Cristiano Ronaldo Wins the Best International Athlete at the Espy Awards

Cristiano Ronaldo has been awarded the Best International Athlete award at the 22nd edition of the Espy Awards, given out by ESPN. The Madrid man finished ahead of Rafa Nadal, golfer Inbee Park and German F1 driver Sebastian Vettel.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the Ballon D’Or in 2013, won the Décima and Copa del Rey with Real Madrid, and finished the season with 51 goals in 47 games for the Whites.

Last season has been a remarkable year for the Portuguese man and winning the Best International Athlete shows the popularity of the Athlete.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been also shortlisted for the UEFA Best Player in Europe for the 2013/14 Season. Ronaldo can see another main award coming to his way.

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Croatian Icon Zvonimir Boban slams Cristiano Ronaldo for the Portugal’s World Cup Failure

Cristiano Ronaldo’s selfishness and vanity hampered Portugal at the FIFA World Cup, according to Croatian icon Zvonimir Boban.

Portugal were eliminated from Brazil 2014 at the first hurdle as they finished third behind eventual World Cup winners Germany and the United States in Group G.

Ronaldo was troubled by knee problems throughout the tournament and the Portugal captain appeared discontent with his team-mates after he stormed off the pitch following the country’s last-gasp 2-2 draw with the USA.

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And Boban – a 51-cap veteran for the national team and a four-time Serie A winner with Milan – said the 29-year-old’s individual mentality was the reason behind Portugal‘s failure in Brazil, pointing to his behaviour after scoring the final goal in Real Madrid‘s UEFA Champions League triumph over Atletico Madrid in May.

”Ronaldo is an amazing player and he showed that again in Brazil, even if he missed a number of chances,” Boban wrote in his column for Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti.

”But his biggest flaw is the way he looks at himself and the team. 

”He scored the [goal for] 4-1 in the 120th minute of the Champions League final and celebrated like he was insane. That was the ultimate proof that he loves himself. The headlines should be about the team, not about Ronaldo. 

”The same thing happened with Portugal in Brazil. There was no order or discipline. All the Portugal players were playing their own game and more occupied with their hair and tattoos. It’s Hollywood behavior. 

”It’s almost as if the players wanted to show there’s more to Portugal than Ronaldo. It’s a sad thing that a team loses its identity because of an unbalanced captain, both for Ronaldo and for an entire generation.”

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Real Madrid’s 2014/15 Pre-season Schedule

A champion‘s work is never done. Real Madrid may have captured their elusive ”La Decima,” but they can’t afford to rest on their laurels if they want to reclaim their spot a top La Liga.

Los BlancosChampions League final triumph over Atletico Madrid helped to blunt some of the pain that came with watching the club’s crosstown rivals—Atletico—win the league.

Winning that 10th European crown had become an obsession at the Santiago Bernabeu, and now that it’s over, a sense of normalcy can return.

Preseason friendlies will offer players a chance to put the Champions League win in the rear-view mirror and shift their focus to the 2014/15 campaign. Bringing home one league title in six years is a bona fide drought for Real Madrid, so that will be at the top of the checklist for next year.

REAL MADRID’s 2014/15 PRE SEASON  SCHEDULE

By taking part in the International Champions Cup, Real Madrid are continuing to grow their brand in the United States. They’re already one of the most lucrative brands in world football, but overseas tours like this one ensure that they remain relevant for the newer generations of football fans.

The U.S. will also be riding a wave of momentum from the World Cup. Thousands of American fans will turn up to watch Los Blancos take on Manchester United, Roma and Inter Milan. Some of those fans may be watching club football for the first time.

Watching stars like Cristiano RonaldoGareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric is a great way to get hooked on the game.

The International Champions Cup will be a big moneymaker for the defending champions, but their more important matchup may come against Fiorentina. That friendly comes right before the Spanish Super Cup and will give players one more opportunity to gain match fitness before the important stuff begins.

Cristiano Ronaldo has won Marca’s Di Stefano Award for the 3rd Consecutive Year.

Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo has been nominated player of the year for the 2013-14 Spanish League season and picks up the Di Stéfano Trophy in the process, the awardMARCA bestows upon who it considers to have been the most outstanding player in ‘La Liga’ that year. The Portuguese striker has won the award for the last 3 consecutive seasons now.

Cristiano Ronaldo received the most votes from a jury formed by an illustrious group of players chosen each week by readers of MARCA.com

The Portuguese international, the highest scorer in ‘La Liga’, got 35 votes, ahead of Diego Costa, who only received 16. The Spanish international had a brilliant season at Atlético and was responsible for most of their goals. Barça striker Leo Messi found himself in third place with seven votes, following a notable second half of the season.

MARCA first awarded the Di Stéfano Trophy at the end of in 2007-08 season which was won by another legendary Real Madrid player, Raúl González. Then Leo Messi exerted his hegemony on the trophy for the next three years. The Argentine forward was nominated best player in ‘La Liga’ for the 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.

Real Madrid’s league title victory in the 2011-12 season was in large part down to Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese star has quite a collection of awards to his name, including theGolden Boot and the Ballón d’Or, on top of winning the Di Stéfano Trophy for the next two seasons. So this year’s nomination makes it a hat-trick for the Real Madrid number one.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend Irina Shayk sizzles in topless photo shoot

Cristiano Ronaldo has put his World Cup heartache behind him by sunning himself on the Greek island of Mykonos – while girlfriend Irina Shayk takes part in a topless photo shoot.

Russian model Shayk, meanwhile, posed topless for Maxim‘s latest edition.

And Shayk told the magazine that she and boyfriend Cristiano Ronaldo, the 29-year-old Real Madrid and Portugal soccer player, ignore the haters. 

She said: ‘I don’t care about people’s opinions, and neither does Cristiano. Some people like you; some people hate you. You have to be strong.’

Along with appearing topless on Maxim‘s cover, the sultry brunette also posed in just a pair of white bikini bottoms inside the magazine.

The 28-year-old is eager to carve out an acting career for herself although she has complained that she only gets offered sexy roles such as strippers or bartenders. 

Speaking in the July/August issue of Maxim magazine, for which she posed topless on the cover, Irina moaned: ‘Every time I get a script, it’s, like, bartender…stripper… And I don’t think I would make a bad bartender or stripper, you know?’

However, she was thrilled to land the role of Hercules’ love interest Megara in the new movie Hercules which sees The Rock play the legendary son of Greek god Zeus.

She said: ‘But Greek mythology! Irina is a Greek name, so I think: Maybe it’s destiny?’

 

Cristiano Ronaldo pays tribute to late Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has paid tribute to club legend Alfredo Di Stefano on Twitter, following the 88-year-old’s death on Monday.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is the latest figure from the world of football to pay tribute to the late Alfredo Di Stefano, following the 88-year-old’s death on Monday after suffering a heart attack three days earlier.

Widely considered one of the greatest players of all-time, Di Stefano won five straight European Cups with Real Madrid, scoring in every final between 1956 and 1960, as well as eight Spanish league titles.

Joining Real in 1953 from Colombian side Millionarios, the former River Plate forward would go on to form a legendary partnership with Ferenc Puskas following the Hungarian’s arrival in 1958, scoring an incredible 307 goals in 396 games during his 11 seasons with the club.

Eventually leaving for Espanyol in 1964 at the age of 38, Di Stefano would play two more seasons in Spain before retiring with his status as one of the legends of the game firmly cemented.

Infamously never appearing at a World Cup, the prolific playmaker was a member of Spain’s 1962 squad but never saw the field due to injury, having previously represented both Argentina and Colombia at the international level.

He would go on to try his hand at management following his retirement, taking charge of Real for two separate spells, before later being named the team’s Honorary President in 2000, a position he held until his death.

At a press conference to announce his passing, club President Florentino Perez labelled Di Stefano the best footballer of all-time and went on to acknowledge the impact he had had on the game.

‘Today is a day of absolute sadness for Real Madrid and dare I say it the entire football world,’ he said. ‘Di Stefano was the most important player in the history of Real Madrid and the best footballer of all time.

‘Alfredo Di Stefano is Real Madrid. He was decisive, determined and changed the destiny of this institution. He was able to extend the passion for Real Madrid to all corners of the world.

Cristiano Ronaldo to launch ‘CR7 Shirts’ collection by end of 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo has launched a new fashion website under his CR7 brand, with the Portuguese footballer adding a line of shirts to his underwear range launched last year.

The Real Madrid star will today unveil a ”premium” range of shirts at the Bread & Butter fashion exhibition in Berlin, alongside an international brand website, CR7shirts.com. They will go on sale in retail stores later this year.

The shirts, created by New York-based designer Richard Chai, are the latest phase of Ronaldo’s partnership with Danish manufacturer JBS Textile Group, which launched the footballer’s underwear range last year.

Fellow former Manchester United player David Beckham rolled out his own underwear range in partnership with retailer H&M in 2012.

 

Designer Chai said: ”The CR7 shirt collection concept shares the core ideas of the underwear collection, based on form, function and style. We used the idea of mobility as the creative centre. Ronaldo is best known for the way he moves on the pitch and we wanted to create a perfect collection of shirts for the active man.”

Ronaldo added: ”For me, a strong foundation is the most important thing throughout every area of my life. In my sporting life, a strong foundation enables me to perform at my very best and I apply the same principle to my personal life, business life and the way I dress.

”Dressing well gives me confidence to be the best that I can be and underwear with a great fit and modern, stylish shirts are the starting point of every look.”

Portugal captain Ronaldo was the face of World Cup marketing campaigns for brands such as Nike, Samsung and Emirates, but endured a disappointing tournament, scoring only once as the team were eliminated in the group stage.

Are United secretly trying to bring Cristiano Ronaldo home this summer

CaughtOffside today report that secret talks are going on between Manchester United and Real Madrid to broker a deal worth a staggering £70 million to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester. It is believed Real are willing to let the Portuguese Ace go to help them in moves for the Colombian pair James Rodríguez and Radamel Falcao, and Florentino Perez is eager to accommodate the two however he can.

Though it is heard every summer that we are back in for Ronaldo, and last summer it was believed to be one of the deals David Moyes was looking to make as a statement of his intentions, the credibility of a move rises each time it is mentioned. On top of the reports today, MUFCLatest.com writer Dan Green had the good fortune of meeting Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister whilst on holiday, and asked the obvious question ‘Is he coming back to United?. The answer? ‘We still have a place in Manchester’. Where that is not a yes or a no answer, she isn’t about to tell a lad she hasn’t met before a definite answer, and that is as encouraging as you can get in my opinion.

It is also believed that, to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, Real Madrid must appease FIFA and their new rules if they are to go on a similar spending spree to last season, where they paid out over £120 million on three players, Gareth BaleAsier Illaramendi and Isco. United too are looking at the financial implications of a move for their former star, with a pot of a reported £200 million available, and only £60 million used so far a bid is affordable, and the commercial aspects of any transfer being heavily considered by the Glazers.

The rumours can sometimes become tiresome with regards to the return of Ronaldo, but the evidence on show this time around looks to be encouraging towards him moving back, and still leave money for the much-needed central midfielder and central defender to be brought in during this window too. Any United fan that says they wouldn’t want him back would certainly be lying to themselves and others, his 118 goals in 292 appearances between 2003 and 2009 helped herald in the most successful period of the clubs history (with regards to trophies per year), and his record in Spain only makes the desire greater, 252 goals in 246 games for Madrid, to get him back in the famous red shirt. Nothing is done until the contract is signed and he is officially announced, but as far as pre confirmation buzz goes, this is enough to make my mouth water and the funny, tingly feeling in my stomach to grow. He may well just return yet.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Mykonos getaway is over as he was spotted at Greek island’s airport

Cristiano Ronaldo‘s holidays at Mykonos is over after he was spotted at the airport leaving the Greek island.

The 29-year-old had spent some time on the Mediterranean tropic with friends as he looked to take his mind off his country’s disappointing World Cup campaign.

The Portugal captain was unable to inspire his side beyond the group stages of this summer’s showpiece in Brazil as Paulo Bento‘s side finished below Germany and the USA in their group.
Fortsätt läsa Cristiano Ronaldo’s Mykonos getaway is over as he was spotted at Greek island’s airport

Ronaldo spent the evening with friends on the Greek island (June 3, 2014)

Cristiano Ronaldo might have left the World Cup earlier than planned – but he didn’t look too bothered as he spent a night out with friends on Greek island Mykonos.

Real Madrid forward, who won his second Champions League title last season is enjoying his holidays on a greek island after early exit from the world cup. Last nigh  evening on the Greek island with a group of friends.

Ronaldo spent the evening on the island of Mykonos in Greece

The former Manchester United man has some time off to relax and recuperate from the knee injury that troubled him throughout the tournament in Brazil before heading back to Madrid for pre season training.

And he looked in good spirits on Wednesday night, posing for photos with a smile that fans rarely got to see on Portugal duty this summer.

Ronaldo will be hoping to fully recover from his injuries in time to start the season with Real in late August.

Cristiano Ronaldo all the pictures from yesterday night in Mykonos:

Fortsätt läsa Ronaldo spent the evening with friends on the Greek island (June 3, 2014)