'I'm not asking them to name streets after me, the only thing I ask is that they don't boo me here'IMAGE: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says 'Cristiano Ronaldo always performs on important occasions'. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo asked for immunity from the boos of the ever-demanding Santiago Bernabeu crowd after his hat-trick against Bayern Munich on Tuesday fired Real Madrid into the semi-finals of the Champions League for a seventh consecutive season. Ronaldo's double in Munich had given Real a 2-1 lead in the first leg and after a couple of wayward shots in the first half had provoked whistles from the home supporters, the prolific Portuguese proved the difference in an eventual 4-2 win over Bayern after extra-time, setting up a 6-3 aggregate victory.His header cancelled out Robert Lewandowski's goal late in the second half and he then finished off Bayern with strikes in either half of extra-time after Sergio Ramos's own goal had levelled the … [Read more...] about Don’t boo me, I’m always trying: Ronaldo tells Real Madrid fans
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has admitted that their star striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been accused of tax evasion by authorities in Spain, is angry. He, however, believes that Ronaldo will stay at the club. The Portuguese superstar is accused of defrauding Spanish authorities of 14.7m euros (£12.95m) between 2011 and 2014 and will now testify on July 31 The episode may cost Real Madrid their star winger as the 32-year-old feels hard done by the apparent excessive force with which the complaint has been dealt with.The Portugal international had knowingly used a "business structure" created in 2010 to hide his income in Spain from his image rights. As per reports, the alleged irregularities were in relation to money the Portuguese star had in the Virgin Islands, although officials acknowledged adjustments to this structure in 2014, where the player paid back an extra 7 million Euros in tax. Ronaldo is rumoured to want out of Madrid, but Perez feels that he will stay … [Read more...] about ‘Angry Ronaldo won’t leave Real Madrid’
IMAGE: Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the opening goal for Real Madrid. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as Real Madrid became the first team to successfully defend their European title in the Champions League era with a 4-1 win over Juventus in Saturday's final for their third triumph in four years. IMAGE: Cristiano Ronaldo scores the third goal for Real Madrid. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images Real, who now have a record 12 European Cup wins, grabbed the lead in the 20th minute through Ronaldo, who slotted the ball low into the corner after a clever cut-back from Dani Carvajal following a classic counter attack. IMAGE: Mario Mandzukic, centre, celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Juventus. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images The Spanish champions took charge after the break, however, restoring their lead through a deflected long-range shot from Brazilian Casemiro in the 61st minute before Portugal forward … [Read more...] about Ronaldo double sinks Juventus as Real retain Champions League title
‘When they rob a game from you like that, it’s very tough. This error can’t happen in the Champions League’IMAGE: Bayern Munich's Arturo Vidal is shown a red card by referee Viktor Kassai. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters Bayern Munich left the Santiago Bernabeu furious with referee Viktor Kassai and his team of assistants after being knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid on Tuesday. CL: Madrid see off Bayern in controversial thriller to reach semis Real Madrid won 4-2 after extra-time to advance with a 6-3 aggregate success but Cristiano Ronaldo was offside for two of his three goals and a harsh dismissal for Arturo Vidal left a fuming Bayern with 10 men. Chile midfielder Vidal was shown a second yellow card by Kassai in the 84th minute for what appeared a clean challenge on Marco Asensio, tilting the game in Madrid's favour as they entered extra-time trailing 2-1.Ronaldo scored the next goal in the 105th minute from a clear offside position, and … [Read more...] about Were Bayern robbed in Madrid?
Video PlayerClose MADRID, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- The European futures of Atletico Madrid and Valencia both hang in the balance and will be decided over the next 48 hours in the Champions League. Valencia travel to the Amsterdam Arena to face last season's beaten semifinalists, Ajax, who need a draw to assure they qualify for the last 16 from a tight Group H. Valencia needs to match Chelsea's result at home to French side Lille, but given that Lille is the group's whipping boys, with just one point from five games, Valencia's players have to believe Chelsea will take all three points and they have to do the same. The Spaniards travel in good form after winning local derbies against Villarreal and Levante in LaLiga and pushing Chelsea all the way in a thrilling 2-2 draw in the Mestalla Stadium in their last European game. However, coach Albert Celedes will need an improvement on the performance in their first meeting with Ajax, who won 3-0 in Spain and he will be without the Uruguayan … [Read more...] about Valencia and Atletico Madrid’s Champions League futures in the balance