Real Madrid Slam Michel Platini over Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or Rejection

Real Madrid have leapt to the defence of their prized superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, in reaction to comments made by UEFA president Michel Platini regarding who should win the 2014 Ballon d’Or.

Speaking to German news agency SID (h/t the official Bundesliga website), Platini proclaimed it should be a German that wins the award after their World Cup triumph in Brazil.

Real Madrid released an official statement in protest of Platini‘s logic on Friday:

[Real’s] surprise at the repeated comments regarding his personal preferences over the choice of the winner of the Ballon d’Or, particularly given that he is the head of European football’s principal body, where our understanding is that the strictest impartiality should prevail.

Secondly, the Ballon d’Or is an individual rather than collective prize which is awarded annually to the best player in the world, and we believe that, in order to maintain its prestige, those who participate in the vote should take into account exclusively the individual professional achievements of the players.

It’s a debate that’s regularly brought to light at this time of year. Should the Ballon d’Or vote be based on team or individual achievements?

Real’s statement highlights Ronaldo‘s individual milestones, which have led to their own share of team accolades, not least of which was the 2013-14 Champions League win over Atletico Madrid:

We believe that Cristiano Ronaldo has without doubt had his best ever professional year individually, and has claimed the Champions League, the Golden Shoe and the record for the highest goalscorer in an edition of the Champions League, as well as the Copa del Rey and the top-scorer award in La Liga.

In the current season, he has won the European Super Cup, scoring both goals in the match, and is achieving spectacular figures such as his 20 goals in the first 12 matchdays of La Liga, which confirm his great moment of form and ensure that, more than ever, he is deserving of the Ballon d’Or.

It isn’t the first time Platini has been criticised for an outspoken view, where others may remain on more neutral ground. Earlier this week, Alvaro Arbeloa joined the pro-Ronaldo brigade in questioning the ex-France attacker’s thought process, per Spanish newspaper Marca.

The Bundesliga report quoted Plaitini saying: ”There are lots of players who would deserve to win the award. But in my opinion, in a World Cup year the prize should go to a World Cup winner.”

Granted, the World Cup is a rare event that only makes its way into the football calendar once every four years, but is that reason alone to pick one player out of the winning team’s lineup?

After all, if it were an underdog minnow such as Costa Rica or Greece who emerged as victors in Brazil, would that mean Bryan Ruiz or Georgios Samaras would automatically receive favour in the trophy pursuit?

Los Merengues would certainly appear to think not, and they are doing all within their ability to take the initiative in turning votes back in the favour of Ronaldo.

The Madrid maverick has undoubtedly enjoyed another unstoppable year, and his goal in the 1-0 Champions League win over Basel on Wednesday brought his 2014 tally up to a rounded 50.

It’s become commonplace for attacking players to receive more attention in the Ballon d’Or reckoning, too. Bayern Munich and Germany No. 1 Manuel Neuer is perhaps the player receiving most support who isn’t a forward.

Under its former ”FIFA World Player of the Year” moniker, only two defensive players ever won the award: Lothar Matthaus in 1991 and Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.

Platini has done his part in revealing where he believes the voting process should be aimed, but it will come to light in January just how influential his word is regarding who takes home the Ballon d’Or.

FC Basel charged for fans on pitch near Ronaldo

European football’s governing body UEFA has charged FC Basel after fans ran onto the pitch and approached Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo during a Champions League match.

Five spectators encroached on the pitch from different sections of the St Jakob Park stadium in the 89th minute of Real’s 1-0 win on Wednesday.

Play was delayed for about two minutes as three of the spectators were chased and caught by security staff. The other two spectators appeared to be filming the arrest of a fan wearing a Real shirt.

UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge the case on December 11.

Basel was sanctioned by UEFA twice last season for incidents that disrupted Champions League and Europa League matches.

In the first, Greenpeace activists abseiled from the stadium roof to protest competition sponsor Gazprom. They also faced charges for fan disorder, namely the setting-off and throwing of objects.

Cristiano Ronaldo levels Raul’s Champions League Goal record

Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo moved level with former Madrid striker Raul as he scored his 71st Champions League goal during Real Madrid’s record-equalling 15th consecutive win as they beat FC Basel 1-0 in Switzerland on Wednesday.

The Portuguese superstar converted a Karim Benzema cutback 10 minutes before half-time at the St Jakob-Park as the reigning European champions, who had already qualified for the last 16, secured first place in Group B with a fifth win in five games.

Ronaldo‘s goal allowed him to move level with Raul as the tournament’s second-top scorer of all time, three behind Lionel Messi, who broke the record with a hattrick for Barcelona against APOEL on Tuesday, Sport24 reported.

Ronaldo‘s goal secured their 15th consecutive victory in all competitions, a sequence that began with a 5-1 defeat of Basel at the Santiago Bernabeu in September.

Carlo Ancelotti‘s men have therefore equalled the record that was set by Miguel Munoz’s team in 1960-61 and then matched three seasons ago under Jose Mourinho.

Meanwhile, Basel, who had won their previous two home games, fought admirably with 17-year-old Cameroonian forward Breel Embolo proving a real handful, and despite the defeat they know that a draw with Liverpool at Anfield in a fortnight would take them through to the knockout stage, the report added.
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Cristiano Ronaldo Looks Like a Male Model in CR7Shirts Behind the scenes

Check out Cristiano Ronaldo looking handsome in a new behind-the-scenes pic on the set at his latest CR7 Shirts campaign shoot!

“Part of my belief is always being the best that you can be. The perfect fitting shirt gives a man the confidence to become the best version of himself possible,” the 29-year-old soccer star recently shared in a statement.

Cristiano‘s partner Richard Chaiadded, “Ronaldo and I already have a great relationship collaborating on the CR7 by Cristiano Ronaldo underwear and socks line, and I’m excited that together we have developed a premium men’s basics brand which features well made, essential pieces. The idea of the CR7 Shirt collection is similar to the core ideas of the underwear collection. It is based on form, function and style. Part of the range is made with stretch, creating a story around the idea of mobility.”

Here is the Phtoshoot for the CR7 SHirt Launch

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Cristiano Ronaldo Has Outscored 75% Of Europe’s Top Clubs This Season

There is no ‘I’ in ‘Team’ but there is two in ‘Cristiano Ronaldo.’

It’s no wonder folk are running out of superlatives for the Madridsta goal machine, he’s outscored some of the biggest clubs in Europe. From Liverpool to Dortmund, Tottenham to Inter Milan, this stat is absolutely frightening. He’s even put his old club, Manchester United, to shame too.

With 197 goals in 176 games since signing for Real Madrid, we’re really not surprised. Ballon D’or 2014 winner? Of course it should be Ronaldo.

Ronaldo set to smash La Liga record

Cristiano Ronaldo is slowly surpassing Argentine rival Lionel Messi’s record goal scoring.

While Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was busy breaking the all-time La Liga scoring record on Saturday, Cristiano Ronaldo took a step closer to smashing the best for a single season of 50 goals, also held by his Argentine rival.

Ronaldo struck twice in a 4-0 win for leaders Real Madrid at Eibar and the Portugal forward has now scored an incredible 20 goals in 11 appearances in Spain’s top flight this term.

If the World Player of the Year continues at his current pace, his tally for the season will be more than 60, comfortably surpassing Messi’s record set in 2011 to 2012.

The 29-year-old Ronaldo, who missed Real’s defeat at Real Sociedad in August due to injury, is the first player to reach 20 goals in the opening 12 rounds of La Liga.

 

“A lot of people are envious about what he has achieved and about what he can accomplish,” Real’s Brazil fullback Marcelo told reporters.

“Cristiano always works hard, he’s a top professional with a huge desire to learn and help the team.”

Since he joined Real from Manchester United in 2009, Ronaldo has netted 197 La Liga goals, while Messi’s record set on Saturday with a hat-trick against Sevilla is 253.

Real’s victory at tiny Eibar, who are appearing in Spain’s top flight for the first time, maintained their two-point lead over second-placed Barca at the top.

The European champions are next in action on Wednesday when they play at FC Basel in the Champions League having already qualified for the last 16.

Ronaldo has scored 70 goals in Europe’s elite club competition, one fewer than Messi and former Real and Schalke 04 forward Raul. – Reuters

Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid thrash Eibar

Real Madrid saw off Basque minnows Eibar’s dreams of a giant-killing thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo double to register their 14th consecutive win in all competitions with a 4-0 victory on Saturday.

The European champions had more than a touch of fortune in the first half as James Rodriguez headed home the opener despite Ronaldo and Karim Benzema appearing to be in an offside position in the build-up to the goal.

Ronaldo then doubled the lead himself with a mishit shot that looped beyond Xabi Irureta just before the break. Benzema smashed home the third 20 minutes from time before Ronaldo rounded off the scoring from the penalty spot.

Victory restores Real’s four-point advantage over La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, who moved into second with a 3-1 win over 10-man Malaga earlier in the day.

However, Barcelona cam reclaim second place and move back to within two points of Real with a win over Sevilla later on Saturday.

“The objective is to continue with this run because the team is playing well and the players are motivated,” said Real boss Carlo Ancelotti.

“But the season is very long and we need to continue with this type of attitude.”

Madrid were visiting the 5,000 capacity Ipurua stadium for the first time in a league fixture and were immediately put on the back foot by the side with a budget 30 times inferior to Ancelotti’s star-studded squad.

Mikel Arruabarrena failed to make contact with an attempted volley when well-placed inside the area before Ander Capa’s side-footed effort was deflected just wide.

However, Madrid were also posing a threat with Gareth Bale particularly lively and Irureta did brilliantly to turn the Welshman’s dipping free-kick onto the bar.

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Ronaldo out to raise the Ei-bar

Ipurúa is uncharted territory for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese ace has never faced Eibar or visited their quaint little ground before, so Saturday’s game means an opportunity to place another pin on his map of conquests. The star’s previous exploits are awesome enough to strike fear into the heart of even the most optimistic ‘Armeros’ fan: the current Ballon d’Or holder has scored against no fewer than 50 of the 51 sides he has taken on in a Real Madrid shirt.

Four new names added to the hitlist
This season, CR7 has hit the target against all four opponents he hadn’t met before for ‘Los Blancos’, namely Córdoba in the league and Basel, Ludogorets and Liverpool in the Champions League.

Dinamo Zagreb, the one that got away
The 29-year-old’s list of victims is extraordinary and is a testament to the fact that he never rests on his laurels and is always looking to add further notches to his goalpost. The only team who have escaped unscathed against Ronaldo since he moved to Madrid are Dinamo Zagreb, whom he faced once in the 2011-12 season.

A stunning La Liga streak
Two other stats should have Eibar trembling: Cristiano alone has netted five more goals than they have as a team and to top that off, the forward has registered in every single league appearance this term.

Another record in sight
If he keeps up his present strike rate, Ronaldo is on course to bag somewhere in the region of 67 La Liga goals, smashing the previous season record of 50, set by Leo Messi in 2011-12.

Pepe: “It would be a scandal” if Ronaldo didn’t win Ballon d’Or

There’s no better attacker on the planet right now than Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, and based on the opinion of many, he’s moving along the right track to snag another Ballon d’Or award, which would be his third win overall after beating out Messi as the world’s best last season.

Time and time again, Ronaldo has shown his ability to clinically finish and instinctually position himself in excellent scoring areas, and he’s also displayed astounding skill that one doesn’t notice in many other players. He’s scored 23 goals all 17 competitions, including a score in Real’s latest trouncing–a 5-1 win over La Liga opponent Rayo.

Ronaldo’s Los Blancos teammate and fellow countryman Pepe doesn’t think anyone can match the performances of the highly-talented man from Madeira.

“If any other player wins, they should be ashamed given what Cristiano has been doing, beating lots of records, scoring 17 goals in the Champions League last season, these things are almost impossible,” Pepe said, courtesy of ESPN FC.

“In three months he has scored 23 goals. What else does he need to do? He is the best player in history and I repeat, it would be a scandal and a shame if they did not give him the Ballon d’Or.”

Messi and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer presently feature as other top Ballon d’Or candidates, but it’s tough to see them trumping what Ronaldo has flashed this season. With the 29-year-old’s success, Real has also enjoyed great fortune, mustering a 13-game winning run that has exceeded last year’s 10-match streak.

Even though Carlo Ancelotti’s side is exercising splendid form, downturns can always exist, in which case Ronaldo’s individual efforts may fall short to Messi or others at a certain period of time. However, over the course of an entire season, one comes to expect fairly steady performances from Ronaldo.

On Saturday, Real’s superstar will have his aims set on bolstering his tally against Eibar on Saturday, a squad that currently sits in the middle of the league table.

Argentina 0-1 Portugal. Portugal beat Argentina in friendly with Ronaldo vs Messi a sideshow

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi‘ got top billing at a packed Old Trafford but it was a lesser light who scored as Portugal scraped a 1-0 friendly win over Argentina on Tuesday.

Raphael Guerreiro headed the winner in added time after a second half riddled with substitutions and missing the excitement factor provided by the game’s two biggest players who did not reappear after halftime.

With Messi and Ronaldo on the field, Argentina showed what coach Gerardo Martino is looking for from his team, a quick-passing possession game with fast thrusts forward.

They dominated the opening half-hour in which they could have scored at least twice, the first chance a shot from Angel Di Maria, playing at the home of his club Manchester United, that skimmed the outside of the post after he was set up by Messi.

Argentina’s closest effort was in the 11th minute when Messi beat the offside trap to reach a through ball on the right and came in at a tight angle, his low shot from the edge of the six-yard box beating Beto but glancing off the post and back into play.

As the half-hour approached, Messi crossed, Javier Pastore headed and Beto dived to save before Ronaldo raised the decibels in the stadium when he backheeled a neat pass to Bosingwa then raced into the box to take the right back’s cross but his shot after two dummies went over the bar.

It was the signal for Portugal to come out of their shell for the last 15 minutes of the half and put the Argentine defence under pressure but Martino‘s side managed to play their way out of trouble.

After a lukewarm start to the second half, Di Maria had a shot from outside the box saved by Beto before Carlos Tevez came on for Gonzalo Higuain to boos from fans of his former team Manchester United but he did not make an impact.

The game failed to pick up its first half rhythm and quality, despite an end-to-end flow, thanks to the high number of substitutions as every player in the two squads appeared to be getting a chance to play.

Portugal looked like they wanted it more towards the end and a lucky bounce set up Ricardo Quaresma to cross from the right and give substitute Raphael Guerreiro a free header for the only billing at the goal.
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