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Mariano Rajoy, the Prime Minister of Spain, backed Portugal and Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo for Ballon d’Or trophy. The Spanish Prime Minister, who is a staunch supporter of Real Madrid, stated that the 28 year old Portugal captain deserved the award. However, he also praised Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.
According to reports, Mariano Rajoy said the public radio hat he is a Real Madrid supporter and he has always been one. If he had to cast a vote, he would have voted for Ronaldo. Not just that, he told that Ronaldo is coming out as the favorite player to snatch Ballon d’Or this year.
On Tuesday, Ronaldo scored season’s his 5th hat-trick as they defeated Sweden to guarantee a place in the Brazil World Cup next year. The Spanish leader told that he scored 3 goals in Sweden. And according to him, he is in impressive form. He is a footballer who gives everything on the ground, someone who makes an allout effort.
The Portuguese’s chances to get Ballon dOr appeared to rise further when the world football governing body FIFA announced a 2 week extension to voting deadline. The date now goes to 29th November, suggesting a weak turnout, and letting participants to alter ballots already cast.
On the other hand, Catalan papers, which back Barcelona, criticized FIFA decision. The decision by FIFA came as Ronaldo goes top form and Messi being sidelined for 8 weeks with an injured hamstring muscle.
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Real Madrid will be taking on the newly promoted Elche on Wednesday night without the world’s most expensive player in the ranks. The club are already chasing champions Barcelona in the league table after having dropped two points. Barcelona have started the new season with six victories on the bounce. Hence, there is a lot of pressure on Madrid before they take on Elche, who could prove to be a surprise package of the season. Even though they are bottom of the table with no victories so far, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti believes that they should not be taken lightly.
Even more important for Madrid is the fact that they will be playing against their local rivals Atletico Madrid during the weekend, and they need to be in top form before they take on the second placed team in the division. Atletico Madrid also have a perfect start to the new season, and as a result, are currently second in the table. They are also two points ahead of their local rivals. Hence, Madrid do need to win the match not only to maintain the bragging rights, but also to leapfrog into the second position.
Ancelotti said that Bale will not be part of the Elche match, but he could be fit for the weekend.
“It will not be easy. Every match, before the game you have to stay focused, stay concentrated. Of course we have to consider that we have more quality but if we don’t use the same motivation, the same character of the opposing team, it will be difficult. Bale trained apart from the rest of the squad and I think he will be ready for Saturday no problem. He won’t be available tomorrow but we have time to train with him to prepare him well for Saturday,” said Ancelotti.
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Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil has said that the arrival of new manager Carlo Ancelotti will be changing the style of play at the club. Real Madrid recently brought in the former Chelsea manager as the replacement for José Mourinho, who left the club after three years in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu. During this time, Mourinho embarked on a different style of football that has left some Real Madrid fans bewildered. Unlike in the past, Real Madrid played a counter-attacking style of football that depended greatly on the pace and skills of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ozil has revealed that Real Madrid will be playing different under Ancelotti, who is now going to place more emphasis on ball retention and speed of passing. Ancelotti is a well respected manager after he has won league titles in three different countries. He has also lifted the Champions league title as a player and as a manager. He is expected to use Ozil in the middle of the park rather than in the wings as José Mourinho. The German international has revealed that he is more comfortable than just behind the striker rather than on the wings.
Madrid have strengthened substantially over the summer in order to reclaim the league title that they lost to Barcelona last season.
“The right wing is not my favourite position, I prefer to play in the hole. However, my relationship with the coach is very good. We’re training well and are very happy. Ancelotti knows how he wants to play, and his ideas are clear. He also has the right players for this system. He wants to play differently to Mourinho and our game will be more about speed and keeping the ball,” said the 24-year-old midfielder. After the departure of Higuain, Ozil is expected to play a key role in the team.