Goal of the Week: Clarence Seedorf strike wins our latest vote


In a line-up dominated by South American style, European export and Dutch legend Clarence Seedorf wins our latest poll.

The former AC Milan and Real Madrid man secured over 47 per cent of your vote, while Samuel Rosa finished in second spot.

Be sure to check out next week’s competition on Monday, as we pick our favourite efforts from the Goal Show.

Real Madrid first club to surpass €500m income barrier

Foto oficial del Real Madrid 2012-13

Sitio oficial del Real Madrid

Real Madrid have closed the 2011-12 fiscal year with income totalling €514 million, a seven per cent growth compared to the previous period.

This is the highest figure earned by an international sports institution, and los Blancos have become the first club to surpass the €500 million barrier in the sports industry.

Members’ contributions, from both annual membership and tickets, account for 9.5% of the total income.

Madrid’s net earnings are €24.2m, which is 23.3% less than in the previous period.

This decrease is put down to increased costs arising on the security front, changes in tax regulations, hedging of contingencies and risks derived from the evolution of the economic context, as well as increased amortisation expenses from investments made.

However, the club’s net debt has still dropped by 26.5%, to €124.7m.

Estimated income for the 2012-13 campaign is €516.6m, with net earnings of about €24.4m.

Sevilla – Real Madrid Preview: Los Merengues look to keep pace with Barcelona

Sevilla welcome back midfielder Diego Perotti from injury for Saturday’s clash with Real Madrid at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

But the Andalusian outfit are set to be without Jose Antonio Reyes, who missed the goalless draw at Rayo Vallecano with a shoulder problem.

Goalkeeper Diego Lopez returns from suspension, while French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia may be given his debut.

Real Madrid have no fresh injury concerns, with the suspended Fabio Coentrao being the only absentee.

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to start despite his apparent dissatisfaction with the Madrid hierarchy.

  • Los Rojiblancos have lost their last seven meetings with Real Madrid in all competitions.
  • Sevilla’s last home win over Real Madrid was a 2-1 success in La Liga in October 2009.
  • Real Madrid have scored 12 goals in their last two visits to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
  • The Castilian side’s 2-1 defeat at Getafe ended a 17-match unbeaten run away from home in La Liga.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured right) has netted eight goals in his last three encounters with Sevilla.

Messi & Higuain behaved like little girls, says Zambrano

Higuaín - Messi - Perú-Argentina

La felicitación de Messi a Higuaín, en el empate argentino / Getty

Peru defender Carlos Zambrano has hit out at Argentina stars Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain in the aftermath of Tuesday’s 1-1 World Cup qualification draw.

Zambrano, who netted the opening goal in the encounter, feels that the Barcelona forward and his Real Madrid colleague did nothing but complain throughout the match, and looked frustrated all game long.

“Messi and Higuain are little girls. All they did was complain about everything all game long,” Zambrano was quoted as saying by Depor.pe.

“Messi must have been scared, because he didn’t do much.

“Higuain attempted to provoke me throughout the game, but I took the high road and didn’t take the bait. I never fell for his tricks.

“The Argentines acted frustrated and didn’t know how to take us on. They tried to work me up with insults. They think they’re untouchable, but that’s wrong. Football is a game for men.”

Argentina sit atop of the table in the Conmebol World Cup qualification group with 14 points from seven games, while Peru have collected seven points from as many matches.

There is no problem with Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid, insists Casillas

Iker Casillas - Real Madrid

Iker Casillas – Real Madrid

Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas has moved to quash rumours suggesting that Cristiano Ronaldo is unhappy in the Spanish capital.

Speculation has been rife since the Portugal international revealed that he was “sad” after Real’s last league game with Getafe.

However, Casillas does not believe there is a problem and that everyone at the club is content.

“There has been no issue. Everyone left for their national teams to play elsewhere this week,” he was quoted by AS.

“I arrived at training at 4.15pm and there was no meeting [between Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho], there was nothing out of the ordinary. Cristiano was normal. We have to be focused on the Sevilla match, we cannot drop more points, we have to win.

“For Madrid, both as a player and a fan, it is a real pleasure to have Cristiano. And for Cristiano, it is a luxury to wear the shirt of the best club in the world.

“Everyone is better off. Cristiano is happy to stay in Madrid and the fans are happy to have Cristiano. Madrid’s fans are demanding, but they are with everyone.”

One of the rumours that circulated as to why Ronaldo could be unhappy was the lack of endorsement from his team-mates for him to win this year’s Ballon d’Or.

When asked about his thoughts on the topic, Casillas hinted that Ronaldo may not be the only player who deserves the award.

“I think that some players at Madrid deserve it for the great season we have had and for the titles have won,” Casillas added.

“There are those who vote following different criteria. Cristiano has been playing at a very high level, but others may also deserve the award too.

“For me? There is much talk of that award and it makes me grateful to be on the lips of so many. People stop me on the street to tell me that I deserve it. This is very satisfying for me.”