reacted quickest following a free-kick that was launched into the penalty area to ensure that I Giallorossi would eventually get away with a point. 

Both sides continue to be unbeaten after two matches of the season with four points each to their team. Roma and Atalanta each have four points from the two rounds which is two points behind leaders Juventus, Napoli and SPAL. 

Roma visit AC Milan on Saturday, 1st September while Atalanta faces FC Kobenhavn for Europa League Qualification on Thursday, 30th August.

Gonalons – Sevilla sign Roma midfielder on loan | La Liga

Gonalons - Sevilla sign Roma midfielder on loan

Sevilla have completed the signing of French midfielder Maxime Gonalons on a season-long loan from Serie A side AS Roma.

A statement from Roma’s official website read: “The club can confirm that midfielder Maxime Gonalons has joined Sevilla on a season-long loan deal. The agreement with the Spanish club runs until 30 June 2019. Good luck Maxime!”

Sevilla FC and AS Roma have reached a negotiation for the loan of Maxime Gonalons. The 29-year-old French international is a defensive centre-midfielder, who has also performed as a centre-back in his recognised career. 

Although he joins from Roma, Gonalons has devoted most of his sporting years advancing in the ranks of Olympique Lyonnais, with whom he lifted the French Cup in 2012 and the French Super Cup a few months later. Gonalons registered at the Lyon Academy at the age of just 11 and played his first team match at just 20 in a Champions League qualification match against Anderlecht. In that same season – 09/10 – he made 19 official appearances.

He grew in value and even though rumours circulated of a departure from France, he stayed there for 8 seasons, ultimately leaving in the 16/17 season. In total, he made 334 official appearances (60 coming in European competitions), scoring 12 goals and making 13 assists.

In the summer of 2017, Gonalons signed with AS Roma, where he encountered tough competition in the centre of the park but made 23 appearances – 16 in Serie A, six in the Champions League and one in the Italian Cup.

As an international, Gonalons debuted with France at the age of 22. Since then, he has earned 7 caps with Les Bleus. 

Speaking about his move, Gonalons said: “The last season was a difficult one for me. But now I want to give everything for this club, they have put a lot of trust in me. I know that I’m coming to a club with high expectations, but I want to achieve great things here.”

Sevilla faces Villarreal in their next La Liga fixture on Sunday, 26th August.

Nzonzi – Roma sign World Cup winner from Sevilla

Nzonzi - Roma sign World Cup winner from Sevilla

AS Roma have completed the signing of World Cup-winning midfielder Steven Nzonzi from Sevilla.

Steven Nzonzi joins the Italian side for an initial fee of €26.65 million with performance-related clauses that could be worth up to an additional €4 million making it a possible €30 million deal.

The France international has agreed to a 4-year contract with the club that runs until 2022. Nzonzi will wear the No. 42 shirt for the upcoming season. 

This move to Roma unites him once again with Monchi, the sporting director who initially brought him to Sevilla.

Speaking about Nzonzi, Monchi said: “Steven [Nzonzi] is a footballer with a mix of physical and technical qualities that we think will really add to the players that we already have here at AS Roma. With his arrival, we have even more quality and competition in midfield.”

Steven Nzonzi began his professional career in France with Amiens before spending the most of his developmental footballing years in England with Premier League side Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City afterwards. At Stoke, he established himself as a crucial pivotal part of the squad under Tony Pulis and then under Mark Hughes, where his exceptional performances earned him the Stoke Player of the Year award in the 2014-15 season.

Nzonzi then moved to La Liga side Sevilla in the summer of 2015 and won the UEFA Europa League in his first season. The midfielder has spent the last three years at the Spanish side, becoming a steady presence in the heart of midfield consequently earning him international recognition for the first time in his career.

The 29-year-old was an important part of the France team that won the World Cup in Russia this year. Nzonzi participated in 5 games in the tournament. In total, he has earned 9 caps for his country. 

Speaking about his move, Nznonzi said: “I’m very happy to be here and to be an AS Roma player. I really felt that the club wanted me to come. I will give my best on the pitch, and hopefully be a very good player for this team.”

Roma face Torino in their first Serie A fixture of the season on Sunday, 19th August.

 

Serie A 2018/19 – Top Five signings so far

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The summer transfer window is always the busiest time of the year and this year it is no different. With many clubs having completed most of their signings, some meager some sensational, the next season bears promise to all. The Serie A has been the subject of awe due to one phenomenal piece of business that is sure to impact the whole league. 

Here we take a look at 5 of the best signings that have been completed in the Serie A.

5. Justin Kluivert – AS Roma | Read more…

Roma have signed Justin Kluivert from Ajax in a fee reported to be around €17.5 million, which seems quite reasonable for one of the most high-profile youngsters in the world with a notable potential. The 19-year-old Dutch winger will hope he can be a regular for his new club. 

4. Fabian Ruiz – SSC Napoli

Fabian Ruiz joined Napoli for a reported fee of €30 million after impressing in the La Liga last season with Real Betis. The young midfielder is arriving as a replacement for Jorghino, who recently moved to Premier League side, Chelsea. The 22-year-old Spaniard will fight for a place in midfield in Napoli’s new system under Carlo Ancelotti

3. Emre Can – Juventus

Emre Can joined Juventus after letting his contract with Liverpool run down. The 24-year-old was a subject of on again-off again rumours with Juventus since the start of this year and has finally completed a free transfer to Turin. The German midfielder will strive to be a starter in an already impressive Juventus midfield. 

2. Radja Nainggolan – Inter Milan

Radja Nainggolan has signed for  Inter Milan from Roma in a deal worth €38 million plus Davide Santon and Nicolo Zaniolo moving to Roma as a part of the deal. The 30-year-old Belgian midfielder has been one of the best players of the Serie A for quite some time and will hope to replicate his form for Roma in his new club.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus | Read more…

Cristiano Ronaldo just completed a €100 million sensational move to Serie A side Juventus after winning the Champions League with Real Madrid in the same year. The 33-year-old Portuguese skipper will earn €30 million a year.

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