Cristiano Ronaldo has just won the FIFA Ballon d’Or, as the world’s best soccer player for the year 2013. The award was given in Zurich, Switzerland at a football extravganza. Ronaldo, who is a member of La Liga’s Real Madrid, won his first Ballon d’Or in 2008 as a member of the English Premiere League’s, Manchester United. Ronaldo scored a scintillating 69 goals in 2013 between Madrid and his Portugal National Team. He dominated world class teams and players with his numerous hat tricks against other La Liga teams and in international play. The Ballon D’Or voting, which is conducted by national team captains and coaches as well as journalist in each FIFA country, was very close despite Ronaldo’s exceptional year. Ronaldo received 1365 votes, Lionel Messi received 1205 votes and Franck Ribery received 1127 votes. Ronaldo’s win broke a string of four consecutive ballon d’or’s for Messi. In fact, Ronaldo’s 2008 and 2013 awards bookend Messi’s, but with his 2014 pace, Ronaldo is prepping himself for another great year and run for the Portuguese superstar.
UEFA Champions League play began on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, and three of the games greatest stars displayed their unequivocal skills as they each led their club to opening game victories. The superb Cristiano Ronald led his club, Real Madrid, to a 6-1 victory over Galatasaray Sports Club, a Turkish soccer club. Ronaldo scored three goals(a hat trick) as he his club scored at will upon the helpless Galatarasay members. Ronaldo’s 54 total goals in Champions League play, places him 5th among all players. On the other side of the world, a rejuvenated Wayne Rooney scored two goals and assisted as he deftly led his team to a 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen. The two goals were Rooney’s 199th and 200th of his career with his club, Manchester United of the English Premiere Laegue. Lionel Messi, of FC Barcelona observed the aforementioned, and on Wednesday, he scored his own hat trick, 3 goals, against Ajax, to lead his team to a decisive 4-0 victory. Messi’s goals give him 62 goals in Champions League history, which is 2nd place all-time to the 71 that Raul has placed on the leaderboard. It was also the first time ever, that any player has scored 4 separate hat tricks in Champions League history. The year is off to a rousing start.
Real Madrid beat their arch-rival, FC Barcelona, for the 2nd time in five games, this afternoon 2-1, on an herculean header by Sergio Ramos. Ramos scored his game winning goal in the 82nd minute by out-leaping and out-jumping Barca player, Gerard Pique, to put a goal past the keeper, Victor Valdes, for the deciding goal. The El Classico starting in fine fashion as Karim Benzema scored the first goal for Madrid in the 6th minute of the match. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi tied the game in the 18th minute with his 50th goal of the season and his third consecutive season of 50 or more goals. Defending Spanish League Champion Real Madrid’s(17-5-4) win over Barcelona pulled them within 13 points of La Liga-leading Barcelona(22-2-2). Bernabeu favorite, Cristiano Ronaldo, did not start the match against Barca, but his manager, Jose Mourinho, inserted him in the 57th minute and as always, he exhibited his quintesential football excellence for his club. The next El Clasico will be on March 12th, hosted by Barca.
Lionel Messi, of Football Club Barcelona, scored his 300th and 301st goal of his career, as he helped his club defeat, Rayo Villacano, 5-0, to take a commanding 3-point lead in La Liga standings. Msr. Messi continues to dominate Spanish football with his soccer wizardry on the pitch. He deftly defies conventional wisdom as his prowess is only matched by one other footballer. His humble spirit and deadly stike make him a fan-favorite and his keen eye and cat-like reflexes make him a nightmare for keepers who’s careers are made if they are able to stop him…which rarely happens.
Cristiano Ronaldo and his team, Real Madrid, celebrate the team’s 32nd league championship, as they closed out the last three fixtures of their season with wins. Real Madrid beat the best of La Liga, including the 2011 UEFA Champions and rival, FC Barcelona to firmly claim the title as the best Spanish League Football team. Real Madrid scored a record 121 goals in the season and Ronaldo scored 46 goals to lead his team to 100 points in the season. Although the team lost its bid to reach the 2012 UEFA Championship, they are poised to make another dynamic run next season.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning goal, on Saturday, April 21, 2012, to lead his team, Real Madrid to a 2-1 victory over their hated Spanish League rival, FC Barcelona, to earn a 7-point lead and hopefully secure themselves the Spanish League Soccer Title. All year, Real Madrid has played second fiddle to Barcelona as they have continued to play awesome soccer against all other clubs but have suffered epic fails against the European League Champions. But on Saturday, Real Madrid played excellent football and despite giving up an equalizing goal to Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez, Cristiano Ronaldo showed why is truly is the best footballer in the world, as he put his team ahead for good with a masterful goal. Real Madrid have four games left in La Liga and if they continue their lead over Barca, then they will win their first La Liga title in four long years.
Spanish League Football Player, Cristiano Ronaldo, scored three goals and helped his team, Real Madrid, take first place after beating Malaga Club Football, 4-0. Ronaldo’s three goals were all scored within fifteen minutes of the match and he validated once again that he is the best footballer in the world. Real Madrid now occupies first place in a division that includes UEFA World Soccer Champion, Barcelona Football Club, who won the title last season. With a record of 6-1-1 and 19 points, Real Madrid sits comfortably atop the division in the early part of this season.