Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace as they defeated Sevilla to remain on course for a double this term. Madrid defeated their La Liga rivals 4-1.

Nacho Fernandez and Ronaldo scored a goal each to go 2-0 before the break. Immediately after resumption Sevilla star Stevan Jovetic pulled one back. Jovetic was constantly attacking in the first half, hitting the frame work twice. Ronaldo finished their opponents at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu when he scored the third for the league leaders. Toni Kroos completed the roué with a good strike.

Barcelona defeated Las Palmas 4-1 to remain in contention for the title. Madrid now have to remain focused for the final clash in order to land their first La Liga title in five years. They have Celta Vigo on Wednesday and Malaga next week to seal the title. No matter the result at Eibar, Barcelona would not be able to steal it. Only if they do what is required.

Madrid defences showed lapses that Juventus could take advantage of when they meet in Cardiff. The pairing of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane was shaky. They struggled to hold off their opponents. Varane is yet to hit top form after his injury. Ramos is untouchable so Pepe, who is set to return, would pair his captain in the Champions League final. (more…)

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Real Madrid superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been reported as the world’s highest earning sportsman by Forbes Sports Money Index.

The Real Madrid forward was reported to have earned £70.5 million last year with £44.8 million in salary and prize money, and £25.6 million in endorsements.

His long term rival Lionel Messi comes in second place with £65.2 million. NBA star LeBron James is in third place, ahead of Australian Open champions Roger Federer. James earned £61.8 million from basketball, deals and endorsements while Federer pocketed £54.3 million.

The top ten has five different sport titans represented. Novak Djokovic joined Federer in the top ten to rep tennis with his accumulated £44.7 million last year. American football star Cam Newton earned £42.5 million to place seventh. The Carolina Panthers quarterback is the only American football player on the top ten. (more…)

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Recently, Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese and Real Madrid striker came off with another award after bagging the Balloon d’Or award last year.

Following a viewers’ vote, Ronaldo was elected the World Star of the Year by Eurosport – a sports TV Channel. Ronaldo is also considered the favourite to win FIFA Player of the Year award this January.

From the votes given by voters, Ronaldo received a total of 40 percent of the votes. Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprinter received 25 percent of the votes while Michael Phelps, US swimmer received 12 percent of the votes.

This is coming at a time in the player’s life when his number of accolades have been on the rise and international recognition has also been notable.

For instance, Ronaldo recently rejected an offer by a Chinese team which was to give him an annual pay check of €100 million while also offering to pay €300 million for his transfer fee.

Jorge Mendes, Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent in an interview with Sky Sport Italia had revealed the news, saying:

“An offer from China of €300 million arrived at Real Madrid and another €100 million per year for the player,” Mendes said, without naming the club. (more…)

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Top two football stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are still the joint highest paid players in world football, according to reports.

Gareth Bale extended his deal with Real Madrid, yet the Welsh superstar is not the highest paid footballer as many would expect. The former Spurs player signed a deal worth a stunning £346,000 per week after tax. The deal would mean he gets a staggering £108 million over the next six years as agreed.

The pair of Ronaldo and Messi take home £365,000 in weekly wages after tax. That sums up to £19 million in annual payments. The Spanish income tax rate that players pay is c.45% meaning Real Madrid are forking out as much as £32.7 million annually to keep Bale to the Santiago Bernabeu. When extrapolated, it means the duo of Messi and Ronaldo earn £34.5 million per year. Reports say Real Madrid put the official price tag of the Bale around £18 million, but it is definitely a bit higher based on calculations.

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Zinedine Zidane reckons Gerard Pique has Right to Express

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, while responding to someone’s question on social media, had hinted that he didn’t rate the triumph of the Whites in the continent that high as he reckoned they went untested, both through the group as well as through the knock-out phase.

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…)

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Interesting Discussion Between Ronaldo And Messi

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.

It was an evening that drew in a lot of fans, compared to a football match. There were about 2000 fans that were present at the Dublin Convention center. The event took place on Tuesday.

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…)

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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.

Jorge Mendes, the proclaimed ‘super-agent’ responsible for handling matters involving the likes of Jose Mourinho, David De Gea and Ronaldo, is said to have travelled to Paris this week to hold discussions with PSG over a future move for the Real superstar.

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…)

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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…)

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Ricardo Kaka is afraid that his national side has lost it’s magic

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…)

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Xavi Hernandez wants to add more titles to his collection

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…)

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