Spanish Report Provides Update on Ronaldo’s Real Madrid Issues as Future Remains Uncertain

Following ​Real Madrid’s Champions League triumph over ​Liverpool last month, Los Blancos’ talisman Cristiano Ronaldo opened the door to a mountain of ​transfer speculation when he revealed he was yet to make ​a decision on his future.

Speaking following Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, Ronaldo left fans with a number of questions when he opened up on the possibility of leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.


“It was very nice to be at Real Madrid,” said Ronaldo. “Now I’m going to enjoy the moment and in the next days I will give an answer.” 

At the same time, rumours surface linking Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian attacker Neymar with a move to the European champions, and according to Spanish news outlet ​El Confidencial those rumours have upset the 33-year-old Portugal international.

Both Neymar and Ronaldo are sponsored by Nike, with the Spanish daily reporting that the attacking duo are “opponents” at the sports manufacturer, with both players being sponsored by the American company.


Should Neymar make the move from Paris to Madrid, it is unclear how Ronaldo’s relationship with Nike would be affected, with El Confidencial suggesting the Madrid forward would be angry if he had to share [his Nike] clothes with the Brazilian.

Furthermore, after outlining the potential issues pertaining to Ronaldo’s sponsorship deal with Nike, the report went on to reveal Madrid have broken several promises to the 33-year-old regarding his pay with the La Liga giants.

Florentino Perez is accused of having told Cristiano that he will get a significant pay rise to match the annual sum his rival, Lionel Messi nets at ​Barcelona however, no such arrangement has yet been agreed.

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To put things into perspective, Messi earns 55m per season. Ronaldo earns less than half the Argentinian superstar at 21m per year, while Neymar makes 38m with Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.


Cristiano Ronaldo Feeling Disillusioned at Real Madrid’s Reported Attempts to Sign PSG Star Neymar

​​Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been left feeling disillusioned by the club’s efforts to sign PSG star Neymar, according to Spanish news outlet ​AS. 

On Tuesday, AS (via the Daily Mail) claimed that Los Blancos’ players were launching a charm offensive in order to persuade Neymar into joining the club, with Real captain Sergio Ramos, as well as Casemiro and Dani Carvajal all quoted speaking positively about the former Barcelona forward.

Ronaldo, however, is apparently less enthusiastic about Neymar’s proposed arrival and, as per the report, views Real’s attempts to sign the Brazilian with ‘suspicion’ and ‘disbelief’. 

In the days leading up to the Champions League final, Ronaldo was asked how he’d feel if Neymar was brought to the Bernabeu, to which he replied, as quoted by AS: “Every September there is always talk about 50 players who are going to come, and in the end none of them do. It’s been shown that those it’s the same players who get us to finals. 

“The best players are already at Real Madrid: Bale, Benzema, Asensio…They are all here.”


It’s thought that one of Ronaldo’s main gripes with Neymar’s proposed arrival is his salary. The Portuguese star currently earns €21m per season, while Neymar is paid €37m per season. If the Brazilian does complete a move to Real, Ronaldo is worried that may jeopardise his chances of negotiating an improved contract. 

Neymar joined PSG last summer from ​Barcelona in a world-record deal worth around £200m. Unsurprisingly, the 26-year-old shone in his debut season for the league champions, registering 27 goals and 16 assists in 29 appearances. 

It has been widely reported in recent months, however, that Neymar has become frustrated whilst playing in France and that he may seek a move away in the summer. Nevertheless, it would take an astronomical bid for PSG to even consider selling their prized asset. 


Analysing Whether Vinicius Junior Joining Real Madrid Was a Scouting Masterpiece or a Panic Buy

Real Madrid sent shock waves across the footballing world in 2017 when they announced they had agreed a £38m deal to sign 16-year-old Vinicius Junior from Flamengo.

Less than two weeks after the Brazilian had made his debut in senior football, he had become the most expensive teenager in football history.

Real Madrid scouts watched him star for Brazil Under-17s at the South American Under-17 Championships in March 2017, where he scored seven goals and was named player of the tournament. Clearly liking what they’d seen, Real moved to sign the Brazilian before any other team had the chance.


But Vinicius’ early years draw some parallels to another Brazilian, whose career didn’t exactly turn out as many had hoped. Remember Kerlon??

In the 2005 iteration of the South American Championships, Kerlon scored eight goals in seven games, was named player of the tournament, and triggered mass hysteria amongst European scouts. They had watched him breeze past opponents with his famous “seal dribble” and 

He was eventually bought by Inter, via Chievo. But after all the hype, Kerlon never played a single minute for ​Inter, was turned down by Ajax, and ended up playing in Japan, the United States, Malta and Slovakia before announcing his retirement aged just 30.

More recently, Real’s Martin Odegaard has failed to develop at the rate which was initially expected of him. Judging a player as a future star always comes with risks and all too frequently proves to be an incorrect judgement. 

Simply put when it comes to a then 16-year-old, a £38m risk is unheard of.

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It is clear that Real Madrid took a risk when signing Vinicius Junior, who will not represent the club until 2019. 

But a year on, are Real Madrid regretting the signing of Vinicius Junior?

When it comes to his performance, Vinicius has shown no signs of losing his wonder kid status. He currently boasts ten goals and four assists in 45 senior games for Flamengo, while he’s also bagged 18 goals across various international youth levels. They’re better statistics than either Neymar or Gabriel Jesus could offer at the same age. 

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He is showing positive improvement to his game, such as his physicality. As a 16-year-old, he was understandably weak and struggled with his stamina, but that is no longer the case. He has added muscle mass, without losing any of the speed or electricity with which he plays.

He has become more team-orientated, learning when to pass the ball and when to attempt to dribble past his man.

Upon his arrival to the Bernabeu, he will be under immense scrutiny. Some fans and rivals will be expecting an immediate impact from a player who cost more than the likes of N’Golo Kanté and Mohamed Salah. 

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Whilst signing a guaranteed world class player will cost any team more than £38m in today’s market, that is a significant amount of money, meaning there is £38m less to use towards the signings of players like Salah, Eden Hazard or even Neymar, if reports are to be believed.

He is already set to compete with Bale, Asensio, Isco and a certain Cristiano Ronaldo, and if any expensive attacker joins, it is another player to keep Vinicius Junior from the first team. Madrid could have chosen to invest the £38m into the transfer of another star player, but they did not. They believed in Vinicius Junior’s ability and potential, and he has not disappointed them yet.

Vinicius Junior is showing all the signs of developing into a star. With a price tag of £38m, he will be forced to develop faster than most. 

Such lofty expectations have proven to be too much to handle for a young player in the past, but Real Madrid will be hoping that Vinicius Junior can live up to the price tag and become a superstar. 


Sergio Ramos Mercilessly Mocks Liverpool Trio Following Accusations After Champions League Final

​​Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is doing himself no favours to amend his reputation with Liverpool supporters, after mocking the reaction to incidents between himself and Liverpool pair Loris Karius and Mohamed Salah in last month’s Champions League final.

A number of Reds fans were claiming the Spanish defender intentionally injured both players during the match in Kiev, after he inflicted damage to Salah’s shoulder and later clashed with the German goalkeeper, who has suffered a concussion as a result.

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A ​head scan on Liverpool’s goalkeeper Karius revealed the 24-year-old German suffered the concussion following a collision with Ramos in the penalty area, potentially resulting in two game changing errors from the Reds shot stopper.

However, since joining up with the Spanish national team ahead of the World Cup, Ramos has dismissed any notion that the injuries sustained by Salah and Karius were the result of any deliberate attempt to inflict harm on the ​Liverpool duo.

Speaking on the day he joined the Spanish national team, Ramos spoke out on the situation, strongly disregarding any accusations of foul play: “They’ve given this a lot of attention, the Salah thing…I didn’t want to speak because everything is magnified.

“I see the play well, he grabs my arm first and I fell to the other side, the injury happened to the other arm and they said that I gave him a judo hold,” he continued, as reported by Spanish news outlet AS.

“After the goalkeeper [Karius] said that I dazed him with a clash with me I am only missing (Roberto) Firmino saying that he got a cold because of a drop of my sweat.

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“I spoke with Salah through messages he was quite good. He could have played if he got an injection for the second half, I have done it sometimes but when Ramos does something like this, it sticks a little bit more.

“I don’t know if it’s because you’re at Madrid for so long and win for so long that people look at it a different way.”

After undergoing a series of head scans in Boston, it has been revealed that Liverppol’s goalkeeper, Karius, suffered a concussion after Ramos appeared to elbow him following a Madrid corner. 

The collision between the two players came just minutes before Karius’ first, and most bizarre, mistake whereby he rolled to ball at Karim Benzema’s feet, with the Frenchman intercepting the ball and scoring Madrid’s opener.


VIDEO: Clip Shows Real Madrid Quartet Posing for Photos & Not Disrespecting Liverpool at Anfield

With the Champions League defeat still fresh in the minds of all ​Liverpool supporters, the last thing they expected to see all over social media were ​Real Madrid players laughing and joking inside Anfield.

As Liverpool fans try and forget the disappointment in Kiev, photos of Marcelo, Luka Modric, and Mateo Kovacic appeared, as the trio seemed be reminiscing about the events that led to them lifting the trophy for a third consecutive year. 

Marcelo was photographed casually leaning on the image of the Liverpool emblem, while laughing with his ​Real Madrid teammates. And as these images began to surface, Liverpool fans around the world began to paint their own picture.

But of course the trio weren’t being disrespectful in the slightest, ​as revealed in ESPN footage.

The video shows Marcelo, Modric and Kosacic embracing and laughing, but in fact the trio weren’t being disrespectful to the Liverpool faithful, they were just waiting for fellow Real Madrid teammate Casemiro to take a harmless photo.

The four players were at Anfield for an international friendly between Brazil and Croatia, meaning the antics weren’t to do with their domestic club, or more importantly weren’t aimed towards Liverpool football club.

With emotions still running high from that eventful night in Kiev, Liverpool were bound to read negatively into the images of Real Madrid players smiling next to the Liverpool badge. But in fact, it was just good friends happy to see each other before a friendly game of football.

In hindsight, the Real Madrid quartet my have found a better position to pose for photos, especially playing at Anfield. 


French Report Claims Liverpool Ace Could Join Real Madrid But Zidane’s Resignation Threatens Deal

​According to reports in France, ​Real Madrid have a deal in principle agreed to sign ​Liverpool ace Sadio Mane following the Reds’ defeat to the La Liga giants in the Champions League final.

Following an immensely impressive season for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, with the Reds enjoying a Champions League campaign no one predicted while also finishing in the top four of the Premier League, fans of the Merseyside outfit are undoubtedly looking forward to a summer of positive transfer business, ​starting with the acquisition of Fabinho.

However, it now seems as though their attacking trio could be in jeopardy, with Sadio Mane reportedly having agreed a deal in principle with Real Madrid, as reported by ​France Football.

According to the report, Mane was close to joining Los Blancos, but Zinedine Zidane’s shock resignation has complicated the potential deal, despite Madrid reportedly having the deal lined up for some time now.

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Mane was supposedly set to become the first name to sign for the La Liga giants in a summer transfer revolution that will also reportedly see Manchester United’s David De Gea, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Tottenham’s Harry Kane sign for the European champions.

However, following Zidane’s departure, the deal has now been thrown into doubt, with Mane’s potential transfer to join Madrid dependant on the French manager’s successor. 


Liverpool Met Brazil Star’s Agent Ahead of Anfield Win as Premier League Rivals Also Prepare Offer

​Liverp​ool utilised Brazil’s World Cup warm-up fixture at Anfield to meet with AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker’s representatives on Saturday to discuss a potential deal, but may now have competition in their pursuit from a fellow ​Premier League side, according to reports. 

The 25-year-old lasted the full 90 minutes as ​Selecao overcame Croatia at the Reds’ home on Sunday afternoon, with Neymar and Roberto Firmino scoring the goals in the 2-0 victory. 

However, according to ​UOL, the Merseysiders’ hierarchy were more interested in thrashing out a potential agreement which would see the Russia-bound stopper join Jurgen Klopp’s outfit this summer ahead of the World Cup – with the club’s chiefs meeting with the ​Serie A star’s people a day prior to the game. 

Liverpool have been hotly tipped to add to the goalkeeping department during this transfer window following Loris Karius’ costly duo of errors in the Champions League final last month which saw ​Real Madrid claim their third successive title at the Anfield men’s expense.

Alisson, who is also reportedly on the radar of Los Blancos, has been earmarked by the Reds as their priority successor to the German, with the Brazilian keeping 15 clean sheets and conceding on average 0.79 goals per game during his 34 league outings during the 2017/18 season. 


However, according to ​Corriere dello Sport, the Merseysiders are not the only Premier League outfit in the chase for the highly regarded custodian, with Chelsea now entering the race. 

Roma’s director of sport, Monchi stated last week that there had been no offer from any party as of yet for the 25-year-old’s services, although, the report in Italy suggests the Blues will be tabling one on Tuesday. 

It is claimed that following the success of Mohamed Salah, Roma are not willing to let another one of their prized assets leave for a similar fee, and will demand in the region of €70m (£61.3m) for Alisson. 

However, Corriere dello Sport’s report also claims that the Serie A giants are willing to offer the goalkeeper a much-improved contract which would see him double his wages should the player opt to stay put. 


PHOTOS: Real Madrid Stars Meet at Anfield and Laugh in Front of Liverpool Badge After UCL Final Win

​Some of Real Madrid’s top stars seized the chance to mock Liverpool during their preparations for a pre-World Cup friendly match – at least according to pictures which surfaced on social media over the weekend.

Brazil take on Croatia at Anfield on Sunday, with Los Blancos’ Marcelo, Casemiro, Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic all set to feature in the game. Players from both teams were videoed catching up with one another on Saturday on Merseyside, including Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Neymar and Ivan Rakitic.

But in images which may turn Liverpool fans a little sour, the quartet of Real stars have been pictured shamelessly laughing and joking in front of the club’s crest, ​just a week on from their Champions League final victory in Kyiv.

A video which emerged however seems to suggest that each player was merely enjoying the company of their club mates, with a massive Liverpool crest just so happening to appear in the background…

Casemiro went to Instagram to follow up, and post pictures of himself alongside his teammates.

Oh, and the Liverbird of course.

Madrid ran out 3-1 winners thanks to an impact display off the bench from Gareth Bale, and a blunder-filled performance from goalkeeper Loris Karius, to leave Reds supporters heartbroken.

The pain of coming so close to winning will likely still be quite raw for the majority of Liverpool fans, and so the behaviour of Madrid’s players here could be construed as pretty sketchy…


At it Again: Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Told Teammates He Wanted to Leave Real Madrid’ Weeks Before UCL Win

​Cristiano Ronaldo told his ​Real Madrid team-mates of his plans to leave the club weeks before their Champions League final victory over ​Liverpool in May.

According to Spanish outlet Marca (via the ​Daily Mail), Ronaldo has been sure of his decision to leave Madrid for some time now and his colleagues at the club have long since been aware of the situation regarding the Portuguese forward’s future at the Bernabeu. 


Ronaldo threw his Real Madrid future into doubt immediately after their European triumph, telling beIN Sports: “It was very nice to be in Madrid…in the next few days I will give an answer to the fans, who have always been by my side.”

Ronaldo has been linked with the exit door a number of times throughout his nine-year stay at Madrid, often as a bargaining tool in order to gain a new and improved contract.

It is possible that this is the case once again and Ronaldo is simply angling for more money – ​as has also been reported on Sunday – however, Marca are confident the 33-year-old’s desire to quit the club is genuine this time.


Rumour has it that Ronaldo is keen to see his wages match those of Lionel Messi, who recently signed a new deal with Barcelona worth an astonishing £35m per season. 

Ronaldo currently earns approximately £18m per season and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is reportedly not keen on offering such an exorbitant pay rise to the player.

​​Doubt surrounding the future of Real Madrid’s all-time highest scorer is just the latest mishap in what has been a turbulent beginning to the summer for the club, with manager Zinedine Zidane resigning from his post mere days after guiding his side to a third successive Champions League trophy.


Report Reveals the Astronomical Wage Ronaldo Is Demanding From Real Madrid Ahead of Contract Talks

​​Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told Real Madrid that he wants a mammoth £1.35m per-week if he’s to sign a new deal, according to reports in Spain.

The Portuguese talisman’s future has been cast into doubt in recent weeks following the cryptic comments he made following Los Blancos’ Champions League final victory over Liverpool in May, and many believe that this can be attributed to the fact that he is currently earning less than the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Ronaldo currently earns £375,000-a-week, as opposed to Messi and Neymar who earn £673,000 and £619,000 respectively. Given the current football landscape and the eye-watering fees being paid by top European clubs, it comes as no surprise to see Ronaldo wanting to improve his own financial situation.


According to El Confidencial (via T​he Sun), Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes will soon begin negotiations with the 33-year-old’s current employers and will be looking to secure a whopping deal rumoured to be in the region of £70m-per-year before tax.

These fees would make the five time Ballon d’Or winner the highest paid footballer in the world and would cost Real Madrid an absolute fortune. If they were to accept the terms to keep Ronaldo at the club, the proposed three year deal would cost them £210m.

However, the deal seems unlikely to happen given the monumental costs involved, coupled with Ronaldo’s age. 

Despite the fact that he has proven he is still capable of playing at the highest level in the 2017/18 season, scoring 44 goals in all competitions, the winger is now 33 and by the time his proposed contract runs out, he’ll be 36.