Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Real Madrid CF v FC Bayern Muenchen at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 18, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINALS: REAL MADRID V ATLETICO MADRID, MONACO V JUVE
Last year, Real Madrid's Champions League Final 2016 victory against Atletico Madrid was their 11th European Cup triumph. Holders Real Madrid will face arch-rivals Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League, a repeat of last year's final.
Zinedine Zidane's side will fight to become the first club to retain the trophy in Champions League history in the final on 3 June in Cardiff.
French side Monaco battle giant Italian Serie A club Juventus in the other last-four tie.
The first legs will be played on 2 and 3 May, with the return legs taking place the following week.
Real Madrid aims to win Europe's premier club competition for a 12th time, after beating German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich 6-3 on aggregate to reach the last four. And Spanish La Liga titans Atletico Madrid ended Premier League 2016 champions Leicester City’s fairytale run in Europe, defeating the Foxes 2-1 over two legs. Juventus claimed an impressive 3-0 aggregate win against Barcelona, while Monaco defeated Borussia Dortmund 6-3..
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Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 100 goals in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final
Real Madrid and Portugal superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first UEFA Champions League goal in 2007 and his first hat-trick against Ajax in 2012. Ronaldo became the top scorer in UEFA club competition against Schalke in 2015. Having become the first player to score 100 goals in UEFA club competition in Real Madrid’s first leg of their tie against Bayern München last week, Ronaldo made it five goals in the second tie by scoring a hat trick to lead Real Madrid into the semi-finals once again in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final – the first player to reach that mark.
15 Manchester United
85 Real Madrid
68 Right foot
15 Left foot
Types of goal:
77 open play
When goals scored:
45 First half
52 Second half
3 Extra time
Where goals scored them from:
59 inside penalty area (but not 5-metre box)
25 5-metre box
16 outside penalty area
Goals scored home or away:
2 Neutral venue
What stage were goals scored:
51 group stage
17 round of 16
What season were goals scored:
10 2011/12, 2014/15
7 2009/10, 2016/17*
*Up to quarter-finals second leg
Teams scored against:
7 Ajax, Schalke
6 Galatasaray, Malmö
5 Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus
4 Borussia Dortmund, Lyon, Marseille
3 CSKA Moskva, Dynamo Kyiv, København, Sporting, Wolfsburg
2 AC Milan, APOEL, Arsenal, Basel, Ludogorets Razgrad, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Zürich
1 Auxerre, Chelsea, Atlético Madrid, Internazionale Milano, Liverpool, Manchester City, Porto
Goalkeepers scored against the most:
9 Manuel Neuer, Johan Wiland
6 Fernando Muslera
5 Gianluigi Buffon, Andriy Pyatov, Kenneth Vermeer
11 Karim Benzema
7 Gareth Bale
4 Ángel Di María, Ryan Giggs
Clubs in the Champions League semi-final draw
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Cristiano Ronaldo concentrates for a free-kick during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Real Madrid CF v FC Bayern Muenchen at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 18, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.
Cristiano Ronaldo competes for holders Portugal in World Cup 2018 Russia Qualifiers
WORLD CUP RUSSIA 2018
World Cup 2018 Russia is only 15 months away and the latest round of qualifying games are just around the corner. Titan teams expected to challenge for the coveted trophy in Russia are Brazil, Germany, France, and Belgium. Argentina’s fate is less certain due to their superstar striker Lionel Messi’s four match ban.
Brazil are top of the South American qualifying round, having been rejuvenated under manager Tite’s leadership with Argentina in fifth with a key game against Chile coming up on Thursday. Spain, France, Poland, Republic of Ireland and Croatia sit atop their groups. DR Congo, Nigeria and Egypt are on top with six points from their opening games. Meanwhile Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Japan are top of their gourps.
World Cup Russia 2018 is the last chance for Lionel Messi to be crowned the undisputed king of football, as Maradona was in Mexico in 1986 The match against Chile on Thursday in Buenos Aires on the Road to World Cup Russia; it is a must-win for Messi’s national team. Argentina’s new head coach Edgardo Bauza decided to keep players Tata Martino and Alejandro Sabella who did not play in the past six years. Footballers Gonzalo Higuaín, Ángel Di María, Sergio Agüero, Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi have a good chance to become world champions after losing three major finals in the past three years (Brazil 2014, Copa Américai Chile 2015, and US 2016).
With four rounds of World Cup Qualifiers fixtures remaining in the South American qualifying competition, Brazil are in first place with 33 points, followed by Colombia (24), Uruguay and Chile (23). Argentina (22) are in fifth place, thereby earning a two-leg play-off against the top-ranked Oceania region side.
Brazil became the first team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup Russia, maintaining their amazing record as the tournament’s only side to have qualified to play in every World Cup Tournament in history. The five-times champs beat Paraguay 3-0 for their eighth successive win in the South American qualifying competition. Peru’s surprise 2-1 win over Uruguay in a later game guaranteed Brazil a top-four finish. Uruguay and Argentina still have to face each other which means it is impossible for both teams to overtake Brazil.
In Brazil’s crucial win, Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho curled in a low opener for Brazil and Barcelona forward Neymar capped an exciting evening with a goal in the second half and Marcelo added a third goal late in São Paulo.
“My greatest joy is sharing joy,” Brazil manager Tite said. “When you look at the face of your family, when you see the players happy, when you see a happy little child, sharing joy is my greatest satisfaction. More pleasure.”
Neymar captained his side against the Paraguay defenders.
“I always think of overcoming my limits,” Neymar said. “First of all I want to help my team, always, and then I think about pushing the limits, reaching the marks of games and goals. I am very happy for this moment, not only mine, but also my team-mates. We are achieving our goals, which is to win and reach the World Cup as well.”
Paraguay coach, Juan Carlos Arce, was critical of the referee, Victor Carrillo, after the game. “The refereeing was bad today,” he said. “It is a shame, Brazil does not need it.”
Meanwhile Argentina dropped down to fifth in the standings after losing 2-0 away to Bolivia at high altitude in La Paz without Messi as he began his four-match ban. Five-times world player of the year Messi was suspended less than six hours before kick-off for swearing at an assistant linesman in the previous match that Argentina won 1-0 win against Chile. Messi will be available only for the last of Argentina’s games in Ecuador. Messi has appealed the severity of the ban.
Russia supporters are at risk of missing their own World Cup while Russian networks struggle to agree deal with Fifa. TV networks are struggling to reach a deal to secure the rights to show World Cup 2018. The country has invested around $11bn in preparation to host the 2018 tournament, but with only 14 months to go until the World Cup finals kick off, governing body Fifa are still looking for a broadcaster to show the games in Russia after state-run TV channels firmly turned down Fifa’s price of $120m for the rights to show the tournament. Fifa are being unreasonable in their financial demands.
World Cup Draw
The draw for the 2018 World Cup Russia is set to take place in the Kremlin on Friday, December 1. A Unesco World Heritage site, the Kremlin is a fortified complex in the heart of Moscow that contains several cathedrals and palaces, one of which is the official residence of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The draw itself will be staged in the State Kremlin Palace, a building intended to house meetings of the Soviet Union's Communist Party but now used as a concert hall. This famous venue has a capacity of 6,000. This summer's dress rehearsal is the Confederations Cup which takes place between June 17 and July 2, will feature Russia, 2014 World Cup winners Germany and the six reigning champions of world football's confederations: Australia, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal and the winners of the on-going Africa Cup of Nations.
WORLD CUP RUSSIA 2018 TICKETS & QUALIFIERS SCHEDULE
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Cristiano Ronaldo speaks during the ceremony at Madeira Airport in Portugal to rename it Cristiano Ronaldo Airport in Santa Cruz, Madeira Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo is the top Champions League goal scorer
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GOAL SCORERS WITH PREMIER LEAGUE EXPERIENCE
Ronaldo, van Nistelrooy, Henry head top Champions League goal-scorers list
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is the top Champions League goal scorer with experience competiting in the Premier Leeague to date. Here is a list of all the top goal scorers and the total number of their Champions League to date. Buy UEFA Champions League tickets and other football tickets at LiveFootballTickets.com to watch these superstar strikers in live action!
Note: * indicates still playing for a professional football club as of 2.25.2017
*Cristiano Ronaldo - 95 (Man United, Real Madrid)
Ruud van Nistelrooy - 56 (PSV, Man United, Real Madrid)
Thierry Henry - 50 (Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona)
Andriy Shevchenko - 48 (Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea)
Didier Drogba - 44 (Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray)
Fernando Morientes - 33 (Real Madrid, Monaco, Liverpool, Valencia)
Samuel Eto'o - 30 (Mallorca, Barcelona, Inter, Chelsea)
^Wayne Rooney - 30 (Man United)
Ryan Giggs - 28 (Man United)
Arjen Robben - 28 (PSV, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich)
*Sergio Aguero - 27 (Atletico Madrid, Man City)
Hernan Jorge Crespo - 25 (Parma, Lazio, Inter, Chelsea, AC Milan)
*Robin van Persie - 25 (Arsenal, Man United)
Paul Scholes - 24 (Man United)
Frank Lampard - 23 (Chelsea)
Jari Litmanen – 23 (Ajax, Liverpool)
Steven Gerrard – 21 (Liverpool)
*Nicholas Anelka - 20 (PSG, Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid)
*Fernando Torres - 20 (Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea)
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MAR 14 2017 Champions League Leicester City v Fc Sevilla Tickets King Power Stadium - Leicester, United Kingdom
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Neymar and Lionel Messi, Barcelona
2016 BALLON D’OR 30 MAN SHORTLIST
2016 Ballon d’Or 30 Man Shortlist
The winner will be revealed by France Football on December 13, 2016.
The 30 Ballon d'Or nominees are as follows:
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli/Juventus), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Neymar (Barcelona), Dimitri Payet (West Ham), Pepe (Real Madrid), Paul Pogba (Juventus/Manchester United), Rui Patricio (Sporting), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich)
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar, Barcelona
Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid
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Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid and Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo Wins 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or Award
Real Madrid and Portugal superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, won the 2013 Ballon d'Or at Kongresshaus, Zurich, Switzerland today after finishing second in FIFA's Ballon d'Or competition three of the past four years.
"First of all I have to say a great thanks to all of my team-mates with the club and the national team. Without all of their efforts this would not have been possible. I am very happy, it is very difficult to win this award," said Ronaldo. "Everybody that has been involved with me on a personal level I have to thank. My wife, my friends, my son. It is a tremendously emotional moment. All I can say is thank you to everybody that has been involved."
"Being the winner made my happy, I felt very proud. To win such an award requires a lot of work. I hope to come back next year to win the third Ballon d'Or of my career," said an emotional Ronaldo.
"There are no words to describe this moment," continued the twenty-eight year old. "I want to thank all my colleagues and companions at Real Madrid, in the Portuguese team and my family who are here with me."
Ronaldo won the annual award given to the world's best player for the second time in his career. CR7 was recognized as the world's best player in 2008 as well, when he was with Manchester United.
Ronaldo-scored 66 goals in 56 appearances for both Real Madrid and Portugal.
Lionel Messi had been the recipient of the award in each of the past four seasons, and he was again a finalist this year along with 2012-13 treble-winner Franck Ribery.
2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or Awards
- FIFA Ballon d’Or - Cristiano Ronaldo
- FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year - Nadine Angerer
- FIFA Men’s Football Coach of the Year - Jupp Heynickes
- FIFA Women’s Football Coach of the Year - Silvia Neid
- FIFA Presidential Award - Jacques Rogge
- FIFA Fair Play Award - Afghanistan Football Federation
- FIFA Prix d'Honneur Award - Pele
- FIFA Puskas Award - Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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