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Ronaldo's need for love, respect pushed him to Juve

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Ronaldo enjoys break in Greece as Juve talk continues

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A Ronaldo exit could pave the way for Asensio's reign

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Spain were poor at World Cup but La Liga's influence on final is evident

The ESPN FC crew discuss England's inability to adjust to Croatia's pressure and question if they underestimated their offensive prowess.

"I'd be more worried if Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo had left."

It was late last summer and Neymar had just walked out on FC Barcelona, and out of Spain, but the league's president Javier Tebas wasn't bothered. Not that he -- a man whose every word is calculated, not just a reply offered but a role played -- would have said so if he really was. That much was proven again this week. Twelve months on and Cristiano Ronaldo is the one leaving.

"Five years ago, I would have been more worried,"...

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Transfer Tracker: Signings, departures for Europe's largest clubs

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson breaks down the latest transfer rumours surrounding Paul Pogba, Rafinha and more in Rumour Rater.

With the transfer window open across Europe, clubs are now able to finalise the signings of players they have monitored and negotiated with for months.

The transfer window is shorter this summer but that does not mean it will be any less busy.

See who has left which club, where they are headed and the terms of the moves with our transfer tracker below:

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ARSENAL

In: Bernd Leno (from Bayer Leverkusen), Stephan Lichtsteiner (from Juventus), Sokratis (from Borussia Dortmund), Lucas...

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Cristiano Ronaldo transfer: Real Madrid to Juventus - get all the coverage

After being unveiled as a Juventus player following his move from Real Madrid, ESPN take a look at how Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Turin unfolded.
With his official presentation complete, the FC guys discuss how far Cristiano Ronaldo can take Juventus domestically and in European competition.
Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo admitted he joined the Italian club as he wanted to challenge himself again and insists he win just as many trophies in Italy.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson and Craig Burley explain just how monumental Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus is for world football.
With news breaking that Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid for Juventus, take a look back at his many accomplishments for club and country.
Stewart Robson tells us how Cristiano Ronaldo will fare at Juventus and if his goal-scoring prowess at Real Madrid will continue in Turin.
Martin Ainstein discusses the many reasons Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid parted ways.

Cristiano Ronaldo has stunned the football world by leaving Real Madrid and joining Juventus. Catch everything you need to know about the €100m transfer here.

What to read: Reaction

July 16

A day of hysteria and excitement in Turin
Ronaldo's first day at Juventus
How Ronaldo's move to Juve raised eyebrows
Ronaldo: Age is irrelevant, I'm more motivated than ever 
Rating Ronaldo's first Juventus press conference
Ronaldo jets in to complete Juventus transfer
Ronaldo arrives in Turin

July...






Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid exit has repercussions across Spanish football

In this country, new Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui is partially famous for having fainted, flat out, on live TV in 2006 while demonstrating Spain's World Cup formation via the new invention of touch-screen graphics. It's to be hoped that Lopetegui's reaction to Cristiano Ronaldo dramatically sealing his move away from the Bernabeu to Juventus didn't result in anything similar Tuesday.

But make no mistake, all eyes are trained on the Basque-born manager once again.

Did Lopetegui knowingly...

 By Rob Train

Gareth Bale and building from within are Real Madrid's best options for life after Ronaldo

Martin Ainstein discusses the many reasons Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid parted ways.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson and Craig Burley explain just how monumental Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus is for world football.
Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid for quite an expensive fee, but the FC guys feel everyone involved in the transfer comes out a winner.

No sooner had Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus been confirmed than the roll call of usual suspects to replace the Portugal captain at the Bernabeu was dusted off: Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Harry Kane, Eden Hazard ... it is a list as well-thumbed as Florentino Perez's cheque book during his first spell at the helm of Real Madrid.

The Real president's first reaction will be to break the bank in response to losing his star attraction, but none of those players will be easy to land. Mbappe and Neymar...

Cristiano Ronaldo's need for love, respect helped push him to Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid for quite an expensive fee, but the FC guys feel everyone involved in the transfer comes out a winner.
Martin Ainstein discusses the many reasons Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid parted ways.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson and Craig Burley explain just how monumental Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus is for world football.
Speaking in March 2018, Cristiano Ronaldo admitted he loved watching Juventus play as a child ahead of his transfer from Real Madrid to the Italian side.

Cristiano Ronaldo loves to be loved. Forget the trophies, the Ballons d'Or and the goals: when you peel back all of the superficial players, he is simply a guy who wants love and respect and, therefore, his move to Juventus ticks those boxes.

When Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford in 2013 for the first (and so far only) time to face Manchester United with Real Madrid in the Champions League, Sir Alex Ferguson instructed the club's PA announcer to break with tradition and read out the Real team...