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  1. A couple of days ago, the world witnessed something spectacular when the Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo absolutely dismantled Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid in a Round of 16 match up of the 2019 UEFA Champions League. 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 help of left-winger Federico Bernardeschi's relentless attack against his Spanish opponents, Ronaldo took charge of ensuring his Juventus a berth in the quarter finals of the UCL as he successfully finished a hat-trick which comprised of two headers and a perfect penalty shot to the bottom corner of the goal following Angel Correa's clumsily pushing Bernardeschi to the ground inside the box. It was a 'Do or Die' situation for Juve who trailed Atleti 0-2 on aggregate after a debacle of a match in the first leg and boy did Ronaldo deliver in the clutch. Never the one to forget an insult, Ronaldo even made sure to remind Atletico boss, Simeone who the real man is, as he stole the Argentine's notorious 'cojones' celebration after scoring the penalty in the second half. The celebration might lead the Juve star into some major trouble but that's a story for another day. What Diego Simeone can do, Cristiano Ronaldo can do better ð#JuveAtleti pic.twitter.com/O7jEJZDBjI — CRonaldoDaily.com (@BreatheRonaldo) March 12, 2019 What we must focus on is the fact that the 34-year-old legend predicted such a performance days ahead of the face-off. According to an instagram post put up by French footballer Patrice Evra who had the pleasure of playing by Ronaldo's side during his Manchester United days, the five-time Ballon d'Or holder called out 'smashing' Atletico in a WhatsApp chat which took place five days ahead of the scheduled clash. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Patrice Evra (@patrice.evra) on Mar 14, 2019 at 5:12am PDT “Behind the scenes... these are messages between me and @cristiano 5 days before the massive comeback!!! This just shows you the confidence, the anger, the determination from the best player in the world we should thank cricri mummy and daddy and of course god for giving to us that nice man and unbelievable player,” Evra captioned the post. “Every big occasion with big pressure my brother always proves he is the man !!! Soo please don't be jealous I just wanna share and if you don't agree I can't do anything for you ...enjoy your life but you have to recognise he is simply the best of the best and don't try to tap the screen for his number.” Maybe Ronaldo IS God. Who knows?
  2. 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.
  3. Ever since the kick-off of the Round 16 matchup of the UEFA Champions League between Juventus and Atletico Madrid, Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo looked dialled in, prepared to put the team on his shoulders and bring home the victory. However, winning the game by one of two goals was not enough for Juventus to make it any further in the UCL as Los Rojiblancos were leading the Italians by two goals on aggregate. This meant that Juve needed at least three goals within 95 minutes of game-time in order to proceed to the quarterfinals. “No Problem,” said the five-time FIFA Ballon d'Or holder as he single-handedly dismantled his opponents scoring twice with beautiful headers in the first half and a penalty in the final minutes of the game, thus completing his hat-trick and providing his club with the ideal victory they could have asked for. It is therefore understandable that emotions were flowing throughout the athletes who dominated a rival they once lost to in the most disappointing fashion not too long ago. However, the man of the hour, Ronaldo himself, might have let these emotions get the better of him as he celebrated his final score in a way that was, let's just say, not suitable for his more younger fans. What Diego Simeone can do, Cristiano Ronaldo can do better ð#JuveAtleti pic.twitter.com/O7jEJZDBjI — CRonaldoDaily.com (@BreatheRonaldo) March 12, 2019 Apparently, the reason behind such an animated way of expressing his success was that Ronaldo was mocking Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone who'd celebrated in a similar manner when his team beat Juve 2-0 in the first leg. The fact that the footballer's little boys and girlfriend Georgina Rodríguez were present at the venue at the time of the celebration just made things a lot worse. When asked about how he felt about Ronaldo's avenging celebration, Simeone told Sky Italia: 'Ronaldo is the best in the world, he can put in these performances on big nights. He will have seen how I did it at the Wanda Metropolitano and, like me, was trying to show his character.' What has come to be known as the 'Cojones' celebration (translate at your own risk), the Argentine coach was fined £17,000 by UEFA back then. For a much-amplified version of Simeone's celebration, we are yet to see what kind of punishment is Ronaldo looking at. ð 3 Weeks Ago: ð¦ð· Diego Simeone celebrates with his 'Cojones' after @Atleti beat @JuventusFC 2-0. ð 3 Weeks Later: ðµð¹ @Cristiano celebrates with his 'Cojones' after scoring a hattrick and sending @JuventusFC through. ð¸â #Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/9KvGe5MW9t — Pényaldo (@penyaldo) March 13, 2019 Ronaldo's Troll Game Is Strong: CR7 steals Atletico manager's celebration after eliminating them from Champions League ð¥https://t.co/UWD4HVkyuA — IBU_Tankerman (@chespi310) March 13, 2019 It will be hilarious if Ronaldo gets suspended from the next game for the 'cojones' gesture and Juve lose. — Mixed Racial Arts (@MixedRacialArts) March 13, 2019 Cristiano “Cojones” Ronaldo ðð¤·ð½‍âï¸ — Titang (@titangex) March 13, 2019 Haha Ronaldo showing Diego Simeone who has the Biggest Cojones!!! ððððð#JuveAtleticoMadrid #UefaChampionsLeague pic.twitter.com/FuyKRqtS9w — ðð¨ð«ð ðð«ðð° ððð¯ðð¥ðâ (@LordDrewZavala) March 12, 2019
  4. One can only look for so many arguments to debate how the Portuguese megastar Cristiano Ronaldo is not the greatest footballer of this generation and most certainly one of the top elites in the history of the game. But when he does something as massive and impressive as this, the haters must dig deep into their 'bag of excuses' to bring down the man's brilliance and still won't be able to come out with a solid case. The UEFA Champions League Round of 16 saw what was probably the best individual performance this season when Ronaldo scored a brilliant and a very crucial hat-trick in order to surpass Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid and take his Juventus to the UCL quarter finals. 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 While two absolutely stunning headers brought Juve to a 2-0 lead in the game, it was the penalty kick which followed left-winger Federico Bernardeschi being clumsily pushed from behind by Atletico substitute Angel Correa that propelled the Italian club by a goal on aggregate making them win the rivalry 3-2 overall. first goal by ronaldo pic.twitter.com/q2sUjbOCFw — Khoirul Umam (@AmbonezYowmann) March 12, 2019 Ronaldo's 123rd Goal in the Champions league to bring back Juve in the tie. Most clutch player of all time.pic.twitter.com/500mFD9UZz — Hamza (@Ronaldoversesx) March 12, 2019 A beauty of a shot placed well into the bottom right corner of the net while Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak dived to the left, preceded the iconic 'Ronaldo' celebration with his teammates running behind in pursuit to celebrate the achievement with the star. Cristiano Ronaldo ice-cold Hattrick Penalty Goal to turn the deficit over Atletico Madrid. Greatest of all time. Ice in his veins.pic.twitter.com/6rXrW5b1VM — Hamza (@Ronaldoversesx) March 12, 2019 "The risk was to play a hysterical match, the comeback was there to be had, and we had 95 minutes to do it,” said Juventus' manager Massimiliano Allegri after the match. “The players played with brilliance and intelligence… [Ronaldo] was good and the rest of the players were also good.” Ronaldo's heroic hat-trick got his fans yet another reason to celebrate their love and passion for football and that for the player himself as they showered the man with gratitude online: i'm convinced ronaldo invented soccer at this pointððð pic.twitter.com/ekBo31DK0n — nick foles fan acc (@Mauger32) March 13, 2019 Ronaldo in the tunnel before the game pic.twitter.com/Ufxh01DFAe — ð° (@Reece43671363) March 13, 2019 ALL OF THE CRISTIANO RONALDO HATERSðððððððð pic.twitter.com/fxbAFx0mHT — peppers.11â½ï¸ð²ð½ (@wichoo98) March 13, 2019 Cristiano Ronaldo fans right now ðð pic.twitter.com/W2WM8LYbow — Fine_wine ð· (@LuwizDarko) March 13, 2019 Even Arsenal midfielder and Ronaldo's former teammate from his Real Madrid days, Mesut Ozil congratulated him on the show the Portuguese put on today: Amazing @Cristiano show ð¥ð #UCL — Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) March 12, 2019
  5. “Let him go if he wants to! We have Gareth Bale to lead us to victory,” they said less than a year ago when former Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo decided to sign with Juventus in July of 2018, to play in Italy for a massive €100 million contract. 8 months since Ronaldo bid adieu to Spain and Los Blancos have found themselves in one of the biggest slumps of their entire history. Losing badly to Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax (AFC Ajax) in the round of 16 matchup, the Luca Modric-led team was knocked out of the Champions League in a 1-4 (3-5 on aggregate) goals defeat. Dreams DO come true! ð¤¤#UCL #reaaja pic.twitter.com/TOmJcGz824 — AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) March 5, 2019 While the Dutch football club were nearly perfect during last night's showdown, the spotlight was drawn on the unbelievably disappointing end of the Champions League reign of Real Madrid who were not only the most recent trophy holders, but also have seen the most success in the history of the annual club football competition with 13 titles in total. However, the player who came under the bus during yesterday's shameful loss was the Wales international Gareth Bale, who started the match sitting on the bench but entered the game in just 30 minutes after Lucas Vazquez suffered an injury. Bale, who hasn't scored at home for Los Blancos at home this year, suffered to find the net yet again and despite shooting for the post once, failed to impress the Real Madrid fans. To make things worse, Bale, who has the infamous reputation of being injury-prone, twisted his ankle while going for a header and ended up on the grass, crying in pain. Not good for Bale #waleswatch pic.twitter.com/Wz9J0PqO4D — James Holt ó §ó ¢ó ·ó ¬ó ³ó ¿ (@james_scfc88) March 5, 2019 His 'okay-ish'(?) performance was not appreciated by the people of Madrid who even went on to vote the 29-year-old as the worst Real Madrid player to play in yesterday's Champions League loss. Such stark difference in the performance of an organisation like Real Madrid, who looked more like a middle-order team this season instead of the champions they were, led to people speculating the absence of Ronaldo's brilliance that he used to bring to the table as the reason behind Real's downwards spiral and how Gareth Bale has failed to fill the Portuguese's shoes. When Perez asked Bale to step into Ronaldo's shoes pic.twitter.com/9MyTS5EU3k — Chidiebere Ogu ™ï¸ (@chyngyozil) March 5, 2019 Madrid underestimated Ronaldo. You don't lose 1 of the best ever players, replace him with a mortal in Bale and expect the same. Bale doesn't have the personality. Ronaldo is weirdly unphased by hate. It's weird. The more u boo the better he is since United days. No replacing him — All For Unitedð´ (@allforunited) March 5, 2019 Get bale out the club man kmt he's not half the man ronaldo is — Ronaldo (@audsldn) March 5, 2019 Garett Bale's agent said the Real Madrid fans don't appreciate Garey Bale enough? Lmaooo Ronaldo broke their all time goal scoring record and they still booed him when he had bad games, and you're talking about Gareth Bale!? BALEEEEEEE ?????? pic.twitter.com/xEALvOR9Wh — JAGS (@EtniesJags) March 5, 2019 remember when people would make the excuse "Bale doesn't perform because Ronaldo is selfish" hahaha what a joke — Filipe Orlando (@MrFilipeOrlando) March 5, 2019 He thought his Golden boy nkomo Bale had what it takes to replace Ronaldo. pic.twitter.com/cxk87eLues — ×¢Ö´×Ö¸Ö¼× ×Ö¼×× (@G_ee010) February 27, 2019 Bale: "We are more of a team now that Ronaldo is gone." Carvajal: "Raul's career at Real Madrid was better than Cristiano's." Ceballos: "You won't notice Ronaldo's absence." Benzema: "I used to play for Ronaldo, but now I'm the leader." pic.twitter.com/vUusVDJER4 — Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) March 5, 2019 "Bale will be the main man now that Ronaldo is gone"#RMAAJA pic.twitter.com/6EKmv8BPwq — Ťhe ÀlçhëmisÅ¥ (@Lecron) March 5, 2019
  6. 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
  7. Ever since its inception, Football as a sport has come a long way and continues to grow. There was a time when scoring 30-40 goals in a single season was considered a Herculean task. But, today, in the ever-competitive era of the sport, footballers are amassing way more goals than their predecessors could've ever imagined. It is true that “a bag of money cannot score a goal”, but you definitely need one to keep the goal-scoring machines (read footballers) who do. Thus, there is no surprise to see football clubs around the globe breaking the bank to secure the services of such phenomenal players and, then, splurging a bit more to keep them happy. With many footballers raking in a lot of cash for their football skills, it's quite difficult to ascertain who earns more and stands supreme in wages. And, that's where the latest list of French publication L'Equipe comes to the rescue. Taking their monthly wages into consideration, the French outlet compiled the list of the top 10 highest-paid footballers in the world and the results are quite astounding. Take a look. 5) Luis Suarez (£2.5million) © Reuters The former Liverpool hitman is probably one of the most natural goal-scorers to have ever graced the game. Luis Suarez certainly reaches that 'third best player in the world' bracket (if there is one) with his natural goal-scoring instincts. Currently plying his trade with Barcelona, the Uruguayan has propelled the Spanish giants to a Champions League title, three La Liga honours and three Copa Del Reys. For a man who has become a vital cog in Barcelona's setup, Suarez bites off (pun intended) £2.5million (almost Rs 23.15 crore) from the Blaugrana's monthly-wage bill. 4) Neymar (£2.7million) © Reuters The Brazilian golden boy, in his early years, was one of the most sought-after talents in the world. It was his early rise that promoted Barcelona to shell out 16-million pounds (approx.) for his services. After a successful spell at Camp Nou, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) came calling and paid a transfer fee of a staggering 195-million pounds, making him the most expensive player in the world with a salary of 2.7-million pounds per month (around Rs 25 crore). 3) Antoine Griezmann (£2.9million) © Reuters Antoine Griezmann was probably one of the unluckiest footballers in 2018 when it came to winning individual honours. Despite winning the World Cup with France and Europa League with Atletico Madrid, the Los Rojiblancos icon was overlooked for the 'Player of the Tournament' in Russia and Ballon d'Or, eventually losing out to midfield genius Luka Modric. The Frenchman might've missed out on the top honours last year, but when it comes to earning big bucks, the Atletico forward is doing alright. After signing a new deal with Atletico recently, Griezmann has occupied the No. 3 spot on the latest list of highest-paid footballers in the world, earning 2.9-million pounds (Rs 27 crore approx.) every month. 2) Cristiano Ronaldo (£4.1million) © Reuters Cristiano Ronaldo is a true icon of the beautiful game. Thus, there is no surprise to see the Portuguese phenom on the second spot (a place he hates the most) when it comes to earning big bucks. The talismanic forward, along with Lionel Messi, has been the most consistent player over the past decade. He scored an unbelievable 311 goals in 292 appearances, winning four Champions League titles during his time with Los Blancos in the Spanish capital. The Italian side, Juventus, came in calling (earlier this year) to secure the services of 34-year-old which surely added to his ever-increasing salary. According to the latest list, he is the second-best paid footballer in the world at a monthly salary of 4.1-million pounds (Rs 38 crore approx.). 1) Lionel Messi (£7.3million) © Reuters Just like the majority of the goal-scoring records, Lionel Messi also tops the list of highest-paid footballers in the world, earning a whopping 7.3-million pounds (Rs 65.5 crore approx.). It's quite surprising to notice that the Argentine bags almost the double of what his arch-nemesis Cristiano earns in a month. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has been the force behind the amazing rise of Barcelona since 2004. Messi has powered the Blaugrana to the Champions League title on four occasions. And, in that span, he has gone on to score an unbelievable 404 goals in just 438 appearances. For a man who has continued to shatter one record after another and achieved almost everything there is in the sport over the decade, Messi's monthly wage, irrespective of the fact how ridiculous it already seems, appears a bit low. Considering how hard these men have worked in order to reach where they are today, it doesn't seem fair to calculate their talent in terms of the money they earn. But, that is what they do for a living. For these footballing demi-gods, the saying: "if you're good at something, never do it for free," fits perfectly.
  8. 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
  9. A prolific footballer with a knack for scoring outrageous goals, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has enthralled football fans over the years. But, apart from his impeccable football skills, the Swede has also established his reputation as one of the greatest entertainers to have blessed the popular game. From calling himself the greatest ever to targeting other footballers, Ibrahimovic's wit and humor continues to strike a chord with football fans across the globe. While he might be currently plying his trade in the Major League Soccer (MLS), the 37-year-old keeps close tabs on the footballing world. Thus, when Cristiano Ronaldo asked his arch-rival Lionel Messi to move away from Barcelona and join a Serie A club in a bid to challenge himself and prove his mettle, the LA Galaxy frontman couldn't stop himself from expressing his views. Earlier in December when asked if he misses his clash with Messi, Ronaldo replied, “No, maybe it's him who misses me. 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.” A month later, Messi, in response to Ronaldo's statement, said: “Accepting Ronaldo's challenge to join Italian football? I don't need any change. I'm at the best team in the world. My challenges are renewed year after year. I do not need to change teams or leagues to set new goals. I am at home and I do not need to change.” © Reuters While everyone had their own opinion on both Ronaldo and Messi's comments, Zlatan has now reignited the debate by labelling the former's move to Juventus as “bullshit”. “Ronaldo's move to Juve? It's bullshit, this isn't a challenge for him. Ronaldo talks about challenges but he decided to go to a club who have been winning the Serie A title with their eyes closed. Why did he not choose a club from a second division a few years ago? Try to become a champion with such a second-division (club) and lead them to the highest level. Moving to Juventus is not a challenge at all,” Ibrahimovic said. This isn't the first time when the Swede has taken a dig at the Portuguese, earlier he had also called him “not a natural talent'” and didn't include him in his dream team that he shared with his fans last month. And, now, commenting on a thing which doesn't concern him anywhere is something uncalled for. But, then again, that's Zlatan Ibrahimovic for you. © Reuters The irony, of course, is that Ibra himself, like Ronaldo, has played for many clubs including Juventus. And, while there has been no official response from Ronaldo on the Swede's comments, we wouldn't be surprised if the Portuguese fires one back at Ibrahimovic to take the argument forward.
  10. Ever since trading his Tottenham Hotspur's whites for Manchester City's blue jersey, Kyle Walker has become a vital cog in Pep Guardiola's world class outfit. Proving his mettle in the flexible right-back position, the England footballer has improved as a player and already boasts of a Premier League title, won through City's historic run last season. Continuing his fine form, the 28-year-old was among the scorers who recently annihilated Burton Albion in City's merciless 9-0 thrashing in the Carabao Cup. While City's rampant scoreline, in itself, garnered a lot of attention, Walker, too, grabbed the spotlight for his antics after the game. © Reuters Elated with his goal and performance of his teammates, the England international produced a tongue-in-cheek moment with a hilarious, but useless, post on Instagram. Sharing a picture of his goal against Burton, Walker claimed that he was better than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the basis of some light-hearted stats. The City star captioned the picture, "Goals in 2019: Walker - 1, Ronaldo - 0, Goals in Carabao Cup: Walker - 1, Messi - O, end of discussion?". In what seems to be nothing more than a joke, Walker claimed that since he has scored more goals than Ronaldo (nine days into 2019) and more goals than Messi in the Carabao Cup (a competition that the Argentine can't play in), he has reached a conclusion on who is the best player in the world. View this post on Instagram Goals in 2019: Walker: 1 Ronaldo: 0 Goals in Carabao Cup: Walker: 1 Messi: 0 End of discussion? A post shared by Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) on Jan 9, 2019 at 2:09pm PST Walker was trying to capitalise on the long-running argument among football fans who've been divided over the years on 'who is the best player in the world - Messi or Ronaldo?'. Both the mega stars have won the Ballon d'Or a record five times. But, their dominance at the prestigious honour was finally broken by Real Madrid's Luka Modric who became the first player, other than Ronaldo and Messi, since 2007 to win the Ballon d'Or. Following his far-fetched comments, Walker will now be hoping to walk the talk when City return to Premier League action when they host resilient Wolves - a side that has held the defending champions to a 1-1 draw earlier this season. In terms of the title race, after losing some ground with back-to-back defeats, City produced a prolific performance to beat arch-rivals Liverpool that allowed them close the gap at the top to four points now.
  11. 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.
  12. We all know how great a player Cristiano Ronaldo is. I mean, I constantly keep hearing about his achievements, even though I don't know anything about football. And, to prove it even more, he's now the first player in the history of football to achieve a hundred Champions League wins! A few months ago he made headlines after becoming a part of Juventus and he's made a new club record by securing a last 16 spot in the UEFA Champions League for the fifth year in a row. The star player obviously helped in scoring the important match-winning goal. But, it wasn't just a club record; the night also marked Ronaldo's 100th Champions League win, beating none other than Lionel Messi to the record. Speaking of the Ronaldo effect on the team, Allegri told Sky Sport Italia, “Cristiano Ronaldo? He gives us a lot of confidence and he helps us achieve the results that we want. We have been doing much better and we have been improving all year long.” Everyone's obviously excited about this achievement and expressed it on Twitter. 1ï¸â£st player to claim ð¯ @ChampionsLeague victories! Well done @Cristianoðµð¹ðª pic.twitter.com/oMIGa6yuW8 — FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) November 27, 2018 The first! For those of you who don't seem to understand the language of ð Ronaldo becomes the FIRST player to win 100 champions league games ðð´ https://t.co/HsgbIMsHaI — ð¦ (@AdriannaFidanza) November 27, 2018 Most wins ever? Most wins ð Most all-time goals â½ï¸ Most goals in a single campaign â½ï¸ Ronaldo's #UCL stats continue to impress ð¤©https://t.co/tOSUdtzBQZ — Goal (@goal) November 28, 2018 The best. 40 Champions League assists. 100 Champions League wins. "Ronaldo is just a goal scorer."#Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/2EGpPyVe0D — Ahmed Affan (@affan_ahmed11) November 27, 2018 So many achievements. First ever player to have 100 wins in the history of Champions League. Player with most goals and most assists in the history of Champions League. MR Champions League for a reason.♥ï¸ð#Ronaldo #JuveVCF pic.twitter.com/lekpziHxzs — Ahmed Affan (@affan_ahmed11) November 27, 2018 What a player! Cristiano Ronaldo Champions League Record: The first player to win 100 Champions League games ð³ð 5 Trophies won ððððð 121 goals ð³ absolutely stunning from a 33 year old,Juventus are lucky to have him,what an exceptional player! — Pye Waw (@pyewaw) November 27, 2018 Totally. Man Ronaldo having 100 champions league wins is incredible.. what a MAN !!!!! — MORELLO.CENTRICð (@ojong_julius) November 28, 2018 The ultimate GOAT. Ronaldo the only player to have 100 Champions league wins !! What a legend, what a goat #ronaldo #ForzaJuve — Comeback Caris (@JeancarloSifu) November 27, 2018 So much. Cristiano Ronaldo vs Valencia (HOME) Assists - 1 Passing accuracy - 83% Chances Created - 3 (most) Clearances - 1 Successful tackles - 1 Key passes - 2 The first player in history to win 100 CL games. Mr. Champions League. ð pic.twitter.com/3MoLmo8HqR — milly (@RamosesqueSZN) November 27, 2018 The most energetic. 90+ fucking min and a 33 year old Ronaldo is the only one sprinting his ass off. I never wanna hear anyone else ever mention how our mids, or any other player, are tired ever again. They can learn a thing or two from Cristiano. — PjaniÄAttack (@Nihooo1897) November 27, 2018
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Awards are a wonderful way of validating the love and recognition that an individual earns in a particular field. The FIFA Player of The Year award is obviously a big deal when it comes to watching your favourite football player take the coveted trophy home and talking of top contenders, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo obviously top the list. © Twitter The awards are decided on the basis of the votes by the captains of international teams, managers and designated media officials of the industry, and this year, the prestigious award was won by Luka Modric, Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder. © Twitter Post the ceremony, FIFA announced the votes of Ronaldo and Messi respectively and people on social media can't stop gushing over Messi, after it was revealed that he had nominated Ronaldo for the award. Difference b/w Messi and Others:- Ronaldo Hates Messi So He Voted Varane Modric Griezmann Kane's England lost the Semi vs Croatia so he ignored Modric & voted Ronaldo Messi KDB Despite losing vs Croatia & Fra Messi voted for Luka Modric Mbappe Ronaldo #FIFAFootballAwards — S H O à I B ðµð° (@MisterShebi) September 25, 2018 Interesting to see who voted for who in the FIFA best awards. Lionel Messi gave Cristiano Ronaldo a 3rd place vote. Cristiano Ronaldo did not have Messi in his list...https://t.co/WnEooiMt9v — Will Gavin (@WillGav) September 24, 2018 However, Ronaldo didn't vote for Messi, as his list of nominees included Raphael Varane in the first position, with Modric as the second and Antoine Griezmann as the third. So Messi voted for Ronaldo but Ronaldo didn't even vote for Messi...wow speaks volumes — Nana Sefah (@RydersrideNana) September 24, 2018 Messi voted for Ronaldo. Very significant. Means Messi no longer views Ronaldo as a threat to the throne. It's Messi vs Mbappé now. — Un Prophète (@mediocentroEN) September 24, 2018 For the first time in my life I must admit my admiration for Lionel Messi in the FIFA Awards. Messi wasn't part of the Top Three Nominees but he voted for Cristiano Ronaldo in the Top Three ranks. Cristiano... https://t.co/uAWiwOF6ba — El Akyereko Jefazoð (@AkwasiAkyereko) September 25, 2018 While Messi and Ronaldo's fans are busy shooting their opinions across the internet over the award, neither of the star players attended the event this year.
  20. Ever since joining the Reds from Roma in 2017, Mohamed Salah has become an integral part of Jurgen Klopp's rampant Liverpool brigade. Arriving at the Anfield for 50 million euros, the Egyptian footballer justified his price tag with a sensational run last season. With 30 goals to his name, Salah was awarded the Golden Boot and was eventually named PFA Players' Player of the Year in the 2017/18 season. Thanks to his dribbling skills, speed and ball control, Salah raked in goal after goal and played a crucial role in propelling Liverpool to the Champions League final last year. Thus, there was no surprise to see him being shortlisted in the final list of three footballers, who were competing for FIFA's Player of the Year award this year. But, during the glitzy FIFA ceremony in London, Salah missed out on the prestigious honour as Croatia's Luka Modric edged past Ronaldo and the Liverpool talisman to clinch the award. After suffering a heartbreak, Salah did find some consolation in the FIFA Puskas award that was handed to him for his goal against Everton last season. ICYMI, @MoSalah is a #Puskás award winner! #FIFAFootballAwards ðTHAT sensational derby day goalð pic.twitter.com/ulA1jSP6sl — Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 25, 2018 Salah's strike in the Merseyside derby, where he weaved through multiple Everton defenders before curling the ball into the top corner, was deemed as the most aesthetically pleasing goal in the world of football over the previous year. Thus, the Egyptian's effort was adjudged the best in the category. Apart from Salah's goal, Gareth Bale's overhead kick against Liverpool in the 2017/18 Champions League final was also a contender for the award, along with Cristiano Ronaldo's similar acrobatic effort against his, now current, club Juventus in the same tournament. But, Salah managed to pip both Bale and Ronaldo for the top prize. While Salah might have bagged the Puskas award, football fans didn't think his goal was worthy of the award. The fans believed that Ronaldo's effort was more deserving of the Puskas award than Salah's. While some called it the biggest injustice in football since Michael Owen's Ballon d'Or win in 2001, others were simply baffled by FIFA's choice to hand the award to Salah. Someone tell how did Salah win the #Puskás award over this ð¤pic.twitter.com/qD2ktQXTYb — Ramesh (@RameshUtd) September 24, 2018 Not a big fan Ronaldo, however, that bicycle goal was 10 time better than Salah's #Puskas award goal, I even think Benjamin Pavard's volley goal Vs Argentina in the FIFA WC was even more impressive. These awards are nothing more than a clown act! — Busta Goldman (@Caesar5819) September 24, 2018 This is a daylight robbery,when Bale's splendid goal didn't even get shortlisted,i knew something was fishy.This is a mockery & a joke. — D.M.H (@Hadebelm) September 24, 2018 It's decided by fan votes. The whole of Egypt probably voted for him — Rohit Madhavan (@Secthdamon666) September 24, 2018 Ronaldo vs Juve, Bale vs Liverpool, Quaresma vs Iran, Pavard vs Argentina, Cheryshev vs Croatia, Dzeko vs Chelsea, Riley McGree's scoprion kick goal, and on and on before this average strike. — Triple Crown (@Triplecrown70) September 24, 2018 Messi and Robben can score that goal with their eyes closed and with oversized boots#Puskás — Kind Of Diamonds ðð ⢠⤠(@greatstar360) September 25, 2018 Salah winning the Puskás award - biggest injustice since Michael Owen winning the Ballon d'Or. — Phil Costa (@_PhilCosta) September 24, 2018
  21. It came as a shocker for the whole world when it was announced that Cristiano Ronaldo is joining Juventus. The deal wasn't an ordinary one either, the club spent a whopping over EUR 100 million to bring Ronaldo onboard. © Reuters When you are counted among the best footballers the world has ever seen, the bar of expectations automatically skyrockets with every match you play. For Ronaldo, however, it has pretty much been a dud performance after joining Juventus, since he hasn't scored a single goal for the club. If things weren't tough for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner already, now his son has outshined him with his brilliant performance in his debut match for the Juventus U-9 team. © Instagram Cristianinho is only 8, but his massive kicks and skills are way better than half the footballers around the world. In his first match for the club, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. wearing the iconic jersey number 7, scored 4 goals and helped his side beat Lucento by 5-1. Take a look at this Cristiano Ronaldo Jr goal today: pic.twitter.com/Ulgm6hrnK3 — Cristiano Ronaldo ð³ï¸ð´ (@CRonaldoNews) September 1, 2018 Looks like Ronaldo's son can probably give him some tips on how to score for Juventus. Although, we're confident that this dry streak won't stay for a long time and Ronaldo will come back with a bang soon. Source: Times Now
  22. If the unfortunate exit of Portugal from the 2018 FIFA World Cup wasn't shocking enough for football fans across the world, Cristiano Ronaldo dropped another bomb on them, after it was announced that the Real Madrid star is leaving the club to join Juventus. The deal wasn't an ordinary development either. Reportedly, Cristiano Ronaldo signed a €105 million deal to join Juventus and became so rich, that he even gave Rs. 16 lakh as a tip to the hotel staff in Greece, where he was vacationing with his family. © Twitter Anyway, coming back to Ronaldo and Juventus, the reason we're talking about the two is Ronaldo's medical test with Juventus. Looks like Juventus signed this massive deal to bring onboard a Ronaldo, who is 20-year-old and not 33. Despite being 33-years-old and way older than many footballers out there, the medical report reveals that the striker's physical fitness is similar to that of a 20-year-old. Does this mean he's just a year older than Kylian Mbappe? © Twitter These statistics were calculated using his body fat, his muscular mass and speed. According to reports, Ronaldo has 7% body fat, 50% muscular mass and recorded a top speed 33.98km at the World Cup, which is said to be the fastest in the tournament. Cristiano Ronaldo's physical state has been compared to a 20 year old after his Juve medical. Body fat: 7% (10-11% is avg w/pros) Muscular mass: 50% (46% is avg w/pros) Ran 33.98km in World Cup, fastest in the entire tournament — Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) 23 July 2018 Is it just me or is 30+ actually the new 20? Because while we are impressed with Ronaldo's physical statistics, he's not the only sportsperson with such great fitness and athleticism. We have our 'Captain Cool' MS Dhoni, who at the age of 36, defeated Hardik Pandya, who is 12 years younger than Dhoni, in a 100 meter race. We guess the younger players really need to take a lesson or two from champions like Ronaldo and Dhoni on how to ace their respective sports and up their fitness game as well. Source: The Sun
  23. Half of the internet, most of who happen to be cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra's fans, went into a meltdown after coming across his post on Twitter. Reason? His 'double than most of our salaries' food bill. Aakash Chopra paid a whopping 7 lakh food bill, but here's the catch. While, some thought that it's Rs. 7 lakh, it is actually the Indonesian Rupiah he's talking about, which is around 3300 in Indian currency. When Twitter was busy reacting to Chopra's food bill, we came across Cristiano Ronaldo's generous act towards a certain hotel in Greece where he was chilling with his family. An act that's worth way more than most of our annual salaries. Felicidades nesta nova etapa. â½ï¸ A post shared by Andrade (@andrade5212) on Jul 12, 2018 at 10:34am PDT Post Portugal's exit from the World Cup Round of 16, Cristiano Ronaldo took some time off to explore the picturesque locales of Greece, and relish the Greek hospitality at Costa Navarino hotel with his girlfriend and family. By the end of his stay, he was so impressed by the staff and their services that he gave them a whopping £17,850 as a tip. FYI it's close to Rs. 16 lakh. Honestly, it will take me two glances at my bank balance before this news finally sinks in. Lovely moments!ðð½ A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Jul 12, 2018 at 12:45pm PDT Reportedly, the gesture came after he signed for Juventus in a EUR 100 million deal. In fact, the deal was finalized during the Greece trip as he was in talks with Juventus executive Andrea Agnelli during that time. We guess Cristiano Ronaldo's heart is bigger than his pocket. So what if he exited the World Cup early, he sure left a huge smile on the faces of the hotel staff that served him during his stay.
  24. Being the most-watched sport across the globe, football undoubtedly translates into several benefits for the clubs and players. More viewership means more revenues from TV rights, sponsorships, and endorsements. With so much of money flowing in, clubs are able to match up to some crazy wages demanded by some of football's greatest superstars. Here's a look at the weekly wages of football superstars: 1. Graziano Pelle (290,000 Pounds A Week) © Reuters Move over Middle East! China has become the top destination for players looking to make a fortune. Following the footsteps of Hulk, Oscar, and Anelka, former Southampton striker Pelle joined Shandong Luneng. His desire to switch can definitely be attributed to the wages as opposed to improving his game or seeking bigger challenges. He reportedly earns about 15 million pounds every year. 2. Paul Pogba (300,000 Pounds A Week) © Reuters Manchester United had to literally empty every last bit of their pocket when they brought Paul Pogba from Juventus. His transfer figures of 89 million pounds created a furore across social media, with pundits and fans having the unrealistic expectation of him scoring in almost every game. Pogba's presence led United to a Europa League, and an EFL Cup. He reportedly draws 15.5 million pounds annually. 3. Kylian Mbappe (305,000 Pounds A Week) © Reuters Paul Pogba's compatriot earns slightly more than him. After all, PSG is becoming the economic powerhouse of football, and can match up to the crazy wages of superstars like Cavani, Neymar, and Mbappe. The 19-year-old striker has already drawn comparisons with Thierry Henry and if that's true, then his wages are fully justified. He earns 16 million pounds a year. 4. Hulk (325,000 Pounds A Week) © Reuters Hulk, true to his name, has created a pretty Herculean dent in the Chinese Football League. He joined Shanghai SIPG from Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia and has since then banged 34 goals in just 52 games. He's drawing wages of 17 million pounds a year but is now reportedly looking for bigger challenges, possibly in the English Premier League. 5. Cristiano Ronaldo (355,000 Pounds A Week) © Reuters Many would have expected either Ronaldo or Messi to top the list of the highest wage earners, but Ronaldo is not even in the top 3. If sources are to be believed, this goal machine's contract at Real Madrid gives him 18.5 million pounds a year. Ronaldo moved to Juventus earlier this week and has apparently taken a wage cut. 6. Ezequiel Lavezzi (385,000 Pounds A Week) © Reuters Argentine attacker Lavezzi plied his trade for big spenders PSG between 2012-16 before moving on to join Hebei China Fortune in the Chinese League. He failed to bag even a single goal during the 10 appearances that he made in the first season. However, Lavezzi redeemed himself with an astonishing 20 goals in 27 games in the very next season! For his services, Hebei China Fortune are paying him 20 million pounds. 7. Oscar (405,000 Pounds A Week) © Reuters Oscar created quite a storm when he left Premier League champions, Chelsea, to join Shanghai SIPG. He was at the peak of his career at 24 and given his performances for Chelsea and Brazil back then, he could have easily gone on to play for any big European club. His move cost him both his fans, as well as a place in the Brazilian national team. He was conspicuous by his absence at the 2018 World Cup. If we could assign a price to this, it is 21.5 million pounds! 8. Alexis Sanchez (450,000 Pounds A Week) © Reuters Alexis joined Manchester United from fellow league rivals Arsenal in the January transfer window in exchange for Armenian winger Mkhitaryan. He's a proven talent in the Premier League, scoring and assisting in double digits during the 2 seasons before this one. He earns about 450,000 pounds per week, which is about 23.5 million pounds a year. 9. Neymar (600,000 Pounds A Week) © Reuters Believe it or not, PSG are reported paying weekly wages of 600,000 pounds for Neymar's goals. And it seems like their monetary incentive is paying off. Neymar has scored 24 goals and provided 14 assists in just 23 games. He may not earn the Ballon d'Or this year but is earning 31.7-million-pounds a year. 10. Lionel Messi (770,000 Pounds A Week) © Reuters Arguably the greatest player on Earth, Lionel Messi earns 770,000 pounds per week. While his wage figures have often been criticized, one can never put a price to the invaluable dribbles, through balls, and moments of magic that he produces. The Barcelona talisman makes about £40.5 million annually.
  25. Ronaldo was Real Madrid's all-time top scorer with 451 goals in all competitions and won two La Liga titles, four Champions League trophies with them. Photo: Reuters MADRID: Five-times world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo has signed for...
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