On the back of Real Madrid’s third successive Champions League title, Cristiano Ronaldo has created a storm around his future with claims he could leave the Bernabeu.
Following the 3-1 win against Liverpool in Kiev, Ronaldo hinted that he was thinking about a future away from Madrid despite having just claimed his fifth Champions League, and fourth with Los Blancos.
Given the opportunity to put those rumours to bed, Ronaldo only added fuel to the fire as he claimed it was not about money or glory.
When asked what the issue was, Ronaldo told Marca: ‘[It] comes from afar. Money is not the problem.’ Read more... (333 words, 1 image, estimated 1:20 mins reading time)
Gareth Bale broke Liverpool’s hearts with a stunning substitute performance crowned with a goal out of the ordinary – then effectively issued a ‘come and get me’ plea.
But Liverpool were left to rue a series of extraordinary events in their 3-1 defeat that started with Mohamed Salah suffering a potential shoulder dislocation in the first half and Loris Karius making two mistakes that came in for ferocious criticism.
Karius was inconsolable after he gifted Real Madrid their first goal when throwing a ball into Karim Benzema in the 50th minute. He then allowed a fierce shot from Bale to slither through his fingers in the 83rd minute to give the Madrid their third consecutive success in the Champions League. Read more... (564 words, 1 image, estimated 2:15 mins reading time)
It was a European Cup that will long live in the memories of those in attendance and the hundreds of millions who watched around the world. It will be a cup final forever linked with Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, whose two costly mistakes handed the best team in the world the Champions League.
It will be a cup final forever linked with Real Madrid striker Gareth Bale. Dropped from the starting line-up, he came on to win the game with a goal so good it might be the best ever goal scored in a cup final. Read more... (333 words, 1 image, estimated 1:20 mins reading time)
Are we gear up for this summer’s World Cup in Russia, one the favorites are Brazil, and it looks like Brazil coach Tite is thinking of an attacking trip of Willian, Neymar and Gabriel Jesus in what might be the best attacking force in world football.
Willian played with the two star strikers for about an hour in the first training with footballs at the Granja Comary ground in Teresopolis, outside Rio de Janeiro during a recent training session.
If Willian is brought in to the team, Tite could remove midfielder Renato Augusto from the starting lineup, put Philippe Coutinho in his place, and open a gap for Willian. Read more... (296 words, 1 image, estimated 1:11 mins reading time)
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has claimed Unai Emery was the stand-out candidate in a search that saw them interview EIGHT managers for the job.
Emery has the unenviable task of replacing long-serving Frenchman Arsene Wenger, but Gazidis is confident they have the right man for the job.
He told a press conference: ‘We had some clear criteria we were looking for. We wanted progessive, entertaining football.
‘A personality to fit Arsenal values and a reputation for developing players. And also through cultural demands, demanding more from them. Read more... (256 words, 1 image, estimated 1:01 mins reading time)
Quite a coup for Napoli as they have hired Carlo Ancelotti to replace Maurizio Sarri, who led Napoli to two second-place and one third-place finish during his three seasons in charge, as their new manager
‘SSC Napoli is delighted to announce that an agreement has been reached with Carlo Ancelotti for him to become the head coach of the first team for three seasons starting in 2018-19,’ the club said in a statement on its website.
Ancelotti, who is back managing in Italy for the first time since leaving Milan in 2009, says he is coming to Napoli with “the aim to conquer the Scudetto 28 years later” at “one of the greatest teams in Italy.” Read more... (494 words, 1 image, estimated 1:59 mins reading time)
Atletico Madrid have offered Antoine Griezmann around €10 million more than Barcelona in a last-ditch bid to keep him at the club.
The 27-year-old France international meets up with his French team-mates on Wednesday with his future still — publicly at least — undecided.
Barcelona are sure a deal that has been in place since the tail-end of last year will still go through. But while there is silence from Griezmann they are nervous about a similar situation which happened last summer, when they believed they had signed Marco Verratti from PSG only for him to stay in France. Read more... (343 words, 1 image, estimated 1:22 mins reading time)
In Kiev on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp has a chance to secure his legacy at Anfield by delivering the club’s sixth European Cup.
This is a different Liverpool team. If those built by Bob Paisley and others in the 1970s and 1980s were a mixture of fire and ice, Klopp’s side head to Ukraine like a blazing bonfire.
But what binds the eras is a sense of unwavering certainty that Liverpool’s way is the right way and, perhaps, the only way that can work for them. Read more... (632 words, 1 image, estimated 2:32 mins reading time)
Arsenal were supposed to announce this week that former captain Mikel Arteta had been hired to replace Arsene Wenger. It was a move that was supposed to show continuity in Arsene way. Similar approach. Similar style.
But then Arteta said that £50m was not enough to make Arsenal a top four contender and that he wanted a bigger transfer kitty and control of how that kitty was spent.
Arsenal said no and instead quickly moved quickly to secure a deal to bring former Seville and PSG coach Unai Emery to the Emirates. Emery is expected to sign a three year deal worth around £5million a year. Read more... (276 words, 1 image, estimated 1:06 mins reading time)
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has been talking to the press ahead of next weekend’s Champions League Final. Here are some of the highlights from the interview.
On how it feels to win the UEFA Champions League
When the referee blows up, maybe you do have a bit more time to think about the lonely life you lead as a footballer – with so many trips and hotel stays, you spend so much time without your family and children. So it reminds you of the people who are around, who were around and whom you now miss. You’re reminded of the sacrifice and hard work you put in as a footballer to reach that special moment. In my case, I’m honoured to be captain and I’m reminded of all those things because everything has served a purpose and helped me bring out the best in myself on such occasions. Read more... (397 words, 1 image, estimated 1:35 mins reading time)