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.

31
Jul

Men’s Health declares Cristiano Ronaldo “Fittest Man Alive”

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That’s a lot of muscle and not a lot of fat. (Image: @MadridSportsES)

Cristiano Ronaldo is shirtless again — we know, we know, you’re shocked — and this time it’s on the cover of Men’s Health magazine’s September issue. They’ve declared him the Fittest Man Alive, and really, when you break down the numbers (or just use your eyeballs) it’s hard to argue otherwise.

Just a few nuggets from his spread in the fitness magazine:

-Ronaldo runs more than six miles per game
-His body fat is in the low single digits (well, duh)
-In a typical game, he sprints 33 times at a top speed of about 21 mph
-He can kick that ball at 80 mph (surprised he hasn’t broken a net yet)

Okay, we get it Cristiano. YOU’RE IN SHAPE. Can you stop showing off now? The rest of us are feeling self-conscious.

Here’s a look behind the scenes of his cover shoot, in case you want to feel even worse about your own physique:

30
Jul

Going crazy! Pitch invaders run wild at end of Real Madrid-Roma match

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Not one, not two, not three.

Not four, not five.

Not six.

We literally lost track how many pitch invaders interrupted the end of the Real Madrid vs. Roma match on Tuesday night at the International Champions Cup, but we do know this: One is already too many.

The preseason tournament has had at least one pitch invader in seemingly every game thus far, but things really got out of hand in Dallas:

Security staffers, don’t quit your day jobs.

Photo provided by Getty Images.

24
Jul

Carmelo Anthony visits Real Madrid training, shows off solid juggling skills

While Real Madrid were at the campus at UCLA preparing for the International Champions Cup this week, NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony stopped by a training session.

Melo juggled a ball around (with some surprising skill, actually!), took a few headers and had a turn in goal before a photo session with players:

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What stood out most in the video, though, was just how simply towering the 6-foot-8 Anthony is. Anthony’s sheer size makes the defending European champions look like a youth squad.

Given the United States men’s national team’s recent exit from the World Cup, the mind can’t help but wonder how awesome it’d be to have athletes of Carmelo’s caliber roaming around the field.

With that height and a 30+ inch vertical leap, it’d be seemingly impossible for him not to score! Or, perhaps his massive wingspan would be better served in between the posts.

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With a little practice, maybe he’d be willing to serve in a Tim Krul-like role for the national team. Good luck trying to slot a penalty past that!

Then again, Anthony just inked a contract with the New York Knicks worth upward of $122 million. We’ll continue to dream on!

Images from Real Madrid’s Facebook page.

24
Jul

Head-scratcher: What has Pepe done to his hair?

No, seriously, we want to know. What has Pepe done to his hair?

The summer can be a bit boring for some footballers, but certainly there’s a better way than THAT to spice things up.

His hair looks like a bare tree!

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Maybe it’s a defensive technique, since someone could poke an eye out going up for a header against him.

What makes matters worse is he’s currently in California for the International Champions Cup. If this becomes the next American fad hairstyle, we’re calling it quits. Bring back the Bieber … anything!

Hopefully Pepe lost a bet, and this coiffure nightmare is all just a joke that will soon disappear. 

(h/t Dirty Tackle)

23
Jul

Cristiano Ronaldo joins Japanese TV show, hilarity ensues

Cristiano Ronaldo is about as straight-laced as professional athletes get. His work ethic is the stuff of legend, and rarely is he seen goofing off when there are trophies to be won.

So, popping the Portuguese star on a zany Japanese TV show was a recipe for awesomeness. Right from the start the Real Madrid talisman appears uncomfortable, with fog machines, crazy lights and a mob of fans that seem just a bit too close.

Of course, Ronaldo is then given a bouquet of flowers with which he has no idea what to do with, and a life-size photo of him shirtless and flexing is subsequently walked out onto the stage.

The highlight of the entire spectacle comes at the 2:25 mark in the video, where one of the hosts tries out the “facial fitness” product Ronaldo has brought around. It’s tremendous to watch by itself, but even better in GIF form:

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CR7’s reaction says it all. Hilarious!

(h/t 101GG)

22
Jul

James Rodriguez signs 6-year deal with Real Madrid

Colombia’s World Cup hero James Rodriguez cashed in on his summer exploits, signing a lucrative six-year deal with the reigning Champions League winners.

The transfer fee has not been released, but reports suggest Madrid paid in the region of 80 million euros ($108 million) for Rodriguez, which would make him the fourth most expensive transfer of all time after Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.

Yes, Real Madrid will now field three of the four most expensive players EVER in the same squad. Talk about your ultimate fantasy all-star team…

7
Jul

Football world reacts to death of Alfredo Di Stefano

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Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano passed away Monday afternoon at the age of 88, after having suffered a heart attack on Saturday prior to the Albiceleste’s World Cup quarterfinal victory over Belgium.

The legendary striker shot Real Madrid to their first five European Cup titles from 1956-1960, becoming the first and only player to score in five successive finals.

Upon hearing the news, players and teams from across the globe took to Twitter to share their grief: