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Maurizio Sarri Holds Meeting With Ronaldo On His Yacht, Wants To Turn Him Into 'CR9'

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Maurizio Sarri Holds Meeting With Ronaldo On His Yacht, Wants To Turn Him Into 'CR9'

Could CR7 be about to become CR9? There's next to no chance of the five-time Ballon d'Or changing his iconic number but reports say that Maurizio Sarri is planning to change Ronaldo's position in his Juventus side.

As per Football Italia, a plethora of leading Italian outlets La Stampa, Corriere della Sera, Gazzetta dello Sport say that the new Bianconeri boss held a face-to-face meeting with Ronaldo on his Yacht in the French Riviera to discuss the 33-year old playing as a 'false nine'.

Sarri famously played Belgian duo Dries Mertens and Eden Hazard at Napoli and Chelsea respectively and now wants Ronaldo to adapt to his methods.

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It's a natural progression for Ronaldo, who has gone from being one of the best dribblers in the world to being recognised as the greatest goalscorer in the game.

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And as his game has adapted, so too has Ronaldo's mentality when he steps onto the pitch.

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"I see football as a mission: go to the field, win, make me better," Ronaldo said in an interview with El Pais, per the Independent.

"Those moments when I went to the field thinking, 'I'm going to dribble," if I'm honest, I don't have those moments anymore.

"There is an additional pressure. People are always judging: 'It's over already. He's 33, 34 or 35 years old, I should leave him.' And you want to surprise people."

Sarri has already expressed his delight at coaching a world-beater Ronaldo and wants him to break the Serie A goalscoring record of 36 goals in a season - set by Gonzalo Higuain when he was at Napoli.

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Image: PA
Image: PA

"I've trained great players over the years, but with Ronaldo I move on to the next level, a player who is at the top of the world,' Sarri said in his press conference as Juve manager.

"This is a lad with every record in world football and I'd like to help him set another, knowing I contributed to it.

"I trained a player with the all-time Serie A record for goals in a single season. I'd like to make that two. It'd be an enormous satisfaction."

Topics: Gonzalo Higuain, Football News, Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea, Football, Serie A, Juve, Juventus, Napoli, Cristiano Ronaldo, Italy

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