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
Cristiano Ronaldo has inspired his team Real Madrid to an important win in the Classico to keep their hopes of the title alive. The Portuguese forward scored the winning goal with five minutes only to play to help Real Madrid clinch a decisive win in the title race.
Barcelona, who had a ten point lead at the top of the table before the match, found their lead cut off to only 7 points. Athletico Madrid is now second 6 points behind the leaders.
The game started well for Barcelona with their possession football. Madrid was keen to let them have control of the ball and play in front of the defense and then hit them on the counter-attack. Messi and Suarez were guilty of missing some chances during the first hour of the game. It was evident that the front players for Barcelona were tired following the international break compared to Benzema who was not involved with France.
It is, however, Barcelona who opened the scoring by Gerard Pique after a corner. His powerful header did not give Real Madrid’s keeper any chance. It was a deserved lead for Barcelona who has been controlling the game from the start.
However, Madrid regrouped after conceding and gradually became more dangerous. Benzema scored acrobatically on a great ball from Toni Kroos just 6 minutes after conceding.
Bale even scored a goal after a Ronaldo service, but it was disallowed because of a foul on Jordi Alba. Continue reading
There are many players who decide to become managers after hanging up their playing boots and retiring. It’s turning into a trend to see iconic players from specific clubs joining the managerial department of that club after having made a huge impact in that team.
This is the case of Thierry Henry who is widely considered to be the best Arsenal player in the history of the club. The French player has stated numerous times that he wants to go back to the Emirates Stadium but this time he wants to return as a coach instead of an actual player.
Didier Drogba is also interested in making a return to Chelsea and take charge of the main team.
These are players who have earned the trust and love from their respective clubs and now they want to give back their support by helping out their former teams one more time.
Cristiano Ronaldo is reaching an age when it’s time to start considering about his post-playing career and when a reporter asked him about what are his plans, the Real Madrid star replied by saying that he just wants to relax and: ‘’live like a king’’.
‘’There is another life after football. I think at first it will be tough, but if you ask me now if I want to coach, I would say no, neither as a club manager nor a president. After football I want to live like a king. I’ve become the person I am today because of the time I spent without my family and going through difficult times. I was a teenager, but I had to do things as a man to the point that I had to do my own ironing. My mental strength began at that time’’ Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo said. Continue reading
The star of Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo has a contract with the Spanish club which extends until 2018 and with a salary of €17 million; the Portuguese player is one of the highest paid footballers in the world along with Lionel Messi and his teammate Gareth Bale.
By the time that his contract with Real Madrid reaches it’s end, C.Ronaldo will be 33 year old. The 2014Ballond’or winner still has a few more seasons and years left in him before the Portuguese player has to start thinking about retiring; C.Ronaldo is already being linked with a number of clubs and leagues that he is being rumored to join after his days with Real Madrid conclude.
Manchester United was the first major club that C.Ronaldo joined before he became the most expensive player in the world when he signed with Real Madrid for a transfer fee of €94 million. During his time performing with the Premier League club, he lifted a number of major titles including: UEFA Champions League, Premier League and the FIFA Club World Cup just to name a few.
C.Ronaldo has recently been rumored on making a return to Manchester United as it might just be the last club that he performs in before deciding to retire.
After having scored 31 goals in 25 appearances, it really does not come as a surprise to know that many clubs are interested in signing the Portuguese player but the problem that emerges when signing a player such as: C.Ronaldo is the fact that his wages is just too much for clubs to offer the Portuguese attacker and only a handful of teams are able to match his salary.
One of those clubs is Manchester United as the club is regularly ranked as one of the most valued brands and teams in the world of sports and the Premier League club has recently been struggling trying to make some of their own stars prove their worth. Robin van Persie, RadamelFalcao and Wayne Rooney all have not managed to live up to the expectations that was created when the trio of attacking stars were formed.
The arrival of C.Ronaldo could possibly solve some of the issues that Manchester United has been going through but it remains uncertain if the Portuguese player will be able to continue scoring goals at a consistent basis and perform at a high level when he reaches the 33 years of age. Continue reading