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  1. Football, as a sport, has no dearth of exciting talents and iconic superstars who've managed to carve their own niche in the beautiful game over the years. While some win coveted trophies and awards, others elate fans with their impeccable football skills. But, then there are those who serve as great characters in the sport for being true to their own, uncanny nature. And, without a doubt, Zlatan Ibrahimovic belongs to the latter category. From a rare breed of footballers, Ibrahimovic is one of the most entertaining characters to have graced the beautiful game. He is a prolific striker who has a knack for scoring impossible goals. From the overhead bicycle kick to long-range screamers, Ibrahimovic has scored it all to become an absolute fan-favourite. Take Zlatan Ibrahimovic for example, he's mostly considered to be funny because he is so arrogant. I've never been called out for retweeting a video of his. pic.twitter.com/q79ADgoNYi — ineshelene (@inihelene) July 14, 2019 But, as much as his crazy goals, Ibrahimovic is also famous for his uncanny behaviour and quirky responses off the field. Whether he is plying his trade on the field or giving an interview off it, the moment you see Ibrahimovic in the spotlight, you know something's going to happen (generally entertaining). He may no longer be in his prime, but there seems to be slowing down for Zlatan, neither in terms of skills nor in quirky remarks. In the latest incident of Zlatan being Zlatan, the Swedish footballer didn't just take a dig at Cristiano Ronaldo, but absolutely roasted him with a savage comment. MLZ @LAGalaxypic.twitter.com/X8YvMO8cRW — Zlatan IbrahimoviÄ (@Ibra_official) April 1, 2018 Following a sensational run in the Major League Soccer (MLS), Zlatan has been linked with AC Milan with a possible move to join the Serie A football club. Owing to the speculations, the 38-year-old was recently asked whether he will find competition from Ronaldo who recently picked the Best Player award in the Italian league. © Reuters Responding to the burning question in the most Zlatan manner, the former LA Galaxy star claimed that the Portuguese is not even the real Ronaldo. “I will find the real Ronaldo in Italy? None of it. There is only one Ronaldo, the Brazilian!,” he said in a recent interview with GQ. Zlatan has always looked up to Brazilian legend (Ronaldo), who played for teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter and AC Milan. “When he played, everyone wanted to copy it, the movement, that little bag, bam-bam. He had too elegant a style. He was the one who made me stand in front of the television watching the game,” he added. View the full article
  2. Monday was rather unusual for football fans from all around the world as the Ballon d'Or ceremony and the Serie A awards fell on the same night. The world was busy talking about Lionel Messi's wonderful achievement after bagging the sixth Ballon d'Or in his career in Paris. The most prestigious individual award in the realm of football, Ballon d'Or saw a tough competition between Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk and Messi for the top position while Cristiano Ronaldo made it to the list at the third spot. LM10 gives the Ballon d'Or to LM10 ðpic.twitter.com/2NYZ8LAz35 — Goal (@goal) December 3, 2019 After the awards, van Dijk showed exceptional class and sportsmanship in congratulating the Argentine legend for the feat. "It was amazing. He (Lionel Messi) is pure natural. He is a six time winner so I need to respect that. I hope we can do again what we did with Liverpool and Netherlands last year," he said afterwards. However, Ronaldo, who had missed the Ballon d'Or ceremony to be a part of the inaugural Serie A awards approximately 850 kilometers away in Milan, Italy created quite a stir according to a journalist who was present at the event. Genius to have the Serie A #GranGalàDelCalcio Awards on the same night as the #BallondOr Gala ð pic.twitter.com/MdYKXPMLD5 — M•A•J (@Ultra_Suristic) December 2, 2019 Reportedly, the Portuguese footballer decided to stay inside his car until he was named the Most Valuable Player of the league. Once his name was announced, Ronaldo got out of the car, entered the venue for a brief moment, collected the award and went away. Sport journalist Tancredi Palmeri tweeted about the entire incident: UNBELIEVABLE! Cristiano Ronaldo waited in his car for the moment in which he had to be awarded MVP Serie A award! Then when the time came, he finally get out to enter the theatre, while his bodyguards pointed torchlights to cameras! https://t.co/8A51G9Tatp — Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) December 2, 2019 “UNBELIEVABLE! Cristiano Ronaldo waited in his car for the moment in which he had to be awarded MVP Serie A award! Then when the time came, he finally get out to enter the theatre, while his bodyguards pointed torchlights to cameras,” he wrote. Let's just say that Ronaldo had no option but to miss out on the Ballon d'Or ceremony because the two events were scheduled to take place on one day, but the fact that he chose not to attend the event last year when Luka Modric was given the award, raises eyebrows now. People on Twitter found the revelation to be hilarious: Because he also knew that award is “made” to forget his loss in Paris. — Joga_Bonito (@SarkarGladiator) December 2, 2019 Lmaooo awww he was streaming the Ballon dor ceremony in tears ð­ — Gerald (@LodNod) December 2, 2019 He was crying in car — Magisterial Messi (@MessiLiio) December 2, 2019 Ronaldo having a meltdown is really turning me on! — Castro⪠(@Jhoesee) December 2, 2019 Earlier in the year, Ronaldo was criticised for not voting for Lionel Messi in his top three candidates for the Ballon d'Or awards and was deemed “jealous” of him. View the full article
  3. Arguably one of the greatest players to grace football, Lionel Messi has been a vital cog in the Barcelona setup over the years. From goal-scoring records to clinching coveted trophies, the Argentine has undeniably taken the Spanish giants to new heights. But, Messi hasn't been at his usual prolific best this season. Owing to injuries, and probably a sign of ageing catching up with the master footballer, Messi managed to play just four games in the La Liga this season. While many were worried about the form of the Argentina forward, Messi silenced the naysayers with a brilliant outing in his fifth appearance for Barcelona in the Spanish league this season. Taking the field against Real Valladolid on October 30, the 32-year-old successfully led the visitors' rout of 5-1 at a jubilant Camp Nou stadium. The Barcelona talisman didn't just look fit, but appeared to be in ominous form as he scored two goals and produced as many assists to the sheer joy of the home crowd. © Reuters After defender Clement Lenglet opened the scoring for the hosts within two minutes from kick-off, Kiko Olivas brought Valladolid level with a brilliant finish in the 15th minute. But, while the equaliser would have surely got the visitors to dreaming of an upset, the genius of Messi, which eventually killed the contest, quashed the hopes away of the fans. Messi set up midfielder Arturo Vidal in the 29th minute to put Barcelona in front. And, just five minutes later, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner scored a brilliant goal via a free-kick himself, finding the back of the net from 25 yards out with an inch-perfect curler to beat Jordi Masip in front of the sticks. Video does the talking ðð»ð¥ #Messi pic.twitter.com/NR0ehQ4hU6 — Calvin (@CalHignett) October 29, 2019 Taking a 3-1 lead at half-time, Barcelona piled up more misery on the visiting side. The 75th minute saw Ivan Rakitic setting up Messi who clinched his second of the night. Two minutes later, Messi produced another assist, this time feeding a brilliant pass to Luis Suarez who made it 5-1, capping off a perfect outing for Barcelona. While a strong performance by the Catalans would have surely been satisfactory for their fans, it was Messi whose magic and his return to form that had everyone talking. Having scored two goals against Valladolid, Messi took the tally of his club career goals to 608. His twin strikes at Camp Nou also saw him going past his arch-nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo who has 606 goals to his name. © Reuters Also, while Ronaldo achieved the feat in 813 games, Messi reached 608 goals in just 695 appearances for Barcelona. Apart from creating a new record for most goals scored by a footballer in his club career, Messi also achieved the milestone of 50 free-kick goals (club and country) following a brilliant curler against Valladolid. He has scored 44 goals through free-kick for Barcelona, while six have come in national colours. Impressed with his masterclass at home, that propelled Barcelona to the top of La Liga table with 22 points in 10 games, manager Ernesto Valverde admitted that he has "run out of words" to describe Messi. "What else can be said about him? I've run out of words. We always know that he will appear, whatever the match. His talent isn't comparable to anything; the reality is that every time he touches the ball, something special happens. I just don't know what to say," Valverde told reporters after the match. View the full article
  4. There has always been a battle between cricket and soccer. Both sports have a huge fan base and in India, cricket is highly liked. But across the globe, soccer has the biggest fan base. However, we don't intend to compare the two sports and rate which is better. But recently, there is a comparison being done, by Buzz Bingo, on the basis of who is earning more from the social media platform Instagram. View this post on Instagram I love this feeling â½ï¸ð #93... A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Sep 11, 2019 at 10:30am PDT Cristiano Ronaldo has around 186 million followers and Lionel Messi has around 133 million followers on Instagram. Besides the two soccer players, Indian cricketer, Virat Kohli, who is currently among the best batsmen in the world cricket has around 42 million followers on the social media app. Ronaldo not only beats Messi but also Kendall Jenner in terms of social media followers, as per the study. The Portugal striker has earned a sum of USD 975K per post in his last 34 sponsored posts. Whereas, Messi has earned a revenue of USD 648K per post in his last 36 posts. According to the Republic, it has been confirmed that out of the top 10 earners in the world are players like David Beckham, Neymar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic who have made their way into the list. Kohli stands 11th on the list and has an earning of USD 196k per post. He has earned an amount of USD 1.18 million from Instagram in the last one year. View this post on Instagram Always looking forward to Test Cricket! ð A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Oct 1, 2019 at 5:52am PDT The Indian Captain is one of the best batsmen across all the formats and has led his team to several accolades under his captaincy. This year he guided India to a Test series win in Australia. He is one of the biggest marketable profiles in India where advertisement companies want to place their money. The Indian captain has a huge fan following compared to other sportspersons in the country.
  5. Portugal and Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo created history when he became only the fifth man to join the 700-career goal club when he netted a penalty in the 72nd minute, in a 1-2 loss against Ukraine in the UEFA Euro qualifiers. Already leading the list of active footballers scoring the most number of goals in professional football, Ronaldo is only behind Ferenc Puskás (704 goals), Romario (749 goals), Josef Bican (756 goals) and Pelé (757 goals) in scoring the most number of official goals in football history. The 34-year-old has had a well-decorated career and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, but how did CR7 make his way to becoming CR700? Here's highlighting five of the most memorable moments the footballer has created on the field till date: 1. 40-Yard Goal Vs Porto (Champions League, 2009) Absolutely out of nowhere, a 24-year-old Ronaldo came up with an unbelievable strike from well beyond the penalty mark, from about 40 yards away from the post only to leave FC Porto keeper diving for nothing but air. ð #OTD in 2009, a Cristiano Ronaldo wonder strike! ð±ð±ð±#UCL | @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/YRg6BkCtzB — UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 15, 2019 The strike helped Ronaldo's Manchester United make it to the semi-final of the Champions League before losing the final to Lionel Messi's FC Barcelona in what turned out to be the Portuguese's final season at Old Trafford. 2. Bicycle Kick Vs Juventus (Champions League, 2018) A season before leaving Real Madrid to join Juventus , this iconic bicycle score by Cristiano Ronaldo was more of a reminder for Los Blancos what they would be missing out on in a few days. ð£ï¸ "It was amazing - probably the best of my career." ð ð® A year ago today - one of the great #UCL goals - Cristiano Ronaldo's sensational overhead kick in Turin! ð¥ð¥ð¥#OnThisDay @Cristiano pic.twitter.com/5nbrzSqXDw — UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 3, 2019 Madrid would go on to win the Champions League for a third consecutive season, a perfect send-off gift for the legend that Ronaldo is. 3. Volley Vs Manchester United (Champions League, 2018) Notoriously famous for scoring some of the most flashy and impressive goals against his former clubs, Ronaldo lived up to his reputation when he scored a rocket of an over-shoulder volley in Turin followed by someone showing off their abs. Although the goal didn't count for much as the Red Devils made an amazing comeback to defeat Juve 2-1 but the goal in itself was a spectacle nonetheless. 4. Free-kick Vs Portsmouth (Premier League, 2008) Statistically speaking, lately, Ronaldo hasn't been the best of the players to take free-kicks. In fact, the Juve Forward is one of the worst in scoring free-kicks in the history of Serie A. However, this shot against Portsmouth from 11 years ago during his days at MUFC, has to be considered as one of the best free-kicks in the history of the game. The sudden dip in the ball at the apex of its trajectory left goalkeeper David James completely stunned as the ball found itself a top corner spot inside the net. 5. Cancelled Chip Vs Spain (Friendly Match, 2010) And finally, how can we forget one of the best goals by the Portuguese star that was never counted? After beating two Spanish defends chipped the ball over keeper Iker Casillas in a breathtaking sequence. However, winger Nani, who was in an offside position, decided to add some extra spice and headed the ball inside only to watch the goal get cancelled off. Frustrated with his teammate and furious, Ronaldo threw the captain's band on the ground and started shouting. After the game, Nani publicly apologised to Ronaldo and said: "I touched the ball because I thought I wasn't offside. Everything happened so quickly," explained Nani. "After having time to think about it I apologised to Ronaldo. It was a great piece of play and I shouldn't have ruined it."
  6. Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the greatest men to have ever kicked a football. With 5 Champions League trophies and 5 Ballon D'Or wins, he has established himself as one of the most decorated and successful players of his generation. However, an aspect of his journey that people tend to take for granted, is the incredible amount of work he puts in to keep himself fit and at the top of his game. This was highlighted particularly when Ronaldo, who has time-off in between his triumph with Portugal in the UEFA Nations League 2019 and the 2019-20 campaign with Juventus where they seek to win their 9th league title in a row, shared images of himself sweating it out in the gym. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Jun 16, 2019 at 1:58am PDT While other players are photographed on holiday and taking genuine time off from the game, Ronaldo continues his quest for greatness and puts the work in to constantly improve himself. Even at 34 years of age, Ronaldo's work ethic continues to be inspirational for young footballers all over the world as he is essaying the drive and hunger that is required from a champion athlete, to achieve even half of what he has achieved in the game. After Euro 2016 triumph and the recent Nations League win with Portugal, three back-to-back champions league titles with Real Madrid and a league title with Juventus in his first season, Ronaldo continues to maintain an elite level and continues to be one of the best (if not the best) players in the world. After all that he has achieved in the game, to continue to have the hunger to achieve more, win more and improve as a footballer shows the winning mentality of Ronaldo that is often on display even on the biggest stage. He will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest footballers of all time and he continues to show why.
  7. Undeniably one of the biggest stars in international football, Cristiano Ronaldo's hard work and will to succeed has allowed him to create magical moments on the field. He might have moved away from the star-studded Real Madrid and his current club Juventus may have missed out in the UEFA Champions League, but Ronaldo remains poised for success in one way or another. At the age of 34, when other footballing greats are considering retirements, Ronaldo appears to be busy destroying careers of much younger players with his skills. The sheer genius of Ronaldo was once again in full display as his breathtaking hat-trick against Switzerland powered Portugal to their first-ever UEFA Nations League final. Nahhh look at this angle the ball is coming in right till the last moment. Another keeper left for dead by Ronaldo. GOAT!!! pic.twitter.com/k5a3uK8K3b — Tejas Nihalani (@tejasnihalani11) June 5, 2019 Overlooked for Portugal's previous matches against Italy and Poland, Ronaldo was handed a start alongside Benfica wonder kid Joe Felix by coach Fernando Santos. In the 25th minute of the game, Ronaldo made his presence felt with a venomous free-kick from 25-yards out to hand Portugal the lead. â¡ï¸ Skill of the Day goes to hat-trick hero Cristiano Ronaldo for this outrageous no-look through ball! ðâ½ï¸#NationsLeague | @HisenseSports pic.twitter.com/aTsHECpxos — UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) June 5, 2019 Ricardo Rodriguez converted a 57th-minute penalty to equalise for Switzerland, but no one expected what Ronaldo had in store. In the 88th minute, Ronaldo pounced on Bernardo Silva's perfect cross and a splendid right-foot finish got Portugal in the front again. Two minutes later, Ronaldo turned the clock back, taking us back to his days at Manchester United where his step-overs and cunning movements made him popular. Stepovers. âï¸ Fierce strike. âï¸ Hat-trick complete. âï¸@Cristiano keen to be in Sunday's Goal of the Tournament vote! â½ð¥#NationsLeague | @SOCARofficial pic.twitter.com/O56wipT46U — UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) June 5, 2019 The third goal involved a step-over, on the run, to deceive his nearest opponent before curling his shot into the opposite corner. It was the 53rd hat-trick of Ronaldo's career and undoubtedly the one that got everyone wondering if this man is actually getting younger with age. Goosebumps all over again — 100%Ass Kickin' Babe (@HabsLady) June 5, 2019 pic.twitter.com/9Xpsxxt53z — Erika MUFC (@erikaeldora) June 5, 2019 He only scores Tap-ins â He only scores penalties â He doesn't dribble anymore â King Ronaldo ðð¿ — Tblaq #softHustler (@IamTblaq) June 5, 2019 G.O.A.Tâ¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ — Lily Niber Lawrence (@lillienlawrenc1) June 5, 2019 Take me back to 2006 . Viva Ronaldo ð¥ðð» — Kwame âð¼ (@kwameA_B) June 6, 2019 beast 𦠗 Mr. Nice guy (@haidarsalis) June 6, 2019
  8. Ronaldo has the best physique among his counterparts in the sport and is one of the best athletes in the world. His day begins with a team practice session that lasts for about 3-4 hours, which includes football drills, HIIT drills, sprinting and weight training exercises. Ronaldo trains in the gym for 4 days/week. His lifting routine primarily focuses on enhancing strength, speed and a little bit of hypertrophy. This type of training is extremely beneficial for athletes. © Reuters Here are six tips that can help you in getting a body similar to that of the Juventus star: 1) Focus On Nutrition: For your body to look jacked, you need to get rid of excess body fat. To get rid of it, get into a state of calorie deficit. A calorie deficit is when you consume fewer calories than is required to maintain your current body weight. Lower body fat is required to showcase your muscles. For most guys, this is 7 to 10% body fat. © Unsplash 2) Pick A Sport: Sports can really help you to in staying active. Pick any sport whichever you like and enjoy it 2-3 times per week. 3) Lift Weights: Weight training is the base to look jacked like Ronaldo. Weight training has various benefits like improving your concentration, building muscle, burning fat, improved *** life, less risk of injury, etc. Hit the gym 3-4 days in a week and be consistent with it. Incorporate compound movements and isolation movements. Learn the motor-skill pattern to build your core strength. © Unsplash Full body movements like the squat, the bench press, the deadlift or the overhead press engage and train your core. Implement big movements properly in your training plan so that you can lift heavy overtime and gain a good amount of muscle. 4) Cardio- Doing some cardio will not hurt your gains if you take care of your nutrition. Cardio can help you to condition your physique, however, cardio can also be a problem if you do too much of it. You can do any form of cardio like HIIT (high-intensity interval training) or LISS (low-intensity steady state). 5) Sleep- Your body will never show signs of improvement if your sleep pattern is not on point. What do I mean by this? You need to get at least 6-7 hours of deep sleep. A good range is 7-8+ hrs for better recovery outcomes. Some might require more than 8 due to their genetics and stress. If you are not able to get at least 6 hours then you might face sleep deprival effects. 6) Supplements- Supplements can really help you fill the gaps. You don't have to take a ton of it and especially not bullshit ones like BCAAs, fat burners, testosterone booster, etc. In fact, I would suggest you take the effective ones like: 1) Whey Protein- Whey protein is more of a convenience food which can help you to fulfil your protein gap. Mostly required by vegetarians and vegans who find difficult to complete their protein intake per day. © Reuters 2) Creatine- Creatine can help you to look fuller overall. It also helps you to increase strength and lean body mass. 3-5g/day intake is sufficient. 3) Caffeine- Caffeine is a stimulant which can help you boost your mood before any intensive work. It boosts your performance in the gym and helps you do more work in a short time. A couple of shots of black coffee will do the magic. To achieve Ronaldo's physique you have to be consistent, disciplined and dedicated. Author Bio: Yashovardhan Singh is an online fitness coach with www.getsetgo.fitness, an online fitness platform. Along with lifting weights and building his physique, he is also a motorbike enthusiast, an animal lover. You can connect with him on Instagram or drop him an email on yashovardhan@getsetgo.fitness.
  9. Two of the greatest athletes of our generation were playing to qualify for the UEFA Champions League semi-finals last night. While the general notion heading into the respective games were already made in favour of both of them, the outcome turned out to be extremely devastating for one. Heading to the second leg of the contest against Manchester United, Barcelona FC were already ahead of the Red Devils by a goal on aggregate when they visited Old Trafford on 10th April 2019. As expected, with the home-ground advantage, Lionel Messi and Co dominated the game from the first minute itself. Being better in literally every stat category there is, the confident squad rolled over Ole Gunnar Solskjær's boys in a 3-0 win. The Argentine legend seemed healthy as a horse, with his nose looking good as new and playing the kind of football he is known for all over the world. Scoring two quick goals in the 16th and 20th minutes, Messi gave his side an early and comfortable lead, thereby setting the tone for the rest of the game. Eventually, a third goal at the hands of Philippe Coutinho also came in the second half. ðª KING Leo ð #Messi ðµð´ #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/pjF9FDUTtp — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 17, 2019 However, things didn't turn out to be so sunny for the Italian giants, Juventus, who were taken by surprise by the visiting Ajax FC at the Juventus Stadium. After settling for a 1-1 tie in the first leg during which Cristiano Ronaldo had to work hard to get his solitary goal to keep his side afloat, they looked exhausted and overwhelmed by the brilliant Dutch squad who have been on a tear this Champions League season. While Ajax did manage to knock out Real Madrid, who won the trophy in four of the last five seasons, not a lot were expecting them to force Ronaldo's Juventus out of the league, but thanks to Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt's brilliant showing, Ajax reigned supreme nonetheless. FULL-TIME Finisce qui. La Juve non accede alle semifinali di #UCL. Complimenti all' @AFCAjax ð#JuveAjax pic.twitter.com/iPeVvWpheM — JuventusFC (@juventusfc) April 16, 2019 After learning about his rival crashing out of the tournament, Messi said: “That tells you everything, any team is complicated, be it, Liverpool or Porto, there are those who deserve the best, and everything is going to be complicated.” Messi's thoughts were echoed by football fans all over the world who showed their appreciation for Ajax: It was a spicy game, mate! ð¶#UCL #juvaja pic.twitter.com/Chc0sayFCK — AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) April 17, 2019 Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach: “Ronaldo gave us a lot during the season and especially in the UEFA Champions League. Ajax are a great team, I cannot say much to my players tonight.” pic.twitter.com/4hRAmkmj5R — Enock Kobina Essel (@kobinaessel39) April 17, 2019 Today's front page â½ï¸ #Ajax pic.twitter.com/OJfSBeHuXf — Sport360° (@Sport360) April 17, 2019 Ajax: - Average age of 24 - Knocked out Real Madrid and Juventus - Nineteen Goals Scored - #ChampionsLeague Semi-Finalists pic.twitter.com/VE29La4ghv — Sean Graham (@SPGBETTING) April 17, 2019
  10. With less than 24 hours before Lionel Messi's exceptional performance against Lyon at Camp Nou that propelled his Barcelona FC to the quarter-finals of UEFA Champions League for a record twelfth time, it was the world's most famous athlete, Cristiano Ronaldo who put Juventus on his shoulders and brought home a 3-0 (3-2 on aggregate) victory to enter the quarter-finals as well. Ronaldo's solid hat-trick, which included two magnificent headers in the first half and a well-placed penalty in the bottom right corner of the net in the final minutes of the game, was more of a reminder that the Portuguese exudes excellence no matter which side he plays for. It's all over! A @Cristiano hat-trick against Atlético Madrid sends Juventus through to the #UCL quarterfinals. https://t.co/h8fnqHE1ZG — Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) March 12, 2019 With the former Champions League winners and Ronaldo's previous team, Real Madrid being knocked out of the contest by Ajax in the Round of 16, the narrative of the five-time Ballon d'Or holder and his legacy only get more convincing. On the other hand, it was Ronaldo's arch-nemesis and greatest individual competition, Lionel Messi who stole the spotlight in a 5-1 win against Lyon last night. His two goals consisted of a skilful panenka penalty in the 17th minute and a bottom right strike to the net following a fancy dribbling run in the 78th. Man of the match.â¡ï¸ Leo Messi lights up the ultimate stage once again. #NEMEZIZ #DareToCreate pic.twitter.com/3Fmj75xPY6 — Team Messi (@TeamMessi) March 13, 2019 With the match far away from the hands of Bruno Génésio's team, the Argentine assisted teammates Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele for one goal each, making it Messi's very first Champions League game with two goals and two assists. The back to back performances from the two titans make it very interesting for the true fans of the game to sit back and ponder whether Messi and Ronaldo truly inspire each other to become the better versions of themselves, push their limits and aspire harder to become the best footballer in the world. After the win against Lyon, Messi shared his thoughts about Ronaldo's performance from the previous night. "Cristiano and Juventus were awesome... It was a big surprise because I thought Atletico would be stronger. But Juventus overcame them and Cristiano had a magical night with three goals," the Argentine told Movistar+. Tuesday: Hat-trick from Ronaldo Wednesday: Two goals and two assists from Messi Back-to-back ðperformances (via @brfootball) pic.twitter.com/5LWzVLZv1T — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 13, 2019 According to Andy West (BBC Sports), Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has shown support to this theory. When West asked Rodgers about this notion whilst interviewing him for a book he wrote on Messi, Rodgers said: “Maybe subconsciously in some way they've driven each other on, but I think both those players inherently have that hunger to be the best players they can be. With the very elite performers, that drive comes from within. The two megastars, no doubt, are completely different as players. While Ronaldo looks to quench his thirst for goals every second of the game, Messi looks to make the team around him better as a whole and surely, the methods followed by two are ways apart, the ultimate goal (pun intended) is to be the best in the world. The two wizards of the sport therefore not only get inspired by each other's magic, but they also continue to work on their spells to outdo their respective competitions and as football fans, we couldn't ask for more.
  11. Earlier this February, Atletico Madrid had bolstered their chances of progressing in UEFA Champions League following a stunning 2-0 triumph over Juventus in the first-leg of their Round of 16 clash at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium. Two late goals from their centre-backs had given Atleti a significant lead before their trip to Turin for the second-leg clash. If manager Diego Simeone's animated celebration at the touchline highlighted what the first-leg triumph meant to them, the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo's threat was carefully nullified by Atletico, put the Portuguese's Champions League reign in jeopardy. But, three weeks later, what eventually unfolded at the Allianz stadium, cannot be described in words. With their back against the wall, Juventus pulled off one of the spirited fightbacks in the history of the European competition. Trailing 0-2 (on aggregate), Massimiliano Allegri's men blanked the visitors 3-0 to the sheer joy of a packed Allianz stadium crowd. And, if Juventus' turnaround allowed them to fire warning shots to their rivals, the five-star performance of Ronaldo, once again, reminded everyone why he considered one of the all-time greatest to have blessed the game. © Reuters Juventus' 99-million-pound summer signing lived up to his billing with a remarkable hat-trick which sent the home fans into delirium. A stunning header in the 27th minute, another one in 49th minute and a calm finish from the spot-kick in the 86th minute allowed Ronaldo to enter Juventus folklore on the back of yet another sensational performance in Europe's biggest competition. While Ronaldo's 'Herculean show' single-handedly allowed Juventus to overturn their deficit from the first-leg and progress further in the tournament, it also brought his own girlfriend to tears in the stands as she watched her partner script a sensational turnaround for his team. Georgina Rodriguez, who was accompanied by Ronaldo's son Cristiano Jr, looked content after watching her partner score from two headers in the match. But, her excitement, akin to the fans in the stands, reached an all-time high after Ronaldo slammed the penalty past Jan Oblak to win the tie for Juventus. Georgina Rodriguez cried in audienceð­ Glad to be a family together! Appreciate the miracle made by Ronaldo with Juve spirit!! #FinoAllaFineForzaJuventus pic.twitter.com/LWA5JjVtF2 — æ½å½ç¥¥ (@Guoxiang_Pan) March 12, 2019 After taking a moment to catch her brath, Rodriguez couldn't help but let tears of joy roll down her eyes in the stands. On the other hand, Cristiano Jr was seen celebrating wildly after watching his father complete his hat-trick on a night that will be hard to forget for both Juventus and Atletico fans. View this post on Instagram Este 3-0 nadie te lo roba. Te lo mereces, no por los 3 goles de esta noche. Te lo mereces por tu dedicación, por lo que consigues en el club donde estés. Eres un remolque para tus compañeros, entrenador y todos los que te admiramos y apoyamos cada día. El karma existe. Dios lo sabe, Dios te lo da, porque el mundo del fútbol es tuyo. â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ TE AMAMOS. Cristianito, Mateo, Eva, Alana, Georgina. @cristiano A post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio) on Mar 12, 2019 at 3:32pm PDT After the match, Rodriguez took to Instagram and paid a heartfelt tribute to her boyfriend and his achievements. Sharing a picture of a young Ronaldo posing in a football kit, Rodriguez's message in Spanish loosely translates to: "This 3-0 nobody steals it. You deserve it, not for the three goals tonight. You deserve it for your dedication, for what you get in the club where you are. You are a trailer for your teammates, coach and everyone we admire and support every day. Karma exists. God knows, God gives it to you, because the world of soccer is yours. WE LOVE YOU. Cristianito, Mateo, Eva, Alana, Georgina". To put things in perspective, Ronaldo has now scored 124 goals and continues to remain Champions League's all-time top-scorer. He has also claimed eight hat-tricks in the history of the European competition. For someone who has won the European Cup four times in the last five years, Ronaldo is now gaining ground to claim his sixth Champions League title (having won one with Manchester United in 2008).
  12. One of the better football clubs in the history of the sport, with a massive following of diehard fans who take their game very seriously, Real Madrid have found themselves to be in a bit of a slump ever since Portuguese fame Cristiano Ronaldo decided to say goodbye to the Spanish club to play in Italy for Juventus back in July 2018 for a massive €100 million contract. Ronaldo's move followed his then manager Zinedine Zidane's decision to quit the team last year. Ever since, the management of Los Blancos has shifted thrice in less than a year. First was Julen Lopetegui, who was brought as a compensating replacement of the French superstar but was quickly fired after Lionel Messi's Barcelona defeated them in a humiliating 'El Clasico' match up. Next came Santiago Solari, the pride of Argentine football under whose interim reign, Real Madrid saw very little to no improvement. They crashed out of Copa del Rey and lost all hopes of winning the UEFA Champions League for the fourth consecutive time after a depressing 1-4 loss to Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax (AFC Ajax) in the Round of 16. Now that Florentino Pérez, Real Madrid President, has decided to bring Zidane back to Santiago Bernabeu while letting go of his disagreement with the Frenchman, the franchise hopes to bring back its glory days. But, the real question is, will Zidane be able to help Los Blancos become the entity they used to be during the 'Ronaldo Era' without Ronaldo? Till now, the experiments Lopetegui and Solari tried, all of them crashed and burned while the club continued to spiral. On the other hand, the man that Madrid fans put their trust into in the absence of Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, has not only failed to step into the Portuguese's shoes but has also made no improvements to his game like he said he would if CR7 wasn't there. The fans of the club feel the same way as they took to Twitter to show their concerns about Zindane's success without Cristiano Ronaldo: I want to see if Zidane was the one who lead Real to fame or was it Cristiano Ronaldo all a long pic.twitter.com/WiJn0P8ukA — Will ™ ð¬ð§âï¸ (@ftblWilll) March 11, 2019 He is back, but can Zidane do it without superstar Ronaldo at Real Madrid pic.twitter.com/ruNjR5tba6 — BrandonKB (@chiseledout) March 12, 2019 Zidane's tactics without Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/yfKMPGan0A — Juanito Lucha Libre (@FrankSno9) March 11, 2019 Zidane's tactics without Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/yfKMPGan0A — Juanito Lucha Libre (@FrankSno9) March 11, 2019 Is it just me who thinks that Zidane coming back to Real won't change anything. Fact is they have an ageing squad and NO RONALDO NO PARTY. pic.twitter.com/RwaubcSbfr — Saman Dhawan (@DhawanSaman) March 11, 2019
  13. If there is one sport which is loved all over the globe despite its brutal tackles and some brilliantly laid out flops, it's definitely football. Football is often compared to the theatre and is fortunate to host to some of the best practitioners in the business, some of whom take their craft a little too seriously. Many players among David Luis, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo believe in showing glimpses of their acting skills on the field, rather than in the studio. Neymar even bagged a cameo in 'XXX: Return of Xander Cage' only by his diving skills on the field. Fouls still get penalised by referees but when it comes to flops, or dives as we call it, we just can't get enough of it. Diving has once again been thrust into the public eye of late, thanks to a string of game-altering moments of alleged simulation. The most recent one came yesterday when one of the greatest players in the world, Ronaldo, earned himself a free kick right outside the penalty box with yet another flop against Napoli. Alex Meret, Napoli keeper, rushed out of the penalty box to clear the Juventus ball, but couldn't touch either of them, the ball or Ronaldo. CR7, on the other hand, took full advantage of the situation and displayed his outstanding acting skills, which not only made the referee award his team a freekick but also handed Meret a red card straight away. Furious with this incident, Carlos Ancelloti, the home manager, opened up in the post-match interview © Reuters “It's a very controversial incident,” Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti said. “Certainly he didn't touch him, but it could be a thing of intent. It's not so clear this direct red, it's not a given that Cristiano would have got to the ball. “The red seems over the top to me. There's the VAR and the referee should have looked at it again why else do we have it?” Eventually, the kick taken by Miralem Pjanic was given a dazzling curl, landing it in the bottom left corner of the goal. Soon the one-goal lead was extended by Emre Can by a header, courtesy a long ball by Federico Bernardeschi. Chiellini and his men soon got the taste of their own medicine when Pjanic was shown a second yellow card for handling the ball. © Reuters The hosts reduced the deficit in the 61st minute as Callejon got ahead of the Juventus defenders to tap in Insigne's cross. Napoli laid siege to the Juventus goal and thought it had got its rewards when they were awarded a penalty for an Alex Sandro handball, but Insigne's effort rebounded off the post. With 16 points clear to the second-placed Napoli, Juventus has almost sealed their league title and now are concentrating on the match against Atletico Madrid for a place in the Quarter-finals of UEFA Champions League
  14. Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo is probably the greatest footballer of our era. With the various multi-million dollar deals he has signed with uncountable brands, cash inflow is not a concern for him. Best in the business, the Portuguese star knows how to celebrate his accomplishments, his greatest achievements and most importantly, himself and no, we are definitely not complaining. Here are 5 times he appreciated his self-worth and treated himself: 1. Gifted Himself A Bugatti Veyron After Winning Euro Cup in 2016 View this post on Instagram ð¡ðâï¸ A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Feb 21, 2017 at 4:48am PST Many consider it to be Ronaldo throwing shade at Antoine Griezmann's Frenchmen who lost to Portugal in the Euro Cup 2016, when he gifted himself a brand new Veyron produced by the French automobile manufacturing company, Bugatti. Ronaldo's Veyron, in particular, could hit the 100km/h mark in 2.5 seconds and had a top speed of 400km/h, making it the fastest ride of its time. The pretty piece costed him Rs. 1.3 cr. 2. Spent Rs. 25 Lakhs On 2 Bottles Of Wine On Daughter's Birthday Great work â¦@Cristianoâ© ððpic.twitter.com/lJsaYThCQC — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 14, 2018 In November 2017, on the occasion of his daughter's one year birth anniversary in London, Ronaldo took his family to a major celebrity attraction at Scott's, where he wanted to celebrate big. Going all-out on booze, Ronaldo ordered a bottle of the Richebourg Grand Cru, the most expensive bottle of wine at the time, worth nearly Rs 17 Lakhs, followed by a bottle of the 1982 Pomerol Petrus, priced at Rs 8.4 Lakhs. 3. Nike's (Really) Expensive 24-Carat Gold Shoes View this post on Instagram Thanks @nike for this amazing birthday gift!ðððð½ð #24kgold #AF1 #CR7 A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Feb 5, 2018 at 2:30pm PST After signing a massive $1 Billion deal with Nike, the sports goods giant made Cristiano Ronaldo realise exactly how valuable he is for the brand. On his 33rd birthday, while the star decided to keep his celebrations to a bare minimum, with a simple blue cake with friends and family around, Nike had other plans for him. Arrived in a wooden box, was a pair of all-white Nike 'Swoosh' which are worth $70 (Rs. 5,000). But on taking a closer look, the true beauty of the shoes was visible. The Nike logo stitched at the sides of the shoes and at the back along with the tip of the shoelaces were all made out of pure 24-carat gold. The interior of the box was also decorated with gold. 4. Made A Wax Statue Of Himself To Keep At Home © Reuters When in 2013, the Museum of Wax, Madrid unveiled a waxwork of the Portuguese superstar, Ronaldo was absolutely stunned by the detailing and perfection with which it was made. As a result, he contacted the original artist Michael Wade and paid him $31,000 (Rs. 22 Lakh) to make a replica which he could keep in his house. Ronaldo has also hired a hairstylist who visits the statue in Madrid every month to fix the statue's hair and match it to that of Ronaldo's freshest look. A bit over the top? So what? 5. Opened A Museum For Himself © Reuters What do you do when you run out of space to place all your trophies? You build yourself a museum, of course. Originally considered to be the brainchild of his elder brother, Hugo Ronaldo, the Museu CR7 is located in the footballer's hometown of Funchal, Portugal and is dedicated to his 140+ trophies. On 21st December 2014, a bronze statue of Cristiano doing his iconic pose was revealed at the venue under which says 'The Best Player In The World - Cristiano Ronaldo'.
  15. Arguably one of the greatest footballers of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo has arguably won everything there is in the world of football. From winning a record five Ballon d'Ors to winning the Euro title with Portugal, Ronaldo continues to prove that he's a cut above the rest. But, while his exploits on the football pitch has earned him the status of a demigod, his antics off it has also made him a subject of immense criticism. From his tax fraud case in Spain to the recent rape allegations from a woman in the United States, the Portuguese legacy in the sport has surely been dented. While the rape allegations levelled against him are still pending an inquiry, Ronaldo has now settled the long-standing tax evasion case. The 33-year-old was accused of avoiding paying taxes in Spain between 2010 and 2014, during his stint with Real Madrid. The case against him in the Spanish court was centred around lucrative image rights deals. The prosecutors had claimed that the proceeds were funnelled through low-tax companies in foreign nations to evade taxes. AP The allegations had first emerged in 2017 when the prosecutors had claimed that it was a "voluntary and conscious breach of his fiscal obligations in Spain". But, Ronaldo's lawyers clarified that it was all down to a misunderstanding over what was and was not required under Spanish law, and denied any deliberate attempt by the football superstar to evade tax. In a bid to settle the case, a deal was struck in June last year which was supposed to be agreed with Spain's tax authorities. On 22nd January, Ronaldo was asked to appear in the Spanish court to resolve the case. In a court appearance that lasted for a few minutes, Ronaldo accepted the deal offered by prosecutors before walking out with his wife Georgina Rodriguez, smiling and giving a thumbs-up while signing autographs. AP According to the deal, Ronaldo will pay a fine of 16.6 million pounds. But, more importantly, Ronaldo, who was earlier facing some prison time, will no longer serve the pre-decided 23-month jail sentence. In Spain, convicts do not usually do time for sentences under two years. And, since, the nature of Ronaldo's offence was non-violent, the Juventus forward seems to have escaped the jail sentence, serving it on probation instead. So, for a man who has been listed by Forbes as the third-wealthiest athlete in the world, with estimated earnings of 108 million dollars a year, the 16.6-million-pound fine seems like peanuts for Ronaldo. Thus, there was no surprise to see football fans across the globe slamming Ronaldo and Spanish tax authorities for the same. The rich get way with as they pay large fines. He should have gone in jail as poorer people would have done. — dave hitchin (@HitchinDave) January 22, 2019 why isn't he made to pay back what he owed?! — Jordy (@garyetchells) January 22, 2019 So? Rapists are free and happy, and I don't see the moralists talking about it. — Bel Inojosa (@BelCiel) January 22, 2019 You'd think they were going to a Royal wedding by that photo. — Robson (@ROBSON_THE_RED) January 22, 2019 Proof that money can buy happiness — ThirdEye (@ItsGillaGilla) January 22, 2019 Never seen anyone happier to leave a court room. ð³ pic.twitter.com/uAWTVUo7TW — s u l e i m a n ð (@SuleimanAFC) January 22, 2019 Amazing how you can buy anything with money... — steve phillips (@superbladestee) January 22, 2019 I'd be happy too , cuz that's pocket change for him... he will make it back in a few months from his sponsors , and I wouldn't be surprised if Juventus actually pays for it . That's actually possible — Tendai91 (@Tendai9111) January 22, 2019 Ahhh, what a world we live in where literally anyone that wasn't rich would have been sentenced to prison if they had done this. — James Watson (@JamesWa46455119) January 22, 2019 This would be only a tiny amount of money to him — Janette Hall86 (@JanetteHall) January 22, 2019 Easy when you're rich — krishan (@22kchauhan) January 22, 2019 meh, 2 months salary for him. — ( '| ) (@pedroleitao) January 22, 2019
  16. Arguably two of the greatest footballers of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi share a rivalry like no other in international football. The sport has seen many superstars over the ages, but the decade-long reign of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is arguably something that's going to last in our memories for a really long time. The two footballing greats have made the sport their own playing arena and the fact that they have won a record five Ballon d'Ors, goes on to show how dominant they have been in the last decade. The duel for football's top individual award began in 2008 when Ronaldo pipped Messi to bag his first Ballon d'Or. However, Messi staged a spectacular comeback a year later and went on to bag the coveted award for four successive years. Then, Ronaldo bounced back to clinch the prestigious award in 2013 and 2014 before Messi took his tally to a record five Ballon d'Or wins in 2015. While many ruled the Portuguese out of the race, Ronaldo stunned everyone by bagging the award in 2016 and 2017, once again proving he's second to none. © Reuters But, a lot has changed since Ronaldo won the award last year. His domination at the Ballon d'Or with Messi has come to an end with Luka Modric winning this year's award. Ronaldo has swapped Real Madrid for Juventus and La Liga for Serie A. And, the rare sight of Ronaldo and Messi featuring as rivals on the pitch is now restricted to UEFA Champions League (in club football). Ronaldo's move to Italy also means that Messi is now the sole king of the Spanish league, plying his trade with Barcelona. But, the football fans, who've cherished their rivalry over the years, surely got excited when the Portugal international urged his long-time rival to challenge himself by playing in Italy. Talking to the Italian press, Ronaldo said: "I'd like him to come to Italy one day. I hope he accepts the challenge like me, but if he's happy there then I respect that". Asked if he missed the 31-year-old Argentine, who has spent his entire senior career at Barcelona, Ronaldo replied: "No, maybe it's him who misses me" © Reuters "I've played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal and for my national team, while he's still in Spain. Maybe he needs me more. For me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy. He's a fantastic player and a good guy, but I don't miss anything here. This is my new life and I'm happy. I left my comfort zone and took on this challenge here in Turin, everything has gone well, I've proven I'm still an incredible player," Ronaldo said. Following Real Madrid's Champions League title in the 2017/18 season, the 33-year-old Portuguese stunned everyone by claiming that he is ready to move away from Santiago Bernabeu. Later, he joined Juventus for a staggering $114 million. Since then, Ronaldo has scored 10 goals in 15 league games to help the Turin giants get off to a record start in the 2018/19 Serie A season.
  17. The world of football has seen many superstars over the ages, but the ongoing reign of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is arguably something that's going to last in our memories for a really long time. The two footballing greats have made the sport their own playing arena and the fact that they have won a record five Ballon d'Ors, goes on to show how dominant they have been in the last decade. The duel for football's top individual award began in 2008 when Ronaldo pipped Messi to bag his first Ballon d'Or. But, the Argentine was not to be underestimated as he went on to bag the coveted award for four successive years. While many had ruled Ronaldo out of ever coming close to his nemesis, the Portuguese didn't lose hope and went on to clinch the Ballon d'Or in 2013 and 2014. The next year saw Messi staging a comeback, taking his tally to a record five Ballon d'Or wins in 2015. But, Ronaldo shut all the naysayers after bagging the prestigious award in 2016 and 2017 to equal Messi's record of most Ballon d'Or triumphs. With both the Phenoms tied at five wins apiece, this year's Ballon d'Or is being anxiously awaited by football pundits and fans to see who'll come out on top and take the lead in most Ballon d'Or wins. © Reuters However, contrary to popular perception, it has emerged that we might have to wait a little longer to see the showdown between Ronaldo and Messi. If the recent reports are to be believed, neither Ronaldo, nor Messi will win the Ballon d'Or this year. In fact, there will be a new star who'll bring an end to the Ronaldo-Messi era that has dominated the Ballon d'Or since Kaka won it in 2007. As per Eric Macruth, a French journalist who works for French radio station RFI, it's Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric who will clinch the 2018 Ballon d'Or. “Exclusive #BallondOr: After counting half the votes, the head trio is as follows: 1) Modric 2) @raphaelvarane 3 @KMbappe. @xbarretfoot @RFIRadioFoot Info @RFIsports,” he tweeted. Earlier this year, Modric had also bagged the European Player of the Year and FIFA's Best Player awards, beating both Ronaldo and Messi. The Croat helped Real Madrid win the UEFA Champions League back in May for the third year on the trot. And then, the veteran played a pivotal role in guiding Croatia to the FIFA World Cup final in Russia. © Reuters Raphael Varane claiming the second spot on the list would not surprise many, owing to his exploits on the football pitch this year. Just like his club mate Modric, the French international won this year's UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid. And then, the star defender celebrated one of the biggest moments of his career as part of the French side that recently lifted the FIFA World Cup. The third name on the list, Kylian Mbappe, was touted to pip the likes of Ronaldo and Messi to claim the Ballon d'Or this year. The 19-year-old propelled Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) to another Ligue 1 title earlier this year, starring alongside Neymar and Edinson Cavani in attack. He also got his name on the scoresheet in the final as France won the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1998. While we aren't sure whether the recent reports or the tweet that allegedly leaked the top 3 can be trusted, but the news will surely not go down for Ronaldo who was really keen on bagging the award this year. “I already know, in my heart, that I am one of the best players in history. Of course, I want to win this sixth Ballon d'Or!”, Raonaldo had said earlier this year.
  18. After shattering numerous records with Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is now on a quest to conquer Italy with his new club Juventus. The Portuguese might have taken some time to get going but he seems to be enjoying a strong start to life under Massimiliano Allegri, netting nine goals in 15 games. The Juventus forward showcased his striking abilities after smashing a breath-taking volley past goalkeeper David de Gea during their 2-1 loss against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League. Then, during their Serie clash against AC Milan, Ronaldo's advice to his teammate Wojciech Szczesny helped the Juventus shot-stopper to save Gonzalo Higuain's penalty, before the Portuguese doubled the lead for his side in the 81st minute, securing a 2-0 win for his team. It's needless to say that Ronaldo had a great game and there was no surprise to see Milan youngster Raoul Bellanova asking the Juventus forward for a picture. Ronaldo and Bellanova eventually clicked a photo together, right outside the Juventus changing room at the San Siro. But, whosoever was clicking the picture, didn't take into account the individuals in the background. When you see it pic.twitter.com/K3KyhlJz09 — Troll Football (@TrollFootball) November 12, 2018 In what has now turned into one of the most hilarious football jokes on social media, a shirtless Ronaldo and young Bellanova were snapped together with Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini walking naked behind the two footballers. While Chiellini seemed unaware of the photo, his unintentional expose surely left the football fans in splits and Ronaldo probably red-faced. Chiellini looks like the evolution man who is always walking. pic.twitter.com/kaGemw99H3 — Riddhiman Medhi (@riddhis_life) November 12, 2018 Chiellini's "little boy" is probably better at lasting the full 90 mins of the game than Jones and Smalling combined for Man Utd. — Aumogh Sengupta (@aumogh24) November 12, 2018 pic.twitter.com/MtGQoI2RAY — Isaac™ ðºð¬ ð¯ (@tumisaac) November 12, 2018 pic.twitter.com/WlKU4syeUl — Gabriel Ogundele (@kneelyee) November 12, 2018 It's so small I can't even see it — Bay Zone (@MrAwisha) November 12, 2018 pic.twitter.com/0FKFrac9K4 — AZ (@awz94) November 12, 2018 pic.twitter.com/vyi0wgW1VW — dony (@dyfjrr) November 12, 2018 Literally ð pic.twitter.com/th3GrPOP6l — ` (@useful23) November 12, 2018 That guy is still defending his privacy..what a defender — Salah (@anderlukeshaw) November 12, 2018
  19. Last month, when Juventus travelled all the way to Manchester United for their UEFA Champions League Group H clash, all eyes were on Cristiano Ronaldo - the prodigal son who was returning to his old home. While the Portuguese couldn't get his name on the scoresheet in his team's 1-0 win at Old Trafford, he had a great homecoming amid warm reception from the United fans. He clicked selfies with the pitch invaders, played a pivotal role in the lone goal and acknowledged the reception he got at Old Trafford. On 8th November, Ronaldo was once again the centre of attraction when the Red Devils visited the Allianz stadium in Turin for their group game in the European competition. And, Ronaldo didn't disappoint (at least not on the pitch). For someone who was yet to score for Juventus in the Champions League, Ronaldo couldn't have notched up his maiden goal any better. The 33-year-old opened the scoring for his side with a breath-taking volley in the 65th minute. Capitalising on Leonardo Bonucci's perfect long-ball, the Juventus forward unleashed an absolute stunner that went past United goalkeeper David de Gea. WHAT A GOAL FROM CRISTIANO RONALDO ð³pic.twitter.com/9oypBzYY7u — LewisMcinnes (@TheLewisMcinnes) November 7, 2018 While his maiden Champions League goal for Juventus brought the home fans to their feet, Ronaldo's happiness was short-lived as his strike was cancelled by Juan Mata in the 86th minute. With the game levelled, Alex Sandro's own goal in the 90th minute allowed United to snatch a 2-1 win against the Turin-based club. Despite taking the lead, Juventus couldn't hold their nerve and the frustration was quite evident in Ronaldo's post-match interview. The Portuguese star, who shares a special bond with United and their fans, claimed that Jose Mourinho's team did nothing to deserve the win. © Reuters “The Champions League is a special competition, where you could be winning, but can't relax, as anything can happen. We dominated the game for 90 minutes, had so many chances, could've killed it off three or four times, but we relaxed and were punished," Ronaldo told Sky Sport Italia. “Manchester United did nothing to win the game. They created two chances from set pieces. English teams are always looking for set pieces You can't even talk about luck, because you have to find your own luck and in this case, we just gifted it to them. Now we've got to lift our heads, as we played really well and are still top of the group,” he added. United's shock win undoubtedly gave their fans something to cheer for, but Ronaldo's post-match comments didn't go down well with them. Expressing their displeasure, the United fans took pot-shots at the Portuguese on the social media. What??#Ronaldo#JuveManchesterUnitedpic.twitter.com/cOP8cT1Sk5 — Huzaifa Ahmad (@huzaifascool) November 8, 2018 Moral of the day #mufc#manutd#juvmun#ronaldo#mourinhopic.twitter.com/JeVgPRDgtJ — Man Utd Trolls (@ManTrollsUtd) November 8, 2018 Ronaldo after the match xD Via @mantrollsutdpic.twitter.com/Yy4Wo0cor1 — ManUtd Empire (@Empire_Mu) November 8, 2018 Now i more than EVER want someone else to win the BallonDor and not the salty arrogant Ronaldo,who used us time and time again for new contracts — danin ted (@danin_ted) November 8, 2018 After Ronaldo salty comments and celebrating against us,i think it's time to move on. I've loved him through thick and thin but now not anymore. No more following him — danin ted (@danin_ted) November 8, 2018 Never thought Ronaldo would be so salty about losing to his former club ð — Laurenð¦ (@__Lauren____) November 8, 2018 Ronaldo flexed his packs on us and guess who took the L? haha — SnowyNoni, Muffin (@Noni_ManUnited) November 8, 2018 The best thing about winning against Juve is seeing their salty fans. Even Ronaldo is salty af. Haha what a game — Name (@DanangJaga) November 7, 2018
  20. For a man who broke a million hearts at Stantiago Bernabeu after completing a 100-million-euro move to Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo didn't really enjoy the start many would have expected him to at the Old Lady club. The Portuguese initially struggled to find the back of the net, going goalless in 320 minutes across three games before eventually breaking the drought with a brace against Sassuolo. Since then, Ronaldo has scored seven goals for Juventus in the Serie A. But, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner still wasn't able to break the duck with his new club in the UEFA Champions League. His maiden goal for Juventus in the Champions League finally came on 8th November when his club hosted Manchester United in the Group H clash. WHAT A GOAL FROM CRISTIANO RONALDO ð³ pic.twitter.com/9oypBzYY7u — LewisMcinnes (@TheLewisMcinnes) November 7, 2018 Scoring his 8th goal in 14 matches across all competitions for Juventus, Ronaldo capitalised on a beautiful long-ball from teammate Leonardo Bonucci in the defence. The Portuguese, in the 65th minute, made a perfect forward run into United's 18-yard-box before hitting an inch-perfect volley to put the ball past goalkeeper David de Gea. While the stunning strike brought the Allianz stadium on its feet, it also instigated an animated celebration from Ronaldo himself. The 33-year-old rushed to the left corner before unveiling his chiselled abs in front of the home crowd. While his happiness didn't last long as Juan Mata's strike in the 86th minute and Alex Sandro's own goal in the 90th minute saw United snatching a late 2-1 win, Ronaldo's brilliant volley still was too good for the football fans to ignore. To take that first time over the shoulder is as tough as it gets. Nuts. — MarcoT (@MarcoTrotz) November 7, 2018 That was a beautiful goal wow !!ð¤ð¤ — #McGolden Karabo@Za (@KaraboMakofane) November 8, 2018 Good Ball Amazing Goal — Adair Martinez (@AdairMa36477240) November 8, 2018 That is world class. End of. — â¡â¡â¡ (@LewiBizzle) November 8, 2018 Love Ronaldo. BIG time player — UK GEM Education (@GrahamRMeadows) November 8, 2018
  21. Arguably one of the greatest players of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo has probably won everything there is to be achieved in the world of football. The Portuguese has won 26 trophies during his illustrious footballing career and the fact that he boasts of a record-tying five Ballon d'Or wins, shows how good this lad has been over the years. More recently, he became the first footballer in history to score 400 goals across Europe's top five leagues. But, Ronaldo is much more than just another record-breaking footballer. He is a great human being who has not forgotten his roots and humble beginnings. Despite being one of the richest sportspersons on the planet, Ronaldo still holds everything that has made him what he is today, dear to his heart. © Reuters His love for Manchester United and their fans has been known for quite some time now. Having joined the Red Devils back in 2003, it was the hallowed Old Trafford where he first rose to prominence in the footballing world. Thus, when Juventus came calling at the United home ground for the Champions League group-stage fixture, all eyes were on Ronaldo for his homecoming. Apart from his pivotal cross that set up Paulo Dybala's lone goal of the game, Ronaldo's humility and respect for the Man Utd fans won everyone over. The 33-year-old clicked a selfie with a pitch invader and, after the final whistle, thumped his chest to show what the applause of the Old Trafford meant to him. But, Ronaldo's homecoming couldn't have been complete without an exchange with Sir Alex Ferguson - the man who transformed a skinny 18-year-old winger into one of the world's best footballers. A great coach and above all a wonderful man. Taught me so many things inside and outside the pitch. Great to see you in good shape, Boss! pic.twitter.com/Ql4dcuJvCW — Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) October 24, 2018 After playing an instrumental role in Juventus' 1-0 win over his former club, Ronaldo took some time off to meet Sir Alex, whom he often regards as a father-figure. In a touching tribute, the Juventus forward posted a picture of himself in the company of former United boss with a heartfelt message: "A great coach and above all a wonderful man. Taught me so many things inside and outside the pitch. Great to see you in good shape, Boss." Sir Alex played a pivotal role in shaping up Ronaldo's footballing career after he signed the Portuguese for 12.24 million pounds, making him the most expensive teenager in English football history. For someone who initially struggled to contain his emotions, Ronaldo found a perfect mentor in the Scot who nurtured him like his own son. One of the greatest coaches to have graced the game, Sir Alex is credited to have mentored some of the finest football players over the years including the likes of Eric Cantona, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo. Thus, it was quite fitting to see the Juventus star penning some touching words for Sir Alex after the game. Smitten by Ronaldo's humility, football fans across the globe showered praises on the Portuguese as his stature continues to grow with time. pic.twitter.com/tfuDHGAM9C — ImShaun Khan (@ImshaunKhan) October 24, 2018 This dude @Cristiano is loyal; and loyalty is the fulcrum of humility. We often mistake timidity for humility. There's a certain Argentine footballer who is loved by many because he seems humble, but if you look closely, you'll discover that he's only TIMID and not humble! — Alex Agbo (@AlexAgbo23) October 24, 2018 Love them both to bitsâ¤ï¸â¤ï¸ð­pic.twitter.com/xQF8FIwhXB — TÑυsτ â¹-Yahya™ (@RealistYahz) October 24, 2018 Fergie looks so well. Cristiano looks to him like a father ⤠— Lesley.GB (@shortielady7) October 24, 2018 10 years ago ! Legends â¤â¤pic.twitter.com/RaRhq8smHe — ZYOON ð (@_ZYOON_) October 24, 2018 Respect ð´#CR7 and #SirAlexð Glory Manutd Glory ðµð¶pic.twitter.com/EPvAzOlYSi — Ernesto Frank Dux (@LouFerrign) October 24, 2018 What a beautiful complicity and what a magnificent #respect@Cristiano ,always red♥ï¸ #legends — دÙÙعاÙعجÙÙ (@dhalajmy) October 24, 2018
  22. Back in August 2003, Sir Alex Ferguson and his star-studded Manchester United side were invited to Lisbon to play against Sporting Clube de Portugal, as part of the inauguration of the Estadio Jose Alvalade. For a team of United's stature, their clash against Sporting CP was not really going to be a problem. But, what was supposed to be just another exhibition game, eventually turned out to be the launch pad of one football's greatest ever player. After four successive victories in America, Man United's roadshow came grinding to a halt after they ran into an 18-year-old skinny winger who was hell-bent on cutting a sorry figure for the visitors' defence. That day, Sporting CP secured a 3-1 win over United. And, despite not getting his name on the scoresheet, Cristiano Ronaldo had impressed everyone. Such was his artistry on the pitch that United's players literally begged Ferguson to sign the young winger. Since that day, there has been no turning back for Ronaldo. Signed for 12.24 million pounds, the Portuguese, at the time, became the most expensive teenager in English football history. Donning the iconic No. 7 jersey, Ronaldo's six-year stint with the Red Devils saw him shattering one record after another. Nurtured in the company of father-figure Ferguson, Ronaldo also forged a special bond with Old Trafford and Man Utd fans. © Reuters Thus, when the UEFA Champions League fixtures pitted Juventus against Manchester United in the group stage, all eyes were on Ronaldo and his return to the very ground that played a pivotal role in the rise of one of the modern-day's footballing greats. Manchester United's prodigal son was returning home and you bet, there were moments of nostalgia at Old Trafford. It all began when a pitch invader sprinted on to the turf four minutes into the match. Dressed in jeans and a hoodie, the skinny man charged for the East Stand where players from both teams were congregated. The stewards tried to bring his dream run to an end, but the man wasn't going let anything or anyone come in his way. Possessed with the idea of meeting his idol, the pitch invader dodged two tackles before being brought down by the stewards on the third attempt. While some in the crowd watched in silence, others couldn't help but feel sorry for him. But, Ronaldo knew what was going on. And, without further ado, Ronaldo walked over to the intruder and touched his outstretched hand. And, just like that, the pitch invader's struggle had come to an end; he had got what he wanted. It was a moment that reminded those asking: who was the biggest star of these two European clubs? © Reuters In the sixth minute, Ronaldo turned the clock back with his smart footwork as he turned away from Ashley Young, drawing the first of many fouls in the match. Soon after that, he provided a glimpse of his old pace as he beat the same man to a loose ball. And, then came the moment of brilliance when he set up Paulo Dybala with a brilliant cross - something that Ronaldo is not usually credited for. Starting the game from the left, Ronaldo was given the licence to swap positions with Juan Cuadrado and Dybala. And, it was from the right, that he set up the lone goal of the match in the 17th minute. Though his cross for Dybala's decisive goal was not an assist (that accolade probably goes to Smalling who got some part of his boot on the ball in a bid to deflect it), it was sumptuous all the same - whipped with the pace at neck height, posing uncertainty and delivered to cause maximum damage. He came close to scoring himself through a free-kick late in the first half, forcing David de Gea into an uncertain punched save. But his best strike at goal came in the second half when he drew the very best out of the United goalkeeper with a piledriver of a shot from 18 yards out. © Reuters While many would have felt a bit disappointed with Ronaldo not bagging a goal, it's needless to say that the Portuguese had a great homecoming. He might not have looked like the leader he once was at the same ground, but his performance was just as effective. In his very action, Ronaldo did the right thing, the intelligent thing - often making Smalling look foolish. If Ronaldo's mature performance wasn't enough, the turn of events after the final whistle further highlighted what Man Utd fans mean to the 33-year-old. Having secured a comfortable 1-0 win, Juventus stars were walking into the dressing room. But, not Ronaldo. The Portuguese was the last man to head into the tunnel, not before the Old Trafford crowd witnessed his humility. Right after the game, two more pitch invaders stormed to the playing field. Unlike the first invader, these two were more interested in selfies. Once again, the stewards interceded and again Ronaldo intervened. Taking a phone from one of the young men, Ronaldo struck a pose with them to make sure their wild sprint on the pitch was worth it. © Reuters Taking notice of his humility, the stadium erupted in joy as Ronaldo was cheered off by all sides of Old Trafford. Touched by the reception, Ronaldo, too, obliged, clapping and touching his chest to show what their applause meant to him. For a man who returned to his old home with a rape allegation, Ronaldo barely seemed like he cared what people thought of him. His performance was more of a story of maturity and, believe it or not, teamwork. He misplaced only three of his 35 passes in the game, helped retain possession with the ball and ran the channels willingly without it. So, rather than blaming Ronaldo for shooting blanks at Old Trafford on his return, let's laud this Phenom for the magic he recreated at his old home.
  23. Cristiano Ronaldo is as big a name off the field as he is on it, because of the fashion goals he keeps on scoring. Right from the latest trends in terms of outfits to accessories to even inner-wear, the man powers through like a trailblazer. Keeping the streak of badassery on, he just attended a press conference wearing a watch that has 424 white diamonds encrusted on it. Take a look. © AFP The Juventus star wore an extremely rare watch from Franck Muller, the estimated value of which is about £1.2 million. This amount, when converted to INR, is more than Rs 11.32 crores. © Reuters Just for comparison, a Rolls Royce Ghost basic model in India costs around INR 5.25 crores. © Getty Images Ronaldo sported this match on the eve of Juventus' clash with his former club Manchester United at Old Trafford, which the Italian club went on to narrowly win 1-0.
  24. Earlier this summer, Cristiano Ronaldo sent shockwaves across the footballing world after announcing that he was seeking a move away from Real Madrid right after their UEFA Champions League title triumph. With many potential suitors in fray to secure his services, it was eventually Juventus who shelled out 100 million euros to rope in the five-time Ballon d'Or winner. But, Ronaldo's beginning with the Italian club hasn't quite been what many had anticipated. The Portuguese initially struggled to find the back of the net, going goalless in 320 minutes across three games before breaking the drought with a brace against Sassuolo. Goals then came against Frosinone, Udinese and now Genoa, alongside his five assists. After treading with caution early on with Juve, Ronaldo was getting to his prolific best when the allegations of rape against him began doing the rounds in the media. While his public image did take a hit, Ronaldo didn't let it affect his performance on the pitch. Reuters In September, the 33-year-old was named the Most Valuable Player of the month for Juventus. And, more recently, the modern-day footballing great etched his name in the history books for yet another individual milestone. The Portuguese superstar scored his fifth goal for Juventus after opening the scoring against Genoa. And, in the process, he became the first footballer ever to score 400 goals across Europe's top five leagues. Ronaldo achieved the feat in the 17th minute of the Serie A clash when he tapped the ball from close range following a Juventus corner. The goal allowed Ronaldo to notch up his 400th goal in his 497th appearance across Europe's top five leagues. Apart from his five goals for Juventus, Ronaldo boasts of 84 strikes for Manchester United and 311 for his old club Real Madrid. Reuters His iconic goal against Genoa also put him in the elite list of footballers who have scored 400 career league goals - Josef Bican (518), Ferenc Puskas (514), Jimmy McGory (410) and Uwe Seeler (406). Apart from that, Ronaldo has also edged past his arch-rival Lionel Messi who is currently at 389 goals in 426 appearances. Following a brilliant week, Ronaldo's eyes will now be set on enthralling the hallowed Old Trafford with a sublime performance when his side Juventus locks horns with Manchester United in the Champions League group-stage clash on 24th October.
  25. In a video that is set to send shock waves across the globe, star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo can be seen dancing with rape accuser Kathryn Mayorga reportedly from the same night in 2009. The former model has allegedly claimed that the Ronaldo sexually attacked her at his Las Vegas penthouse suite next door. The Sun got its hands on mobile phone footage from the now defunct Las Vegas nightclub Rain, at the Palms Hotel and Casino. The recording is claimed to be from the night that Mayorga claims the Juventus star sexually attacked her. At the time of filming, Mayorga worked as an in-house nightclub dancer. The duo can be seen dancing intimately and sharing jokes with each other in the video. She alleged that the former Real Madrid and Manchester United man attempted to rape her later that night, when they proceeded to 57306 at the palatial tower in the US city. Ronaldo and Mayorga dancing (Source: The Sun) However, she reportedly went on to apologise and describe his as 'usually a gentleman'. The case seemed to have shut up until recently when Mayorga decided to overturn a non-disclosure agreement she had signed after the alleged incident. She described the accusation as rape in her interview with German media outlet Der Spiegel, though the legal papers have labelled the allegation as sexual assault. Ronaldo, 33, issued a response earlier this week, saying, "I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in," Ronaldo said. "Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense. "My clear conscious will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations." SIIIIIIIII!!!!! ð¥ @Cristiano finds the target! â½ ð¥ Watch the full video on https://t.co/8iZ5bhkzPZ ⯠https://t.co/XAN4kVjZ0z #ForzaJuve #CR7JUVE pic.twitter.com/fUkJaY6HuH — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 4, 2018 His current club, Juventus have come out in support of their marquee player who they had signed before the 208/19 season kicked-off. “Cristiano Ronaldo has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus,” the defending Serie A champions said on Twitter. “The events allegedly dating back to almost 10 years ago do not change this opinion, which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champion.” The club also posted a video, on their social media channels, from the training grounds where Ronaldo is training with his teammates at the team's Continassa centre in Turin for Saturday's league game against Udinese. View this post on Instagram Excited to continue my legacy in the new @nikefootball CH. 7 “Built on dreams” Mercurial. ðªð½ #nikefootball #bornmercurial #mercurial A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Sep 19, 2018 at 3:56am PDT On the other hand, CR7's sponsors Nike said they are 'deeply concerned' by the controversy surrounding their star client. He is reportedly one of the three players that the sports giant has offered a lifetime deal to. EA Sports, for whom Ronaldo is a leading figure in their phenomenally successful FIFA video game market, also described the allegations as “concerning”. “We are closely monitoring the situation, as we expect cover athletes and ambassadors to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with EA's values,” the group said in a statement. View this post on Instagram La famiglia bianconera! #finoallafine A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Aug 21, 2018 at 10:56am PDT The lawyers for Mayorga, state that their client remains consistent in her allegations that have been detailed in a 32-page lawsuit filed last month with a district court in Nevada. Mayorga, 34, alleges that the father of four then dispatched a team of "fixers" to obstruct the criminal investigation and trick her into keeping quiet for $375,000. The five-time Ballon d' Or winner has 20 days from the date of the lawsuit to respond. He missed Juve's midweek UEFA Champions League fixture through suspension but is set to return for the Serie A fixture over the weekend.
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