Zinedine Zidane saw his Real Madrid outfit secure a 2-0 comfortable victory against Club America in the semi-final of the FIFA Club World Cup.
Real Madrid have entered into the competition as a representative from Europe after having won the Champions League last season. It was the first major honour for Zidane as the manager of the club after having taken over from Rafa Benitez midway through the campaign. There is no greater success in club football than lifting the FIFA Club World Cup and Zidane is now one step closer towards this achievement after reaching the final.
Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo scored the goals that were enough to see off the Mexican opponents. A first-half injury time goal from Benzema was a major factor in relieving the pressure off Real Madrid in the second half. The Spanish club were able to double their advantage in the second half through Ronaldo and this goal also made the game safe. Read More
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsenal’s current coach Arsene Wenger seem to disagree over who should win the Ballon d’Or going by their statements. Wenger is known not to be a fan of world football
Early this year, the French tactician said he considers himself an ‘enemy’ of the world football’s topmost prize. Last week, he spoke against those who praised personal successes of players over team effort.
“We have seen many people only thinking about themselves because they are obsessed by Ballon d’Or and not by the team performance,” said Wenger.
The Emirates boss added that he believes that the game is one that involves collective effort of the players.
“… we live already in a world where everything is individualized. We want to respect what football is about, first and foremost about the team effort,” he said. The manager seems not to be impressed with the fact that Mesut Ozil missed out of the 30-man shortlist, but congratulated the player for his nomination for the France Football award.
On the other hand, Sir Alex Ferguson backed Cristiano Ronaldo to win the award this year. Read More
Real Madrid Superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo has allayed the concerns that his impressive season for the Spanish giant, Real Madrid, might come to a much earlier end. The Portuguese sustained a late injury in Real Madrid’s victory over Villarreal in La Liga.
The talented winger raised concerns when he limped off in the final minutes in the game against the Spanish side. He caused a scare that he had picked up an apparent muscle injury in his right leg. Though he walked off the field by himself at the Santiago Bernabeu at the 3-0 triumph, he left his team mates and fans worried.
The player has netted 31 goals in the La Liga just this season that sets him top in the goal scorers’ chart. The three-time Ballon d’Or winner posted on popular social media app, Instagram, that he doing fine. The intent was to reassure fans.
“All good. Thanks for your support,” he posted.
However, the Spanish side has come out in line with the fears to posit that the star player is expected to have medical tests as a precaution. Madrid are a point behind fierce rivals, Barcelona. The face local rivals Rayo Vallecano on Saturday in their next La Liga title chase. They also have Champions League semi-finals matches where they face a two-legged affair with English side, Manchester City. Read More
Real Madrid lost control of the La Liga race after losing against Barcelona in the Spanish derby which was played on March 22. Following this defeat, rumors began to build up claiming that Cristiano Ronaldo might be making a move to the Premier League more specifically to Manchester City or a possible return to Manchester United.
Manchester City and Manchester United both have the financial prowess needed to sign a high profile player such as Cristiano Ronaldo but at the age of 30, it wouldn’t be a wise thing to do to offload a significantly high amount of cash in order to secure the services of a player who is considered to be one of the best players in the world but at such an elevated age, it remains uncertain as to how long the Portuguese forward will be able to keep up his work rate and the speed that he displays in the pitch.
The President of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez was asked about the current situation of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale and Perez replied by saying that Real Madrid will not be listening to any of the offers that are launched in relation to either Bale or Ronaldo as those are the main stars of the Spanish club.
Real Madrid’s Florentino Perez said: “We shall never listen to any offers for Bale. He is the key to the club’s future, just as I cannot imagine a future without Cristiano Ronaldo. There’s only one Cristiano. Bale is a great player, but he doesn’t win you matches on his own. He doesn’t defend because he doesn’t want to.” Read More
Thibaut Courtois at only 21 years of age is already being watched by top European clubs who are interested in bringing to the main squad including Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. The Belgium goalkeeper is currently on a loan deal with Atletico Madrid but the club has already stated their desire on keeping the shot-stopper on a permanent deal.
The 21 years old keeper has been making impressive performances for the Spanish team that has allowed Atletico Madrid on staying at the top spots of La Liga and they are the team that has conceded fewer goals.
The English newspaper cites a source in Spain:
As soon as Courtois arrived on loan at Atletico from Chelsea, a file was opened on him under instructions from Mourinho. The information built up is exhaustive and Courtois is on Madrid’s list of targets, despite the presence of Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez in Carlo Ancelotti’s squad.
While Diego Lopez and Iker Casillas are still fighting their way into the starting lineup of Carlo Ancelotti, Courtouis is a young and rising star that Real Madrid can keep hold of for the next few years.
Manchester United have been linked with the Spanish midfielder Isco who recently has been dropped in the pecking order of Ancelotti and recently has been taking more time on the sidelines of the squad than on the actual playing ground.
Isco is also being targeted by Manchester City as he would reunite with his former boss Manuel Pellegrini but David Moyes is believed to be more interested in securing the services of the Spanish midfielder and add him to the squad where he would be alongside Juan Mata.
The addition of Isco to the squad of David Moyes is expected to bring more creativity in the midfield of the Premier League club who will be making an offer of €28 million for Isco.
Real Madrid has defeated Granada by 3-0 in a La Liga encounter played at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid. The Madrid team demolished Granada in the match. The Portuguese superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, scored 2 goals for Madrid, but, surprisingly, he didn’t celebrate any of those goals. In the post match press conference, he said that he is upset about something and that’s why he decided not to celebrate those goals. However, Ronaldo made it clear that his sadness should not be linked with the money that he is getting from the club. The money is not the issue, it’s something else that has made him upset.
Ronaldo started the match for Madrid and looked in sublime touch right from the 1st minute. He scored the first goal for his team in the 26th minute. Callejon passed the ball to Ronaldo who was at an awkward angle from the net. It was not easy to put the ball into the goal post from that angle. But, Ronaldo did it expertly. He played a brilliant left footed shot and took his team ahead in the match. There was so much power in the shot that the Granada goalkeeper, Tono, couldn’t do much. The Granada defenders didn’t let Madrid double the lead in the first half.
Ronaldo doubled the lead of his team in the 53rd minute of the match. Di Maria set up the goal for Ronaldo who deflected the ball towards the goal post, but, Tono blocked his shot brilliantly. However, the Granada goalkeeper wasn’t able to prevent the goal as the Portuguese superstar latched on the rebound to find the net. That was the 150th goal of Ronaldo for Madrid. Gonzalo Higuain gave Granada the third blow in the 76th minute by capitalizing on the opportunity created by Karim Benzema. The Granada team didn’t manage to find the net in the remaining time and lost the match. Madrid will play its next match against Sevilla.
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