Coach Ancelotti defends Cristiano Ronaldo’s Goal Obsession

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has said that forward Cristiano Ronaldo has scored so many goals because of his character and his sheer desire to improve.

Ronaldo left the pitch shaking his head in disappointment after he failed to score for his second consecutive match even though Real Madrid defeated Almeria 3-0 earlier this week.

The reigning European champions are currently sitting second in the table and are two points shy of table toppers Barcelona with four rounds of games remaining in the league this term.

Ancelotti’s side will face Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium tonight. The Italian was asked if Ronaldo’s obsession with goal scoring is good for him and replied that it has served him well so far.

He’s scored all those goals because he has character”, Ancelotti was quoted as saying by AS.

Cristiano is never happy with how he’s doing, he always wants to improve and that’s why he scores so many goals.”

Ronaldo has not been immune to criticism from the Santiago Bernabeu faithful and when Ancelotti was asked if the Real Madrid fans were right in whistling the Portuguese, the Italian said that a lack of respect for Ronaldo from Los Blancos’ supporters surprises him.

I don’t understand how the Bernabeu can whistle Cristiano.”

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.”

Carlo Ancelotti not worried by Cristiano Ronaldo’s form

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says he is not worried by Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent sharp drop in form as the holders prepare to play at Schalke 04 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Ronaldo made a blistering start to the season and looked well on the way to breaking the record for La Liga goals in one campaign of 50 set by Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in 2011-12.

However, the Portugal captain has only managed four goals since the turn of the year and Saturday’s blank in Real’s 2-0 win at home to Deportivo La Coruna means he has failed to score in three consecutive La Liga matches for the first time since February 2011.

To be sure, he was short on luck at the Bernabeu, with one shot rattling the crossbar in the first half, but in recent weeks he has looked a shadow of the player who terrorised defenders in scoring a record 17 goals in last season’s edition of the Champions League.

He didn’t score but he was dangerous,Ancelotti said at a news conference after Real stretched their lead over second-placed Barca at the top to four points.

A crossbar, an assist (for Karim Benzema), he could have scored, he didn’t miss passes and the technical evaluation of his match is positive.”

Ancelotti will need Ronaldo back to his best soon if Real are to secure a record-extending 11th European crown this term.

It was a difficult week for the former Manchester United player, who was widely criticised after photographs leaked into the media of him and some Real team mates enjoying his 30th birthday party hours after last weekend’s humiliating 4-0 drubbing at Atletico Madrid.

Mister Chip, who collates soccer statistics, noted on Saturday that Ronaldo has suffered a loss of form after collecting each of the last two FIFA Ballon d’Or awards.

He scored 14 goals in the 10 games before the 2014 award and six in the 10 matches after, and for the 2015 award netted 12 goals in the 10 games before and only four after.

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Luis Figo defends Cristiano Ronaldo

Former Portuguese international Luis Figo has defended Cristiano Ronaldo‘s decision to host a birthday party just hours after Real Madrid lost 4-0 at Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Ronaldo has faced criticism in various sections for holding the gathering after such a heavy defeat to their closest rivals, but Figo has thrown his support behind his fellow countryman.

”Anyone who doubts Cristiano Ronaldo’s passion for professionalism and that of Real Madrid’s is completely without knowledge of their history and character,” Figo tweeted.

The likes of Fabio Coentrao, Marcelo, Keylor Navas, James Rodriguez and Luka Modric were among those present at the venue, but Gareth Bale choose not to attend.

Cristiano Ronaldo: ‘Lionel Messi’ rivalry inspires me to improve

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that competing with Lionel Messi for the title of the world’s best footballer is a motivating factor for him.

In addition, the Real Madrid superstar says he strives for perfection so he is able to continue developing and improving as a player.

I’m sure the competition between us is sufficient motivation and it’s the same for him too,” maintained the Portuguese in an interview with France Football.

It’s good for me, for him and for other players who are eager to improve themselves. Messi has four Ballon d’Or awards while I have three. That’s good for the world of football.

Personally, if I’m able to play 60 games a season it’s because I look after myself. I eat well and sleep well, so in these ways I seek perfection. If not, I couldn’t keep this rhythm of playing up.”

Ronaldo also says he is constantly looking at improving the technical aspect of his game.

I’m currently trying to improve my left foot, my acceleration and my direct free-kicks, which I’ve not had a great deal of success with lately.

However, I know it will come back. It’s a question of having enough humility to know that without putting the work in during training then things won’t progress,” he explained.

Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench was a technical decision

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted his team had not played well and said his plan to rest a tired Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t work in the end, after they were beaten 2-0 at Atletico Madrid in their Copa del Rey last 16 first leg.

Coach Ancelotti left superstar attacker Ronaldo out of his starting XI, while Fernando Torres made his first start since re-joining Atletico on loan. Neither side impressed in attack during a goalless first half.

Atletico went ahead just after the break through a Raul Garcia penalty kick, and even with Ronaldo immediately introduced, Madrid’s hopes of making the last eight took a big blow when teenage defender Jose Maria Gimenez headed in a late corner kick.

The Blancos coach told his post-match news conference at the Estadio Vicente Calderon that his plan had been working well until the Sergio Ramos penalty for pulling down Garcia in the box, but after that concession his side were not able to react.

Cristiano was a bit tired so we thought not to play him the full game, for him to come on in the second half,” said Ancelotti. ”In the first half we needed more efficiency on the ball, and vertical passes, but the game was under control until the penalty. In the last part of the game we did not play so well.”

Ancelotti said his team had made it easier for Atletico to defend with their passing, while also praising the organisation and work-rate of Diego Simeone‘s men.

We lacked depth in general, there were a lot of sideways passes,” he said. ”But it is very difficult to play against Atletico. They defend very well, always together, always organised. We needed more verticality in our play.”

Gareth Bale, criticised by local pundits for his performance in Madrid’s 2-1 La Liga loss at Valencia last weekend, did not play badly according to Ancelotti.

Today there was no problem with Bale, just with the team,” he said. ”Karim [Benzema] did not have many chances either. There were not many chances in general. Bale had a goal ruled out for offside, but it was difficult game to get chances.”

Madrid have now lost twice on the bounce — three times including a friendly loss to Inter Milan on the holiday break — after having won each of their last 22 games in all competitions. The Italian characteristically raised an eyebrow when a reporter asked if the team was now in crisis.

”‘Crisis seems a bit exaggerated to me,” he said. ”We are not happy, and we need to win quickly again. We must do that in our next game against Espanyol [on Saturday in La Liga]. And there is another game left in this tie, anything can happen in football.”

Ancelotti went on to say he thought his side retained a chance of turning things around in next Thursday’s second leg at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

It is clear we are not out of this,” he said. ”We have a chance. Of course Atletico have an advantage, but we are at home and anything can happen. We do not have a big chance to go through, but with the players we have, we will do everything we can.”

‘Ronaldo is Not Coming Back to United’ says Di Maria

Angel Di Maria has said there is little in the rumours regarding Cristiano Ronaldo’s possible return to Manchester United.

Di Maria left Real Madrid last summer, when he became the most expensive signing in the history of the Premier League.

Madrid cashed in on the former Benfica man for £59.8 million, but are unlikely to do the same for Ronaldo.

I don’t think that he will return here, it is very difficult to leave Real Madrid,” Di Maria said on local radio, according to AS.com. ”He is doing very well there – therefore, I don’t see a reason why he would want a change.”

Ronaldo, 29, signed a new contract with Madrid in September 2013, keeping him at the club for a further five years.

Indeed, Madrid have always said they are not willing to sell their prized asset and his agent Jorge Mendes revealed recently that he would end his career in Spain but could then move to play in the United States.

Di Maria, who has a good relationship with Ronaldo, spoke in November about the Portuguese, who recommended him to sign for United. Back then, he said: ”He told me that I would be happy here and that it was a great opportunity for my career.”

 

Cristiano Ronaldo Eyeing Dream Season

La Liga returns this weekend after its winter break with Real Madrid leading the division by one point – as well as having a game in hand.

An interesting sub-plot over the second half of the season will be whether Cristiano Ronaldo can continue his current scoring pace – and beat Lionel Messi’s single season record for goals.

Ronaldo netted 51 goals in 47 appearances last season, setting a record of 17 goals for one edition of Europe’s elite club competition, as Real secured a record-extending 10th continental crown and the King’s Cup.

The Portugal captain continued where he left off in 2014-15 as the world’s richest club by income claimed the European Super Cup and Club World Cup and he has amassed an incredible 32 goals in 25 games in all competitions.

Ronaldo is on 25 goals through 15 games in league this season, already halfway to Messi’s record of 50 set during the 2011/12 season, as he’s currently 10 goals ahead of Messi this season. Ronaldo has boosted his total with seven strikes from the spot, yet his non-penalty goals total is currently ahead of Messi’s total at the same stage in 2011/12, with his non-penalty goals per 90 average leading La Liga this season:

 

Villarreal’s Moi Gomez has the highest non-penalty conversion rate in the division at 36.4% after scoring four goals. Only Gomez and Stephane M’Bia currently have conversion rates above 30% – both of which are likely to regress going forward.

The below table contains every player with at least four goals so far this season, also containing each player’s match winning goals as Ronaldo also leads the division in this area (24.0% of his goals scored).

It would be a dream if 2015 was like 2014 or even better,” Ronaldo said in an interview published in sports Daily As.

It is possible to do it because Madrid is always a candidate to win the competitions it is playing in,” added the 29-year-old.

We have a team spirit that can help us win the most titles possible and we will fight to the death to get them.”

Ronaldo attributed much of Real’s recent success to the arrival of coach Carlo Ancelotti, who replaced the divisive Jose Mourinho at the end of the 2012-13 season.

Italian Ancelotti immediately ended Real’s 12-year wait for their 10th European title and using the club’s millions has built a formidable side that is top of La Liga and one of the favorites to repeat their Champions League success this term.

The coach has a lot of importance,” Ronaldo said.

”He is a great trainer and a great person and we are all delighted with him. Together we are a united family which will try to improve on the successes of 2014.”

Ronaldo will find out whether he is going to be crowned FIFA World Player of the Year for the 3rd time or not and his second in a row, on Jan. 12 when he is up against Argentina captain Messi and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Cristiano Ronaldo reveals girlfriend Irina Shayk keeps ‘stealing’ his CR7 boxers

Cristiano Ronaldo was asked, ‘What does your girlfriend steal’ from you. The Real Madrid forward replied: ‘She steals my boxers all the time’

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed his girlfriend Irina Shayk has a crazy obsession with his CR7 boxers and takes them all the time.

The former Manchester United forward was asked, ‘What item in your wardrobe does your girlfriend steal’ by Vogue.

He replied: ‘She steals my boxers all the time. She wasn’t in the house and I opened her wardrobe and there were many CR7 boxers. It is funny.’

Portugal captain Ronaldo, who launched his range of underwear in October 2013, last month he launched his new shirt range.

Ramos: ”You have to invent words to describe Ronaldo”

After netting a record-breaking 23rd La Liga hat-trick, and becoming the fastest player ever to score 200 goals in Spain’s top-flight, Sergio Ramos was lost for words to describe the Portuguese superstar.

When you look at Cristiano Ronaldo‘s crazy stats from this season, or even calendar year, can anyone really disagree with Sergio Ramos‘ most recent comments?

The Real Madrid defender was full of praise for his Portuguese team-mate, claiming new adjectives need to be added to the English dictionary in order to describe the 2013 Ballon d’Or winner, after Ronaldo guided Los Blancos to 3-0 home victory over Celta Vigo, an 18th consecutive win in all competitions for the league leaders.

Scoring all three goals of the night, the 29-year-old attacker, in one game, broke two different La Liga records. Cristiano became the player with the most number of hat-tricks in the Spanish Primera Division on Saturday, with a record 23 to his name, surpassing the previous tally of 22.

The Real Madrid ace, who has netted a whopping 23 goals in 13 appearances this season, also became the fastest player in history to score 200 goals in the Liga BBVA, reaching this feat in 178 games, beating the previous record of 219 games, which was held by Athletic Bilbao legend Telmo Zarra.

”The statistics he is reaching are crazy,” said Sergio Ramos.

”The truth is it’s a privilege that Real Madrid has a player like him.

”You have to invent words to describe him. He is breaking every record. At the moment, he is maybe in the best form of his career.”

Ramos was not the only person bearing kind words for Ronaldo after Saturday’s victory. Club manager Carlo Ancelotti hailed the former Manchester United star, insisting he is at his physical peak after single-handedly securing all three points for the 10-time Champions League winners.

”Having him in the team is a great advantage,” the former AC Milan boss told reporters. ”He is doing very well at that moment, he is extraordinarily motivated and physically he is at his peak.”