Teams: Mark, PJ and Squi
Senior Writer, ESPN FC
MONACO -- It was all set up. A private helicopter to whisk him and his entourage from Turin to Monaco in around 40 minutes. Half a dozen seats reserved for his entourage, including his girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, who had rushed back from the Venice Film Festival.
Wealthy Monegasques (and those who merely summer there) for once reduced to waiting patiently behind barriers at the Grimaldi Forum, like mere civilians. His agent, Jorge Mendes, and his wife, dutifully in attendance in between late transfer deals.
And then came the call. Or, more likely, two calls. One -- a leak, according to multiple sources -- informing Cristiano Ronaldo that he had not won the UEFA Men's Player of the Year (that honour would belong to Luka Modric). The other a call to Juventus officials, including CEO Beppe Marotta, who were waiting for him at the Meridien Beach hotel, a brief walk from the Grimaldi Forum. This was just before 4 p.m. on Thursday, with the draw and Player of the Year ceremony set to begin at 6 p.m.
Ronaldo wasn't getting on the helicopter to Nice. Which meant he wouldn't be getting on the helicopter to Monaco. Which meant he would not be on the red carpet outside the Grimaldi Forum and he certainly would not be at the awards ceremony.
The Juve contingent huddled together and tried to come up with a plan. Some of his people -- friends, advisors and folks who have known him for years -- tried to convince him too. When it became obvious that he was not going to change his mind, they advised UEFA that he'd be a no-show.
"No [he did not tell us]," said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin on Friday morning. "We got the information from Juventus that he's not coming and that's it."
If no other reporting existed on Trump/Russia, the fact that the FBI started a CI investigation to determine whether or not the sitting president of the US was either comprised by or an agent of Russia, it would be the biggest political story...ever.
Soros is very, very rich and funds every SJW-cause imaginable. Those are facts, not a conspiracy.
I agree with him that this was a total setup