Ex-Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo has cited former rivals Barcelona as proof that money can not make them successful in the Champions League.
Ronaldo, who was in Madrid to receive his Marca Leyenda Award for Lifetime Achievement, hopes to become only the second player to win the Champions League with three different clubs.
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"It's always the year of Juventus, of Madrid, of Barca, "he told Marca when asked if the Bianconeri were among the favorites of the contest. "In a competition like the Champions League, only one team can win.
" I take the example of Barcelona: See how much money they have invested in players over the last five years and which have not won the Champions League. That's not how it works. Juve has brought in very good reinforcements and they are a team that will fight for victory as always.
"But all depends on many factors: the draw, the groups, the moments, the injuries, the luck, but, as I always say, you do not have to be obsessed with the Champions League, Juve will win, if not this year, I hope it will be the next or two years.
"And it will. This is because of our work ethic and the way the club is founded. They have all the ingredients to win it.
In the meantime, Madrid's President Florentino Perez has announced that he will miss Ronaldo "forever", calling him the best player in the world.
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Without the five-time balloon d'Or winner, Madrid had to endure a disappointing season – eliminated the Champions League in the knockout stages against Ajax and 19 points behind Barcelona in the league.
"I'll miss him forever," Perez said at an awards ceremony. "I'm a fan of Cristiano. He is the best and that's it. How should I not come [here]?
Before joining Bernabeu, Ronaldo spent six years with Manchester United, where he won three Champions League and Premier League titles, but said he missed Madrid more.
"I miss Madrid more than Manchester, "he said at the ceremony," because of the circumstances of life, because my children were born and raised here and that's special. "The speculation about Neymar's future in Paris Saint-Germain.
The Brazilian National player has been expelled from the PSG squad to travel to China, but Ronaldo believes Neymar will stay in the French capital next season.
A great player and I get along well with him, "he said "But Madrid, Barcelona and Juve talk a lot about him, it's up to the press to sell, but I think he'll stay in Paris."
Ronaldo, the eighth Juventus n consecutive title in Serie A helped said he had left Madrid to reinvent himself as a player.
He added, "I needed more motivation after winning what I had won, I needed a change to express myself as a footballer because I think I have much more to offer.
" I still feel motivated and like what I do, but most of all I like to win titles. " Ronaldo scored the winning goal when Juventus defeated AC Milan and won the Italian Super Cup in the summer.
Juventus will compete against Atletico Madrid in their last preseason game on August 10 before the game begins a domestic campaign on August 25 in Parma.