Cristiano Ronaldo named Best Portuguese Player of the Century

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named for the Best Portuguese Player of the Century award by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF).

The FPF will celebrate their 100th anniversary in an event on January 14th at Estoril, and they will hand different prizes for the most outstanding football personalities of their history.

The candidates for the best player award are Ronaldo, Benfica’s legend Eusebio and former Real Madrid midfielder Luis Figo.

The winner will be decided by the fans, who will vote through the FPF’s official website.

Ronaldo has also been nominated to be included in the Best 11 of the Century, the Best 11 of All-Time and the Best Contemporary 11.

Los Blancos striker is favourite to win all individual awards this year, including the Ballon d’Or. Even Barcelona fans such as former Azulgranas player Jonathan Soriano recognise Ronaldo should win the award.

“For what he did during last season, the Ballon d’Or should be for Ronaldo. Manuel Neuer is an excellent goalkeeper, but what Cristiano has done is spectacular. As the most complete player I would pick Messi, but Ronaldo deserves to win this year,” the Spanish striker said.

Cristiano Ronaldo injury scare in Portugal defeat

Cristiano Ronaldo suffered an injury scare whilst on international duty during Portugal’s 2-1 defeat to France in a high-profile friendly on Saturday night.

The Real Madrid superstar was forced off with 76 minutes on the clock at the Stade de France, and was later seen on the substitutes bench with an ice pack strapped and bandaged on his left knee.

At the time, the visitors were two goals behind after Karim Benzema opened the scoring and Paul Pogba doubled the advantage, although Ricardo Quaresma made it interesting late on when converting a penalty following his introduction.

Portugal were unable to draw level however, and tasted defeat in Paris ahead of a crucial European Championship qualifier in Denmark on Tuesday night. There must now be questions over Ronaldo’s participation in that match.

Benzema’s opener

That will be of little consequence to Les Bleus, who took the lead after just three minutes when Rui Patricio’s save from a back post Bacary Sagna effort fell into the path of Benzema. The Los Blancos superstar did the rest.

Ronaldo was up to his usual tricks but unable to make a serious dent in the French side, but it was Luis Nani who had the best chance to equalise before half-time. His tame effort whilst one-on-one with Steven Mandanda trickled wide though.

Pogba made him pay after the break, slotting home after good work from Patrice Evra and Benzema created the chance. It proved to be the winner.

Ancelotti injury fear

Before Portugal pulled one back, Ronaldo was forced off to have his knee strapped with 14 minutes left, and that is sure to be a concern to club manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Real Madrid are currently fourth in a domestic league battle with Barcelona, Valencia and Sevilla, and the Italian will want his superstar firing on all cylinders at the Santiago Bernabeu with games against Levante, Liverpool and Barca coming up.

The severity of the injury is yet to be confirmed.

France vs Portugal – Friendly (Oct 11, 2014)

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Ronaldo & Benzema prepares to face each other as France plays Portugal in a Friendly

Together, they are part of a side that strikes fear into the hearts of defenders.

But this weekend Real Madrid teammates Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo prepare to duel for their national sides.

France host Portugal in a friendly but it gives Benzema an opportunity to step out of Ronaldo’s shadow and gun down spotlight-hogging teammate.

Admittedly, Ronaldo is hogging the spotlight with good reason having started the season in astonishing fashion, lashing in three hat-tricks in his last four games. In fact, he’ll have the most hat-tricks in La Liga history if he nets just one more.

The 26-year-old has been the subject of criticism this season, but was recently described by Ronaldo as La Liga’s best and one of the world’s top strikers.

Benzema spoke about his club colleague ahead of the match, saying that it’s pointless comparing him to Lionel Messi as the two have differing playing styles.

”I can’t compare Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Benzema said.

”They don’t have the same playing style. Both are great players. They are among the best players in the world.

”In my case, I have to keep working and improve my statistics and then win titles, quite simply; collective and individual awards.”

Ronaldo gets Portugal call for France and Denmark games

Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo was on Friday called up by national coach Fernando Santos among his 24-man squad for a friendly against France and Euro 2016 qualifier against Denmark.

The Real Madrid striker’s absense with a hamstring injury was felt during Portugal‘s Euro qualifying opener 1-0 defeat at home against Albania, which resulted in coach Paulo Bento losing his job.

Bento was replaced last month by Santos, 60, who lead Greece to the quarter-finals of the 2012 European Championship and the round of 16 in the World Cup in Brazil.

Ronaldo has recovered from his injury woes with the world player of the year scoring for Champions League holders Real Madrid in a 2-1 win over Ludogorets Razgrad in Sofia on Wednesday.

Portugal will play France in Stade de France on October while the Denmark clash will take place in Copenhagen three days later.

Players call up for the Portugal Squad: 

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Beto (Sevilla/ESP)

Defenders: Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe/TUR), Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid/ESP), Pepe (Real Madrid/ESP), Antunes (Malaga/ESP), Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco), Ivo Pinto (Dinamo Zagreb/CRO), Cedric (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Eliseu (Benfica/POR), Jose Fonte (Southampton/ENG)

Mildfielders: Adrien Silva (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Andre Gomes (Valencia/ESP), Joao Moutinho (Monaco), William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Joao Mario (Sporting/POR), Tiago (Atletico Madrid/ESP)

Strikers: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/ESP), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg/GER), Eder (Sporting Braga/POR), Nani (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Ricardo Quaresma (FC Porto/POR), Danny (Zenit/RUS).

Croatian Icon Zvonimir Boban slams Cristiano Ronaldo for the Portugal’s World Cup Failure

Cristiano Ronaldo’s selfishness and vanity hampered Portugal at the FIFA World Cup, according to Croatian icon Zvonimir Boban.

Portugal were eliminated from Brazil 2014 at the first hurdle as they finished third behind eventual World Cup winners Germany and the United States in Group G.

Ronaldo was troubled by knee problems throughout the tournament and the Portugal captain appeared discontent with his team-mates after he stormed off the pitch following the country’s last-gasp 2-2 draw with the USA.

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And Boban – a 51-cap veteran for the national team and a four-time Serie A winner with Milan – said the 29-year-old’s individual mentality was the reason behind Portugal‘s failure in Brazil, pointing to his behaviour after scoring the final goal in Real Madrid‘s UEFA Champions League triumph over Atletico Madrid in May.

”Ronaldo is an amazing player and he showed that again in Brazil, even if he missed a number of chances,” Boban wrote in his column for Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti.

”But his biggest flaw is the way he looks at himself and the team. 

”He scored the [goal for] 4-1 in the 120th minute of the Champions League final and celebrated like he was insane. That was the ultimate proof that he loves himself. The headlines should be about the team, not about Ronaldo. 

”The same thing happened with Portugal in Brazil. There was no order or discipline. All the Portugal players were playing their own game and more occupied with their hair and tattoos. It’s Hollywood behavior. 

”It’s almost as if the players wanted to show there’s more to Portugal than Ronaldo. It’s a sad thing that a team loses its identity because of an unbalanced captain, both for Ronaldo and for an entire generation.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo arrived back in Lisbon with Portugal squad

The Portugal squad arrived back in Lisbon this morning amid little fanfare, with a small group of fans turning out to welcome home their fallen heroes.

 Having finished 3rd in their group, and failing to qualify for the next round on goal difference, the apathy from the Portugal fans was perhaps to be expected, and was probably how the players themselves would have wanted it.

On arrival, Nani, Meireles et al bade farewell and went their separate ways, while Cristiano Ronaldo opted for an interesting mode of transport to get home.

The 2014 Ballon D’Or and Real Madrid star surprised onlookers by hailing a public cab, and throwing his bag in the boot like a common travaler.
Fortsätt läsa Cristiano Ronaldo arrived back in Lisbon with Portugal squad

Cristiano Ronaldo passes Pauleta, becomes Portugal’s all-time leading scorer

Cristiano Ronaldo is making a more indelible mark on Portuguese soccer’s record book, with his early goal against visiting Cameroon leaving the Seleccao captain peerless atop his country’s all-time scoring list. Having entered the friendly tied with Pauleta on 47 international goals, Ronaldo’s 21st minute rocket into the lower-left hand corner broke a tie atop Portugal’s goal scoring chart, adding to the 29-year-old’s legacy as one of the premier talents his country has ever produced.

Play built down Portugal’s right flank saw a ball passed back toward the arc, where Ronaldo was cutting in from the left. After one touch to get around a defender, the Real Madrid star unloaded with a right-footed try toward the base of the far post. Sending his shot just inside the upright, Ronaldo broke his tie with Pauleta, the former Bordeaux and Paris Saint-Germain star. Also giving his team a 1-0 edge, Ronaldo recorded his 48th goal in his 110th career appearance.

An equalizer from Vincent Aboubakar sent Cameroon into halftime even with their hosts, but second half goals from Raul Meireles, Fabio Coentrao, and Edinho gave the Portuguese a 4-1 in Leiria, Portugal. In the 82rd minute, Ronaldo put another goal’s distance between himself and Pauleta, scoring his 49th career international goal to seal the 5-1 win.