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CRISTIANO RONALDO TO LEAVE REAL MADRID | WELCOME NEYMAR

Cristiano Ronaldo is on his way out of Real Madrid, or at least there are signals that indicate that these times around the “smoke signals” are correct. Latest news doing the Sports & Football media rounds is that Premier League giant Manchester United may be the next Club destination for Ronaldo next season. The return of the “prodigal son” is a possibility as commented in the past by Cristiano Ronaldo himself: a “retirement objective”. There is definitely strong evidence that a move at the end of the season is a strong & very real possibility.

Will leave Real Madrid

The main reason, at least publicly, is that Cristiano Ronaldo feels that Real Madrid has not “lived up” to there promise to lift his economic rewards (salary) to the level of Lionel Messi or Neymar. The Portuguese star believes firmly that he has won all the big titles, helping directly Real Madrid be Nº1, while individually winning the important “FIFA The Best” & “Golden Ball” back to back. This makes Ronaldo technically the “Best Football Player in World Football” now earning around 24-25M€ per year, while Neymar earns +35M€ & Messi around +50M€ (these salary figures are never accurate totally). Cristiano Ronaldo has solicited formally & is waiting from Real Madrid a contract renewal that will put his salary close to Messi, &/or at least on par with Neymar. However, the Spanish Club has not responded positively (as yet). This in itself may be a clear signal from Real Madrid to the player that things are about to change.

It is no secret that Cristiano Ronaldo has declined in his performance & efficiency. Its natural, no one, no even super muscled Ronaldo, can halt the physical effects of time. Next February the Portuguese star will be 33 years of age, his speed has notably declined this season, his goal scoring efficiency has plummeted (currently only 4 goals in Liga) & is no longer the “decisive player” of the past. With this horizon Real Madrid may be reluctant to “invest” any further, while Ronaldo feels the Club has a “moral obligation” to do so.

However, Football has never been about ethics or morality; it’s about goals, victories & titles. This season Real Madrid is currently 19 points behind leaders & rivals FC Barcelona, & is currently sitting 4th on La Liga table (Champions participation next season under threat), which virtually signs that the Spanish Championship title is a no option. Added to this their unlucky, bad on-field performances & losses in lesser teams has alarmed fans, their participation in the UEFA Champions League is also under threat with Paris St. Germain coming up next month. The way things look right now, PSG is hot favourite to knock them out of their fetish competition. Real Madrid Directives are looking to the future & it seems Cristiano Ronaldo is not part of it.

In 2009 Real Madrid President Florentino Perez paid a then World Record 94M€ transfer fee to Manchester United for Ronaldo as an intricate & fundament piece of a long term “Global Strategic Plan” which included titles, increased Marketing income & Media brand domination; in part to win Asian & US markets & increase TV & sponsorship deals. Real Madrid has built its squad since then around Cristiano Ronaldo & it has paid back huge dividends with multiple titles (Champions League the most important), record Marketing, TV & Sponsorship income & media saturation Worldwide to brand Real Madrid. Now it´s time to find the “substitute”, to continue with “the Strategy”, & all indications point towards Brazilian, ex FC Barcelona & current Paris St. Germain player Neymar.

Neymar to Real Madrid CF

Everything indicates that Real Madrid & Neymar have already advanced to the stage that the Brazilian will land back in Spanish Football with them soon: the already famous PSG contract release clause. The original idea is incorporation in season 2019-2020, but unofficial sources indicate possibly as early as next season. Real Madrid seems willing to again break the transfer market for Neymar (+230M€ plus transfer +40M€ salary) because Real Madrid sees the Brazilian as strategic, the natural successor of Ronaldo on the field, in all Marketing & World branding. Plus the players “renewal process” will continue as Directives know too well that the Club needs GOAL, & will most likely sell Benzema to replace with a World-class goalscorer (Kane & Icardi are sounding). If things continue their negative results path, Zidane will most likely resign & many players (Benzema primarily…) will be without “defenders & shied”. To think that the next Coach of Real Madrid could be Mauricio Pochettino, currently at Tottenham Hotspurs, is realistic, & with him Forward Harry Kane.  

Kane to Real Madrid

For Real Madrid to acquire Neymar, add a World class goal scorer, plus a defender has a huge Investment, money that cannot be diverted in raising the salary levels of Cristiano Ronaldo entering his “twilight years”. In fact to renew the contract of Ronaldo will only delay the arrival of stars like Neymar who does not wish to be his shadow.

The current lack of a positive gesture from the Real Madrid Directives towards Cristiano Ronaldo demands is originating frustration within the player, who is already sending signals of his displeasure. There are unofficial media leaks that Ronaldo has already asked the Club & decided to leave next season. The news of a possible Manchester United return is part of it. There is another rumour that Ronaldo will be part of the Neymar transfer buying deal to make things smoother for PSG.

All the Cristiano Ronaldo (or his representatives) public outburst are playing into the hands of Real Madrid which will public announce that it was the player who wanted to leave & that the Club has an existing contract with him. This message will smooth public-fan opinion, although many already see “the glory days” of Ronaldo being over & would welcome the arrival of Neymar, others like Kane/Icardi…next season.

So to answer the question, will Cristiano Ronaldo be leaving Real Madrid next season? This time around there is plenty of evidence & signals that indicate YES. Which will be the new Club? Right now, rumours point to Manchester United & Paris St Germain is also in the formula.

Said this & concluded with today, Football changes rapidly. If Real Madrid knocks out PSG from Champions & continues advancing to win the title again, or if no other Club is willing to pay the huge salary expectations of Ronaldo, the Portuguese may well find himself playing at Real Madrid next season AGAIN & perhaps this time with Neymar: Kane/Icardi… & new Coach Pochettino.

Stay tuned.

REAL MADRID - FC BARCELONA | POSSIBLE STARTING 11 TEAMS LINE-UPS

Spanish Liga Round 17 gives us the "Clasico", REAL MADRID vs FC BARCELONA. The game is down for Saturday 23rd of December at 13:00 hours local Sp time. Barça has an 11 point gap advantage over Real Madrid in the classification table & its a must win deal for Real Madrid if they are to keep their Liga title aspirations alive. A victory by Barça would be an almost "mortal" knock-out for their principal rival.

Already the atmosphere is being heated up locally with news & speculation on the possible starting teams line-ups.


Real Madrid - FC Barcelona - clasico 23 December 2017

Possible starting 11 teams speculations:

REAL MADRID: Kaylor Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Benzema & Cristiano Ronaldo.


There is talk that Zidane may surprise with Gareth Bale over Isco, but its more likely that Bale will come on late in the 2º half to speed up things while Barça is tired.

FC BARCELONA: Stegan,  Semeda, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Paulinho, Iniesta, Messi & Suarez. 

These are speculated line ups & things can change from here until Saturday. 

Top match , not to be missed!

REAL MADRID DEFEATS GREMIO 1 - 0 | FIFA WORLD CLUBS CHAMPIONS 2017

Spanish Club REAL MADRID has defeated GREMIO PORTO ALEGRE 1 - 0 in the Final of the 2017 FIFA World Clubs Championships to repeat title. It´s the Spanish Clubs 5th mayor title for 2017 finishing the year off almost perfectly. This victory & title will give them a shot in the arm with confidence with the big Liga match up coming next Saturday against FC Barcelona.

Gremio Final 2017

The winner came from a tremendous free kick from Cristiano Ronaldo in the 53rd min. A free kick goal that was aided by the fact that the Gremio defenders left a gap in their wall, but it was a goal, and the winner.

final gremio 2017

The victory was deserved for Real Madrid which was superior throughout the whole game. Their only ongoing fault is the lack of effectiveness in-front of goal. The Spaniards had countless goal opportunities but failed to covert. If Real Madrid had been able to find the net the scoreline could have easily been 5 - 0. Modric even hit the post.

The other players of note were Varane, Marcelo, Casemiro & Gareth Bale, who came on the last 10 mins & nearly scored while showing pace. Good news for Real Madrid to see Bale coming back into form.


Luka Modric was outstanding & was given the "Golden Ball" for Best Player of the tournament. Cristiano Ronaldo received the "Silver Ball" as the second Best Player of the tournament & "Man of the Final". Sergio Ramos, believe it or not, ironically received the "Fair Play Award". 

Real Madrid CF

Congratulations to Gremio, they did their Best tonight but was out played by a better team on this particular night & occasion.

REAL MADRID DEFEATS AL JAZIRA 1 - 2 | AVOIDS THE SURPRISE

REAL MADRID defeated AL JAZIRA 1 - 2 in the semi-final of the FIFA Clubs World Championships. If you did not see the match the result is a attention grabber by the slim margen. Those who watched via the TV witnessed the possibility of a Historical upset that would have sent quakes around the Football World.

The modest Al Jazira team had one strategy, defend & send long balls & try their luck. Seems obvious for Real Madrid to counter this idea, but in their frenzy to score goals they left continuously enormous gaps in defence which allowed the "locals" to score & nearly pull off a surprise had their second goal not been given as offside.

Real Madrid - Al JAzira

It was a surreal match for Real Madrid, total control of the ball more than 20 shots at goal of which Al Jazira goalkeeper Ali Khaseif stopped at least 70% personally while his second half substitute Khalid Al Senaani did the rest. Amazing & unbelievable misses that frustrated the Spaniards & gave the locals goal opportunities with long balls. So much so that in the 40th min ROMARINHO scored for Al Jazira in a counter-attack. 

If this was not enough, Al Jazira scored again shortly after the start of the 2º half that was disallowed, & this would have opened the gates of a possible disaster for Real Madrid.

Al Jazira

Real Madrid regained composure & began looking for goals. Benzema hit the post twice, the bad luck this player is having this season with the goal is also unbelievable. Real Madrid began making changes bring out Lucas Vazquez, Asensio & Gareth Bale & gave the team more ideas, more penetration around the locals defensive wall & bite. 

CRISTIANO RONALDO scored the equalizer in the 54th min & in doing so broke another record in this competition as the all time highest goalscorer. GARETH BALE later got the winner in the 82nd min to assure a finals berth for his Club & avoid the surprise of the year. 

Real MAdrid

Real Madrid will meet Brazil Club Gremio de Porto Alegre in the Final next Saturday. The Spanish Clubs goes in with some serious thinking to be done in defensive duties & the needed to urgently solve their lack of effectiveness in front of goal. Sometime that they drag from La Liga.

Real Madrid has expired a sigh of relief , as they were close to the elimination tonight. 


UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LAST 16 TEAMS DRAW

The last 16 teams draw for the UEFA Champions League competition has been given with Spanish Clubs receiving "stiff" match ups. The most notable is Real Madrid - PSG, while FC Barcelona with clash it out with Chelsea FC. Sevilla FC also has a difficult match-up against Manchester United.

The key here is how the teams meet in their "state of form", specially physically. The games begin in February of 2018 & many times can happen beforehand, one being possible injuries to star players. 

What is assured is that "business end" of the competition begins & each encounter is a top level knock-out situation. A must win affair. 

UEFA Champions League


Summary:
Juventus FC - Tottenham Hotspurs
Basilea - Manchester City
Oporto - Liverpool FC
Sevilla FC - Manchester United
Real Madrid CF - Paris Saint Germain
Shakhtar Donestk - AS Roma
Chelsea FC - FC Barcelona
Bayern Munich - Besiktas

Dates:
Away leg - 3, 14, 20 & 21 of February 2018
Return leg - 6, 7, 13 & 14 of March 2018

EUROPA LEAGUE LAST 16 DRAW:

Last 16 teams 2018


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