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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Cristiano Ronaldo only behind Raul, overtakes Di Stefano in Real Madrid scoring chart

Cristiano Ronaldo moved ahead of Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano in the club’s all-time goal-scoring chart on Sunday evening.

Ronaldo, 30, scored yet another hat trick in the 4-1 win at Espanyol which moved him onto 310 goals from his 299 games, and the three-time Ballon d’Or winner is now closing in on record goal-scorer Raul who left the club in 2010 with 323 goals from 741 games.

REAL MADRID TOP GOAL SCORERS

1. Raul – 323
2. Cristiano Ronaldo – 310
3. Alfredo Di Stefano – 307
4. Santillana – 290
5. Ferenc Puskas – 242

Real Madrid say that Di Stefano scored 308 goals in 396 games, though official statistics place him on 307 — the club attribute a goal scored in a Copa Del Rey game against Betis in 1962-63 to Di Stefano while other outlets give it to Ferenc Puskas. Carlos Santillana, who played between 1971-88, bagged 290 in 645 games while Puskas managed 242 in 262 games between 1958-66.

Ronaldo‘s treble at Espanyol was the 26th of his Madrid career, which saw move two clear of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi for the all-tie record of La Liga hat tricks. With this hattrick, Ronaldo is almost set to bag another European Golden shoe, 3rd with Madrid and 4th overall.

Here is the Golden Shoe Standings with a game to go in Spanish League.


On Wednesday against Juventus, Ronaldo equalled Messi once more in the battle to become the top scorer in Champions League history. The pair have been outscoring each other all season but the Portugal international has now tied Messi on 77.

Cristiano Ronaldo primed for new historic Real Madrid record

Former Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo is one goal away from beating Real Madrid legend Alfredo di Stefano’s all-time scoring record of 307 goals.

The Portuguese winger moved to Madrid in the summer of 2009, trading the Red Devils for the Santiago Bernabeu for a then world record transfer fee.

During his time in the Spanish capital, Ronaldo has scored for fun and broken numerous records in the process, including becoming the Champions League’s all-time top scorer alongside Lionel Messi.

His goal scoring record has defied belief at times, but remarkably he has yet to topple Madrid’s all-time scoring list led by Raul with a whopping 323 goals in 741 appearances.

However, Ronaldo isn’t too far behind and one more goal will see him move ahead of currently tied second-placed Alfredo di Stefano, who managed 307 strikes in 396 appearances.

The opponent standing in his way this weekend is Barcelona’s city rivals Espanyol, a talented side but one which hasn’t tasted victory against Los Blancos in their last 16 encounters.

While the season might be over for Carlo Ancelotti’s side in terms of trophies, for Ronaldo there is still personal glory to be had and a target to hit which will at least keep him motivated and at the top of his game.

With two La Liga games remaining, the 30-year-old leads Argentine superstar Messi with 42 goals to 40 in the race to land the prestigious Pichichi trophy awarded to the Spanish top-flight’s top marksman.

Cristiano Ronaldo donates £5 million to help victims of Nepal earthquake

The Real Madrid star handed over the incredible sum to charity Save the Children, French sports magazine So Foot claimed.

Nearly 8,000 people were killed after the natural disaster struck, causing untold destruction as well as a lethal avalanche on Mount Everest.

Cristiano Ronaldo has proved again that he’s a kind human being and putting his massive array of riches to good use.

With a long history of being charitable for a good cause, the 30-year-old Portuguese superstar reportedly has donated £5 million to Save the Children, an organization working to aid Nepal in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake.

Last month real madrid star also called upon his legion of Facebook followers to donate to the charity. Ronaldo showed just last week his affinity for the organisation on his Facebook page:

 

Sevilla 2-3 Real Madrid. Ronaldo nets hat-trick, keeps Real Madrid title hopes alive

Real Madrid moved to within two points of Barcelona after Cristiano Ronaldo‘s hat-tick sealed a 3-2 La Liga victory at Sevilla.

Cristiano Ronaldo‘s fifth La Liga hat-trick of the season gave Real Madrid a 3-1 victory over Sevilla to keep the pressure on leaders Barcelona.

Ronaldo, whose quick-fire double midway through the first half put Carlo Ancelotti‘s side in command at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, capped the treble with a terrific header after being set up by substitute Gareth Bale in the 68th minute.

Carlos Bacca pulled one back from the penalty spot for Unai Emery’s side – who had earlier gone agonisingly close to taking the lead through Jose Antonio Reyes – after former Sevilla man Sergio Ramos had fouled Aleix Vidal in first-half stoppage time.

Sevilla, who face a Europa League semi-final clash with Fiorentina next week, did snatch a second through substitute Iborra, but despite a late onslaught, they were unable to prevent Real from securing a seventh consecutive league triumph.

With Barcelona having increased their lead at the top of La Liga to five points with an 8-0 demolition of Cordoba earlier on Saturday, Real got off to a positive start, with Sergio Rico pulling off a phenomenal save to prevent Ronaldo firing the visitors in front.

Sevilla, undefeated at home since a 4-1 loss to Barcelona in February 2014, were not to be outdone, however, with Iker Casillas, returning in place of Keylor Navas, having to be alert to deny Vidal.

Reyes almost nudged Sevilla in front soon after when Bacca, who scored twice last time out, played in a wonderful cross that the winger was just inches away from prodding in.

Ramos – deployed in midfield after returning from suspension – was involved in a clash of heads with Grzegorz Krychowiak soon after, with the Polish midfielder retreating to the sidelines for treatment.

And Real made the man advantage pay when, in the 36th minute, Ronaldo leapt to head home his 40th league goal of the campaign from Isco‘s hanging cross.

The Portuguese was on hand to double the advantage one minute later, tapping home at the back post following Javier Hernandez‘s flick-on.

However, Ramos‘ rash tackle on Vidal on the stroke of half-time gave Sevilla a golden opportunity to get back in contention and Bacca duly obliged as he converted from the spot.

Ancelotti introduced Bale – returning from injury – in place of Hernandez shortly after the hour mark and the change paid immediate dividends as the Welshman crossed to the back post, where Ronaldo executed a sublime header back across goal to seal his hat-trick in splendid fashion.

Emery brought on Kevin Gameiro and Iborra with 12 minutes remaining, with the latter on hand to tuck away a second for the hosts after being set up by Vidal just two minutes after coming on to set up a frantic final 10 minutes.

Fortsätt läsa Sevilla 2-3 Real Madrid. Ronaldo nets hat-trick, keeps Real Madrid title hopes alive

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.”

Golden Shoe: No one comes close to Cristiano Ronaldo & Messi

La Liga‘s top scorers are once again competing against each other for the award, since no other player can match their goal scoring ability.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continue their dispute over any individual award there is. This time, both La Liga strikers were revealed as the front runners to win this year’s Golden Shoe. This will be the sixth consecutive year either player will take the trophy home, with Diego Forlán being the last striker to win the award prior to Messi and CR7 dominating the ranking.

Each league is assigned a difficulty number from zero to two, which is multiplied by the total amount of goals a player scores in his domestic league. With Ronaldo and Messi playing in La Liga, their goal scoring totals are multiplied by 2. Right now, the Portuguese striker leads the pack with 78 points, followed closely by Messi with 72.

Here you have the 2014/15 Golden Shoe’s top ten ranking

Antoine Griezmann completes the podium with 44 points. During his first season with Atletico, the Frenchman has established himself as Los Colchoneros’ go-to guy, particularly since the year 2015 began. Griezmann has scored 16 goals so far this year, making him the second most prolific scorer behind Messi. The only team in the world to have two strikers among the top ten is Barcelona, having Neymar tied with Alexander Meier and Diego Costa with 38 points.

Whoever wins between Messi and Ronaldo will be establishing a new record. Both players have won it three times, and with the closest opponent trailing them by 34 and 28 points respectively, these has turned into a two-horse race.

Here’s the list of winners for the past ten years

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in race to be Champions League top scorer

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will go head-to-head once more in the race to be this season’s top scorer in the Champions League – although Luiz Adriano threatens to spoil the party.

Both Barcelona and Real Madrid booked their spots in the semi-finals this week with victories over Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid respectively.

The planet’s best footballers have scored eight times in Europe this season. But Shakhtar Donetsk’s Adriano, courted by Arsenal and Liverpool, has netted on nine occasions this term.

Adriano, who moved to Donetsk in 2007, scored five against BATE Borsiov in the group stages. His performance that night made history, with the 27-year-old becoming only the second player to score five times in a Champions League game. The other was Messi for Barcelona against Bayer Leverkusen in 2012.

He also scored the third quickest hat-trick in the competition’s history (12 minutes) as the Ukrainian side, knocked out by Bayern Munich in the round of 16, racked up the biggest-ever half-time lead (6-0) in Europe’s premier tournament.

Ronaldo and Messi however, remain in pole-position to top the scoring charts with Barcelona and Real Madrid both in the hat for the two-legged semi-finals to be played next month.

Of the teams still in the pot, Neymar and Luis Suarez of Barcelona, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and former Manchester United and City striker Carlos Tevez, now plying his trade for Juventus, each have six goals.

The draw for the semi finals will take place on Friday, April 24th.

Final Training Session ahead of Madrid derby decider

Real Madrid players returned to the training ground at the Valdebebas for the final training session ahead of the crucial Champions league round of 16 decider against city rivals Atletico Madrid.

A side with Injury crisis were looked fully motivated and with high morale. After missing out Key Players like Gareth Bale and Luka Modric for the Derby’s second leg real madrid’s midfield can be a weak zone.

In absence of  Magician Luka Modric, In form James Rodrriguez will hold the key spot in the game for the Los Blancos. Whereas Chicharito will start the game as Karim Benzema has been ruled out for the match.

All eyes will be on Real Madrid‘s talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored against every opposition he had played in the Champions League this season.

Fortsätt läsa Final Training Session ahead of Madrid derby decider

Real’s Rodriguez may hold key amid injury crisis

With Real Madrid facing an injury crisis ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid attention will be on talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to lead them through but James Rodriguez may hold the key.

Real coach Carlo Ancelotti will be without playmaker Luka Modric and forward Gareth Bale while striker Karim Benzema’s knee injury may be more serious than first thought and he will also miss the quarter-final, second leg.

As well as the injury absences, attacking fullback Marcelo is suspended for the decider at the Bernabeu with the tie standing at 0-0 from the first game.

Ancelotti must improvise by either playing two, rather than the usual trident, in attack as he has often done in the absence of Bale or by pushing Rodriguez forward on to the right wing to take the place of the Welshman.

Rodriguez has been in impressive form since his return from injury at the beginning of April with Real winning all four league games.

The Colombian stood out in a sluggish performance by Real in Saturday’s 3-1 La Liga win over Malaga when he scored a fine 25-metre goal, won a penalty and provided defensive cover in midfield.

Now, in the absence of Modric, who is set to be the player that Real will miss most against Atletico, it is Rodriguez who can provide similar passing and build-up play.

Ronaldo’s strike against Malaga brought up his 50th goal of the season but he struggled after Christmas without the support from midfield of Modric or Rodriguez.

The best player was James because he gave a lot of quality to the team,” Ancelotti told a news conference after the Malaga victory.

Atletico will try to take advantage of the absentees to get some revenge for their defeat in last season’s Champions League final and are led in attack by Antoine Griezmann who is in a rich vein of form.

He has scored important goals all season and is giving a lot to the team,” fellow forward Raul Garcia told reporters.

The Frenchman hit a double in Atletico’s 2-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.

The final is in the past. It would have been nice to win but this is another match. The team is playing very well and we are in a positive mood,” added Garcia.