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Balotelli: Ronaldo Isn't My Friend, But...

Controversial striker Mario Balotelli has strangely claimed that Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will never be his friend despite heaping praise on the Portuguese forward.

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Ronaldo scored an incredible hat-trick against Atletico Madrid to send the Bianconeri through to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night, a performance that impressed most.

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Italy striker Balotelli, who now plays his football for Marseille in Ligue 1, was also blown away by the Portuguese superstar's individual display, and took to social media to praise the 34-year-old after first making a strange admission about his relationship with the former Real Madrid man.  

"He will not be my friend, but he has proven himself once again to be an absolute champion," he wrote in an Instagram Story, according to Calciomercato.

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Ronaldo has struck 24 times and assisted a further 12 goals in 36 matches across all competitions for Juve so far this season.

Do you think Ronaldo and Juventus can win the 2018/19 UCL? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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