La Liga and Champions League champs Real Madrid suffered a bad start to the forthcoming season with poor results in the pre-season games.
The friendly games in the preseason camp in the United States did not go as planned as the team struggled. The champs won just one of four games but the result won’t matter so much until next week when the full blown football seasonresumes. For now it’s a matter of optics as many predict the team might struggle to match last season’s brilliance.
The team was without star forward Cristiano Ronaldo as he was enjoying an extended break following his participation at the FIFA Confederations Cup and the birth of his twins. He was absent as Marcelo scored the deciding penalty kick that ensured Los Blancos defeated MLS All-Star team.
Madrid and the All-Star side played a 1-1 draw so the shootout determined the winner. Continue reading
It is reported that Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has talked with Cristiano Ronaldo about his decision to leave Real Madrid.
The French coach has tried to convince the Portuguese international not to leave the Spanish club during the transfer window.
Zidane apparently told Ronaldo that he is an important member of the team and that he is looking to build the team around him. He told him that he stayed in Madrid the team could go on and win more trophies.
Zinedine Zidane admitted that Cristiano Ronaldo is an important member of the team not only when he is on the pitch and also in the dressing room. He said that the forward has a positive influence on all the other players and that he is an instrumental member of the team.
The French coach said that Ronaldo is a player that will be impossible to replace and that he will like to keep him at Real Madrid for as long as he can.
It is believed that Zinedine Zidane will remain in contact with the player during the summer and will try to persuade him to change his decision. Continue reading
According to recent rumors that have been surfacing, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has advised his club to offload some of the players which in his opinion have not been performing at a high level and that the Spanish club should just sell them.
Theseplayers are: Marco Asensio, Lucas Vasquez and Alvaro Morata.
There are a few other players who are rumored to have an unhealthy relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo and this might lead them to seeing the exit of the Santiago Bernabeu by the end of the season.
Isco and KarimBenzema are the high-profile players that according to recent reports and rumors, they do not have a stable affiliation with the Portuguese star.
For the past few weeks, the future of Isco has been put into question as the Spanish player has been rumored to be in the radar of clubs such as: Manchester City, Chelsea and even Barcelona.
There are also reports of him trying to have his contract extended with Real Madrid but if Cristiano Ronaldo is indeed building such a negative relationship with him, it might be better off for him to make his way out of the Santiago Bernabeu and joined a club where he can play a much more important role. Continue reading
Cristiano Ronaldo is finding hard to replicate the sort of form that allowed him to win the Ballon d’Or last season.
The player has been struggling so far with injuries and had yet to find his best form.
Things have been so bad that the player was booed by his own fans against Malaga. Some pundits have argued that the player might be in decline and that there is no way that he could recover his best form. Indeed the player does not possess the same acceleration that he had in the past and has more and more problem in influencing games as he did in the past. More often than not, the player finds himself playing as a striker and cannot impact games as he did in his early career.
It is a bit early to say whether the Portuguese international is past his best as he has struggled with injuries this season. Continue reading
Real Madrid have issued a statement advising those pointing accusing fingers at their star player, Cristiano Ronaldo to be guided in their utterances and accusation maintaining that the Portuguese did not commit any crime of tax evasion and should not be labelled guilty without conviction from the tax authorities.
released copies of documents containing an indictment on Ronaldo as regards tax evasion. He was accused of deliberately hiding sums gotten from image rights in tax havens in a bid to escape the watchful eyes of British and Spanish authorities.
Spanish authorities revealed they started investigating the Portuguese a year ago and accuses him at least 150 million euros through various British Virgin Islands tax havens. Ronaldo denied the allegations and stated that he was guilty of no such crime.
Also hit is former Madrid coach Jose Mourinho. He released a statement denying to have taken part in any dirty business of hiding funds. Continue reading
Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that the strongest opponent he has come against is Ashley Cole. He said that the former Arsenal player was one of the toughest players he has played against. Both players had met several times when Ronaldo was at Manchester United and Cole at Arsenal.
Ronaldo said that Ashley Cole does not give you a minute to breathe and that he is always on your back. He said that he has played against different opponents in the Premier League, La Liga, and the Champions League but Ashley Cole is definitely the toughest opponent he has ever faced. Continue reading
Real Madrid continued their superb start in the new campaign in the La Liga, defeating Celta Vigo 2-1 despite the absence of key players.
Isco missed the game as he picked up a knock on his ankle. The 24-year old was ruled out of the game, joining a host of other stars on the sidelines for Madrid. Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo remain yet to return to full fitness, even as the Champions League gets set to begin.
“He’s got some discomfort in his ankle. Last week, he took a knock on his ankle and he’s still not recovered. He left the training session and he won’t be with us tomorrow,” coach Zinedine Zidane said.
There are speculations that James Rodriguez and Raphael Varane could be on their way out of Madrid, and Zidane dropped a hint when he said: “Anything can happen until the 31st. Nobody is coming in, that’s certain, but it’s possible some may leave.”
Gareth Bales was on target as he returned to goal scoring during the La Liga opener last week. Real Madrid won Real Sociedad 3-0, with Bale grabbing a brace. Celta Vigo lost their opener to entrants Leganes, so they gave Real a tough fight before succumbing to another loss at the Bernabeu. Continue reading
Cristiano Ronaldo had to miss out from the majority of the Euro 2016 finals after picking up an injury in the first half which forced him to leave the pitch but nonetheless Portugal still managed to pull through and come out on top with the victory even without their star player on the pitch.
This match was played on July 10 of the ongoing year and the injury that C.Ronaldo sustained is still affecting him as he is still not believed to be completely recovered but according to recent reports, the Portuguese attacker is once again training with the rest of his Real Madrid teammates.
There was a chance that C.Ronaldo could miss out from Real Madrid’s opening match of the season which is scheduled to take place on August 21 as his team faces off with Real Sociedad but with the recovery process almost done, C.Ronaldo might be able to perform in this approaching match but everything will depend on Zinedine Zidane as the French coach has to make the decision on whether or not to risk putting his star player in the match so quickly after just having recovered. Continue reading
With the euro 2016 being on the way, much focus is on Ronaldo and how he is able to help his team perform.
However, his coach is confident that Ronaldo can take the pressure and he is stated to be in good form this year. Fernando Santos is the current coach for Portugal and he is confident that Ronaldo will be able to perform well, unburdened with the pressure and expectations that lie on his shoulders to take his team forward in euro 2016
. The quarter finals are approaching and Portugal would be facing Poland in this game.
The tournament has till now had mixed results for the team. The 31 year old player has been a pivotal figure in the tournament. However, the pressure is great to win which might be a difficult feat to achieve in an international tournament of this level. Ronaldo has had mixed results in euro cup down the years. For instance, he has been part of Portugal when the team has lost out to Greece in the finals in 2004. This year the team was saved from being defeated in the group rounds by the two goals that he scored against Hungary. Continue reading
Real Madrid super star Cristiano Ronaldo is reported to have resumed training with the rest of the squad ahead of the encounter against Manchester City in the semi final of the UEFA Champions League.
Real Madrid posted a video on YouTube revealing that Ronaldo had resumed training in a bid to calm fans’ nerves ahead of the game on Wednesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo returned to training on Sunday following a thigh injury as he bids to prove his fitness for Real Madrid’s second leg tie against City. The forward limped off the field in the closing stages of the Spanish giants’ 3-0 win over Villarreal on 20 April and has been absent for the following three matches, including the goalless draw against Manchester City at the Etihad last week during the first leg
Real Madrid announced their captain had returned to training ahead of the return tie against Manuel Pellegrini’s men at the Santiago Bernabeu. The 31-year-old Portuguese trained with his team-mates for the first half of the session before working individually for the remainder. Continue reading