Real Madrid 5-0 Sevilla: Cristiano Ronaldo & Star Teammates Annihilate Guests in Whirlwind Match

Cristiano Ronaldo painted Madrid white on Saturday afternoon as Zinedine Zidane’s men played one of their best games of the season and outclassed visitors Sevilla with a stunning 5-0 win. 

Golden man Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a brace for Los Blancos as Nacho, Toni Kroos and Achraf Hakimi all contributed to the scoring in the opening 45 minutes of the match.

The reigning La Liga champions have now distanced Sevilla in the league table and have the same points as second-placed Valencia, who will play on Sunday against Celta Vigo.

Ronaldo looked glowing even before the beginning of the match as he was cheered at Santiago Bernabeu when he showed off the newly-won fifth Ballon d’Or of his career. 

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Zidane had to make several changes in his defence ranks as Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal and Casemiro were all suspended and Raphael Varane picked up an injury early in the week. 

But those players’ absence did not seem to affect Los Blancos in the opening moments as Real Madrid broke the deadlock after barely two minutes thanks to one of the men of the day, Nacho.

Seconds earlier Lucas Vazquez had tried to surprise goalkeeper Sergio Rico with a stunning powerful shot from the distance, but the Spaniard pulled away: the resulting corner kick became the assist for Nacho’s goal. 

Real Madrid were the only ones to handle the ball at the beginning of the game as newly-returned Jesus Vallejo nearly made it 2-0 with a header in the small box that, however, ended wide above the bar. 

Sevilla timidly tried to prove their worth and had their first occasion with Carole, who approached Keylor Navas’ net and kicked towards the farthest post; Real Madrid’s stopper pushed it away. 

Ronaldo gave France Football just another proof that he deserves all those five Ballon d’Ors as he doubled the lead for the home side. The Portuguese superstar received just the perfect assist from Marco Asensio and escaped Sevilla defenders until he found the perfect position to kick the ball right inside the box. 

As the clock hit the half-hour mark, it was Ronaldo again who was chanted by the Bernabeu as he scored his fourth La Liga goal of the season and first brace by converting a penalty that Marcelo had cleverly earned. 

But the Portuguese’s brace almost became a hat trick when he missed just another wonderful chance to net: he looked like an acrobat as he launched a marvellous flying volley that was parred by Rico. 

Few words can describe how lethal Real Madrid showed to be after Kroos bagged the team’s fourth goal in less than 40 minutes. The action leading up to it was incredible: the German picked up the ball from the middle of the pitch, ran all the way until the edge of the box, exchanged with Vazquez and shot past Rico with a fantastic first-time shot. 

But Los Blancos couldn’t get enough of their sensational form and made it 5-0 before the end of the half as Achraf Hakim became the fourth goalscorer of the match. The 19-year-old became the first Moroccan player to score for Real Madrid in the club’s history. 

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Despite the humiliation, Sevilla returned from the break with their heads held high and made a few attempts to narrow the gap; Nolito had his first shot on target as he rolled the ball towards Navas, who, however, comfortably picked it up.

The heroics of the first half almost made the second part of the game look too ‘normal’ compared to the expectations as both sides looked less proactive and slower. 

This resulted in twenty minutes of good defensive work from each team and sporadic, significant chances the most notable one coming from Benzema. Frenchman hit the woodwork with a header. 

Muriel made a weak effort to score for the guests in the last ten minutes of the game, but his shot was too central and Navas had no problem in stopping. 

It is fair to say that Los Blancos are fully back on track and are now scarier than ever. Compliments are in order for boss Zidane, who rearranged his team and made it return to glory in a way that no one expected. 

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Brazilian Legend Pele Gives 2017 Ballon d’Or Winner Cristiano Ronaldo the Best Possible Tribute

Brazilian football icon Pele has given ​Cristiano Ronaldo one of the greatest tributes possible after the Portuguese star won his fifth Ballon d’Or.

Pele sadly never received football’s greatest personal honour as only European players were able to win the award up until 1995.

In a ​Tweet from his personal account, Pele said: “Congratulations to Cristiano on winning this year’s Ballon d’Or. I would love to have played on the same side as you!”

In 1999, Pele was named the Football Player of the Century after all the previous Ballon d’Or winners voted in his favour.

Then In 2016, for the 60th anniversary of the Ballon d’Or, France Football reevaluated the winners of the trophy to include South American players. Pele would have won seven golden balls in the alternative rankings, making him the most decorated player of all time.

If Pele had won all those trophies, Ronaldo would still be two behind him having just tied equal with Lionel Messi on five.

The Real Madrid talisman beat off his Barcelona rival and the most expensive player in world football, Neymar.

It has been a monopoly of who is going to win the prestigious award over the last decade, with it going to either Messi or Ronaldo ever time. 

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25-year-old Neymar looks to be the biggest threat to breaking that trend as both of his competitors enter their 30’s, although Antoine Griezmann came third last year and Kylian Mbappe was the youngest player to ever get into the top 10 this year.

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Karim Benzema Confuses Fans With Bizarre Ballon d’Or Tweet Following 25th Place Finish

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema left his social media followers a tad confused after a tweet he sent out regarding the Ballon d’Or results. 

The French striker was listed as the 25th best player in the Ballon d’Or rankings, behind the likes of Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain), Sadio Mané (Liverpool) and Falcao (AS Monaco).

When Benzema opted to tweet about the final results, it appears a quick Google Translate didn’t quite give the 29-year-old the right words that he was looking for.

After attempting to decipher what Benzema actually meant, it appears as if he is trying to say everyone outside of the top three is just a random selection of good players across Europe.

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One thing that most certainly is not a random selection is that of the French national team.

Having been out of action for Les Bleus for some time now, the president of the French Football Federation, Noël Le Graët, said that the Real Madrid striker won’t be getting back into the national team setup anytime soon.

“You would have to be blind or deaf to not understand that Benzema will be difficult to select right now. It seems to be incontestable to me,” Le Graët told RMC.

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“We must also say that there are a number of talented players in attack, so the problem is perhaps less so than a few years ago.

“Deschamps picked him a lot during years when he was not brilliant in the French team.”

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Spanish Football Expert Insists Real Madrid Aren’t Looking to Sign Mohamed Salah From Liverpool

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has said that Liverpool hotshot Mohamed Salah isn’t on Real Madrid’s radar at the moment.

The former Chelsea star has been a revelation at Anfield since returning to the Premier League this season. And many, including his national coach Hector Cuper, believe that he could head to Madrid soon.

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“I have received information revealing Madrid’s interest in Salah, but there is no rush to things,” Cuper said recently.

 

Balague, however, disagrees with the notion and has said that Real’s priorities are bringing in a new keeper and another striker.

“At this moment in time I understand Salah is not on Real Madrid’s radar,” he said to Sky Sports“They are looking to bring in goalkeeper Kepa (Arrizabalaga) and a striker once Bale’s future is decided.

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“Those two situations need to be sorted before we know exactly what Real Madrid are doing.”

Salah has already scored 19 times for Liverpool this season, and it’s amazing how he could not show such form at Chelsea.

Former Liverpool midfielder turned pundit Danny Murphy reckons that the Egyptian simply did not get a chance to prove his worth at Stamford Bridge.

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“I’d seen him play a few times before he went to Chelsea and liked him a lot,” he told the Daily Star (H/T ​Express). “Not only his pace, but his close control and awareness. I didn’t know he had this many goals in him or was as comfortable in front of goal.

“He then never got a chance at Chelsea. People say he went there and failed, but you don’t fail if you don’t play and the reason he didn’t play was Willian and [Eden] Hazard.


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“It’s the same with [Kevin] De Bruyne. Was he ever going to play instead of [Frank] Lampard? No. Sometimes it takes you going away, playing somewhere else and getting the confidence up even more.”

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Former Winner Kaka Shares Hilarious Response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or Victory

​It was Cristiano Ronaldo’s night once again as he lifted the Ballon d’Or for the fifth time, equalling Lionel Messi’s haul to once again open the gates for a ‘who’s better?’ debate. 

The pair have dominated the award over the past 10 years, taking first and second places by a landslide each time round. 

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Neymar, Manuel Neuer, Xavi, Franck Ribery, Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres have come up against the legendary duo but failed to take either on, as they have all occupied third place behind both players. 

But before the pair took over world football, Brazilian attacking midfielder Kaka was the last to win the award. 

The former Milan player was present at the award ceremony, and when asked what he thought about the Portuguese international winning the award, Kaka produced a brilliant response. 

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“This year is 10 years since I won the Ballon d’Or and every time Cristiano or Messi wins it’s good for me because everyone remembers mine.”

The Milanese legend won the award while at the San Siro, an award that helped him orchestrate a move to Madrid where unfortunately he flopped. 


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After failing at the Bernabeu, the 35-year-old moved back to Milan for one season before making a switch to Orlando City, where he has since retired. 

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Picking the Best Potential Real Madrid Lineup to Face Sevilla on Saturday

Real Madrid take on Sevilla on Saturday afternoon in an attempt to close in on the top of the Spanish league table.

With Barcelona currently leading the tournament by eight points, both sides need a win to keep their chances alive. 

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane will have a hard time in picking his defenders as his three key men Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal and midfielder Casemiro are all suspended. Here’s who could play, though…

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With only three clean sheets in the Spanish league this year, Keylor Navas has a lot to prove on Saturday and will aim at defending his goal as well as possible. 

The 30-year-old’s future is subject to debate lately, but this won’t certainly prevent him from performing at his best against Sevilla.

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19-year-old Achraf Hakimi could be Zidane’s choice at right back since Carvajal won’t be available to play. The Moroccan has made only three league appearances this year and will be expected to show his skills on Saturday. 

Nacho and Vallejo are second choices too for the French boss, but both are likely to play since Ramos and Varane are ruled out. 

Marcelo, though, is a certainty and one of Real Madrid’s most valuable men.

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Mateo Kovacic is set to return, despite a modest appearance on Wednesday night, since Casemiro won’t be able to play. 

Fortunately for Zidane, he will be surrounded by the fifth and 17th best players in the world – respectively Luka Modric and Tony Kroos – who are set to feature in the starting squad after resting against Borussia Dortmund.

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Cristiano Ronaldo was glowing with happiness on Thursday night as he overlooked Paris from the Tour Eiffel, his fifth Ballon d’Or in his hands. 

The Portuguese star will be more motivated than ever as he will threaten Sevilla’s goal together with returner Karim Benzema and Isco, who provided an amazing assist for Borja Mayoral’s first goal against Dortmund. 

Forgotten man Gareth Bale is still struggling with form and injury, and has recently been rumoured to be ready to depart from Madrid. 

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Twitter Reacts in Typical Style to Ronaldo’s Unsurprising Fifth Ballon d’Or Capture

​As expected, Cristano Ronaldo has been named the best player in the world by France Football, who awarded the Portuguese star with his fifth Ballon d’Or on Thursday in an elegant ceremony at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The Real Madrid star has had quite a year, having led Los Blancos to the La Liga title last season, as well as their second successive Champions League triumph.

Ronaldo was named the Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2017 by FIFA back in October. And he has quite unsurprisingly captured his fifth Ballon d’Or, tying Lionel Messi despite the Argentinian’s previous 4-1 lead in the personal contest.

While Ronaldo’s achievement surprised literally no one, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante was ranked at No.8, the highest among Premier League players, ahead of the likes of his teammate Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Kevin de Bruyne, Coutinho and David de Gea. 

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Of course, that came as a bit of a shock to many.

And if you continue scrolling, you’ll find some of the best Twitter reactions to the evening’s events.​​

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Cristiano Ronaldo Wins Fifth Career Ballon d’Or Award to Equal Rival Lionel Messi’s Record

Real Madrid and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has won the fifth Ballon d’Or of his career, further cementing his position as the best player in the world after already scooping ‘Best FIFA Men’s Player’ title at the annual FIFA gala in October.

Ronaldo had been the overwhelming favourite to retain the Ballon d’Or accolade he won this time last year after helping Real Madrid to La Liga glory for the first time in five years and to become the first club to retain the Champions League trophy in the post-1992 era.

He now draws level with great personal rival Lionel Messi on five Ballon d’Or gongs.

The Ballon d’Or, which has been under the sole control of France Football magazine since 2016, was first awarded to Ronaldo in 2008 following an incredible season with Manchester United during which he scored 42 goals and won Premier League and Champions League honours.

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He won subsequent Ballon d’Or awards in 2013 and 2014, the latter of which came after Real Madrid finally captured their elusive 10th European crown, La Decima.

Ronaldo, who will turn 33 years of age in February, recently declared that he wants to win as many as seven Ballon d’Or awards before he retires, also stating that he wants seven children.

Having seen girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez give birth to his fourth child in November, Ronaldo is currently three children and two Ballon d’Or trophies short of his target.

Lionel Messi and Neymar completed the top three, while Gianluigi Buffon and Luka Modric finished fourth and fifth respectively. Sergio Ramos, Kylian Mbappe, N’Golo Kante, Robert Lewandowski and Harry Kane completed the top ten.

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Real Madrid 3-2 Borussia Dortmund: German Side Qualify for Europa League Despite Defeat in Spain

Real Madrid defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-2 in the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, with goals on the night from Borja Mayoral, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lucas Vasquez giving the home side the victory.

Two goals from striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were not enough to earn at least a point for the Germans, but results elsewhere meant that Dortmund advanced into the next round of the Europa League.

It was a scrappy start to the game, but despite both teams looking nervy on the ball it wasn’t long before the deadlock was broken.

After good wing play from Ronaldo, the Portuguese star crossed the ball low into the box, and after a scramble the ball found its way to striker Mayoral who chipped it over the onrushing Burki to give the home side the lead with only eight minutes gone. 

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Soon after it got worse for the away side. In the 11th minute, again coming down Real’s left side, Ronaldo cut inside and curled the ball beautifully into the right corner of the net, leaving Burki with no chance. 

The goal meant that Ronaldo became the first player to score in all six games of a Champions League group stage.

The second Madrid goal woke the German side up, and they began to create some chances of their own. The dangerman for Dortmund was American Christian Pulisic. 

In the 24th minute, the USA international slalomed through four Madrid players and played in Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa who dragged his shot agonisingly wide.

The Bundesliga side grew in confidence from then on and in the 43rd minute they found a lifeline. Substitute Marco Asensio, who replaced the injured Raphael Varane, lost the ball deep in his own half. 

The ball was picked up by Dortmund left back Marcel Schmelzer, who put in a superb first time cross to pick out Aubameyang who headed the ball into the corner of the net, to make the score 2-1 to the home side going into the break.

It was a fantastic start to the second half for the Germans, and in the 48th minute they brought the game level. 

After a good pass from Nuri Sahin, Kagawa flicked the ball into the path of Aubameyang, who at his first attempt hit the ball directly at Keylor Navas, but on the rebound the Gabon striker cheekily chipped the ball over the keeper and brought the score to 2-2.

Real brought on Spaniard Dani Ceballos shortly after the leveler and began to take control of the game. Ronaldo had the majority of the chances, most notably a great cross from left back Theo Hernandez which found Ronaldo six yards out, but the ex-Manchester United star smashed the ball over the bar.

Madrid continued to probe and in the 78th minute they had the ball in the back of the net, unfortunately for the home side it was ruled out for an offside. However two minutes later Madrid had their goal. Dortmund failed to clear their lines, and from outside the box Lucas Vasquez volleyed the ball into bottom corner to give Los Blancos a 3-2 lead.

Again Dortmund seemed to be revitalised after a Real goal, and with only a few minutes remaining had a brilliant chance to bring the game level. Fantastic interplay from Dortmund saw Kagawa find himself free in the box, but in his attempt to find the net put to much power in his shot and the ball sailed over the bar.

The game ended in a victory for Madrid, but despite Dortmund losing they still go through into the next round of the Europa League, after Apoel Nicosia’s defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.

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