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CRISTIANO RONALDO has been a 'failure' since joining Juventus, according to former Italy international Antonio Cassano.

Ronaldo, 35, joined the Serie A champions in 2018 as the European giants set their sights on winning a first Champions League title since 1996.

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And while the Portuguese superstar has netted a sensational 90 goals in 117 games for Juventus, European glory continues to allude them.

Speaking to Corriere dello Sport about Ronaldo's impact and relationship with manager Andrea Pirlo, Cassano said: "Juventus signed him to win the Champions League, but they've done worse with him than they've done before.

"They'd also won the Scudetto [Serie A title] without him. I think he's been a failure.

"It's been a mistake [pitting Ronaldo and Pirlo together]. Juve have only been interested in winning for 120 years, but [Maurizio] Sarri and Pirlo tried to change their identity.

"They've tried to improve their style of play rather than win. Cristiano just doesn't work in the same way as Andrea.

"He'll keep scoring goals because he knows how to do that no matter what. He'll cut in from the left, get the ball on his right foot and fire it in.

"But Pirlo wants to build the play, pressure the opposition and play between the lines, and this means Cristiano doesn't participate much.

"I think Cristiano has done terribly over the last three years."


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Cassano, who played for Roma, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan, has repeatedly criticised Ronaldo in recent weeks.

Earlier this month, the Italian accused the five-time Ballon d'Or winner of caring more about his own goalscoring tally than the team.

He said: "He's always been a bit selfish, he doesn't give a damn about others scoring goals.

"He does not live for the game - he lives for the goal and in this moment the situation is getting worse."

As well as struggling in the Champions League this season following their first leg defeat to Porto in the round of 16, Juventus are also set to relinquish the Serie A title after nine successive triumphs.

Pirlo's side are currently eight points off table toppers Inter and also sit below fellow title rivals AC Milan.

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California is 17th best state. Whos better? Worse?

California is the 17th best state to live in.

How do I know? Well, that’s what my trusty spreadsheet tells me after reviewing six recently published “best state” rankings. And I won’t disagree — California is better than most other states.

Yes, these “best/worst” rankings are more art than science. And any bragging rights derived from the wave of such state-vs.-state scorecards created by various analysts and media outlets beg a big question: “Which tally is correct?”

Well, I figure it’s easier to curate a selection of them and find the collective wisdom built into such studies. All it took was some relatively simple math: the average ranking from the six studies.

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The best state to live in — that’s highest average rank, by my calculations — is Minnesota followed by Utah and Florida. The worst state is New Mexico, then Louisiana and Mississippi.

That same math shows California ranked between No. 16 Pennsylvania and  No. 18 North Dakota. (The map above has each state’s ranking data.)

Now let’s look inside the six rankings that created my scorecard, how California fared, and the best and worst of the bunch …

US News & World Reports: Using a broad array of economic and demographic data, California ranked No. 24. Tops? Washington, Minnesota and Utah. Worst? Louisiana, Mississippi and New Mexico.

24/7 Wall Street: When studying “well-being” tied to the quality of life, California ranked No. 13. Tops? Massachusetts, Colorado and New Jersey. Worst? Mississippi, West Virginia and Louisiana.

Poll/YouGov: This pure popularity poll ranked California at No. 12. Tops? Hawaii, Colorado and Virginia. Worst? Alabama, Mississippi and New Jersey.

Money Rates: These gradings for retirees ranked California No. 47. Tops? Iowa and West Virginia (tied), then Arkansas and Mississippi (tied). Worst? Alaska, Nevada and Washington.

WalletHub: Its “best for families” scorecard ranked California No. 25. Tops? Massachusetts, Minnesota and North Dakota. Worst? New Mexico, Mississippi, and West Virginia.

WalletHub: Its “best for singles” math put California at No. 7. Tops? Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania. Worst? New Mexico, West Virginia and North Dakota.

Obviously, there are some broad disagreements among these rankings — just as people’s opinions vary widely about the quality of each state.

So, I used a little statistical geekiness — “standard deviation” for the math majors — to try to measure these inconsistencies in a state’s six rankings. For example, the variance between California’s rankings was 35th highest — that translates to an above-average spread, or what some might say is plenty of debate.

The rankings that were the most uniform were for Montana, which finished with a No. 32 overall ranking; Louisiana at No. 49; and Wyoming at No. 39. The most unevenness was found in West Virginia’s No. 45 overall rank, followed by Mississippi at No. 48 and Hawaii at No. 19.

PS: If one uses a political lens, defined by the state governor’s party, “blue” states averaged a slightly better No. 23 overall ranking vs. red state’s No. 28. The Democratic-led states had better scores in five of the six individual rankings with “retirement” being the only category where Republican-run states ranked higher.

PPS: Texas ranked 24th overall.

PPPS: To Arizona Gov. Ducey, who recently criticized California as a place to live: Your state ranked 35th.

Jonathan Lansner is the business columnist for the Southern California News Group. He can be reached at [email protected]


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