It’s been less than 5 months since Xabi Alonso joined Bayern Munich as the Spanish midfielder left Real Madrid, the club where he spent over 5 seasons with and where the veteran player was able on lifting a number of major trophies.
Even though it’s been such a short period since Xabi Alonso entered a new club, he has already made a huge impact and the experienced player stated that Manuel Neuer and Cristiano Ronaldo have or at least should have a fair chance on winning the 2014 Ballon d’Or as Xabi Alonso praised both players.
“A while back I said it would be fair if Neuer or any other German player won the Ballon d’Or. They won the World Cup. However I also think it would be fair if Cristiano Ronaldo won it. He had an outstanding season and won the Champions League. Ronaldo is the best footballer I’ve ever played with”. Alonso told reporters as he displayed his support towards Neuer and C.Ronaldo.
Lionel Messi and C.Ronaldo are the favorites on winning the 2014 Ballond’Or but Xabi Alonso believes that Manuel Neuer deserves to be in the same level as the Spanish midfielder explained that Neuer has also been going through a superb season.
C.Ronaldo reached a new milestone in his career as he tied with Raul in the history books of the Champions League as both players have managed to score 71 goals in the European tournament and are now chasing Lionel Messi who recently turned into the top goal-scorer in the history of the Champions League after the Argentine forward netted his 74th goal in the European competition.
A solo goal from C.Ronaldo ensured Real Madrid that they received all 3 points after playing in their latest Champions League match which was played against Basel as Real Madrid continue undefeated in their group and are one of the favorites on winning the entire tournament of this season and a large part of why they are considered to be the best club in Europe is due to the outstanding form of Cristiano Ronaldo as the Portuguese star just continues scoring goals in every competition that he is competing in.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the past few years have endured a rivalry that has seen both players competing against each other to win awards and help their respective clubs on securing some of the major trophies in Europe.
It has recently seemed like the Portuguese attacker of Real Madrid; Cristiano Ronaldo has taken the edge as he was named as the best player of the previous season after his amazing run in the Champions League where he managed to score 17 goals which helped Real Madrid on securing the prestigious European title. In August, the former Manchester United player was awarded with the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award as he was voted as the best performer of the previous campaign out of a shortlist of players that included: Diego Costa, Di Maria, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Mueller, Manuel Neuer, Arjen Robben, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.
There have been a series of rumors claiming that C.Ronaldo and Messi have an unhealthy relationship but C.Ronaldo reacted quickly to those rumors as he told the media that his rivalry with the Argentinean footballer is part of his life but that does not necessary mean that Messi is his enemy outside of the pitch in any way.
Cristiano Ronaldo told reporters: “It’s not at all true that we have a bad relationship. We are colleagues and have a professional relationship. We don’t have a relationship outside of football like I have with some other players. He tries to do his best for his club and national team and I do the same. There is a certain rivalry where we are each doing our utmost for our teams. This rivalry is part of my life. It is only normal that people compare us. The same happens in Formula 1 with Ferrari and Mercedes. I’m used to it. I hope that we can both laugh about all this. Football is a game, it’s something fun and something we both like’’
Chelsea has officially confirmed the signing of Diego Costa as the former Athletic Madrid player will be making his way to Stamford Bridge after signing a contract that will see him remaining with the Premier League club for the next 5 years.
Diego Costa’s sensational form during the previous season attracted the eyes of clubs around the globe but it was Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea the team that eventually managed on signing him.
Costa wrote on Chelsea’s official website: “I am very happy to sign for Chelsea. Everybody knows it is a big club in a very competitive league, and I am very excited to get started in England with a fantastic coach and team-mates’’
“Having played against Chelsea last season I know the high quality of the squad I am joining. I would like to thank everybody at Athletic who made me into the player I am, it was an incredible time for me, but now I am starting a new adventure and I hope to win many trophies with Chelsea.”
Diego Costa was the main attacking powerhouse of Athletic Madrid in the previous season as he helped his former club on winning the Spanish League as they shocked the world by performing better than their rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona which allowed them on claiming the league title in a surprising fashion.
Jose Mourinho is preparing a squad that will not only be able to compete in the Premier League but make a serious charge for the Champions League of the next season as the Portuguese manager is going to have at his disposal some of the best players in the world, which is the case of: Petr Cech, Thibaut Courtois, Oscar, Diego Costa, Andre Schurrle, Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard.