The manager of Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho, got annoyed when he was asked about the so called ‘sadness’ of Cristiano Ronaldo. Mourinho said that Ronaldo is playing as well as ever and that is the most important thing for the team management.
Ronaldo had scored two goals in the match against Granada, but, he didn’t celebrate those goals. After the match, the Portuguese superstar told the reporters that he was sad and that’s why he didn’t celebrate. As per Ronaldo, his sadness has nothing to do with the money that he is getting from the club. He is sad due to some other reason and the club knows about that reason.
There have been speculations that Ronaldo wanted his wages to be increased up to the levels that Fernando Torres is reportedly getting, but, the club didn’t agree to it. This is the reason for him being unhappy with the club. Ronaldo said that these speculations are completely wrong and he is satisfied with his current wages. Ronaldo is currently earning 13.82 million dollars per year.
According to some reports, Ronaldo met the president of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez, on Saturday and told him that he wanted himself to be released as he had not been enjoying himself in Madrid’s dressing room. However, Ronaldo hasn’t yet confirmed that he met the president.
Ronaldo said that he is upset, but, he would not let that affect his performance on the field. His commitment to the club is still the same. He wants to win more and more matches for the club in the ongoing season and he would give his 100% in the further matches.
Jose Mourinho said that he didn’t know why Ronaldo is sad and he doesn’t want to be asked this question again and again. He wants to talk about the performance of the team and nothing else. He is delighted with the way Madrid played against Granada and he is expecting the players to carry on in the same fashion.
The former Argentina manager Alfio Basile has said that Cristiano Ronaldo might be a great player, but he is easily overtaken by the Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. Alfio Basile reckons that one of the main attributes that makes Cristiano Ronaldo hugely successful is his incredible speed. However, the Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has the ability to run at a much higher speed with the ball at his feet rather than without it. This incredible phenomenon has made the Argentine superstar incredibly successful over the past five seasons. He has said that it will be until a few more years before Cristiano Ronaldo can reach the records set by Lionel Messi.
The Portuguese attacker managed to lift the la Liga title from hands of Lionel Messi last season. He scored a quite spectacular 60 goals in all competitions, but Lionel Messi once again managed to go one better than him scoring 73 goals. Alfio Basile reckons that the difference between the two players will exist as long as they continue to play at the top level because of the skills of Lionel Messi. Cristiano Ronaldo has won the FIFA world player of the year award once in his career, but Lionel Messi has managed to lift this trophy in three successive occasions.
“You cannot compare anyone to Messi. Cristiano Ronaldo is a great human player, but Messi is a Martian. He can run with the ball at an even higher speed than without the ball. It’s as if he’s playing another sport. It’s nearly impossible to do the things he does at that speed. He just keeps getting better and is always improving. Pele was an absolute monster and had a fantastic physique. Maradona was another genius and better in tight spaces. Diego was the team’s leader, whereas Pele was more of an individual player,” said Alfio Basile.
After an amazing season with Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo was certainly not everyone’s favourite to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or award this season. The FIFA Ballon d’Or award is not given to the most exemplary individual, but to the player who is most successful during a season.
In the last few seasons, Lionel Messi has been able to dominate the award before being extraordinary personally, while he also had numerous trophies to his credit. However, Cristiano Ronaldo will be going into the FIFA Ballon d’Or award ceremonies this season with only the league title to his credit.
The Euro 2012 also did not appear to do him any favours initially, but after getting Portugal to the semifinals of the competition almost single-handedly, Ronaldo now has jumped ahead of everyone else to win his second FIFA Ballon d’Or award. The former Manchester United winger, who played alongside Wayne Rooney, last tasted success in this competition when he was a Manchester United player prior to moving to Real Madrid.
Since his arrival at the Spanish club, his trophy cabinet has not grown significantly. However, he has helped Real Madrid snatch the league title from the clutches of Barcelona for the first time in four seasons, which he thinks as a major achievement.
“The theme of the Ballon d’Or is something very relative. I am not the one that votes and everyone has their opinions, but I am going to be sincere, I think I am very well positioned to be able to win it or at the very least be there or thereabouts. I have had a phenomenal season. For me it is clear that I and other players of Real Madrid deserve to be nominated,” said Ronaldo prior to the start of the Euro 2012. After scoring three goals in the last two matches, he is now the favourite to win the award.
Real Madrid manager José Mourinho has said that leading the club to the Spanish league title has been the biggest achievement of his managerial career. José Mourinho was brought to Real Madrid in the hope of ending the dominance of Barcelona.
He has managed to do exactly that after reclaiming the title from the Camp Nou after three years. This is the first league title for Real Madrid since 2008. José Mourinho has also managed to guide Real Madrid to the semifinals of the Champions League in the last two seasons, which is a major achievement considering that the club has been knocked out in the last 16 stage on numerous occasions prior to his arrival.
Real Madrid clinched the Spanish league title after 3-0 win over athletic Bilbao, which many saw as one of the toughest games of the season for Real Madrid in their attempt to close the title from Barcelona. Now, Real Madrid have the opportunity to become the first team to break the 100 point barrier when it comes to the total tally. Barcelona currently hold the record with 99 points, but Real Madrid can now take that record by winning the remaining two matches in the league. José Mourinho has now won league titles in all the four countries he has managed.
“I won the league title in Portugal, Italy and England, but this one has been the toughest. I’ve won seven league titles overall and I know what it feels like. Barcelona won all their games, as befits the great team that they are. They’ve been winning to the very last day. They are a club with great tradition that knows we deserved to win this title. We have to celebrate this championship (but then) we have to continue working,” said José Mourinho after winning the title.
Despite losing the most important match of the season – the El Clasico – Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas defended the performances of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo was caught overconfident in certain situations and was the culprit of missing two major chances, which would have been enough for Real Madrid to draw with Barcelona. As it is, they lost the match 3-1, a result that puts Barcelona top of the la Liga standings as they head into the crucial Christmas fixture list. Barcelona will not be playing in this period because they will be in Japan for the Club World Cup.
Real Madrid have not beaten Barcelona in recent seasons, but they have the opportunity to do so straight from the kick-off itself. Karim Benzema scored within 23 seconds and this gave Real Madrid the fastest goal in the El Clasico history. Despite this, Barcelona continued to attack with venom and they equalised through Alex Sanchez.
They took the lead through Xavi shortly afterwards, but in between the two incidents, Cristiano Ronaldo had the opportunity to put Real Madrid back in front. However, he missed the goal glaringly and he immediately went down on his knees with frustration. A similar incident happened in the second half when the Portuguese star could have brought back the things back on level terms with the opportunity to equalise with a free kick.
However, he put the ball glaringly over the bar and the promising situation was wasted. “We all have to play at 120 per cent, not just Cristiano. We’re a team and criticism is directed to all of us. We were unlucky, but we shouldn’t use excuses. It was easier for them to play when they were leading 3-1, and it was consequently harder for us, with our lines separated and the match being so open,” Casillas said after the match.
Cristiano Ronaldo is one among the three players short-listed for the Ballon d’Or award given out every season. This is one of the most prestigious awards given out in the season and Cristiano Ronaldo has been nominated for this award due to the impressive form he has shown in the current year.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or award during various stages of his career and has also won this award during his Manchester United days. He is, however, yet to win the trophy as a Real Madrid player mainly because of the dominance of Lionel Messi in recent seasons.
Lionel Messi is once again amongst the compatriots for the award along with his Barcelona teammate Xavi. Messi has won the award two times in the last three years. He has won it in 2009 and in 2010. He is once again the favourite for the title this season as well having won the Champions League with Barcelona. Cristiano Ronaldo, on the other hand, has not been able to lift any major trophies with Real Madrid, and is expected to lose out to his Barcelona compatriot. However, Cristiano Ronaldo has won this award back in 2008, while he came extremely close to winning it in 2007 and 2009.
“It’s great to win individual awards, especially the prestigious ones, but what comes first for me is winning matches and titles.” Messi said. “It’s great to be again nominated as one of the Fifa Ballon d’Or final three contenders,” Cristiano Ronaldo said on his Twitter account. The winner of this award will be announced by FIFA on January 9th. A number of journalists and coaches will be joining together to vote for this award. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 53 goals for Real Madrid this calendar year.