Jose Mourinho says Ronaldo was not on his transfer list

Jose Mourinho says Ronaldo was not on his transfer list

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) celebrates after shooting a penalty kick to score a goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between Real Madrid CF and Juventus FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on April 11, 2018.

With superstar Cristiano Ronaldo having drawn yet another blank for Juventus past this weekend, his manager has now spoken about his goal troubles since arriving in Italy.

The 33-year-old quit Real Madrid this summer after nine years at the club, signing for Italian side Juventus after significant speculation across the continent - with Manchester United one of the clubs heavily linked with a move for the player.

Goals from Mario Mandzukic and a wonderful effort from Blaise Matuidi, against a solitary Parma goal from former Arsenal and Roma man Gervinho, was enough to claim their third victory of the new Serie A campaign, but there may well be rumblings of discontent among the Juventus faithful as to the performance of record signing Ronaldo.

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After Juve's 2-1 win over Parma on Saturday, Allegri told DAZN: "It is always hard to play against Parma for us".

"I said before the start of the season that matching what we did last season was going to be hard", Mourinho said.

"Cristiano Ronaldo? Well the Serie A isn't an easy league". I don't want to say that it's better than other leagues in Europe or not. We, the coaches make sure our defences are well prepared and no team will gift you anything. Everyone puts Serie A down but it's very hard for a player to score 40 goals a season.

"[Gonzalo] Higuain did it once, but was an extraordinary feat".

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"I think he'll score at most 25-26 goals this season, but certainly fewer than he's accustomed to scoring in Spain", said retired Juventus and Italy defender Ciro Ferrara.

"Italian football presents different problems and it takes time", he said.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor is the all-time top scorer in the Champions League with 120 goals.

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