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Llorente: Italy would be harder for Ronaldo and Messi

Would Ronaldo and Messi score as many goals in Italy? Credit: PA

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi would not score as many goals in Italy's Serie A, according to Juventus striker Fernando Llorente.

The Real Madrid and Barcelona superstars have already notched a combined 36 goals this season, Ronaldo tucking away 23, in a league widely considered the finest in world football.

But Spanish striker Llorente, who joined Juventus in 2013 following nine years in Spain with Bilbao, told Cope:

"Messi and Ronaldo are players from another planet, but I'd like to see them in Italy.

"The defences are very tight here, with many players put behind the ball, so it would be more difficult for them to score goals."


Ancelotti: It's impossible to shut Blatter up

Ancelotti says Ronaldo should win the Ballon d'Or. Credit: PA

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has hit out at Fifa president Sepp Blatter saying he is 'impossible to shut up' before backing his player Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ballon d'Or.

Ancelotti, speaking at a press conference, launched a scathing attack on the Fifa boss after it had been reported that Blatter would like to see German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer win the Ballon d'Or ahead of Ronaldo.

"It always surprises me what he does, but what are we going to do? It's impossible to shut the mouth of the FIFA president," said Ancelotti.

"There isn't much to think about. It is Cristiano's year, he scored goals and won important titles. There should be no doubt that he is the Ballon d'Or."


Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to La Liga award

Ronaldo is hot favourite to keep hold of the Ballon d'Or. Credit: PA

Cristiano Ronaldo edged out Lionel Messi to be crowned the Primera Division's Best Player for 2013-14 at Monday night's LFP Awards Ceremony.

The Real Madrid star, who also scooped the FIFA Ballon d'Or ahead of Messi earlier this year, picked up awards for being the Best Forward and scoring the Best Individual Goal for his audacious back-heeled volley against Valencia on May 4.

Ronaldo was the top scorer in La Liga last season with a tally of 31 goals, while Barca's Messi was just behind him after finding the back of the net 28 times.

Both men have been shortlisted again for the Ballon d'Or, with Ronaldo's scintillating early season form seemingly putting him in the driving seat for that award too.

Ronaldo 'not interested' in Man Utd return - agent

It looks as though Ronaldo will be staying with Real Madrid. Credit: PA

Cristiano Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes has put an end to the rumours that the Real Madrid forward could rejoin Manchester United.

It's been reported that the Old Trafford club were exploring the possibility of bringing back the man they sold to the Spanish giants for £80million in 2009.

However, Mendes told Spanish radio station Cadena COPE that Ronaldo will stay with Real Madrid 'forever'

"Cristiano is very happy at Real Madrid and has always been very happy. He’s going to break all the records with Real Madrid and he’s going to retire here," said Mendes.

"He has a lot of love for United because his heart was there for six years, but now he’s only thinking about Real Madrid and he’s going to stay here forever."

Last month a group of Man Utd fans flew a plane over a Real Madrid match with the message 'Come Home Ronaldo' clearly visible, it looks as though their wishes will not be granted.

Van Gaal admits interest in signing Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal admits he is interested in bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, but doubts Real Madrid are willing to sell him.

Speculation that Cristiano Ronaldo could return to Old Trafford increased this week. Credit: Reuters

Speculation that Ronaldo could return to United intensified this week following comments by former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon that the Portuguese attacker was "fed up" with Madrid's transfer policy.

Ronaldo, who left United for a then World record fee of £80 million in 2009, has previously hinted he could return to his former club.

Asked whether he could attempt to re-sign the 29-year-old, Van Gaal said: "It is possible.

"That's what I have said with Falcao. Players like Ronaldo give a lot of extra to a team, but I don't think Real Madrid shall sell him."

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