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‘Ronaldo Finished? Don’t Make Me Laugh!’ — Juventus Chief

Juventus Sporting Director, Fabio Paratici, has said that Cristiano Ronaldo is “coming back stronger than before” and insisted the player is not “finished”.

Ronaldo lost this year’s Ballon d’Or to rival Lionel Messi, but won Serie A Player of the Year at the Gran Gala del Calcio in Milan.

Paratici was asked whether Ronaldo’s recent form is a sign the 34-year-old’s powers are in decline, following a run of one goal in his past five games for the Bianconeri.

“Cristiano finished? Don’t make me laugh.

“Ronaldo had a knee problem that didn’t allow him to perform at his best, but now he’s coming back stronger than before,” he told Tuttosport.

On the Portugal captain failing to win the Ballon d’Or, Paratici added: “For me, Ronaldo also deserved it last season, where he scored [13] goals in the Champions League, many of which were decisive.

“Ronaldo also deserved the Ballon d’Or this season. He is a competitive animal. We have made a good investment with him, he has improved all of us.

“We must accept his hunger, it is what distinguishes him from others. Will he remain with Juventus? Of course.”

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