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  1. Talk about turning back the hands of time and there is probably nobody better than Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo to do so. In the first week of the new decade, Ronaldo is already looking to give us throwback goals not only with the way he was playing against Cagliari Calcio on Monday but even with the technology that he brought along to the Allianz Stadium. It's 2020 and Ronaldo's still rocking the iPod Shuffle 𤣠@brfootball pic.twitter.com/jBvZROY7Rz — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 6, 2020 Ahead of the game, when the 34-year-old arrived at the stadium and was interacting with the fans, he was spotted with a retro iPod Shuffle which first came out in 2010. Known for its unique ability (or disability) to not let the user decide which song to play, the tiny music device with its 4GB (approximately 1,000 songs), became extremely popular 10 years ago. And even though the Shuffles were discontinued in 2017, there demand didn't seem to fade and were easily available on resale for less than Rs. 2,000. However, it wasn't just the iPod that looked like something from a decade ago. The Juventus Forward too looked like his old self as he registered his first hat trick of 2020 against Cagliari and made it an easy sail for his side. Ronaldo's first game of the decade. Ronaldo's first hat-trick of the decade. Are you not entertained?! ð pic.twitter.com/PiMoQw3ljX — ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 6, 2020 While being dominating in the first half of the match, the reigning champions were only able to get on the scoresheet in the 49th minute when Ronaldo stole the ball away from the defenders thanks to a massive blunder at the hands of Ragnar Klavan right in front of his goal. The 2018-19 Serie A MVP scored his second goal off a penalty given to him thanks to some excellent dribbling by Paulo Dybala in traffic, which proved to be too much for the Cagliari defence to handle without fouling. Ronaldo finished his hat trick, which is also his first in the history of the tournament with an easy grounded shot off a Douglas Costa assist in the 82nd minute. After a 4-0 win at home, Juventus are now second in the Serie A standings behind Inter Milan with 45 points a piece. View the full article
  2. Ronaldo vs Messi, Messi vs Ronaldo...for football fans, the debate is as ageless and classic as the debate on which tastes better, Coca Cola or Pepsi. There's no clear cut answer to this conundrum. © Giphy Say what you will about the two, you simply cannot dismiss one thing - that as far as style is concerned, he has a leg up over the little maestro. From some really zany hairstyles to insanely pricey and rare watches, the man seems to have a penchant for the finer things in life. © Instagram/cristiano In fact, we did a quick check, and it turns out, Cristiano has a soft spot for timepieces. Who knew that the Juventus forward would be a bona fide horologist? © Instagram/cristiano The latest watch that he was spotted wearing, a piece that he recently gifted himself, is truly a thing to behold. The particular watch that he is wearing is the GMT Master Ice from Rolex, the most expensive watch they offer. © Reuters Made entirely from 18 karat white gold, the watch's face is embellished with numerous tiny diamonds. There are real diamonds on the strap as well - all in all, Cristiano is carrying about 30 carats of diamonds just on his wrist. © Instagram/rolexenthusiastsociety The watch, in its most rudimentary form, is a classic and is more familiar to commoners as the GMT Master II, or the Pepsi watch as it is known, thanks to its red and blue bezels. © Rolex The Master Ice, apart from being one heck of a way to flex some style muscles, is also a very capable watch, considering its bedazzled glory. Being a watch with Rolex's 2186 calibre, it has a self-winding mechanical movement and has been certified as a chronograph. The watch is also capable of working flawlessly well and precise, even at a depth of 100 metres. Considering how most watches conk out at a depth beyond 50 metres, this is quite impressive. © Rolex The price of all this sophistication and panache? Well, it's expensive. Very expensive, actually. The watch retails for about $485,350, or Rs 3,49,000 (that's Rs 3 Crore and 49 Lakh). Add about 30 per cent for the cumulative import duties, cess charges and other tariffs, and you are looking at an eye-watering figure of Rs 4.5 Crore, which still is a conservative estimation. © Hodinkee For that amount of money, you can easily afford a 6 bedroom villa in Delhi, considering that you play your cards right. Heck, you can even buy a small island off the coast of Scotland, for that amount and still have lakhs to spare. We kid you not, the island of Little Ross, in the United Kingdom, is listed for just over $425,000. © Wiki Commons That being said, we would actually go for the watch. A piece that flashy and elegant, at the same time? Definitely the watch. View the full article
  3. Very recently, Portuguese football legend Cristiano Ronaldo revealed that once his body tells him that it had enough of football and it was time for him to hang his super expensive boots, he would want to try his hand at acting. "One of the things that I seek to challenge myself in, for example, is acting in a movie," he said at the Dubai International Sports Conference on Saturday night. "The moment my body is no longer responding in the right way on the field, then it would be the time to leave. © Reuters "I hope I live more than 50 years to learn new things and face different challenges and try to find solutions for them,” he added. "The love of football is the main motive in achieving all the titles I ever won," he added. "There are no special miracles or secrets in my success story or any other success story. Rather, it is a great dedication to what you do. "At the age of 34, I still have that fitness through diligence and hard work to get titles." But the man has already had a pretty amazing career in theatrics and has successfully been able to convince the viewers of the existence of things that actually did not take place on the ground during his decade and a half long career. Here are some one his best performances: 1. Ronaldo Magnificent Dive Vs Ivory Coast (World Cup 2010) Right in front of the referee's eyes, Ronaldo took a massive dive off a negligible pat on the back by Ivorian defender. 2. Ronaldo's Flop Makes Lampard Laugh Taking on Chelsea great Frank Lampard in a one-on-one situation, Ronaldo took the “Great Fall”. Without even getting in contact with the Englishman, he flaps his limbs like a chicken and falls on the grass. Lampard couldn't help but laugh at his opponents acting skills before walking away. 3. Cristiano Ronaldo's Gilardino Dive Vs Iran Cristiano Ronaldo lives and dies by one rule: If you don't get the ball; fall. And that's why he decided to fall after 3-4 steps after contact. 4. Best (Worst) Dive Of His Career? Many think that the dive he took against AC Milan in 2010 was the one he put a lot of effort in. The expressions, his eyes looking out for a referee who saw the contact and the roll… Oh, that glorious roll. 5. Dive For Juventus You'd think that things like diving and flopping are the kind of things elite players would do at the beginning of their careers. Well at least not once they have achieved the status of an all-time great, right? Think again. View the full article
  4. It was a dream come true for differently-abled Ali Amir when his hero Cristiano Ronaldo came to meet and play football with him. The Juventus star fulfilled the boy’s wish during his stay in Dubai. The Portuguese footballer posted a video of the boy hitting the ball with his head towards him. Ronaldo shared the video on his Instagram account saying that he was truly inspired by Ali Amir. “It was a pleasure to meet you @ali_amir_happy. A truly inspiration,” he captioned the video. Over 15 million people have watched the video and thousands others left comments within a few hours after being shared by the footballer.
  5. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace as Juventus got back winning in Serie A. Photo: Reuters Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Juventus bounced back from their first defeat of the season to beat Udinese 3-1 and move top of Serie A on Sunday.Ronaldo struck twice in the first half to make it five goals in four games as champions Juve move one point ahead of leaders Inter Milan ahead of their trip to off-form Fiorentina later on Sunday."That's how we have to play, with confidence. Let's see what happens now," said Ronaldo.Maurizio Sarri's side had taken just one point from their last two league games, falling 3-1 to Lazio in Rome last weekend after a 2-2 draw against Sassuolo the previous week.But Portuguese star Ronaldo finished off a Paulo Dybala rebound after nine minutes at the Allianz Stadium, and burst through to finish off a Gonzalo Higuain cross on 36 minutes.Leonardo Bonucci sealed the three points just before the break when he headed in from close range.Ignacio Pussetto pulled a goal back for 17th-placed Udinese four minutes into injury time with his close range effort beating Gianluigi Buffon in the Juventus goal.Juventus play their final Serie A game before the winter break at Sampdoria on Wednesday, before a rematch against Lazio in the Italian Super Cup in Saudi Arabia next weekend."It is the first time after a Champions League match that we managed to attack the game well," said Sarri."We played very well for 60 minutes."Atalanta fell 2-1 at Bologna just days after the Champions League newcomers sealed their place in the competition´s last 16 despite losing their first three matches.Rodrigo Palacio tapped in the first after 12 minutes for Bologna off a rebound after a Riccardo Orsolini effort came off the post.Andrea Poli nodded in the second eight minutes after the break, before Ruslan Malinovskyi connected with a Musa Barrow cross to pull a goal back on the hour mark.AC Milan lack party spirit Atalanta failed to take advantage of their numerical superiority late on, as Bologna played the final five minutes a man down after Brazilian defender Danilo was sent off for two bookable offences.Gian Piero Gasperini's side are sixth on 28 points, one point off the Champions League places, with European rivals Cagliari, Lazio and Roma still to play this weekend."We are a team that often creates a lot, but is wasteful. Today we wasted too many opportunities," said Gasperini.AC Milan were held to a goalless draw against Sassuolo at the San Siro as the former European giants marked their 120th anniversary in tepid style.Theo Hernandez had a goal ruled out after half an hour following a Franck Kessie handball in the buildup, with Rafael Leao hitting the crossbar and the post.Stefano Pioli's side failed to make it three wins in a row and sit 10th with Sassuolo four places and five points below.Hellas Verona battled back from three goals down with all three substitutes scoring in a 15-minute second-half spell to hold Torino 3-3.Torino had taken a comfortable lead at the Stadio Bentegodi after Christian Ansaldi scored a brace with Alex Berenguer also on target for the visitors.But the hosts hit back with three goals after 69 minutes from players who all came off the bench.Giampaolo Pazzini converted a penalty on 69 minutes after Gleison Bremer was deemed to have used his elbow to block the ball.Pazzini was then involved in the second with Valerio Verre smashing in off a rebound, before Mariusz Stepinski added a third by pounching on a defensive error from Ola Aina to finish off.Torino are ninth, with Verona two points back in 12th, in the hosts´ final match before the winter break.Torino next play SPAL on Saturday.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. Arguably one of the biggest names in the world of football, Lionel Messi has won pretty much everything a player can dream of in the sport. From goal-scoring records to winning coveted trophies, Messi's brilliance on the pitch often leaves other footballers looking mediocre. Over the years, the Argentine has dominated football on the back of his unbelievable skills. And, he is showing no signs of slowing down. At the age of 32, while many footballers begin contemplating their retirement, Messi seems to be aging like fine wine, raking in one award after another. More recently, the Barcelona talisman won the 2018/19 Golden Shoe in a star-studded ceremony at the Antiga Fabrica Estrella Damm, Spain. A staggering 36 goals last season saw Messi claiming his sixth overall and third consecutive Golden Shoe award. In the process, he became the first ever footballer to win the coveted award a record six times. Adding yet another piece of silverware to his envious trophy cabinet, Messi went on to take a dig at his arch-nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic who don't shy away from boasting about their personal feats. © Reuters "I'd rather people talk about me. I know what I am, what I did and what I can give, but I keep it to myself. People can have their say. I don't like to talk about myself, I like to talk about the collective," Messi, who rarely talks about his achievements, was quoted as saying by Marca. Asked if he sees himself evolving over time into a midfielder, Messi said: "I don't know, it depends on how it goes. Now I usually drop myself deeper (on the pitch) to receive and be in contact with the ball and the midfield. I don't know what will happen in the future". "You realise yourself how long you can continue (playing). I'll find out over time. I'll be the first to say, 'I've come this far and I can't do it anymore,' or that I feel good to carry on. Over the years I will find that out," the Argentine responded on how long he can or will continue playing. © Reuters The Barcelona forward was also all praise for Virgil van Dijk and revealed what makes the Liverpool defender difficult to beat. "He is a defender who knows how to judge his timing and wait for the right moment to challenge or jockey [the attacker]. He is very fast and big, but he has a lot of agility for his height. He is fast because of its great stride, and he is impressive both in defence and attack because he scores lots of goals," Messi said. Unlike his rival Ronaldo who has played in the Premier League, La Liga and now Serie A, Messi has spent the entirety of his career to date at Barcelona where he has won numerous trophies and shattered multiple records. Despite having many chances to move elsewhere, Messi has often stressed that he never had any intentions of moving away from Camp Nou. "Everyone looks for their targets and their experiences. I never had the need to leave the best club in the world, that Barcelona are, and where I enjoy training, games and the city. (The city to club dynamic) is very complete and I was always sure about the targets at this club (rather than going to) look for it elsewhere," Messi, showcasing his loyalty to the Spanish giants, said.
  11. 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."
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  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 While Luka Modric ended their dominance after winning the Ballon d'Or last year, the Ronaldo vs Messi debate continues to capture the imagination of football pundits and fans alike. The latest individual to give his verdict on who's the best amongst the two superstars was none other than Indian football team talisman Sunil Chhetri. Giving his opinion on the subject while picking one as his favourite player and the other as his role model, Chhetri, during a live interaction on Instagram, said: “Who is better? I think both Messi and Ronaldo are amazing but if you ask who is my favourite, it will be Messi for me. But if you need a role model, I would say Cristiano Ronaldo would be a better pick". There was no surprise to see Chhetri admiring Messi's talent, but it was Ronaldo's work ethics that made him select the Portuguese over the Argentine as a better role model. "Messi is more like a god gift. Some of the things he (Messi) does, it is so difficult to learn. He does them so effortlessly. With Cristiano, there's so much of hard work and if you see his graph every year, there's so much to learn," the Indian football team captain said. © Reuters “For example, when he (Ronaldo) was younger, you would see him on the left doing those step-overs but now he takes less touches at the ball, he would pass the ball on the wing and then run into the box. And his running is so good, it's so tough to mark him. His header, his finishing from both left and right – it's just brilliant. He takes less time on ball now but he is as good as ever and so devastating,” Chhetri added further in the video. Apart from Ronaldo and Messi, Chhetri also weighed in on another battle - Mohamed Salah vs Neymar - that continues to throng the social media. "Salah or Neymar? Salah's form has been so good for the past two-three years. But, if I have to pick, I'll pick Neymar, yes," Chhetri claimed. Barring Neymar, who wasn't part of the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) squad which was eliminated in the Round of 16 tie at the hands of Manchester United, the likes of Messi, Ronaldo and Salah are all active in the ongoing edition of the UEFA Champions League. While Messi and Salah went goalless in the first leg of their respective quarterfinals, Ronaldo's goal saved Juventus the blushes during the 1-1 draw against a spirited Ajax side.
  17. 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?
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. “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
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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.
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