Lionel Messi has been confirmed as an excellent set-piece specialist. The Argentine until a few years ago was not a specialist with freekicks with rival Cristiano Ronaldo known for set pieces. However, the 32-year-old has started scoring freekicks with alarming frequency and reached the magical number 50 against Valladolid in midweek.
Messi has scoreda total of 50 foul goals divided into 44 with Barcelona and 6 with the Argentine national team, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s 54 are distributed as follows: 13 goals with Manchester United, 32 goals with Real Madrid and 9 with Portugal.
Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a move from Barcelona in the past few months and it seems like a transfer could occur in the coming days. The 27-year-old midfielder today changed all traces of Barcelona on his Instagram Bio.
Coutinho changed his profile picture to him in a Brazil jersey and removed the mention of Barcelona on any of his profile. It is understood that several clubs have contacted the midfielder over a move this summer.
Juventus won the Serie A title for the eighth season in a row but disappointed in the Champions League and the club are looking to strengthen in the summer. In a sensational report, the Daily Star claims that star forward Cristiano Ronaldo has told the club to consider signing three players from Barcelona
It is understood that the trio of Jasper Cillessen, Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti were suggested by the 34-year-old. Barcelona disappointing crash in the Champions League to Liverpool means that the Catalans are looking to offload some of their high earning stars and the trio have been linked for a potential exit.
Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri says that having Christiano Ronaldo in the squad “is an advantage” ahead of Juventus clash with the Spanish football giants Athletico Madrid in round of 16 , first leg clash of UEFA Champion league.
Ronaldo is one of the hottest property in the world of football and he is said to be one of the best player in the world of football and who had already won the champion trophy 5 time in his whole career with the Real Madrid before he joined the Italian heavyweights Juventus last year breaking his long tie with Real Madrid and this year Juventus is heavily relied on the Ronaldo for winning their first European crown after 1996 after facing many final and semifinals defeat.
President of Real Madrid Florentino Perez thinks that the transfer of Ronaldo from Real Madrid to Juventus was a big mistake.
Cristiano leaving Real Madrid
Last summer Ronaldo actually left Real Madrid in order to join Juventus which is an Italian club, where he was offered a big amount of money. After Real Madrid won three consecutive titles of UEFA Champions League Ronaldo left the club.
Cristiano Ronaldo said that he is disappointed with the result of the game against Manchester United and that he feels that his team could have done better. He said that Juventus had so many opportunities during the game and that he feels that they could have scored three or four goals during the game.
He said that the Red Devils did not create anything during the whole game and managed to steal the three points by scoring on free-kicks. He said that he is disappointed with the results as he felt that his team has done enough to win the match.
Luka Modric enjoyed further success following the World Cup by winning the UEFA Player of the Year title. Hence, he now replaces Cristiano Ronaldo as the new holder of the title. Ronaldo was able to win the Player of the Year award from UEFA in the last two campaigns. There have been rumours that Ronaldo has not been able to receive this news in a good manner and he was nowhere to be seen at the ceremony. Soon after the absence of Ronaldo led to rumours, the player’s agent – Jorge Mendes – claimed that it was a farce that Ronaldo was not a recipient of the title despite having achieved immense success for club and country.
Mohamed Salah was able to finish in the third place following his impeccable achievements with Liverpool. The trio are expected to continue with their fight in the Ballon d’Or award that will be held later this year. Ronaldo was hoping to win the UEFA Player of the Year title for a third consecutive time. He managed to come up with 15 goals for Real Madrid, who went on to lift the Champions League for the third time in the history of the sport. Ronaldo was able to show the world by making the switch to Juventus. He is the oldest of the trio had 32 years of age.
There have been increasing speculations that Cristiano Ronaldo could exit Real Madrid this summer. The Portuguese has had a tremendous run in Europe in the last three to four years. He recently declared that he could continue until his 40’s. Following his third straight Champions League title after seeing off Liverpool, the top star has fueled rumours that he could exit the team.
Real Madrid have been linked to a move for Neymar Jr. Paris Saint Germain, who are employers of the Brazilian, have declared that they would keep hold of their star man especially as they seek continental relevance. Manchester United were expected to make a move for their former man but they have been quite reluctant, with Jose Mourinho declaring that such a move would be impossible to pull off. Reports in Spain claim Ronaldo is frustrated by the reluctance of the Red Devils to at least push for his signature.
Real Madrid continue to struggle in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo. The defending La Liga champs have made a poor start to the new term as they drop more points in the draw against Levante.
The Portuguese still has a game to serve to complete his five game match ban for his red card and referee push incident. Real Madrid play Real Sociedad on Sunday but afterwards the prolific goalscorer can then be available for selection.
Since the red card was for Spanish fixtures, the player would be available as Real play APOEL in the Champions League on Wednesday.
After winning their first game, Madrid have drawn their last two, leaving them four points adrift Barcelona early in the La Liga race. The latest was the stumble at the Bernabeu against Levante. The team has now lost KarimBenzemato injury. He could be out for one month, further limiting the goalscoring options at the club.
The bad news so far are in line with what analysts had predicted ahead following the sale of Alvaro Morata to Chelsea without a replacement of any sort. The lack of striking options has been revealed and it could get bad as Madrid are set to have a busy three weeks. Read More
It is expected that a record number of people will be placing bets on the Champions League final match between Juventus and Real Madrid.
It is believed that online betting will increase by more than 30% compared to that of the previous week.
Indeed the Champions League final is the most prestigious club competition and people from around the world will be following this match.
Betting companies are expecting a rise in the number of betting compared to last year given that there will be no major competition during the summer this time.
Online betting companies have tended to benefit from finals of a major cup competition. It is reported that for the FA Cup final game that saw Arsenal beat Chelsea the amount of online betting rose by 16%.
Elsewhere in South East Asia, illegal betting companies have also benefited from the increase activities for the Champions League final. Police report that they have arrested a number of people that were involved in illegal betting. Read More