9
Aug

Cristiano Ronaldo is so over doing regular push-ups

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Ronaldo with Irina. Are we sure they’re not just wax figures? (Image: Getty)

When you’re Cristiano Ronaldo, nothing about your life is normal. He dates a super model, plays for one of the biggest clubs in the world, makes way too much money and has magical hair gel that keeps his locks perfect at all times.

So why would his push-ups be normal?

Clearly, he is bored with the regular form of this exercise and decided to add a little extra challenge to it, because he’s Cristiano Ronaldo. He even gets back up like he’s super-human.

Come on, dude, stop making your teammates look bad.

(H/T The Score)

1
Aug

Another line of work: Real Madrid players try to play American football

Things that Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and the rest of Real Madrid are good at:

  • Shooting soccer balls
  • Passing soccer balls
  • Heading soccer balls
  • Running a lot

Unfortunately for the team, only one of those skills translates to American football, and it showed when they took the field in Michigan:

Not only did the boys toss the pigskin around a bit, they tried their hands at a few plays as well. It certainly wasn’t the prettiest athletic endeavor we’ve ever seen, but they look like they’re having a blast.

It’s the effort that counts, fellas.

30
May

Cinderella-esque Spanish team buys Barcelona’s unused confetti

When Barcelona took on Atletico Madrid in the final La Liga match of the 2013-14 season, they bought red and blue confetti to prepare for a potential league win. As we all know now, they in fact lost the league to Atletico, so all that celebratory paper was going to go to waste. 

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The 2013-14 team picture for Eibar. (Twitter: @sd_eibar)

In comes Eibar, a Spanish team that has won two promotions in two years, and clinched promotion from the Segunda Division to La Liga next season. However, because of recently introduced financial regulations, the club cannot be promoted unless they raise 1.7 million euros by August 6. Ouch.

They’ve done everything possible to help hit this number, including selling individual shares online for 50 euros. But the small-town club still have a ways to go, so they’ve taken all possible cost-cutting measures to help with the fundraising, including purchasing Barcelona’s unused confetti at a deep discount:

imageEibar’s colors just so happen to be the same as Barca’s (Image: Getty).

The confetti would’ve gone bad — apparently, it lumps together when unused — so Barca was happy to unload it for a small fee.

Good luck in your quest for promotion, Eibar. We’re rooting for you.

(Via abc.es)

26
May

Luka Modric cuts his flowing locks after winning Champions League

Aside from starring in Real Madrid’s midfield, Luka Modric is perhaps best known for his bouncing, flowing locks. He’s been rocking the “long hair, don’t care” look for as long as we can remember, and it suits him quite well:

imageModric in 2006, hair still intact. (Image: Getty)

But no one realized just how much his hair ‘made’ his look until he went and chopped it all off!

No. Just, no Luka. This was a mistake. Take it back. Take it back!

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Yes, that is a grown adult next to Arbeloa. (Image: Modric’s Facebook)

What in the world led Modric to undergo this appalling transformation?

Apparently, the Croatia star had promised Real teammate Arvalo Arbeloa that he would get a new hairstyle if they won the Champions League. He didn’t wait long to make good on that promise, chopping his hair off the day after Real won the coveted trophy.

You would think that the man who also cuts Cristiano Ronaldo’s hair could’ve given Modric a better look! Let’s just hope his hair grows quickly.

24
May

Trecker’s Travels: Spanish football takes spotlight in Lisbon

LISBON —

The winds have been blowing hard into Lisbon this week, whipping off the river Tagus and through the winding alleys of Chiado. It’s added a wrinkle to Saturday’s big match as the memories of the last big blow through here remains fresh.

This February, big hunks of the roof of the Estadio da Luz plummeted to the turf before the Lisbon derby, glass and padding shattering on the surface below. Portugal was lucky: the incident happened in advance of the game, so no one was hurt, but the debris continued to cascade down, causing some angst among UEFA officials. Happily, the damage was repaired, the game went on, and here we are.

No one expects a repeat of that here on Saturday, but it’s a bit apt considering that the winds of change are sweeping through the game.

This is Spain’s time. Regardless of who wins on Saturday night, Spain will hold four of the five major trophies in the world sport. (The final one, the Copa America, they not eligible for). Sevilla upset Benfica ten days ago in the Europa League; Spain are also the defending European and World Cup champions. A Madrid team will hold the European Cup on Saturday. The only blemish on this recent run, if you can call it that, is the national team’s second-place finish at the distinctly second-tier Confederations Cup. This moment, right here, could stand as a capstone for a remarkable era in world football, a period of dominance not seen since West Germany’s reign over world football in 1975 (Only one trophy in 1975, the now-defunct Cup Winner’s Cup, was outside of German hands).

The Spanish fans who packed the Metro this afternoon to overflowing are rightfully giddy, even if their presence has been met with some chagrin. There is no statue of Neptune here, but the fans have been clambering up anything stone in Rossio Square, with scarves and flags since the sun came up, and Real fans have simply taken over two whole plazas in a sort of Occupy Lisbon movement. You cannot walk on the platform at Marques de Pombal without tripping over a red and white flag. And good luck getting a seat at any café in Chiado as they’re all taken by guys in orange, purple or white. Benfica’s treble? Forgot by all but A Bola, the local sports paper that somewhat grudgingly gave space to the final on their cover on Saturday (Yesterday’s cover? A take-out on Jan Oblak, Benfica’s goalkeeper).

It’s a friendly crowd as well, with packs passing each other on the streets or the trams, trading cheers and tuneless songs — but without a shred of menace. Some of that is due to the historic achievement gap between these two, but some of it has to be the fact that this is Spain’s time in the sun.

How long this lasts is open to debate. Atletico have been overachievers in the extreme, low-cost Davids who have ejected a series of clubs backed by sugar daddies and petrodollars. Real Madrid and Barcelona have money to burn, but the latter is on the slide and seems to be entering a rebuilding period. And Spain, while a favorite in Brazil, are not the favorites to win the whole thing.

Fans of Spanish football should enjoy it while it lasts.

23
May

Diego Costa looks like he may start in the Champions League final after all

After pulling out of Atletico Madrid’s final La Liga match last weekend with a knee injury, it wasn’t looking good for Diego Costa heading into the Champions League final. 

Apparently, his health has taken a sharp turn in the right direction over the last six days.

His hamstring doesn’t look like it’s troubling him at all, does it?

Even more video emerged from Costa training with Atletico on Friday, and it now seems entirely possible that he could start against Real on Saturday (live on FOX at 2 p.m. ET).

That magical horse placenta is quite the miracle worker, huh?

(H/T r/soccer)

19
May

Barcelona shut out of La Liga Best XI

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Trivia question: When was the last time Lionel Messi was excluded from La Liga’s official ‘Team of the Year?’ Better question: When’s the last time nobody from Barcelona made the Best XI?

Well, since the Liga Nacional de Futbol Profesional (LFP) only introduced that distinction in 2008, the answer to both questions would be ‘never.’ Until now.

Yup, this season the LFP have shut out Barca completely. Even stranger, only one Real Madrid player made the team: Cristiano Ronaldo. In place of the usual pack of players from the two La Liga behemoths? A whole gang of Atletico Madrid stars; seven of the eleven come from this year’s champions, while two Athletic Bilbao players also made the cut. Here’s the full squad:

GK:  Thibaut Courtois, Atletico Madrid

DEF: Luis Filipe, Atletico Madrid; Diego Godin, Atletico Madrid; Aymeric Laporte, Athletic Bilbao; Juanfran, Atletico Madrid.

MID: Koke, Atletico Madrid; Ander Iturraspe, Athletic Bilbao; Gabi, Atletico Madrid; Ivan Rakitic, Sevilla.

FWD: Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid; Diego Costa, Atletico Madrid

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Weird, isn’t it?

Images: Best XI (LFP) & Messi (Reuters)


19
May

Cristiano Ronaldo strips down to his birthday suit for Vogue

There is no doubt that Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best footballers this world has ever seen.

He also happens to be rather good-looking, and have a near-perfect physique (might have something to do with being a professional athlete. Maybe). So it’s not a surprise that Spanish Vogue had him and his stunning model girlfriend, Irina Shayk, on the cover of their magazine wearing very, very, very little.

There’s not much more to say other than “wow.” We wonder how his teammates feel about the shoot — and kind of hope they tease him endlessly for it.

And in case you want even more of this world power couple, there’s behind-the-scenes footage from their Vogue shoot.

18
May

Spanish brothel promised free prostitutes if Atletico won La Liga?

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Promises are promises. Then there’s this.

Atletico Madrid capped off one of the most memorable La Liga title races in recent memory after rallying to win their first Spanish Primera Division crown in 18 years. Los Colchoneros, 100/1 underdogs before the start of the 2013-14 season, needed only a draw against defending champion Barcelona at the Camp Nou to make history.

And that’s exactly what Atletico accomplished on Saturday, and that’s where the story gets interesting.

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