EUROPEAN FOOTBALL PLAYERS RICH LIST

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Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the highest paid European football player

EUROPEAN FOOTBALL PLAYERS RICH LIST

Cristiano Ronaldo is on top of Forbes' football's rich list, with the 20 highest paid football players making around $563 million between them. European football's top 20 highest earners earned $563 million over the last campaign, with Cristiano Ronaldo topping Forbes' rich list again. Real Madrid's Ronaldo reportedly earned $82m in wages and endorsements. That put him ahead of Barcelona arch-rival Lionel Messi ($77m), with former PSG star - Manchester United’s injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic third at $37m. Eight giant clubs are represented on the list, with Premier League club Manchester City with four players. Spanish La Liga champions Real Madrid, named by Forbes as the richest club in the world four years running, have three players on the list, with Gareth Bale ($34m) in fifth and James Rodriguez ($21m) 11th. Rodriguez now features for Bayern Munich. No player from Italy Serie A was on the list, while there are 10 men named to the list from English clubs displaying the English Premier League's financial clout in European football. Notably, Ronaldo's earnings surpassed the combined total of the Premier League's leading trio of Wayne Rooney ($26m), Sergio Aguero ($24m) and Eden Hazard ($22m). 

Some of the highest paid football players in history including Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale and Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will compete in the upcoming Spanish Super Cup between Real Madrid and Barca at Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain on August 16, 2017. Great last minute football tickets for the mouth-watering clash of titans are still available for sale from LiveFootballTickets.com!

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Forbes' 2017 20 Highest Paid Footballers List

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) - $82 million

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2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) - $77m

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3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG + Manchester United) - $37m

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4. Neymar (Barcelona + Paris Saint Germain) - $36m

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5. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) - $34m

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6. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United + Everton) - $26m

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7. Sergio "Kun" Aguero (Manchester City) - $24m

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8. Luis Suarez (Barcelona) - $23m

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9. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) - $22m

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10. Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) - $21m

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11. James Rodriguez (Real Madrid + Bayern Munich) - $21m

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12. Yaya Toure (Manchester City) - $20m

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13. Radamel Falcao (Chelsea) - $19m

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14. Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain) - $18m

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15. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) - $18m

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16. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United + Chicago Fire) - $18m

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17. Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain) - $18m

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18. Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce) - $17m

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19. David Silva (Manchester City) - $17m

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20. Samir Nasri (Sevilla) - $15m

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FC Barcelona v Real Madrid - Supercopa de Espana: 1st Leg

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Neymar on August 4, 2017 in Paris, France. Neymar signed a 5 year contract with Paris Saint Germain for 222 Million Euro.

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THE UEFA PLAYER-OF-THE-YEAR SHORTLIST

1. Leo Messi (Argentina, Barcelona)

2. Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus)

3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid)

4. Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid)

5. Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid)

6. Paulo Dybala (Argentina, Juventus)

7. Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid)

8. Kylian Mbappé (France, Monaco)

9. Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich)

10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Manchester United)

REAL MADRID WIN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL 4-1 JUVENTUS

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his sides first goal with Sergio Ramos during the UEFA Champions League Final between Juventus and Real Madrid at National Stadium of Wales on June 3, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.

REAL MADRID WIN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL 4-1 JUVE

Real Madrid defeat Juventus to be named “Kings of Europe”

2016-17 Champions League Final Match Report

Real Madrid 4-1 Juventus

Real Madrid goals: Cristiano Ronaldo (20’min, 63’min); Casemiro (61’min), Asensio (90’min)

Juventus goals: Mandzukic (27’min); Cuadrado (Dismissed at 83’min)

Real Madrid superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for his giant Spanish La Liga club as Real Madrid retained the Champions League trophy they won last season in grand style by overwhelming titan Italian Serie A side Juventus in Cardiff, Wales. The victory was Real Madrid’s 12th in the prestigious European tournament and an amazing 3rd in 4 seasons. Ronaldo has now scored in three different Champions League finals as he again earned his match-winner reputation.

Ronaldo opened the scoring for Real Madrid as he swept in Dani Carvajal's pass at 20 minutes, before Juve’s Mario Mandzukic leveled, sending a sublime overhead kick past Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas. After the break, Real Madrid restored their lead through Casemiro's deflected shot making the score 2-1 before Ronaldo scored at the near post from a cross by Luka Modric to make it 3-1 as Real pulled well ahead of Juventus.

Juve sub Juan Cuadrado was sent off for a second caution after a clash with Sergio Ramos before Los Blancos sub Marco Asensio delivered a precise finish in the last minute. Final score Real Madrid 4-1 Juventus. Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has now won back-to-back Champions Leagues and this season's Soanish La Liga title since taking charge in January 2016.

Match hero Ronaldo showed off his superior skills in the match. But early in the match, he complained to German referee Felix Brych about the rough treatment he was receiving from Juve.

Ronaldo earned his third Champions League winners' medal for Spanish club Real Madrid and fourth in total counting his medal for Manchester United, as the 32-year-old superstar striker continues to impress and break records. In Cardiff, Ronaldo’s performance demonstrated the skills that make him a winner including speed, mindfulness, aggression, pace, desire, anticipation, and technique as a key player that helped Real overwhelm the Juventus defense.

Ronaldo's first goal went past the outstretched right arm of Juventus goalie Gianluigi Buffon. Ronaldo’s second goal showed the touch of a poacher. The Portugal captain now has a remarkable record of 105 goals in 140 Champions League games with 12 goals in 13 games this season.

Real Madrid gave their fans the performance of a world-class team, ripping apart the Juve defense that has a reputation as one of football's toughest and did not concede a goal in either leg of their quarter-final win against Barcelona, stopping Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Luis Suarez.

Juventus performed with such success in this Champions League tournament in the run-up to the final game, and many experts had them as favorites to win the silverware. However, Juve was heavily beaten by a tough and gifted Real Madrid. Real survived a whirlwind Juventus opening before taking control after the break, with Modric and Toni Kroos keeping possession in midfield and Ronaldo scoring goals.

Juventus were fit en route to this final. Massimiliano Allegri's Juventus side fought hard but their formidable defense and a potent attack led by Gonzalo Higuain could not stop Real Madrid. Juve was in the game after Mandzukic's sublime overhead kick was the equalizer, but they faded badly in the second half. Juve goalie Gigi Buffon became a three-time loser at 39 years. The agony on Buffon’s face was apparent as he tried in vain to stop Casemiro's long-range shot, which was deflected tantalizingly out of his reach off Sami Khedira's heel. Juve has now lost five Champions League finals since they last won the competition in 1996.

Cristiano Ronaldo was named “Man of the Match” writing history at the Millennium Stadium as he scored in his third different Champions League final. Ronaldo has scored in three different Champions League finals (2017, 2014 and 2008), more than any other player. Ronaldo has scored his 600th goal in all competitions for club and country.

Zinedine Zidane is the first manager to win back-to-back European Cup-Champions League trophies since Arrigo Sacchi with AC Milan (1989, 1990). Real have won their last six European Cup finals, last losing one in 1981 against Liverpool. Real became the first team in Champions League history to score 500+ goals (503 goals total).

Champions League Final Squad

Juventus

Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alves, Sandro, Pjanic, Khedira, Dybala, Mandzukic, Higuain. Subs: Neto, Benatia, Lichsteiner, Cuadrado, Marchisio, Lemina, Asamoah

Real Madrid

Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Isco, Kroos, Benzema, Ronaldo. Subs: Casilla, Nacho, Bale, Kovacic, Asensio, Morata, Danilo

Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

Gareth Bale made Welsh football history with his third Champions League title. Wales star Bale returned from a calf injury as a 77th-minute substitute. After Real Madrid’s victory, Bale lifted the Champions League trophy in his home city of Cardiff after the game. After the match, Bale told the media that he is 'happy' to stay and wants more trophies at Real Madrid. Bale says he is happy at Real Madrid and has committed his future to the Champions League winners.The 27-year-old, who signed a deal with Los Blancos until 2022, has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu. The former Tottenham Hotspur player joined Real in 2013 for a then world record fee of £85m.

"We are winning trophies and I am happy. I have signed a long-term contract at Madrid," said Bale. "My family is happy and I am happy, so yes we will continue what we are doing. It's the reason why I came to Real Madrid - to win trophies.”

“We're enjoying winning them at the moment, so we'll continue to do so," Bale added. "Three Champions Leagues in four seasons isn't too bad. I think we can get better. We are still quite young as a whole team and we have a great squad."

Gareth Bale was injured in Lisbon playing for Real Madrid in the Champions League in November 2016. Bale was happy to play in the final in his home city despite still being troubled by an ankle injury. Bale had surgery in November and suggested that without the Cardiff final in his sights he may have opted for a second operation.

"It's been difficult with my ankle this year," Bale said. "I obviously came back way too early from my surgery and I suffered a bit. We were considering more at one point, but I've worked tirelessly hard to get back and to get ready for this game. I need to go on holiday and rest and come back stronger next season - mainly for my ankle just to get it properly recovered. Then I'll obviously do some work in the off-season to get it stronger and ready for next season so I'll be firing on all cylinders."

Bale replaced Karim Benzema with Real leading 3-1 thanks to two Ronaldo goals and a long-range strike from Casemiro.

"I was just happy to get on for the last few minutes," Bale said. "We just had to go for it. It's always cagey in a final but we're happy with the win. To play a final in your home city is incredible, but to win it is even better a great experience. Cardiff has held an incredible event and we've literally not had a problem since we've been here; it's been immaculate. I don't think many players have won the Champions League in their home city where they were born, so it's a great memory to have."

Bale became the first Welshman to win the trophy three times - he also won it with Real last season and in 2014. Bale is the sixth player to win the Champions League or European Cup in his home city.

Bale is suspended for Wales' World Cup qualifier in Serbia on 11 June and will rest over the summer in a bid to regain full fitness, having also suffered calf problems along with his ankle injury.

"It's very disappointing, to be honest, but I'll be cheering on the boys," Bale added. "We always stick together, work as a team. We're never scared to battle and fight."

What's Next

Real Madrid will face Manchester United at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California; Manchester City in Los Angeles, California at LA Memorial Coliseum; and their arch-rivals Barcelona at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida in July in the exciting International Champions Cup in the United States. Then 2016-17 Champions League winners Real Madrid will play Europa League winners Manchester United in the 2017 Uefa Super Cup in Skopje, Macedonia, on 8 August.

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Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during UEFA Champions League final football matches with Real Madrid on June 3, 2017, on May 24, 2014 and with Manchester United on May 21, 2008. .Cristiano Ronaldo on June 3, 2017, became the first footballer to score in three Champions League Final matches.

Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale vies with Juventus' Brazilian defender Dani Alves

Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Marco Asensio celebrates after scoring their fourth goal

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REAL MADRID WIN SPANISH LA LIGA TITLE

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after his side are crowned champions following the La Liga match between Malaga and Real Madrid at La Rosaleda Stadium 

REAL MADRID WIN SPANISH LA LIGA TITLE

Titan Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid edged out Barcelona to win 2018-17 Primera League title for the first time since 2012 to the delight of their worldwide supporters. Madrid won the Spanish league for the first time in five years on Sunday and stopped rival Spanish giant club Barcelona from their third Primera Division championship in a row. Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane's side secured its 33rd league title with a 2-0 win at Malaga with goals by superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

"To win the title in the last round feels that much better," Cristiano Ronaldo said. "We deserved it."

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema celebrates the third goal against RC Celta during the La Liga match, between Celta Vigo and Real Madrid at Estadio Balaidos in Vigo, Spain.

The last-round win put Real Madrid three points ahead of second-placed Barca, who rallied from being two goals behind to beat Eibar 4-2 at the Camp Nou. Madrid entered the final weekend needing only a draw to clinch its first title since 2012 and avoid its worst title drought since the 1980s.

Ronaldo opened the scoring for Madrid early at Malaga, going past the goalkeeper before finding the open net, after a pass by Isco two minutes into the match at the Rosaleda Stadium. The crucial goal was Ronaldo's 14th in his last nine matches in all competitions.

While Barcelona was struggling in their clash with Eibar, Karim Benzema sealed the victory and the league title in the 55th minute from a rebound of a close-range shot by Sergio Ramos, giving Real Madrid its second league title in the last nine years.

It was the first league title for Real boss Zidane, the former France star who took over Madrid for his first head-coaching job less than 1 ½ years ago.

"It is very important to lift this trophy again after so many years without being able to win La Liga," said Zidane, who celebrated with his side after the final whistle. "I've won everything with this club, but this title is special. This is the happiest day in my professional career."

Victorious Madrid footballers wore shirts with the No. 33, referring to their 33rd title, as they celebrated on the pitch before heading back to Madrid to meet their fans. Madrid has already won the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup this season.

Real Madrid will next pursue its 3rd UEFA Champions League title in 4 seasons in their final against Juventus in Cardiff on June 3. It would be Madrid's first double in the European competition and in La Liga in nearly sixty years.

At the Camp Nou, Japanese midfielder Takashi Inui scored twice for Eibar - in the 7th and 61st minutes. Barca came back with an own-goal by Eibar defender David Junca in the 63rd. Top goalscorer Luis Suarez equalized in the 73rd after Lionel Messi had missed a penalty kick a few minutes earlier. Lionel Messi who is the La Liga’s top goalscorer this season with 37 goals, converted another penalty in the 75th and closed the match scoring in injury time. Eibar played with only 10 men from the 74th after defender Ander Capa was sent off. It was Barcelona's last game at the Camp Nou under the leadership of manager Luis Enrique, who will leave Barca at the end of this season.

"I can't complain about our team," Luis Enrique said. "We fought until the final minute and we never gave up. We have to congratulate the champions."

"I can't complain about our team," Luis Enrique said. "We fought until the final minute and we never gave up. We have to congratulate the champions."

Atletico Madrid has played their last season at the Vicente Calderon after winning 19 titles during the 51 seasons the Vicente Calderon stadium was their home ground.  Atletico Madrid earned a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao in a sentimental final game at the Vicente Calderon Stadium, which will be demolished tat the end of the season. Fernando Torres scored two important goals early in the first half and Angel Correa added the third in the second half as the hosts said goodbye to the stadium where it has played for the last 50 years. Next season Atletico will move into the Wanda Metropolitano, a modern 68,000-capacity stadium on the outskirts of the Spanish capital.

"It's hard to express our feelings after a day like today," Torres said. "We have a lot of memories here - a lot of things went through your mind. It's been 50 years of a lot of happiness in this venue. It was an honor to be part of it."

The nearly 55,000 fans who packed the Calderon stayed at the stadium long after the final whistle on Sunday as the team organized a series of tributes for the occasion. The Copa del Rey final last Saturday and an exhibition match involving former players officially closed the old venue

Barcelona won the Copa del Rey final 3-1 against Alaves last Saturday. Athletic Bilbao ended in 7th place after they lost to Atletico, ending up without one of the two spots for the Europa League next campaign. Villarreal secured 5th place with a 3-1 victory at Valencia, and Real Sociedad ended up in 6th after scoring late in a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo. Villarreal finished with 67 points, 3 more than Real Sociedad and 4 more than Athletic Madrid, who will still qualify for Europe's second-tier tournament after Barcelona beat Alaves in the Copa del Rey final. Third-placed Atletico had already qualified for the Champions League, along with fourth-placed Sevilla, which will have to go through a playoff to get into the competition's group stage.

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Team

MP

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

 

1

 

Real Madrid

38

29

6

3

106

41

65

93

 
 

2

 

Barcelona

38

28

6

4

116

37

79

90

 
 

3

 

Atlético Madrid

38

23

9

6

70

27

43

78

 
 

4

 

Sevilla

38

21

9

8

69

49

20

72

 
 

5

 

Villarreal

38

19

10

9

56

33

23

67

 

2017 Champions League Final

(Note: Real Madrid won 2016-17 UEFA Champions League Final - Juventus 1-4 Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Los Blancos won historic Champions League title and trophy in a row.}

Real Madrid will compete v Juve in Champions League Final on Saturday, June 3.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning penalty against Atletico Madrid last season in the 2016 Champions League Final.

“We're ready and we’ll have to work hard and try to give everything, as always”, said Real Madrid coach Zidane.

Zidane was speaking about the upcoming 2017 Champions League final. The Real Madrid coach highlighted that the game "will be special" because he formerly played for Italian Serie A giant club Juventus.

"Juventus are having a great season, but I’ll not talk about their strengths or their weaknesses. We know they are a great team and they’ve shown it. It will be a wonderful final between two teams that deserve to be there".

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Zinedine Zidane, Manager of Real Madrid celebrates with Cristiano Ronaldo after being crowned Spanish La Liga champions 

Zidane was interviewed about the upcoming clash with Juve and commented on the fact that no club has ever won the Champions League tournament and been named “King of Europe” for two years in a row. The boss was asked if winning two in a row to set an all-time record Is it an extra source of motivation?

“No, the motivation simply comes from the fact that we are playing another Champions League final. Something wonderful independently for us. It will be a tough final and we’ll have to work hard and try to find that extra energy to have a good performance. I think we'll be ready.

Zidane commented on the final against Atletico in Milan.

“Each final is different. It’s another final against a different team, in a different stadium and a different atmosphere. We know that we’ll have 90 minutes, maybe more, to try to win and that’s what we’ll try to do: give everything, as always. We’ll not change our way of doing things and we’ll see what happens,” continued Zidane.I’m happy to be the Real Madrid coach and to have had this opportunity. It's not an easy job but it's a passion for me. I’ve worked hard. I spent three or four years in preparing to become a coach. What we have achieved is due to the fact that we have wonderful players.”

Zidane was asked if he thought being holding champions made the Champions League tournament more difficult for Real Madrid this season.

“Yes, but it always is. When other teams play against Real Madrid it may be their biggest game of the year, added Zidane. “We know that and we’re used to it. We know what it means to be part of this club and maybe that makes it more difficult to get to finals.”

Former Juve star Zidane was asked about his former club Juventus’ strengths.

“They’re having a great season. I’ll not talk about their strengths or weaknesses. We know they are a great team and they have proven it. It’ll be a wonderful final, between two teams that deserve to be there.”

It’ll be special for me. I was at Juventus for five years, a great club that helped me to develop and become a man, to grow as a person and as a player,” added Zidane. “Juventus will always have a special place in my heart but as soon as I start, I will be on the other side, with Real Madrid, and I’ll only be thinking about my team.”

Next, Zidane was asked about superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo and if CR7’s evolution involved joint decisions.

“Yes, of course, it's a decision we made together, based on conversations we've had,” replied Zidane. “We are intelligent and sometimes he needs to play a little less. It’s not because he’s not physically fit, but because he wants to reach the final phase of the season, when everything is at stake, in his best form. He’s played a lot this year, but there have been times when he’s been left out to have a break. Now he's in fantastic shape.”

"We're the two best teams in Europe and it'll be a nice match," added the Whites' coach Zinedine Zidane. "We’re very happy to be in the final. We know how difficult it is to get there and we’ve worked very well during the year. We deserve to be in the final and the team is going into it in very good physical shape and we’re confident. There are four days left and we’re focused on what we have to do. There is no difference between the final in Milan and this one. The most important thing is to get to the final. There are no favorites in finals. Juventus are a great team and what we all want is to see a good match".

"Not much will change if they play with two or three center backs. They’re a solid team and they know how to play both ways. What interests me is trying to cause them problems. We’ll see on Saturday. Juventus have got a lot of good players, but in offensive terms, Dybala is one of the best. Higuaín and Alves are also good. The same goes for Real Madrid. They’re all good".
 
"I played at Juventus for five years and I’ve got good memories of that time. It's a special final. Each team will play their own final and the important thing is to see a nice match. I don’t think there are two different approaches. You have to play the final and I don’t think there are differences between the two teams. That's why we're both in the final".
 
"It's a final and it could last 90 minutes or more. They don’t concede many and we score a lot but that won’t influence what is going to happen. We’ll prepare in the best way possible because it’s the two best teams playing the final. When you reach the final you deserve it because of the work during the whole season. They also did very well and are also league champions. It's going to be a very nice match".
 
"The pressure is more noticeable. That says a lot about this game but everyone likes to play in finals. Everyone likes them. We are in another Champions League final and it’s very nice. We're going to prepare well for it".
 
"It’s the last game of the season and as it’s the last one, it’s the most important one, but we’ll prepare it like the rest of the games because we’ll not change anything that we do and more so now".
 
"We know commitment, we do everything possible to win. It was the best club of the last century and now has 115 years of history. You can play well or badly, but the important thing is to fight until the last minute. This club has taught me that and the captain represents these values very well. He is also a very noble person and that is worth even more".

"We always believe and thanks to the work of the whole team we are in the final. We’re very close to doing it and we’re the first to be so close to doing it for so many years. It’s been thanks to the work throughout the whole year. When you work hard at the end you get the rewards like this, but we have not won anything yet".

Zidane was asked about Gareth Bale.
 
"We’re happy that he is with us because he is an important player. I'm glad to see he’s recovered. We’re going to prepare for the match together, as always, and we’re all prepared. Gareth doesn’t have to say anything to me. He’s ready, with us, and really excited. Playing at home and that’s that. The players are motivated and I'm only interested about that. We’ve time to prepare for the game. Today we’re going to do basic things because the press are here, but starting tomorrow we will prepare for the game".
 
Will Zidane chose Bale or Isco?

"The decision is difficult because everyone is available and I will have to choose between the entire squad. It’s normal to have the debate because they are two very good and important players. What the press says will not influence me. We know what we’re going to do and the important thing is to be prepared and focused. Both are very good players and they’ve also played together this year in 16 games. They can play together and the important thing is that they come into this final stretch of the season in very good shape. Bale has had fewer minutes but is already recovered from his injury and we already know the player Isco is. The most important thing is to see the players on top form".

What about Isco?

"He deserves it just like the rest. There are players who are not going to be called up and that is what bothers me the most because they are all important. I have to think about the line-up and the bench because there are players who have had an extraordinary year and are going to miss out on the squad. That's the hardest thing for me".
 
"The most important thing is to always give 100%. That’s how we have done things during the season, giving everything, with a lot of professionalism and we can be happy for what we have done until now. We have another final and we’ll try to do everything we can to win the match".
 
Zidane was then asked about his future with Real Madrid.

"I have one more year on my contract but that doesn’t mean anything. I want to be at this club but it depends on what you do on the field. I think the club is happy with what we’re doing and I’m only interested in that. The future: Saturday and nothing else. I have the Real Madrid DNA, that's for sure. It’s my home. Everyone has always been very affectionate towards me and I have always defended the values of this club. I’ve experienced spectacular things with this club as a player, assistant coach and head coach. I’ll always be a Real Madrid fan because the club is my life".
 
"It's just a philosophy and a thing I wanted to do with this team and this squad. With another team, I might have done something else. I did what I wanted to do with these players and I'm happy, but you know how football is changing. I am positive and always try to give everything and lead the team. What the players are doing is phenomenal. I’m enjoying this moment because I know that one day it’ll end. I’m on top of my job and we’re close to doing something extraordinary, but I’m not thinking about of leaving an important mark in the history of the club. We work hard and that's the spirit of this team".
 
"After we won the league it was something spectacular. I'm still feeling it and I'm very happy".

Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo talked about the massive match coming up on Saturday.

“We know it's going to be a difficult game but we're Real Madrid and we've got every chance of winning it”, said CR7. We want to go down in history, and if we win, we'll be the first team ever to lift the title in two consecutive seasons under the new Champions League format. It's our ambition and our dream. Let's cross our fingers”.

It's always special to play in the Champions League final. We're up against a great team. We know it's going to be a difficult game but we're Real Madrid and we've got every chance of winning it. I think it's 50-50 but of course, I hope we can win it because it'd be an extraordinary achievement. Winning the Champions League is extremely difficult. In the Group Stages, we went through second, behind Dortmund, but I think we did a good job. Then we went on to knock out great teams like Atlético and Bayern and that's why we deserve to be in the final. Ever since I've been at Real Madrid, we've always shown we can up our level in the knock-out rounds and that shows what a great team we are.”

Ronaldo was asked if he is especially motivated by the chance to be the first team in football history to win two consecutive Champions League trophies.

“That's something that every player at Real Madrid wants to achieve. We want to go down in history, and if we win, we'll be the first team ever to lift the trophy in two consecutive seasons under the new Champions League format. It's our ambition and our dream. Let's cross our fingers.”

What about Juve and their stars Bonucci and Barzagli?

“They're an excellent team. They haven't made it to the final by accident. They've won the Italian league and the cup. They're tough opposition and we know it's going to be a difficult game. They like to mark their opponents closely, like Atlético de Madrid. They may well have a fantastic back line, but no matter how good their defenders are, there's always a weak point to be found in any defense. So, we'll have to discover those weak points, capitalise on the space that Juventus give us in the game, and make the most of it in order to score goals.

How will this final differ from the previous two against Atlético?

“It will be very similar. They're finals and it's always 50-50. Both teams will be looking to capitalize on the other's mistakes. The winning side will most probably be the one who makes the fewest errors; I hope that is Real Madrid. It'll be a thrilling clash, the whole world loves watching it and the players enjoy it out on the pitch. Expectations are high and the team is confident,” continued Ronaldo.My position will always be the same. My favorite place to play is in a free role along the forward line and that's the opportunity Zidane has given me. I play very freely. On one side, down the centre... I play where I think best. As for the number of games, that's something we discussed at the start of the season and I knew it was necessary. In the last two years I've been tired going into the final stretch of LaLiga and the Champions League. So this year I rested a couple of games and I feel much better at this stage than I have in previous years.”

This year at Real Madrid, there have been 20 - 21 lads playing on a regular basis. Do you think that's been crucial in taking the team so far?

“Yes, I think so. Zidane has managed the squad very intelligently. It's not easy. It's not a straightforward situation because every player wants to play all the time. Zidane has been very smart with how he's worked it and he's been able to use every single player. That's been crucial in reaching the final and winning La Liga. I think that's why we've had such a great season.”

Ronaldo talked about his record of 100 goals in the Champions League.

“Yes, it was a milestone I wanted to reach. I was close to doing so but I went a couple of games without scoring, which made it a bit more difficult. I always believed I would be the first player in history to score 100 goals and I managed it. It was an aim I had set myself at the beginning of the season, and thanks to God, I was able to achieve it. I'd like to thank my teammates, the coach, and the Real Madrid fans. It was a special moment in my career. I'm extremely happy.”

Are you aware that you are making football history?

“Yes, I'm aware that what I've achieved in football will continue to set a standard. It's not an accident that I've beaten so many records. It's not an obsession for me, but it's true that I like setting them. I'm happy and motivated. It motivates me to train and play better. I'm always ambitious to keep improving and be at the best possible level”.

What do you think of Zidane.

“He's done an extraordinary job. He was with us from the start this season and he's showing what a fantastic manager he's becoming. I'm thrilled with the job he's doing. I always admired him as a player and now even more so as a coach because he's an extremely positive, hard-working person, and has a lot of respect for the players. So I have no doubt at all that the success of this team is down to Zidane and the excellent job he's doing. All the players are very happy with him.”

Real Madrid will compete in the International Cup this summer in the United States against three opponents during the pre-season tournament. In addition to facing the Azulgranas, the Whites will battle Manchester United and Manchester City in the not-to-be-missed tournament.

Real Madrid will get their tournament campaign up and running against Manchester United at Santa Clara's Levi’s Stadium (California) on Sunday 23 July at 2pm local time (11pm CET). Following on from their opener, the Whites will compete with Manchester City at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum stadium on Wednesday 26th July (8pm local time, 5am CET on the 27th). Next Real Madrid and Barcelona will meet on Saturday 29th July (7:30pm local time, 1:30am CET on the 30th) at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium.

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Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo share a laugh during training for the Champions League Final.

Cristiano Ronaldo (L) of Real Madrid CF celebrates with teammates at Cibeles square after winning the La liga title on May 21, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. Real earlier beat Malaga 2-0 in Malaga to clinch the Spanish La Liga title. 

CL: Real Madrid, Atl Madrid, Monaco and Juve go through

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

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.

Scored for:
15 Manchester United
85 Real Madrid

How scored:
68 Right foot 
17 Header
15 Left foot

Types of goal:
77 open play
12 free-kicks
11 penalties

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:
51 Home
47 Away
2   Neutral venue

What stage were goals scored:
51 group stage
20 quarter-final
17 round of 16
10 semi-final
2 final

What season were goals scored:
17 2013/14
16 2015/16
12 2012/13
10 2011/12, 2014/15
8 2007/08
7 2009/10, 2016/17*
6 2010/11
4 2008/09
3 2006/07
*Up to quarter-finals second leg

Teams scored against:
9 Bayern
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

Assists by:
11 Karim Benzema
7 Gareth Bale
6 Marcelo
4 Ángel Di María, Ryan Giggs

Clubs in the Champions League semi-final draw

Atlético Madrid
Juventus
Monaco
Real Madrid

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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.

WORLD CUP RUSSIA 2018 TICKETS & QUALIFIERS SCHEDULE

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.

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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