Zinedine Zidane reckons Gerard Pique is free to say what comes in his mind, but, winning while you are touring around the continent is itself a challenge, let alone the standard of the opposition you get to play.
Pique had elaborated in his reply that Madrid did not have to lock horns with the champions of any of the European leagues, not even the Runners up of the leagues at any stage. The team they got in the Round of 4 was Manchester City which was the lowest placed among all the Premiership teams qualified to Europe.
Pique is someone who has triggered intense verbal battle between the two bitter rivals in the past, but, Zidane chose to be an iceman on this occasion and didn’t react ferociously at Pique’s swipe.
Smiling wide, the Frenchman said, “We all know what it takes to do it in Europe, but, obviously there is no ban on expressing your views, different people, different views; it’s okay.” (more…)Read More
For those who love to see discussions surrounding their favorite players, the recent discussion between Rory McIlroy, Sir Alex Fergusson and Lionel Messi proved to be a wonderful one for the fans. It was held at the Dublin convention center.
There was a debate between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo that made the discussion interesting. Sir Alex took part in it as well. The evening with Rory was proclaimed through posters outside the convention center in Dublin. Sir Alex Ferguson being brought in as a special guest probably had much to do with the crowd as well. There was an initial question and answer round with James Nesbitt, the actor. After that was over Alex came in and he talked about several subjects around football. He talked about concentration and work ethics as well as the complacency that becomes a disease. He also compared Messi and Ronaldo which was good listening to the fans. (more…)Read More
Portuguese and Real Madrid star player, Cristiano Ronaldo would not likely move to French Champions Paris Saint Germain this summer, according to latest indications.
The player’s agent has met with Paris Saint-Germain to discuss a transfer to the Ligue 1 side from the Bernabeu, though the talks will not pave a way for a summer move this year.
Ronaldo has insisted he is happy at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the chance of a second Champions League winners’ medal in the space of three seasons a possibility when Real meet city rivals Atletico Madrid in the final later this month. Manchester United, along with PSG, have been linked with making a move for Ronaldo, but rumours of discontent earlier in the season have disappeared and the likelihood is that Ronaldo will remain with the Spanish club for next season. (more…)Read More
Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo is set to sign a new deal with the club following consistent performance that has kept him in the top scorers’ list in Spain. Recently, the forward set a record of above 30 goals for six seasons in the Spanish La Liga. Real Madrid are reported to have offered the Portuguese star a contract extension that will keep him at the club until he is 35.
The player has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu, with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United being the key options. Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, started the season with the intention of cashing in on Real’s all-time record goal scorer with PSG ready to pay close to 100million Euros.
However, it is rumoured that the main barrier to the PSG deal is the injury of Gareth Bale, who Perez wants to replace the Portuguese star as Madrid’s talisman. Also, Ronaldo has continued to impress, with his recent performance being the stunning performance against Wolfsburg in the champions League quarter final where he turned the 2-0 deficit with a hat trick helping the team to the Semis again.
From the reports, there is unlikely to be any great change to Ronaldo’s current £16.5m per year salary. The club is just focused on retaining him for his consistent services to the club. Also, Real Madrid would need to buy big this summer because a FIFA transfer ban will begin in January 2017 and they need to raise money to fund the spending. (more…)Read More
For the longest of times, Brazil has been considered to be the kings of football and they have 5 FIFA World Cup titles to back that claim but in recent times, the Brazilian national side has been suffering from disappointing results and performances.
The decline of Brazil started off back in the 2014 World Cup when they were humiliated in their own turf after hosting the previous edition of the World Cup and losing 7-1 against Germany. This result was a disastrous one for the Brazilian national side as Germany just ran right past them and when the match reached its end; the Brazilian players were seen in tears and just confused as to what had happened.
More recently, Brazil faced off with Paraguay in the quarter-final stages of the 2015 Copa America and another surprising but disappointing result emerged for the Brazilian as they failed to defeat Paraguay in a match that had to be decided in a penalty shoot-out.
The disheartening thing of Brazil during the 2015 edition of the Copa America is not only the fact that they lost against Paraguay but that they have been displaying underwhelming performances even before when facing off with the Paraguayans.
Brazil had already struggled trying to get past Peru and they only managed to win that match after Neymar emerged in injury time and launched a superb pass which made the difference. Dunga’s men had also lost against Colombia. (more…)Read More
Xavi Hernandez spent over 15 years performing for Barcelona and the Spanish midfielder managed to collect 28 titles during this period of time but the veteran player is still hungry for more as he wants to continue securing more pieces of silverware and this is what he is planning to accomplish in his new club, Al Sadd.
The experienced player took his chance to voice his current situation and what he wants to do with Al Sadd as Hernandez said: “I feel happy because of the special atmosphere within the team, we are working as one family’’
“I want to win everything with the team and achieve many victories to help make them at the level of the top European teams. I will also try to transfer the philosophy of Barcelona on how to play’’
The last match that Xavi Hernandez played for Barcelona was back in June 6 of 2015 when he entered the pitch at the 77th minute during the finals of the Champions League which saw Barcelona facing off with Juventus.
Barcelona eventually went on to win the European competition as they are the latest winners of the Champions League. The Spanish club now has the task of defending their title as well as also having to protect their La Liga silverware and started on the right foot as Barcelona claimed a 1-0 triumph over Athletic Club in the opening match of the season. (more…)Read More
While many Real Madrid well wishers did not take Rafa Benitez’s appointment as the new manager that well, Zinedine Zidane has come out supporting the Spaniard.
Benitez’s association with Real Madrid is not new. He has played as well as managed the junior team of the club in the past and thus, he isn’t a bad choice, that’s what Zidane reckons.
However, what’s interesting is that Zidane himself was also in the frame to replace Ancelotti and he had had the backing of a lot of people too, but, the Los Blancos top brass opted to bring in an experienced manager.
Zidane is in charge of Castilla currently and he empathized that he’s very happy with that job, but, he did admit that his ultimate ambition is to manage a La Liga team.
Speaking in an interview, the 42-year old said, “I don’t mind keep working as the Castilla coach. Of course, I would love to do the job at the senior level whenever the opportunity arrives. But, I am happy with the position I am in at this point of time.” (more…)Read More
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301 goals in 290 appearances is the record that Cristiano Ronaldo has with Real Madrid after being able to score against Eibar on April 11. The Portuguese forward is now making his mark on the history-books of Real Madrid as he is edging closer to Raul’s goal-scoring record which is 323 goals in 741 appearances.
Cristiano Ronaldo is only a few goals away from becoming the top goal-scorer of Real Madrid and he is about to do it in less than half of the amount of appearances that Raul managed to do during his playing career at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Even with everything that C.Ronaldo has accomplished not only with Real Madrid but also with his former club Manchester United, the Portuguese attacker is not a fan favorite for many people around the world and this is due to the arrogant personality that the 30 year old player displays when he performs on the pitch.
There have a been a number of occasions where C.Ronaldo has been sanctioned and critiqued due to some of the goal celebrations and actions that the winger has made in certain games and this is another reason on why C.Ronaldo is not as admired as much as other top players such as: Lionel Messi or Ricardo Kaka who won the Ballon d’Or award back in 2007. (more…)Read More