Real Madrid’s most expensive signing Gareth Bale has praised his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo by saying that he is one of the best in the world. Ronaldo recently scored his 23rd hat-trick of the Real Madrid career in the 5-1 win over Real Sociedad. The Portuguese superstar has been a spectacular scoring spree Madrid in £ 80 million deal, which was only recently eclipsed by Bale. He holds numerous records after becoming the fastest Real Madrid player to score goals at various levels. He is a major favourite to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the first time since 2008.
He has not won this award since moving to Madrid, but the recent injury to Lionel Messi may mean that he will go ahead of the Argentine in terms of the rankings. After struggling a lot with injury and fitness during the early part of his Real Madrid career, Gareth Bale is finally starting to come good. He has created and scored numerous goals in the last few matches. The former Tottenham star has said that fitness was the major problem he faced during the initial matches, but now that he is close to 100%, fans are starting to see what he can do.
The rivalry between Ronaldo and Bale has been talked up amongst the media.
“When you play with the best player in the world, it does make life easier. And to be playing with him and the rest of the team is massive for me and I’m enjoying every minute of it. It was obviously a little bit of a slow start, with not having a pre-season and getting a few nagging injuries, but that’s out of the way now and I feel I’ve settled in very well. Everybody at the club has been very helpful, the players have been great with me,” said Bale.
New Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino opened his career at the camp Nou with a 7-0 victory over Levante during the weekend. This was one of the biggest victories for Barcelona, while it was the biggest victory in the la Liga since 1955. Barcelona appeared to be back to their best after a season under Tito Vilanova were the performances were criticised on occasions. This was because Vilanova was largely absent from the dugout due to his cancer treatment, while the tactics of the team also changed substantially from the successful years of Guardiola.
Martino has once again brought the high pressing game to Barcelona and it worked wonders in the opening match of the la Liga season. Barcelona were expected to win the match as the current champions. They were playing ahead of Real Madrid in the kick-off, which also gave them a huge incentive to open a lead straightaway. Lionel Messi was once again on the scoresheet, as he scored twice. The likes of Pedro, Dani Alves, Alexis Sanchez, and Xavi were all on the scoresheet. After the match, manager Martino said that he was extremely pleased with the performance and it was something that he did not expect.
He is hoping to maintain this performance throughout the end of the season.
“The game surpassed all my expectations. The concepts that we’ve talked about with the players, which aren’t new things but ones that’ve been stored away, we’ve returned to do. Our central-playing midfielders went deep, we switched up direct play with build-up play, these are good signs despite the fact that we’ve just started. One of the aspects we’ve insisted on the most is pressure. I’m very satisfied,” said Martino.
Real Madrid also managed to win their match, but it was a hardfought victory compared to the brilliance of Barcelona.
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has said that the club should convince the striker Luis Suarez to stay at Anfield by all means possible. The striker has been linked with a move away from Anfield throughout the summer with Real Madrid being touted as his next destination. However, the constant speculation has also allowed the likes of Arsenal to enter into the race for the striker.
Arsenal’s £ 30 million bid for the 26-year-old was recently rejected by Liverpool. Even though Suarez initially wanted to leave Liverpool due to his problems with the English FA and media, it is now believed that he is willing to move to an English club as well.
Suarez has recently stated that progression in football is more important to him and this was the reason behind him moving to Liverpool from Ajax in 2011. However, he has seen Liverpool failed to qualify for the Champions league in four attempts. The club has been finishing outside the top six in the last two seasons, which is also a source of concern to Suarez. Despite his problems with Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, the English club have emerged as one of the contenders for his signature.
Chelsea have won numerous trophies including the Champions League in the last decade.
“I don’t think anyone will be against him at this point. He only needs to do what he did last season and everyone will feel he’s in the right place and he should carry on getting the support that he deserves and gets from Liverpool. We’d love to see Luis put on a Liverpool shirt for this season and beyond and we hope that once he gets back things will settle down. It’s our job to convince Luis that this is the right place to achieve those things,” said Ayre.
Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has said that David Moyes has a relatively easy job on his hands because Sir Alex Ferguson is leaving him one of the greatest teams in the history of the club. Ferguson is widely regarded as one of the best managers in the world. During his 26 years at Manchester United, he has constructed various teams that have won trophies including the Champions League titles. Neville was one of the players who became one of the best under Ferguson. He is currently working as a pundit with Sky Sports.
According to Neville, Ferguson has built at least four great teams in the past. After managing to secure the signing of Robin van Persie, United have been unstoppable in the league this season. They managed to win the 20th league title in their history, which was also the 13th under Sir Alex Ferguson. Moyes will be replacing Ferguson at the end of the season. The Scot has a great history of overachieving with Everton in the last decade. He has managed to get Everton to even European football – considering their limited budget – in the last 11 years in charge of the club.
He has also managed to bring through several youngsters from the academy as well.
“When you’re at Manchester United and you’ve had a manager who has built four great teams – ’94, ’99, 2008 and you can now argue this one that has won the league – people are always going to compare teams. That is a challenge in itself and ultimately the players and David Moyes will need to respond to that. It won’t be a bed of roses – there will be ups and downs as there always is and there has been over the last 26 or so years,” said Neville in a recent interview.