Cristiano Ronaldo scored a remarkable hat-trick that helps put his team to the next round in the Champions League.
Real Madrid, who had to score 3 goals in order to qualify to the next round, managed to do so thanks to its Portuguese striker.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals in the first 20 minutes of the game to level the tie. His third goal came later on with a superb free-kick that did not give the Wolfsburg keeper any chance.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who has often been accused of fading in the big games, gave an excellent reply to his critics with this display. He single-handedly helped his team qualify for the next round by scoring the crucial goals.
The Portugal striker has so far scored 46 goals in all competition and will be delighted with the way he performed in this match. In February, he left out of a news conference after he was questioned about his performance in away games.
Cristiano Ronaldo will now look forward to the next games with Real Madrid. They have a great chance in the Spanish league where they trail Barcelona by only 4 points. On Friday, they will know who their opposition will be in the Champions League.
Real Madrid’s manager Zinedine Zidane was keen to demonstrate how important Ronaldo is to the team. He acknowledges that the win was a team effort but he stated that Ronaldo is the best player in the world, and he had shown it during the game. Zidane believes that not many players can score 3 goals in a Champions League match and that it takes someone special to achieve this.
Cristiano Ronaldo believes that with still a month to play in this season, and he will continue to improve and score goals.
On Saturday Cristiano Ronaldo was found training with team mates in Portugal.
He had a penalty miss when he was playing against Bulgaria and it could be to step up his performance. He was found training with fellow players like Pepe of Real Madrid, Bruno Alves and Nanai. The game against Belgium is scheduled to take place on Tuesday.
Among the players involved, one could also spot Renato Sanches, the eighteen year old midfielder. He is being targeted for signing by Manchester United for an amount of 46 million Euros. On Friday Ronaldo was chosen for two penalty kicks in two games when he was playing for Portugal. He missed both goals. As a result Portugal had to admit defeat to Bulgaria. Seeing how Ronaldo missed out both kicks, there was much buzz among fans and viewers. Last week he had missed out for Real when they were playing against Sevilla. The consecutive penalty kick misses have led to much speculation among fans and experts
However, the Portugal club manager claimed that the miss was not being counted as any real concern about Ronaldo’s performance. He stated that Ronaldo has always been delivering about 40 or 50 goals in every season and his form is not being doubted over. In order to get Portugal to qualify Ronaldo has contributed about five goals.
This friendly match in Portugal took place after the initial match was rescheduled. The initial match was supposed to be held in Belgium. After the terrorist attacks that occurred, the game’s venue was changed.
There are images of Ronaldo training with his Portugal team mates on several forums. He definitely does not look a day older to the eighteen year old protégé which is much relief to his fans who love to see him in form.
Dimitri Payet may have joined West Ham only a couple of months ago, but he has already been rewarded with a new contract for his impressive performances and also to keep interest from other clubs at the bay. The 28-year-old was signed from Marseille for around £ 10 million.
He has been known for being prolific in spells. West Ham have seen enough to considerPayet as their most important asset after the player has brought in seven goals and four assists in 23 appearances for the club.Payet’s presence has helped the West Ham to retain a position in the top half of the table.
However, a threat to the player’s future at Upton Park has grown significantly in the last few months with Chinese clubs reportedly ready to spend around £ 38 million to acquire the Frenchman. It would have meant a sizeable profit on their £ 10 million investment, but West Ham have gone down the route of securing their most prized asset.Payet has signed a new five-year contract with the club. Apart from his good performances in the league, West Ham have also reached the fifth round of the FA Cup by beating Liverpool in extra time.
After a recent spell on the sidelines,Payet returned to the starting line-up with a goal against Bournemouth."For me it's a big step, an enormous show of faith, particularly from the Chairman [David] Sullivan and from the manager. I thank them for that, and I am proud and I'm happy to prolong the adventure with West Ham.I've said it several times, I feel good here, everyone's done all that they can to make me feel good. I want to help West Ham grow and, once again, this new contract shows my desire and motivation to fulfil those objectives," said the midfielder.
Cristiano Ronaldo has tried to put behind the disappointment of not winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or award by stating that his intentions are to make the fans happy. The Portuguese superstar may appear to have a self-obsession about winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or award, which is given to the best player in the world at the end of a calendar year.
After losing out to Lionel Messi in four consecutive seasons, Ronaldo did not appear to be happy when attending the awards. This all changed after back-to-back titles, which helped him gather three in total.
Messi, however, continued to lead the numbers game with four FIFA Ballon d’Or awards until now. He has just picked up his fifth to put himself comfortably ahead of Ronaldo. The Argentine and Barcelona superstar was recently named as the best player of 2015.
Unlike in recent years, Ronaldo did not show any disappointment following the awards ceremony, though there were rumours that throughout the presentation he was having a go at playing pokies on mobile at Pokies Palace - maybe he won on there instead!?
The 30-year-old had the opportunity to vote in the FIFA Ballon d’Or award since he was the captain of the Portuguese national team. It has been revealed that he ranks Karim Benzema, James Rodriguez, and Gareth Bale as the three best players in the world.
Even though there was a huge disappointment in terms of the actual trophy, Ronaldo was given a huge boost after being named in the 2015 FIFA FIFPro World Eleven.
“My work is to help my team win titles, score goals and form part of a team. I enjoy making people happy, my fans and everyone that follows me and likes my style of play. My aim is always to be among the best. Each season is a new challenge and I try to give my best. I want to make people happy,” said the Real Madrid superstar, who struggled with form during the middle of 2015.
Speculation has been rising that all is not well between Rafa Benitez and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ever since the Spaniard was appointed as the new manager for Real Madrid, he has been trying to play down the importance of Ronaldo. Such comments have not been made in open, but Benitez has been trying to put forward players like Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez. The tactics of the team have been altered in such a way that they are no longer hugely dependent on Ronaldo. After struggling to make any real impact so far this season, Ronaldo has hit form in the last few games.
He has scored a whopping eight goals in the last four matches. This is the kind of form the world has been witnessing from Ronaldo in the last five years. This was especially more pronounced during the spell of Carlo Ancelotti. Not only was Ronaldo personally successful while playing under the Italian, he also won the Champions League title for a second time in his career. This also earned him the FIFA Ballon d’Or award. Ronaldo has now made it clear that he enjoys playing under Ancelotti and cannot wait to do it again at some point in the future.
These comments are likely to put more pressure on manager Benitez, who has won the last five matches in all competitions. "He's like a big teddy bear, he's really sensitive and is a great guy. He would speak with us every day, but not just with me, with all of the players. I want to work with him again. He had great fun with us. He's a great person and my only wish is that every player gets the chance to work with him because he's such a great guy and a fantastic coach,” said the winger.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been the recipient of the last two FIFA Ballon d’Or awards, which is seen as the ultimate glory for a footballer. However, there are those who do not see the award in the same prestige and one of them is Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman believes that individual awards in a collective sport make people extremely selfish and this is something that should be eradicated from the game. This may be true to some extent since several people have been critical of Ronaldo and his furious passion to score more goals even at the expense of his team’s success on occasions.
Ronaldo dismisses those claims but he admits that there are people who will have different opinions in football. The Portuguese superstar needs only one moreBallon d’Or award to equal Lionel Messi, who is the current record holder with four titles. The award came into existence just under a decade ago when it was combined with the FIFA world Player of the Year title. Since it came into the new form, Messi and Ronaldo have shared the awards between each other. This time around, it will be difficult for Ronaldo to retain the award since he has been having a below-average season by his standards.
"I would go for nobody because it’s not my problem at the moment. It’s a debate that is always very difficult. I think the modern world is too much about individuals and we as managers are more worried about the collective. I'm not too much of a fan. I'm against the Ballon d'Or. I'm against all these things,” said Wenger about the award."[Those are his] opinions. I respect opinions but that's it," replied Ronaldo for the comments made by the Frenchman. Last season, Ronaldo scored more than 50 goals in all competitions.
New Manchester United signing Memphis Depay has claimed that fans should not be comparing him with former great Cristiano Ronaldo, as it puts unwanted pressure on him.
Depay has moved to United in a £ 25 million deal from PSV Eindhoven. He has been one of the most wanted players in Europe after a stellar season with the Dutch club. Even though it has been extremely easy to score goals in the Dutch league, but the talent within the 21-year-old has been apparent for everyone to see. Depay has cost United around a similar sort of money – if adjusted for inflation – that Ronaldo did while he moved to Old Trafford in 2003.
Ronaldo went on to become one of the world’s best players and he has since moved to Real Madrid for a transfer fee of £ 80 million. United reckon that they have a bargain on their hands if Depay turns out good. However, the 21-year-old has straightaway rejected comparisons with Ronaldo. Such comparisons have been the talk of the town since he has signed for the club. Depay is the first exciting winger to arrive at United since Ronaldo in 2003. Dutchman Louis van Gaal is expected to provide him with a comforting first season at Old Trafford.
"I don't want to compare myself with somebody like that.That is the best player in the world. I don't want to talk too much. I want to show it on the pitch. I am still young, [I have not been] in the game for many years in the game, I [only] played two seasons for PSV. I want to let my feet speak."I have been working with the trainer also in the World Cup. You see what he expects. Before I play on the left wing, I think I am a winger. But where he puts me is on the bus," said Depay.
Real Madrid suffered a shock 4-0 defeat against archrivals Atletico Madrid in the latest league encounter at the Vicente Calderon. This defeat has raised questions about the team’s ability to sustain their position at the top of the table. The defeat has cut their lead to just one point.
Atletico have had the upper hand over Real Madrid in the last few meetings between the two clubs. They cemented this reputation with a thrashing that will be remembered by the home supporters for a long time.
Cristiano Ronaldo missed the last few matches for the reigning European champions due to suspension, but he returned to the starting line-up for this difficult away match.
Ronaldo, however, did not have a great influence after he failed to score in the league for only the second time in the last few months. He could not add to his 28 goal tally, but more worryingly, the fact that Real Madrid conceded four goals in a league match remains a huge factor. Ronaldo says that this defeat can quickly be forgotten with a run of matches in the league and the Champions League. However, he has accepted that the club are on a superior level and should not really be conceding so many goals in a match.
“Real Madrid are better than Atlético but we have to prove it on the field. Anyway, I think we will win the title at the end of the season. Nothing worked today. It is a day to forget. Real Madrid can never lose 4-0 against any team. The team is fine, but today we made a big mistake. These were three points that we lost. No more. Not four points.We lacked enthusiasm and we were not mentally or physically fresh. There was little recovery time from Wednesday’s game [against Sevilla],” said Ronaldo.
Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos says that he wants striker Cristiano Ronaldo to continue in the impressive score form he has shown for the last few months.
After a disappointing World Cup 2014, questions were asked about Ronaldo’s ability to retain the FIFA Ballon d’Or award. The 29-year-old has emphatically answering these questions with loads of goals. He has been a major factor in Madrid winning 17 matches on the bounce. The former Manchester United man took his league tally to 23 for the season after hat-trick against Celta de Vigo. Madrid won the encounter 3-0 and equalled the record set by Barcelona for the most number of consecutive victories – 18.
Even though Ronaldo failed to shine at the World Cup, he still remains as one of the favourites for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award after helping the club win the Champions League and the Copa del Rey titles last season. Madrid started the season poorly, but Ronaldo’s form has helped them open a two-point advantage over archrivals Barcelona. Ronaldo is comfortably ahead of his closest rivals like Neymar and Lionel Messi in the la Liga goalscoring chart. Seven of his goals have come from the penalty spot, but he has also opened the scoring on seven occasions.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is a really important player. He put in a very good match and was decisive once again. He's always a key player and I hope he keeps it up.The key is to keep up this consistency. We have to keep working like this and winning games. What's most important isn't the record for wins, but keeping on winning every game and staying in top spot.We can't take anything for granted. The secret is hard work, fighting spirit, togetherness and everyone showing desire,” said Kroos after his team’s latest win.
In the past few weeks rumors started originating stating that C.Ronaldo is unhappy at Real Madrid and that a return to Old Trafford is on the horizon. The former president of Real Madrid, Ramon Calderon believes that C.Ronaldo is not happy with the policy of Florentino Perez as he has sold some of his former teammates that the Portuguese believes was a bad idea to have released including: Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria.
Angel Di Maria was the main engine behind Manchester United’s first Premier League victory when they played against Queens Park Rangers and fans of Real Madrid do not agree with the decision of having released Di Maria in order to fit in James Rodriguez, a €80 million player who still has not shown his worth.
It seems like these signings and departures are not only taking a toll out of fans of the Spanish club but it’s also affecting the players in the squad of Real Madrid as well with C.Ronaldo reportedly believed to be more and more disappointed with some of the latest decisions of Real Madrid in the transfer market.
If all of the rumors are actually true and C.Ronaldo does want to make a return to Manchester United within the next few months, this is splendid news for the fans of the Premier League club that have recently been going through so much hardship but United will have to offer the Portuguese player around €300,000 a week wages in order to keep the Ballon d’Or winner satisfied at Old Trafford and repel interest away from other clubs which might also be interested in signing him.
As we have already seen, money is not an important factor for Manchester United as they are willing to spend as much as it might be necessary in order to upgrade their squad and make the club Champions League worthy.