Zinedine Zidane Announces ‘Real Madrid Are on the Right Track’ Following Champions League Win

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has claimed that his side are ‘on the right track’ following their impressive 6-0 Champions League win against APOEL on Tuesday night.

A first half double from Karim Benzema accompanied by goals from Luka Modric and Nacho Fernandez gave Los Blancos a comfortable 4-0 lead heading into half time. Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace then sealed a win that was already air tight early in the second half.

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And now, after a slow start to the season, the European champions’ boss Zidane claims his side are on the up:

“We are on the right track, playing well. Our game is clearly growing, because scoring six away from home is no mean feat”, Zidane told official website 

“You could say we were playing a weak team, but that is not true. We were focused, scored early and did not concede.


“It has been a great matchday for us and the important thing is we have got through the group. Those who play less got some minutes and that’s great. In terms of the group we can do nothing.”

He then went on to concede that he doesn’t expect Tottenham to slip up in their final group game against APOEL. If Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham lose, Los Blancos will qualify in first – though Zidane doesn’t seem to hold out much hope:

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“Even if we win our final game we will still be second and we have to get on with that. We shouldn’t be pessimistic, it will not change things. I know we have a long journey home, we can rest tomorrow and on Thursday focus on the Saturday’s La Liga game”.


UEFA to Investigate Dani Carvajal Over Suspected Deliberate Yellow Card Against APO

UEFA are set to investigate Real Madrid right back Dani Carvajal after the defender seemed to receive a yellow card on purpose during his side’s convincing 6-0 victory over APOEL.

Tuesday night was an enjoyable one for the Spanish champions. Leading the game 4-0 at half time, the match was all but won – before Cristiano Ronaldo put the final couple of nails in the coffin with a brace early on in the second half.

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However, according to ESPN, UEFA are to investigate a yellow card handed to Dani Carvajal for time-wasting late on in the game. 

The defender received the booking in the 90th minute when taking too long to take a throw, which means he’ll now receive a one match ban – missing Madrid’s final group game against Borussia Dortmund.


With the club already securing progress into the knockout phases of the Champions League, the competition’s governing body suspect his yellow card may have been earned on purpose – something which breaches Article 15 of its Disciplinary Regulations – punishment for which is a two-match ban.

This isn’t the first time Los Blancos have been pulled up on suspicion of  this breach, having  Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso and manager Jose Mourinho all being reprimanded for something similar in the 2010/11 season.

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Carvajal has been Real’s first choice right-back since joining the first team in 2013, and has proven useful in the back line. Zidane’s second choice in that position comes in the form of Achraf Hakimi – recently progressing into the first team from Castilla.


The 6 Players Who Have Scored 40+ Champions League Goals for One Club

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema scored his 40th and 41st Champions League goals for Los Blancos in a clash against APOEL Nicosia, joining only a select few to have bagged 40 or more goals for a single club in the competition.

Here are the six players to have achieved the feat so far…

6. Thomas Muller – 40

The clinical German striker has scored 40 goals in 94 Champions League games for Bayern Munich. He made his Champions League debut in 2009, scoring against Sporting CP in a 7-1 win.

Muller has played in three Champions League finals – the 2010 final, the 2012 final against Chelsea in which he opened the scoring and the 2013 final, the only one he has won.

Another impressive Champions League stat surrounding the German is that he was the youngest player ever to record 50 competition wins, at the age of 26 years and 72 days. Around 14 months younger than Lionel Messi.

5. Karim Benzema – 41

Real Madrid dismantled Apoel Nicosia 6-0 in the group stage of the Champions League on Tuesday night. Karim Benzema scored two of the goals, taking his tally to 41 Champions League goals for Real Madrid. 

The Frenchman has made 79 Champions League appearances for Real Madrid, making his debut in the competition for the club in 2009 in a group stage tie against Marseille.

He has won the cup three times with Madrid in 2014, 2016 and 2017. 

4. Alessandro Del Piero – 42

Alessandro Del Piero has scored 42 Champions League goals and all 42 were for the Old Lady, Juventus. 

He scored one of the all time great Champions League goals against Dortmund in the 1997 final with an incredible backheel with his left foot, although Juventus actually lost that final 3-1.

Del Piero played in four Champions League finals – 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2003. The 1996 final against Ajax was the only one which he won, however. 

Del Piero made 90 Champions League appearances between the years 1995 and 2009.

3. Raul – 66

The lethal Spanish striker Raul scored a whopping amount of Champions League goals; 71 to be exact and 66 of them came when he played for Real Madrid. 

He played in three Champions League finals – 1998, 2000 and 2002 – winning all three and scoring in both the 2000 and 2002 finals. His final Champions League goal for Real Madrid came against AC Milan in a 3-2 group stage loss in 2009. 

Raul is the 3rd highest European Cup goalscorer of all time and was at one point number one, but the next two entries on this list smashed his record.

2. Lionel Messi – 97

The Argentine magician is widely regarded as the greatest player of all time and it’s easy to see why with an astonishing 97 Champions League goals for Barcelona in 119 games.

He is the 2nd all time highest goal scorer in European Cup history, has the most Champions League hat-tricks with seven (shared with Cristiano Ronaldo), has the most Champions League group stage goals with 60, and has the most Champions League round of 16 goals with 21. 

He has also won the competition four times, in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015, scoring in the 2009 and 2011 finals.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo – 98

Cristiano Ronaldo is the all time highest goal scorer in European Cup history with 114 goals. Out of those 114, 98 of them have been for Real Madrid.

98 goals for one team in the Champions League is phenomenal, but considering he has played 93 Champions League games for Real Madrid, it becomes almost supernatural. 

Ronaldo also holds the most Champions League goals in a calendar year with 18 and after Tuesday’s demolition of APOEL, he became the third player in the Champions League era to score in each of the first five games of a season. 

Along with Benzema, he has won three Champions league trophies with Real Madrid.


Apoel Nicosia 0-6 Real Madrid: Los Blancos Cruise Past Cypriots to Go Through to Knockout Stage

Real Madrid progressed through to the Champions League knockout stage on Tuesday evening with an emphatic 6-0 win over Apoel Nicosia.

However, after coming back from behind against Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hostpur have all but guaranteed top spot in Group H.

Madrid put out a very strong side, and that showed against the European minnows who struggled to contain their potent attack all evening, collapsing after just half an hour.


​Madrid almost opened the scoring in the second minute with a devastating counter attack – Karim Benzema escaped up the right, crossed the ball deep for Ronaldo to chest down but the star’s shot was fired straight at Nauzetwith the rebound poked behind for a corner.

The APOEL goalkeeper looked hazy after colliding with his own defender’s knee during the clearance but managed to stay on.

​The Champions League holders kept pushing and were eventually rewarded in the 23rd minute when Luke Modric pounced on a poor flamboyant clearance from Brazilian midfielder Vincius and volleyed in from 25 yards out to make it 1-0.

Benzema then got his first Champions League goal since February in the 39th minute as the APOEL defence parted like the red sea, leaving the Frenchman to pick his spot and finish coolly to double their lead.


The floodgates were most definitely open and it was 3-0 just two minutes later – Rafael Varane rose highest at the corner and his flick on was bundled in by Nacho Fernandez.

The European heavyweights managed to make it four before half-time with another brilliant counter attack resulting in Ronaldo uncharacteristically playing the ball square for Benzema to tap in.


Madrid seemed to be scoring every time they went forward and the APOEL changing room was probably wishing the full-time whistle had just been blown rather than the half-time one.

It didn’t get much better for them after the restart though, as Ronaldo finally got his goal with an iconic hanging header for his seventh goal in five Champions League games.

The 54th minute saw Ronaldo double his personal tally after Benzema pressured Jesus Rueda into making a poor back pass which the Portuguese star pounced on and hammered home into an open net.

Young Spanish striker Borja Mayoral was given a run out for the latter stage of the game and he missed a sitter in the 82nd minute – not that it really effected the final result.

The game looked like it could break the record that Liverpool equalled in their 7-0 demolition at Maribor, but Madrid took their foot off the gas for the last half hour, with one eye possibly on Saturday’s fixture against Malaga.

This trouncing could be exactly what is needed to allow Real to forget about their La Liga struggles and kick on from their poor form at the start of this season.

They have one more group stage match against Borussia Dortmund left, but topping their group remains unlikely with Spurs unlikely to drop points at Wembley against this evidently poor Apoel Nicosia side.




VIDEO: Besiktas & Portugal Veteran Ricardo Quaresma Builds His ‘Perfect’ Number 10

​Tricky Besiktas winger Ricardo Quaresma has taken time out to build his ‘perfect number ten’ ahead of his side’s Tuesday night Champions League match against former club FC Porto, and predictably the Franken-baller includes parts of his Portugal teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Quaresma has always been a player with the ability to create goals – particularly with flair. But even the best players recognise the constant need to improve, and when quizzed over how the attacker himself would mould the perfect playmaker, his answers were somewhat expected.

​​The way the game, as put to Quaresma by the Champions League, works is to pick five different attributes from five different players that would combine to create on super soldier.

The 34-year-old shows no hesitation when picking who would fill the vision category – noting veteran Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta. 

The Spanish magician has spent his entire career being lauded for his passing ability, and vision obviously plays a large role in that.


Secondly Quaresma opted for the right foot of international teammate Ronaldo, which needs no explanation as to why. 

Neither does his left footed choice of Lionel Messi, the Argentinian’s five Ballon d’Or trophies speaking for him.

Sometimes players’ egos do take control a little and this Q&A is no exception as Quaresma picked himself to cover the skills category. Sure, the wide man is a good with the ball at his feet, but does he compare with the likes of Neymar or Ronaldinho?

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And finally, the shooting ability of Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic; a man notorious for finding the back of the net with sheer power and elegance.


Cristiano Ronaldo’s Team of Bodyguards Intervene as Fan Posing as a Journalist Tries to Get a Selfie

​A fan who tried to get a selfie with Cristiano Ronaldo was swiftly ejected from the superstar’s vicinity, after he posed as a journalist covering Real Madrid’s arrival at a Nicosia hotel.

CR7 and his teammates are in Cyprus for their final Champions League group stage match, and need a win to secure a safe passage through to the last 16.


Los Blancos stars were getting off their coach and Ronaldo was the attention of a fan who wanted to take his photograph with him.

He didn’t get very far with his mission, and he was ushered away from Ronaldo as an entourage quickly surrounded the star and guided him towards the hotel.

Extra security had been put in place for Madrid’s arrival because they happen to be staying in the same hotel as Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is currently there on a state visit.

The incident comes shortly after a similar situation occurred during an away match with Getafe in which a fan went on to the pitch to greet the 32-year-old.

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Ronaldo’s rival Lionel Messi had a similar thing happen to him in Montevideo Uruguay recently, but the Argentine made the kid’s dream come true by calling him back to do photos.


Brazil Legend Ronaldo Picks His Dream Starting XI and It’s Just as Fearsome as You’d Expect

Arguably the best striker of all time, Ronaldo de Lima has stormed Serie A, La Liga and the international stage having won the highest honour in football, the World Cup. 

The sensational forward obviously played alongside some of the very best along the way in his illustrious 18-year career. While speaking to FATV, Ronaldo revealed his all-time top XI, including past and present greats and it might just be the greatest team ever built.

The two-time Ballon d’Or winner scored 352 at club level, while also managing an impressive 62 goals in 98 games for Brazil. R9 has graced the field for a number of top clubs, including: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Corinthians, but who features in his dream outfit?

The Brazilian has created an absolutely legendary side here and has opted to select current-day superstar, Lionel Messi – who bettered Ronaldo’s scoring record at Barcelona which stood at 47.

Ronaldo had previously managed 34 goals in 37 appearances in La Liga and received the first of his three Player of the Year awards in the 1996-97 season, despite only playing in Barcelona for a single season.

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The striker is probably most famous for his brace against Germany in the 2002 World Cup final, as Brazil ran out 2-0 victors. Luiz Felipe Scolari chose to select Ronaldo in the Selecao, despite the move being labelled a gamble, as the player had barely played football for two years.

Having helped himself to eight goals, as Brazil secured their fifth and to date last World Cup title – with the tournament recommencing in Russia next year – Scolari must have wondered in hindsight how there was even a decision to be made.

Gérard Ernault (L), director of the maga

Ronaldo topped a glorious 2002 with his third and final World Player of the Year, having won his second at Inter in 1999. The striker then spent five years at the Bernabeu during the famed galactico era – netting 104 goals in 177 games.


Real Madrid Plan Surprise Summer Transfer Offer for Manchester City Striker Sergio Aguero

​Reports in Spain are suggesting the Spanish champions are readying a surprise move for Sergio Aguero to bolster their attacking options.

With the Argentinian striker not being indispensable at the Etihad, many suitors have registered an interest in signing the Manchester City man, with Real Madrid being the latest to consider a move.


According to Spanish publication Don Balon (via ​Sky Sports), Los Blancos are readying a £53m bid for Aguero, with Madrid’s current attacking options falling out of favour at the Bernabeu, with Gareth Bale stricken by injury and Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo uncharacteristically struggling in front of goal.

However, the transfer of Aguero would largely hinge on whether or not Alexis Sanchez joined from Arsenal, with the Chilean star angling for a move away from the Emirates.

Aguero has been in fine form for Manchester City so far this season, notching a total of 10 goals from 12 appearances so far this season, surpassing the long-standing record of Eric Brooks’ of highest all-time goalscorer for the Citizens.

Comparatively, Real Madrid’s famous BBC trio have 11 goals between them so far this campaign, reflecting a troubling lack of goals throughout the side. 

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Should Aguero make the switch to the Bernabeu in the summer it will bring about an end to a seven-year Manchester City career, during which he won two Premier League titles and two League Cups, cementing his legacy as a legend at the Manchester club.


Report Claims Ronaldo Had Falling Out With Zidane About Squad Depth Prior to Madrid Derby Draw

​Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly blasted coach Zinedine Zidane prior to the club’s goalless draw with fierce local rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday night. 

Los Blancos continued their faltering start to the season and, after picking up a point in the first Madrid derby at the Wanda Metropolitano, now find themselves a mammoth ten points behind leaders Barcelona and their chances of retaining their title diminishing by the week. 

Spanish rumours website Diario Gol, but reported via the Sunday Express, claims that the Portuguese star had previously confronted Zidane before the weekend’s game.


The veteran supposedly told the Frenchman that he made a mistake by selling the likes of Alvaro Morata, James Rodriguez and Pepe in the summer. 

Ronaldo had barely concealed his frustration last week when he was reported as saying: “I believe the new players who have arrived have a lot of potential and will be the future of Real Madrid.

“But if you ask me, sincerely, every team would miss their big players. Obviously, Pepe was a great player, [Alvaro] Morata, James [Rodriguez] — all the players who left.

“They made us stronger, obviously. I’m not saying the players who arrived don’t also have this role, but they’re much younger. It’s their first season here with us.”

Zidane has led Real Madrid win back to back Champions League titles since his appointment, but he knows better than most he is now under increasing pressure to get Madrid firing. 

Ronaldo’s own form has been less than impressive, with only a solitary goal to show for his efforts.

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According to Diario Gol, it was not just his manager that had to deal with the growing frustrations of Ronaldo, who (it is claimed) also took his anger out on his teammates in the dressing room after the disappointing draw. 


‘I Would Bleed 1000 Times for This Shirt’ Ramos Vows to Be Back in No Time After Breaking Nose

​Real Madrid stalwart Sergio Ramos insists he will be back playing for his beloved club in no time, having suffered a broken nose during Saturday’s Madrid derby.

Los Blancos were unable to pip their rivals to a win, playing out a 0-0 draw. But it was quite a heated affair between the two sides, and the Spain defender could not avoid leaving the pitch unscathed.

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Ramos got on the wrong end of a kick from Atletico’s Lucas Hernandez as he got low in attempts to direct a header towards goal, and had to be taken to a hospital for testing thereafter, having bled heavily after receiving the blow.

It was initially thought that he would be unable to play for a few matches, but according to ​Marca, the Spaniard won’t be undergoing surgery and will be wearing a protective mask until his nose heals properly.

He is now expected to be available for the club’s matches against Malaga and Athletic club.

Following his ordeal, the player put out a tweet claiming he would be back soon, also swearing that he would “bleed for the Madrid badge and jersey 1000 times.”

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“I would bleed a thousand times more for this badge and this shirt,” he wrote. 

“Thank you all for the love and support. I will be back in no time. #HalaMadrid.”