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Los Blancos Are La Liga Champions

Real Madrid won it’s 32nd Spanish league title and their first in four season after a 3-0 win at Athletic Bilbao on last night. The win leaves Los Blancos seven points clear of their biggest rivals FC Barcelona with two games remaining.

Goals from Gonxalo Higuain, Mesut Ozil and a 44th goal of the La Liga season for their superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Since winning the title in 2008 Madridistas had to endure watching their rivals Barcelona lift the La Liga title. The players, coaches and fans celebrated their triumph in traditional fashion at Cibeles fountain and will continue their celebrations at the Granada over the weekend.

“I won the league title in Portugal, Italy and England, but this one has been the toughest. I’ve won seven league titles overall and I know what it feels like.

“Barcelona won all their games, as befits the great team that they are. They’ve been winning to the very last day.

“They are a club with great tradition that knows we deserved to win this title.”- Jose Mourihno

Despite winning his first La Liga title Mourihno knows his club cannot lose focus as next season they’ll have to fight even harder next season if they are to retain their title.

“We have to celebrate this championship, we have to continue working after tomorrow because next season will also be tough and we have games to play still in this campaign.

It was a tough ans strenuous season for Jose Mourihno and his men and they deservedly won the title that not even their biggest rivals should envy.

 

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Real Madrid Target Chicharito

Real Madrid has reportedly made an offer to Manchester United for striker Javier Hernandez, Los Blancos has reportedly told The Reds’ to name their price for the little Mexican. Chicharito has just finished his first season at United after joining the Mexican club Chivas in the summer on a 4 year deal worth £6m. However Sir Alex Ferguson won’t let the striker leave the club so quickly after having and impressive debut season. Manchester United are scheduled to hold talks with the player as they are going to increase his weekly wages from £25,000 a week to £75,000, on the final day of the season talks of this pay rise were already on the table for the 23 year old Mexican.

Hernandez is currently on international duty with Mexico in this years CONCACAF Gold Cup that is being held in the USA, he got a hat-trick in his sides opening match against El Salvador over the weekend continuing his wonderful form he had in league play for club.

UEFA Champions League Quarter-final and Semi-final Draw

Chelsea v. Manchester United
Internazionale v. Schalke

Real Madrid v. Tottenham
Barcelona v. Shakhtar Donetsk

The draw have now taken place and the most intriguing matchup is Manchester United v Chealsea FC, the two Premier League heavyweights will once again come to blows in this competition but this time in the quarter-finals. The first leg will take place at Stamford Bridge with the final leg being held at Old Trafford, both teams are currently challenging each other in the English Premier League with United ahead of the defending EPL champions by six points. Chelsea FC will have revenge on their mind after losing to United in the finals of this competition at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow in 2008.

The winner of Chelsea v. Manchester United will face the winner of Internazionale v. Schalke with the winner of Real Madrid v. Tottenham tie will come up against FC Barcelona or Shakhtar Donetsk.

Ronaldo’s Legacy: O Fenômeno

 

Before Cristiano Ronaldo dazzled defenders while playing in the jerseys of Manchester United and Real Madrid with his step overs there was Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, the original Ronaldo. Arguably the best and most prolific scorers of this generation of football has hung up his boot after a career that spanned 17 years.

Ronaldo’s career started at Brazilian club Cruzeiro where he scored 12 goals in 14 games and helped the club to win the Copa do Brasil for the first time in their history. In 1994 he was a member of Brazil’s World Cupwinning side, at the age of 17 years he never got a chance to play. Later that year he joined Dutch side PSV where he scored 30 goals in his debut season but was unable to emulate this form the next season due to a knee injury.

After winning the Dutch Cup for PSV he then made a record move to FC Barcelona for 17m where he continued his prolific goal scoring but his time at the Catalan club lasted one season due to a contract dispute, he scored an impressive 47 goals in 49 matches and won the 3 titles for the club (Supercopa de España, Copa del Rey, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup).

Inter Milan signed the Brazilian forward for £19m after he bought out the remainder of his contract with FC Barcelona. During his years playing for theNerazzurri Ronaldo suffered a knee injury which ended his season, in 2000 he made a comeback from his injury but it was a comeback that lasted 7 minutes against Lazio in the 1st leg of the Coppa Italia. This was one of the Brazilian’s turbulent time in his footballing career, he later had two operations on his knee and went through months of rehab.

In 2002 Ronaldo was on the move again, this time he signed to Spanish giants Real Madrid for €39 million. He made his debut for the club in October of that year and scored twice. His debut season in Los Blancos was a success as he managed to score 23 league goals, won the La Liga title, Intercontinental & Spanish Super Cup. One of Ronaldo’s most memorable matches while at Real Madrid was scoring a hat-trick against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the 2nd leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

After spending 5 years for Real Madrid it was time for Ronaldo to move on again, this time it was a trip back Italy this time in the colors of AC Milan where he wore the #99 jersey. His second stint in Italy wasn’t a good one as he had 20 appearances and scored 9 goals in an injury plagued season. Ronaldo’s knee problems once again had come into the spotlight and placed the player on the sidelines for a third time and eneded his time at AC Milan.

The Brazilian returned to his native Brazil where he joined Corinthians and scored 10 goals to help them win the Campeonato Paulista. Ronaldo was also instrumental in Corinthians winning the Copa do Brasil in 2009 which was his second time winning this trophy, the first time coming with Cruzeiro. On Monday February 14th in a press conference a tearful Ronaldo closed the curtains on a career that saw him score 247 goals in 343 appearances for his clubs & 62 goals in 92 appearances for Brazil.

… Thanks For the memories Ronaldo …

International & Club Honours

Cruzeiro

  • Campeonato Mineiro: 1994
  • Copa do Brasil: 1993

PSV

  • KNVB Cup: 1996
  • Johan Cruijff-schaal: 1996

Barcelona

  • Copa del Rey: 1997
  • UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1997
  • Supercopa de España: 1996

Inter Milan

  • UEFA Cup: 1998

Real Madrid

  • La Liga: 2002–03, 2006–07
  • Intercontinental Cup: 2002
  • Supercopa de España: 2003

Corinthians

  • Campeonato Paulista: 2009
  • Copa do Brasil: 2009

International

  • FIFA World Cup: 1994, 2002
  • Copa América: 1997, 1999
  • FIFA Confederations Cup: 1997

Individual

  • Supercopa Libertadores Top Scorer: 1993–94
  • Campeonato Mineiro Top Scorer: 1993–94
  • Campeonato Mineiro Team of The Year: 1994
  • Eredivisie Top Scorer: 1994–95
  • La Liga Top Scorer: 1996–97,2003–2004
  • European Golden Boot: 1996–97
  • Don Balón Award La Liga Foreign Player of the Year: 1996–97
  • Copa América Final Most Valuable Player: 1997
  • Copa América Most Valuable Player: 1997
  • Confederations Cup All-Star Team: 1997
  • Cup Winners Cup Final Most Valuable Player: 1997
  • Cup Winners Cup Top Goal Scorer: 1996–1997
  • IFFHS World’s Top Goal Scorer of the Year: 1997
  • UEFA Most Valuable Player: 1997–98
  • Serie A Footballer of the Year: 1997–98
  • Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year: 1997–98
  • UEFA Best Forward: 1997–98
  • Bravo Award : 1995, 1997, 1998
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 1998
  • UEFA Cup Final Most Valuable Player: 1998
  • Copa América Top Scorer: 1999
  • Copa América All-Star Team: 1997, 1999
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 1996, 1997, 2002
  • Ballon D’or: 1997, 2002
  • World Soccer Magazine World Player of The Year: 1996,1997.2002
  • Onze d’Or: 1997, 2002
  • FIFA World Cup Silver Ball: 2002
  • FIFA 100
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1998, 2002
  • FIFA World Cup Final Most Valuable Player: 2002
  • FIFA World Cup Top Scorer: 2002
  • Intercontinental Cup Most Valuable Player: 2002
  • UEFA Team of The Year: 2002
  • Laureus Comeback of the Year: 2002
  • Strogaldo De Legendary Award 2002
  • BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas Personality: 2002
  • La Liga South American Player of the Year: 1996–97, 2002–03
  • Golden Foot award: 2006
  • Brazilian National Hall of Fame: Class of 2006
  • Serie A Player of the Decade: 1997–2007
  • France Football Magazine: Starting eleven of all-time (2007)
  • FIFA World Cup: All-Time Leading Scorer
  • Campeonato Paulista: Best Player, 2009
  • Goal.com : Player of a decade: Winner 2000–2010

Rooney Wants To Leave United

So there have been speculation on the future of one of United’s brightest stars once again and like previous players it turns out to be true. The news of Rooney wanting to leave has definitely come across as shocking to fans of United and even fans of other clubs.
Ever since joining Manchester United he has grown as a player and a man at the club, fans of the club probably feel betrayed with news and has the right to. This is the same Rooney that once kissed our badge after scoring against his former club Everton, he always stated his love for the club and his desire to spend the rest of his career here.

Rooney’s bombshell to leave isn’t based on winning trophies at the club because he has won numerous league titles, league cups and won the UEFA Champions League since his arrival. When i first heard the rumors i wasn’t too sure about what to think about them because the media often make stories up but then it came across to me that they could be true.

A few seasons ago Cristiano Ronaldo had an outstanding season then stated he wanted to leave and join Real Madrid, with this in mind i opened up the window of possibility that Rooney could take the same path since he himself previously had an amazing season with the club. The success and fame has once again gone to the head of another superstar at United.

Giggs: Young Footballers Are Showered With Too Much Money

“A lot of players now, before they’ve established themselves, get a lot of money, which I never got. I was on good money, don’t get me wrong, but I was playing in the first team and I was on £30. I was on an apprenticeship wage.”

“Then my next contract was like £200 with expenses and gradually contracts would get better the older you got. That was how I grew up. Now, before you’re proven, you’ve got the money – a four or five-year contract – which is the way football’s gone.”

“Some players can handle it, some player’s don’t. I’ve been at the club during its most successful era and been here a long time. It’s going to be hard to beat. I’m not going to say it will never ever be done, but it will be tough.”

A high percentage of the players turn out to be failures and this is happening more and more. Players agents often speak to highly of them and raise the expectations for that player, that player now has to perform way beyond their ability and that pressure usually is too much for them.

A perfect example of a player who had high expectations and failed to live up to them was Ricardo Quaresma. He was said to be a better player than Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Mourihno Defends Cristiano Ronaldo

“Cristiano is a player who does not have the culture of the swimming pool, he has no culture of simulation, he is a British-trained player, Ferguson trained,” said Mourinho. “In some cases, the simulators are given more protection and those who are honest are often the losers. I’m not a hypocrite if I say that they hit Cristiano very hard and that the yellow cards do not arrive or are slow in coming.”

Funny thing about all this is that while Mourihno was the coach of the Rent Boys (Chelsea) he often criticised Ronaldo. Jose Mourihno once insulted Ronaldo when he was still a young kid at United by talking about his lower classed background and poor education.

Ruud: Manchester United Was My Club

“It was harder to leave Manchester United,” said Ruud. “That was my club, like PSV and Den Bosch. Real Madrid was different. I had a tremendous time there and a warm relationship with the fans, but Real is more business like. I had a reason to go and they had a reason to allow me. That’s all good. With Manchester, I had that thing with Sir Alex Ferguson and that hurt. That was emotional. For him too, I suppose. I didn’t have that emotional layer with Real. But I look back at my period there with great joy and pride and some of my best mates were there. I count Guti, Raul and Casillas as good friends and playing with Beckham is always a thrill.”

I’m not surprised that he has said this because at United you can enjoy your football but at Madrid you always have to be grade a or the fans will quickly turn on you. The fans at United always treat their players with respect once they are fully loyal to the club. Ruud Van Nistelrooy is a legend at the club and will always be respected there