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    Ronaldo Joins Juve: CR7 Finalises Stunning Four-Year Deal That Will Pay Him £500,000-A-Week

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    Cristiano Ronaldo has made an astonishing £88m move to Juventus after Real Madrid granted him permission to leave Santiago Bernabeu.

    Ronaldo met Juventus club president Andrea Agnelli on Tuesday afternoon in a hotel in Greece before agreeing an estimated £500,000-a-week over four years.

    It is believed that the transfer was finalised at the meeting with Ronaldo surrounded by his girlfriend and family, who is currently on holiday with him.

    Real Madrid confirmed the transfer late on Tuesday afternoon.

    In a statement, the club admitted that they had granted Ronaldo his wish to leave the club.

    It read: ‘Today, Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football.’

    ‘Beyond the conquered titles, the trophies achieved and the triumphs achieved in the playing fields during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement.’

    Ronaldo thanked Real Madrid for making his time at the club ‘possibly the happiest of my life’, but added that he felt it was the right decision to move on.

    He said: ‘I believe that the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept transferring me. I feel that way and I ask everyone, and especially our followers, to please understand me.’

    Ronaldo leaves a legacy behind at Real Madrid littered with smashed records and trophies. He is the Spanish club’s all-time top scorer with 450 goals in all competitions and won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them. ‘For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its greatest symbols and a unique reference for the generations to come,’ Real Madrid’s statement added.

    ‘Real Madrid will always be his home’. While there was success, Ronaldo also had, at times, a turbulent relationship with Real Madrid’s club hierarchy, particularly club president Florentino Perez.

    The first signs of an uneasy relationship emerged when he declared on the pitch in 2012, ‘I’m sad and the club know why’, and they reared their head again after the 4-1 win over Juventus in the 2017 Champions League final when newspaper A Bola said he had decided to leave.

    Ronaldo’s complaints, said to be centred around Real’s reluctance to hand him a pay rise and a perceived lack of support for him in his legal battle against the Spanish tax authorities, got little sympathy among fans or the Spanish media, however.

    Their patience wore even thinner when he hogged the narrative after Real had beaten Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev by saying ‘it was beautiful to play for Real Madrid’ and re-aired his dissatisfaction with the club.

    It was an unedifying yet strangely fitting end to a glorious yet bumpy marriage between one of the sports greatest ever players and one of its most storied clubs.

    RONALDO’S TIME AT REAL MADRID

    450 – Ronaldo’s Real Madrid-record goal tally, in 438 games.

    17 – his record goal tally for a Champions League season, in 2013-14.

    105 – total Champions League goals for the club, which also included 16 in 2015-16 and 15 in the most recent campaign.

    4 – Champions League titles with Real, including the last three in succession.

    311 – goals in LaLiga.

    2 – LaLiga titles, in 2011-12 and 2016-17.

    16 – major trophies with the club, also including two domestic cups, two domestic and three European Super Cups and three Club World Cups.

    4 – Ballon d’Or awards won with Real, making five in total after he was first recognised as the world’s best player in 2008 when he was with Manchester United.

    44 – hat-tricks for Madrid including a club-record 34 in LaLiga. Two came last season, against Girona and Real Sociedad in LaLiga.

    8 – the Girona game marked the eighth time he had scored four or more goals in a Real match. That included five-goal league hauls against Granada in 2014-15 and Espanyol the following season.

    8 – his first three goals in that 9-1 win over Granada came in eight minutes, equalling the club record for the quickest ever hat-trick.

    61 – his most prolific season for Real came in 2014-15 with 61 goals in all competitions, including 48 in the league. It was the second time he hit 60 for a season.

    £80m – fee paid by Real to sign Ronaldo from United in 2009. At the time it was a world record.

    £92.7m – the reported fee paid by Juve sees Real make a profit in raw terms.

    658 – career goals for Real, United (118), Sporting Lisbon (five) and Portugal (85).

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    Who Is Fooling Who: Express FC Unveils New Sponsor, Cancels Melbet Contract Few Weeks After Signing…

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    Express FC players celebrate their goal in their new jersey in their first game of the season against UPDF yesterday

    Just a month after Express FC unveiled Melbet betting company as their sponsor, the Wankulukuku based club have terminated the contract.

    Last week, Express FC unveiled sure bet, another betting company as their new sponsor.

    When Grapevine asked, Express CEO, Isaac Mwesigwa what happened to the Melbet deal, he refused to reveal more details but disclosed that the club went into mutual understanding with melbet to terminate the contract.

    “We are happy with this new deal because it will help us more during the league,” he said.

    Former, Express chairperson, Nakiwala Kiyingi told theGrapevine that, “we are happy to have this wonderful deal and it will help us.”

    When asked her whether the current chairman, Kiryowa Kiwanuka is still a club chairman, she said that she cannot comment on the matter.

     

    By Juma Ali

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    Tension As Real Stars Awards Shortlists Best Performing Sports Stars For September…

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    L-R: Basketball's Tony Drileba, Jacob Kiplimo, Ambrose Kigozi of Sand Cranes and JKL's Brenda Ekon

    Real Stars Awards has shortlisted the best performing Ugandan sports personalities in different sports disciplines.

    This time, in the September monthly awards, four disciplines will be awarded and these include; football, athletics, cricket and basketball.

    The awards will take place tomorrow, Tuesday 4th October, at 256 route, Lugogo.

    The nominees are: In football, three players are contesting for the award and these include; Ambrose Kigozi of Sand Cranes, for his good performance in COSAF championship  where Sand Cranes reached semifinal, Bruno Bunyaga of Buddu and St. Lawrence University where he took the university into the semifinals and Buddu to quarter finals and Blacha Mulamba of Gomba who played a big role to Gomba performance.

    In Cricket, the nominees are; Juma Miyaji, Riazat Ali Shah and Patricia Timogo for their good performance for the cricket Cranes, where they won the African T20 challenge.

    In Basketball, the nominees are; Tony Drireba of city oilers, who helped his team reach the finals of National basketball league, Ariael Okai of Nam blazers, who helped the club to reach its first final of National basketball league and Brenda Ekon of JKL Lady Dolphins who helped her club to reach the finals.

    In Athletics, the nominees are, Jacob Kiplimo, Abel Chebet and Andrew Komoi.

     

    By Juma Ali

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    Express FC Unveils New Sponsorship Deal..

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    Express FC team

    Express FC yesterday unveiled a partnership with betting company, Melbet at Wakulukuku stadium.

    This was after their previous sponsors betway refused to renew their partship with the club.

    The details of what is in the sponsorship package are not known but according to Melbet country director, Andrew Kamwesigye, the betting company is going to support Express in everything they need to compete favourably in all tournaments from the Super League to continental competitions.

    Addressing journalist at Wakulukuku, Express Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Isaac Mwesigwa said, “Melbet will help us in our journey to defend the CECAFA club Championship, branding the stadium and providing players’ kits for both home and away games.”

    The deal is for one year and will be renewable.

    Melbet was the official shirt sponsor for Kyetume FC last season.

     

    By Juma Ali

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