Real Madrid are set to host Barcelona in the first El Clasico of the season. This edition is made more prominent due to the gap between both sides. Madrid have a game in hand – since they were away due to the FIFA Club World Cup which they won – but they are 11 points behind their fierce rival. If Barca get victory, the La Liga title may be lost for Real as the season reaches halfway.
The estimated viewing figure for the game is around 650 million worldwide as the game is broadcast in 188 countries. The La Liga has prepared events in numerous countries like China, India, Japan, South Korea, Kenya etc. to attract thousands of fans. The fixture on Saturday, 23rd December means more fans would likely be available to see the game.
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Real Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane said that he is disappointed with Real’s defeat against Real Betis.
Indeed the champions were beaten at home 1-0, and Zidane said that he is frustrated with the result.
He said that his team played well, but unfortunately they could not manage to score goals. He said that his players tried their best, but the ball refused to go in. He said that there are times like this, but he is happy with the performance of the team. He believes that his players gave their best on the pitch and that they created enough chances to win the game, but unfortunately they could not manage to score a goal.
The French manager said that the complexion of the game would have changed if they had score one goal. However, he admitted that this is a poor run at the moment as they have managed only to score two points out of a possible nine at home. Continue reading Zidane disappointed with Real’s result
2016 was probably one of the best years of Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of football accomplishments as the Portuguese attacker lifted the Ballon d´Or as well as the La Liga and the UEFA Champions League pieces of silverware.
For decade, there has always been a debate involving Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as to who is the overall better player. There are some seasons when the Argentine star of Barcelona wins more competitions with his team but in 2016, it was C.Ronaldo who came out on top with more titles added to his collection.
During the 2016 summer transfer window, rumors began to spread around suggesting that Kylian Mbappe or another youngster would be signed by Real Madrid and eventually go on to replace C.Ronaldo but the Portuguese superstar has recently stated that he wants to continue adding more pieces of silverware to his collection.
At the age of 32, the star of Real Madrid has no desire of slowing down by any means as his intentions is to win more and from the looks of it, not leave the Spanish club anytime soon. Continue reading Cristiano Ronaldo has no intentions of slowing down
Real Madrid say they are in full support of their star player over tax evasion claims.
There are reports that the Portuguese star defrauded the tax authorities in Spain of £12.9 million. The regional state prosecutor is threatening to arraign the highest paid player in the world on four counts of tax fraud.
The player and his reps have denied such claims. Real Madrid have joined in to stand by the player as the media trial goes rife especially after his rival Lionel Messi was found guilty of the same offence.
“Real Madrid CF shows their full confidence in our player Cristiano Ronaldo, who we understand has acted in accordance with the legality regarding compliance with their tax obligations. Cristiano Ronaldo has always shown since his arrival at Real Madrid CF, in July 2009, a clear will to fulfil all his tax obligations,” the statement from the club read.
The club adds that it is “absolutely convinced” that the player would prove his innocence. The club says it hopes justice would be meted out quickly so his innocence is proven. Continue reading MADRID SUPPORT RONALDO OVER TAX EVASION CLAIMS
ZinedineZidane took over Real Madrid as the head coach of the Spanish club on January of 2016 and so far, the French manager has been doing an extremely impressive job at the helm as he has led his squad to a Champions League, a UEFA Super Cup and a FIFA Club World Cup title.
This was achieved during his debut season as the head coach which is a remarkable feat to accomplish as there are many highly rated managers with very talented teams that aren’t able to lift the UEFA Champions League at all and ZinedineZidane was able to do this in his first season.
Despite the memorable and historic seasons that Zidane has been going through with Real Madrid, the French manager has recently stated that he does not know what will happen once his contract ends with the Spanish club which expires in 2018. Continue reading Zinedine Zidane is uncertain about his Real Madrid future
For the longest of time, Real Madrid has been linked with various highly-rated goal-keepers including the likes of: ThibautCourtois and David de Gea, those 2 players are the ones that have been most consistently rumored to join Real Madrid and David de Gea was even on the verge of becoming a player of the Spanish club but the transfer ultimately crashed due to some documents not being delivered to FIFA in time or at least this is what it’s believed to be why David de Gea’s transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid could not be completed.
In the absence of David de Gea, the Costa Rican shot-stopper KeylorNavas has proved his worth and demonstrated that he can stand his own and be the undisputed main shot-stopper of Real Madrid and after helping the Spanish club in their milestone of not losing for 40 straight games.
Real Madrid surpassed the record that Barcelona had of 39 games being unbeaten by reaching the 40 games mark and KeylorNavas played a huge role in this achievement. Continue reading Real Madrid are slowly fading away from their goal-keeper targets
Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has refused to rule out a move to Spanish giant Real Madrid.
The player has even revealed a link to his family, fuelling speculation that a move could happen next summer. The African star added that he would not be very disappointed if the move does not finally happen.
“Real has a close connection with my family. The media is doing too much. It’s a childhood dream. But, as I always said, I play at Dortmund and I’m glad to be here and it’s really good for me.
“And I don’t even know if Madrid really wants me. If Real comes one day, then that’s good. Otherwise, life goes on. This is not a problem,” Aubameyang reportedly told beIN Sports.
Also, the player confirmed that French giant Paris St Germain have been in contact with him. Continue reading AUBAMEYANG REVEALS MADRID’S CONNECTION WITH FAMILY
Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale said that the team would have to improve in both attack and defence after their disappointing result against Legia Warsaw in a Group F Champions League encounter.
The forward scored the match opener in the first minute and Karim Benzema got the second. Madrid seemed set for maximum points. Madrid had thumped the side 5-1 earlier in Spain, and Borussia Dortmund had defeated the same side 6-0. However, the Polish side scored three goals to make it 3-2.
Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, Miroslav Radovic and Thibault Moulin were the players that recorded their names on the goal sheet. Mateo Kovacic got the equalizer for the Spanish side; else, it would have been a bad result for Madrid.
“We need to be better defensively, and more clinical with the chances we create,” Bale said. “We just need to learn from the mistakes we made. We must take the positives, learn from this and be stronger from it,” Bale said to BeIn Sports after the game.
The home team did not have their fans cheering them to victory as incidents involving the team’s ultras ensured their prohibition. Just the fans of the La Liga side were on the pitch, and it was a small contingent.
“It was a strange game, especially with the stadium. That’s no excuse, though. We’re not happy with the result, we need to learn from this and bounce back stronger,” Bale added.
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Zinedine Zidane says that he is calm about the injury crisis currently affecting the Real Madrid team.
The recent injuries to Marcelo and Casemiro mean that the Madrid are going through a crisis at the back. Centre back Pepe has also been out for a considerable amount of time. He suffered the injury while playing against Espanyol. Casemiro may be out for a considerable amount of time after having fractured his fibula. Marcelo is suffering from calf muscle strain and is unlikely to make it to the game this weekend.
The injury situation is especially difficult for Zidane considering that he had just now welcomed Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale back into the first-team. Both players were involved in the final of the Euro 2016 and were not involved in pre-season due to injuries and tiredness. Despite the issues, Madrid have made a great start to the campaign after dropping only two points in the opening five games. This coupled with Barcelona’s shock losses mean that Madrid have emerged as early leaders in the La Liga title race. Zidane managed to win the Champions League title in his first season at the club, but he faces the biggest objective of reclaiming the league title from the hands of Barcelona.
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Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who was injured in the final of the Euro 2016, has returned to training with his club Real Madrid ahead of the start of the new campaign.
Ronaldo played in the final against host France after seeing off their Welsh opposition in the semi final stage. The three-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner was roughly tackled by Dimitri Payet, and he picked up a knock on his knee/thigh. He stayed out through the game but returned at the start of the extra time and supported the team to glory.
The injury was believed could take as much as eight weeks for the 31-year old player to return to full action. However, the player was pictured in the training camp of Real Madrid just a month out from the injury, meaning he was ahead of the schedule. He was welcomed by his club and country team mate Pepe at Ciudad Real Madrid on the outskirts of the country capital. He wasn’t in action when Madrid narrowly piped 3-2 Sevilla to the UEFA Super cup title on Tuesday. Sevilla were almost crowned European Champions being that they were Europa League winners after trouncing Liverpool last term, but a late goal from Sergio Ramos pushed the game beyond regular time where Dani Carvajal scored a stunning solo effort.
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