Barcelona midfield legend Xavi Hernandez opines that Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappe would be the next football stars after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. There are already debates about who would be the next World Best player after the duo of Messi and Ronaldo who have dominated heavily in the last decade.
Cristiano Ronaldo is complaining of the quality of players now in the Real Madrid setup. The top Spanish side under the management of Zinedine Zidane decided not to spend money on reinforcements after achieving consistent successes in the league and on the continent.
Madrid won three Champions League titles out of possible four and then capped it with actually winning the La Liga after coming close the previous year. Now it is almost certain that Barcelona would run away with the La Liga title and they have reinforced to become a major threat in Europe.
Real Madrid superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo has auctioned off one of his five Ballon d’Or awards at a charity auction. The Portuguese skipper let the prized award go for £600,000 at a charity auction. The Euro 2016 star made the gesture so funds can be made from the replica for Make-A-Wish charity, according to reports.
The charity is keen on helping kids fight life threatening issues. Ronaldo has won the award five times, the first in 2008 and then in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. The player asked that his 2013 replica be auctioned off to help the charity in their work. Reports claim he specifically asked that the 2013 replica be used – the first one he received upon moving to Spain after winning the first while at Old Trafford.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo wants the club to strengthen their ranks in the forthcoming winter window. The club is well off its usual pace in the La Liga though they maintain a decent form in Europe, where they are record back to back champions.
The Portuguese has been rumoured to have met with Ligue 1 giants PSG ahead of a possible move. Madrid’s open flirting with Neymar, his lower pay compared to the Brazilian and Lionel Messi, current form, possible change of environment or just a hint to his current employers – all these have been given as reasons for the secret meeting with PSG. Continue reading
Cristiano Ronaldo has labeled his five matches ban as being exaggerated and ridiculous. He said that this is a form of persecution and that he does not agree to this sanction.
The Real Madrid midfielder was sanctioned after he appeared to push a referee in the match against Barcelona. Real Madrid won the match 3-1.
Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off after getting two yellow cards, but he disagreed with the referee when he was handed out the red card. He placed his hands on the official and tried to push him away.
The Spanish Football Federation gave Ronaldo a match ban for his sending off, and another four matches ban for having pushed the match official.
The Portuguese international believes that this sanction is a bit exaggerated and that this would have been different if it was another player who did so.
Cristiano Ronaldo, however, has thanked the fans as well as his teammates for the support and has vowed to get back stronger on the pitch. Continue reading
Manchester United striker RomeluLukaku is hoping to emulate the career of former United forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
The former Everton striker completed a £75 million initial fee move to Old Trafford from Goodison Park this summer. Lukaku has big hopes for the move as he wants to go the way of the four-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Ronaldo moved to the Manchester based side from Porto. At United he scored over 100 goals in his six year stay, lifting three Premier League titles and a Champions League title. Lukaku admits he is yet to reach such heights but that he has taken it upon himself to get there.
“I’m far from that level. But it’s the level I want to aim for. I’m 24, I can’t say I’m the complete package. I can’t say I’m in my prime. There is a lot of work to be done and I’m delighted that there is still work to be done. That means I can become even better than I am,” the Belgian international said. Continue reading
Florentino Perez says he is in no mood to distract Cristiano Ronaldo at this point of time when he is serving his country in a big competition like Confederations Cup.
Madrid supporters are really worried about Cristiano’s departure and want the chairman to make the picture clear in that regard, but, in the opinion of the chairman, this is not the right time for him to have a conversation with the player and without having a conversation with him, he can’t pass any comment.
Cristiano is said to be hurt by the accusations that he has had to face about him not paying the taxes properly and trying to deceive the Spanish government and that is the reason he is not willing to spend another year in Spain.
Perez admits that things are not completely okay right now and Cristiano is definitely a little upset, but, he is very confident that when he gets to talk to the Portuguese at length and gets to know what he is upset about, he will try and make sure that his problems are sorted out because being the chairman, it’s his duty to defend the players who are associated with the club, whatever be the matter. Continue reading
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo says that he is extremely overjoyed to be named as Portugal’s Player of the Year.
The 32-year-old has had an extremely successful 2016 after having managed to win the Champions League title with Real Madrid and the Euro 2016 title with Portugal. It is not a surprise that the superstar has been crowned with this award. Ronaldo has been one of the best players in the Portuguese football history after having won award after award.
While these have largely been personal and club honours up until now, it has extended to a whole new level following the success with the Portuguese national team at the Euro 2016. Ronaldo was largely seen as a failure when it came to international football unlike some of his predecessors like Luis Figo. Ronaldo scored the decisive penalty in the shootout with Atletico Madrid.
This was followed by success in the game against France in Paris. Winning over the Euro 98 champions helped Ronaldo get a first international trophy. While he continues to trail Lionel Messi in terms of individual accolades like the FIFA World Player of the Year, Ronaldo has secured a decisive edge over Messi after managing this international honour.
Apart from this title, Ronaldo has also been crowned as the Ballon d’Or winner and the FIFA best player of the year.Renato Sanches was crowned as the young player of the year, while national team manager Fernando Santos was crowned as the coach of the year. “It was a very special year for me because the Euros was the only trophy I was still missing. I want to thank the Portuguese people again, they gave us confidence on our way to the title,” said Ronaldo after lifting the title. Ronaldo has managed to win three Champions League titles in his career.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has said that star player Cristiano Ronaldo is happy to be rested as the coach implements a squad rotation policy.
The Portuguese player was absent in the 3-0 triumph over tough opponents Sevilla in the Copa del Rey.
This season alone Zidane has not fielded the player at least five times and many worry that Ronaldo might be unhappy. However, the manager has disclosed that Ronaldo is very comfortable with the decision in a bid to manage talents at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“Cristiano is a very intelligent player. I want to have him for the whole season. We have 20 games in the next 60 days. Sometimes he too has to rest. That is the way I see it, and he sees it the same. There is no problem.
“He always wants to play, but we speak about it and know what is best. We try and play with all the players we have, to aim to win everything in front of us,” Zidane said at a news conference.
James Rodriguez was the man that was responsible for Sevill’s demolition. The Columbian skipper scored two crucial goals that sunk the opposition. The Sevilla team were not happy with the referee’s decisions during the game however.
Real Madrid are set to play Granada on Saturday at the Bernabeu. They have an advantage to equal the Spanish club record of 39 unbeaten games in all competitions, if they get a victory during the encounter. Barcelona holds the record, which was set last term. Zidane is playing safe when he said:
“[Granada] will make it difficult for us. Playing every three days there is little time to recover or work. But our idea is to prepare well and play a good game.”
Terry Gibson believes that Cristiano Ronaldo, and not Karim Benzema, should be the centre forward at Real Madrid.
The Portuguese forward returned to form in the recent 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid. The 31-year-old scored a hat-trick to take his league tally to 8 goals in nine appearances. Up until the game, Ronaldo was having to face some noises about not being at his best this season. After a very long Euro 2016 in which Ronaldo and Portugal managed to win the title, he has returned with several injury problems. It was a major factor in the slow start to the season by the 31-year-old.
However, he is slowly coming back to his best and the hat-trick against Atletico Madrid was also his first since the 4-1 win over Alaves. Incidentally, Ronaldo also scored a hat-trick in that game. Spanish football expert Gibson says that Ronaldo is usually deployed on the left with Gareth Bale on the right. Karim Benzema is usually on the centre, but he reckons that Madrid would be better off using Ronaldo in the centre. Over the years, Ronaldo has been given a free role in the team and he often spends most of the time at the top of the pitch trying to score goals.
It is one of the reasons for the player’s incredible goal return since joining Madrid. “This was clearly Real Madrid’s best game of the season and, by a mile, Ronaldo’s best game of the season. And his best game for a while in a Real Madrid shirt in a big game.
The fact Zinedine Zidane played him in the centre forward position makes Real Madrid look better and I think that’s Ronaldo’s position now.It gives a better framework to the rest of the team. Ronaldo can just do his own thing as the centre forward instead of being on the left and being required to do some tracking back,” said Gibson.