Higuain benched for Supercoppa Italiana amid Chelsea links

Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso said Higuain has never told him he wants to leave the club

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has developed into a "perfect machine", says to AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso ahead of the Italian Supercoppa on Wednesday in Doha.

But it was the moments which followed his goal that was the real hair-raiser.

The Portuguese superstar scored the only goal of the game as Juve narrowly beat AC Milan out in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to claim the trophy for the first time since 2015.

They are also Champions League contenders and are set to face Atletico Madrid in the second round, as they bid to end their 23-year wait for the European Cup.

Juventus celebrate winning the Italian Super Cup on 16 January 2019.

But it was Juve who struck first as Ronaldo latched onto Miralem Pjanic's clipped through ball to head past Gianluigi Donnarumma with just over an hour played.

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This title is his 8th in the Italian first division. But it is only the start, we will take it one step at a time.

Juventus had another goal disallowed for offside but any chance Milan had of getting back into the match all but evaporated after midfielder Franck Kessie was sent off in the 74th following a poor tackle on Emre Can, which saw him stamp on the Juventus midfielder. "We've got this trophy, now we must keep working hard to achieve the next one". Ronaldo scored the goal in the 61st minute.

Higuain is now on loan at AC Milan, who have an option to make the move permanent in the summer.

Following the match, Juventus vice president Pavel Nedved said the Serie A leaders were ready to discuss options with Chelsea over the future of Higuain, who played 20 minutes in the Supercoppa due to illness.

Milan was infuriated after VAR was not used on what it felt was a penalty after Can appeared to clatter into the back of Andrea Conti.

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