Cristiano Ronaldo to skip Portugal's next two games in order to keep focus on Juventus

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Cristiano Ronaldo will sit out Portugal’s next two international matches to focus on Juventus, according to reports by Italian media on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old, who is Portugal’s captain and all-time top goalscorer, will reportedly miss a friendly against World Cup runners-up Croatia on September 6 and a Nationals League clash with Italy on September 10 to stay in Turin and assimilate with his new surroundings and team-mates, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Although Juventus have been perfect through their first two games of the new Serie A season, Ronaldo has yet to find the back of the net for his new club, who he joined this summer from Real Madrid for €100 million.

Ronaldo is aiming to lead Juventus to an eighth straight league crown, as well as bettering their fortunes at the Champions League, where they’ve finished settled for second twice in the past four editions.

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Cristiano Ronaldo's overhead kick for Real Madrid against Juventus voted UEFA goal of the season

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Ronaldo's stunning overhead kick was voted UEFA.com goal of the season.

Cristiano Ronaldo‘s overhead kick for Real Madrid against Juventus in the quarterfinals of last season’s Champions League has been voted the UEFA.com goal of the season.

The goal, Ronaldo’s second on the night in a 3-0 Madrid win, drew a stunned reaction from the Turin crowd, whose eventual show of respect for the striker saw the Portuguese star visibly moved – a moment that no doubt played a part in Ronaldo leaving Los Blancos for Juventus in the summer.

It’s the first time Ronaldo has won the award, with rival Lionel Messi having won in 2015 and 2016 and Ronaldo’s new Juventus teammate, Mario Mandzukic, winning last year.

Ronaldo’s goal got 197,496 votes. Dimitri Payet’s goal for Marseille against RB Leipzig in the second leg of last season’s Europa League quarterfinal came in second, with 35,558 votes, followed by Eva Navarro’s strike for Spain against Germany in the women’s U17 European championship final, which earned 23,315 votes.

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Watch: Massimiliano Allegri says Cristiano Ronaldo needs more time but is 'exceeding expectations'

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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has called for patience as Cristiano Ronaldo settles into his new surroundings in Italy.

The Old Lady have two wins through their first two Serie A games, but they’ve been far from dominant.

While Allegri is pleased with what Ronaldo has done so far, he feels the Portuguese will only get better with time.

“It’s been just 14 days of training all together, and I’ve had all my strikers only on the 8th of August, so they are exceeding my expectations,” Allegri said.

See Allegri’s full comments in the video below.

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