Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus and Real Madrid transfer question forces Diego Simeone refusal | Football | Sport

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Cristiano Ronaldo has blossomed for Juventus ever since arriving from Real Madrid, scoring 19 goals across all competitions to boost their chances of glory.

Los Blancos have struggled without the 34-year-old in their ranks, though, with Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio and Gareth Bale all failing to step up.

Ronaldo’s exit was always going to leave a sizeable hole in Real’s attack, particularly given how their summer pursuits of Eden Hazard and Neymar both failed.

Today, Real will meet Atletico Madrid in a crunch La Liga fixture.

But Diego Simeone has refused to answer a question about Ronaldo and the impact his exit has had.

The Argentine was asked if Real were easier to beat now that Ronaldo was no longer in their ranks.

But Simeone believes he is not the right person to be asking.

“That question is more for the technicians and leaders of Madrid,” he said.

“We will try to take the match to where we can show our virtues.”

Meanwhile, Emre Can has lauded Ronaldo for the application and attitude he has brought since his arrival.

“It’s great to play with Cristiano,” the Germany international said of his Juventus team-mate.

“Every footballer wants to play with Cristiano – he’s a big player and off the pitch he’s a great guy.

“You can always talk to him and you can learn from him a lot.

“I think he gives a push to the team, and to everyone.”

Ronaldo is primed to start when Juventus face off against Sassuolo in Serie A on Sunday (5pm).

He was the match-winner last time out, scoring twice in a 2-1 win over Sassuolo back in September.



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