Spanish giants Real Madrid unveiled Colombian sensation James Rodriguez at the Santiago Bernabeu after agreeing a deal with AS Monaco for the player believed to be in the region for £ 60 million, making him the fifth highest transfer in all time history.
Rodriguez was a revelation at the recently concluded World Cup as he led the Colombian side, lacking their star striker Radamel Falcao, to the quarter finals, scoring six goals in the process and winning the Golden Boot as the highest goal scorer in the tournament. Continue reading →
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has rejected suggestions that the knee injury suffered by star Cristiano Ronaldo in the 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund could be a serious one. Ronaldo has been a virtual ever present player for Madrid in the last few years, as he has suffered very few injuries. This is due to a combination of looking after himself extremely well and also his motivation to be the best player in the world. He is looking to become the record goalscorer in the Champions League, but that did not come in the win over at Dortmund.
The Spanish outfit were looking to get revenge on the German club for their defeat in the semi-final stage last season. The first leg of the quarter-finals was at the Santiago Bernabeu and Madrid managed to put one foot in the semifinals after a 3-0 win. Even though Ronaldo did not score in this encounter, he had a huge influence nonetheless. The big disappointment for Madrid came later in the match after Ronaldo limped off with what appeared to be a serious injury. Ancelotti has cooled such rumours by saying that the superstar came off as a precaution.
Madrid need the services of Ronaldo if they are to topple both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in the league title race.
“It’s a slight knee problem and I’m not worried about it. If the niggle, which at the moment is not a worry, continues we can rest him, but the player is relaxed. I took him off 10 minutes before the end and there is no reason to worry. He [Isco] had a great match, he defended and won balls. He also demonstrated his attacking ability with a goal. He had a fantastic game, really helping his team and demonstrating that he has that passion,” said Ancelotti.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the highest goalscorer in Portugal’s history after scoring two more in the 5-1 win over Cameroon. This was a friendly match that gave manager Paulo Bento the opportunity to test some of the players. However, Ronaldo was at his usual best after he scored two more goals to reach 49 goals in just 110 appearances for the national team. This is more than any other player has achieved in Portugal’s history. After achieving this landmark, the Real Madrid superstar said that records come to him naturally as he has broken several in the last decade.
Former PSG striker Pauleta held the previous record by scoring 47 in 88 matches for the national team. Ronaldo recently won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the second time in his career. He says that he is not going onto the pitch with the sole motivation of breaking records. However, his dedication, effort, and the quality of the national team means that he was going to break the record at one time or the other. Ronaldo is very close to breaking the record of Portugal legend Luis Figo’s appearance record of 127 senior caps.
It was a comfortable win for Portugal, who have qualified for the World Cup 2014 through the play-offs after beating Sweden. Ronaldo was once again the star of the show by scoring all four goals in the 4-2 aggregate win.
“I do not look to beat records. This happens naturally, with a lot of effort, dedication, with the excellent national team we have, a good coach. I knew that sooner or later it was going to happen,” said Ronaldo. The 28-year-old has already scored more than 35 goals in just 34 appearances for Real Madrid this season. He is top of the goal scoring charts in Spain.