‘Head and professionalism’ set Ronaldo apart – Allegri

first_imgMassimiliano Allegri lauded the mentality of Cristiano Ronaldo, while the former Juventus head coach believes Inter can win the Scudetto. Ronaldo should be in the twilight of his career, but the 34-year-old has shown no signs of slowing down after joining Juve from La Liga giants Real Madrid in 2018-19. Allegri was in charge when Juve prised Ronaldo to Turin last season – the five-time Ballon d’Or winner scoring 21 Serie A goals and 28 in all competitions as the Italian champions claimed their eighth consecutive Scudetto.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Asked about Ronaldo – who netted four goals in Portugal’s 5-1 rout of Lithuania to become the highest scoring player in European Championship qualifying history – Allegri hailed the veteran superstar. “His strength is on a mental level,” said Allegri. “He is 34 years old, he has won championships, European titles and golden balls but he continues to give himself important stimuli that make the difference. “The technique is fundamental to stay at high levels for many years, but the difference is made by the head and the professionalism. If I prefer to coach Ronaldo or a young talent? Ronaldo, without a doubt.” Allegri worked with Ronaldo last season before the Italian coach and Juve parted ways following his fifth successive league title. Juve reportedly turned to Maurizio Sarri in pursuit of European glory after their Champions League quarter-final exit – the Old Lady managing two runners-up medals under Allegri in 2015 and 2017. Reflecting on his exit, Allegri said: “I have absolutely not regretted the choice made with Juventus, things must not be forced. After five years it was time to take a break, perhaps the president had understood it before me.” There is a touch of Juve at Inter this season, with former Bianconeri coach Antonio Conte joining chief executive Giuseppe Marotta in Milan. Allegri won four straight Serie A title under Marotta’s leadership before the 62-year-old moved to Inter in 2018 and the Nerazzurri are now one of the favourites to dethrone Juve. “At Juve I won both with him [Marotta] and without him,” Allegri added. “At Inter he built a strong team and with Conte he made a choice of weight on the bench. They can win the scudetto.”last_img read more

Low rates and limited supply push Toronto house prices up nearly 8

TORONTO — The Toronto Real Estate Board says home sales for March totalled 8,081, up 7.2% from a year ago.The increase came as the board also reported the average selling price for the month was $557,684, up almost 8% compared with March 2013.“With borrowing costs remaining low, and in fact declining, strong home ownership demand will continue to butt up against a constrained supply of listings,” said Jason Mercer, the board’s senior manager of market analysis.The number of new listings for the month totalled 14,829 compared with 14,618 a year ago.The Toronto sales results followed a report Wednesday that sales in Vancouver also picked up in March.The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver said Wednesday there were 2,641 homes sold, up from 2,347 a year ago.Worries about the health of the Canadian housing market have persisted in recent months amid concerns it is overvalued and what could happen if interest rates rise.However, several of Canada’s big banks recently cut mortgage rates as bond yields dipped ahead of the busy spring real estate season.The Bank of Montreal recently cut a half point from its five-year fixed-rate mortgage offering to 2.99%.TD Bank (TSX:TD) and Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) also offered rates less than 3% on certain mortgages. read more