Far away from Lionel Messi’s memories: Why Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juventus. Black holes and revelations: Why Romelu Lukaku quit Man Utd for Inter. To die is to feel alive: Why Mario Pasalic is trading Chelsea for Atalanta. The best stories, comments, and highlights from Serie A 2019/20 December highest-rated eleven.

4-4-2 | Gianluca Pegolo (9.11, Milan vs Sassuolo); Antonio Candreva (8.52, Inter vs Genoa), Merih Demiral (8.32, Juventus vs Udinese), Berat Djimsiti (8.32, Atalanta vs Verona), Cristian Ansaldi (9.00, Torino vs Fiorentina); Riccardo Orsolini (9.37, Lecce vs Bologna), Manuel Locatelli (8.66, Sassuolo vs Napoli), Mario Pasalic (9.36, Atalanta vs Milan), Cristiano Ronaldo (9.26, Juventus vs Udinese); Josip Ilicic (10.00, Atalanta vs Milan), Romelu Lukaku (9.50, Inter vs Genoa)

GIANLUCA PEGOLO

@SassuoloUS

Player rating: 9.11
Team score: Milan 0–0 Sassuolo
Individual highlights: 8 total saves, 3 clearances

ANTONIO CANDREVA

@inter_en

Player rating: 8.52
Team score: Inter 4–0 Genoa
Individual highlights: 2 assists, 4 dribbles

MERIH DEMIRAL

@juventus

Player rating: 8.32
Team score: Juventus 3–1 Udinese
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 7 clearances

Merih Demiral assist Leonardo Bonucci goal, Juventus vs Udinese, Serie A 2019/20
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BERAT DJIMSITI

@atalantabc

Player rating: 8.32
Team score: Atalanta 3–2 Verona
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 9 aerials won

CRISTIAN ANSALDI

@torinofc1906

Player rating: 9.00
Team score: Torino 2–1 Fiorentina
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

RICCARDO ORSOLINI

@riccardo_orsolini7

Player rating: 9.37
Team score: Lecce 2–3 Bologna
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 6 shots

MANUEL LOCATELLI

mediaset.it

Player rating: 8.66
Team score: Sassuolo 1–2 Napoli
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 1 clearance off the line

MARIO PASALIC

foxsports.it

Player rating: 9.36
Team score: Atalanta 5–0 Milan
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

"

I've been out on loan from Chelsea for five or six years.

Atalanta is the first club where I stayed for more than one year. The clubs are still working out the details over a permanent move, but I would love to finally settle my status and truly belong somewhere."

—Mario Palasic on leaving Chelsea and uncertainty

Robin Gosens assist Mario Pasalic goal, Atalanta vs Milan, Serie A 2019/20
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Mario Pasalic assist Josip Ilicic goal, Atalanta vs Milan, Serie A 2019/20
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CRISTIANO RONALDO

@juventus

Player rating: 9.26
Team score: Juventus 3–1 Udinese
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 7 shots

"

Lionel Messi said he misses me recently.

It’s true, I enjoyed our rivalry, we pushed each other and became even better players than we already were. But playing in Spain, in La Liga started to feel like a comfort zone; I simply have to step out, to experience different aspects of things, different scenarios in life."

—Cristiano Ronaldo on leaving Real Madrid and Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo goal, Juventus vs Udinese, Serie A 2019/20
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Gonzalo Higuain assist Cristiano Ronaldo goal, Juventus vs Udinese, Serie A 2019/20
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Cristiano Ronaldo shot on post, Juventus vs Udinese, Serie A 2019/20
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JOSIP ILICIC

@atalantabc

Player rating: 10.00
Team score: Atalanta 5–0 Milan
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 1 assist

Josip Ilicic assist Alejandro Gomez goal, Atalanta vs Milan, Serie A 2019/20
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Mario Pasalic assist Josip Ilicic goal, Atalanta vs Milan, Serie A 2019/20
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Alejandro Gomez assist Josip Ilicic goal, Atalanta vs Milan, Serie A 2019/20
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ROMELU LUKAKU

@romelulukaku

Player rating: 9.50
Team score: Inter 4–0 Genoa
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 1 assist

"

It was always, 'Yes, but—' right from the start.

I scored against Real Madrid in the European Super Cup but missed a chance. It was, ‘But he missed that one.’ I scored against West Ham, 'Yes, but—' I told Paul Pogba I was done: One year at Man Utd erased 8 years prior to that. I had to bounce.”

—Romelu Lukaku on leaving Man Utd and negativity

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