Cristiano Ronaldo Set For Old Trafford Return Following Friendly Confirmation

Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to be returning to Old Trafford next month following the confirmation of a friendly at the ground between Argentina and Portugal.

The international clash will take place on 18th November and see a number of stars lock horns at the Theatre of Dreams.

Argentina, who reached the World Cup final in the summer, should have Manchester United stars Angel di Maria and Marcos Rojo on display, while Barcelona icon Lionel Messi could feature.

Portugal‘s star man meanwhile will undoubtedly be former Manchester United forward Ronaldo.

Ancelotti: Impossible to ‘shut mouth’ of Blatter

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has slated Fifa president Sepp Blatter following comments he made over former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.

The usually mild mannered ex-Chelsea boss was left fuming after Blatter claimed Bayern Munich ‘keeper Manuel Neuer should win the Ballon d’Or this year ahead of Ronaldo.

Ronaldo has been in sensational form and Ancelotti said that unlike last year there can be no debate about who has been the stand out player this time round.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s 25 Hattricks in Liga:

“It never fails to amaze me the things he [Blatter] says, but what can we do about it. It seems the Fifa president is unable to keep his mouth shut,” Ancelotti said.

“It’s a subject we’re always talking about and whilst there was competition from players like Messi last year, there’s not much thought needed this time.

“It’s the year of Cristiano, as he’s been scoring lots of goals and winning important titles, which means there’s no doubt he should win the Ballon d’Or. These words [of Blatter] don’t make much sense.”

Cristiano Ronaldo scores Hattrick of Awards, wins Best Player, Forward & Goal of the Season

Cristiano Ronaldo has picked up three awards at the Spanish league’s gala including last season’s best player.

The Real Madrid star was also given the ”Best Forward of La Liga 2013-14” and best goal awards late Monday (Tuesday NZT).

Ronaldo said he had ”a hat-trick of awards, it’s spectacular,” and added he would like to return next year to carry on winning prizes.
Fortsätt läsa Cristiano Ronaldo scores Hattrick of Awards, wins Best Player, Forward & Goal of the Season

Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona. Ronaldo leads Madrid’s comeback win over Barca

Luis Suarez, 123 days after he sunk his teeth into Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, started for Barcelona for the first time since his £75million move from Liverpool.

But it was a wretched return for the Uruguayan, as Real came from behind to close the gap to one point on leaders Barca.

Inevitably, Cristiano Ronaldo scored – he always does at home – with Pepe and Karim Benzema adding the decisive blows in a one-sided second half.

Barcelona had rolled their tanks on to the Bernabeu turf with Lionel Messi, Suarez and Neymar in attack showing the confidence of a team that has won here four times in their last six visits.

Facing down those Catalan guns was £303m worth of Real talent, with free-scoring Ronaldo the spearhead.

It promised to be a cracking El Clasico and it delivered, Barca taking the lead inside four minutes with Suarez the provider.

He fed Neymar on the edge of the penalty area and the Brazilian chested down the ball, took a step inside and hammered it past Iker Casillas.

The Bernabeu fell into a stunned silence, except for the 500 Barca fans perched high in one corner, who were delirious.

Messi, unlike the celebrating away fans, was largely kept quiet.

Indeed, his main contribution a nasty tackle on the impressive Toni Kroos that rightly brought a yellow card.

The Argentine then missed a glorious chance from eight yards after Suarez again delivered a clinical pass from the right wing.

Real kept coming, Ronaldo furious not to get a penalty after running into Sergio Busquets. Barca were not so fortunate minutes later when again Marcelo broke free down the left, he crossed low, Gerard Pique slipped and handled the ball on the ground.

Ronaldo slotted in the penalty with the calmness of a man in such rich form – it was his 22nd goal of the season and maintained his run of scoring in every home league game since September of last year.

It was the first time Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo had been beaten in the league this season.

Real cracked open Bravo’s vault again only five minutes into the second half and they did it very simply – Pepe rising unchallenged to send an unstoppable header into the bottom corner from Kroos’ corner.

Facts from Saturday’s Clasico which Real Madrid won after beating Barcelona 3-1.

– Real Madrid have won two Clasicos in a row with Iker Casillas as captain for the first time in all competitions.

– The last team to have scored as many goals in the opening nine games of a La Liga season were also Real Madrid in 1959/60 (33).

– Karim Benzema has scored four goals in his last three league games against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.

– Neymar has scored his last eight goals for Barcelona from just nine shots on target in all competitions.

– Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in his last 11 games, his best run scoring for Real Madrid.

– Karim Benzema is the only player to have hit the woodwork twice against Barcelona in a La Liga game (2003-2014).

– Real Madrid have scored more fast break goals than any other team in La Liga this season (four goals).

– Lionel Messi has been booked seven times vs Real Madrid, three more than versus any other side in all competitions.

– Toni Kroos is the Real Madrid top assister in La Liga this season with five, three of them from set pieces.

– Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in 16 of his last 17 league appearances (25 goals).

The third goal came from an unlikely source – a Barcelona corner; Ivan Rakitic with his first touch skidding a low ball to the edge of the area with Andres Iniesta then trying a flicked pass that Isco intercepted and Real were away.

Isco passed a little short for Ronaldo, but he simply swivelled, played it square to James Rodriguez, who slid in Benzema.

It was training ground stuff past an exposed defence and Benzema finished emphatically.

Suarez, who had scored on his debut for his last three clubs, was sacrificed in the 69th minute – he had run himself ragged and showed some clever turns and touches but he will have better days.

Match Photos: 

Fortsätt läsa Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona. Ronaldo leads Madrid’s comeback win over Barca

Cristiano Ronaldo’s New Boots: Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7

The one-time Manchester United winger is going with an all-black look with his latest footwear as he bids to be first La Liga scorer against Barca this year.

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed the footwear which he will take to the hallowed turf of the Bernabeu this weekend.

Real Madrid will host Barcelona in the season’s first El Clasico match and the world’s most prolific striker right now will be hoping to take the headlines away from Luis Suarez‘s return to football.

What better way to do it than whilst wearing a brand spanking new pair of kickers.

The Nike CR7 Mercurial Superfly boots will be given their inaugural outing against the Catalan giants, with Madrid hoping to be the first team to score against Barcelona this term.

Fortsätt läsa Cristiano Ronaldo’s New Boots: Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7

Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid. Ronaldo gets his 70th Champions League goal

Real Madrid earned their first-ever win over Liverpool with a wondrous Cristiano Ronaldo goal spearheading a 3-0 Champions League victory at Anfield on Wednesday which appeared as classy as it was dominant.

Ronaldo‘s glorious 23rd minute strike and a double from Karim Benzema sealed the champions’ triumph before halftime, leaving Real‘s Portuguese icon insisting his side were in the mood to become the first team in the Champions League era to successfully defend the title.

”We know it’ll be very tough but we know it’s possible if we play like that,” said Ronaldo, after scoring his 70th Champions League goal, which puts him within one of equalling Raul‘s all-time record.

He had a chance to share the mark but was thwarted by a point blank second half save from Simon Mignolet.

”I’m not worried about that (Raul’s record) I know I’m going to beat his record today or another game. Me and Messi (69 goals) are very close,” said Ronaldo.

The roar of one of Europe’s most vociferous crowds, which contributed to a bright start for the hosts as they hoped to see Liverpool improve on their three-game, 100 percent record over Real in European competition, was muted once Ronaldo scored the most brilliant of openers.

There looked to be little cause for alarm as Ronaldo flitted around in midfield and passed to James Rodriguez, who was surrounded by red shirts. Yet a delightful, dinked pass somehow picked out Ronaldo again and his first-time finish, taken early almost on the half-volley, was exquisite.

It proved the signal for Real to take over and Liverpool‘s suspect defence to lose concentration under pressure.

Liverpool should have cleared their lines long before Benzema‘s precise, looping header from Toni Kroos‘s cross effectively put the game beyond their reach.

The third was a scrappy, messy affair, with Liverpool again guilty of missing a couple of opportunities to clear a corner before the ball fell obligingly for Benzema to nudge home his second.

After Philippe Coutinho almost pulled one back with a searing shot which hit the post, Liverpool were resigned to having to claw back a three-goal deficit in a Champions League match for the first time since they did just that against AC Milan in the 2005 Istanbul final.

Real manager Carlo Ancelotti, in charge of the Milan side which threw away that lead, was not about to let history repeat itself.

”No I forgot this,” he said, when asked about that Istanbul night. ”I told the players that in football anything can happen. I know really well these (Liverpool) supporters. I told my players to stay focussed for the second half.”

Madrid never looked threatened despite Liverpool seeming a little livelier, thanks in part to the tactical substitution of Mario Balotelli, who was replaced at halftime by Adam Lallana.

Ancelotti, who felt it was the best Madrid had played all season, even had the luxury of being able to take off Ronaldo 15 minutes from the end with a view to the weekend’s Clasico against Barcelona and his champion player was thrilled to be given a resounding reception from the Kop.

”It was special,” said Ronaldo, who felt that with Madrid now having a maximum nine points from their three games, qualification was ”75 percent” assured.

Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager who now faces a difficult qualification route with his side having three points alongside Ludogorets and Basel, had no complaints about being beaten by a team of such quality.

”You can see Real’s quality. Speed, technique; you can see why they are champions. The second and third goals are from set-pieces again. It’s an issue for us and we have to be better than that.”

Match Photos: Liverpool vs Real Madrid – Champions League [HQ]

Fortsätt läsa Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid. Ronaldo gets his 70th Champions League goal

Rodgers: ‘Ronaldo’ a Real threat

Brendan Rodgers admits the absence of Gareth Bale will mean little to Liverpool as they still must find a way to stop Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Merseysiders are preparing for Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with the Spanish giants at Anfield.

Bale will be missing from the Madrid side with a muscle injury, but Isco, his likely replacement, is another potent attacking threat for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

Ronaldo remains their main driving force, scoring 15 times in his last seven La Liga outings, and Rodgers believes the Portugal international has emerged as the complete player in recent years.

”Gareth Bale is a world-class player with fantastic speed and fantastic talent, but with the squad Real Madrid have they can bring in players like Isco so I don’t think really it’s an advantage if he doesn’t play,” said the Reds boss.

It’s still going to be a very difficult game for us, they have a squad full of top-class players.

”Of course there is a special talent in Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably the best player in the world at the moment, and his evolution from being a soloist who scores goals to a goalscorer is there to see and his record is incredible.

”But we have to make a plan for our team first to ensure we cause Real Madrid problems and then prepare yourself for the quality players they have, but that will be as a team.”

Liverpool have lacked attacking fluency this season, with main striker Mario Balotelli appearing short on confidence and composure in Sunday’s 3-2 win at QPR.

But Rodgers has kept faith with the Italian and hopes he can play a decisive role against Madrid.

”He’s been fine, of course he was disappointed after the weekend – he’s a goalscorer so he wants to score goals,” added Rodgers.

”But I highlighted to him he was in the positions to miss, he was arriving in the areas, so I think it’s only a matter of time before he gets his goals.

”He’s a good kid, he’s working hard and he has scored goals in big games and I’m sure he will go into the game tomorrow night – if selected – focused on getting off the mark again, and as long as he is in there getting into the positions I’m sure he can score.”

Raheem Sterling responded to criticism about his fitness with a fine individual display against his former club at the weekend.

Rodgers fully expects the 19-year-old to be ready for another crucial fixture, just three days later.

”I think he’s shown over the last couple of years he has that quality and ability to do that,” he said. ”Probably a lot more was made about what happened when he was away with England.

”It was no surprise to me [against QPR], he was a real catalyst for us – wonderful speed, technique and hard work so I’ve no doubt he can arrive into the game and produce the same quality.”

Levante 0-5 Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo sets record in real win

Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 14th and 15th goals to set a record scoring start in a Spanish league season as Real Madrid eased to a 5-0 win at Levante on Saturday, while Lionel Messi scored to move one goal from the competition’s all-time scorer.

Messi guided league leader Barcelona to a 3-0 win at home over promoted Eibar, setting up Xavi Hernandez to break through in the second half and scoring after Neymar had doubled the lead.

Messi is now poised to equal Telmo Zarra’s milestone of 251 goals that has stood since 1955 next week at rival Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo also extended his record of not conceding a goal to eight matches as the Catalan club maintained its four-point advantage over Madrid at the top of the standings.

”We will go out to win at the Bernabeu as we have always done, especially in recent years,” said Barcelona coach Luis Enrique.

Valencia and Sevilla can both pass Madrid, which moved into a provisional second place, with wins on Sunday.

While Messi closed on Zarra, Ronaldo made sure to make his own mark by breaking a record that had stood since the 1943-44 season when Oviedo’s Esteban Echevarria scored 14 goals through the first eight rounds.

The Ballon d’Or holder opened from the penalty spot in the 13th minute before adding another goal in the 61st, increasing his league-leading tally to 15 goals in eight rounds despite missing one game due to injury.

”It is impossible to do more than what (Ronaldo) does,” said Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti. ”There are no goals without sacrifice, a fighting spirit and concentration.”

Javier Hernandez, James Rodriguez and Francisco ”Isco” Alarcon also scored to rout the overmatched hosts at Ciutat de Valencia Stadium.

Ancelotti said that Gareth Bale didn’t play because of pain in his gluteus. The manager rested him as a precaution with Madrid visiting Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday before the first ”clasico” match of the season three days later.

Elsewhere, Manuel ”Nolito” Agudo continued his strong campaign by scoring in the 73rd to give Celta Vigo a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao, keeping the Basque club with one win in 10 matches in all competitions not counting its elimination of Napoli from the Champions League playoffs.

Malaga settled for a 2-1 win at Cordoba that could have been bigger on first-half goals by Samuel Garcia and Nordin Amrabat before Nibal Ghilas pulled on back in injury time. Malaga stayed in the upper half of the table while Cordoba remained the only winless side in the 20-team top division.

Ronaldo has scored 19 goals in all competitions and found the net in 10 of his 12 appearances overall for Madrid. He also grabbed a stoppage-time winner for Portugal in a 1-0 victory over Denmark in a European Championship qualifier on Tuesday.

Hernandez had a part in Ronaldo‘s first goal when he took a pass in the area and was fouled from behind by Juanfran Garcia. Ronaldo stepped up and drove in the spot kick.

Hernandez played well in place of the ill Karim Benzema and scored in the 38th when he headed Rodriguez’s cross in off the grass.

Ronaldo made it 3-0 with an electrifying slalom to dribble past two defenders and cap a counterattack started by Isco.

Rodriguez scored five minutes later after deftly controlling Toni Kroos’ lobbed pass with his chest, and Isco finished off the demoralized Levante in the 82nd.

Madrid’s Luca Modric was substituted in the 79th for a possible leg injury, giving Alvaro Medran his debut.

Eibar was not intimidated by its first match at Camp Nou, choosing its moments well to go forward and almost surprised Barcelona twice in an evenly-matched first half.

Forward Ander Capa misfired on an open goal from an angle in the 41st after he received a long pass and rounded Bravo, and three minutes later Bravo had to rush out to block Saul Berjon’s attempt.

Eibar hung on for an hour until Messi turned playmaker by picking out Xavi’s run and threading a ball through for the captain to score in the 60th.

Neymar calmed the uneasy Camp Nou crowd by volleying in Dani Alves’ cross in the 72nd for his eighth league goal of the season, and the Brazil striker worked a one-two to help Messi fire the ball in off the upright two minutes later. (**)

Cristiano, Costa and Vela to battle for best 2013/14 La Liga forward

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, former Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa and Real Sociedad star Carlos Vela have been named the three finalists for the LFP’s ‘Best Striker of 2013/14′ award, which will be announced at the  ‘2014 LFP Awards Ceremony’ on 27 October.

The trio led their respective teams in goals last season and won over fans and critics alike with their skill and effeciency in their performances last season.

Reigning Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo leads the trio having won the Golden Boot by scoring a league-leading 31 goals in 30 La Liga contests (1.03 goals/games average), making it the fourth year in a row that the Portuguese international captain has scored over 30 goals in a season. Cristiano also registering a league-leading 216 shots on goal.

Diego Costa made a big-money move to Chelsea this past summer on the heels of a historic season which saw his 27 goals in 35 La Liga contests (.77 goals/games average) power Atleti to their first La Liga title in 18 years.

Real Sociedad’s Carlo Vela rounds out the list of the top strikers, with the Mexican scoring 16 goals in 37 matches (.43 goals/games average) and while the numbers may pale in comparison to his counterparts, it was a single-season high for Vela, who almost single-handidly kept his team in European contension for the second straight season.

Former winner and four-time Ballon d’Or winner, Leo Messi did not make the list after a season plagued by a lingering hamstring injury.

The winner will be announced at the LFP Awards Gala 2014, which will be held next 27th October.

Many critics already predicted about Cristiano Ronaldo winning the award. Cristiano will be happy to bag yet another award this year.