Cristiano Ronaldo and his Juventus team-mates were paid a visit by Floyd Mayweather in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, the boxing icon celebrating the Italian side’s 1-0 Supercoppa Italiana victory over AC Milan.Ronaldo himself was responsible for the win, heading home a Miralem Pjanic assist in the 61st minute to ultimately seal the Old Lady’s eighth title – one more than opponents Milan.Franck Kessie’s second-half sending off made things even more difficult for the Rossoneri, with the Ivory Coast international the second Milan player to be shown red against Juventus this term after Gonzalo Higuain was sent off earlier this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Wednesday’s win marks the first medal Ronaldo has won as a Juve player since he joined from Real Madrid in a €112 million deal in the close season and the Portugal star, before being congratulated by the undefeated Mayweather, said that hopes this is the beginning of bigger and better things.Champions celebrating with a champion, @FloydMayweather meets the team in the Bianconeri locker room 🏆#SuperJuve #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/2vj6JRB8MR— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) January 16, 2019Speaking to Rai Sport after the victory, he said: “It was a very difficult match, it’s very warm and hard to play in these conditions.”We played well, created a lot of chances and obviously I am happy to have scored the winning goal.”It was my intention to start 2019 with a trophy, I have my first title with Juve and I am very happy.”But it is only the start, we will take it one step at a time. We’ve got this trophy, now we must keep working hard to achieve the next one.”Even though Serie A is only at its halfway stage it seems inevitable that Ronaldo will add Italy’s top-flight title to his medal haul with Juve unbeaten and nine points clear of second-place Napoli.But Ronaldo is refusing to rest on his laurels in his bid to win major honours with Juve.”Serie A is always Juve’s main objective,” he added.”We are top of the table, but it’s a very long tournament and it’s going to be tough, so we need to keep working.”Ronaldo and Juventus return to domestic action with a home clash against Chievo on Monday.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph this weekend. Skelton said he had had “a good innings”. He said from the moment he met Big Star, he knew the animal had the “X-factor you look for”.”Without him I definitely wouldn’t have been there in London and Rio,” he said. The horse is also retiring from competition, and will go to stud.Skelton will continue working with young horses at his base near Alcester in Warwickshire, while also closely following the racing fortunes of his sons. “He has been an outstanding horse, and he has never let me down.”I have an amazing team around me, and I have been very lucky all my life. Nick Skelton’s retirement prompted tears in the standsCredit:Jason Dawson Veteran show jumper Nick Skelton raised a smile from the Queen as his horse made sure it was centre of attention at their last hurrah together. Big Star, with whom Skelton has attended two Olympic Games, bucked its hind legs as the pair walked around the arena on the final day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Sunday. The Queen was in the Royal BoxCredit:Jason Dawson Credit:Paul Grover Credit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph Wearing his Great Britain team jacket and adorned by his Rio gold medal, a clearly moved Skelton said his public goodbye.”From the day we bought Big Star when he was five-years-old, I had it in my mind that he could win an Olympic gold medal,” Skelton said. The Queen, known for her love of the animals, watched on from the Royal Box as Skelton, 59, and Big Star bid an emotional farewell to showjumping at their joint retirement ceremony. It was the Olympic gold medallist’s final event of a career spanning more than four decades. He admitted: “I would do it all again if I could”. He has won more championships than any other British competitor and has taken part in six Olympic Games. In Rio he became Britain’s oldest Olympic champion in more than 100 years when he took the individual show jumping title, riding on Big Star. Fans were stood several deep outside the arena, craning for a view as Skelton rode through a guard of honour formed by officials and riders. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Credit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph Credit:Steve Parsons/PA “I’ve had the most wonderful horses, great owners and great sponsors, and I am very proud of what I have done.”I would do it all again if I could.”