Category: ronaldo

Messi and Ronaldo find different ways to continue playing in the World Cup

Messi and Ronaldo both found a way to advance into the knockout stage of the World Cup. Both captaining Argentina and Portugal to finish second in their group. One captain stepped up to push his team forward while the other faltered. Ronaldo The reigning European champions stumbled their way to a 1-1 draw against Iran. Portugal had possession 73 percent of the time in the match but struggled to create chances. Fernando Santos’ team plays better when they can defend deep and hit their opponent on the counterattack. In the 45th minute though, a nice back heel from midfielder Adrien ... Read more

Zidane confident Ronaldo will recover for Champions League final

Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane believes Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit to play for Real Madrid in the Champions League final.  Zidane also said on Tuesday that Mohamed Salah deserves great credit for Liverpool’s surprise run in Europe but insisted the match in Kiev will not be a contest of the Egyptian against Ronaldo.  Ronaldo was forced off at half-time of Sunday’s Clasico between Real and Barcelona, which ended 2-2 at the Camp Nou, and Zidane has confirmed the Portuguese sprained his ankle.  There were fears the injury could affect Ronaldo’s chances of facing Liverpool on May 26 but Zidane ... Read more

Buffon rages as Ronaldo’s late penalty puts Real into semi-finals

Madrid (Spain) (AFP) – Gianluigi Buffon’s Champions League career looks likely to end in a red mist of rage after Cristiano Ronaldo’s late penalty on Wednesday rescued Real Madrid from a pulsating Juventus comeback.  Buffon’s anger earned him a red card from English referee Michael Oliver, moments before Ronaldo slammed a 97th-minute penalty into the top corner to send Real into the semi-finals.  Oliver’s decision was not as poor as Buffon claimed. Mehdi Benatia’s challenge on Lucas Vazquez had been clumsy, from behind and a desperate attempt to stop the Spaniard finishing from five yards.  But Juve had made the ... Read more

Last-gasp Ronaldo penalty takes Real into Champions League semis

Madrid (Spain) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo smashed home a penalty in the seventh minute of stoppage time to take Real Madrid through to the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday, despite a 3-1 defeat on the night to Juventus after a remarkable comeback attempt by the Italians. Juve had produced a stunning performance at the Santiago Bernabeu, Mario Mandzukic’s brace and a Blaise Matuidi goal putting them 3-0 up in little over an hour, levelling the tie on aggregate after Real’s 3-0 victory in Italy last week. But as extra time loomed, English referee Michael Oliver awarded a penalty for a ... Read more

Ronaldo dismisses Juve protests as Real survive Champions League scare

Madrid (Spain) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo insists Juventus should have no complaints about the dramatic late penalty he scored to send Real Madrid into the Champions League semi-finals. Ronaldo held his nerve at the Santiago Bernabeu to score and seal a 4-3 aggregate triumph for Real after Juve had staged a sensational comeback to lead 3-0 on Wednesday and draw the tie level. Mario Mandzukic headed home twice in the first half before Blaise Matuidi capitalised on an error from Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas to keep the Italians’ dream alive.  But English referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot in the ... Read more

Ronaldo rescues Real Madrid after sensational Juventus comeback

Madrid (Spain) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo rescued Real Madrid from a shock Champions League exit as his injury-time penalty allowed the holders to edge out Juventus in the most dramatic of quarter-finals on Wednesday, taking them through despite a 3-1 defeat.  Real had looked certain to make the last four following last week’s 3-0 first-leg victory in Turin, but Juve staged a sensational comeback in the return at the Santiago Bernabeu.  Mario Mandzukic’s two first-half headers kept the dream alive before Blaise Matuidi capitalised on a Keylor Navas error to pull the Italians level with half an hour left.  But, ... Read more

Ronaldo vs. Cristiano Ronaldo: A battle of soccer stars

Two players, one name, but who is best? Ronaldo and Cristiano Ronaldo might share the same name, but we thought we’d sit down and calculate which one is the king. Calculate? Yes, we are comparing hard facts here, let’s see who will emerge victorious from a battle of numbers. On the one hand, Ronaldo’s professional soccer career spanned 18 years and during that time he played for a variety of clubs, including the mighty Real Madrid. As well as playing upfront for some of the top clubs in the world, Ronaldo also represented his country, Brazil, 98 times and collected ... Read more

More Questions Remain Than Answers at Fort Lauderdale Strikers

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League made a splash on Wednesday by unveiling Brazilian legend Ronaldo as a part-owner and potential player. The Strikers got an international and national publicity bump out of the announcement. Ronaldo himself was well-spoken and thoughtful in his responses to the assembled media. But underlying problems exist in Fort Lauderdale. The NASL in the last few years has gone from being a rag-tag minor league of sorts to a serious professional competition. Teams have upgraded ownership, player quality has become better, the staffs of the clubs have become more professional and the ... Read more