Real Madrid v Galatasaray
Real Madrid v Galatasaray
What is it with soccer stars surprising their ladyfriends on TV and bringing them to tears?
Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos, who has never been afraid to showcase his harmonious side, came up with the great idea to surprise his girlfriend on national TV with a nice little ditty seen above.
Pilar Rubio, Ramos’ girlfriend and guest on the show “El Hormiguero,” couldn’t contain herself when Casanova himself came out crooning with guitar in hand.
The oldest celebrity trick in the book, but it works every time. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.
(h/t Dirty Tackle)
During Real Madrid’s Champions League match against Copenhagen on Wednesday, bruising defender Pepe, for once, found himself on the short end of an aerial collision. Suffering a huge gash over his right eye, Pepe was writhing in pain for several minutes before trainers came on to staple him back together.
You tend to have a little less sympathy when something like this happens to a guy who is notorious for dishing out horror tackles and general roughhousing. Still, you must commend Pepe for his toughness on this occasion.
Pepe later took to Twitter to thank his doctors and tell his fans he’s doing well:
Quero agradecer as mensagens de apoio e dizer que está tudo bem. Obrigado ao meu médico, fisioterapeuta e roupeiro. pic.twitter.com/hlt2tW8S0w— Pepe (@officialpepe)
According to the Daily Mail, Bale will pay landlord Kaka £10,000 ($16,000) per month to rent his mansion, which is valued at £6.5 million ($10.4 million). The two-story, four-bedroom house includes a gym, indoor pool, two utility rooms, several terraces and a six-car garage, a perfect space for stash all that cash.
Bale’s neighbors will include Real Madrid teammates Iker Casillas, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos. Cristiano Ronaldo also lives in the neighborhood, but he is reportedly trying to sell his $7 million mansion.
Hmm, wonder why.
Real Madrid beat La Liga new boys Elche on Wednesday under plenty of criticism, and by criticism we mean over a hundred outraged Elche fans reported Real to the national police for robbery:
Hemos recibido >120 menciones sobre fútbol en los últimos diez minutos… Recordad, tratamos de ayudaros sobre SEGURIDAD… :-)— Policía Nacional (@policia)
Translation: “We have received >120 mentions of football in the last ten minutes … Remember, we try to help you on SAFETY”
So, were Elche really robbed? You be the judge.
The newly promoted side scored a shock equalizer in the 89th minute to get on the verge of a major upset, but then Real Madrid was saved by the bell — or this case, the whistle of referee César Muñiz — as Madrid’s Pepe was awarded a highly questionable 91st minute penalty (which Ronaldo converted for the match-winner)
Watch as Pepe gets rewarded for literally taking down his opponent:
Sure looks like highway robbery, but to others, the conclusion of the match resembled more a slapstick comedy. Take Barcelona’s Gerard Pique, for example.
Viendo una película de humor por el Canal + Liga.. Siempre va bien a estas horas de la noche!— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique)
Countering the Barcelona man’s neg, however, Real’s Álvaro Arbeloa stuck with the comedy theme and took a stab at Barca’s tendency for similar theatrics:
Muy contentos con los 3 puntos! Me alegro de que algunos cambien el teatro por el cine, eso siempre esta bien! pic.twitter.com/a1HR3pri8G— Álvaro Arbeloa (@aarbeloa17)
Meaning: “Very happy with the 3 points! I’m glad that some change from theater to cinema, that is always good!”
Ahh yes, good ol’ rivalry banter. So, when’s the first Clasico?
Is the world’s most expensive footballer also the world’s fastest?
New Real Madrid star Gareth Bale insists he hasn’t yet reached his top fitness levels, but a radar gun tells a quite different story. According to Spanish TV station La Sexta, Bale was clocked sprinting at 40 kmh in last Sunday’s draw with Villarreal. That’s almost 25 mph, or just 2 mph behind Usain Bolt at his world record speed!
(H/T Daily Mail)
Entering Real Madrid’s Champions League opener, the storyline to watch was whether or not Gareth Bale would make his UCL debut for Los Blancos, and how he would fare. Bale eventually did, coming on as a second-half substitute. However, it was that other $100 million man who stole all the spotlight on Tuesday, as Cristiano Ronaldo — fresh off a new contract extension with Real — netted a hat trick to move past Thierry Henry for fourth place on the all-time Champions League scoring list.
Tied with Henry on 50 goals apiece to start the day, Ronaldo left the former Arsenal and Barcelona star behind him by scoring two goals in quick succession around the hour mark of the match. Both were as easy as they come for Ronaldo, who simply had to tap in on both occasions. To seal the hat trick, though, Ronaldo opened his box of tricks, making three Galatasaray defenders look like schoolboys with a few silky moves before going top shelf past keeper Fernando Muslera.
Just look at that last one again. And again. And a few more times:
Cristiano Ronaldo signed a new 5-year contract with Real Madrid on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu, effectively (hopefully?) ending the incessant rumors of CR7 rejoining Manchester United once and for all.
During his presser, Ronaldo was specifically asked about a return to Old Trafford at a future date, and the striker’s response was clear as day:
Ronaldo: “Manchester United is the past. This is my club, I am happy here… My goal was to play here maybe till the end of my career”— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague)
For the full story on Ronaldo’s new deal, click here.
$137 million man Gareth Bale didn’t waste any time trying to prove his worth to his new club, scoring on the very first shot he attempted as a member of Real Madrid.
It wasn’t a trademark Bale screamer reminiscent of his Tottenham days — good times, good times — but for the most expensive signing of all-time, any goal will do to quell early skepticism and disdain of the blockbuster deal. Here’s Bale’s goal, which at the time drew Real level 1-1 with Villareal:
It wasn’t a dream debut by any means — Bale’s pass accuracy was a lousy 64%, and Madrid did, after all, fail to grab three points — but at the end of the day, Bale’s contributions will first and foremost be measured in goals.
Whether or not he can match Cristiano Ronaldo’s mind-boggling run of scoring an average of one goal per game (as of Saturday, 203 goals in 203 matches for Real) remains to be seen, but so far, so good.
(Image: REUTERS/Heino Kalis)
Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20.
Southampton fans, you might want to look away.
When the Saints sold a relatively unknown teenager named Gareth Bale to Tottenham in 2007, there was a sell-on clause in his transfer that guaranteed Southampton a 25% stake in any future transfer fee for the Welsh player. After Real Madrid dished out a reported world record fee of $132 million, that would seem like fantastic news to Saints fans.
Unfortunately, just a year after selling Bale to Spurs, Southampton found themselves short on cash and chose to waive the clause in place for a lump sum of roughly $4 million plus a young goalkeeping prospect named Tommy Forecast (he’s never been heard from again). Not quite the estimated $33 million they would have netted this weekend.
Of course, nobody could’ve foreseen Bale to garner a world record transfer fee just five years after leaving St Mary’s, but just knowing this minor detail will be sure to cause Southampton fans some grief today!
(H/T The Mirror)