Cristiano Ronaldo Tops Goal Rich List 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo is the richest footballer in the world, according to the 2015 Goal Rich List, an annual chart of the game’s wealthiest active players, Goal.com reports.

The Real Madrid star, 30, also topped the list in 2014 but has bolstered his position over the last 12 months to emerge €10 million ahead of second-placed Lionel Messi with an overall personal wealth of €210m.

Ronaldo has increased his wealth substantially, thanks largely to having collected bonuses for helping Real Madrid to the Champions League and Club World Cup crowns. He also received a sum for winning the 2014 Ballon d’Or.

Added to that, further earnings were reaped from commercial deals with companies such as Toyota, Herbalife and Samsung, while his long-term association with Nike remained a key money-spinner.

Barcelona’s Messi, who was just €2m short of Ronaldo’s wealth in 2014, continues to generate huge amounts off the field through both commercial tie-ins and property moves, which have seen him build up an extensive portfolio.

Industry experts worked with specialists across the globe to bring together the final chart for 2015, detailing a catalogue of investments by the world’s best-paid and financially-savvy players.

Neymar charted third in the Goal Rich List, with he and his family still benefitting from a huge chunk of the forward’s transfer from Santos in 2013. Paris Saint-Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic came in fourth, with Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney the fifth and final player to register personal wealth of over €100m.

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham topped the list in 2013 before his retirement from the game.

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.

Cristiano Ronaldo pays tribute to late Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has paid tribute to club legend Alfredo Di Stefano on Twitter, following the 88-year-old’s death on Monday.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is the latest figure from the world of football to pay tribute to the late Alfredo Di Stefano, following the 88-year-old’s death on Monday after suffering a heart attack three days earlier.

Widely considered one of the greatest players of all-time, Di Stefano won five straight European Cups with Real Madrid, scoring in every final between 1956 and 1960, as well as eight Spanish league titles.

Joining Real in 1953 from Colombian side Millionarios, the former River Plate forward would go on to form a legendary partnership with Ferenc Puskas following the Hungarian’s arrival in 1958, scoring an incredible 307 goals in 396 games during his 11 seasons with the club.

Eventually leaving for Espanyol in 1964 at the age of 38, Di Stefano would play two more seasons in Spain before retiring with his status as one of the legends of the game firmly cemented.

Infamously never appearing at a World Cup, the prolific playmaker was a member of Spain’s 1962 squad but never saw the field due to injury, having previously represented both Argentina and Colombia at the international level.

He would go on to try his hand at management following his retirement, taking charge of Real for two separate spells, before later being named the team’s Honorary President in 2000, a position he held until his death.

At a press conference to announce his passing, club President Florentino Perez labelled Di Stefano the best footballer of all-time and went on to acknowledge the impact he had had on the game.

‘Today is a day of absolute sadness for Real Madrid and dare I say it the entire football world,’ he said. ‘Di Stefano was the most important player in the history of Real Madrid and the best footballer of all time.

‘Alfredo Di Stefano is Real Madrid. He was decisive, determined and changed the destiny of this institution. He was able to extend the passion for Real Madrid to all corners of the world.

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘uninked’ for Noble cause

Cristiano Ronaldo confessed that he would never get his skin inked as he wanted to continue donating blood.

The 29-year-old Portugal footie ace, who reportedly gives blood twice a year, doesn’t feel the need to get a tattoo as new tattoos can cause risks of cross-contamination and hepatitis while donating blood.

The Real Madrid star, who had also started donating bone marrow, said that he started the noble act when he learned about his team-mate Carlos Martins’s son’s suffering, News.com.au reported.

Ronaldo added that donating bone marrow was almost like drawing blood, and he would gladly do it again as he understands the seriousness of the disease.

Portugal were never World Cup contenders, says Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal’s star captain Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he never believed his side could win the World Cup this summer.

Despite pre-tournament expectations, Cristiano Ronaldo has maintained he never saw Portugal as legitimate World Cup contenders this summer.

Following a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Germany, the side could only manage a last-gasp 2-2 draw with the USA on Sunday, leaving them on the brink of elimination going into their final group game against Ghana

Portugal now need both a thumping win on Wednesday and for either Germany or the USA to claim all three points in Group G’s other matchup in order to progress to the last 16, but Ronaldo already appears resigned to an early exit.

 

Maybe we’re an average team,’ he told Fox Sports. ‘It would be a lie to say that we are a top team. We have a very limited team and we are not at the best level. This does not enable you to beat top teams.

‘There are no miracles. We knew we would have a tough group, with perhaps teams better than us,’ he added. ‘I never thought we could be world champions, we have to be humble and know our level.

‘I’m not a hypocrite. I never thought we could win the tournament.’

 

 

 

Finishing behind Russia in their World Cup qualifying group, Portugal needed a playoff win over Sweden to make it to Brazil, but the mere presence of the Real Madrid forward in their lineup still saw them enter the tournament as one of the more fancied sides.

Cristiano Ronaldo risking his career if he doesn’t rest his knee

El Confidencial’ reveals shocking news about Cristiano Ronaldo after Por-Ger Match.

Cristiano Ronaldo appears to be alright, other than losing 4-0 against Germany and struggling to have a single chance because of the poor level of his teammates. But according to El Confidencial, the Portuguese player is risking his career by playing through his tendinitis on his left knee. The Portuguese player would need to be out of the pitch for two months if he wants to avoid a serious injury like the one Rafa Nadal had when he stopped playing tennis for seven months.

It’s not that El Confidencial is a very realiable source. Last summer, they reported that Isco had chosen Manchester City over Real Madrid just a couple of days before the playmaker signed his contract with los blancos. But it’s true that Cristiano Ronaldo seems to be playing through some physical problems, and he could use some rest. Considering that Portugal might be knocked-out of the competition on this Group Stage after their big loss against Germany, it would be good both for the player and Real Madrid to give Ronaldo a couple of months of rest.

Ronaldo’s extra ankle bone may benefit his striking ability

Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo boasts an extra bone in his ankle, which may benefit his striking ability, giving him extra bone density when striking the ball.

A new book about the Real Madrid hero details how the bone was discovered. But it also claims that Ronaldo’s extra ankle bone gives him the ability to create his famous free kicks and shoot from tremendous distances. 

The power, dip and accuracy he creates by kicking his foot up and down on the ball, adds extra spin and helps it out fox goalkeepers and find the back of the net.

Ronaldo’s quirk of nature was recently revealed in Luis Miguel Pereira’s new book CR7 – The Secrets of the Machine, and it is now common knowledge that the football hero has an extra bone his ankle, which only 10 per cent of the population have.

The extra bone was discovered after the Portuguese forward injured himself while playing for Real against Marseille in 2009, which required him receiving a course of intensive physio.

The condition at the time was thought to be Os Trigonum Syndrome, which is seen most commonly in footballers and ballet dancers who are constantly flexing their ankles and pushing their feet downwards, but in some cases it is present at birth.

The Portuguese captain, who became Manchester United’s first ever Portuguese player, was spotted by scouts early in his life, having already made a name for himself as one of Madeira’s top scorers by the tender age of 12.

He’s carried on his top scoring trend by overtaking the Argentinian forward, Lionel Messi, to be awarded the title of this seasons UEFA Champions League’s top scorer, for the second season running. Ronaldo is a sure fire tip for 
World Cup 2014 Finalists Betting Odds from William Hill to be the tournaments top scorer.

The extra ankle bone seems to give him extra powers when it comes to goal scoring abilities, he finished with an impressive 17 goals and is hailed one of the best modern day strikers. He is certainly one to watch at World Cup 2014.

Cristiano Ronaldo targets Champions League top scorer award

Real Madrid and Portuguese superstar winger Cristiano Ronaldo leads the charts with 12 goals in this season’s Champions League campaign.

Ronaldo is on course to win the Champions league top scorer award.

He scored his last one with an easy tap-in away to finalists Borussia Dortmund after helping his side reach the semi-finals with crucial goals in the knockout stages against old club Manchester United and Galatasaray.

The 28-year-old, who has netted 55 goals for Los Blancos in 55 games, could dethrone Lionel Messi. The latter has scooped each of the last four top scorer awards in the tournament.

However, Ronaldo’s prospect of finishing as this year’s highest goal scorer in the Champions League hangs in the balance. It will all depend on how his closest challengers – Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund, who has 10 goals, and Thomas Mueller of Bayern Munich, who has 8 Goals – perform in tonight‘s Champions League final.

If it seems almost impossible for Mueller – who scored three times against Barcelona in the semis – to catch Ronaldo at the top of the chart, but the same cannot be said of Lewandowski.

The Poland international remains a serious contender against world football’s most expensive signing.

The ability of the Borussia Dortmund striker is now undoubted following his historic four-goal feat at home to Real Madrid in the previous round. No other player in the history of the Spanish giants had ever hit four goals in a single European match against them.

Lewandowski could not find the target in his last Champions League encounter, which took place at the Bernabeu. He came close on several occasions as his side held on to reach the final.

At Wembley, Borussia Dortmund will need the forward to have a bit more luck in the absence of injured key player Mario Gotze if they want to humble Bayern Munich.

A hat-trick would not only be a dream end to Lewandowski’s 2012/13 Champions League campaign on an individual note. It would also see him knock Ronaldo off the number one spot.

Earlier this month, Ronaldo could only finish second with seven goals behind Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa in the Copa del Rey. His extra-time dismissal meant there was no way the Real Madrid winger could continue his hunt for the top scorer award in this domestic competition.

The 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or runner-up has been very familiar with the second spot in multiple individual and collective awards since his move to Spain back in 2009.

Winning the 2012/13 Champions League top scorer award should bring comfort to Ronaldo, and will end messi’s rule over champions league top scorer award.

Match Review : Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Real Madrid (24 April 2013) Champions League – How it Happened

 

Once again, German team showed their supremacy as they trashed one of the biggest team in Europe, Real Madrid. After Bayern Munchen managed to humiliate Barcelona with a fine 4 goals to nothing, last night Borussia Dortmund followed their step by a shocking win 4-1 over Madrid. Fortsätt läsa Match Review : Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Real Madrid (24 April 2013) Champions League – How it Happened

Draw Result : Real Madrid to Face Galatasaray on Champions League Quarterfinal 2013

The Champions League quarterfinal draw result is announced today. With Galatasaray to face Real Madrid on the table, there are possibilities to watch the El Clasico semi-final duel or even on the final round. That if both team win the quarterfinal match. We just have to wait and see…

Here are the match schedule for quarterfinal round :

                                                                                       First Leg                      Second Leg

Malaga Borussia vs Dortmund                                       April 3                          April 9

Real Madrid vs Galatasaray                                            April 3                          April 9

Paris Saint-Germain vs Barcelona                               April 2                          April 10

Bayern vs Juventus                                                           April 2                          April 10

The winner of the match that qualify for the semi-final round will have their name on a new draw, which will take place on April 12.