Ronaldo Inspires 3-1 Comeback Victory Over  PSG

Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace was an inspiration that stunned PSG in the Madrid’s comeback victory. The most anticipated Champions League game of the night  ended 3-1.

Ronaldo recorded  his 100th Champions League goal for title-holders Real after he scored from the penalty spot late in the first half to cancel out Adrien Rabiot’s opener for the French side at the Santiago Bernabeu, skillfully set up by Neymar.

The Portuguese star from close range found the back of the net again with seven minutes left before Marcelo sealed up the game with what could turn out to be a decisive first-leg lead ahead of the return in Paris on March 6 and sent nearly 80,000 home fans into raptures.

The late collapse for PSG brings back echoes of the way they fell apart to lose 6-1 in Barcelona on their way to a humiliating exit at the same stage of the competition last season.

Neymar, in Barcelona’s ranks then, could not make the difference for PSG, who now have a huge job on their hands to turn the tie around.

Having looked set to come away with a precious draw, the defeat piles the pressure on coach Unai Emery, but for Real the outcome is an enormous boost for their boss Zinedine Zidane.

Under pressure himself with Real flagging domestically, he needed this win, and will earn praise for his substitutions, with Marco Asensio coming off the bench to set up each of the two late goals.

That was after Zidane had taken a risk by leaving out Gareth Bale, a key element in the side that has won three of the last four Champions Leagues. The Welshman’s place in the line-up was taken by Isco.

Emery went even further, dropping his captain Thiago Silva to make way for 22-year-old Presnel Kimpembe in the centre of the PSG defence.

Real supporters chose an image of a famous fan in Rafael Nadal to adorn a display unfurled at the south end of the ground as the sides came out, hoping their team could draw inspiration from someone who has conquered Paris 10 times as French Open champion.

The hosts started well too, while Neymar struggled, slipping when one pass was aimed towards him, complaining as a Luka Modric challenge sent him to the floor and picking up a yellow card for a foul on Nacho.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, saw Alphonse Areola make a fine save from his net-bound shot after he had been released by Marcelo, and not long after that, in the 33rd minute, PSG scored.

Neymar could claim an assist, although it didn’t look like the Brazilian meant to help Kylian Mbappe’s low ball across the box from the right into the path of Rabiot, who swept home unmarked.

PSG had a precious away goal, but they could not hold their lead until the break as Giovani Lo Celso gave away a penalty for a foul on Toni Kroos.

Areola, having just made a superb save from Karim Benzema, could do nothing to keep out Ronaldo’s spot-kick.

The visitors had chances to go ahead again in the second half, Keylor Navas saving well from Mbappe and Sergio Ramos blocking bravely from Rabiot.

Emery then surprisingly took off Edinson Cavani and replaced him with Thomas Meunier, a right-back. But it was Zidane’s decision to send on Asensio that proved crucial.

In the space of three late minutes, Asensio saw one cross palmed out by Areola and then rebound into the net off Ronaldo’s thigh, before another assist was finished off by Marcelo, potentially finishing the tie in the process.

Ronaldo Urges Perez To Consider Rashford

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is keeping a close eye on Manchester United whizkid Marcus Rashford.

Rashford has impressed for Jose Mourinho’s United this season, along with England.

Ronaldo has noticed and Don Balon says he has approved a move for Rashford if Real president Florentino Perez is unable to secure the signing of top target Harry Kane.

The La Liga champions know it will be difficult to get a deal over the line for the Tottenham striker.

The signing of Rashford could mean Karim Benzema would stay at the Bernabeu with the 19-year-old being slowly introduced into the fold by Zinedine Zidane.

 

Man Utd Not Big Enough To Keep Me – Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United are chasing a deal for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil AND teammate Alexis Sanchez.

The Independent says United are interested in snapping up the attacking pair this summer.

The star Arsenal duo will be free agents at the end of the season if they fail to renew their contracts in north London.

United are planning to try and sign German playmaker Ozil, with Jose Mourinho a huge fan of his following theirs together at Real Madrid.

It is said the Red Devils also maintain an interest in Chilean forward Sanchez but believe they are behind Manchester City in the race to snap him up.

 

Neymar, Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo Shortlisted For FIFA’s Best Player

Neymar was named alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the three-man shortlist for the Best FIFA Men’s Player Award, which was announced in London on Friday.

Brazil superstar Neymar, 25, won the Copa del Rey with Barcelona last season before joining Paris Saint-Germain in a blockbuster €222 million move that smashed the world transfer record.

Ronaldo, 32, is the overwhelming favourite to win the award, having led Real Madrid to the La Liga title and a third Champions League success in four years last season.

He won last year’s award after winning the Champions League with Madrid and the European Championship with Portugal.

Ronaldo previously won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2008 and is a four-time winner of the Ballon d’Or.

Messi, 30, scored 54 goals last season as Barcelona won the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup.

 The Argentina great, a record five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or, has made a superb start to the current campaign, scoring 12 goals in his first eight appearances in all competitions.

Ronaldo won the inaugural Best FIFA Men’s Player Award last year after a six-year merger between the FIFA honour and the Ballon d’Or.

The winner of the 2017 award will be announced during a ceremony at the London Palladium on October 23.

The voting for the award, equally weighted between national team captains, national team coaches, media and fans, closed earlier this month.

Source: Sport360