Cristiano Ronaldo

Liverpool

On This Day in Football: United call Anfield ‘home’, US Soccer takes first steps

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On 20 August 1971, a team in red walked out of the tunnel at Anfield waving at the plethora of excited fans, also donning red colours, sat in the Spion Kop.

Arsenal were the visiting team on that day. But the Gunners would not be playing Liverpool, but rather their arch nemesis, Manchester United.

Tuesday Kickoff: Liverpool determined to keep Philippe Coutinho, Virgil van Dijk requests transfer and more

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With the transfer window heading towards an end, Liverpool remain active as the club looks to sign one player while holding onto another.

Liverpool is reportedly holding firm on their stance that Philippe Coutinho is not for sale amid Barcelona interest. (REPORT)

Virgil van Dijk, who remains a Liverpool target, handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force a move from Southampton.

Real Madrid

Smashing a dynasty: How Real Madrid conquered Barcelona to become Spain’s dominant force

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Any neutral fan hoping for an evenly-matched Spanish Super Cup would have been left disappointed this week. The levels of dominance Real Madrid showed over their biggest rivals FC Barcelona was...

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Super Cup: Marco Asensio Continues Amazing Goal-Scoring Debut Record As Real Madrid Emerge Victorious Over Barcelona In First Leg (Photos & Video)

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Real Madrid emerged from the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup with a commanding lead over eternal rivals Barcelona, winning 3-1 at the Camp Nou on Sunday night.

Indeed, Real looked to be firing on all cylinders before a ball was even kicked in anger if this footage of their mesmerising pre-match training drill is anything to go by.

Accident In The Workplace: Cristiano Ronaldo Comes Perilously Close To Slipping Off Real Madrid’s Team Bus (Video)

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Having been granted an extended summer break, Cristiano Ronaldo played a purposefully limited part in Real Madrid's 2-1 Super Cup victory over Manchester United in muggy Macedonia last night.

With fans clamouring to see the Portuguese star, Zinedine Zidane (possibly reluctantly) sent Ronaldo on for the final eight minutes of the match in what proved to be a largely unspectacular cameo.

What happened last time we played Real Madrid in a friendly?

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1. Manchester United won 3-1 and fans started to think that in Louis van Gaal we had the manager that was going to bring back the glory days. Real Madrid were the champions of Europe at the time but United comprehensively outplayed them.

2. Ashley Young, who was deeply unpopular at the time, was tried out in the new position of wing-back.

Jose Mourinho discusses Cristiano Ronaldo to Man Utd transfer links

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has ruled out a bid for Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. The Red Devils were strongly linked with a...

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Real Madrid announce squad for International Champions Cup tour

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Real Madrid has unveiled its squad for the 2017 International Champions Cup tour that will played across the United States.

While many of the stars will be available to play in the United States, the glaring omission is Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese star is resting after competing in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Real Madrid announce squad for International Champions Cup tour

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Real Madrid has unveiled its squad for the 2017 International Champions Cup tour that will played across the United States.

While many of the stars will be available to play in the United States, the glaring omission is Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese star is resting after competing in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

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Messi, Ronaldo lead sports stars in condemning Barcelona attack

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Madrid (AFP) – Football icons and longtime rivals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo joined Spanish sports stars around the world in expressing their grief after Thursday’s terror attack in Barcelona left 13 people dead.

Barcelona’s most famous street Las Ramblas was packed with tourists when a van drove into the crowds, leaving scenes of carnage.

Messi, Ronaldo lead sports stars in condemning Barcelona attack

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Madrid (AFP) – Football icons and longtime rivals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo joined Spanish sports stars around the world in expressing their grief after Thursday’s terror attack in Barcelona left 13 people dead.

Barcelona’s most famous street Las Ramblas was packed with tourists when a van drove into the crowds, leaving scenes of carnage.

Ronaldo-less Real complete Super Cup rout of Barcelona

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid shrugged off the absence of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo to cruise past rivals Barcelona 2-0 in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup to cap a 5-1 aggregate win.

Ronaldo was slapped with a five-game ban for pushing the referee after he was sent-off in the first leg, but his replacement Marco Asensio enhanced his reputation as one of world football’s rising stars as he smashed Madrid into the lead after just four minutes.

Raging Ronaldo ‘persecuted’ as appeal against ban rejected

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo blasted his treatment by the Spanish Football Federation as “persecution” after his appeal against a five-game ban was rejected on Wednesday.

The World Player of the Year will miss the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona later on Wednesday (kick off 2100GMT) and Madrid’s first four games of the season in La Liga.

Cristiano Ronaldo faces lengthy ban for referee push

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo could face a four to 12-game ban for pushing referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea after being shown a controversial red card in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win at Barcelona.

Madrid intend to appeal the second yellow card shown to the World Player of the Year for diving eight minutes from time when he went down inside the area under pressure from Samuel Umtiti, in a bid to free Ronaldo to play in Wednesday’s second leg.

Beaten Barcelona have to buy, Busquets admits

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona have to strengthen a squad depleted by the departure of Neymar, influential midfielder Sergio Busquets admitted after the Catalans suffered a 3-1 home defeat to rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.

Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month for a world record 222 million euro fee, but Barca’s attempts to replace the Brazilian have so far fallen short.

Beaten Barcelona have to buy, Busquets admits

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona have to strengthen a squad depleted by the departure of Neymar, influential midfielder Sergio Busquets admitted after the Catalans suffered a 3-1 home defeat to rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.

Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month for a world record 222 million euro fee, but Barca’s attempts to replace the Brazilian have so far fallen short.

Isco magic wins Super Cup for Real Madrid

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Skopje (AFP) – A delightful goal by Isco proved the difference as Real Madrid survived a Manchester United fightback to win 2-1 and lift the UEFA Super Cup in the Macedonian capital of Skopje on Tuesday.

Casemiro put the reigning European champions in front on 24 minutes on a steamy summer’s night in the Balkans and Isco doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half after a one-two with Gareth Bale.

Isco magic wins Super Cup for Real Madrid

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Skopje (AFP) – A delightful goal by Isco proved the difference as Real Madrid survived a Manchester United fightback to win 2-1 and lift the UEFA Super Cup in the Macedonian capital of Skopje on Tuesday.

Casemiro put the reigning European champions in front on 24 minutes on a steamy summer’s night in the Balkans and Isco doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half after a one-two with Gareth Bale.

Ronaldo in Madrid squad for Super Cup against Man Utd

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo could feature against his former club Manchester United in Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup after being included in Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane’s squad for the trip to Skopje, Macedonia.

Ronaldo’s summer has been overshadowed by accusations of tax evasion in Spain, which led to him being appearing in court last week, and speculation over his future.

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘wants England return’: reports

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo told a Spanish court he “would like to return to England” due to his tax troubles in Spain, Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported on Saturday.

The Real Madrid star was called to testify in court on Monday over accusations he evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.

Football megastar Ronaldo due in court over tax evasion claims

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Madrid (AFP) – Football megastar Cristiano Ronaldo appears in court near Madrid on Monday accused of evading millions of euros in taxes, the latest player to fall foul of Spain’s taxman.

The 32-year-old will be questioned by a court in Pozuelo de Alarcon, a wealthy suburb of Madrid where he lives, after returning from a summer break with his girlfriend and relatives and a promotion trip to China.

Football megastar Ronaldo due in court over tax evasion claims

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Madrid (AFP) – Football megastar Cristiano Ronaldo appears in court near Madrid on Monday accused of evading millions of euros in taxes, the latest player to fall foul of Spain’s taxman.

The 32-year-old will be questioned by a court in Pozuelo de Alarcon, a wealthy suburb of Madrid where he lives, after returning from a summer break with his girlfriend and relatives and a promotion trip to China.

Cristiano Ronaldo: ‘I’m staying at Real Madrid’

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo has told a Spanish newspaper he is staying put at Real Madrid to plunder more silverware, ending weeks of speculation about his future.

“To win important trophies with my club and the personal honours last season was brilliant, to do it again would be nice,” Ronaldo told the sports daily Marca on Tuesday in an interview from Shanghai.

Super-agent Mendes denies in court creating shell companies

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Pozuelo de Alarcón (Spain) (AFP) – Football super-agent Jorge Mendes denied Tuesday he helped creat shell companies for his clients during questioning by a Spanish court investigating alleged tax evasion by Monaco striker Radamel Falcao.

He told the closed door hearing in Pozuelo de Alarcon, an upmarket suburb of Madrid where many football stars live, that he “never” advised players in tax matters”, his company Gestifute said in a statement.

Super-agent Mendes denies in court creating shell companies

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Pozuelo de Alarcón (Spain) (AFP) – Football super-agent Jorge Mendes denied Tuesday he helped creat shell companies for his clients during questioning by a Spanish court investigating alleged tax evasion by Monaco striker Radamel Falcao.

He told the closed door hearing in Pozuelo de Alarcon, an upmarket suburb of Madrid where many football stars live, that he “never” advised players in tax matters”, his company Gestifute said in a statement.

Chile out to curb Portugal’s Ronaldo in Confederations Cup semi

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Kazan (Russia) (AFP) – Copa America champions Chile will try to curb Portugal’s superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in Wednesday’s Confederations Cup semi-final with the goal-ace in rich form despite a tax storm brewing in Spain.

The 32-year-old converted a penalty in Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing of New Zealand to claim his 75th international goal.

Chile out to curb Portugal’s Ronaldo in Confederations Cup semi

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Kazan (Russia) (AFP) – Copa America champions Chile will try to curb Portugal’s superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in Wednesday’s Confederations Cup semi-final with the goal-ace in rich form despite a tax storm brewing in Spain.

The 32-year-old converted a penalty in Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing of New Zealand to claim his 75th international goal.

Super-agent Jorge Mendes in court over Falcao ‘tax evasion’

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Pozuelo de Alarcón (Spain) (AFP) – Football super-agent Jorge Mendes arrived in court near Madrid Tuesday for questioning over a probe into striker Radamel Falcao’s alleged tax evasion, just one of his clients to fall foul of Spain’s judiciary.

As Spanish authorities tighten the net around footballers such as Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, another Mendes client suspected of fiscal fraud, their advisers and agents are coming under scrutiny too.

Super-agent Jorge Mendes in court over Falcao ‘tax evasion’

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Pozuelo de Alarcón (Spain) (AFP) – Football super-agent Jorge Mendes arrived in court near Madrid Tuesday for questioning over a probe into striker Radamel Falcao’s alleged tax evasion, just one of his clients to fall foul of Spain’s judiciary.

As Spanish authorities tighten the net around footballers such as Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, another Mendes client suspected of fiscal fraud, their advisers and agents are coming under scrutiny too.

Chile wait on Aranguiz’s fitness for Confed Cup semi-final

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Moscow (AFP) – Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi hopes Charles Aranguiz will be fit for Wednesday’s Confederations Cup semi-final against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal after the midfield enforcer suffered a knock against Australia.

A hard challenge from Socceroos veteran Tim Cahill clattered Aranguiz, who had to be substituted at half-time of Sunday’s 1-1 draw in Moscow.

Chile wait on Aranguiz’s fitness for Confed Cup semi-final

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Moscow (AFP) – Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi hopes Charles Aranguiz will be fit for Wednesday’s Confederations Cup semi-final against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal after the midfield enforcer suffered a knock against Australia.

A hard challenge from Socceroos veteran Tim Cahill clattered Aranguiz, who had to be substituted at half-time of Sunday’s 1-1 draw in Moscow.

Chile wait on Aranguiz’s fitness for semi-final

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Moscow (AFP) – Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi hopes Charles Aranguiz will be fit for Wednesday’s Confederations Cup semi-final against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal after the midfield enforcer suffered a knock against Australia.

A hard challenge from Socceroos veteran Tim Cahill clattered Aranguiz, who had to be substituted at half-time of Sunday’s 1-1 draw in Moscow.

FC Barcelona

Monday Kickoff: Cristiano Ronaldo faces ban, Coutinho left out of Liverpool squad and more

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One of the game's top stars faces a massive ban while a Barcelona target has been left out of his current team's Champions League squad.

Cristiano Ronaldo is facing, at minimum, a four-game ban for pushing the referee after being sent off with his second yellow card in Sunday's Super Cup win.

Football Gets in the Way (Barcelona 1 – Real Madrid 3)

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Bow down to the Master! All hail Cristiano Ronaldo!
It's been way too long since I've blogged about Real Madrid. Heck, we've won a La Liga title and another Champions League title since I last posted here.

Monday Kickoff: AC Milan interested in Zlatan Ibrahmovic, Barca pursues Ousmane Dembele and more

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While one veteran striker has been linked with an old club, a young winger remains a Barcelona target following the Neymar sale.

AC Milansporting director Massimo Mirabelli said Zlatan Ibrahimovic "could come back" to the club when fully healthy. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmundsporting director Michael Zorc says he is "not aware" of the reported agreement between Ousmane Dembele and Barcelona.

Germany

Germany vs Mexico; Confederations Cup semifinal: Streaming and how to watch

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Germany is aiming to get into their second FIFA final of the month, while Mexico wants to prove they can compete on the global stage.

The first semi-final provided action, not as much as you would want from a Portugal-Chile match but penalties and was definitely one of the better Confederations Cup matches.

Portugal vs Chile; Confederations Cup semifinal: Streaming and how to watch

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Chile and Portugal start it off in the first semi-final. A matchup that pits Cristiano Ronaldo vs Alexis Sanchez

Just like that we're down to four teams, with Group A winners Portugal starting off the semis against Chile. Germany will face Mexico in the other semi on Thursday June 29.

There are plenty of questions for each team going into these semis and to the hosts, as without making the semi-finals how will Russia draw in fans for the final games of the Confederations Cup.

The Rest

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The remaining European Leagues get started this weekend with La Liga, Serie A, and the Bundesliga all seeing their first action of the new season, which leads to another Saturday of dawn til dusk soccer on your TV.

Bayern Munich's title defense kicks off Friday night against Bayer Leverkusen on FS1, which also broadcasts an MLS tilt between Portland Timbers and New York Red Bulls that night.

Around The Forest: Cristiano Ronaldo suspended for five matches

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Kenny Saief's summer isn't getting any better, Houston DP Tomás Martínez wants more, Coutinho left out of Liverpool's UCL Playoff squad and more..

Portland:

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Major League Soccer:

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Top 5 Failed Manchester United Transfer Tales

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There's a certain amount of emotional protection required during the transfer window when you're a Manchester United fan. Not that we're the only club to be spuriously and recklessly linked with the latest prodigal talent for the sake of extra clicks, but over the years, United fans have seen so many potential deals fall through, seen the club's name used by so many agents to drum up interest and been the go-to name to drop when a player wants a nice new contract that it's hard not to be even a little sceptical about almost every single player that the club is linked with.