Real Madrid President Reveals Hilarious Text Spurs Owner Sends Him Every Time They Win a Major Title

​Real Madrid President Florentino Pérez has revealed the hilarious message he now traditionally receives from Tottenham Hotspur Daniel Levy, after every major European title they win.

Speaking on Spanish radio station Candena Cope, via journalist Kristof Terreur, Perez let listeners in on the side-splitting joke Levy rolls out on now regular intervals, stating:

“Every time we win a European title, he sends me the same message: ‘Congratulations for the European title you have won with my players”.

Spurs have somewhat of a history of selling to the La Liga giants, with both Gareth Bale and Luca Modrić joining Los Blancos in recent years. Tottenham fans have understandably been aggrieved at losing their star players in such a manner, and Levy’s attempts to find the humour in the situation may not go down too well with fans of the north London club.

While Spurs are currently flying under charismatic manager Mauricio Pochettino, with a host of exciting young talent, the face remains that the club are approaching a decade without winning any silverware. 

The future of Harry Kane is also likely to cause Spurs fans sleepless nights, as the club talisman has inevitably been with a future move to the Galácticos.

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Spurs are starting to find their feet in the 2017/18 Premier League campaign, after initially struggling to acclimatise to their cavernous temporary home of Wembley Stadium. Pochettino’s side impressed in their 1-1 Champions League draw with Real Madrid, and comprehensively thumped Liverpool in Sunday’s Premier League thrashing.

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The Best FIFA Awards 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo Wins Second Successive Best FIFA Male Award

So the Best FIFA Awards swung back around on Monday, and it proved to be quite the show.

​FIFA, having held their inaugural ceremony in Zurich back in January, held the event in London this time around. And with Cristiano Ronaldo claiming the top prize earlier in the year, the Portuguese superstar was looking to get his hands on the silverware again.

Things kicked off, unofficially, with a few interviews on the outside. And it was announced that Brazilian legend Pele was unable to make it as he was celebrating his 77th birthday, but his perennial rival Diego Maradona didn’t dare miss the show.

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Ronaldo’s entrance was reported to have caused quite the stir. And for what it’s worth, the Real Madrid man commanded a bit more awe than Lionel Messi, according to a presenter.

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Best FIFA Men’s Player 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo

As many expected, Ronaldo retained his crown as the best male player in world football, it’s going to be pretty hard to knock him off this perch, unless we’re talking about aging.

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Best FIFA Women’s Player 2017: Lieke Martens

Dutch 24-year-old Barcelona female star Lieke Martens was the one to steal this award away from the last (or first) winner, Carli Lloyd.


The FIFA FIFPro World XI 2017:

Was made up of Gianluigi Buffon, Dani Alves, Sergio Ramos, Leonardo Bonucci, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.


FIFA Fair Play Award 2017: Francis Kone

Zbrojovka Brno forward Francis Kone, who has saved four opponents’ lives on the pitch through emergency first-aid, was the one who claimed the FIFA Fair Play Award for 2017.


The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2017: Sarina Wiegman

And the outstanding woman to snatch the Best Women’s Coach 2017 award was none other than Netherland’s boss, Sarina Wiegman.


FIFA Fan Award 2017: Celtic FC

Celtic’s fans were the select group to win the FIFA Fan Award for 2017 for their brilliant display.


Best FIFA Goalkeeper 2017: Gianlugi Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon, Italy and Juventus stopper, took home the Best FIFA Goalkeeper 2017 award, to the delight of teammate Lonardo Bonucci, who had him down to win it.


Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2017: Zinedine Zidane

The second award of the night went to Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, who beat Antonio Conte and Max Allegri to the FIFA Men’s Coach 2017 accolade.


FIFA Puskas Award 2017: Olivier Giroud

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud took the first available award on the night, claiming the FIFA Puskas Award for 2017 as a result of his ‘scorpion kick’ from last season.



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Real Madrid Prodigy Ready to Ditch France Dream After Becoming ‘Annoyed’ at Lack of Opportunities

Real Madrid’s defensive wonderkid Theo Hernández has grown frustrated with his lack of opportunities in the French U21 side and is considering switching his international allegiances to Spain.

The former Atlético Madrid defender completed the short hop across town to join Los Blancos in a £27m deal over the summer. With brother Lucas Hernández remaining with Los Colchoneros, Theo has seen his older brother claim seven appearances with the French U21 squad.

The Hernández brothers both have dual nationality and with Lucas already establishing himself in the national team setup, Theo could switch to Spain for a better chance at playing international football.

“If France doesn’t call me, we’ll see,” Real Madrid’s left-back is quoted as saying by Marca (via FourFourTwo).

I have not been called in August, nor in the September or October selections. I am French, but we will see. I am a little annoyed.”

Should Hernández choose to fight for his place in Les Bleus youth sides, progression into the senior side could prove difficult.

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Manchester City full-back Benjamin Mendy is already ahead of the Real Madrid defender in the pecking order for a place in the French national team and at just 23, Hernández could have a career-long fight on his hands for a regular spot in Didier Deschamps’ squad.

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VIDEO: AC Milan Defender Leonardo Bonucci Gives His Verdict on the Current Best Player in the World

​AC Milan centre-back Leonardo Bonucci has weighed in on the debate as to who is currently the best footballer on the planet.

The Italian defender is perhaps one of the best placed players to judge, given his meetings with some of the game’s most dangerous attackers in recent years.

Bonucci has played against both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but it is the latter who he deems to be the superior player.

“I would have to say that the best player at the moment is Cristiano Ronaldo,” he said. “He can make the difference in any game. 

“When we played in Cardiff in the Champions League final, he showed that he is determined to keep getting better and stay at the top.”

Ronaldo missed the first four games of the new La Liga season through suspension, and has scored just once in the league since his return.

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He was again unable to register in Sunday’s comfortable 3-0 win over Eibar, but coach Zinedine Zidane stressed after the game that he remains the world’s best.

“He is the best by a long way,” said the Frenchman. “He has shown it many times, he is always there in the big games. 

“All the awards are deserved because he always wants to be the best and he is.”

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Messi has so far this season outscored Ronaldo, although the Portuguese forward is expected to edge this year’s ‘The Best’ award.

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Real Madrid 3-0 Eibar: La Liga Champs Brush Aside Strugglers to Close Gap on Barcelona

​Real Madrid closed the gap on leaders Barcelona to five points by easing to victory over La Liga strugglers Eibar.

After enduring a frustrating evening in Tuesday’s Champions League draw with Tottenham, Real had a far more comfortable night this time around. The game started slow, with Eibar’s Joan Jordan testing Real’s stand-in keeper Kiko Castilla and Cristiano Ronaldo having a hopeful shot blocked.

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The reigning La Liga champions did find the breakthrough after 17 minutes when Marco Asensio’s superb cross was headed into his own net by Paulo Oliviera. Eibar then wasted a golden chance to level minutes later, where a counter attack led to a 2 v 1 in their favour, though Charles bizarrely sent the ball out for a goal kick from 40 yards out in what appeared to be a mix of confusion between shooting and passing.

That was the closest Eibar would come to claiming anything, as Real doubled their lead soon after when Marco Asensio latched onto Isco’s cross and superbly drilled home the second. The tempo of game slowed down as the hosts easily controlled the affair into the second half, with Cristiano Ronaldo wasting several good chances to add his name to the score sheet and Isco also having a one on one saved by Marko Dmitrovic.

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Real did eventually find the third goal to ensure victory, with substitute Marcelo finishing off a brilliant team move to turn and finish inside the box and give the reigning Spanish champions a very easy win. 

Eibar had a half chance at the end with a long range effort which was well saved by Castilla, but on a whole it was a routine win for Zinedine Zidane’s side as they moved to within five points of leaders Barcelona and above city rivals Atletico into third.

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Los Blancos would have been pleased with the professionalism of the victory, especially with the likes of Keylor Navas, Gareth Bale and Dani Carvajal all out injured. The defeat leaves Eibar in 16th, just a single point above the drop zone and their season gets no easier when they face in form Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey in the week, whilst Real travel to third division side Fuenlabrada in the same competition. 

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Arsenal Join the Hunt For Real Madrid, Liverpool & Man Utd Target Alan Guimarães

​Arsenal have entered the race for Brazilian wondered Alan Guimarães with Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester United all interested in the 17-year-old. 

As reported by ​Sport Witness, Spanish newspaper AS claimed there had already been a ‘verbal agreement’ for Guimarães with Real Madrid and that he’d join the Los Blancos when he turned 18.

But the deal is far from done according to sources, who are being told it’s too early for the move to be finalised. 

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The youngster has impressed several elite clubs in Europe following standout performances in the U17 World Cup which is being held in India.

With this, Arsenal have joined the race to sign the Palmeiras attacking midfielder alongside fellow English club Liverpool.

​Sport Witness reported earlier on in the year that Manchester United had scouts go and watch Guimarães however the Red Devils haven’t made contact for a while now according to this report.

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But with the release clause of the 17-year-old being in the region of €50m, would Arsenal, even Liverpool, be prepared to pay that much for a player of Guimarães’ age?

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Juventus & Real Madrid Target Dimitri Oberlin on Why He Turned Down Chance to Join Man Utd

​Basel forward Dimitri Oberlin has revealed why he turned down the opportunity to join Manchester United when he was 17-years-old. 

Oberlin is currently on loan at Basel from RB Salzburg and spoke to ​The Sun on the decision not to join the Premier League giants: “Yes, they [United] had been watching me – the transfer almost happened.

“In the end I decided otherwise. My parents had allowed me to transfer, but I did not.”

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The 20-year-old didn’t want to join the youth sides at Manchester United and thought playing senior football would be more beneficial.

“I would have started at the Under-18s, the way into the first team would have been far.

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“The competition would have been massive.”

The Swiss international decided to make the move to current parent club RB Salzburg from FC Zurich in order to gain the first-team football.

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Oberlin has scored two goals this season in eight games for Basel.

Juventus and Real Madrid are now keeping tabs on the youngster, but Manchester United may still go back in for the forward. 

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5 Things You Need to Know About Real Madrid Youngster Achraf Hakimi After Shining in Spurs Draw

Remember the name and the date that a young Real Madrid youth product came of age, Achraf Hakimi against Tottenham on the 17th October 2017. The Moroccan international, at the tender age of 18, gave the experienced Jan Vertonghen a torrid time, sometimes running rings around the Belgian defender.

At such a young age his confidence and attacking prowess demonstrated what a talent Los Blancos have on their hand, as the youngster fills in for no-nonsense defender Dani Carvajal.

Here is 5 things you need to know about the Real Madrid prodigy.

1. Although a Spanish Native, Hakimi Has Opted to Play For Morocco

At only 18 years of age, Hakimi Achraf has already discovered the fully-fledged life of a professional football player, making his Real Madrid home debut in front of the expectant Madridistas, while also featuring for Morocco on six separate occasions.

Although a Spanish native who was born in Madrid in 1998, the young full-back has opted to play for the country of his parents, who would’ve been proud to see their son notch his first goal against Mali in an international qualifier for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

2. Hakimi Offers Versatility

Having coming through the famed ‘La Fabrica’, the academy that churns out player after player for Real Madrid in their youth system, Hakimi has plied his trade in a number of positions, often filling in at centre-back across all age groups while also making his international debut at left-back for Morocco.

When Danilo left for Manchester City in the summer, many expected Los Blancos to cough up the cash and sign a proven back up for Dani Carvajal, who is currently injured. Nevertheless, boss Zinedine Zidane must have seen some promising signs when he was the coach of  Castilla, instead opting to promote Hakimi to the first team.

3. Hakimi is the First Arab to Play for Real Madrid

Joining the set-up at Real Madrid at the tender age of eight, Hakimi has developed through the ranks at Los Merengues to make history, becoming the first Arab player to wear the famous white of the all-time La Liga record winners.

Showing a quick turn of pace, excellent crossing ability and the stamina needed to not just attack the Tottenham side but also cover his tracks defensively, Hakimi set a precedent and possibly opened up the door to more Arabic players making a mark for the top sides in La Liga.

4. His Displays Have Already Impressed Zidane in One Month

To play for Real Madrid must be a daunting task, pulling on the famous jersey in front of a quick-to-dismiss fan base and board of directors, the promising defender rose to the occasion in the past month by showing he is more then up to the task of replacing Carvajal.

His performances did not go unnoticed by club legend Zidane, who was quick to praise the exciting full back, stating: “he was outstanding,” following his highly-charged performance against Spurs, later adding: “Achraf (Hakimi) has shown that he can play and I am not scared to throw him in going forward.”

5. Hakimi’s Rise to the Top Has Been Quick

Despite a month of excellent displays that show a maturity beyond his years, Hakimi’s rise to the top level of Spanish football has been a remarkably quick one. The defender has not had much time to get use to the attackers in La Liga, as the young prodigy only entered the first team in the summer.

Before that, he only had one season of football in the Castilla B squad, where he featured twenty-eight times, bagging one goal. Also starring in the UEFA Youth League and in friendlies against the likes of Chelsea in 2016, his ascendancy in the game shows the faith Zidane has in the Morocco international. 

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Picking the Best Potential Real Madrid Lineup to Face Eibar on Sunday

​Real Madrid are hoping to turn a corner and win back-to-back home league matches for the first time this season, but face an Eibar outfit who will be looking to stay clear of the relegation zone.

If Cristiano Ronaldo and company can step it up when it matters on Sunday, they can get back on track in La Liga and keep up the pace with league leaders Barcelona and second place Valencia.

Goalkeeper

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With Keylor Navas picking up an abductor injury against Tottenham, deputy Kiko Casilla will step in.

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​Marcelo is a class act at left-back, one of the greatest in the world and a key threat going forward. On the other side with Dani Carvajal out injured, young defender Achraf Hakimi has stepped in and looked the part, despite playing in an important position at eighteen years of age.

In the centre, Sergio Ramos marshalls the back four while Raphaël Varane provides cover using his pace.

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​One of the greatest midfield trios in the world of football, German World Cup winner Toni Kroos and Luka Modric make a fantastic duo in the centre of the park. With Kroos being an excellent passer and Modric a strong runner of the ball, they dovetail perfectly.

To protect them going forward, Casemiro is an able deputy and strong in the tackle, while screening the back four.

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​With Gareth Bale still out injured, Isco has stepped in and made the place his own, performing excellently in a front three, causing havoc with his amazing dribbling skills and vision. Calls have been made in the media for the Spaniard to be one of the first names on the team sheet.

He will play in tandem with talisman Cristiano Ronaldo who is looking for his first La Liga goal at home this season, while Karim Benzema will be the perfect foil up front.

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Real Madrid vs Eibar Preview: Previous Encounter, Key Men, Team News & More

​Real Madrid are looking to turn around their poor start to the season at home, with a convincing display against an Eibar side who are looking to stay clear of the relegation zone in La Liga.

Following a dominating display against Tottenham in the Champions League, which ended with a disappointing point at the Santiago Bernabeu, the hosts need to get back on track to gain momentum and keep up the pace with league leaders Barcelona, as their rivals have already created a five point lead.

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Classic Encounter

In the reverse fixture last season, Real Madrid suffered a winless streak extend to four games without a victory, as a number of chances were wasted by Los Merengues to create a hostile atmosphere from the home fans.

This was not to last as they swept all before them in the Champions League to gain back-to-back victories, while also pipping rivals Barcelona domestically to win La Liga. Nevertheless, in October 2016, much like this year, a series of missed opportunities cost Real Madrid as Eibar took a shock lead through a Fran Rico header.

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Welsh wizard Gareth Bale found an equaliser ten minutes later, but 14 further shots were wasted on goal as Real Madrid were frustrated by a resilient defence.


Key Men

With star player and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo yet to score in front of the home crowd in La Liga, Real Madrid may be looking for further influential players to step forward while the Portuguese striker ‘struggles’ domestically. As Los Blancos lag behind in 3rd place, they will rely on the excellent form of creative genius Isco to shoulder the burden.

The Spanish playmaker has been a revelation since Bale has been on the sidelines, including last season when his ability was visible for all to see building up to the Champions League final.

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Meanwhile, Eibar are struggling to not only score goals but keep them out too, conceding thirteen in the last four games. Important centre-half Alex Galvez is the leader of the back four, and needs to rally his troops to push for a stronger defensive effort in the face of the La Liga champions.


Team News

As the right side of Real Madrid’s usual line is currently out with injuries, manager Zinedine Zidane will have to call upon a mixture of youth and energy to end the stuttering home form that has cost them their place at the top of the league so far. 

Bale is still out of contention with a calf muscle injury that prevented him from helping Wales to qualify for next year’s World Cup, while strong right-back Dani Carvajal is struggling with a viral pericardium infection.

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In his place young starlet Achraf Hakimi impressed against Spurs, so Zidane could stick with the enthusiastic 18-year-old.

After picking up an abductor injury against Tottenham, Keylor Navas will be missing for a couple of weeks, with Kiko Casilla stepping up in his place.

Eibar on the other hand have further issues on their plate, with a number of first team stars out of action. Last year’s goalscorer Fran Rico is currently nursing a knee injury, which is expected to keep him out until February, while former Real Madrid star Pedro Leon and Yoel Rodríguez are missing for this important fixture.


Predicted Line Ups

Real Madrid (4-3-3): Casilla; Achraf, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema

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Eibar (3-5-2): Dmitrovic; Oliveira, Ramis, Arbilla; Capa, Escalante, Carrillo, Jordan, Junca; Kike, Enrich


Prediction

Real Madrid to get back to winning ways at the Santiago Bernabeu with a thumping home win, winning by four goals to keep up the pressure on Barcelona, who face bottom of the table Malaga who are also desperate for a victory.

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Eibar will continue to struggle if they cannot shore up their defence, but that doesn’t look like ending against one of the most potent attacking forces in Europe, even without Bale. The away side will be counting down the minutes until they can move on to the next ray of hope in the following game.

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