Jun 092016
 

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Real Madrid star man Cristiano Ronaldo dazzles in new Nike advert ahead of the 2016 Euros. The captain of Portugal football team has been known for been incredible in his ads for the sports company but this one is just too good to overlook.

At the beginning of the video, Ronaldo appears to beat an England player before dashing down the wing with the ball. Just before the ball goes out of play, he crosses it into the penalty area before stumbling right into the spectators. The clash with one of the spectators see him swap personalities with a young boy. In the next scene of the ad, Ronaldo wakes up in the boy’s place and the boy in his place. After a difficult time accepting their new status, they both go on to prove themselves on the pitch. Little by little, the real Ronaldo in the boy’s body begins to prove himself. Then he is given the opportunity to meet the his body on the pitch in the person of Ronaldo.

They clash on the pitch and their personalities switches back. This is just one of those fantastic ads from Nike that is a must see for all football fans. The ad also features Everton’s John Stones, Barkley, Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and about 13 other football stars. Fellow Portuguese Nuno Gomes was also featured in the ad.

Click on the link below to watch the full ad.

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Jun 022016
 

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Real Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo has surprised his fans by how he chose to ‘spend’ his Champions League bonus of nearly £500,000.

According to reports from Spain, the Portuguese footballer NEVER touched the money. Instead, he asked agent Jorge Mendes to give the huge haul to ‘the needy’.

Spanish journalist, Pipi Estrada revealed that, before last week’s final, the Real Madrid superstar “had spoken with (agent) Jorge Mendes and asked him to take charge of distributing the money to the needy”.

Three-time world player of the year Ronaldo sparked doubts over his fitness with a muted display in the showpiece against Atletico Madrid in Milan, although he fired the penalty shootout winner.

But any short-term criticism he receives might be overshadowed by the long-term good his donation of 600,000 Euros (£463,000) will do.

The Sun UK reports that “Last year Ronaldo, 31, was third on the Forbes rich list of sporting competitors, reportedly earning £34million from pay and bonuses PLUS £17m from endorsements.

“That total of £51m pipped the £47.5m reputedly accrued by Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

“But even their combined earnings were eclipsed by two boxing legends, Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao picking up £103m and American Floyd Mayweather £193m.”

Ronaldo has however insisted that none of that matters to him. He won three Premier League titles and the Champions League with United, before taking the Spanish crown and twice more Europe’s top domestic competition with Real.

Jun 012016
 

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European Champions Spain, scored six past Korea Republic in their last friendly before their kick off in this year’s competition. Spain made light of the match with the goal tally while Korea Republic were only able to pull one back late in the second half of the game.

Manchester City midfielder, David Silva opened the scoring for the Spaniards in the 30th minute of the game with a stunning free kick. just two minutes after, another Premier League midfielder, Cesc Fabregas doubled Spain’s lead. Celta Vigo star Nolito is beginning to cement his position in the team by showing his prowess in front of goal. He scored the third and fifth goal of the match. Juventus striker Alvaro Morata also got a double, his last coming in the 89th minute to round off the match.

Spain’s national team coach, Vincente Del Bosque made just four changes to the team that beat Bosnia 3-1 by including legendary goalkeeper Iker Casillas, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and Alvaro Morata. surely Alvaro Morata showed the coach what he could do in front of goal. at half time, spain also made four changes and this was to give some playing time to Jordi Alba, Thiago Alcantara, Sergio Busquets and Pedro.

Spain would be hoping to have this kind of performance in their opening game against Czech Republic in the Euro’s unlike what happened during the last World Cup in Brazil against Netherlands.

 

Oct 202015
 

bbc vs msnReal Madrid’s Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo who make up the clubs attacking trio known as “the BBC” together with Barcelona’s fearsome MSN which consist of Lionel Messi, Lius Suarez and Neymar Santos Jr would battle other players in world football for the FIFA Ballon D’Or. The 23 man shortlist which was announced by FIFA is dominated by Barcelona players and that of course is because of the team’s success last term. Exceptional players like Alexis Sanchez who has been a sensation since his move to arsenal also made the 23 man shortlist. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard also made the cut along side Manchester City stars; Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure.

Current holder Cristiano Ronaldo recently became Real Madrid’s all time highest goal scorer eclipsing club legend Raul Gonzalez. Lionel Messi led Barcelona to a treble last season and Alexis Sanchez was instrumental in winning a trophy each for his club Arsenal and Chile in the Copa America. the full 23 man shortlist is listed below;

Sergio Aguero (Argentina/Manchester City), Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/VfL Wolfsburg/Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden/Paris Saint-Germain), Andres Iniesta (Spain/FC Barcelona), Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Poland/FC Bayern Munich), Javier Mascherano (Argentina/FC Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona), Thomas Muller (Germany/FC Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Germany/FC Bayern Munich), Neymar (Brazil/FC Barcelona), Paul Pogba (France/Juventus), Ivan Rakitic (Croatia/FC Barcelona), Arjen Robben (Netherlands/FC Bayern Munich), James Rodriguez (Colombia/Real Madrid), Alexis Sanchez (Chile/Arsenal), Luis Suarez (Uruguay/FC Barcelona), Yaya Toure (Côte d’Ivoire/Manchester City), Arturo Vidal (Chile/Juventus/FC Bayern Munich).

 

Oct 082015
 

It doesn’t yet seem all over for Sepp Blatter, 79 year old FIFA president. Not too long ago, criminal charges were brought against him by the office of the Swiss Attorney General. Now, in addition to that, Blatter faces the risk of going on a 90 days ban from his FIFA presidency.

Blatter’s ban was recommended against him by the FIFA ethics committee. The reason for the ban was due to the criminal allegation brought against him by the Swiss Attorney General.

The allegations claim that Blatter had acted contrary to FIFA’s interest in a deal signed in 2005 granting TV rights to the Caribbean football agency, then headed by Jack Warner. The second allegation has to do with an accusation of a disloyal payment from Blatter to UEFA president and FIFA presidential hopeful, Michel Plattini.

Blatter has come out to deny all allegations. He also released a statement claiming that he hasn’t been contacted by the FIFA ethics committee in order to defend himself. The 90 day ban could be given in a decision on Thursday by Hans Joachim Eckert, the head of FIFA’s adjudicatory arm.

Michel Plattini also faces the risk of similar ban due to his receipt of the disloyal payment. Plattini defends himself by claiming that the payment was a valid one for work which was done by Plattini for Blatter over the years. If Plattini is given the ban it would seriously hamper his FIFA presidential bid.

Blatter, who won the his fifth tenure as FIFA president in May 29 decided to step down due to allegations of corruption against FIFA. He is planning to step down on 26 February but it seems that his handing over might be rocky.

Sep 252015
 

There has been a new twist in the scandal that rocked the football world in May. The Swiss Attorney General, Michael Lauber, has come out to indict Joseph Blatter, outgoing FIFA president, of criminal charges.

Blatter was accused by the Swiss Attorney General’s office of signing a contract in 2005 with the Caribbean football Association, then headed by Jack Warner. The contract is said to be a breach of fiduciary duties by the FIFA president.

This is due to the fact that the contract was one in which TV rights were sold to the Caribbean football association below the Market value.

The FIFA president is also charged with disloyally transferring to UEFA president Plattini, who is a FIFA presidential hopeful, the sum of 2 million swiss francs at the expense of FIFA. The funds were alleged to be for work done between the period of January 1999 and June 2002. The payment of the funds was in February 2011.

FIFA president, Joseph Blatter has since the whole saga started in May, avoided travelling to countries that have an extradition treaty with the United States Of America.

The investigation into the payment between Blatter and Warner is an offshoot of the investigation into the award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups by FIFA.

All this started in May when 7 FIFA executives were arrested at the lobby of the Baur au Lac hotel. This came as US prosecutors accused them along with 7 other FIFA officials of money laundering, racketeering and fraud. Of the 14 indicted, 13 have been arrested. 3 have been charged in US courtrooms while 10 are awaiting extradition.