Cristiano’s Strike in Super Cup Means He’s Now Ahead of Messi in Another Intriguing Stat

​Two of the biggest stars in world football were neck-in-neck for another accolade, and Ronaldo took the lead in it last night – he has now passed Messi in scoring more goals at Camp Nou in the El Clasico encounters.

Lionel Messi scored his 10th goal in the illustrious fixture from the penalty spot, levelling up with Ronaldo, only for the Portuguese international to come off the bench and score his 11th, putting him one ahead of Messi on his own turf.

​​Ronaldo’s celebrations were however cut short after being shown a second yellow card for allegedly diving. His first yellow came as a result of his over-the-top topless celebration after scoring his goal at Camp Nou. 

The Real Madrid hitman could be in for further punishment after he seemed to have pushed the referee in the back after he was given the red card. The social media rumour mill is saying Ronaldo is set to serve a five-match ban. 

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Madrid take a 3-1 first leg lead into Wednesday’s Spanish Super Cup deciding encounter. They will be without Ronaldo for the tie and will be hoping that it’s the only game that he’s suspended for.

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The Ascendance of Asensio: Why Real Madrid’s Wonderkid Is the Player to Look Out for This Season

​Once every so often, a player emerges onto the scene that makes you think: “Gosh, he can play.” But a lot of the time they don’t really live up to the hype and disappear without so much as a whimper. 

There are a select few, however, that make it out of the water. Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio is right now that player that’s swimming with sharks, but has a bite of his own.

Making a name for himself under Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid dynasty and quickly rising through the ranks with Spain’s national side, Asensio is fast becoming a superstar. 

At 21 years old, you’d probably think you ought to have heard about this kid years ago as a football prodigy. But no one outside of Real Madrid did – he quietly signed for Los Blancos in 2014 from Mallorca and had two loan spells, one back to Mallorca and another to Espanyol.

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His first real emergence for Real Madrid came at the start of the 2016/17 campaign in the European Super Cup where he struck his first senior goal for Madrid from 28 yards, rifling the top corner. Since then he’s been in and out of the first team, but under Zidane he has made more frequent appearances, albeit mainly off the bench. 

He ended his 2017 campaign with a goal in the Champions League final as he helped Madrid to become the first team in the modern era to successfully defend Europe’s most illustrious trophy. But Asensio didn’t stop there. He was the talisman in Spain’s Under-21 side that went to the finals of the European Championship. His first game in the tournament? He scored a hat-trick. 

He is now looking at the 2017/18 campaign with a drive to be Zidane’s most prized possession. His current contract has a £72m buy-out clause, which is being monitored by the giants of European football. 

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But performances in pre-season and in the first competitive El Clasico of the season have already got the Madrid board itching to tie Asensio down for the foreseeable future. He showed flashes of his dynamic approach to the game in crucial ties in Madrid’s Champions League campaign – including a solo goal against Bayern Munich.

It’s hard enough to make a name for yourself at a club that boasts players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. But every time he’s come on, Asensio has left a lasting impression on everyone. 


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One of the hottest talents in world football, the 21-year-old Spanish international will soon become a top target for all of the world’s top sides. This is a big season for Asensio; he’s been demanding a starting role in Madrid’s modern day Galacticos and now he’ll need to show Zidane and the rest of the world – Asensio is the present and future.

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Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid: Los Blancos Claim the Bragging Rights in First Leg of Spanish Super Cup

With Barcelona lining up for the first time without €222m talisman Neymar, Real Madrid capitalised on Barca’s transfer misfortune to claim victory in the first leg of the Supercopa de España.

Luis Suárez had an early chance for Barcelona after breaking away from the Real Madrid defence – however, he was forced to take a shot on his weaker foot and Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas comfortably saved.

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Real Madrid’s first real chance of the game came after 17 minutes. Spanish midfielder Isco showed incredible footwork to gain half a yard on the Barcelona defender before dragging a shot narrowly wide of Marc-André ter Stegen’s goal. 

Gareth Bale also tested the German international goalkeeper later in the first half, forcing the former Borussia Mönchengladbach star into a smart save.

Despite an obvious dominance in possession, Barcelona were clearly still finding their feet after Neymar’s departure and stand in winger Gerard Deulofeu was unable to impose himself in the remainder of the first half.

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Less than five minutes after the restart, Real Madrid found a way past Ter Stegen thanks to an own goal from Spanish international Gerard Piqué. Marcelo found some space down the wing for Madrid and after fizzing a low cross into the box, Piqué diverted the ball past his keeper.

The goal spurred Barcelona into action and they nearly levelled the score just minutes later through Deulofeu. The Catalan side could have then conceded, and, but for a goal line clearance from Jordi Alba, Dani Carvajal would have doubled Madrid’s advantage.

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Second half substitute Cristiano Ronaldo was able to squeeze the ball past Ter Stegen in the Barcelona goal, however, celebrations were halted after the linesman raised his flag after the Portuguese star strayed offside.

Barcelona were gifted the opportunity to level the scores with just over 10 minutes remaining after Suárez was adjudged to have been brought down by Keylor Navas inside the penalty area. Messi stepped up to take the spot kick and sent Navas the wrong way, cancelling out Madrid’s advantage.

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Madrid restored their lead almost immediately through Ronaldo. After an outstanding counter attack, Ronaldo cut inside onto his right foot and fired the ball into the top corner. The Portuguese star foolishly received a booking during his celebration, something that just three minutes later Ronaldo would pay for.

Tussling with French defender Samuel Umtiti, Ronaldo was given his marching orders after he was adjudged to have simulated contact in search of a penalty. It looked a harsh decision.

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Wonderkid Marco Asensio then put the icing on the cake for Real Madrid after crashing the ball into the back of the net, in an almost mirrored manner to Ronaldo’s strike just 10 minutes earlier. 

Breaking down Barcelona’s left, Asensio beat Ter Stegen at his near post to give Real Madrid a comfortable lead going into the second leg on Wednesday.

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Gareth Bale Hires Ex-SAS Minders to Guard Home in Wales After Fiancee’s Dad Is Released From Prison

​Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale has spent £500,000 on putting security measures in place at his family home in Wales, after his fiancee’s dad was released from prison.

53-year-old Martin Rhys-Jones has been doing time in the US after receiving a five-year sentence for being found guilty of worldwide investment fraud, which has seen him make a number of enemies, as reported by the ​Sun.

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Rhys-Jones has been released early for good behaviour and ‘finding God’, and now Bale and his wife-to-be Emma are concerned for the family’s safety.

His half-a-million pound outlay includes security officers, guard dogs and a high-tech surveillance system to give the family peace of mind following Rhys-Jones’ release.

It is not the first time Gareth and Emma have had concerns for theirs and their family’s safety – Emma’s grandparents and other relatives were ‘firebombed’ after getting caught up in a drugs vendetta.


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They were promptly advised to step up security at their Glamorgan home and their property in Madrid and a relative of the couple said: “Gareth is very worried by what’s been going on.”

The 28-year-old has been in Madrid for the past four years now following his then-world record transfer from Tottenham to Real Madrid for £85m, and was recently linked with a move back to England in the form of Manchester United.

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PHOTO: Doting Dad Ronaldo Shares Adorable Picture of Recent Addition to Ever-Growing Family

​Cristiano Ronaldo has been spending his time wisely this summer following a hectic year that saw him claim a number of prestigious honours.

The Portugal captain has been recuperating since the national side were knocked out of the Confederations Cup, and in that time he became a father to twins Eva and Matteo through a surrogate mother.

The proud 32-year-old took to Instagram to share a sweet snap of him cradling one of the newborn twins with the caption ‘Blessed’, during some downtime.

He now has three children, including five-year-old Cristiano Jr, with a fourth on the way with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, as confirmed by the star in an interview on July 18.

Ronaldo is expected to start for Madrid against Barcelona in the upcoming first leg of the Supercopa de Espana and then follow that up with an appearance for the reigning league champions against Deportivo in La Liga.


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Ronaldo will be hoping to emulate his successes of 2016/17, which saw him guide Portugal to Euro 2016 glory, win the Ballon d’Or ahead of rival Lionel Messi and claim the domestic league title as well as ‘La Decima’.

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3 Key Battles That Could Decide the Spanish Super Cup First Leg Between Barcelona & Real Madrid

Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona team plays host to bitter rivals Real Madrid at the Nou Camp on Sunday evening, as the new Blaugrana manager makes his competitive debut in Spanish Super Cup.

The Catalan giants come into the game on the back of the bitter loss of superstar Neymar to Paris St Germain for a world record fee of £198m, and will hope to prove that there is life after the Brazilian in the first clasico of the new season. 

Los Blancos, meanwhile, come into the game on a high having added the European Super Cup to their coffers with a midweek victory over Manchester United, and will hope to take steps towards adding yet another trophy to their cabinet on Sunday.

1. Aleix Vidal vs Cristiano Ronaldo

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Vidal has managed to work his way into Barca manager Valverde’s thinking with a series of impressive pre-season displays, keeping new  €32m signing Nelson Semedo out of the side in recent games.

He will face his stiffest test yet on Sunday however, as he comes up against arguably the world’s best player in Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese will be fresh having featured late against United in midweek, and can be expected to probe Vidal at every given opportunity.

2. Gerard Deulofeu vs Dani Carvajal

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Whilst not the superstar name we have become accustomed to in this glamorous fixture, how returning La Masia graduate Gerard Deulofeu fares in his battle with established Spanish international Dani Carvajal could go some way towards deciding who edges this game.

Following the activation of his buyback clause from Everton, Deulofeu hit the ground running on his return with a goal and an assist against Brazilian side Chapecoense, and will hope to further stake his claim against one of the world’s best right backs.

3. Luis Suarez vs Raphael Varane

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Probably the world’s best player not named Messi or Ronaldo, Luis Suarez will look to continue his outstanding form of last season by scoring against his team’s greatest rivals.

His 29 goals and 13 assists kept Barcelona in the hunt for La Liga last time out, and the absence of Neymar will provide him greater influence over the team.

Varane, meanwhile, comes into his first season as an undisputed starter with the sternest of tests, and how he fares against Suarez could set the tone for the rest of his season.

4. Andres Iniesta vs Toni Kroos

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A dream battle of midfield dynamo’s, in Luka Modric’ absence the battle for supremacy in the middle of the park between Kroos and Iniesta will hold even more significance in this game.

Despite being on the wrong side of thirty, Iniesta has been somewhat dominant in recent displays against Los Blancos, and Kroos will hope to turn the tide in a manner that befits his form in recent years.

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Barcelona vs Real Madrid Preview: Team News, Classic Encounter, Key Battles & More

The first official Clasico of the season takes place on Sunday evening, as a buoyant Real Madrid side are hosted by fierce rivals Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

The Catalan giants come into the game on the back of the bitter loss of superstar Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record fee of £198m, and will hope to prove that there is life after the Brazilian in the first clasico of the new season.

Los Blancos, meanwhile, come into the game on a high having added the European Super Cup to their coffers with a midweek victory over Manchester United, and will hope to take steps towards adding yet another trophy to their cabinet on Sunday.


Classic Encounter

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With so many amazing Clasico ties to choose from, including the most recent, a notorious Liga tie based on Lionel Messi’s iconic goal celebration alone, we eventually settled on this clash of titans during the 2013/14 season.

Though the league was eventually won by Atletico Madrid in this year, this game went some way towards making the league more competitive than it should have been.

Barcelona breathed new life into their title hopes as a Lionel Messi hat-trick helped fire them to victory in a thrilling match against a 10-man Real Madrid. Sergio Ramos (who else) was the pantomime villain here, with his 63rd minute sending off handing Barca the impetus to overturn a 3-2 deficit.


Key Battle

Aleix Vidal vs Cristiano Ronaldo

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Vidal has managed to work his way into Barca manager Valverde’s thinking with a series of impressive pre-season displays, keeping new €32m signing Nelson Semedo out of the side in recent games.

He will face his stiffest test yet on Sunday however, as he comes up against arguably the world’s best player in Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese will be fresh having featured late against Manchester United in midweek, and can be expected to probe Vidal at every given opportunity.


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Madrid will find themselves without the services of Luka Modric for the first leg. The Croat received a red card the last time Los Blanco’s featured in this game (2014) and has seen his suspension carry over from that period.

Outside of this, there are no injury worries within the squad.

The same can be said for Barcelona, whose only long term absentee, former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen, has been absent from first team duty in general for several seasons.


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For all Barcelona’s undoubted quality, Madrid have been in simply sensational form in 2017, and it can be expected that they will continue this run against their rivals here.

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi will undoubtedly have an impact on the game, with Barca expected to score against a Madrid team who struggle to keep clean sheets against them, but at the other end of the park Barca’s fragile defence should be no match for the restored BBC with Isco and Kroos creating behind them.

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Picking the Best Potential Real Madrid Lineup to Face Barcelona on Sunday Evening

​Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid stars pay visit to the Nou Camp on Sunday evening, as the Spanish Super Cup lays claim to the first official Clasico of the new season.

Los Blancos come into this fixture on the back of an impressive midweek display against Manchester United, when they secured the European Super Cup.

With yet another trophy to play for, and against their most bitter rivals no less, here’s how the Spanish giants might line up for this one:

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​The Costa Rican has established himself as Madrid’s unanimous number one in the seasons following the David de Gea scandal. Loved by his manager and teammates, he will hope to bounce back following the poor concession of a goal against Manchester United in midweek.

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​A full strength defensive complement which ultimately picks itself following the departure of veteran Pepe. 

Rafa Varane is finally the undisputed starter alongside captain Sergio Ramos, whilst Carvajal and Marcelo have become stalwarts in the full back positions.

Madrid have failed to keep a clean sheet against Barca in competitive play since 2010, but will have trust in this defence to nullify their unsettled forward line.

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​In midfield Croat star Luka Modric has found himself suspended for the first leg of this tie following his sending off the last time Madrid appeared in the Super Cup in 2014! 

New signing Dani Ceballos may push for a start here, whilst fellow Croat Mateo Kovacic could also be in consideration.

However, it is more likely that Zidane insists on a change of shape and Isco drops back into the midfield three. The Spaniard, who his teammates refer to as ”magic” has forced his way into the team as an attacking midfielder and is more than capable of filling the void left by Modric.

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Modric’ absence saves Zidane a selection dilemma, as Isco’s form has seen him come in at the expense of one of Madrids triumvirate of attacking superstars.

However, it is most likely that for this game at least, Zidane unleashes Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo (the BBC) on Barcelona’s defence.

Whether all three start in the second leg is up in the air.

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Kylian Mbappe Transfer Saga Takes Another Turn as Report Claims Real Madrid Give Up Chase

​Another twist in the seemingly never ending Kylian Mbappe transfer story has occurred. The French forward could be set for Paris Saint-Germain, after a report claimed his request an enormous €12m per year from La Liga champions Real Madrid was rejected.

It’s been one of the stories of the summer. 18-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe broke into the Monaco side last season and took the world by storm, as Europe’s biggest and richest sat up and readied their chequebooks.

On Thursday, the youngster was reported to have agreed a deal to leave the Ligue 1 title winners for PSG, in a €180m deal. However, ​Monaco since denied those claims.

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Meanwhile, according to Spanish journalist Hector Fernandez, Real Madrid have given up on landing the wonderkid, after he demanded a yearly income of €12m – which has been offered to him by PSG.

However, despite this claim, reports in France are claiming that Monaco have denied any agreement with PSG regarding their young striker.

​Le Parisien state that inside Monaco sources are adamant that no contact has been made with their Ligue 1 rivals, and that reports of a €180m agreement hold no substance to them.

​​This news all arrives after Mbappe is believed to have told Monaco that he wishes to leave the club  – the reason thought to be due to the exodus of star players this summer.

With Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy both joining Manchester City during this window, and central midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko linking up with Antonio Conte at Chelsea, the club seem to have been stripped for parts. 

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Furthermore, it’s looking ever more likely that Thomas Lemar could be on his way to Arsenal – which may well be the final nail in the coffin for Mbappe.

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Isco Reportedly Pens New Real Madrid Contract With Enormous Release Clause

Real Madrid star Isco has reportedly signed a new four-year contract with the club that will keep him at the Bernabeu until at least the summer of 2021, while raising his release clause to a huge €700m. A formal announcement is expected next week after the Spanish Super Cup.

The news comes from Spanish outlet AS, whose report explains that Isco will also now earn a salary of €6m each season. His contract also comes with an optional fifth year to 2022.

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Perhaps most interesting is the enormous new release clause. The midfielder’s previous clause was rumoured to be €150m and increasing it by such a significant amount falls in line with Los Blancos ensuring that their player’s clauses are seen as deterrents to buyers, not incentives.

A source told AS: “There are no players in Madrid’s first-team squad with a clause below €500m, and in Castilla [Real’s ‘B’ team], there are now players with clauses of €300m.”

Real are obviously keen not to fall into the same trap as Clásico rivals Barcelona, who lost superstar Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain after the French club triggered his €222m clause. Even Lionel Messi only has a €300m figure written into his contract, which is no longer seen as an impossible fee.


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After previously struggling to establish himself, Isco emerged as one of Real’s key players in the closing stages of last season as the club captured La Liga and Champions League honours.

He was one of the stars of the show as Real then beat Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup this week to kick off the new season with an early trophy.

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