Head coach of Spanish giant; Real Madrid Zinedine Zidane says fans will have to wait till Tuesday for the club’s talisman in Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema are in the Real Madrid squad for Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg at Manchester City but both players are in doubt.

Last week, Zidane said: “We did the scans and he has nothing serious, but he cannot play tomorrow. Then we will see about Tuesday.

“I hope it’s nothing and he can play on Tuesday but right now I can’t tell you.”

French forward, Benzema limped off before half-time against Rayo with an apparent hamstring problem but the player is expected to partake in the game as Madrid hope to extend their 10 Champions League titles.

Real Madrid defender, Dani Carvajal, returns to the Champions League squad after being rested against Rayo.

Ronaldo appears to be winning the fitness battle ahead of the encounter and hopes to be full fit before the game. The player has only failed to start two club matches since February last year and will represent the major threat to City on Tuesday.

However, former Barcelona and Arsenal striker Thierry Henry says City cannot just focus on Ronaldo should he start.

“It amazes me that some people still question if he is one of the all-time greats. The guy is a phenomenon. Read more THIERRY HENRY: CITY CAN’T JUST FOCUS ON CRISTIANO RONALDO

C.Ronaldowantshis son to followhislegacy

At the age of 31, Cristiano Ronaldo is not the same young and explosive player that he used to be some time ago. The Portuguese star continues to break records and score goals on a consistent basis but he is reaching a point in his career when it’s time to start thinking about what his plans are after stepping down from the playing ground.

C.Ronaldo has already stated he is planning to continue playing at a high level for 4 or 5 more years which means that the Portuguese attacker still has plenty of time to achieve his goal of scoring at least 500 more goals before hanging up his boots.

Earlier in September of 2015, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 500th career goaland it was at that point when he revealed his intentions to score at least 500 more before retiring. C.Ronaldo also revealed details concerning his life after having retired and C.Ronaldo stated that he wants to ‘’live like a king’’ and not turn into a coach or have any big role in the world of football as the Portuguese just wants to settle down with his family and relax by having an ordinary life.

EventhoughC.Ronaldowants to stepawayfrom the world of football afterretiring and hedoes not wantto play such a big role in the sport, the star of Real Madrid seems to be destined in having a close relationship with football even after having retired as the Portuguese player has recently talked about his son as he stated that  Cristiano Jnr is good enough to be a professional football player and he wants his son tobecome a footballer. Read more C.Ronaldowantshis son to followhislegacy

Robin Van Persie put an end to all the rumours

Robin Van Persie put an end to all the rumours of his transfer from Fenerbahce by saying that he is fully dedicated to the Turkish club.

The reports suggested that the Chelsea management had got in touch with the Dutchman to try and land him in London.

But, according to Van Persie, there hasn’t been any offer from any club.

When Van Persie had made the move from Old Trafford to Fenerbahce, he was believed to be going to find himself as the top guy over there straightaway, but, it has not proved to be the case.

He has not started as frequently as he would have expected himself to and in whatever playing time he has had, he has only been ordinary to say the least.

A solitary strike in 7 matches in the Turkish League is not something that is expected from the player of that calibre.

So, considering his situation at Fenerbahce, it was thought that he would be willing to accept Chelsea’s offer as well if it indeed had been made to him.

But, all the talks were dismissed by the striker in an interview yesterday. Read more Robin Van Persie put an end to all the rumours

Manuel Pellegrini will stay in charge of Manchester City for the next season

This season was one to forget for Manuel Pellegrini and Manchester City as the team failed on winning any major trophy but despite not being able to lift any pieces of silverware, it seems like the Chilean manager will continue coaching the Premier League club.

It’s believed that Manuel Pellegrini has already met with the chairman of Manchester City, Khaldoon al-Mubarak and everything seemed to be in order.

Pellegrini had to travel over to Canada in order to plan out Manchester City’s post-season tour and also spent some time with the chairman who flew in from Abu Dhabi as he attended the final match of the season which was played against Southampton at their home turf at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola was one of the managers who was consistently being linked with the coaching role at Manchester City but the Spanish tactician has not shown any signs of leaving Bayern Munich.

Even with all the rumors that are linking Carlo Ancelotti, Jurgen Klopp and other top notch managers with Manchester City, Manuel Pellegrini says that he is confident about how this season ended and the Chilean manager has no doubt about his future. Read more Manuel Pellegrini will stay in charge of Manchester City for the next season

Luis Suarez has taken a swipe at his Real Madrid

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has taken a swipe at his Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo by saying that the Portuguese is not at the same level he has been for the last few years.

Ronaldo is leading the race to become the top goal scorer in Spain. He is ahead of second placed Lionel Messi by a couple of goals. His recent hat-trick against Espanyol in the 4-1 victory has been a major turning point in the race for the Golden Boot award. However, Messi is likely to end up with much more trophies than Ronaldo after the Argentine has already completed the league title with Barcelona.

Madrid, on the other hand, will be only left with the likes of the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup that they won at the start and the middle of the season. At 30 years of age, Ronaldo is at the wrong end of his career and Suarez has only accelerated his perceived decline by suggesting that the Portuguese has lost a lot of magic in recent times. Ronaldo has won the last two FIFA world Player of the Year titles, but he is still behind Messi. The Argentine holds the all-time record after having won this title four times. Read more Luis Suarez has taken a swipe at his Real Madrid

Alvaro Arbeloa has claimed that it is wrong to doubt the professionalism of Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa has claimed that it is wrong to doubt the professionalism of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been one of the best players in the world over the last five years.

Since the turn of 2015, Ronaldo has encountered a slump in form by his standards. After averaging more than a goal per game in the first half of the season, Ronaldo has been struggling for consistency. He did maintain his impressive record in the El Clasico by scoring against Barcelona recently, but it did not prevent Madrid from losing 2-1 against their arch rivals.

Ronaldo has certainly not helped himself with visible signs of unhappiness when his teammates take advantage of his misses to get a goal for themselves. However, Arbeloa has compared Ronaldo with Real Madrid legend Alfredo di Stefano as being the most important aspects in the club’s history. Speculation has been intense that Madrid may be willing to discuss offers for Ronaldo in the summer. The likes of Paris St Germain and Manchester City may be the only clubs that can afford the 30-year-old, but the possibility of him rejoining Manchester United has also been mentioned. Ronaldo has scored 40 goals and created 13 in 33 appearances this season. Read more Alvaro Arbeloa has claimed that it is wrong to doubt the professionalism of Cristiano Ronaldo

Carlo Ancelotti not concerned after bad form of Ronaldo

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti states that he is not concerned about the dip in form suffered by Cristiano Ronaldo over the last few weeks. Just over a month ago, the Portuguese superstar held in 12 goal advantage over Lionel Messi in the la Liga goalscoring charts.

This advantage has been reduced to just two due to a combination of Ronaldo going on a barren form and Messi on an unstoppable run. Ronaldo has missed two matches during this period due to suspension. Since his return in the 4-0 thrashing against Atletico Madrid, he has not scored in back-to-back matches.

As a result, the spotlight is on the 30-year-old ahead of the Champions League knockout match against Schalke. The German club will be warned enough about the Portuguese, who performs extremely well when he is often questioned. The form shown by Ronaldo appears to have translated to Real Madrid as well. The Spanish club had a strong advantage in the la Liga race going into the winter break, but now the lead has been cut to just one point after 23 matches. Ancelotti is keen to rediscover the winning feeling starting with the European encounter. Schalke’s recent poor run of form will give Real Madrid a lot of confidence. Read more Carlo Ancelotti not concerned after bad form of Ronaldo