Cristiano Ronaldo and teammate Gareth Bale each scored high-light reel headers to help their club, Real Madrid, defeat their opponent, Elche, for a 5-1 win in La Liga football action. Besides the impressive header, Ronaldo scored three other goals in the match to complete his 25th hat trick for his club and continue his blistering pace to the beginning of a successful league season and a great first part of the year. Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League title, their record 10th, against Atletico Madrid in May, they won the UEFA Super Cup, which pits the winner of the UEFA Champions League title against the UEFA European Champion, match against Sevilla FC in August; with Ronaldo scoring the only two goals in that contest, and they have set a torrid pace for scoring goals this season by the vast array of talent that has been assembled by Manager Carlos Ancelotti. Ronaldo has scored 12 goals in the early season of La Liga, Champions League and country appearances; and he has scored a total of 39 goals in the calendar year of 2014. With this pace, Ronaldo is guaranteeing that he will win his 2nd Ballon d’Or.
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.
Real Madrid, the world renowned Spanish Soccer franchise, has made significant changes to it’s lineup for the 2013-2014 season. Fan favorites, Gonzalo Higuain has been sent to play for Italian League Serie A, SSC Napoli, Kaka was granted his wish to play for AC Milan, of Serie A. Raul Albiol will play alongside Higuain, for SSC Napoli, and gifted passer, Mesut Ozil has gone to play for Arsenal of the English Premiere League for a 44 million dollar transfer fee. Real Madrid’s biggest acquisition was former Tottenham Hotspur’s Left Winger, Gareth Bale, for a record 135 million dollar transfer fee. Bale, who had an outstanding season for Tottenham last season, played alongside his new teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo, against Villareal, on Saturday, September 15, 2013, and both gifted strikers scored a goal each, as both teams played to a 2-2 tie. Giving Madristas everywhere a prediction for the clubs immediate future.
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 FC Barcelona, won the Ballon D’Or for the fourth consecutive year in a row, as the European Footballer of the Year. He also has won the award, which is translated as “the golden ball”, a record four times! No other player has won the award four times. The closest being three times. Messi, who also plays for his native national team, Argetina, scored 12 goals for his nation, and 91 total goals in the calendar year of 2012. No other footballer has scored that many goals in a year. The 25 year old Messi is not only characterized by his superb football skills, but his modesty and humbleness have endeared him not only to his club and country, but to average fans of soccer as well. Cristiano Ronaldo, of Real Madrid fame, who walso on the award in 2008, came in second in voting.
Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the old stadium that propelled him to international stardom next year, as his current team, Real Madrid, will meet his former team, Manchester United, in the Round of 16 of the Champions League. The first match will be at the home of the Madristas’, The Bernebeu, on February 13th. On March 5th, Ronaldo will play at Old Trafford, in England. Ronaldo, while playing for the Red Devils, helped United to win 3 Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups, and two appearances in the Champions League Final, winning one and losing the other. Ronaldo also won a Ballon D’or and World Player of the Year while playing for Manchester United.
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.
Andy Reid is the Head Coach of the Philadelphia Eagles Professional American Footall team. He is entering his 14th year as coach of the Eagles as the team begins it’s 80th year as a football franchise. Reid has compliled an impressive record of 126 wins against only 81 losses and 1 tie. During his tenure, he has guided the Eagles to 11 winning seasons, 8 division titles, 5 NFC Championship Game appearances, 1 NFC Conference title, and 1 Super Bowl appearance. He and his team are embarking on a season where a Super Bowl win is the only viable goal that they can have. He has amassed a talented squad of players who can easily win in the National Football League, as long as they all play within themselves and help each other in the process. Reid has shown in the past several years, that he can let go of his minor quirks and idiosyncrasies for the betterment of his squad. He must allow his Quarterback, Michael Vick, to call his own plays at the line of scrimmage and to play within his talents. Reid also has to play a more creative version of traditional football where the running back and tight ends play a more significant role in every game. If Reid can let go of some of his bad habits, become a more efficient field general, and allow his players to play to their individual skill sets, then the Eagles can finally join their division rivals, as Super Bowl Champions.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the Captain of the Portugal National Soccer Team, has literally placed the team on his back and lead them into the semi-finals of the European Soccer Championship Series. On Thursday, Ronaldo’s header in the 79th minute was all the goals that were needed to allow his team to beat the Czech Republic. His team played solid defense in the waning minutes to secure the win. On Sunday, Ronaldo scored two goals, the first in the 28th minute and the game winner in the 74th minute to lead his team to a victory over the Netherlands’ National Team, which propelled Portugal into the quarterfinals. Ronaldo has silenced his harshest critics who have deemed him petulant and ineffective when he plays for his country’s National Team. He has displayed a positive enthusiasm and his football skills are undeniable as he moves effortlessly across the pitch. Portugal will face the winner of the France vs Spain match next week.
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.