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Why Cristiano Ronaldo Won't Swap Shirts With A Roma Player

Why Cristiano Ronaldo Won't Swap Shirts With A Roma Player

Cristiano Ronaldo is well known for taking his top off during matches but he won't be doing it at full time on Sunday after Juventus have played Roma.

The five time Ballon d'Or winner has a long rooted dislike of the Giallorossi that's lasted since he played for Manchester United.

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United faced Roma in the Champions League in 2007 with the English side winning the second leg of their quarter final 7-1, going through 8-3 on aggregate, and Ronaldo's experience clearly put him off the Italian side.

"When it was 6-0, they asked me to stop, an opponent begged me to stop dribbling," he claimed in December 2018.

"Others threatened to hurt me.

"Roma? There is no player with whom I would exchange a shirt."

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The five-time Ballon d'Or winner will be able to reignite his rivalry with Roma when the Old Lady travel to the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday as they continue their attempt to win their ninth Serie A title in-a-row.

Maurizio Sarri's side haven't had it all their own way this season, as they have had for most of the recent years, and former Juve boss Antonio Conte has led his Inter team to top of the table in his first season in charge at the San Siro.

Ronaldo celebrates for Juventus. Image: PA Images
Ronaldo celebrates for Juventus. Image: PA Images

Last season the 34-year-old was short of his usual goal tally notching up 'just' 21 league goals in 31 appearances, in his first year in Italy.

But this season he is back to a near goal to game ratio, having enjoyed more than that in his nine years playing for Real Madrid, and has scored 13 times in 15 games in Serie A.

He is still only third top scorer in the league with Romelu Lukaku helping Inter to top with 14 goals and Ciro Immobile scoring an impressive 19 times at 73 minutes per goal.

Ronaldo battles for the ball during the 7-1 win. Image: PA Images
Ronaldo battles for the ball during the 7-1 win. Image: PA Images

It's not been the best 18 months of the former Sporting winger's career and he ended up in third place at both the Ballon d'Or and FIFA The Best Men's Player of the Year award and wasn't included in FIFA 20's Ultimate Team 'Team of the Year' either.

Topics: Football News, Manchester United, Serie A, Italian Football, Roma, Juventus, Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo, Italy, European Football

Ryan Sidle

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