[dropcap]G[/dropcap]ermany coach Joachim Low was in full praise of Miroslav Klose after the striker not only helped Germany get a point against Ghana in the 2-2 draw, but achieved a personal landmark as well. Klose equalled Brazilian striker Ronaldo’s record of 15 goals in World Cup finals just a few minutes after coming on as a substitute for Mario Gotze. Low said:
“I’m awfully happy for Klose – he was on the pitch for two minutes and scored. But it’s sensational for me to have this kind of player on the bench knowing they can make a decisive move.”
Klose, who started his scoring record in World Cups in the 2002 edition, was in danger of missing out on Ronaldo’s record at the last moment. At 36, he is unlikely to take part in the next World Cup. The Lazio striker has scored these 15 goals in just 20 matches compared to the 19 matches of Ronaldo. The Brazilian striker tweeted:
“Welcome to the club Klose. I can imagine how happy you are. What a nice World Cup!”
Germany were in danger of conceding a shock defeat at the hands of Ghana after the African team had scored two quick goals in response to Mario Gotze’s goal early in the first half. Ghana had several opportunities to finish of the game, but their failure to take those chances were punished heavily by the clinical Miroslav Klose. The former Bayern Munich man may not have a great record at club level, but he proved yesterday that he was completely deserving of the 133 appearances he has made for Germany.
It was a momentous occasion for Miroslav Klose, who only recently went past legend Gerd Muller’s record of 68 goals for the German national team.
The draw against Ghana still leaves Germany in a strong position, but they need to win against the USA in their final match to be sure of qualification.
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Cristiano Ronaldo is the “World soccer” magazine player of the year for the second time in his career! Cristiano Ronaldo won the prestigious award ahead of Lionel Messi and Frank Ribery, who finished 2nd and 3rd.
Journalists and pundits from all over the World voted, and gave marks ranking from 1 to 10 to their favorite players. Cristiano won the competition with flying colors, scoring 1075 points. His greatest rival, Lionel Messi, scored “only” 926 points, so he finished in second place, way behind Real Madrid player. Frank Ribery scored 870 points. Other players who finished in top10 where:
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (658 points)
5. Arjen Robben (324 points)
6. Neymar (286 points)
7. Philipp Lahm (255 points)
8. Robin Van Persie (251 points)
9. Robert Lewandowski (250 points)
10. Gareth Bale (187 points)
The most interesting thing with this election is that Ronaldo won this award in 2008. when he won “Golden ball” award too. When we look at this year’s “Golden ball” competition, Ronaldo is in the race with same rivals – Messi and Ribery. Will he again be the first in both competitions, as he was in 2008?
The Real Madrid No.1 backed his No.7 team mate for his great form and claims that he has earned the top position.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been on a great run this season scoring 18 times in just 25 appearances for Los Blancos.
“There’s one player who’s ahead of everyone else, who’s in amazing form and who deserves all the praise. That player is Cristiano Ronaldo”, said the Spanish goalkeeper.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt about it and he shows it game after game. It’s good for Madrid because our hope is that, thanks to him, in a few months’ time we’ll be achieving our goals for this year.”
Iker Casillas has made five appearances in the Champions League for Real Madrid this season, as Diego Lopez continues to impress in La Liga.
The man many call the best player in the world Cristiano Ronaldo his put pen to paper signing a new five-year contract with Real Madrid that will keep him at the Santiago Bernabéu until 2018, while at the same time also making him the highest paid player in football.
The Real Madrid star will earn a staggering £15 million a year after tax eclipsing the wages of both Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Ronaldo’s new agreement comes in the wake of new world-record signing of Gareth Bale from Tottenham who joined the Spanish giants for a massive £86 million.
Real Madrid were keen to let Ronaldo know that he is still the main man at the Santiago Bernabéu offered the Portuguese striker the new contract which will now see him spend the rest of his career with Los Blancos.
The new contract also ends whatever hope Manchester United had of luring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford and a link up with his main sponsor Nike.
Even Ronaldo himself says that there was no way he was ever going to return to Manchester as that was in his past, and that he would now look to the future finishing his career in Madrid.
I’m really happy here,’ he said. ‘I’ll be here five more years. I just want to win trophies for this club.
‘I will be honest with you – everyone knows I was in Manchester for six years. Manchester is in the past. Now my club is Real Madrid. This is my home, my family is here and I’m really happy here.
‘I respect all the clubs who ask about me. But they always know that my decision, that my only goal is to be here and to play at this club until, maybe, the end of my career.’
Real Madrid President Florentino Perez is looking to build another team of Galactico’s in the Spanish Capital, and after having signed Gareth Bale, and getting Cristiano Ronaldo to commit to a new contract his two main building blocks are in place.
My guess here, and it is only a guess is that Madrid will go after Liverpool’s Luis Suarez in January, and especially so if French international Karim Benzema fails to find the back of the net enough times in the run up to the New Year.
Former Paris Saint-Germain and now Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that world record signing Gareth Bale will make his Real Madrid debut against Villarreal Saturday night where Los Blancos will face their toughest test so far this season.
The Italian coach also told reporters that Goalkeeper Iker Casillas will start in next week’s Champions League match.
The Welsh wizard as he was referred to at his former club Tottenham Hotspurs signed this past summer for Real Madrid in a world record breaking 100€ million.
The Italian coach has said the Bale will play in this weekend’s la Liga clash, but has not said whether or not he will be a starter or if he will come on as a substitute.
“Bale will travel to Villarreal and will play, although I don’t know if he’ll start or come off the bench,” Ancelotti said at a press conference.
“Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo are two excellent players and I have no doubt that they will improve the team together.
“What I like the most about Bale? His motivation and his desire to make an impact here at Madrid. He is very happy and humble.”
Ancelotti then went on to talk about out of favour Iker Casillas saying that Spain’s number one keeper will play against their Group B opener against Galatasaray midweek.
“On Tuesday, Iker will play from the start, so everybody is calm,” he added.
“It might be an option that Diego Lopez plays in La Liga and Casillas in the Copa del Rey.”
During the summer football transfers or the “silly season” as it is called by most people, you read and hear so many rumors about where players are going to end up that it is hard to separate the fact from the fiction.
Being a football fan like you I follow my club religiously constantly looking to see who we have signed or who will be leaving in the hope that some superstar will be joining up with us leading we hope to Premiership glory or in my teams case that coveted fourth spot currently held by Arsenal that gets you into the Champions League, and the money that goes along with it.
A little trick I have learned is to follow the bookies as they have insider knowledge as to what is going on behind the scenes in the world of football.
There is plenty of speculation at the moment as to the future of Wayne Rooney, and what the outcome will be when the striker sits down with David Moyes next week to discuss whether he has a future at Manchester United or not.
According to the bookies he is 5/2 to join Chelsea and 3/1 to join Arsenal with Real Madrid at 7/2 in case a deal involving Cristiano comes off.
Other notable up in the airs are of course Liverpool’s’ Luis Suarez with the bookies favorite being a move to real Madrid at a price off 2/5 where I think that it is quite possible that a deal has already been made with the controversial striker already telling the press that it would be difficult to say no to Real Madrid.
Another move and perhaps the biggest of all is Cristiano Ronaldo joining Manchester United with Sky Bet offering 11/10 on that move.
Perhaps we will learn more tomorrow as these three transfers along with that of Tottenham’s Gareth Bale depend very much on Real Madrid who are expected to announce Italian Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager tomorrow.
While the business of appointing a new manager is still an on-going project for Real Madrid with Carlo Ancelotti being the man everyone assumes will take over the spot left vacant by Jose Mourinho as the special one returned to the place where he says he is loved Los Blanco’s are left with plenty of unfinished business.
Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuaín seems to be wanted by quite a few top clubs including Arsenal who are reported to have made an offer of 30€ in one lump sum while the other interested party Italian Serie a side Juventus have offered 8€ million less and want to pay the money to Madrid in instalments.
Madrid know that some other offers could come in for Higuaín who still has three years remaining on his contract, and are unlikely to let him go for less than 40€.
The one question I really want to know the answer of is if Cristiano Ronaldo will sign a new contract or not, and despite club president Florentino Perez saying that Ronaldo will retire at real Madrid, I still see him returning to Manchester United if the club and Nike can come up with the right deal.
We all know the Tottenham’s Gareth Bale is the top priority signing for Real Madrid this summer but the hope of getting him cheaply have all but gone out of the window with Manchester United saying they would like to sign the Welsh wizard, along with Paris Saint-Germain who not only want Bale, but the Tottenham manager Andres Villas-Boas as well.
If you ask the real Madrid fans who they want the club to sign I can tell you that the name is not Cavani, Suarez, or Bale, but Malaga’s wizz-kid Isco with 44% of the votes in a recent poll held by Reals mouthpiece newspaper Marca in second place with 22% of the votes was Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski with the Madrid fans remembering the four-goals he scored to knock them out of the Champions League.
Isco has been a standout for the Spanish team guiding them to the European U-21 final against Italy to be played tomorrow June 18th in Jerusalem, Israel, and asked whether his teammates Nacho and Morata have been telling him that he should sign for Madrid he laughed saying “they keep going on about it”.
It is silly season in the transfer market with players being spotted here there and everywhere.
The current major transfer rumour circulates around Gareth Bale and a possible move to Spain. There has been no concrete bid for the player or even an enquiry so it demonstrates the influence the media can have on the football transfer marketplace.
Similarly, potential moves for stars Ronaldo and Hulk are being played out to a global audience. With no football to write about the media and especially the press are focused on engineering popular gossip.
Kicking the small guy…
When the media start to push player transfers, especially from smaller clubs it usually has a negative impact for the current employer. For example media coverage forced through Wayne Rooney’s transfer to Manchester United and more recently Wilfred Zaha’s move to Old Trafford was instigated by the media turning the head of a young player. Should they have a responsibility to protect the game and developing talent?
In the end, transfer gossip sells and fans lap it up every bit as much as the media. It is part of the game and the interchanging modern structure.
Everyone loves a good rumour and here are a few more to wet the early close season appetites:
Scott Parker is wanted by old club West Ham along with striker Demba Ba
- Hull City prepare for life in the top flight by upping their offer for Celtic striker Garry Hooper
- Manchester United remain keen on Cesc Fabregas despite the midfielder wanting to remain in Spain
According to the British newspaper the independent newly promoted French Ligue 1 side Monaco are on the verge of making a world-record £85 million offer for Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo has two years remaining on his contract with Madrid, and has so far refused to sign a new contract at the Santiago Bernabeu where has been for the past four seasons after completing what was then a world record move from current Premier League champions Manchester United.
In fact before today’s news regarding Monaco it was thought that it would be his old club Manchester United that he would return to with the Red Devils reportedly putting together a £65 million deal with Nike to bring the fans favourite back to Old Trafford.
This all to a big turn last night following the news that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said he is ready to offer Ronaldo a salary of £125 million over five years.
Perez when speaking to the press in Spain said: ‘I would bet Cristiano will retire at Real Madrid because it’s the natural thing,’ he told Marca.
‘We will negotiate the new contract before the start of La Liga and I am convinced that everything will come out well.
‘To renew Cristiano before the start of the season is my desire and my ambition. We will do everything possible to make it happen.’
This of course was before all talk of an offer by Monaco for the 28-year-old after having already spent £110 million this summer on Atletico’s Radamel Falcao and Porto’s James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho.
Owned by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev money is not a problem for the principality football team, and the tax advantages never mind being able to live on the French Riviera would be very appealing to almost any footballer.
Even if Monaco decided to offer Ronaldo £5 million a year less than Los Blanco’s it would still work out to be £330,000 per week as Monaco residents pay no tax on their earnings which would make Ronaldo the highest paid footballer in the world.
We will have to wait and see what happens, but one thing is for sure Monaco are not finished spending yet.