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.
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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.
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.
Ronaldo’s Portugal: A One-Man Team?
Football fans around the world will be hoping that Carlo Ancelotti doesn’t rush Cristiano Ronaldo back onto the pitch, in order to play in the Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich. Any recurrence of his existing knee and hamstring problems could be a disaster for his – and Portugal’s – World Cup hopes.
Best In The World
I do not think that any Real Madrid fans will be too hard on Cristiano Ronaldo today, but the Portuguese striker did fluff a great chance to hand Real Madrid another record last night. When CR7 stepped up to take a penalty to make it 3-0 on a col night in Copenhagen, nobody expected anything other than to see the net bulge. If it had, then Madrid would have set a new Champions League record of 21 goals in the group stage, but it was a poor penalty and we could only equal the record.
One of the things that has made the Real Madrid and Portugal superstar reach the very pinnacle of the football world is the desire to always improve. So even when Cristiano Ronaldo. So even when he was starring in the Premier League and winning trophies galore with Manchester United, he did not rest on his laurels.
After winning the Ballon D’Or, which Ronaldo did in 2008, most people would be pretty pleased with themselves, but not him. He joined the biggest club in the world and took his performances on to another level. The striker is currently in the form of his life and is most people’s favourite to be named the best player in the world soon, but he is still looking to improve, which can only be good news for Real Madrid fans.
Because if the fierce rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga, you would not normally expect any support for Cristiano Ronaldo coming from the Nou Camp, but it seems the Portuguese star is seen as so deserving of the FIFA Ballon D’Or this year that even people connected with the Catalan club are saying Ronaldo should win.
This still does not mean that CR7 will walk away with the award for the best footballer in the world for 2013, because it all depends on the voting and there is always a bit of bias and favouritism. The Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque, for instance, has already revealed that he will always vote for Spanish players as his top three, while team mates for club and country will vote for each other.
We already knew that Real Madrid was blessed with some serious attacking talent, but there was a real danger that hardly any of those players would be at the World Cup in Brazil next summer. Angel Di Maria’s Argentina had already qualified and Gareth Bale’s Wales had fallen way short.
But the fact that Portugal and France had to qualify via the play-offs was surprising and both teams were on the brink after the first legs. France, especially, were on their way out after losing 2-0 in Ukraine. No European team had ever turned around that deficit, but France did it last night with a 3-0 win in Paris.
Fans of Real Madrid have already lost faith with the process of choosing the winner of the Ballon D’Or, and the recent idiotic performance of the FIFA president Sepp Blatter has done nothing to change their minds. Cristiano Ronaldo is the stand out candidate this year, in my opinion, but that does not mean he will win it.
It appears that the bookies feel it will be the Bayern Munich and France player Franck Ribery who wins it this year, and the people who support him say he deserves it because Bayern won the treble. Well that theory didn’t stop Messi beating Ronaldo last year even though Madrid had ended Barcelona’s title winning and recorded a record number of points into the bargain.
You would think a team club like Real Madrid, with a stellar squad assembled from the world’s best players, would be able to cope with the loss of a player. Apart from Cristiano Ronaldo, who is unique, Madrid should have plenty of options, but there is serious concern among Madrid fans and pundits in Spain that the loss of Sami Khedira could be a real problem.
The German midfielder, who damaged his cruciate ligament in the friendly against Italy on Friday, is thought to be the only player of his kind in the team. There are others who play in the same position, like Alonso, Modric and the new signings Casemiro and Illarramendi, but they are all different.