Golden Shoe: No one comes close to Cristiano Ronaldo & Messi

La Liga‘s top scorers are once again competing against each other for the award, since no other player can match their goal scoring ability.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continue their dispute over any individual award there is. This time, both La Liga strikers were revealed as the front runners to win this year’s Golden Shoe. This will be the sixth consecutive year either player will take the trophy home, with Diego Forlán being the last striker to win the award prior to Messi and CR7 dominating the ranking.

Each league is assigned a difficulty number from zero to two, which is multiplied by the total amount of goals a player scores in his domestic league. With Ronaldo and Messi playing in La Liga, their goal scoring totals are multiplied by 2. Right now, the Portuguese striker leads the pack with 78 points, followed closely by Messi with 72.

Here you have the 2014/15 Golden Shoe’s top ten ranking

Antoine Griezmann completes the podium with 44 points. During his first season with Atletico, the Frenchman has established himself as Los Colchoneros’ go-to guy, particularly since the year 2015 began. Griezmann has scored 16 goals so far this year, making him the second most prolific scorer behind Messi. The only team in the world to have two strikers among the top ten is Barcelona, having Neymar tied with Alexander Meier and Diego Costa with 38 points.

Whoever wins between Messi and Ronaldo will be establishing a new record. Both players have won it three times, and with the closest opponent trailing them by 34 and 28 points respectively, these has turned into a two-horse race.

Here’s the list of winners for the past ten years

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in race to be Champions League top scorer

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will go head-to-head once more in the race to be this season’s top scorer in the Champions League – although Luiz Adriano threatens to spoil the party.

Both Barcelona and Real Madrid booked their spots in the semi-finals this week with victories over Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid respectively.

The planet’s best footballers have scored eight times in Europe this season. But Shakhtar Donetsk’s Adriano, courted by Arsenal and Liverpool, has netted on nine occasions this term.

Adriano, who moved to Donetsk in 2007, scored five against BATE Borsiov in the group stages. His performance that night made history, with the 27-year-old becoming only the second player to score five times in a Champions League game. The other was Messi for Barcelona against Bayer Leverkusen in 2012.

He also scored the third quickest hat-trick in the competition’s history (12 minutes) as the Ukrainian side, knocked out by Bayern Munich in the round of 16, racked up the biggest-ever half-time lead (6-0) in Europe’s premier tournament.

Ronaldo and Messi however, remain in pole-position to top the scoring charts with Barcelona and Real Madrid both in the hat for the two-legged semi-finals to be played next month.

Of the teams still in the pot, Neymar and Luis Suarez of Barcelona, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and former Manchester United and City striker Carlos Tevez, now plying his trade for Juventus, each have six goals.

The draw for the semi finals will take place on Friday, April 24th.

Final Training Session ahead of Madrid derby decider

Real Madrid players returned to the training ground at the Valdebebas for the final training session ahead of the crucial Champions league round of 16 decider against city rivals Atletico Madrid.

A side with Injury crisis were looked fully motivated and with high morale. After missing out Key Players like Gareth Bale and Luka Modric for the Derby’s second leg real madrid’s midfield can be a weak zone.

In absence of  Magician Luka Modric, In form James Rodrriguez will hold the key spot in the game for the Los Blancos. Whereas Chicharito will start the game as Karim Benzema has been ruled out for the match.

All eyes will be on Real Madrid‘s talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored against every opposition he had played in the Champions League this season.

Fortsätt läsa Final Training Session ahead of Madrid derby decider

Real’s Rodriguez may hold key amid injury crisis

With Real Madrid facing an injury crisis ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid attention will be on talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to lead them through but James Rodriguez may hold the key.

Real coach Carlo Ancelotti will be without playmaker Luka Modric and forward Gareth Bale while striker Karim Benzema’s knee injury may be more serious than first thought and he will also miss the quarter-final, second leg.

As well as the injury absences, attacking fullback Marcelo is suspended for the decider at the Bernabeu with the tie standing at 0-0 from the first game.

Ancelotti must improvise by either playing two, rather than the usual trident, in attack as he has often done in the absence of Bale or by pushing Rodriguez forward on to the right wing to take the place of the Welshman.

Rodriguez has been in impressive form since his return from injury at the beginning of April with Real winning all four league games.

The Colombian stood out in a sluggish performance by Real in Saturday’s 3-1 La Liga win over Malaga when he scored a fine 25-metre goal, won a penalty and provided defensive cover in midfield.

Now, in the absence of Modric, who is set to be the player that Real will miss most against Atletico, it is Rodriguez who can provide similar passing and build-up play.

Ronaldo’s strike against Malaga brought up his 50th goal of the season but he struggled after Christmas without the support from midfield of Modric or Rodriguez.

The best player was James because he gave a lot of quality to the team,” Ancelotti told a news conference after the Malaga victory.

Atletico will try to take advantage of the absentees to get some revenge for their defeat in last season’s Champions League final and are led in attack by Antoine Griezmann who is in a rich vein of form.

He has scored important goals all season and is giving a lot to the team,” fellow forward Raul Garcia told reporters.

The Frenchman hit a double in Atletico’s 2-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.

The final is in the past. It would have been nice to win but this is another match. The team is playing very well and we are in a positive mood,” added Garcia.

Cristiano Ronaldo leads the 2014/15 European Golden Shoe standings

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo moved closer to the 2015 Golden Shoe award with goals against Rayo Vallecano and Eibar in the last week.

While he remains four clear of Barcelona rival Lionel Messi—who netted against Almeria and Levante since the previous update—the Argentinian only has seven La Liga matches left to make up considerable ground.

Here is the 2014/15 Golden Shoe Standings Table:

Ronaldo overtook Messi with his five-goal showing against Granada on April 5 and is looking as prolific as ever after a poor bout of form.

His goal against Rayo was an extremely important one, providing LosBlancos with a 68th-minute breakthrough in a fixture which threatened to stall their title hopes. His 21st-minute strike against Eibar set Carlo Ancelotti‘s men en route to a standard 3-0 win. Positively for Messi, whose Barca side dropped two points against Sevilla, he managed to keep pace for the week.

Although Messi didn’t gain any ground this week, It is undoubtedly looking like a two-horse race for the main prize again.

UEFA Records Messi and Ronaldo have not Broken Yet

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo seem to pass goalscoring landmarks every week, but there are plenty of UEFA Champions League records they have yet to break.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi‘s ongoing battle to be the top goalscorer in European football remains perhaps the greatest footballing drama of our age, but both need to raise their game considerably if they are to scoop the following European Champion Clubs‘ Cup and UEFA Europa League records.

Final goals
Most goals in European Cup finals: 7 – Alfrédo Di Stéfano, Ferenc Puskás (both Real Madrid CF)
Goals in most European Cup finals: 5 – Alfrédo Di Stefano (Real Madrid, 1956, 1957, 1958. 1959, 1960)
Most goals in a single European Cup final: 4 – Ferenc Puskás (Real Madrid, 1960)
Most goals in a single UEFA Champions League final: 2 – Daniele Massaro (AC Milan, 1994), Karl-Heinz Riedle (Borussia Dortmund, 1997), Hernán Crespo (Milan, 2005), Filippo Inzaghi (Milan, 2007), Diego Milito (FC Internazionale Milano, 2010)

With two finals goals each – and only one in any single final (Messi in 2009 and 2011, Ronaldo in 2008 and 2014) – Ronaldo and Messi both have a way to go to emulate the all-time final star strikers. Two other players have also scored in two UEFA Champions League finals: Raúl González (Real Madrid, 2000, 2002) and Samuel Eto’o (FC Barcelona, 2006, 2009).

Goals in European Cup/UEFA Champions League stages
Most UEFA Champions League group stage goals: Raúl González (53)
Most European Cup/UEFA Champions League quarter-final goals: Alfrédo Di Stéfano (14)
Most European Cup/UEFA Champions League semi-final goals: Alfrédo Di Stéfano (11)

Raúl‘s twin records as the leading UEFA Champions League and UEFA club competition goalscorer have fallen to Ronaldo (who holds both) and Messi (who shares the former only), but the ex-Madrid ace retains his status as the all-time top marksman in the UEFA Champions League group stage; Messi on 44 and Ronaldo on 38 may surpass that mark yet.

Di Stéfano remains king in terms of quarter-final and semi-final goals, though his throne appears increasingly vulnerable. Ronaldo has registered 12 in the quarters and eight in the semis; Messi has notched 10 and two respectively at those stages.

Success with different sides
Final wins with the most teams in the UEFA Champions League: 3 – Clarence Seedorf (AFC Ajax 1995, Real Madrid 1998, Milan 2003, 2007)
Highest number of teams scored for in the UEFA Champions League: 6 – Zlatan Ibrahimović (Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain)

Cristiano Ronaldo is unique in having scored in UEFA Champions League finals for two different winning sides – Manchester United FC in 2008 and Madrid in 2014. The luckless Velibor Vasović is the only other player to net in European Cup finals for two clubs, as a loser with FK Partizan in 1966 and Ajax in 1969. Ronaldo will require a transfer if he is to match Clarence Seedorf’s unique achievement of winning the competition with three separate teams.

Oldest goalscorer
UEFA Champions League final: Paolo Maldini (36 years 333 days) Milan v Liverpool FC (25/05/2005)
UEFA Champions League, group stage to final: Francesco Totti (38 years 59 days)
PFC CSKA Moskva v AS Roma (25/11/2014)
European Cup: Manfred Burgsmüller (38 years 293 days)
SV Werder Bremen v SC Dynamo Berlin (11/10/1988)

To overtake the UEFA Champions League oldest scorer mark, Ronaldo will need to register in the competition, group stage to final, after 1 April 2023, and Messi after 22 August 2025. To become the European Cup’s all-time oldest scorer, Ronaldo will have to hit the target after 22 November 2023, and Messi after 13 April 2026.

Fastest goals
Fastest UEFA Champions League goal: Roy Makaay (10.12 seconds)
FC Bayern München v Real Madrid (07/03/2007)
Fastest UEFA Champions League final goal: Paolo Maldini (53 seconds) Milan v Liverpool (25/05/2005)

Hat-tricks
Fastest UEFA Champions League hat-trick: Bafétimbi Gomis (8 mins)
GNK Dinamo Zagreb v Olympique Lyonnais, 07/12/2011
Hat-tricks in consecutive UEFA Champions League games: Luiz Adriano (2)
FC BATE Borisov v FC Shakhtar Donetsk (21/10/14) & FC Shakhtar Donetsk v FC BATE Borisov (05/11/14)

Long-distance records
Goals in most successive UEFA Champions League seasons: Raúl González (14)
Goals in most UEFA Champions League seasons: Ryan Giggs (16)

Sporting Clube de Portugal did not get through qualifying in Ronaldo’s only attempt with the club, and the forward then failed to net in his first two UEFA Champions League seasons with United. However, he has registered in the last nine campaigns – and nine in all – meaning he must keep playing and scoring for five more seasons to catch Raúl. To replicate Giggs’s total he may – like the Welshman – need to play on until he is over 40.

There were no false starts for Messi, yet he has scored in only ten UEFA Champions League campaigns and will be well into his 30s before he can trouble Raúl or Giggs in this respect.

Single-season total
Most goals in a single European season: Radamel Falcao (18), FC Porto 2010/11

Falcao’s glorious exploits in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League set a mark that Messi and Ronaldo have been unable to emulate. The Colombian’s haul included one goal in qualifying and 17 in the competition proper. Messi’s best year came in 2011/12 when he ended the European season with 14 strikes, while Ronaldo set a new European Cup/UEFA Champions League record with 17 in 2013/14. Both men have notched eight this term, meaning they will have to make it to the final and score at a rate of over two a game if they are to outgun Falcao.

Goalscoring consistency
Goals in most consecutive appearances: Ruud van Nistelrooy (9), Manchester United, 2002/03
Best goals per game average in European Cup/UEFA Champions League: 0.97 – Gerd Müller (Bayern)
Best goals per game average in UEFA club competition*: 0.90 – Radamel Falcao (Porto, Club Atlético de Madrid)

Ruud van Nistelrooy did not figure in all United’s games in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League but managed to score in nine straight appearances in that campaign – ten if you include his goal in qualifying. Ronaldo has come the closest to bettering that mark, with strikes in eight successive 2013/14 outings.

However, when it comes to goals per match, Ronaldo cannot compete with the all-time record holders. His UEFA Champions League record stands at 0.66 a game – 76 goals in 115 games – and it is 0.66 in all UEFA club competitions too – 78 in 118. Messi has registered at (0.80 in the UEFA Champions League – 75 goals in 94 games; 0.78 in all UEFA competitions – 76 in 97). If Falcao’s awesome total may yet come down when he returns to European action, Gerd Müller‘s European Cup ratio still seems unbeatable.

Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo lead AP weekly football poll

Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to the top of the Associated Press Global Football 10 after scoring five goals in Real Madrid’s astonishing 9-1 rout of Granada in the Spanish league.

Ronaldo notched a first-half hat trick in an eight-minute span, and scored twice more in the second half on Sunday in a victory which propelled Madrid to team of the week honors.

”Games like that don’t come along too often,” Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in the United States said. ”There’s probably a case to be made for just putting 10 Real Madrid players on my ballot. Games like that aren’t a one-man effort.”

Ander Herrera was runner-up to Ronaldo for helping Manchester United establish its place in the top four of the English Premier League with two goals in the 3-1 victory over Aston Villa.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was voted third for scoring in his team’s 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.

Carlos Tevez polled fourth for scoring one and assisting on another as Juventus maintained its 14-point advantage at the summit of Serie A with a 2-0 win over Empoli.

Mesut Ozil was a place behind after his performance and goal, a stunning free kick, in Arsenal’s 4-1 home win against Liverpool.

Eden Hazard, Wayne Rooney, Gonzalo Castro, Blaise Matuidi and Charlie Adam completed this week’s top 10 players.

Arsenal was the runner-up to Madrid for the emphatic victory over Premier League rival Liverpool.

Victory extended Arsenal’s advantage over Liverpool to nine points, and moved Arsene Wenger’s side into second in the league.

Arsenal was seven points behind London rival Chelsea with seven games remaining but voter Tito Puccetti, of ESPN in Argentina, refused to rule out its chances of catching the leader.

”With seven games, Arsenal will attempt an epic close to the season,” Puccetti said. ”It seems impossible (to win the Premier League) but it took the first step, thrashed Liverpool, and they are second.”

Paris Saint-Germain, which won 3-2 at Marseille, was third. Laurent Blanc’s side twice came from behind to move five points ahead of its title rival atop the French league.

”Paris Saint-Germain’s victory in Marseille could be decisive in the French championship,” Francois Colin of De Standaard in Belgium said.

Munich polled fourth after victory over Dortmund, while Barcelona was fifth after winning 1-0 at Celta Vigo to keep its four-point advantage over Madrid at the top of the Spanish league.

United, Chelsea, Juventus, Bayer Leverkusen, and Borussia Moenchengladbach rounded out the top 10 teams.

Associated Press Global Football 10:

Players:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo, 125 points.

2. Ander Herrera, 78.

3. Robert Lewandowski, 68.

4. Carlos Tevez, 65.

5. Mesut Ozil, 57.

6. Eden Hazard, 50.

7. Wayne Rooney, 46.

8. Gonzalo Castro, 42.

9. Blaise Matuidi, 36.

10. Charlie Adam, 27.

Teams:

1. Real Madrid, 107.

2. Arsenal, 93.

3. Paris Saint-Germain, 84.

4. Bayern Munich, 61.

5. Barcelona, 46.

6. Manchester United, 43.

7. Chelsea, 41.

8. Juventus, 40.

9. Bayer Leverkusen, 33.

10. Borussia Moenchengladbach, 33.

Ronaldo joins Real greats in 300 club with his historic 5 goal haul

A five-goal haul in Sunday’s 9-1 win over Granada saw Cristiano Ronaldo join Real Madrid’s 300 club alongside Raul and Alfredo Di Stefano.

Cristiano Ronaldo moved to 300 goals for Real Madrid on Sunday as he scored five times in their 9-1 rout of Granada.

The Ballon d’Or holder registered an eight-minute hat-trick before half-time – the quickest treble of his Real career – and then added two more after the break at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ronaldo‘s fifth goal – an injury-time header – took him to 300 goals for the club, making him the third player to achieve that feat after Real legends Raul and Alfredo Di Stefano.

Former Spain skipper Raul scored 323 goals in 741 games for Real, while Di Stefano‘s tally stands at 308 from 396 outings.

Ronaldo reached the 300 mark in an astounding 287 games, with 214 of those goals coming in La Liga. The Portugal captain has 60 to his name in the UEFA Champions League, as well as 21 in the Copa del Rey, three in the Supercopa de Espana and two in the European Super Cup.

After his stunning display on Sunday, Ronaldo tweeted: ”Happy to have scored 5 goals with this excellent team work. Thank you for all your support.”

Ronaldo now sits eighth in La Liga’s all-time scoring charts, having overtaken Pahino, who scored 211 times in 278 games for Real, Celta Vigo and Deportivo La Coruna in the 1940s and 50s.

Pictures: Cristiano Ronaldo scores historic five goals against Granada Fortsätt läsa Ronaldo joins Real greats in 300 club with his historic 5 goal haul

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are class apart – Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson claims there is no-one out there ready to challenge Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the title of the world’s best player.

The former Manchester United boss believes Messi and Ronaldo are out there on their own and have no threat to their status as the best on the planet.

The former Manchester United boss is a fan of Barcelona star Neymar but feels he still has some way to go before he fulfils his talent.

You’ll always look at clubs like Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United to produce that kind of player you’re talking about,” said Ferguson.

But to be honest I’m not sure there’s one sticking out at the moment. The boy Neymar gets a lot of publicity about the potential he’s got, but I think that’s still to be seen, still to be fulfilled.

Certainly, most people I speak to speak highly of the boy. When I had Anderson at United, he spoke volumes about the boy’s ability.

So hopefully he’ll be the next one who’ll produce the type of talent we see in Messi and Ronaldo.”

In a rare interview,the former Manchester United boss also hailed Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti as one of the best coaches in the world.

Ferguson suggested Ancelotti would have no trouble landing another big job if Real ended this season empty-handed and he is shown the door.

Real have never kept a manager in a season when he has not won a trophy, and Ferguson said: “I think these types of jobs are difficult, particularly if there are elections coming up.

Real Madrid and Barcelona have elections every third year I think it is.

“It doesn’t matter who the manager is. The election for a new president will be based on the success of the football team and what player he can buy and what coach he is going to sack.

“There’s no doubt it works that way, but I don’t think Carlo is under pressure. He probably is, because, as you know, of the dynamics of that kind of football club.

“But, for me, Carlo is one of the best coaches I’ve ever come across and one of my biggest opponents, so I wouldn’t worry about his future, that’s for sure.”

Real Madrid Prepares for La liga with 10 games to go

All Real madrid players called up by their national teams for Euro 2016 Qualifiers and friendlies are back in madrid including Cristiano Ronaldo after the end of International breaks.

James Rodriguez has returned to the training after getting out for about 3 months. He is still recovering but the World Cup star trying hard to make it to the squad. ‘Gareth Bale‘ The Hero in the International breaks will try to carry on his form with Whites.

After Record breaking start of the season 2014-15, Cristiano Ronaldo has suffered to carry on his form in 2015. The second half of the season haven’t been good for the star man.

Despite he scored against Barca at camp now, Real Madrid faced 2-1 defeat to barcelona which holds real madrid to second spot trailing 4 pts behind. Ronaldo will be looking to get his form back with 10 games in league to go on…

Real Madrid Training Session (April 1, 2015)
Fortsätt läsa Real Madrid Prepares for La liga with 10 games to go