JUVENTUS insist "best player in the world" Cristiano Ronaldo is staying put – despite a shock defeat rocking the fading Serie A champs.

Juve director Fabio Paratici confirmed Ronaldo is not for sale after the 36-year-old was linked to old clubs Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Ron crumped to the ground in devastation as Benevento's 1-0 away win left Juventus third, ten points off leaders Inter Milan.

But Paratici to Sky Sports: “We’ve decided to keep Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s the best player in the world and he’ll stay with us”.

That was in vivid contrast to his arrival at the Allianz Arena two hours earlier.

Juve handed Ronaldo a 'GOAT 770' shirt to mark his record-breaking scoring.

The Portugal attacker reached the 770 tally, passing Pele for the highest number of goals in competitive matches, with his hat-trick against Cagliari last week.

Ronaldo had already beaten the Brazil icon's official mark of 757.


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But he delayed celebrating properly as Pele had also claimed ten goals that are not formally included.

Ron, though is likely to miss out on Juventus winning a tenth straight title.

Adolofo Gaich's 69th-minute winner boosted Benevento's survival hopes as Juve fell four points behind second-placed AC Milan.

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