Ronaldo has been named the world’s most marketable player

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the world’s most marketable player, according to a new report by sports marketing experts Repucom.

Portuguese soccer hero Ronaldo the list and earned some extra bragging rights in the changing room, with a staggering 83.9 per cent of the world’s population knowing who he is.

Ronaldo has plenty to remember 2014 about already, as he has won his second FIFA Ballon d’Or global player of the year and Champions League winners medal.

The Repucom report found he was the most well-known and ”trend-setting” footballer in the game today.

The former Manchester United striker beat off fierce competition from Argentinian player Lionel Messi to the top spot. 

He scored another victory against Messi, who he surpassed to scoop the title of the UEFA Champion League’s top scorer, with a record breaking 17 goals.

British sports star Wayne Rooney, came in at 5th place on the marketability list, with Fernando Torres making a surprise appearance in the 4th spot, after struggling to adjust to life at Stamford Bridge, following his £50 million transfer from Liverpool FC.

The list which included Facebook likes and Twitter followers showed the Madeira born striker has a staggering 26 million Twitter followers, who avidly watch his daily musings and crave constant access to his thoughts.

Paul Smith, founder and boss of Repucom said: ”With just over a fortnight left before the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil, the world’s attention is focussed on the competing teams and players.

”The World Cup is the most-watched sporting event in the world and as such, big brands, official partners or otherwise, will, and are, using its global appeal to drive sales.

”Ronaldo is an endorser’s dream. His value is as important to the teams he plays for as they are for the companies that endorse him.”

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Third place on the list is Gerard Piqué, who has shot to more famous heights after having become involved with the famous hip-shaking Colombian singer Shakira.
 
This partnership seems to have increased his popularity significantly showing him to have 8 million followers on Twitter.

Ronaldo’s extra ankle bone may benefit his striking ability

Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo boasts an extra bone in his ankle, which may benefit his striking ability, giving him extra bone density when striking the ball.

A new book about the Real Madrid hero details how the bone was discovered. But it also claims that Ronaldo’s extra ankle bone gives him the ability to create his famous free kicks and shoot from tremendous distances. 

The power, dip and accuracy he creates by kicking his foot up and down on the ball, adds extra spin and helps it out fox goalkeepers and find the back of the net.

Ronaldo’s quirk of nature was recently revealed in Luis Miguel Pereira’s new book CR7 – The Secrets of the Machine, and it is now common knowledge that the football hero has an extra bone his ankle, which only 10 per cent of the population have.

The extra bone was discovered after the Portuguese forward injured himself while playing for Real against Marseille in 2009, which required him receiving a course of intensive physio.

The condition at the time was thought to be Os Trigonum Syndrome, which is seen most commonly in footballers and ballet dancers who are constantly flexing their ankles and pushing their feet downwards, but in some cases it is present at birth.

The Portuguese captain, who became Manchester United’s first ever Portuguese player, was spotted by scouts early in his life, having already made a name for himself as one of Madeira’s top scorers by the tender age of 12.

He’s carried on his top scoring trend by overtaking the Argentinian forward, Lionel Messi, to be awarded the title of this seasons UEFA Champions League’s top scorer, for the second season running. Ronaldo is a sure fire tip for 
World Cup 2014 Finalists Betting Odds from William Hill to be the tournaments top scorer.

The extra ankle bone seems to give him extra powers when it comes to goal scoring abilities, he finished with an impressive 17 goals and is hailed one of the best modern day strikers. He is certainly one to watch at World Cup 2014.

Ronaldo’s wrestling fandom

With World Cup fever fast approaching and the beautiful game set to dominate our TV screens, European football fans will be looking to a select group of characters to entertain us both on and off the pitch.
Sitting pretty up front in the starting 11 of entertaining characters for reasons good and bad is Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
Portuguese Soccer superstar Ronaldo has been excitedly celebrating his bragging rights after Real Madrid’s Champions League glory on Twitter and is sure to bring some swagger to Brazil. Yes, you can bet on the World Cup that Ronaldo’s antics will be a big talking point at some stage.
He started showing his unique brand of speedo clad swagger at the opening of the Champions League final when he strutted like American wrestling stars such as The Undertaker and John Cena to celebrate La Decima.
The 29-year-old Real Madrid star upset his rivals with what they would consider an over zealous entrance on to the pitch.
WWE followers will all share warm memories of watching Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior on TV, but it seems Cristiano Ronaldo takes his fond childhood memories of stepping into the ring a stage further by including them in his own warm up.
The signs of Ronaldo’s WWE fandom have been emerging for some years. When wrestling hero Rey Mysterio paid a special visit to see the Real Madrid squad in 2010 and Ronaldo showed his joy and fandom of wrestling by posing for many happy snaps with him.
Certainly Ronaldo has proven he is a bigger fan than most, by emulating the walk to the ring which the WWE stars display on Raw and Smackdown – but before stepping on to the pitch.
So, who can predict what the future holds. Should the Real Madrid star’s career come to an abrupt end and his modelling contracts dry up, then perhaps we will see him emerge on Monday Night Raw. We can see it now, laying the smackdown, all the way from the hot blooded lands of Portugal, from the European continent, here comes The Stepover Sultan.

2014 World Cup: Odds and Predictions

Once every four years, the entire globe is treated to the incredible football World Cup. This year it kicks off on the 12th of June. The 2014 World Cup is almost here and we can’t wait to watch the competition unfold over the coming weeks. With so many countries involved it’s little wonder why this is one of the world’s most-watched sporting events.

The top pick to take home the trophy this year is Brazil. The five time winning team is faced with their best opportunity to win it all again for a number of different reasons. First off, Brazil has been playing very strongly for the past few years, and there’s no sign that they’ll be slowing down anytime soon. Brazil has one of the most experienced teams in the game and proven themselves as the team to watch by winning last year’s Confederations Cup (which saw Brazil defeat Spain, the most recent World Cup champions). Lastly, Brazil has a home-field advantage as the hosts of this year’s event. Those are just some of the reasons why practically all the leading bookmakers, as well as sports-betting websites such as Au Freebets, peg the South-American squad as the 3/1 odds-on-favorite.

Argentina, Germany, and Spain round off the list of favorites of this year’s World Cup. Argentina is second to Brazil when it comes to odds, as the team is listed at 5/1. Many believe that the final will be a matchup between Argentina and Brazil since the former is on the opposite side of the draw to the favorites Brazil. Germany is listed at 6/1, while the defending World Cup champ, Spain, is at 7/1. It must be noted that European squads are usually not favored when playing in South-American countries because as history dictates, no team outside of the American continent has ever won the prestigious tournament when it has been held in South, North, or Central America. Travel woes are said to be behind this statistic and historically have affected teams travelling a significant distance for matches, to this part of the world.

Another hot topic leading up to the World Cup is who will be the highest scorer throughout the tournament. There are three keys players which stand out when considering this question — Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Cristiano Ronaldo. Lionel Messi is the bookmakers’ odds-on-favorite because, as is widely known, he is regarded by many to be the sport’s finest player. Being the top scorer in the qualifying rounds only reinforces both the fans and bookmakers faith in his ability. Neymar is almost as strong a candidate for the scoring title as Messi thanks to his impressive strike percentage. Bookmakers peg the Brazilian at 14/1. And then of course, there’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Bookmakers have him at 20/1, but you can never count out CR7 as he is still widely regarded by many as one of football’s elite; and a better player than Messi by some big names in the sport.

We’re all working off odds and predictions here; but what we can be sure of is that the World Cup is now ever so close and none of us fans will be able to take our eyes off the action over the coming month. It’s been four years in the making and the opening kick-off at the 2014 Brazilian World Cup can’t come soon enough.

Cristiano Ronaldo: I’ll be at 100 percent for Champions League final

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo insists he will be fully fit for the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo expects to be fit to play for Real Madrid in Saturday’s Champions League final against Atletico Madrid.

”I’ll be there. Today I’m not 100 percent but I will be for the final,” Ronaldo said on Tuesday. ”It’s very important, we worked all season to play the final and win it.”

Ronaldo has been nursing various leg knocks since the beginning of April.

‘It was bad luck that I’ve had all these problems over the close of the season. It’s normal at the end of the season,” the Portugal international said. ”Nobody wants to miss a final with such high expectations that we have been vying to reach for years.

”I want to help Real Madrid win it. I’m confident I’ll be 100 percent for the final.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madrid is vying to win its record 10th European Cup and first in 12 years.

The Spanish giant has struggled without Ronaldo in the lineup as the Ballon d’Or winner has scored 50 goals this season, including a Champions League record 16. Madrid finished third in the Spanish league after winning the Copa del Rey title.

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Cristiano Ronaldo poses naked for Spanish Vogue cover with Irina Shayk

He is an accomplished football player who has a number of trophies under his belt, but ahead of the World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo is showing off some of his other assets.

Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is featured on the cover of the new issue of Vogue España magazine along with model girlfriend Irina Shayk.

The Madrid striker, who will suit up for Portugal in June, has stripped down to his birthday suit for the latest issue of Spanish Vogue.

On the racy cover, shot by renowned photographer Mario Testino, the 29-year-old star, poses with his model girlfriend Irina Shayk.

The Russian beauty looks stunning in a strapless white dress which features a thigh-high split but all eyes are on Ronaldo who stands naked behind her. It is only the fabric on her dress as well as the smart text placement that protects his modesty.

The cover was photographed by famous photographer Mario Testino, and the headline for the piece is ”Amor y Fútbol”, which in English is Love and Football.

Another image shows Ronaldo lying topless on a rug while Shayk straddles him. He turned up the heat by pulling down her trousers to reveal her pert bottom.

Shayk, who is a Victoria’s Secret model, described the shoot as ‘effortless’.

”Shooting with them was effortless and magical and like a family reunion sharing something as special as this together.” Irina Shayk told

The Vogue shoot was styled by  Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, who decided to do us all a favour by getting Ronaldo to strip down to his birthday suit. Thanks Carlyne!

Ronaldo is not the first male star to go nude for Vogue.

In 2000, Robbie Williams appeared sans clothes for the British version of the fashion Bible. His provocative image was also shot by Testino.

It’s the first time the Real Madrid star has posed with his model girlfriend, who he’s been dating since early 2010, despite her incredibly successful modelling career.

The shoot goes out in the June issue of Vogue España and it was shot in the footballer’s home in Madrid.

The issue goes on sale in June.

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Real Madrid 2-2 Valencia: Ronaldo’s late Stunner keeps Real Madrid title hopes alive

A stunning backheel goal by Cristiano Ronaldo has kept Real Madrid‘s faint hopes of winning the treble this season. Real Madrid‘s La Liga title hopes seemed all but gone as they trailed Valencia 2-1 at home when the Portuguese superstar struck.

With fulltime looming, Ronaldo latched on to a cross by teammate Angel di Maria and with his back to the goal, volleyed it into the net with his heel.

League leaders Atletico Madrid‘s 2-0 defeat away at Levante, in a game overshadowed by fresh claims of racism at a Spanish game, leaves the fellow Madristas needing just four points from their last two games to win the Spanish title for the first time in 18 years.

Despite the disappointment, Real Madrid’s manager Carlo Ancelotti did still take time to marvel at Ronaldo‘s backheeled finish deep into stoppage time to register his 50th goal of the season.

”It was a great goal and a very important goal one because to lose this game meant losing the league and the goal at least gives us a chance until the end.

”We have lost an opportunity today, but not a huge one because winning today meant Atletico had to win both games. As it is they still have to get four, including a draw at Barcelona.”

Ironically, Ronaldo‘s equaliser may also prove to be good news for Atletico as it prevented Barcelona having the chance to win the league back in their own hands.

And Atletico boss Diego Simeone is determined to enjoy the final three weeks of an enthralling season as his side face Malaga and Barca before meeting Real in the Champions League final on May 24.

”We have three fantastic weeks ahead, including the game on the 24th. Three finals await us and we have to concentrate on the first of those, which is at home to Malaga next Sunday.

”We have always maintained the same philosophy and our composure. We have always said that we are competing against two very powerful teams and it isn’t often that they lose games.

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