Cristiano Ronaldo Reveals How He Wants His Rivalry With Lionel Messi to Continue

?Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken up about his move to Juventus and the differences he feels in the attitude and togetherness compared to Real Madrid, as well as missing his individual battles with Lionel Messi. 

Ronaldo has endured a fruitful start to life in Turin to say the least, helping ?Juventus to the joint-best start ever recorded in Europe’s top five leagues since the three-point era began, with 10 goals and six assists in Juve’s unbeaten record of 14 wins from 15 games.

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And, speaking to ?La Gazzetta dello Sport, when asked to name who impresses him most in the Old Lady’s squad, the forward could only admit to it being the greatest one he’s been a part of, saying: “It’s not fair to name just a few, but I can say that this is the best group I’ve ever played.” 

He then highlighted the difference between his dressing room in Italy and his previous one in Spain, adding: “Here we are a team, elsewhere someone feels bigger than others but here they are all on the same line, they are humble and want to win. 

“If Dybala or Mandzukic do not mark, you still see them happy, smile. For me it is beautiful, I perceive the difference. Even in ?Madrid they are humble but here… I feel they are more so. It is very different from Madrid, this is more a family.”

Asked whether he wants any of his former teammates, as has been repeatedly rumoured, to join him in Turin, Ronaldo proclaimed: “I see you write about James, Bale, Asensio but I’m honest, Juventus does not need other players. You must talk to the president. 

“On the future, I do not know. Marcelo is strong, we open the doors to good players and Marcelo is one of them.”

?Ronaldo was also probed on his individual rivalry with ?Messi, and whether it was something he missed from his time in La Liga. 

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However, he preferred to consider a future move for the Argentine to Italy than look back on the nine-year battle they had: “No, maybe I miss him… I played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal, in the national team, while he is still in Spain. Maybe he needs me more. 

“I would like him to come to Italy one day. Like me, accept the challenge. However, if he is happy there, I respect him: he is a fantastic player, a good guy but I do not miss anything here. This is my new life and I’m happy.”

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World Cup Winner Admits Interest in Real Madrid Job as National Team Reign Nears End

Germany national team manager Joachim Low has conceded that his tenure with Die Mannschaft will come to a close sooner or later, and confirmed he would seek a role in club football. 

He also admitted that the job at ?Real Madrid? would be hard to turn down for any man his line of business. 

The 58-year-old, who worked in Austria, Switzerland and Turkey as well as his native country before he landed the national team role in 2006 following a two year stint as assistant, won a domestic cup at Stuttgart, as well as the Austrian League with Tirol Inssbruck

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Speaking to German television network ZDF, as quoted by Spanish publication ?Sport, Low confirmed: “I was a club manager for several years and I am still not thinking about retirment.”

The World Cup winning tactician has been under pressure to end his reign in recent months, following the DFB’s humiliating group stage exit in Russia 2018, as well as their relegation from the inaugural UEFA Nations League.

And, in light of this, Low admitted: “It’s also clear that the majority of my time as national team coach has already passed, so the moment will arrive when I have to think about what I do after.”

It appears this will likely come in the shape of a return to club football, as he continued: “For me, I am still interested in coaching a club.”


And, when he was asked whether there were any particular outfits or leagues he was looking at, the German proclaimed: “I think it would be abroad, not in Germany.” 

Naturally, this led back to his links with Los Blancos, and in response to questions regarding a potential switch to the ?La Liga side, Low brazenly declared: “Real Madrid are an interesting club for any manager.”

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Exequiel Palacios: 6 Things You Need to Know About the Real Madrid Transfer Target

Real Madrid appear to be on the verge of completing a switch for River Plate starlet Exequiel Palacios. 

River Plate president Rodolfo D’Onofrio has released a statement confirming Madrid’s interest and adding fuel to a potentially imminent switch.  

Madrid’s bitter rivals Barcelona are also believed to be interested and could force a late bidding war for the midfielder. 

So just who is Exequiel Palacios? Here’s six things you need to know about the future star. 

1. He’s a Box-to-Box Midfielder

It’s usually the attacking players that make the headlines worldwide but the midfield engine is becoming an increasingly important role in the modern game. Palacios began his career as an attacking midfielder but he has found his niche dropping deeper down the field for River Plate.

Offering both offensive and defensive qualities and packaged in bundles of energy have made him one of the promising talents on the South American continent. 

2. He’s Been Fast-tracked Into Argentina’s National Side

It wasn’t long before the national pundits began to posit that Palacios could possess exactly the qualities missing from the national side. 

For years the Argentine midfield has been split between an abundance of attacking talent that offers next to nothing going back and slow, holding players. 

Lionel Scaloni has given Palacios the chance to fill the void of a true box-to-box star for the Albiceleste. The 20-year-old was fast-tracked to the first team, making his full debut in a 3-0 friendly against Guatemala in September of 2018.

3. He Made Headlines for His Love Life

It’s not all been smooth sailing for the midfielder though as he’s also made his fair share of headlines for the wrong reasons. Palacios was the talk of the Argentine tabloids when news broke that he had three girlfriends at the same time. 

The player’s personal life was aired in public as his three girlfriends found out he was a love cheat, promptly dumping him. 

One of the women was popular Argentine Instagram model Sol Perez, who even had the news broken to her live on TV. 

4. He’s the Epitome of ‘Despliegue’

Despliegue is a South American word that is hard to translate exactly into English but it’s how the locals refer to their star man. It essentially refers to the player’s apparent ‘ever presence’ in that he covers every blade of grass on the pitch and leaves the opposition no room to breathe. 

Going back to his unrivalled levels of energy, Palacios also shows the commitment to make the attribute a huge asset. He closes players quickly and frequently exudes pace to chase the ball from man to man, playing an almost solo pressing game for River Plate to great effect.

5. He Rarely Takes More Than Two Touches

On top of allowing the opposition no time, Palacios also doesn’t like to waste time on the ball himself, rarely taking more than two touches. The midfielder has developed an iconic style for River Plate by recycling play quickly. Utilising his physical strength well to dispossess the opposition, Palacios usually only needs one touch to take the ball away from the opponent before changing direction with his second touch. 

The same applies on the offence with Palacios often favouring to shift the ball first time, occasionally taking a touch for control. It also makes him very difficult to close or dispossess, he is the complete midfielder for River Plate.  

6. His Vision Makes Him a Constant Threat in the Final Third

Having started his career as an attacking midfielder, Palacios has maintained plenty of those attacking attributes making him more than just a midfield engine. Showing intelligence far beyond his years, Palacios has been praised for his excellent vision, providing probing forward balls for the River Plate front line. 

He contributes to his fair share of goals with three goals and four assists from 19 league appearances for River Plate. It benefits River Plate’s attacking style greatly and should easily translate to any side with willing runners ahead of him. 

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Huesca 0-1 Real Madrid: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Bale’s Strike Seals Victory for Los Blancos

Real Madrid moved up to fourth in La Liga as they ran out 1-0 winners over Huesca on Sunday afternoon.

After a scrappy few minutes in the opening, it took a piece of technical brilliance to open the scoring. Gareth Bale found some space in the Huesca box and stroked home a wonderful volley from Alvaro Odriozola’s cross to net his fourth league goal of the season.

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Both sides seemed to struggle with the conditions and chances were hard to come by during the rest of the first half. Thibaut Courtois had to be at his best to keep his side ahead with a top save midway through the half and, not to be outdone, Aleksandar Jovanovic made an equally decent save to deny Bale a second goal of the afternoon.

Huesca started the second half on the front foot, but they were unable to convert a host of golden opportunities in front of the goal. Madrid responded with a few chances of their own, but Jovanovic stood tall in the Huesca goal to ensure that the hosts remained in contention.

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The Real Madrid defence were forced to hold firm during the closing stages and were almost caught out right at the death, when Courtois tipped a speculative long range free-kick on to the bar.

Here is a breakdown of the afternoon’s events.


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Key Talking Point

Considering how poor the conditions were, this was never going to be an easy afternoon for ?Real Madrid and they had to ride their luck to come away with all three points. Huesca looked particularly lively in the second half and, if they were more lethal in front of goal, Santiago Solari’s side could have been facing another embarrassing away defeat.

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Once again there was something severely lacking from Real Madrid’s play. The transition from defence to attack was often too ponderous and, with the exception of Bale, their front line was far too predictable. Huesca seemed to find it relatively easy to deal with the likes of Karim Benzema, who looked completely uninterested for the whole 90 minutes.

The win moves them back up to fourth in La Liga, but they still remain five points off Barcelona who are sitting pretty at the top of the league.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Courtois (7); Odriozola (7), Ramos (7), Varane (6), Carvajal (6); Modric (6), Llorente (6), Ceballos (6); Bale (8), Vazquez (6), Benzema (5). 

Substitutes: Valverde (6), Isco (6), Asensio (5).


Star Man – Gareth Bale

The nature of the game meant that it was always going to take either a moment of magic or a moment of madness to separate the two sides.

?Bale was able to produce the former early on in the match and he was Madrid’s most threatening attacking outlet all afternoon. He was also very unlucky not to have come away with at least a brace for his efforts.

The Welsh winger is yet to really hit top gear this season, but Real Madrid supporters will be hoping that this performance will help to change all that.



Worst Player – Karim Benzema

?Benzema may be one of the most divisive strikers of the 21st century. For all of his positive attributes, the simple fact of the matter is that he doesn’t score enough goals – at least for a striker who is leading the line for a team as established as Real Madrid.

He had little to no effect on the match this time around and it was a surprise to see him stay on the field after appearing to struggle so much at the top end of the pitch.


Looking Ahead

Real Madrid have already secured their place in the knockout rounds of the Champions League, but they will be looking to top their group when they host CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.

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Paris Saint-Germain Prepare to Rival Real Madrid for Eden Hazard as Ligue 1 Giants Plot Summer Bid

?Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly preparing to go head-to-head with Real Madrid in the pursuit of signing Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard this summer.

The tenacious forward has been hotly tipped to leave Stamford Bridge in 2019 after spending six years at the club. At the age of 27, Hazard is now arguably in his prime, and is apparently keen to take on a new challenge while he’s at the top of his game. The Belgium international has made 223 appearances for Chelsea to date, scoring 76 goals.

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According to the Mirror, PSG could rival Los Blancos’ move for ?Hazard this summer, as they look to bring in another dazzling talent to their side. The Belgium international has reportedly been in contract talks with the ?Blues for some time, but has been reluctant to put pen to paper on a new deal reportedly worth a staggering £300k-per-week.

With PSG’s mega-spending having seen them face a ?fresh Financial Fair Play investigation, it does seem unlikely that the club will shell out another enormous sum of money for a new big money player. Furthermore, Hazard has previously stated his ambition to play for ?Real Madrid, and it would be an odd move to return to Ligue 1, where he previously starred for Lille.


Chelsea fans will undoubtably be concerned with the prospect of losing their star player, who has helped his side win two Premier League titles during his time at the club. However, the club arguably need to invest money in a number of areas across the squad – particularly attack and defence – and could use the Hazard windfall to bolster their ranks.

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In other news, ?Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has claimed that his side beat the ‘best team in Europe’ on Saturday evening, as the Blues pulled off a shock 2-0 win over Premier League champions Manchester City. The former Napoli boss said that his side were lucky not to concede early on, but also that their performance throughout deserved the result.

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