Ronaldo targets Madrid return against Bayern in First Leg

The Portugal international is happy with his recovery from injury and aims to return to the pitch against the Bundesliga champions in the Champions League semi-final.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is hopeful of making his comeback from injury in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

The Portugal international has not featured for Carlo Ancelotti’s men since the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final with Borussia Dortmund on April 2, originally missing out with a knee injury before picking up a hamstring problem.

The 29-year-old was disappointed not to be involved in Madrid’s Copa del Rey final win over Barcelona on Wednesday, but hopes to face reigning European champions Bayern at Santiago Bernabeu next week.

“I’m really happy. I wanted to play and help the team but my team-mates did a great job. I’m getting better, now I don’t feel any pain,” Ronaldo told the club’s official website after Copa Del Rey Win.

“I might be back in time for next Wednesday or perhaps the second leg of our Champions League tie.

“Bit by bit I’m feeling better and what I want more than anything is to be able to help the team out as soon as possible.”

Ronaldo has been in sublime form for Madrid this term, netting 45 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions.

Real Madrid’s Copa Del Rey 2013/14 Triumph Celebration

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted that his side were deserving of their 2-1 victory over Barcelona in the final of the Copa del Rey.

The Portuguese, who watched the game from the stands due to injury, heaped praise on his teammates but was quick to point out that they still have the La Liga and Champions League titles to play for.

”We deserved to win because we played better and we created more goal chances but we still have two titles to fight for,” Ronaldo told reporters.

“I’m really happy because this team has been doing really well. I am proud of this team”

”It was a great struggle to reach the final. We are very happy, we have been great, we have to enjoy this day and then think about the league.”

Goals from Angel Di Maria and Gareth Bale either side of a Marc Bartra strike sealed Real’s 19th Copa del Rey title.

Gareth Bale’s excellent solo effort in the 85th minute of the game settled the final, with the Welshman running half the length of the field before poking the ball between Pinto’s legs to give Real Madrid their first piece of silverware of the campaign.

He also mentioned the importance of beating their rivals while also praising manager Carlo Ancelotti for the job he has done.

“To beat Barca is even more important. We have to congratulate the manager”

Here are the Match Pictures: Fortsätt läsa Real Madrid’s Copa Del Rey 2013/14 Triumph Celebration

Carlo Ancelotti: If Cristiano Is Not at 100%, He Won’t Play the Copa Del Rey Final

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid has suffered a real setback on his hamstring injury. The club addressed the reigning Ballon d’Or recipient, suggesting Ronaldo could be sidelined as many as 15 days of football. If out for that long, Ronaldo would not play in the Copa del Rey final against FC Barcelona next Wednesday along with the first leg of Madrid’s Champions League semi final match.

Madrid’s manager Carlo Ancelotti has not officially ruled out the Portuguese winger for the cup final, he even suggested his star could have played on Tuesday; though Ronaldo’s hamstring setback could not have come at a worse time.

Carlo Ancelotti on Ronaldo’s Injury 

Cristiano did not get injured in the training before the second leg. If we say that he has a chance to play the Copa del Rey Final, that is because it is not a very serious injury. We need to wait.

 

 

Cristiano Ronaldo is undergoing treatment, and Ancelotti and his coaching staff will have to wait before making a decision for the Copa del Rey Final.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madrid was able to advance to the Champions League final four without Ronaldo’s help, but played sluggish in the process. Real nearly blew a 3-0 aggregate against last year’s runners up, getting past Borussia Dortmund by the skin of their teeth with a final tally of 3-2. Without even playing in the second leg against Dortmund, Ronaldo proved how valuable of a player he is as Madrid lacked intensity that he provides.

Ronaldo leads all La Liga goal scorers with 28 goals in 27 appearances, 45 for Real Madrid in all competitions. His ability to score goals and lead counter attacks has proved invaluable against Barcelona in the past; Real Madrid will find it difficult to replace these qualities if Ronaldo doesn’t suit up next Wednesday. Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale are very capable goal scorers for Madrid, though can’t quite provide Ronaldo’s ability to spread the field.

The Copa del Rey final between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will be played next Wednesday at the Mastalla Stadium in Valencia. Regardless if Ronaldo plays or sits, Barcelona’s attack of Lionel Messi, Neymar and more are fit and expected to play.

Cristiano Ronaldo 2014 Special Edition Boot – White/Gold Mercurial Vapor

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Limited Edition white/ black/gold Mercurial Vapor 2014 Football Boot have been revealed, which will be released tomorrow on April 8, 2014. The new Cristiano Ronaldo 2014 Special Edition Boot features an extraordinary design, with a stunning gold outsole made for the FIFA Ballon’d’Or winner.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been struggling with a knee injury currently, although it is expected he will be fit for the next game against Dortmund. Ronaldo will debut his newly most stunning football boot in the Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund on April 8 or in one of the following matches.

MERCURIAL VAPOR IX CR7 WHITE/BLACK/GOLD

The new Nike Mercurial Vapor IX Cristiano Ronaldo 2014 Boot is mainly classical with a black Nike Swoosh, the outsole features a stunning shiny gold color, made for Cristiano Ronaldo. The boot will be released only as SG (Soft Ground) version and will be limited to just 100 pairs – worldwide! Therefore the boot will be one of the collectors favorites, even though it’s no secret that it will be really unlikely to get the boot, which retails at a price of 310 USD.

Each boot is laser etched with a specific number from 001 to 100 on the area near the heel, while the complete soft ground outsole is covered with the shiny gold color. The Cristiano Ronaldo signature is written on the black inner sole of the boot with a gold lettering. Please note the pictures are just showing a illustration how the boot will look like and not an official image.

As Cristiano Ronaldo prefers the Teijin version of the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX Boot, the new gold Cristiano Ronaldo Special Edition 2014 Boot comes with the same upper material as the white reflective boot version, unveiled in January 2014. The signature lettering CR7 is placed on the inner side of the boot.

Cristiano Ronaldo equals Messi’s record for most Champions League goals scored in a season

The two greats of the modern-game try to outdo each other again, so let’s enjoy them while they are here.

With his goal against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night in the quarter-final first-leg, Real Madrid‘s Cristiano Ronaldo took his total for the competition this season to 14 goals, equalling Barcelona forward Lionel Messi‘s record from 2011/12.

It was a fine goal from the Portuguese forward to equal the record, collecting Luka Modric‘s perfectly-weighted pass before dribbling round goalkeeper Roman Wedenfeller and tapping into an empty net to score the third goal of the game at the Bernabeu and put Real Madrid one step closer to reaching the semi-final.

Most goals in a Champions League season

14 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

14 – Lionel Messi (Barcelona 14)

Ronaldo may have got one over his great rival by winning the Fifa Ballon d’Or this year, but Messi is closer to breaking another incredible record this season – chasing down Raul to become the all-time record Champions League scorer, although Ronaldo is not too far behind.

Most goals in the Champions League

71 – Raul (Real Madrid 66, Schalke 5)

67 – Lionel Messi (Barcelona 67)

64 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United 15, Real Madrid 49)