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People are always want me to fail – Cristiano Ronaldo

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The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has grown accustomed to facing those who want to see him fall, with there pressure on him to perform at all times

Cristiano Ronaldo is eager to point out that he is no “robot”, with the Juventus superstar having been forced to make peace with the fact that critics wait with “rifles” for him to fail.

At 34 years of age, the Portuguese has operated under the brightest of spotlights for long enough to know what to expect.

His every move, on and off the field, is dissected in minute detail, and has been for over a decade now.

As a five-time Ballon d’Or winner and one of the most recognisable stars on the planet – not just in sporting circles – Ronaldo acknowledges that he lives every day under pressure to succeed and maintain his unworldly standards.

Quizzed by La Repubblica on what life under such a microscope is like, the former Sporting, Manchester United and Real Madrid star said: “I don’t think people believe I’m a robot, but they see me as someone who can never have a problem, can never be sad, never have worries. People identify success, being carefree, with money: ‘How can he be sad or have a crisis if he is a millionaire?’

“You must understand that not everybody is the same, they still experience certain things. But I understand it. I know that people stand with their rifles waiting for me to miss a penalty or to fail in a decisive game. But it is part of life and I must be prepared to accept that. And I have been prepared for many years.”

Pressed further on whether he has grown tired of the constant need to prove himself, Ronaldo added: “I do not deny that sometimes it bothers me and I get tired because it seems that every year I must prove myself to be very strong. It is difficult.

“You also have to take into account the additional pressure of having to prove something to others, not just yourself. And to the people around you. To your family, to your mother, to your child. ‘Cris, tomorrow you must win’. You have to train continuously, but there comes a moment when you say: ‘Listen, leave me alone’.”

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Ronaldo could have been forgiven for losing the enjoyment of playing football, with so many eyes on him, but he claims to be taking as much joy from chasing down personal and collective goals as he has ever done.

“I see football as a mission: to take to the field, win, improve,” he said.

“Those times when I would be playing and think, now I will do a dribble, I don’t have them anymore. There is an additional pressure. People constantly judge you: ‘It’s over now. He is 33, 34, 35 years old, he should stop’. You want to leave them stunned and prove ‘it’s still me’.”

That insatiable drive for constant improvement is what has taken Ronaldo to the very top of the game and allowed him to avoid becoming bogged down in the chaos that surrounds him.

“I don’t know when I got used to it, but it’s true that I felt the pressure from a very young age,” he added.

“When I went to Madrid, I was the most expensive player in history; in Manchester, after winning my first Golden Ball at 23 years of age, people thought, ‘He has reached his maximum’. In the last 10-12 years I have always had this additional pressure that you not only put on yourself, but that everyone else puts on you.”

Ronaldo has delivered on expectation during his debut campaign at Juventus to help the club to another Serie A title, but his run of Champions League triumphs has come to an end in 2018-19 so that competition will provide him with added incentive again next season.

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Livescore; Barcelona Vs Valencia, Copa Del Rey Final

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Livescore; Barcelona Vs Valencia, Copa Del Rey Final

The NIGERIA NEWS reports the Copa Del Rey Final which kicks off around 8:00 pm today between Barcelona Vs Valencia. The game is being played at Estadio Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain. The formation is Barcelona (4-3-3) while Valencia uses (4-4-2).

Valencia is currently taking a lead with 2 goals to nil. Kevin Gameiro scored the first goal at 22 minutes of the first half. Rodrigo then extends the lead by 1 at 34 minutes.

The match is currently Barcelona 0 – 2 Valencia after the first half. And the first half came to an end with Barcelona having 73 percent possession and Valencia 27 percent ball possession.

The line up is as shown in the screenshot below:

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USA VS Nigeria: Time, Team News, TV channels, predictions for the Under 20 world up 2019

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Time: Monday, 27th May. 2019 19:30

The Flying Eagles of Nigeria will be up against The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team on Monday May 27 as they be looking forward to build on the momentum first match at the Bielsko-Biala Stadium in Bielsko-Biala, Poland.

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The Flying Eagles came out victorious in their first match as they over powered Qatar trumping them four goals to nil.
The United States Under 20 team lost their first match encounter as trailing by 2-1 against the Ukrainian Under 20 side at this year’s Mundial.

The Nigeria’s Under 20 scored two first half Goals. Maxwell Effiom and Henry Offia was on target in the 12th and 24th minutes of the encounter respectively. The second half was also in similar fashion as to that of the first as goals from Manchester City’s academy star Tom Dele-Bashiru was on target in the 68th minute while Olasunkanmi Aliyu rounded it up with a goal at the 74th minute of the match.

The young yanks were off to a good start as they dominated possession against the Ukrainian Under 20 teams, poor defensive work by cost them a goal in the 26th minute of the encounter as Serhiy Buletsa struck in beautifully to put his team ahead.

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Six minutes on, Brandon Servania in the 32nd minute converted a cross by PSG man, Timothy Weah’s . Then in the 51st minute, Ukraine scored the game-winner off a poorly defended corner kick.

Nigeria will be looking forward to stay at the top of the log when they face the young yanks on Monday, while the chances of USA’s Under 20 team lies in getting at least a draw in the encounter.

Star to Watch

Timothy Weah, USA

Tom Dele-Bashiru, Nigeria

Head to head

USA and Nigeria have never met on this stage before.

How to watch

Fans in Nigeria can watch the FIFA U20 World Cup Group D encounter live on SuperSport 7 Nigeria and GOTV, Super sport Selects, channel 32

Prediction: Nigeria win, 2-1

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