LA Galaxy striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has taken a swing at Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, dismissing the Portuguese’s claim that he moved to Juventus because he fancied a new “challenge”.
Having enjoyed nine hugely successful years with Real Madrid. Ronaldo, 33, moved to Turin in the summer of 2018. The £99.2m move broke the internet, with many criticizing Real Madrid for their lack of respect towards club legends.
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However, speaking in an interview, Ronaldo clarified that the move was instigated by his knack for taking on new “challenges.” To top his spicy interview off, he also urged his longtime rival and fellow five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi, to leave his “comfort zone” and “experience new things”.
"Moving to Juventus is not a challenge at all."
Cristiano has come in for criticism from Zlatan.
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“I’d like him to come to Italy one day,” said Ronaldo, as quoted by BBC.
“I hope he accepts the challenge like me, but if he’s happy there then I respect that.”
Asked if he missed the Barcelona skipper, Ronaldo added: “No, maybe it’s him who misses me.”
“I’ve played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal and for my national team, while he’s still in Spain.”
“Maybe he needs me more. For me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy.”
“He’s a fantastic player and a good guy, but I don’t miss anything here. This is my new life and I’m happy.”
“I left my comfort zone and took on this challenge here in Turin. Everything has gone well, I’ve proven I’m still an incredible player,” Ronaldo concluded.
“Why did he not choose a club from a second division a few years ago? Try to become a champion with such a second-division [club] and lead them to the highest level.”
“Moving to Juventus is not a challenge at all,” he concluded.
The ‘real’ reason behind Ronaldo’s move probably will always remain a mystery, but the way the former Manchester United winger has settled in at Juve is truly commendable. In only 19 Serie A appearances, the former Real Madrid man has netted 14 goals and contributed a further 5 assists for Juve, emerging as the league’s leading scorer.