The Unstoppable Goal-Machine! – Cristiano Ronaldo, from 10

The Portuguese footballer has scored in the last ten matches he has played in, nine for Real Madrid and one for his national side

Cristiano Ronaldo goes into the final weeks of the season in great form. The Golden Ball winner is on a run of 10 matches in which he has scored, claiming a total of 14 goals. The most recent was on Saturday, when he opened the scoring in Madrid’s thrashing of Rayo Vallecano.


Since the brace he got at the Vicente Calderón on 11 February in the semi-finals of the Copa, Cristiano has scored in every match he has played in. In the Champions League he claimed two more braces in the qualifying round against Schalke. In the league, Atlético, Levante, Málaga, Barcelona, Sevilla and Rayo have been his victims. In addition to these nine matches for Real Madrid, he scored two for his national team against Cameroon.

Cristiano Ronaldo named Global Ambassador of Emirates Airlines (Mar 28, 2014)

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the new global ambassador for Emirates.

Ronaldo: ”It is the best airline in the world and I am proud to be part of the family of Emirates.”

“It was very special and fun. I had a great time and the ad shows how fun it was this recording. Shooting on a new plane was fantastic. I look forward to flying on that plane. The quality is huge. Being with a legend like Pele is spectacular. Generations change and he belonged to a great generation. I could show the respect we feel for his generation. Pelé was always an example to which I admired.

”People have to follow their dreams. It’s not easy. It’s good to want to be and have to work constantly. I love being a footballer and it is important to be themselves. ”

“As a child I noticed the figures of the Portugal and wanted to be like them. My goal was to play with the selection as Figo and Rui Costa. At 18 I played my first match. “

”We have good team but are Spain, Brazil, Germany and Argentina. They are favorites and that’s good for us because we are not under pressure. I am very confident, but let’s go step by step, game by game. The match against Germany will be difficult but I think we can make a good World Cup. ”

“I’ll try to watch every game I can. It is a fantastic competition in a month. We will look at Brazil and especially in Spain, where I have many friends. “ Fortsätt läsa Cristiano Ronaldo named Global Ambassador of Emirates Airlines (Mar 28, 2014)

Nike Mercurial Vapor IX Fast Forward ’10 Edition Boots

Nike today unveiled the last of the four iconic Mercurial remakes, the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX 2010 Mercurial remake. The fourth Mercurial 2014 football boot remake features a similar design as the original boot worn in South Africa four years ago with the striking colors silver and orange.

Cristiano Ronaldo will wear the 2010 Mercurial remake in El Clásico on Sunday. While other players will use the yellow / green 06 Mercurial Boot, Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player in the match against FC Barcelona to wear the silver/orange Mercurial Vapor IX football shoe.

Nike released the yellow/green Nike 06 Mercurial Fast Forward Edition last week, which was worn by many players this weekend. Check out also the leaked Nike Mercurial Vapor X 2014 Boot.

NIKE MERCURIAL VAPOR IX METALLIC MACHINE PURPLE/BLACK/TOTAL ORANGE

This is the last Nike Mercurial Vapor IX remake.

Nike didn’t keep us waiting a long period of time for the release of the last remake of the Nike Mercurial Vapor silo, which also marks the end of the ninth Mercurial generation, which will be replaced by the Nike Mercurial Vapor X in May 2014. Although the normal version of the Nike Mercurial Vapor 10 boot will not change football forever, the Nike Superfly 2014 Boot will mark a new period of football boots with included sockliners to offer an unrivaled football boot experience.

The new Nike Mercurial IX 2014 10Mercurial remake comes with the main color Metallic Machine Purple with an orange gradient on the heel. The boot features a black Nike Swoosh as well as the big black Nike lettering on the inner side of the shoe.

The insole unveil some major facts of the original Nike Mercurial Vapor 2010 World Cup Boot, including the boot moment, the main innovation, the design and a secret.

Moment: CR7 named man of the match in all three group stage matches
Innovation: Flywire technology
Design: Visual Acuity
Secret: Talon studs inspired by a cheetahs retractable claws
Price: 225 USD
Versions: Mercurial Vapor IX FG, Mercurial Vapor IX AG, Mercurial Veloce FG (110 USD), Mercurial Veloce AG, Mercurial Victory IV FG (70 USD)
Launch Date: March 24, 2014

It’s not expected that many of the pro players will wear the edition of the Mercurial Boot, who will likely switch to the green / yellow 06 Mercurial. Check out all leaks and releases in the 2014 Boot Calendar.

Ronaldo’s ambition to win treble, as He closes in to Messi’s Champions League Goal Record

Cristiano Ronaldo told UEFA.com that the treble is very much on after Real Madrid CF surged into the quarter-finals, and this is now ”crunch time” said Gareth Bale.

Real Madrid CF forward Cristiano Ronaldo took his UEFA Champions League tally for the season to 13 goals with two against FC Schalke 04 and he told UEFA.com that the Merengues’ treble-winning ambitions were as strong as ever. Gareth Bale concurs but warns that the Spanish side must remain focused as they enter the ”crunch time” of the campaign. UEFA.com rounds up the Madrid reaction from the Santiago Bernabéu.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Madrid forward
The coach told us in his team talk earlier in the afternoon that he wanted a serious game, one where we showed personality and tried to win playing well. We tried to do that, although the game was a little strange in the first half. After the break, we switched on and improved a lot. We began to play well. We finish the night in good spirits and this game will give us confidence ahead of our [Liga] encounter with FC Barcelona on Sunday.

We have to take things step by step. We had a very good group stage, scoring a lot of goals while accumulating points. After that, we eliminated Schalke. Let’s see who we get next but I see the team doing well at the moment and, one step at a time, we will try to achieve our objective of winning three competitions. We know that will be difficult but at Madrid, we have to aim high. With that attitude, anything is possible.

I always want to play. I feel good and the coach – who makes these decisions – decided it was good for me to play. Things worked out well; I scored two goals and helped my team achieve a very important win to keep our good run going. We must continue on this path. Let’s see what happens in the next few games.

Jesé’s [knee] injury is very bad news. He is going to be sidelined for a long time. He is a player who was helping us a lot. When he played he carried out his work very well and scored goals. That’s why it’s such sad news for us; it represents an important loss.

Gareth Bale, Madrid forward 
It was important for us to respect tonight’s rivals and not go out with the mind-set of merely seeing the tie out. We put in a good, professional performance and were delighted to get the win. We are on a very good run and are really confident at the moment. I am enjoying my football and the team is playing well. The most important thing is for the team to keep working hard.

Now is the crunch time in the season, when things are won and lost, so we need to keep our performances up and keep winning games. We will treat the weekend [Liga] encounter against Barcelona as another match. We will prepare the right way and hopefully get the right result. We know they are close rivals but we want to win the three points on offer.

Casemiro, Madrid midfielder
We played a good game tonight. We have to continue fighting in order to end the campaign as champions. We have been through a lot and have learned. We now have a lot more experience and are looking to win a title. Cristiano [Ronaldo] is the best player in the world; he is really something to see and is an example for the younger players. We hope that Jesé will recover as soon as possible and be back playing with us soon.

Real Madrid 3-1 Schalke. Ronaldo double seals Madrid’s place in last eight

Real Madrid paid a heavy price for their qualification to the last 8 of the Champions League against Schalke 04 on Tuesday night when striker Jese Rodriguez was taken to hospital with what looked like a knee ligament injury.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored twice and Alvaro Morata, gave Madrid a 3-1 win on the night and a 9-2 aggregate win, but perhaps Jese will be the player who takes the headlines.

Video: Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid vs Schalke 

http://youtu.be/eBUShwUk8H8

The player, considered to be the pearl of the Madrid youth system, needed to be carried off the pitch at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium after just two minutes as the result of a hard challenge from Schalke left back Sead Kolasinac.

Early indications from the club were that he could have suffered a ligament injury, although further tests will need to be carried out to determine the full extent of the damage.

Jese was among several youngsters given their chance in the game, which was very much a formality for Real Madrid given that they had defeated Schalke 6-1 in Germany three weeks ago.

Alvaro Morata, Asier Illaramendi, Nacho Gonzalez and Isco were all in the starting 11. Gareth Bale replaced Jese, who set up the first goal with a pass from Cristiano Ronaldo to score the first goal of the game.

Morata earned the disapproval of the fans with a couple of bad misses before Schalke drew level on the night when Tim Hoogland’s shot was deflected past Iker Casillas just after the half hour.

Knowing the tie was lost, Schalke also fielded several fringe players and the fact they had no chance of qualifying was highlighted when they substituted Klaas jan Huntelaar at the break.

The second half saw Ronaldo score again, his 13th goal to date in this season’s competition, while Morata finally got on the scoresheet after pushing home a Ronaldo shot which had hit the crossbar.

So Madrid are into the quarter-finals with a far easier passage than could have been imagined but everyone will be waiting with baited breath for the result of Jese’s tests.

Here are the Match Pictures: Fortsätt läsa Real Madrid 3-1 Schalke. Ronaldo double seals Madrid’s place in last eight

Does World Cup glory beckon for Cristiano Ronaldo?

He may have been crowned the world’s best player, but like his rival Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo will most likely only go down as one of the game’s all-time greats if he adds genuine World Cup success to his record. With the festival of football in Brazil just round the corner, what are the chances of Ronaldo making a permanent mark on football history?

There is little doubt that Ronaldo is at the peak of his powers. Given all that he has achieved, that is saying something. Aged 28, Ronaldo is in his prime. He is enjoying a truly outstanding season with Real Madrid and has just become Portugal’s all-time leading goalscorer with a brace against Cameroon. There is no doubt that Ronaldo is capable of practically carrying this Portugal team singlehandedly – His stunning hat-trick in the World Cup play-off against Sweden is proof of that. However, he must rely on an excellent team performance throughout the World Cup if Portugal are to make real progress and better their semi-final finish at Euro 2012. Ronaldo is Portugal’s star turn, but he will need a reliable supporting cast alongside him.

If you check out the World Cup 2014 betting markets and odds from William Hill and elsewhere, you will find Portugal’s odds are similar to England’s for winning the tournament. However, this may be rather harsh on Paulo Bento’s side, which appears to include a healthy dose of experience and depth. Bento can rely on Joao Moutinho to dictate the pace of the game in the middle of the pitch, allowing Ronaldo the freedom to make his mark. Meanwhile, Ronaldo will be ably supported by two adventurous full-backs, Fabio Coentrao and Joao Pereira. During qualification, Portugal had their lapses in defence, but on its day the centre-back pairing of Bruno Alves and Pepe is a very tough nut for any attack to crack. Add in the top-level experience of players such as Raul Meireles and Manchester United winger Nani and there would seem little reason why Portugal shouldn’t be fancied to do well in Brazil.

In truth though, their weakness is up front. Still reliant on the likes of Helder Postiga and Hugo Almeida, Portugal’s attack lacks teeth, a ruthless cutting edge. That is why Ronaldo’s goals are so important to Bento’s side. And if he can hit the net with regularity this summer, a genuine World Cup tilt could await Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Best free-kick taker ever?

The Portugese superstar has won just about every accolade in the football world – Handed the Ballon D’Or near the start of the year, Ronaldo was recognised officially as the best footballer on the planet. Given his excellent form though, this hardly defied the NordicBet odds or betting tipsters elsewhere. He was recently also named as the world’s richest player and he even showed his softer side by footing the bill for a complex brain operation for a young Real Madrid fan. Yet strangely, Ronaldo’s trademark free-kicks don’t seem to be getting the appreciation they deserve. The wildly popular Fifa 14 console game does not even rate Ronaldo as one of this year’s top 20 free-kick takers! Their list is topped by Borussia Monchengladbach’s Juan Arango, closely followed by the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Didier Drogba.

Surely though, Ronaldo is not only one of today’s best free-kick takers, but one of the best ever? After all, his incredible free-kick against Portsmouth at Old Trafford while playing for Manchester United took the art to a whole new level. Nobody had really ever seen a player hit a free-kick with such power, precision and accuracy over such a short distance. Ronaldo’s unique execution meant that it was a free-kick which altered the way everybody attempts to take free-kicks.

Of course, it was hardly an isolated example of Ronaldo’s exceptional dead-ball ability. He proved that he can do it on the very biggest of occasions in a Champions League semi-final with a free-kick against Arsenal from an outrageous distance and angle. In another example of Ronaldo’s range of free-kick taking, he memorably curled in a superb effort from a tight angle out wide during a Champions League game for Real Madrid against Cypriot minnows Apoel. It is no wonder that Ronaldo’s free-kicks bring about an air of expectation among fans and trepidation for goalkeepers in equal measure.

Of course, there are plenty of other top-class free-kick takers in world football. Ronaldo’s Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale has also mastered the art of getting the ball up and over the wall at pace. In fact, with Bale’s sweet left-foot and Ronaldo’s stylish right-foot, Real Madrid have probably the globe’s outstanding free-kick combination. If Ronaldo ranks as one of today’s top free-kick takers, how does he compare to some of the all-time great dead-ball specialists? Of course, Ronaldo’s former team-mate David Beckham made free-kick taking an art, curling the ball with pace and accuracy, quite often at crucial moments. No England fan is likely to forget Beckham’s dramatic injury-time free-kick against Greece at Old Trafford, which sealed the Three Lions’ spot at the 2002 World Cup. Another top quality free-kick taker of the era was Brazil’s Roberto Carlos, another former Real Madrid star. The left-back’s free-kicks were all about power and few have hit a dead ball at such speed. His free-kick against France in La Tournoi in 1997 was one of the most memorable strikes of the past two decades. Striking the ball powerfully with the outside of his left foot, Roberto Carlos bent the ball at pace around the outside of the wall, leaving the goalkeeper unsighted and helpless.

However, Ronaldo is in a different league to his predecessors. He manages to combine the precision of Beckham, the power of Roberto Carlos and a whole lot more in one unique style. The fact that so many continue attempting to copy his technique is further evidence that Ronaldo truly is the best free-kick taker of all time.

Cristiano Ronaldo gunning for Puskas Record

The weekend’s round of results means the situation at the top of La Liga stays as it was, with Real Madrid three points clear of Atletico de Madrid, and four ahead of Barcelona.

The Catalan’s 7-0 defeat of Osasuna yesterday sets up an intriguing Clasico next weekend with the champions in rampant form, and Los Blancos undefeated in the league since their reverse at the Nou Camp back in October. There will be more build up to that match as the week progresses.

But for now the focus shifts to the Champions League on Tuesday night. Carlo Ancelotti’s men face Schalke in what is essentially a dead rubber having seen off the Bundesliga outfit 6-1 in the first leg.

Cristiano Ronaldo will not see the game as one to take easily, as the Portuguese seems to always have some sort of record in his sights. And AS goes for a picture of him on the front cover, focusing on his next target – beating the goalscoring record of Ferenc Puskas. The legendary Los Blancos striker scored 242 goals in 261 games for the Santiago Bernabeu side at a rate of 0.93 a game.

 

Ronaldo is just two behind, on 240 in 235 matches, and a strike rate of 1.02 per game. Once he overtakes Puskas on the list of all-time goalscorers for Madrid, he’ll have just Raúl (323), Di Stéfano (307) y Santillana (290) ahead of him.

Elsewhere, Marca says Karim Benzema is out of the clash with the Germans and is a doubt for El Clasico after picking up a leg injury against Malaga.