Ronaldo: I Was Surprised Juventus Protested A Correct Penalty Decision

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed that referee Michael Oliver was correct to have awarded his team a late penalty against Juventus in their Champions League quarter-final second leg clash at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Zinedine Zidane’s men saw their 3-0 first leg advantage cancelled out as Juventus repaid their three goals deficit almost forcing the game into extra time.

However, the English referee awarded Real a penalty after Lucas Vazquez was brought down in stoppage time by Medhi Benatia, a penalty which many regarded as controversial.

Juventus goalkeeper Giannluigi Buffon was then sent off for remonstrating with the English referee, which led to protests from his teammates.

Ronaldo then  stepped up and duly slotted the penalty past substitute goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny with his team moving into the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate.

“I don’t understand the protest by Juventus,” Ronaldo told reporters after the game.

“Lucas was pushed from behind and if the penalty was given, it’s a goal.

“We suffered and this will help us to learn. The game should serve as a lesson. Nothing is handed to you in football, you have to fight until the end.

“Real Madrid could have scored more goals today, but Juventus and Buffon were great.”

Real Madrid  join Liverpool, Roma and Bayern Munich in the last-four draw, which takes place in Nyon on Friday.

Record Breaking Cristiano Ronaldo Applauded  After ‘Most Beautiful Goal’

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, calls Cristiano Ronaldo’s fantastic overhead bicycle kick “one of the most beautiful goals in the history of football,” following the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals which saw Real Madrid bury Juventus 3-0:

Ronaldo Appreciates Juventus Fans After video-Game goal

Cristiano Ronaldo has thanked Juventus fans for their generous ovation for his overhead bicycle kick which gave Real Madrid  a three-goal advantage over the Italians in the Champions League.

“For me it was an unbelievable moment,” said Ronaldo, who scored two goals in the two-time holders’ 3-0 Champions League quarter-final, first-leg win in Turin.

Ronaldo’s first was within three minutes while the second goal on 64 minutes, was worthy of a video game to give Real a 2-0 lead before Paulo Dybala was sent off and Marcelo added a third at the Juventus Stadium.

“I have to say thank you a lot – grazie – to all the Juventus supporters. What they did for me was amazing,” Ronaldo told UEFA.com, having taken his goal tally against the Italian champions to nine in six games.

“It (ovation by rival fans) had never happened to me in my career before.”

Juventus shares fell by nearly five percent on Thursday as the Turin club’s hopes of reaching the last four were severely compromised going into the second leg in Madrid on April 11.

“It was a great goal, fantastic,” continued the 33-year-old who became the first player to score in 10 successive Champions League games, with his tally 14 goals this season and 119 in total.

“Step by step,” he warned of talk about a third straight Champions League title.

“I think we should think about the second leg. Anything is possible in football, so let’s think about that second leg and let’s see what happens.”

Ronaldo Suprises Juve Coach

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Monday he was amazed by the extraordinary ability of Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to change his style of play in his present thirties.

“I have to congratulate Ronaldo as a player at 33 years he’s changing his playing style, it is something extraordinary,” Allegri said ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final, first leg clash between the two teams in Turin.

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini believes Ronaldo could be the major talk of the campaign as he looks to build on a spree of 18 goals in his last 10 games for club and country.

“He’s really crucial and can make the difference,” said Chiellini.

“We all have great respect for Real Madrid, the fact that Sergio Ramos is the best defender in the world at the moment and Ronaldo is a wonderful 9.

“Ronaldo will always score against everyone. Real aren’t just him, but over the years he’s lifted them and makes the difference.

“It’s presumptuous to think that you can mark him out of a game. We also need a little dose of luck, it comes down to certain things.”

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric added that their chances of winning a 13th Champions League title were boosted by Ronaldo’s form.

“He’s a very self-confident person and in great shape. He’s scored so many goals I’ve lost count. He’s very important to have in the team and will increase the possibility of us winning and going through.”

Meanwhile Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane conceded he has a selection headache with no major injuries and will have to choose between attacking duo Isco or Gareth Bale for the first leg.

“If Gareth plays, or Isco, it’s the same, because they each contribute a lot,” said Modric.

“Whether we play with one player or with another, the most important thing is that we run and we fight together.

“This season has been difficult for Bale because of the injuries he’s suffered from, but now he’s in good shape,” continued Modric.

“He’s managed to play good matches in succession, we know what we can expect from him in terms of performance.”

Ronaldo Captains Portugal World Cup Friendlies Against Egypt, Netherlands

Cristiano Ronaldo captions the Portugal squad named on Thursday to face Egypt in Zurich on March 23 and the Netherlands in Geneva four days later.

The European Champions’ coach Fernando Santos will have to do deal with the absence of defender Pepe, but has called up 20-year-old Benfica defender Ruben Dias.

Portugal were third in FIFA’s world rankings released on Thursday behind only Germany and Brazil with the World Cup in three months time.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon), Anthony Lopes (Lyon/FRA), Beto (Goeztepe/TUR).

Defenders: Cédric Soares (Southampton/ENG), Joao Cancelo (Inter Milan/ITA), Bruno Alves (Rangers/SCO), José Fonte (Dalian Yifang/CHN), Rolando (Marseille/FRA), Ruben Dias (Benfica), Fabio Coentrao (Sporting Lisbon), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund/GER).

Midfield: William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton/ENG), Joao Moutinho (Monaco/FRA), Adrien Silva (Leicester/ENG), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS), André Gomes (Barcelona/ESP), Joao Mario (West Ham/ENG), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon).

Strikers: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City/ENG), Gelson Martins (Sporting lisbon), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas/TUR), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia/ESP), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/ESP), André Silva (AC Milan/ITA)

Ronaldo Hits 100 Champions League Goals Landmark

Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday became the first player to score 100 Champions League goals for the same club after his goal against PSG in the first round of the round of 16.

Ronaldo reached the mark when he converted a penalty on the stroke of half-time to equalise Adrien Rabiot’s opener.

He then added another on the night as his team won 3-1.

Ronaldo now has a career total of 116 goals in the tournament.

Leading Champions League scorers:

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo 116
  2. Lionel Messi 97
  3. Raul 71
  4. Ruud van Nistelrooy 56
  5. Karim Benzema 53

Portugal, Argentina Make It Safely To World Cup

The possibility of a World Cup without Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi turned out to be a false alarm, yet next year’s tournament will still have a major absentee after the United States’ extraordinary failure to qualify on Tuesday.

Panama, meanwhile, showed it is perfectly possible for small nations to qualify without expanding the finals to 48 teams, which is planned for the 2026 edition, as they joined Iceland in reaching the tournament for the first time.

South American champions Chile, like African counterparts Cameroon, missed out on a ticket to Russia – and, bizarrely, their elimination was the result of a successful protest made to Fifa about opponents fielding an ineligible player.

Twenty-three of the 32 finalists have now been decided while the remainder will be settled in November with four European playoffs, two intercontinental playoffs and the final round of African qualifiers, where three groups are still open.

Brazil, who will be making their 21st World Cup appearance, remain the only ever-present side at the finals and had qualified long before Tuesday’s drama.

Ronaldo and Messi, who have won Fifa’s World Player of the Year award between them since 2008, went into the final group matches uncertain of whether they would take part next year.

Those fears were allayed as Messi’s hat-trick led Argentina to a 3-1 win at high altitude in Ecuador to ensure their place and Portugal made it with a 2-0 win over Switzerland.

The US, one of Fifa’s most important members in commercial terms, were not so lucky as a shock 2-1 defeat in Trinidad and Tobago, combined with wins for Panama and Honduras, ended their run of seven successive finals appearances.

The Netherlands, semifinalists in 2014 and runners-up in 2010, will also miss out while four-time champions Italy, who last failed to qualify in 1958, face a two-leg playoff in November.

The impact of the U.S’s absence will be felt at broadcasters Fox, who take over coverage of the World Cup from ESPN starting with the 2018 tournament and a host of sponsors, such as Nike, who had been hoping for plenty of World Cup exposure.

SMALLER NATIONS

Panama’s first-ever qualification for the finals prompted President Juan Carlos Varela to declare a national holiday, describing it on Twitter as a “historic day for the country”.

But their 2-1 win over Costa Rica also highlighted global soccer body Fifa’s surprising decision not to use goal-line technology in the qualifiers, as the ball did not appear to fully cross the line for their first goal.

Panama’s success also strengthened the hand of those who argue that the expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams is not necessary to allow more smaller countries to take part.

On Monday, Iceland, with a population of less than 350 000, became the smallest nation ever to qualify for the finals while Cape Verde, with a population of 550 000, are still in contention for one of the African places.

A bigger World Cup may also devalue the qualifying competition, particularly in South America where two points separated five teams battling for two direct places and a playoff spot before Tuesday’s enthralling finale.

An evening of unremitting tension ended with Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia joining Brazil in Russia, while Peru’s 1-1 draw was enough to land them in fifth place – the playoff spot – and continue dreaming of a first appearance since 1982.

Peru sneaked ahead of Chile on goal difference after their southern neighbours lost 3-0 to Brazil and dropped to sixth. They were also indebted to Venezuela who stopped Paraguay from taking the playoff spot with a shock 1-0 win in Asuncion.

Earlier in the competition, Chile got an extra two points after protesting that Bolivia fielded an ineligible player – Paraguay-born Nelson Cabrera – during a 0-0 draw in Santiago.

Fifa agreed and awarded them a 3-0 walkover win – but then did the same for Peru who lost 2-0 to Bolivia and therefore gained three extra points, compared to Chile’s two.

That extra point proved decisive on Tuesday.

Real Star Feels More Superior Than Messi

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo can’t see Barcelona rival Leo Messi succeeding in the Premier League.

Messi is being linked with a world record €400m move to Manchester City today as his new contract remains unsigned.

And Don Balon says Ronaldo thinks the Barcelona star would struggle to handle life in England’s top flight.

Ronaldo views himself as the superior player because of what he achieved during his time at Manchester United.

Indeed, he feels Messi has had it easy at Barcelona.

He came through the club’s famous La Masia academy and has always had a team full of stars around him.

 

 

Zidane Hails Bale, Ronaldo For Real’s Win

Real Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane praised goal-scorers Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, who netted twice in a 3-1 victory as Real Madrid finally claimed a Champions League win at Borussia Dortmund.

Christiano Ronaldo marked his 150th European game with second-half goals after Bale’s stunning early volley gave Real the lead at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored Dortmund’s consolation goal with just over half an hour left, but the Germans were simply out-played by holders Real.

Having also netted twice against APOEL, Ronaldo has now scored four goals in just two Champions League games this season.

“I’m happy for Cristiano… again! I’m delighted for Ronaldo and Bale,” said Zidane.

This is the first time Dortmund have lost at home to Real in seven European games while holders Madrid have now scored in 38 successive Champion League games.

“It is difficult to play in this stadium, we have never won here, so this victory was important to us, and the whole game was good for us from start to finish,” said Zidane.

“We had a lot of ball possession, that was the key.

“Dortmund played as impressively as ever, but we compensated well.”

Dortmund shaded possession and matched Real’s tally of 16 shots on goal and Zidane wanted to see more chances converted.

“We could have scored more. We had chances. The important thing is to score more than our opponents and we did that,” said the Frenchman.

“The side worked hard – Isco, (Luka) Modric, Casemiro and (Toni) Kroos were marvellous.

“Everyone was brilliant. It was a tremendous game.”

The result leaves the Real top of Group H, just ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who beat APOEL 3-0 away, with Dortmund third and six points adrift of Spurs, who they also lost 3-1 to in London.

Dortmund coach Peter Bosz gave an honest appraisal of his team, who were better than Real in virtually every statistic – apart from the scoreboard.

“We defend with 11 players and we attack with 11 players,” said the Dutchman, whose Dortmund shaded possession and match Real’s 16 shots on goal.

“We were just too late against a side who barely made a mistake and we have to defend better.

“We didn’t put any pressure on the ball during the game and it’s difficult against an opponent like that.

“We were always too late, we have to analyse the performance and do better in the future.

Dortmund should have been awarded a penalty with 13 minutes gone when Real captain Sergio Ramos cleared Maximilian Philipp’s shot off the line and the ball deflected off his hand.

“That was clearly a handball in the first-half, but we deserved to lose,” admitted Bosz.

‘Ronaldo ‘Delighted’ To Be Staying At Madrid’

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring during extra-time of the Club World Cup football final match between Kashima Antlers of Japan and Real Madrid of Spain at Yokohama International Stadium in Yokohama on December 18, 2016.

Cristiano Ronaldo, hounded by allegations of tax evasion in Spain, is “delighted” to be staying at Real Madrid, according to club president Florentino Perez, who called claims that the Portuguese striker might leave the country exaggerated.

“As he said a little while back, he’s delighted to be here. No one is better placed than him to say that,” Perez told Cadena Ser radio.

Ronaldo strongly denied having evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.5 million) in tax on his image rights when he appeared in court for a preliminary hearing on July 31.

Prosecutors accuse the Real Madrid star of evading tax via a shell company based in the British Virgin Islands and another in Ireland, known for low corporate tax rates.

In addition, they say Ronaldo only declared 11.5 million euros of Spanish-related income from 2011 to 2014, while what he really earned during that time was close to 43 million euros.

They also accuse him of “voluntarily” refusing to include 28.4 million euros in income linked to the sale of his image rights for the 2015 to 2020 period to a Spanish company.

The four-time World Player of the Year, 32, has been heavily critical of the probe into him, leading to rumours that he might seek to quit Spain.

“I don’t know what happened this summer,” Perez said. “A Bola (newspaper) published a story, on what a teammate might have said (about Ronaldo leaving)… In the end, there was nothing.

“As there was not much to talk about this summer, they exaggerated,” Perez said, conceding however that “Cristiano was angry about this tax problem, having been summoned, that’s not nice for anyone.”

Perez added that there was nothing in the case against Ronaldo “that would constitute a crime”.

“He’s hidden nothing and if there’s no hiding, there’s no crime,” he said.

“It’s possible there’s a different interpretation (between Ronaldo’s advisers and tax authorities) and he’s cool and collected on this issue.”

 

Source: The Guardian

 

Christiaino Ronald Flaunts His Brand New Ferrari F12 Wipe

Real Madrid striker, Cristiano Ronaldo has taken delivery of a brand new Ferrari F12 TDF which will have cost him an eye-watering £350,000

Ronaldo who recently returned home from international duty with Portugal, where he scored three goals against the Faroe Islands, showed off the new whip in an  Instagram snap.

The 32-year-old is seen by the side of the car with the door open, while his son sits in the driver’s seat.

The former Manchester United striker is no stranger to super cars, he has previously been pictured with a Bugatti Veyron and several Mercedes rides.