Many strikers have a shelf or perhaps a cabinet to show off their hat-trick match ball collection. Cristiano Ronaldo needs a new house for his.
The former Manchester United superstar hit the 50th of his career on Sunday evening as Real Madrid defeated Girona 6-3 at the Bernabeu.
Ronaldo scored four of Real’s six goals to reach yet another personal landmark in an illustrious career that shows no sign of slowing down.
The 33-year-old now has 37 goals for Real Madrid this season and a grand total of 566 club goals during his career. When goals for Portugal are included, he has scored a pretty astonishing 645. Read more... (329 words, 1 image, estimated 1:19 mins reading time)
Real Madrid have reportedly reached an agreement in principle to sign Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski in the summer.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the Poland international has agreed personal terms on a two-year deal with Madrid after a series of meetings took place this month.
Madrid president Florentino Perez decided to make a move for the Bayern striker as he waits to see how the potential deal to sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain evolves.
Real have been chasing Lewandowski for some time and managed to fight off interest from Chelsea, PSG and Arsenal to speak to his representatives first, with the forward understood to be keen on moving to the Bernabeu. Read more... (286 words, 1 image, estimated 1:09 mins reading time)
Jurgen Klopp claimed Mohamed Salah would not like the comparison – but the Liverpool manager agrees the Egyptian bears similarities to Lionel Messi.
Liverpool forward Salah was likened to the Barcelona star as he struck four goals in 5-0 thrashing on Watford on Saturday.
Salah also created another goal for Roberto Firmino in a devastating display amid snow flurries and freezing conditions at Anfield.
Asked in his post-match press conference if Salah could be mentioned in the same sentence as five-time world player of the year Messi, Reds boss Klopp said: ‘I think Mo is on the way. Read more... (287 words, 1 image, estimated 1:09 mins reading time)
Manchester United will face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final as the two highest ranked sides left in the cup were drawn together.
Chelsea, who beat Leicester after extra time in the last quarter final just before the draw took place, will face Southampton.
The two games will take place at Wembley on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of April.
Spurs were drawn as the away side in their tie with United, meaning they will have the unusual experience of using the away dressing room at Wembley. The venue has been their temporary home stadium this season while White Hart Lane is redeveloped. Read more... (260 words, 1 image, estimated 1:02 mins reading time)
Manchester United are through to the FA Cup semi-final but Jose Mourinho has insisted he did not get the response he asked for after their shock Champions League exit against Sevilla earlier this week.
A sterling performance from Nemanja Matic helped United limp over the line on Saturday evening as they unconvincingly beat a spirited and resilient Brighton side 2-0 in the FA Cup quarter-final.
In an extraordinary rant after the game, Mourinho both singled out the Serbian for praise and slammed his side’s performance, saying Matic was ‘an island of personality surrounded by not water but lack of personality, lack of class and a lack of desire.’ Read more... (598 words, 1 image, estimated 2:24 mins reading time)
Lionel Messi has reached another huge landmark following a sublime goal against Atletico Madrid.
The Argentine maestro scored a superb free-kick in Barcelona’s top-of-the-table clash with Diego Simeone’s side to break the deadlock, and in doing so, clocked his 600th career goal.
539 of those strikes have come for Barcelona, with a further 61 coming for Argentina in 747 total games. His free-kick at the Nou Camp was his 32nd in all competitions in 2017/18.
During his spectacular goalscoring career, the Argentinian forward seems to love playing Sevilla the most, who he has scored 29 goals past. Read more... (334 words, 1 image, estimated 1:20 mins reading time)
World champions Germany’s match-up with France and the Netherlands was perhaps the highlight as the draw for the League Phase of the inaugural UEFA Nations League was made on Tuesday.
The first round of matches for the 2018-19 season will start in September. The format sees four leagues of A, B, C and D, split into four groups of three or four teams, and will hopefully replace the meaningless international friendlies which dot the calendar.
The Nations League, which has promotion and relegation, is designed to allow teams to play against those who are similarly ranked and will offer some who do not qualify for Euro 2020 via the normal route a path to the play-offs. Read more... (297 words, 1 image, estimated 1:11 mins reading time)
Antonio Conte attacked the new VAR system for a “big, big mistake” in not awarding Chelsea a penalty during their extraordinary FA Cup third-round replay victory over Norwich City.
The Chelsea manager even said that the decision not to award a spot-kick in extra time, when Willian was challenged by Norwich’s Timm Klose, could only have been taken by someone who “was not a referee” – referring to the VAR official at the Premier League’s television compound near Heathrow. In fact the video official was referee Mike Jones. Read more... (516 words, 1 image, estimated 2:04 mins reading time)
It’s a story that we have all gotten tired of reading. Five time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is upset with Real Madrid and wants to rejoin Manchester United.
Unfortunately for Ronaldo, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez might be willing to let him go, and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is not interested in bringing the soon to be 33-year-old back to Old Trafford.
According to AS, Ronaldo is upset that Lionel Messi has signed a bumper new deal while Florentino Perez hasn’t kept him promise to to upgrade to his contract after Real’s 4-1 Champions League final win over Juventus back in May. Read more... (417 words, 1 image, estimated 1:40 mins reading time)
In a sign that Arsenal will be taking a different approach to transfers going forward, the Gunners are reportedly closing in on a deal for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is expected to move to Dortmund also.
Arsene Wenger has had reservations about the striker in the past which have been reflected in his recent indiscipline, but Wenger is not making the decisions anymore. That job has fallen to the Gunners new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, who came from Dortmund.
Mislintat believes that Aubameyang will respond to a change in environment and that he can provide the goals that will be lacking once Alexis Sanchez departs for Manchester. Read more... (282 words, 1 image, estimated 1:08 mins reading time)