Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale has said that he did not feel any pressure during the weekend’s match against Real Valladolid. Madrid managed to beat their opposition 4-1 with the world’s most expensive player scoring a hat-trick for the first time in Real Madrid colours. Gareth Bale has slowly been coming back to his best after a tough start to life at the Santiago Bernebeu. He was clearly not fit during the first few matches of his Madrid life. Now that he appears to be at full fitness, the Welshman is showing that the money spent on him is worth it.
Madrid paid a world record transfer fee of £ 86 million in order to bring him to the Spanish club. However, Cristiano Ronaldo has been grabbing the headlines for his performances on the pitch, but he was absent for the match against Real Valladolid due to a thigh strain. He was also unable to play against Galatasaray in the midweek Champions League match. Bale was once again impressive in the European encounter, by scoring and creating many others, but he really shone against Real Valladolid.
“It was a massive blow not having Cristiano playing. For me, he is the world’s best player and we had to do a job without him. [But] I didn’t feel any pressure to be honest. I just want to go out there and enjoy my football and thankfully I scored a hat-trick. I think as soon as I scored the second I was trying to get the third. My teammates have helped me to settle in straight away,” said the 24-year-old.
He said that Ronaldo is clearly the best player in the world, but Madrid were able to play without pressure on Saturday despite missing him. Bale has also insisted that more is yet to come from him.
In Portugal’s previous World Cup qualifying game against Israel, Cristiano Ronaldo was shown yellow card in the first minute of the injury time. Now, that’s something that is pretty normal in the game of football. Players get booked when they cross the line. But, that Ronaldo incident is being discussed a lot in the media and among the fans these days. The discussion is if that booking was intentional on Ronaldo’s part.
Now, let us see why people are thinking so. Portugal’s World Cup qualifying group is Group F. To come close to the group leaders Russia and to keep their hopes alive of directly qualifying for the finals, they needed to secure win against Israel. But, they couldn’t do that. Now, it’s certain that they have to go through the play offs. So, their next game against Luxemburg is not of much importance.
The yellow card towards the end of the game against Israel ensured that Ronaldo was not going to play against Luxemburg, but, he will be there in the play offs which are starting next month.
However, when the Real Madrid striker himself was asked if that was an intentional thing, he said, “I wouldn’t say anything about that incident. But, one thing is for sure that I want to be there playing for my team in the play offs.”
When asked about the performance of his team against Israel, Ronaldo said, “I don’t think we were up to the mark. We were too slow in the latter half and at times, we looked sleepy. We need big improvements.”
In the play offs, Portugal might have to take on France which is one of the strongest teams in the world at the moment. When asked about that, Ronaldo said, “They are a world class side. I hope we don’t face them.”
After being linked with a return to Manchester United for the last few months, Cristiano Ronaldo has finally confirmed that he will not be leaving Real Madrid at least in the summer. The 28-year-old Portuguese attacker has been subjected to intense transfer rumours after stating last season that he was unhappy at the club. PSG, Manchester City, and Manchester United were some of the parties interested in signing him. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said that he would go to the ends of the world in order to keep Ronaldo at the club, while new manager Carlo Ancelotti stated that he was looking forward to working with a player of Ronaldo’s stature.
After saying only a few days ago that he missed the English football, Ronaldo has confirmed that he will not be leaving Real Madrid this summer. The player arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu for a world record transfer fee of £ 80 million, but Manchester United have been linked with a bid closer to the fee. After failing to win the league and the Champions League last season, the club will be focusing on winning all the trophies. Ancelotti has arrived with a big reputation of winning two Champions League titles. He has also won this famous trophy as a player.
“I enjoy of course to play there (Real Madrid), I play there for four years so I want to continue there. It is not the best day to speak about my future. I am going to have time to speak about that at the beginning of pre-season,” said Ronaldo. “My opinion is easy. Ronaldo’s a fantastic, marvellous player. It’s an honour to coach a player like Ronaldo like it was to coach Zidane. Ronaldo was not on the list of players like Brazilian Ronaldo, Zidane and Ronaldinho that I coached,” said Ancelotti.