Gareth Bale Says Record-Breaking Hat-Trick Against China ‘Maybe the Best Moment’ of His Career

Gareth Bale says that becoming Wales’ all-time record international goalscorer was among the best moments of his career after ​he broke the record in style on Thursday.

Bale scored a brilliant hat-trick – the first of his international career – as Wales cruised to a 6-0 victory over China in Nanning. The treble took him onto 29 international goals, one more than previous record-holder Ian Rush.

Asked where the achievement ranked among his other footballing accomplishments, Bale said that it was one of his proudest moments.

​”It is right up there, maybe as the best,” the ​Real Madrid star told ​BB​C Sport. “I suppose when I was a little boy I never dreamed of being a record-breaker for Wales. It is a massive honour.

“I was not thinking about it, but now it has come it’s an incredible honour and one of the best things I’ve achieved in my career.

“On a personal note it’s great to break the record, but I could not have done it without my team-mates.”

​Burnley’s Sam Vokes scored twice and ​Liverpool’s Harry Wilson, who was celebrating his 21st birthday, chipped in with his first goal for Wales – a classy finish to make it 4-0 just before half time.


It was Ryan Giggs’ first game as manager since he took over from Chris Coleman in January, and it was also Wales’ first match since failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. 

Bale scored his first Wales goal against Slovakia in 2006, becoming the youngest ever scorer for the Welsh national team at the age of 17. He has scored many important goals since then, including three at Euro 2016.

Wales now progress to the final of the China Cup where they will face the winner of Friday’s match between the Czech Republic and Uruguay.

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Gianluigi Donnarumma Could Leave for Cut-Price Figure If AC Milan Fail to Make Champions League

​AC Milan and Italy goalkeeping sensation Gianluigi Donnarumma could leave the Serie A club for a knock-down price, if they fail to make the Champions League this season, according to reports. 

The 19-year-old has been Milan’s first choice goalkeeper this season, playing in every Serie A game, and according to Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport (via ​Calciomercato), a clause in the youngster’s contract allows him to depart for €40m should Milan fail to qualify for the Champions League. 

The Italian club currently sit in fifth place in Serie A, with a gap of four points to rivals Inter in fourth place. With only 10 games of the season left the play, it is looking increasingly likely that the clause in Donnarumma’s contract will be activated. 

Earlier in the week, the goalkeeper’s agent seemed to hint that a move away from the club was likely by ​insisting that he wanted the incoming Pepe Reina to become first choice at Milan, and the report claims that the agent will be pushing for a move in the summer.

Clubs linked with Donnarumma in recent times include ​Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and ​Manchester United. The news of the in demand man being available for a lower price than last season is likely to pique the interest of many clubs at the top of the game. 

All of this could change if Milan do manage to grab a top four place in Serie A to qualify for the Champions League. 

The club are currently on a streak of five straight victories, and if they carry on that form, then clubs may have to dig a bit deeper in order to prize the ‘keeper away from San Siro. 

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Spanish Report Claims Real Madrid Are Prepared to Offload Fringe Star to Liverpool

​Real Madrid are reportedly prepared to sanction the move of Dani Ceballos to Liverpool this summer, but the Spanish giants are also said to be keeping their options open should other clubs come calling for the midfielder. 

The Reds were said to be interested in luring the 21-year-old to Anfield in January on a loan deal given his lack of game time at the Bernabeu. However, the move was subsequently blocked which has led to increased speculation that Ceballos could be on his way out in the summer. 


With just five starting appearances and 11 from the bench, Ceballos is primed to seek pastures new after struggling to make an impact and prove his worth to manager Zinedine Zidane following his move from Real Betis last summer. 

According to Spanish rumours outlet ​Diario Gol, Real Madrid have decided they will approve any Liverpool offer should the Reds make contact for Spain’s Under-21 star this summer.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are expected to sign a central midfielder in the summer as Emre Can looks increasingly likely to head for the exit door at Anfield following four-years at the club, with Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere also said to be of interest to the Reds as the England international’s contract stand off with the Gunners continues. 

The reports claims Real Madrid are prepared to play the long game over Ceballos, however, as AC Milan, Roma and Juventus are also said to be in the race to land the 21-year-old, with the Spanish giants prepared to accept the best offer with the midfielder’s blessing. 

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Ceballos’s club teammate, Dani Carvajal ​previously summed up the youngsters frustrations following a series of cameo appearances as he said, via the ​Express: “There are 24 players in the squad and we all want to play.

“If someone doesn’t play and they don’t get angry it’s even bad for the team. Wanting to play and show what you can do is good.

“At the end of the day there are many games, so the coach is rotating a lot. We all have to give our all because the team benefits and if the team wins we will all be happy,” he added.

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YouTube’s Newest Star Marcelo Reveals the Sport Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo Was ‘Professional’ in

​Real Madrid full back Marcelo has revealed that teammate Cristiano Ronaldo used to be a professional table tennis player. 

Marcelo released this information while playing a game of ping pong with his interviewer on his personal YouTube channel. He uses this channel to show his fans features of his life and to give them an insight of what it is like to play for Madrid. 

Via ​his YouTube channel, Marcelo said during the game: “Do you know who was a professional in this game? Cristiano. He was a professional at Sporting. He trained, trained and became professional.”

Real Madrid Training and Press Conference

The Brazilian also admitted that it is difficult to enjoy playing against Ronaldo as he is too good; so good in fact that he cannot reply to some of his services. 

This is interesting news from Marcelo, and it makes you question what could have been if Ronaldo had carried on with his table tennis career? One thing is for certain, it would be a much less entertaining competition for the Ballon d’Or every year. 

The 29-year-old has established himself as one of the world’s best left backs, making the FIFA FIFPro World XI for the last three years. He has 23 appearances in the La Liga this season, scoring two goals and contributing five assists in the competition. 

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He will now look to impress in Brazil’s upcoming friendlies against Germany and Russia, although it is doubtful that his performances in these fixtures will affect his place in the squad for this summer’s World Cup. 


Zidane Reportedly Gives Green Light for Real Madrid to Sign €100m Robert Lewandowski in the Summer

​Zinedine Zidane has reportedly given Real Madrid president Florentino Perez the go ahead to sign want away Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski this summer. Zidane is said to see the Polish attacker as his priority target in the transfer window.

Lewandowski seems to have been linked with Madrid since the beginning of time, but it appears that this summer is the likeliest he’s ever looked to leave the Allianz Stadium. Having switched agents earlier in the season in a bid to engineer a move to Los Blancos, it now seems that Madrid are preparing a bid.

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According to AS, Zidane and Perez are in agreement that Lewandowski is their top target after a difficult season at the Bernabeu. The tried and tested 30-year-old has spent his entire career turning out top quality performances, and the report claims that a deal worth around €100m – with Bayern determined to keep hold of the player.

Madrid are apparently happy to pay the money, knowing that Bayern themselves are soon to fork out €42m for on loan midfielder James Rodriguez.

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Should this information be true, it would ultimately end Madrid’s interest in Tottenham striker Harry Kane. The Englishman has been linked with a move to Madrid since last season, but while a move seemed to be on the cards for a while, Madrid have gone off the idea of signing Kane due to the huge transfer fee he would command.

The Spanish club are also concerned that his introverted nature would have a negative impact on his game. Kane is not used to the hectic life that comes with playing for Real Madrid.

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‘It Was My Fault’: Real Madrid Starlet Defends Zinedine Zidane’s Decision to Use Him Sparingly

​Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio has come to the defence of his manager Zinedine Zidane after being asked whether the Frenchman’s decision to drop him from the Real starting lineup earlier in the season was unfair or not. 

Speaking to Cadena SER, via ​Managing Madrid, Asensio responded to a question regarding the supposed unfairness of Zidane’s decision: 

“That [unfair] is not the word. It was my fault and my responsibility when I was out of the team. The form of the team was not so good and I did not have so many minutes.”

However, Asensio has recently been given more game time, becoming a regular starter. The Spaniard commented on Zidane’s choice to start him more often: 

“Now he is giving me confidence. I think that both in attack and in defence we are more compact and we have to continue like this and maintain this line. We are in a very good place.” 


Asensio also gave a comparison of his role with the Spanish national team with his one at Madrid: 

“I’m more of a winger for Spain while in Madrid I can impact the game behind the strikers too, having a bit more freedom.”

The 22-year-old has made 24 appearances in La Liga this season – including 14 starts – which is especially impressive considering the amount of world class talent Real Madrid have at their disposal. 

He has also been relatively prolific in Zidane’s Los Blancos side, scoring eight goals and providing five assists across all competitions. This is great in comparison to last season where he only netted six goals and contributed three assists. 

Asensio has been named in Spain’s 24-man squad for their upcoming friendlies against Germany and Argentina. It is expected that the playmaker will be brought to the World Cup due to his form with Real. He already has eight caps to his name and has won the UEFA European Under-19 Championship for his country. 

The attacker will look to impress in Julen Lopetegui’s side to secure a place in the Spanish World Cup squad. 

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Real Madrid Ready to Battle Liverpool in Chase for Brazilian Star & Prepare £60m Offer

Liverpool are expected to hit the market for a world-class goalkeeper in the summer and are believed to have made AS Roma and Brazil stopper Alisson their chief target.

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The Reds’ goalkeeping woes have been well documented over the last few seasons, with both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius having really poor spells between the sticks. Karius is now Jurgen Klopp’s first choice keeper, but Mignolet has been tipped to make an exit at the end of the season.

The Anfield side are reported as having approached Roma with a view to making a bid in the summer, but according to Italian source Corriere dello Sport, they could be faced with strong competition – in the form of current Champions League holders Real Madrid.

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The Spanish giants have reportedly made contact over the stopper themselves and are said to have prepared a €60m offer for the Brazilian star.

Roma, though, are reluctant to sell their prized asset and are keen to sign him to a new deal. As things stand, the player is contracted until 2021, but that could hold little meaning if both Liverpool and Real make advances in the summer.

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PHOTOS: Nike Launch ‘CR7 Chapter 6 – Born Leader’ Boots Inspired by Ronaldo’s Portugal Captaincy

Nike have officially launched ‘Chapter 6’ in the CR7 series of boots worn by living legend Cristiano Ronaldo. The latest design is named ‘Born Leader’ and pays tribute to the Portugal captain’s leadership skills and the country’s nautical history.

“When you play for your country you want to win, you want to defend your colours,” Ronaldo, who willed his team to victory at Euro 2016 after injury forced him out of the final, explained.

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Ronaldo first captained his country and the tender age of just 22 and has worn the armband more times than any other skipper in the history of the Portuguese national side.

The colours complement Portugal’s traditional kit, with the nod to sea exploration contained within the design of the Nike swoosh. A raised ‘C’ for captain also features.




The CR7 Chapter 6: Born Leader boot is available from 20th March on and from 22nd March in stores.

Portugal also launched new home and away kits earlier this week in time for the World Cup.

‘Regal’ is a word used to describe the vibrant red home kit, which features the traditional green trim and well as splashes of gold as a nod to the country’s status as ‘Kings of Europe’ after victory in the European Championship two years ago.

Meanwhile, the white away kit is adorned by a subtle print inspired by the key points of a compass rose in tribute of the country’s epic history of exploration and discovery.

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2018 Nike Portugal Away Kit

The home kit will be available on ​ from 23rd March, with the away kit on sale from 26th April. Portugal will kick off their World Cup campaign on 15th June in a huge clash with Spain.


Cristiano Ronaldo Insists He Is Still ‘the Best’ After Winning Portuguese Player of the Year Award

​Cristiano Ronaldo stressed that he is still ‘the best’ after adding yet another individual award to his collection on Monday night.

The 33-year-old was named Portuguese player of 2017, having secured a record-equalling fifth Ballon d’Or last year. It comes after claims that Ronaldo was on the decline following a slow start to the domestic campaign with Real Madrid.


But he has been in prolific form since the turn of the year, and used Monday night’s award ceremony to respond to his critics.

“I am grateful for this award to all those who are here, it is also an award for all my colleagues, 2017 was an excellent year, unforgettable both collectively and individually,” Ronaldo said – quoted by ​FourFourTwo.

“I also won my fifth Ballon d’Or and my second The Best award. I also dedicate it to my four children. That’s another record – three children in three months.

“We have to defend what is ours because there is always a Portuguese in the fight. I always believe and say that I am the best, whatever they say, and then I show it in the field. We are in the fight year after year.”

Ronaldo has scored 37 goals in 35 appearances across all competitions this season. After an uncharacteristically quiet beginning to the campaign, he has found the net 18 times in his last nine La Liga outings.

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His four goals in ​Real Madrid’s 6-3 win over Girona on Sunday night took him to within three goals of Lionel Messi in the race for the Pichichi.


The 9 Players Who Have Bagged 4-Goal Hauls in Europe’s Top 5 Leagues This Season

A hat-trick is one thing, but a four-goal haul in a single game is even more special.

That is something that has been managed on nine occasions in Europe’s top five leagues.

These are the players that have done it…

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

19th September 2017 vs Eibar

Lionel Messi’s four-goal haul against Eibar back in September included his second hat-trick of the season having already bagged a treble against Espanyol just a couple of weeks earlier.

Messi leads the way when it comes to La Liga scoring on 25 for the campaign, although he faces stiff competition if he is to retain his European Golden Shoe as the continent’s top scorer.  

2. Ciro Immobile (Lazio)

6th January 2018 vs SPAL

Serie A minnows SPAL were on the receiving end of a four-goal haul from prolific striker Ciro Immobile in January, a game that Lazio won 5-2 as they fight for a Champions League place.

Immobile has rediscovered his best form since returning to Italy in 2016 after disappointing spells with Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla in Germany and Spain respectively.  

3. Neymar (PSG)

17th January 2018 vs Dijon

Having scored regularly in his first few months with Paris Saint-Germain following a €222m move from Barcelona, Neymar stepped things up even more when he bagged four goals in an 8-0 thrashing of Ligue 1 minnows Dijon in January.

His debut season has already finished as a result of a broken foot.  

4. Sergio Aguero (Man City)

10th February 2018 vs Leicester

Sergio Aguero scored a Premier League hat-trick for Manchester City against Newcastle in January, but went one better just three weeks later against Leicester by scoring four.

It was his third Premier League hat-trick of this season alone, while the Argentine is also no stranger to mega hauls. He scored four in one game against Tottenham in October 2014, and five in another against Newcastle in October 2015.  

5. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)

28th February 2018 vs Leganes

After a slow first half of the season by his own standards, Antoine Griezmann has stepped up his scoring in a big way since January and has scored 12 goals in his last 10 La Liga games.

Four of those came in just one outing against Leganes at the end of February. Remarkably, the Frenchman had actually scored a hat-trick against Sevilla just three days earlier as well.  

6. Alassane Plea (Nice)

11th March 2018 vs Guingamp

Nice forward Alassane Plea became the first French player to bag a four-goal haul in Ligue 1 in more than 10 years when he was in prolific form against Guingamp earlier this month.

But even after his four-goal haul, Plea has still only scored 10 times in the league in total so far this season and had found the net just once in 10 Ligue 1 outings prior to facing Guingamp.

7. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

17th March 2018 vs Watford

Just when Liverpool fans thought Mohamed Salah couldn’t any better, the Egyptian forward bagged four goals in one game against Watford at the weekend.

Salah now has 28 for the Reds in the Premier League this season and is just three short of matching Luis Suarez’s 31-goal tally in 2013/14. He could also become the first Liverpool player to reach 40 goals in all competitions in a single season since Ian Rush in 1986/87.  

8. Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan)

18th March 2018 vs Sampdoria

Mauro Icardi is having his best season yet in an Inter Milan shirt and saw his Serie A goal tally boosted to 22 after netting four times against Sampdoria at the weekend.

They were Icardi’s first goals since returning from a recent injury absence, while his prolific early season form had largely deserted him in the few weeks before that layoff as well.  

9. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

18th March 2018 vs Girona

Cristiano Ronaldo continued his incredible recent run of goalscoring form when he netted four against Girona in La Liga at the weekend, the eighth straight game in all competitions in which he has found the net.

It was also his 50th career hat-trick. Ronaldo is now onto 22 league goals for the season and has 37 in all competitions, a tally matched by no other player in Europe’s top five leagues.