Lionel Messi Obsession Behind Critiano Ronaldo's Juventus Move?

Grant SmithJul 12, 2018

Today, Belgium plays France in the highly anticipated semifinals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

The morning after Cristiano Ronaldo's departure from Real Madrid to Juventus was confirmed, the Spanish media was torn between saluting his contribution at the Bernabeu, debating why he was leaving now, and wondering how he could ever be replaced. Neymar would give Madrid a high-profile name comparable to Ronaldo's, but not everyone thinks the 26-year-old Brazilian is capable of delivering the same results on the field. He also has a nice smile.

We've seen Cristiano Ronaldo threaten to leave Real Madrid on several occasions over the years.

The third-best player in the world a year ago was Neymar, who last season transferred from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a record fee of 222 million euros (now $260 million).

The likes of Getafe, against whom Ronaldo loved to score hat-tricks, and Celta Vigo - Ronaldo registered 20 goals, and three assists in 13 matches against the Galicians - will certainly be happy to wave adios to him. Cristiano leaves, the legend of the 451 goalsAS: Ciao, Cristiano - it was nice while it lastedSport: Shock Cristiano - Madrid accept the request of their star and sell him to Juventus for €105m.

It's a huge move that modifies the landscape of European soccer, moving Real Madrid from a top-tier Champions League contender to one with huge question marks up top. He won the illustrious UEFA Champions League trophy with Manchester United and with Real Madrid.

Ahead of their clash on Tuesday night, Belgium playmaker Hazard has told reporters that as a boy, he used to tie his loyalties to the French flag, citing France's World Cup win in 1998 as a major influencing factor.

The carmaker, whose plants churn out Jeep SUVs, sporty Alfa Romeos, luxury Maseratis and tiny Fiats, had promised to bring all employees in Italy back to work by the end of 2018, but that goal slipped as investments and product launches were delayed. Benzema's brilliant movements both on and off the ball helped players like Ronaldo find the space to unleash lethal attacks. It's a flawless match for both sides.

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Juventus playmaker Paulo Dybala in recent days, while Chelsea are also thought to be interested striker Gonzalo Higuain, despite the pair's disappointing World Cup campaign with Argentina. Well, we all remember what he did the last time he was there.

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