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Ronaldo breaks silence amid Real Madrid return links

Cristiano Ronaldo has finally broken his silence with a post on Instagram, in which he emphasized that: “football has a memory… and so do I!”

Ronaldo breaks silence amid Real Madrid return links
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Cristiano Ronaldo has been heavily linked with a return to Real Madrid following Juventus’ shock elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Porto on Tuesday.

According to what AS has learned, the Portuguese’s greatest wish is to return to Madrid, and reports are that Juventus are ready to name their price.

Ronaldo had not spoken publicly since the defeat to Porto, after which he was the subject of a barrage of criticism due to his poor performance and direct fault in Sergio Oliveira’s free-kick goal.

But amid the intensifying media coverage linking him with Real Madrid, the Juventus striker has finally broken his silence with a post on Instagram, in which he emphasized that: “football has a memory… and so do I!”

Ronaldo's current focus on Juventus

"More important than the number of falls you take in life, is how fast and strong you get back on your feet ... True champions never break! Our focus is already on Cagliari, in the Serie A struggle, in the Italian Cup final, and in everything we can still achieve this season,” he wrote.

“It’s true that the past belongs to museums (I should say!) but fortunately football has a memory ... and so do I. History cannot be erased, it is written every day with resilience, team spirit, persistence and a lot of hard work. And those who don't understand this will never reach glory and success.”

Pirlo on Real Madrid-Ronaldo links: "It's normal"

Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo also spoke this Saturday at a press conference ahead of the Bianconeri’s meeting with Cagliari, in which he was asked about Ronaldo and his future at the club.

"Ronaldo is fine, it is normal that he is disappointed with what happened the other night. He has trained well and I think he has recovered to be able to play tomorrow night. It is normal that there are rumors after the elimination,” said Pirlo, on whose future there have also been question marks following the Porto defeat.

“He is one of the most important characters in world football alongside Messi and it is normal that there is talk about him. But let's remember that he has always done well, with some 90 goals in 100 games with Juventus. He has always proved his worth, so it may happen that he does not score in a game. He always gives us something to talk about,” he added.

Pirlo was quizzed about Ronaldo’s future and whether the Portuguese and other veteran players could lose relevance under Juventus' current project.

The Juve boss was blunt in his response, insisting the club still needs experienced players like Ronaldo. "The project undertaken by the club in recent years saw the enrichment of the squad with players of a certain caliber. It is impossible to make a team with only young players, this was the initial project and it will also be that way for the future.”