Ron­aldo gets back to busi­ness for Ju­ven­tus

Weekly Trust - - Sportxtra -

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo gets back to busi­ness for Ital­ian cham­pi­ons Ju­ven­tus against SPAL tonight af­ter miss­ing Por­tu­gal’s qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the Na­tions League semi­fi­nals amid re­ports he has been snubbed for the fi­nal three in the Bal­lon d’Or award.

The 33-year-old Ron­aldo has won the pres­ti­gious Bal­lon d’Or five times but could be ex­cluded from the top three, with the win­ner to be re­vealed in Paris on De­cem­ber 3.

Ron­aldo was rested from Por­tu­gal’s last four in­ter­na­tion­als as they be­came the first team to qual­ify for the Na­tions League fi­nals.

Dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional break Ron­aldo took a short break in Lon­don, amid re­ports he had got en­gaged to his Span­ish girl­friend Ge­orgina Ro­driguez, be­fore re­turn­ing to train in Turin.

“All I can tell you is that when I got back I saw Cris­tiano train­ing the way he does ev­ery day, as a pro­fes­sional and giv­ing hs all,” Ju­ven­tus team­mate Mat­tia De Sciglio told Sky Sports Italia.

“I can’t tell you be­cause I don’t know any­thing about this,” the Ital­ian de­fender added of the Bal­lon d’Or.

“That’s all I can say, and what will be, will be.”

Ju­ven­tus host SPAL – four points above the drop zone – look­ing to main­tain their six­point lead over Napoli, who host bot­tom club Chievo.

The Turin gi­ants then host Va­len­cia in a cru­cial Cham­pi­ons League match on Tues­day af­ter a dra­matic loss to Manch­ester United.

Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri can count on Paulo Dy­bala, back af­ter scor­ing his first goal for Ar­gentina, Por­tuguese de­fender Joao Cancelo and Pol­ish goal­keeper Wo­j­ciech Szczesny.

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