Ronaldo asks media to leave him alone

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has warned critics to “leave me alone” in a viral video message released on Friday.

Cristiano Ronaldo had another successful season on the pitch for Los Blancos, winning his third Ballon d’Or in January, but he also came under fire for a controversial birthday party and endured a public break-up with long-term girlfriend Irina Shayk earlier in the year.

In the past week, the press published news about the footballer dancing on a yacht with a group of friends and urinating on a street in Saint Tropez and also cheating rumours with his ex girl friend Irina shayk.

Here is the Ronaldo’s Video Message: 

https://youtu.be/n8EAjmmmWqE

It’s been a tough year but you’ve [my fans] always been there, showing that you’re faithful,” he began.

“I never talk about my private life but I want to take this opportunity to say that in recent weeks the Press have tried to speak ill of me – I have a new girlfriend every day, I do this, I do that…

“Leave me alone! Let me do my job as I do every year and don’t try to damage my image because you’re not going to succeed.”

 

Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to win European Golden Shoe

It’s been a tough season for Cristiano Ronaldo as Real Madrid managed to win only two trophies at the starting of the season but at least he can console himself by taking home the European Golden Shoe for a record fourth time.

Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Getafe in Real’s final La Liga game of the season meant he finished with 48 goals from 35 appearances. His nearest competitor, Lionel Messi managed 43 from 38 appearances for Barcelona. Ronaldo’s total was two short of the all-time record of 50 goals that won Messi the title in 2012.

Top Goal Scorers in Spanish League

Ronaldo also won the Golden Shoe in 2008 while he was at Manchester United, 2011 with Real Madrid and shared it with Luis Suárez last year.

Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero was a distant third with 26 Premier League goals, while Jonathan Soriano of Red Bull Salzburg came in fourth with 31. Barcelona’s Neymar shared fifth place with Internazionale’s Mauro Icardi, Antoine Griezmann of Atlético Madrid and Luca Toni of Verona.

The award is based on a points system that allows players in tougher leagues to win even if they score fewer goals than a player in a weaker league. Weightings are determined by the league’s ranking on the Uefa coefficients, with goals scored in the top five leagues multiplied by a factor of two and goals scored in the leagues ranked six to 21 by 1.5.

Sunderland’s Kevin Phillips remains the only Englishman to win the award for scoring 30 goals in 2000.

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.

 

This post was brought to you in association with Casino Tropez.

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.

Cristiano Ronaldo goes top of the Facebook charts as Real Madrid star overtakes Shakira to become most liked person

Cristiano Ronaldo may be enduring a sticky patch on the field with Real Madrid, but things look to be going swimmingly off it.

The reigning world player of the year is now the most popular figure in the world on Facebook. The Portuguese superstar has surpassed singer (and wife of Barcelona’s Gerard Pique) Shakira to take the number one spot.

Ronaldo now has more than 107 million likes and as it stands is around 5,000 clear of the Hips Don’t Lie songstress.

TOP 10 ATHLETES ON FACEBOOK
Position Athlete Number of likes
1 Cristiano Ronaldo 107m
2 Lionel Messi 78m
3 David Beckham 52m
4 Neymar 52m
5 Kaka 33m
6 Ronaldinho 31m
7 Mesut Ozil 28m
8 Michael Jordan 28m
9 Andres Iniesta 24m
10 Kobe Bryant 21m

Real Madrid – Ronaldo’s own club – limp in at 11th with 83million likes, one place behind perennial rivals Barcelona.

No athlete in the world comes close to Ronaldo, with Lionel Messi the next most popular sportsman down in 13th place. His total of 78million falls well behind the Real Madrid marksman.

It’s not only on Facebook where Ronaldo dominates. He’s also the number one followed athlete on Twitter. His total of more than 34 million followers puts him over a million clear of his nearest competitor who is, surprisingly, one Ricardo Kaka.

Ronaldo may be dominating social media, but he and his team certainly aren’t dominating on the pitch. The ex-Manchester United winger was far from happy with his side’s latest defeat to Schalke in the Champions League last-16.

Despite progress to the quarter-finals on away goals, Ronaldo has vowed not to speak to the media. ‘I wont talk again until the end of the season,’ Ronaldo told reporters.

Cristiano Ronaldo gives €8,000 watches to each of his Real Madrid team-mates

Most people would settle for a card and a box of chocolates from a colleague this Christmas… but Cristiano Ronaldo has well and truly upped the stakes.

The Portuguese winger has bought each of his Real Madrid team-mates an engraved watch worth over €8,000 to thank them for helping him win last season’s Champions League.

Each Bulgari watch is personalised with the player’s name, Ronaldo’s initials and his shirt number ‘CR7’.

Ronaldo presented his teammates with their early Christmas presents after training on December 12 and right back Alvaro Arbeloa (above) instantly took to Instagram to show off his wrist wear.

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 ‘100% ready’ for Madrid derby

Cristiano Ronaldo has been declared ”100% ready” for the Madrid derby as coach Carlo Ancelotti assures he will get it right with his revamped Real.

Ronaldo missed Portugal‘s shock defeat by Albania and Real’s loss to Sociedad on Sunday with an unspecified injury.

”My confidence lies on two pillars,” said Ancelotti ahead of the visit of champions Atletico.

”I have a group of professionals that are very concentrated and Cristiano scores a goal a game.”

He added: ”Cristiano is on top form. He is in optimal condition. He doesn’t have a chronic injury.”

Atletico boss Diego Simeone will be forced to watch from the stands after being given an eight-match touchline ban for his behaviour in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Real, with assistant coach German Burgos stepping in.

The Rojiblancos broke Barcelona and Real Madrid’s 10-year duopoly by winning the La Liga title for the first time since 1996 and beat Real over two legs to lift the Spanish Super Cup in August.

Ancelotti’s side, who did win their 10th European Cup with victory over their Madrid rivals in May, have not won a league title since 2012 and have started the season disappointingly.

Manchester United loanee Javier Hernandez could make his Real debut from the substitutes bench on Saturday, while big-money summer signings Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez are also expected to be involved.

Colombia’s golden boot winner Rodriguez has struggled to make an early impact since his £63m signing from Monaco, while Real are adjusting to life without Manchester United’s Angel Di Maria and Bayern Munich’s Xabi Alonso.

”I will find the right solution for Madrid,” said Ancelotti. ”All the signings and transfers have been given the green light from the coach.

”It’s clear that a new player needs time to adapt. I am pleased with what James has done so far. It’s normal that he might have the odd problem at the start.”

Simeone has already downplayed his side’s chances of defending their league title for the first time in more than 60 years as his side again bid to defy the financial odds.

A summer player exodus saw five of last season’s key players depart, including goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and top scorer Diego Costa – both now at Chelsea.

There have also been incomings, though, with France winger Antoine Griezmann becoming their second most expensive player ever after Radamel Falcao when he joined from Real Sociedad for £24m.

Real Madrid’s Paul Clement on keeping their big players happy

Striker Mario Mandzukic cost in the region of £17m from Bayern Munich, while Jan Oblak, Raul Jimenez, Guilherme Siqueira, Correa, Miguel Angel Moya, and Jesus Gomez have also arrived for significant sums of money.

”We will go into the game with the idea of winning but we won’t have an excess of confidence. The derbies have been fairly equal recently and we have managed to break a run,” said Atletico defender Junafran.

”The Real fans now look at us differently. They have an incredible team and while some leave others come in. Their president says that they sign the best and that is possible for very few. They cannot complain about the team they have.

”We are a very strong team and we will use our strengths and make the most of them. We will not change our way of playing.”

Cristiano Ronaldo named in World’s Top 3 Fittest Athletes

LeBron James, Cristiano Ronaldo and Bolt named the three fittest athletes in the world.

US Sports Magazine Sports Illustrated have named NBA superstar LeBron James as the world’s best athlete, narrowly beating Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

The US magazine has named their top 50 male athletes in the ‘Fittest 50‘ list and the Miami Heat star has beaten competition to be named the best.

Jamaican sprint king gets a rare bronze medal, and there are one or two surprising names in the list that is, unsurprisingly, dominated by American athletes.

”For the professional male athlete it is the very foundation of success. But even among the pros, some athletes stand head and sculpted shoulders above the rest,” read the SI blurb.

The list was put together by SI writers and editors using a 40-point system based on four criteria; strength, speed, endurance and agility.

James scored a perfect 10 in all categories, 1.5 points ahead of Ronaldo, who was perfect in three categories but not in strength, where he scored 8.5.

Bolt was a further 2.0 points behind Ronaldo, with boxer Floyd Mayweather and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant rounding out the top five.

Another two NFL players, Calvin Johnson and Adrian Peterson were in the top 10, joining Serge Ibaka, UFC fighter Jon Jones and swimmer Michael Phelps.

Just one Englishman makes the list and you’d be hard pressed to guess who it is.

Manchester City right-back Micah Richards makes the list as the 23rd best athlete in the world, scoring a 7 for speed, 6.5 for strength, 6.5 for agility and 8 for endurance.

Followers of the Premier League might be surprised to see Richards on the list considering his injury record in the last two seasons, during which he has played just nine league matches because of injury and lack of form.

Richards is one of seven footballers on the list and, bar Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos, they too raise eyebrows.

Hulk, who has battled criticism that he is overweight, and Luis Nani are borderline inclusions, while 35-year-old striker Diego Forlan and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard could be considered bonkers.

Chris Froome is the only other Brit on the list, at No 45, despite his victory in one of the hardest races in the world last year.

Andy Murray is a surprise exclusion, especially as Roger Federer – always a player who used craft and skill over speed and strength – is at No 31.

Cristiano Ronaldo To Start Against U.S. In World Cup

Portugal will have its star striker on the field Sunday against the United States.

With Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal still have a chance to reach the second round at the World Cup. Without him, the advantage might just switch to the United States.

Ronaldo has been carrying an injury to his left knee, and the World Player of the Year was seen using an ice pack on it during training on Wednesday. But he is still expected to play against the Americans today at the Arena da Amazonia in a match that Portugal can’t afford to lose.

Cristiano played the last game,” midfielder Raul Meireles said, via ESPN. “He trains every day with all of us. Cristiano is fit to play, that’s all I can say.”

Ronaldo has been one of the best players in the world for about a decade, and last year he even surpassed Lionel Messi by ending the Argentina forward’s streak of winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or.

He has also excelled on the world stage, helping Portugal reach the 2004 European Championship final and the 2006 World Cup semi-finals. The team also advanced out of the group stage at both Euro 2008 and the last World Cup, and then reached the semi-finals at Euro 2012.

Ronaldo’s inclusion in the lineup is a good sign for Portugal, but the road to the knockout stage will not be an easy one. Portugal was crushed by Germany 4-0 in its first match and will be without at least four players for the game against the United States. Pepe — one of Portugal’s top defenders — will sit out because of a red card he took against Germany.

Bento had to make multiple lineup changes, but he said those playing against the U.S. will be ready to go.

“The players know who will be playing, they know what they have to do and they know what the opponent does,” Bento said.

Portugal needs to at least earn one point to have a chance at advancing to the next round. The U.S. can clinch a spot in the knockout stage with a win.