Cristiano Ronaldo had a quiet start to Euro 2016, but reminded everyone how clinical he can be with two crucial strikes against Hungary to fire Portugal into the last-16. His Welsh counterpart, Gareth Bale has been smashing in a goal a game so far to keep the pressure on Ronaldo. It could be a case of which team goes deeper into the competition, as to which player has the best chance to claim the golden boot.
Once again the mighty Real Madrid have ended the season by being crowned the champions of Europe, making it an amazing and untouchable record of lifting the European cup 11 times. So after a difficult season which looked for a long time that it would end without us winning a thing, everyone concerned with Real Madrid will be feeling a lot happier now than we did a few months ago.
Gaelic connection: Bale and Zidane key to new era of Real Madrid dominanceZinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid side embark on a 2015/16 Champions League final that could propel them into yet another era of footballing dominance not seen since the Frenchman himself was playing for the club.
After the glittering Pep Guardiola years of the late Noughties followed by the ‘MSN resurgence’ which saw them win last year’s Champions League final, Madrid’s rivals, Barcelona, have held the Spanish bragging rights for much of the 21st century.
Just one game to go for Real Madrid this season and it is certainly a big one and hopefully the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on Saturday ends in the same result as we got two years ago. It would be nice for the nerves of anyone concerned with Los Blancos, however, if this Real Madrid side did not leave it as late as the last one.
But when the dust has settled on this huge European game, Real Madrid thoughts will turn to Euro 2016 and our preparations for next season and the summer tournament could have a significant effect on those preparations, for a number of reasons.
As Real Madrid still had a chance of nipping ahead of great rivals Barcelona to win this season’s La Liga title and be crowned champions of Spain, Zinedine Zidane would have had no thoughts of rotating his squad and resting players for the Champions League final.
Only a win would do for Real Madrid last weekend, which we got but unfortunately so did Barca meaning that we fell just short. However, with the boss having no injury problems to concern him, it looks like team that started against Deportivo La Coruna in the final league game is what Zidane sees as his best XI, so will that be the same side that starts the Champions League final against city rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday?
Things really have taken an upward turn for Real Madrid and the chances of major trophy success this season ever since the top brass at the Santiago Bernabeu decided to call it a day on the previous manager Rafa Benitez and replace the former Liverpool and Chelsea boss with the former Real Madrid and France star Zinedine Zidane.
For those of us that thought Real Madrid had made a mistake in getting rid of Carlo Ancelotti in the first place, the first half of the La Liga season has been tough to take. I am not one of the Real Madrid fans that was dead set against Rafa Benitez either, but it has become increasingly clear that he was not the right manager to get the best out of the team and individual stars like Cristiano Ronaldo.
We’re one of three favourites to win the Champions League according to England legend
Alan Shearer, a legend for England at international level, and Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United at a domestic stage – says he believes Real Madrid are one of three teams he can see winning this years Champions League, and we wouldn’t mind a repeat of the heroics of 2014 ourselves.
Shearer has forged a deal with British sports bookmaker Coral in which he pens his thoughts in a regular feature on the site on the current goings on in world football.
The unrivalled star at Real Madrid is still Cristiano Ronaldo, highlighted once more this season with his record breaking goal tally of 61 in all competitions. So I suppose we should not have been too surprised when it was Gareth Bale that the Bernabeu fans turned on as the goals of our season slipped away from us one after the other.
One of the biggest Real Madrid transfer sagas of the summer is set to be about who will be in charge of getting the best out of all the star players, rather than who those players will be. But the star players already at the club, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos have all expressed their support for the current holder of the job Carlo Ancelotti.