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
There are now strong indications that Real Madrid might release James Rodriguez this summer.
The Columbian is widely expected to complete the move to Old Trafford this summer if things go according to plan.
The player was hired by Florentino Perez after his brilliant display for his national team at the 2014 World Cup. In his three year stay at Santiago Bernabeu, he has scored 28 times with a min/goal average of 177.18. He has created at least 181 chances during that period, hitting 124 shots with conversion rate of 22.58. His passing accuracy is 87.61%. His stats show that he could be a better threat in the Red Devils set-up.
Coach Jose Mourinho is still working the team. After throwing big money in a quick fix attempt by luring Paul Pogba back to the Theatre of Dreamsand convincing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to exit PSG, Mourinho is now looking at specific needs of the team. Read More
Cristiano Ronaldo may look like a tough fellow from outside, but, behind that tough exterior of the man is a real soft heart and we get to see the glimpse of that softness every now and then.
The winger is always interested in contributing to the charities in whichever way he can and recently also he has done something for which he can only be given tremendous amount of respect.
There is an organisation in Portugal which picks up stray dogs in bad condition of their health from different parts of the country and provides them the medical treatment to save their lives.
That organisation, of late, had been lacking funds to continue their services. So, they got in touch with Ronaldo through one of his acquaintances with a polite enquiry if he could do anything for them and to their delight, they got a positive response from the player and that too immediately. Read More
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
Former Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo says playing England will be very emotional for him, after playing in England for years before joining Spanish giant, Real Madrid.
Ronaldo admits playing against Wayne Rooney at Euro 2016 after playing five years together at Old Trafford between 2004 and 2009 will bring back memories.
The pair played together winning a glut of trophies including the Premier League and Champions League. They have also met twice before on the international stage at major tournaments in two fiery encounters between England and Portugal. They played at the continental championship in 2004 before meeting again in 2006 at the World Cup in Germany.
In 2004, Portugal defeated England at the quarter-final stage in a match which saw Rooney suffer a broken foot. At the World Cup two years later, Rooney was shown a straight red card for a stamp on Ricardo Carvalho. Ronaldo pressured the referee to give the Three Lions forward a tough punishment as the referee was yet to decide and Rooney pushed Ronaldo off in anger. Ronaldo was famously caught on camera winking to the touchline as Rooney made his way off the pitch. England later lost out on penalties. Read More
US business magazine Forbes says Portuguese super star, Cristiano Ronaldo was the highest paid footballer last year in their new report.
Forbes added that the forward was also the highest-paid team athlete last year. Real Madrid star Ronaldo was said to have earned a total of $82 million (£56.7m), with an annual salary of $53m (£36.7m) and $29m (£20m) in endorsements.
The 31-year-old Portugal captain, who became the world’s most expensive player when he joined Madrid from Manchester United for a record fee of £80m in 2009, signed a lucrative new five-year contract at the Bernabeu in 2013. Forbes, which also ranked Real Madrid as football’s most valuable club, said Ronaldo, a three-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner, is now the best-paid team athlete across all sport
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or winner, was second in the list on $77m (£53.3m), with the 28-year-old’s $51m (£35.3m) salary augmented by $26m (£18m) in endorsements. The Argentina captain renewed his Barca contract in 2014. Ronaldo and Messi, who have been the only Ballon d’Or winners since Kaka’s 2007 success, are some distance ahead of Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic in third. Read More