Cristiano Ronaldo takes a spin in McLaren supercar with Jenson Button

Of all the “untouchable” players during the transfer window, Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo had to be among the top of the list.

So, with the transfer deadline on Monday, what’s a guy to do on one of football’s busiest days? Ronaldo spent his time with one of the world’s premier Formula One drivers, Jenson Button.

The Portuguese star hopped in a pair of McLaren supercars with Button, taking a ride around the circuit and doing a few donuts, all the while receiving instruction on how to drive the vehicle.

Ronaldo was admittedly a bit tense during the lesson, saying, “He tried to teach me some stuff, but he was going so fast I didn’t take a lot of attention because I was like in the pressure to hold everything so strong.”

The “lesser” of the supercars, the McLaren 650S, boasts over 600 horsepower, while the McLaren P1 (or “bad boy” as Button calls it), cranks out over 700 horsepower.


Even a guy that looks like that couldn’t help but blush at all that raw power.

(h/t Bleacher Report, Image: Getty)


How not to do Social Media: Leeds United fans aren’t too happy with their club’s Twitter account

A little more than an hour remained on Deadline Day when Leeds United’s Twitter account sent out a tweet teasing their fans that more deals were set to be done by the club.

The Championship club got their fans all worked up, expecting some new additions to a squad hoping to secure a much higher finish than the previous season.

The first deal to come through saw Leeds striker Matt Smith complete a move to Fulham. Not exactly what the Elland Road faithful were hoping for. But there had to be at least one inbound player, right? RIGHT?

Nope. Two minutes before the transfer window closed, Leeds announced another departure. Well, maybe a post-deadline announcement was imminent?

Wrong again.

We can’t repeat them here, but the responses to Leeds’ final tweet give you a colorful picture of how the fans feel about staying up for an extra hour or so just to see two players sold. Not many will ever trust the @LUFC account again.


Chelsea fans duped into talking about transfer prospects that actually don’t exist

Andrew Ryan from Manchester United YouTube channel “Full Time Devils” stopped a handful of gullible Chelsea fans outside of Stamford Bridge and put their knowledge of the Blues’ transfer dealings to the test. The results will make you want to smash your head against the desk. Or simply laugh your tail off.

Ryan asked fans for their opinions on some of the club’s rumored January transfer targets, but here’s the twist: none of the players actually exist!

Playing right into the prankster’s hands, the clueless fans happily offered their scouting reports on the likes of Liam Ying (an anagram of “I am lying”), Lugi Bull (“gullible”), and Win Nowt (“win nothing”).

Oh, what fans will do to prove their footy intelligence, especially once the cameras are on.


Moyes keeping tabs on Porto defender Mangala

Manchester United manager David Moyes has Porto’s formidable Frenchman Eliaquim Mangala on his transfer wish-list, according to the British tabloids. The Man U boss went as far as to personally take in a Porto vs. Atletico Madrid game on Wednesday. Click here for this and more gossip from the UK press.


Manchester United look to move Anderson out


Manchester United sit in ninth position in the Premier League so far this season. David Moyes will be keen to strengthen in the transfer market, with midfield being a key area he wants to improve. Today’s newspapers report that Anderson - who has failed to make an impact in his time at United - will be moved out by Moyes to make room for reinforcements. The midfielder’s former club Porto are thought to be keen on his services.

For this rumor and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.


Wenger could make Benteke move

Arsene Wenger yesterday moved to distance himself from rumors he is set to buy a striker in January. The Arsenal boss thinks they have enough firepower with Theo Walcott not far from a return.

However, if today’s newspapers are to be believed then Wenger is set for a swoop for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. The forward looked set to leave in the summer before signing a new long-term contract. It could take a sizable sum to tempt Villa to part with their star striker.

For this rumor and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.


Fascinating video demonstrates explosion of transfer market

It takes just 60 seconds (or 63 if you’re a stickler and count the intro) to fully realize just how global — and expensive — soccer has become.

This incredible video takes 113 years of player transfers and puts them in one easily digestible timeline.

If set to music, this video would start its crescendo right around the mid-90s, as the transfer market continues to explode. Take just 10 years in either direction on the timeline from 1995.

In 1985-86, there were 283 players from 62 countries that transferred for a total of €2.89 million. A decade later, those numbers jump to 1,151 players, 97 countries and €195.15 million. In 2005-06, 6,739 players from 147 countries transferred for a whopping €1,005.96 million.

From there, the numbers only continue to grow. It really is amazing how sweeping the game is. And for those that want to continue to explore, the makers of this video, Eyeseedata.com, have a bevy of interactive maps to play around with.

So long, productivity!

(h/t KCKRS)


Chelsea to renew Rooney interest

Wayne Rooney has been in fantastic form this season for Manchester United. He was on the scoresheet again yesterday, as the Red Devils came from behind to defeat Stoke City in the Premier League. Rooney was the subject of constant speculation in the summer transfer window - Jose Mourinho a known admirer. In today’s newspapers it seems Chelsea boss Mourinho will again bid for the England international in January.

For this rumor and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.


Real Madrid continue Suarez pursuit

Luis Suarez was linked with a host of clubs during the summer transfer window and it seems the January window will follow a similar trend. The Liverpool striker has returned to the team in blistering form and continues to draw Spanish admirers. In today’s newspapers, Real Madrid are said to be chasing the Uruguayan ace in a £45 million winter raid.

For this rumor and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.


Tottenham target Milan superstar

Tottenham are set to continue their huge spending spree when the transfer window re-opens in January. Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid has sparked a splashing of the cash on players such as Spanish striker Roberto Soldado. In today’s newspapers, Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy is the latest face to be linked with a move to White Hart Lane. He would certainly be a high-profile arrival.

For this rumor and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.