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.
English Heritage’s Tynemouth Priory situated on the north east coast at TynemouthCredit:Owen Humphreys/PA Queen Mary, the wife of King George V, called it a noxious and dangerous weed, but garden ivy is posing a far greater threat to England’s castles than the late royal’s famous rose gardens, a conservation charity has warned.English Heritage, which looks after 66 castles from Dover to Carlisle, says England’s castles have survived centuries of conflict, but are facing a “new threat” from ivy and other invasive weeds, penetrating damp and severe weather.It has launched a fundraising campaign to help pay the £1.9m bill for summer repairs, including removing deep-rooted damaging weeds, such as ivy and valerian.“Queen Mary called it dangerous, but like everybody else we think ivy can soften the appearance of our castles in a spectacular fashion, and in many circumstances it’s entirely benign. It stops them getting wet or too cold,” Jeremy Ashbee, head properties curator at English Heritage told the Daily Telegraph.“But, there comes a nightmare moment when ivy turns on you, it grows to such as size and puts down roots into stone work.”The charity has to carry out conservation work on stone work through the year to put right damage done by plant growth, including removing extensive ivy and other plants, shrubs and even trees whose roots are growing into castle wall, which then need to be repaired. Highly skilled stonemasons are used to re-bed loose masonry, and use bespoke lime mortar to repoint an joints that have been wrench apart by strong roots.Penetrating damp and extreme weather can also cause erosion and gradually damage the stonework of castles, said the charity, which is running a crowdfunding appeal as part of its first #LoveCastles summer campaign. It is seeking up to £50,000 in donations from the public to help protect the landmarks for future generations.Mr Ashbee, said: “I don’t want to suggest the castles are teetering on the brink of catastrophe, but many of these sites are in what we call commanding locations, for obvious defensive reasons. Commanding can easily be a synonym for exposed and vulnerable though, including coastal sites, like Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, and on hills were the scour of wind and rain can take its toll over the centuries.”English Heritage said the ivy damage and other weather damage was “unrelated” to this summer’s heatwave, but Mr Ashbee said the charity “understand that this issue will grow as climate change encourages more and more lush vegetation”.He said: “We need to mend the roof while the sun is shining”.The charity is making the call as it revealed more people than ever are visiting its castles, with a record 1.2 million visitors enjoying a day out at an English Heritage castle since the start of May – up 10% on last year.English Heritage chief executive Kate Mavor said: “So far this summer we’ve seen more people than ever visit the castles in our care.”But if these fortresses are to survive for future generations to enjoy, we need people’s help to defend them today – not from sieges or cannonballs but from weeds and damp, the wind and the rain.” 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.