Real Madrid v Atletico
Real Madrid v Atletico
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.
When it comes to legends games, it’s clear that many of the old timers are simply nowhere near their playing shape, often making for slow-paced games that don’t make for a necessarily good watch. That’s why you wonder how come they don’t play more of these futsal games. With less room to run and a bigger focus on tricks, it’s the perfect setting for legends to entertain and fans to recall their greatness.
Just check out the highlights of this futsal “Clasico” held in Kuwait between past Barcelona and Real Madrid greats. There’s Juliano Belletti fooling Madrid keeper Bodo Illgner not once, but twice, from long distance; then there’s Luis Figo busting out the skill moves at the 7:22 mark, and plenty in between.
Apparently, Michael Owen and (surprisingly) Illgner were the only ones out of the bunch still hip enough to know what Twitter is. Luckily, they provided some commentary and pictures for the rest of the world.
Didn’t think I’d be wearing this kit again in an El Classico. pic.twitter.com/WgIKaGqE8i— michael owen (@themichaelowen)
— michael owen (@themichaelowen)
Baia, Mendieta, Zambrotta, Belletti y Kluivert para el Barca. pic.twitter.com/aXY601l4VS— Bodo Illgner (@Bodo_Illgner)
Here we are mixing it with our old rivals pic.twitter.com/0jog1M45cK— michael owen (@themichaelowen)
In the end, Real Madrid’s legends came out on top, winning 9-5. Let’s hope that we see more of these futsal matches in the future.
Image by: M & Y News Agency Ltd (via The Sun)
There are few things you’d want to get in the way of less than a booming, signature free-kick from Cristiano Ronaldo. After all, FIFA ‘13 rates Ronaldo’s shot power at a whopping 94, and FIFA ratings never lie.
You could also just ask Charlie Silverwood, an 11-year-old Bournemouth fan. The young boy broke his wrist in two places after a Ronaldo rocket zoomed past the net and hit him in the stands during Real Madrid’s preseason opener against the promoted Championship side.
Charlie told The Sun:
It was very painful. I’ve told friends and they cannot believe it. Ronaldo is the world’s most expensive player — and he broke my arm. I could see the ball coming towards me. It curled past the post and was going to hit my face — so I had to block it with my hand. My dad was sat next to me and ducked out of the way so I took the full force.
Way to go, Dad!
Luckily, Charlie is a brave young man, and insisted on staying for the rest of the game before getting his arm put in a cast at a local hospital. And once his story leaked to local media, AFC Bournemouth helped ease the pain some by handing Charlie a signed Real Madrid jersey. Even though it’s probably four times too big, it’ll work for a nice show-and-tell story in school next year.
For video of CR7’s vicious kick, check out this recap:
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