Just how influential was Ronaldo to Real Madrid’s league title win and Champions League final place?

Regardless of whether you’re team Messi or team Ronaldo, there is absolutely no denying they are both two unbelievable talents. Though this season, Ronaldo has outshone his number one rival. Madrid pipped Barca to the league title and showed them how it was done in the Champions League. And of course who was central to that…who other than Ronaldo?

The Portuguese star boasts 25 leagues goals and a further six assists in 29 appearances this season meaning he has been directly involved in 31 of Madrid’s 106 goals. That equates to almost 30% and without Ronaldo’s influence, Zinedine Zidane’s men would be 23 points worse off. This would put them in fifth place on 70 points. And whilst Messi may hold a haul of 37 league goals with nine assists, Ronaldo scored the most important goal of all as Madrid saw off Malaga at the weekend.

Admittedly, Madrid only needed a point to win the title but Malaga is a tough place to go and they are notorious for giving the biggest sides of La Liga a torrid time at La Rosaleda Stadium. Just two minutes into the game, Ronaldo helped to calm any nerves and pretty much keep the game at bay by latching onto Isco’s through ball and taking it round Carlos Kameni and slot it into an empty net. His 15th in 15 league games against Malga.

It also means he is the second player to score more than 25 goals in a season for the eighth year in a row, joining only Messi with that mightily impressive record. Not just a great day for the club but another personal milestone for the 32-year-old. And it’s not just the league in which Ronaldo has proved crucial in, six of Madrid’s Champions League victories have been as a direct result of his impact.

The former United man boasts ten goals and five assists in his 12 European appearances this season and with the final still to play, we may just see him add to that tally and add a fourth Champions League to his name.

Get the Betfred free bet and you can get Portugal at 25/1 to win the 2018 World Cup. They currently reside in second place in Group B with four wins and a defeat, behind an impeccable Switzerland who are yet to drop a point. Ronaldo has made four appearances for his country during next year’s qualifiers and has scored a remarkable nine goals in that time. Without him, it’s fair say Portugal would be down and out and if they are to victorious, much like with their Euro 2016 triumph, Ronaldo will be in the mix of it all. And due to his heroics for both club and country, he has rightly staked his claim as favourite for the Ballon d’Or.

Where Will Ronaldo Play Next?


The 2016 summer transfer windows will be a very hot one indeed. Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic have announced that they will be leaving their respective clubs, with Ronaldo being tied as Ibrahimovic’s replacement. This is only logical because Paris Saint-Germain officials have a lot of money to spend and Ronaldo has some big needs in terms of wages. Although, it would be bombastic to see them both play together, but very unlikely because of both being players that like the spotlight for themselves.

Although other clubs have surfaced as the potential destination for Ronaldo, Paris Saint-Germain are the biggest favorites. Not even a legend like Zinedine Zidane wasn’t enough to convince Ronaldo to spend some more time in Real Madrid. Ronaldo is a living legend whose face has been all around the world, on commercials, kid’s bags, lunch boxes and even casino games offered by this online casino.

Another team considered a favorite in signing Ronaldo is Manchester United. In fact, sports media have been speculating that Ronaldo might return to Manchester for couple of years now. Will this summer be the one where Lassie comes home? We’ll see, although it’s tough to imagine that Manchester United would spend so much money. But, in realty, they desperately need a star like Ronaldo considering their flop this season, one that can restart the engine and help the team climb those old heights. There are even speculations that Mourinho will join him in Man Utd.

Zidane has revealed that he plans on relying on the Benzema, Bale and Ronaldo offensive trio, but that hasn’t changed the fact that Ronaldo will be most probably leaving Real Madrid this summer. Real Madrid might be willing to listen to offers considering the fact that Ronaldo has turned 31 and is starting to have problems with his knee, so the price may drop which would be great for Manchester United.


A Real Madrid insider told the media that Ronaldo is the player expected to leave the club more than the other stars like Bale, who has speculated about leaving too. This is because Bale is 5 years younger, which makes him a more reliable future for the club, whereas the best years of Ronaldo might be behind him. But, it doesn’t mean that his career is over. On the contrary. The insider also said that PSG are desperate and the biggest favorites, but that Manchester United are hugely interested in signing him too and will try to do that.

Another reason why Ronaldo is heavy on leaving Real Madrid is the fact that Zidane is a person that likes to run the dressing room. Considering Ronaldo does that too, there might be a heavy clash of personalities, which in the end usually results with one person leaving the turf. If that happens, Zidane is said to be looking at Eden Hazard as his replacement.

Other possible destinations that people speculate about, although very unlikely to happen, are Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and even the USA. Chelsea and Manchester City have the money to bring him there, and so do the Major League football clubs, but I don’t know about Arsenal. Anyway, it would be fun to see Ronaldo playing in the Premier League again.


A strong suit: Which Real player would be King of the club?

Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken about his love of gambling in the past, but did you know some of his colleagues at Real Madrid also like to bet?

A deck of playing cards can be the rise or fall of a gambler, with poker players longing for the rare Royal Flush. If Ronaldo and other Real stars were playing cards, which would they be? Let’s take a look and find out!

Queen Ancelotti

Ruling the roost at Real is the Queen – Carlo Ancelotti. One of the most successful football managers of all time, Ancelotti will secure his reputation as one of the greatest in history if he can help his club to defend the European Cup, something no team has done for 25 years. Ancelotti has already won Europe’s premier club competition on three occasions. He is universally loved and a popular figure with fans of all clubs due to his hilarious sense of humour and comically arched eyebrows.

King Ronaldo

There is no doubt that Cristiano Ronaldo is the King, towering over the pack thanks to his incredible quality and unbelievable goal-scoring record. Since arriving at Real Madrid in a massive transfer deal from Manchester United, Ronaldo has scored 219 league goals for his club in just 198 appearances, making him undoubtedly one of the best players in the world.

Ronaldo also holds various records, backing up his position as the King, including his title as the all-time top scorer in the UEFA European Championship. He currently has the second-most goals in Champions League history, and is just one goal behind his great rival, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. Ronaldo is known to love gambling and once stated in an interview: ”I’m a target for casinos and I get invited to celebrity tournaments. But I prefer to play online or among friends.” Casinos might try to attract Ronaldo and his teammates, but to avoid the spotlight they can gamble online at Casino Tropez.

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale is the Jack in the pack – one of the most versatile cards and a vital option for Ancelotti’s Real as they chase the La Liga and European Cup titles. The last season has been a tough one for the Welsh international and he has sometimes struggled to find his place at the Bernabeu, but there is no doubting his usefulness and his amazing goal in last year’s Copa Del Rey final against Barcelona was proof of his huge quality. Bale is the Jack because of his trickster reputation; his skill on the ball certainly makes him an apt choice for this card.

Wildcard Sergio Ramos – Joker

Who else could be the Joker but Sergio Ramos? Since joining Real from Sevilla in 2005 he has been one of the club’s most important players, collecting an amazing ten club medals, as well as being a crucial part of the Spain team that won three successive international tournaments. Ramos is a risk-taker and his aggressive style of play, love of bullfighting and ability to contribute vital goals at key moments makes him the perfect choice to be our Joker in the pack.


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England boss overlooks Ronaldo in Ballon d’Or ballot

England manager Roy Hodgson has come in for criticism after it was revealed he didn’t vote for Cristiano Ronaldo in his Ballon d’Or ballot.

While the Real Madrid star still managed to comfortably win this year’s player of the year award, questions have still been asked as to how Hodgson could not have Ronaldo, or Barcelona star Lionel Messi, in his top three selections.

Overlooking Ronaldo and Messi, Hodgson instead opted to use his picks to select Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano as his best player of the year, using his two other choices to select Germany duo Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer.

England captain Wayne Rooney disagreed with his manager, though, voting for former Manchester United team-mate Ronaldo as his first pick, with Germany’s Toni Kroos in second and Gareth Bale in third.

In contrast to his English counterpart, Scotland boss Gordon Strachan did vote Ronaldo as his player of 2014 ahead of Spain striker Diego Costa and Holland winger Arjen Robben.

Scotland captain Scott Brown, whose Celtic side are still overwhelming title favourites with the Scottish football betting despite their issues this season, saw things the same way as Strachan, using his first pick on Ronaldo with Robben in second and Neuer third.

Wales head coach Chris Coleman, perhaps unsurprisingly, gave his vote to compatriot Bale, naming Ronaldo and Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger as his other selections. Bale’s case was helped further after receiving the vote of his captain, Ashley Williams, although it wasn’t enough for Bale to break into the top three of the vote.

Northern Ireland suffered a slight embarrassment when their votes failed to be submitted in time, meaning head coach Michael O’Neill and captain Steven Davis’ selections weren’t counted.

But while there were some questionable votes from some aspects of the panel, not least Hodgson, Ronaldo was the clear winner in this year’s event with 37.66% of the votes.

That made it back-to-back Ballon d’Or awards for Ronaldo and winning the prize for the third time in his career. He came out on top in the votes made by the 181 national team head coaches, 182 national team captains and 181 media representatives that make up the electorate.

Lionel Messi finished second with 15.76% of the votes after another record-breaking season, with Germany’s World Cup winning goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, taking third place with 15.72%.

On the back of an incredible 2014, there weren’t many outside the voting panel who really felt anyone else but Ronaldo deserved the award. Even Messi’s most ardent fans couldn’t argue the Argentinean performed better than his long-time rival last year, and there is an argument to claim his second place finish was more down to his name than his form in 2014.

While Germany’s World Cup heroes were all rightfully in and around the mix, only Neuer could have realistically challenged Ronaldo for this year’s Ballon d’Or. The Bayern Munich man has not only established himself as the best in the world at the moment, but some feel we are currently witnessing the finest goalkeeper to have ever played the game. The year of 2014 certainly went some way to cementing that opinion.

Cristiano Eases Liverpool Pain

Having stayed up way past her bed time to watch her Dad play for Liverpool at the Bernabeu, little Elena Lovren was left bemused by manager Brendan Rodgers decision to leave defender Dejan out of his squad for the big game. Pictured by her mother Anita with her arms outstretched, the one year old looked perplexed as she watched the game unfold with Kolo Toure in central defence instead of her Daddy. Fortunately for her, all was not lost as she was consoled with a hug from her hero Cristiano Ronaldo after the game.

Missing Big Names

Dejan Lovren wasn’t the only big name left out of the starting line up by Rodgers who also opted to rest Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Mario Balotelli for the 1-0 defeat. It remains to be seen whether Cristiano was on hand to console their families too but there will certainly have been a lot of Liverpool fans looking for a lift when they saw the starting XI.

Lacking Ambition

It could, of course, have been worse for Liverpool, who lost their recent home game against the Spanish giants 3-0 but Rodgers’ decision to rest his stars seems like an acceptance that his team are not good enough to compete in the Champions League. Football experts such as those at bluesq recognise that one of the reasons for Liverpool’s successful league campaign last season was their lack of distractions but now, having qualified for the Champions League, Rodgers must surely be willing to sacrifice league form in order to give it his best shot in Europe. The decision to rest his big names suggests a lack of ambition at Anfield, or a lack of faith in the depth of the squad….either way it is a cause for concern for the Liverpool supporters.

Cristiano Consolation

The 4,500 travelling Liverpool fans may have left Madrid disappointed but at least for one little girl Cristiano Ronaldo was able to make sure that it wasn’t a wasted trip to Spain.

Ronaldo cruising to top goalscorer gong

Just when you think Cristiano Ronaldo can’t get any better, he seems to step his game up to a different level. After just six La Liga appearances this season, the Real Madrid star has already scored 13 goals and seemingly all but wrapped up the league’s goalscoring race already. Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Athletic Bilbao before the international break – his 26th treble for Real and third of the campaign – took his tally to 13 La Liga strikes in six games this season and saw the Portuguese star drop to as short as 1/7 with some bookmakers to repeat last year’s feat of finishing as the league’s leading scorer.

After a disappointing start to the year, Real Madrid have started to find their form and climb back up the table. While Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema have all started the new season well for a Real Madrid team given odds of 11/10 by Betfair to win the title, it’s looking like much will rest on the shoulders of Ronaldo again this year if the La Liga trophy is going to return to the Bernabeu. Despite his impressive start to the season, there have been some questions as to just how fit the 29-year-old is and whether he’ll be able to get through a full La Liga campaign. If Ronaldo manages to avoid serious injury this season, Real will know they have a great chance of winning the title this season, and their number-seven will know he’ll most probably finish with another golden boot to his collection.

While it would take injury or something fairly dramatic for C7 not to top the scoring charts this season, let’s look at the chasing pack of players who will all be looking to take advantage of any slip up from Ronaldo in order to push their own case to finish the year as La Liga’s top scorer.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

As ever, Ronaldo’s main rival on many fronts this year will most likely be Lionel Messi. With six league goals to his name in seven appearances this season, it’s a testament to Ronaldo’s incredible start to the year that some have claimed Messi has been off the pace this year. While the Argentinean star may not have been as eye-catching as Ronaldo this season, Messi is still very much in the leading goalscorer mix this season and has looked as good as ever in recent weeks. With Barcelona the narrow betting favourites to win the title this year, the form of Messi will have a big say in whether the Catalan giants are able to fend off Ronaldo and Real from clawing them back at the top of the table.

Neymar (Barcelona)
On the back of a sensational personal World Cup showing, Neymar has continued to boost his own case as the world’s best player with a scintillating start to the season for Barcelona. While injury restricted Neymar during the early stages of the campaign, the Brazil star has been in prolific form since returning to the team; scoring seven goals in just four starts and two substitute appearances in the league. After scoring just nine La Liga goals in his debut season, Neymar didn’t start the year as many people’s tip to top the scoring charts, but the Brazilian could become one of Ronaldo’s main rival this year if he can build on this fabulous start to the season and prove he is now worthy of being considered in the same bracket as Ronaldo and Messi.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
If any misfortune strikes Ronaldo this season, Real Madrid fans will be looking to their world record signing Gareth Bale to pick up the slack and score the goals that would be missing from the team. The Welshman has already added four league goals to the 15 he scored in his debut league season in Spain, and the former Tottenham star will know he’ll need to be pushing nearer 20 goals if he is going to convince everyone he is worth what the club paid for him. Bale’s final season in England before his move to Spain showed he has what it takes to score 20+ goals in a league campaign, and the pressure might not be solely on Ronaldo’s shoulders to score the goals that see the club win the league this year.

Luis Suarez (Barcelona)
Luis Suarez’ infamous biting incident during last summer’s World Cup meant his Barcelona career had to start three months later than he would have liked. And while it’s unlikely the Uruguayan will be able to catch Ronaldo at the top of the scoring charts when he finally does make his competitive debut, Suarez will genuinely feel he still has enough time to make a real impact this season. On the back of a season with Liverpool in which he scored 31 league goals, Suarez will be hoping to make up for lost time when his worldwide competitive ban runs out later in October in time for El Clasico. After that, La Liga defences will have one of the world’s most clinical strikers on their hands and someone who has further strengthened this Barcelona attack.

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Alongside Ronaldo and Bale, Karim Benzema completes one of European football’s most fearsome forward trios, and the Frenchman could be right up there with the league’s leading scorers again this season. With three goals to his name from six appearances, Benzema’s start to the new season has been a solid if unspectacular one, but that’s not to say the France international won’t be up near the 25-goal mark come the latter stages of the season. The arrival of James Rodriguez in the summer had some believing Benzema would be heading for the exit at the start of the season, but Real showed just how highly they value the striker by rejecting the advances of the likes of Arsenal and handing the Frenchman a new five-year contract. Benzema will now know it’s down to him to show the world just why the club had so much faith in him.

An Old Trafford Return?

He is the world best player and one of the greatest players in history. Cristiano Ronaldo has done it all. Three Premier League titles, one La Liga, one FA Cup, two Copa del Rey’s, two Champions League’s and two World Players of the Year titles.

Ronaldo is revered at both Manchester United and Real Madrid, who he has both done so much for, and recently the Portuguese midfielder has set fires by blazing by talking about his love for Manchester United and refused to rule out a move back to Old Trafford.

The recent statement from the 29-year-old has sent online bookmakers into overdrive, with many putting Ronaldo at incredibly small odds to return to Manchester United in the not so distance. Ronaldo’s favourite online casino has him practically at evens to return to the club.

So will we see Ronaldo back in the Premier League?

Well the first thing to consider is cost. Madrid signed him for a then world record £80million and they would be hoping to recoup a significant proportion of that back. As with anything a cost-benefit-analysis will have to be undertaken. Ronaldo would be 30-years-old when United could even fathom making a move. Is £70m for an aging player worth the money? In the case of most players no, but Ronaldo is not most players, he is in the uppermost echelons of football greatness and will still be for the next six years. So for United you wouldn’t think money would be too much of a stumbling block,

Then there is Louis van Gaal. The new Manchester United manager is known for his youthful approach. At Ajax he won the Champions League with a team of youngsters, he brought youth players into the Barcelona set up and the current Bayern Munich side owes thanks to Van Gaal, who amongst other gave Thomas Muller his start, while his youthful Holland side excited at the recent World Cup. Would Van Gaal, a man known for stubbornness, change his mantra of youth and take Ronaldo? Although he has made his name for bringing through youngsters Van Gaal has always incorporated veterans in his side, and what better example could you have for a young player than Ronaldo?

Ronaldo is viewed with the same admiration that United hold fans George Best and Eric Cantona and they would welcome him back to the club with glee, and with Ronaldo finally winning the Champions League with his beloved Real he may want to return to the cooler climes of Britain.

A disastrous season with Real could open negotiations with the Red Devils. Or perhaps an argument with Carlo Ancelotti will push him back into the arms of Old Trafford who you believe will move heaven and earth if they thought they had just one shot at bringing him back to Manchester.

If Ronaldo does not move back to Old Trafford in the next to season will the ship have sailed? If so, United should seek to actively, but secretively, make inroads for their former number seven.

World Cup Group G – Portugal, Germany, Ghana & USA

Cristiano Ronaldo struck 51 goals in just 47 outings last season for eventual Champions League winners Real Madrid, boosting his club total to an impressive 252 in 246. The 29-year-old is also the current holder of the Ballon d’Or, so those affiliated with the Portugal national side will be expecting some big performances from him in this summer’s World Cup.

The tournament will kick off in Brazil in a matter of days and the excitement is slowly starting to crank up. Those lucky enough to have a golden ticket for the event have started filtering into the country, dreaming of those representing them on the field lifting the trophy.

Portugal came close to missing out on the World Cup altogether, of course, and were left to battle it out with Sweden in the play-offs back in November. Ronaldo was once again the saviour, though, striking once in the first leg and thrice in the second, sparking wild celebrations as the Portuguese qualified with a 4-2 aggregate score.

Paulo Bento’s side were placed in a group containing Germany, Ghana and USA – a group which will have Ronaldo rubbing his hands together.

Germany are naturally the biggest worry for A Seleccao, but their defence is a glaring weakness for them and Ronaldo may be able to exploit that. Jerome Boateng has never been comfortable with marking explosive players and Per Mertesacker is sluggish across the floor, so if Ronaldo runs at them with pace then they could be in trouble.

It makes the World Cup group G betting very interesting, as many expect Germany to top the group without a problem. Keeping that in mind, I think selecting Ronaldo as the tournament’s top scorer would be a wise bet and probably more realistic than Portugal topping their table.

Ghana are renowned for their power through the team and could prove to be a little bit of a problem to break down, but ultimately Ronaldo’s technical ability and knack of punishing teams when they switch off will surely see him penetrate the defence.

The former Manchester United winger will be confident of squeezing some change out of USA, and with Portugal likely to meet Russia in the next round, Ronaldo and his compatriots will be keeping their fingers crossed that he can steer clear of injuries.

For years there have been accusations of Ronaldo not performing well enough of the international stage but this summer gives him the platform to silence those that are doubting him, and I sincerely hope he takes it.

World Cup Odds – Can Cristiano Ronaldo Fire Portugal To World Cup Glory?

The World Cup is now only weeks away and anyone who hasn’t yet placed their bets is in danger of missing out on the early value. One of the most popular bets in the World Cup Top Scorer Odds has been Cristiano Ronaldo but does he represent a good bet?

He’s certainly going to score goals. He scored 8 goals in 10 games in qualifying and he was one of the joint top scorers at Euro 2012. The latter is an important fact as it proves that in recent years Ronaldo has become a big game player when one of the main criticisms aimed at the forward earlier in his career was that he was sometimes outshined by others when it really mattered. Portugal may not win their group with Germany also placed in Group G but at the very least they should finish second which would most likely see them face Belgium in the Second Round. Belgium look a little overrated going into the World Cup. They may be a team full of greats but they haven’t proved themselves a great team yet and Portugal are capable of progressing to the Quarter Finals. However that would most likely see them face Argentina and in South America that would be a really difficult match to win.

If you fancy Portugal to win Group G then Ronaldo should definitely be backed to be the tournament’s top scorer at 14/1. In the Second Round Portugal would most likely avoid Belgium and face Russia instead whilst their Quarter Final match would be a more winnable game against France. If Portugal reach the Semi Final that guarantees them 7 games and gives them a huge advantage in producing the Golden Boot over teams that only reached the Quarter Final and can only play 5 games. Portugal would be unlikely winners of their Semi Final but if you’ve backed Ronaldo to be the top scorer that is a good thing, it means he’d play in the Third Place Playoff which is often the highest scoring game of the tournament.

Ronaldo’s chance of being named player of the tournament would also be compromised if Portugal don’t reach the Semi Finals. You need as many games as possible to show yourself off for this award and the winner is likely to be a player that helped his team at achieve something (semi final finish minimum normally). Ronaldo is 16/1 to win that honour and if Portugal aren’t to reach the Semi Final then he probably has a better chance of being the top goalscorer than the player of the tournament although if a player is capable of standing out in just five games it is certainly CR7.

So how far do the bookies think Portugal and Ronaldo can go in Brazil? Amazingly they think the Group Stage is the most likely stage of elimination with that outcome priced up at just 15/8. They are then 9/4 to go out in the Second Round, 4/1 to be knocked out in the Quarter Final, 9/1 in the Semis, 24/1 to be runners up and 33/1 to go all the way. They’ll certainly need Ronaldo to be in top form if they are to achieve

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.”

For footballs fans who like to keep a close eye on the proceedings, you could check out the Paddy Power iPad app and make sure you never miss any action during the World Cup.

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.