Real Madrid Wonderkid-in-Waiting Vinicius Junior Puts Hold on Summer Move to Spain

​Real Madrid’s capture of Brazilian starlet Vinicius Junior may have to wait a little while longer than their initial expectations, as the player has insisted he will still be with current side Flamengo until he gets his hands on the league title, despite already securing a £38.7m move to the footballing superpower. 

The 17-year-old had been hotly tipped by the Spanish press to complete his move to Los Blancos in the upcoming summer, after he turns 18, with boss Zinedine Zidane and president Florentino Perez continuing their mandate of developing youth talent to take on the world. 

This has been no more evident in the sharp rise of Santiago Bernabeu Stadium star Marco Asensio, who, since his €3.5m (£3.15m) switch from Mallorca in 2015, has gone on to become a world-renowned all-beating talent and a key figure in the La Liga champions’ set up. 

Real continue to search the market for upcoming diamonds in the rough and have elected that Flamengo youngster Vinicius Junior is to be the next to join the European superpower in hopes of mimicking the success of those before him after agreeing terms earlier this year.  

It was thought that Madrid were to finalise the deal and bring the talent to Spain in June, but following a charity clash promoted by himself, the forward stated his immediate plans are to remain in Brazil and help capture silverware for his current side. 

“We have not decided anything yet”, the frontman told home nation news outlet ​Globo.com. 

“But I plan to stay until the end of the year (2018). After I conquer the Libertadores I can go and play for Real Madrid.”

With the Brazilian domestic season recently coming to a close, it will be some time before the highly-thought-of youngster is able to fight for the chance to get his hands on the title once again, putting a significant delay on the striker joining up with his new club. 


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Real Madrid Win 2nd Successive World Club Cup With 1-0 Win Over Gremio

​Spanish giants Real Madrid have won the World Club Cup for the second year running, defeating Gremio 1-0 through Cristiano Ronaldo’s wonder of a free kick in the United Arab Emirates.

Los Blancos, having won the Champions League at the end of last season, earned their place in the competition and have capped off 2017 with a stunning haul.

French boss Zinedine Zidane led the side to Champions League glory last year, and they repeated the feat this year, becoming the first club to win the tournament back-to-back.

Zidane played quite the strong side against Madrid’s Brazilian opponents, with the likes of Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric, Ronaldo,Karim Benzema and Isco all starting.

Gareth Bale also started the match from the bench, a pleasing sight for the fans, who have certainly missed him this season.

“I’m very happy to see Gareth with us again,” Zidane said ahead of the match. “He looks very happy to me and very pleased to be with his team-mates.”

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Rather unsurprisingly, Ronaldo was the one who put Real out in front, dipping a sublime free kick over the Gremio wall from 30 yards out to give his team the lead.

The Spanish side held their advantage until the final blast of the whistle, with the celebrations kicking off in the middle of the pitch as the valiant Champions League holders are set to add yet another trophy to their burgeoning cabinet.


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Five-Time Ballon d’Or Winner Cristiano Ronaldo Reveals Most Treasured Piece of Silverware

Real Madrid and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed that winning Euro 2016 with Portugal ranks as his most special achievement.

The forward has had a glittering career up to this point, both on a personal and club level, recently capturing his fifth Ballon d’Or Award. He was also given FIFA’s top award prior to that, getting named the Best FIFA Men’s Player for 2017 earlier this year.

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Ronaldo has won three Premier League titles with Manchester United, also winning La Liga on two occasions since moving to Spain. The Portuguese ace can boast winning the Champions League four times, once with United and thrice with Real.

As decorated as he is, Ronaldo considers last year’s Euro 16 victory with his country the grandest moment of his career.​

“It’s something we wanted for years, the first title of the Portuguese national team, and that’s why it was incredible,” he told FIFA.

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Ronaldo also admitted that his rivalry with Lionel Messi is a huge motivating factor behind his success, but the biggest thing for him is giving teammates and fans something to enjoy.

“I’ve always wanted to make my mark in the world of football, and I’ve done it,” he added. “I’ve written a chapter in the history of football [by] winning so many titles, being a player, like Messi, a candidate to win individual prizes.

“I stay motivated because I like what I do, I love playing football and I try to enjoy it, but what I try the most is to make people and my team mates enjoy it.”


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Spanish Report Claims Gareth Bale Has Picked Preferred Move Out of Premier League Trio

According to reports in Spain, Premier League heavyweights Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are all monitoring Gareth Bale’s precarious situation at Real Madrid. 

The Welshman has come under increased scrutiny this season for not being able to stay fit and his inconsistent performances on the pitch. Bale’s reputation with the notoriously hard to please Bernabeu fans has turned sour and as a result, Madrid may look to offload him to fund a move for their next Galactico, which could be Eden Hazard.

Now according to Spanish rumours site Don Balon (via the ​Express) the Premier League trio are tracking the former Spurs star with a view to a summer move, should he wish to return to the UK. 

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However, according to the report, the 28-year-old has made a return to Tottenham his priority if he is to move away from Real Madrid. 

He spent six years with the London outfit before he made his then world-record move to the Spanish capital. Spurs supposedly want their prodigal son back at their club to help propel themselves to the upper end of the table and simultaneously deal a hammer blow to the other title contenders.

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Zinedine Zidane Reveals Admiration for Liverpool Star & Admits ‘I Rate Him a Lot’

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been a stand out player within the Premier League this season, and he’s even won himself a fan in Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

The 25-year-old had an impressive season whilst playing for Roma in the 2016/17 season, managing to score 15 goals and providing 11 assists. This run of form helped push through a move to Liverpool for £35m prior to the 2017/18 campaign. 

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Since his move to the Premier League, the Egyptian forward has certainly lived up to the price tag. The Liverpool striker has converted 13 goals in 17 appearances and is currently the league’s leading goalscorer. 

Chelsea, most likely, will be kicking themselves for letting the player go. 

However, Salah has been talked up as a target for the European champions in recent weeks, and Zidane has done nothing to dismiss the rumours in his Friday press conference.

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Zidane revealed his admiration for the African player of the year, saying to an Egyptian journalist, via ​FourFourTwo: “Salah is a great player, he has shown it at Roma, now Liverpool.

“He is still young, improving all the time. I don’t talk much about about other players, but he is a player I rate a lot.”

Despite this, with January transfer window around the corner, Salah will remain focused on this Sunday, as they take on AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. 


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Neymar Should Avoid Real Madrid’s Advances in Favour of Becoming a PSG Legend

​After completing his mammoth €222m switch from Barcelona to PSG, it’s fair to say that Neymar has caused a great deal of controversy at his new club. 

Bust ups with Edinson Cavani and Unai Emery as well as penalty-gate have set a rather sour tone to the big money deal, something which Neymar would’ve been hoping to avoid. The 25-year-old has set the story straight regarding his relationship with the pair, but for the issue to have risen it would’ve caused a great deal of unrest in the dressing room and hampered his chances of settling in quickly. 

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However, although the off-field issues may have prolonged his acclimatisation at the club, they don’t seem to be affecting his abilities on the pitch. The Brazilian has helped his side reach the top of the table, losing only one game thus far. 

He has featured 12 times in the league, scoring nine goals and registering six assists. His stats look like being some of the best in the league come the end of the season, as he sits just behind teammate Cavani on most combined goals and assists so far. 

Alongside the Uruguayan and French starlet Kylian Mbappe, PSG have formed a blistering front line capable of taking apart any team they come up against. Of the 51 league goals the team have netted, the front three have 31 of them, highlighting both their importance and the sheer class in front of goal. The trio took the likes of Celtic and Anderlecht to the cleaners in the Champions League group stage, helping them to finish top. However, their first place finish wasn’t enough for them to avoid a tough draw in the round of 16. 

PSG will face Real Madrid in the first knockout round, arguably one of the toughest ties of the lot. The Spanish giants finished second in their group behind Tottenham, and their inconsistent performances in both La Liga and the Champions League have caused Florentino Perez to target the world’s best stars to get them back to their best. And one of those key targets is in fact, Neymar. 

A switch back to Spain would surely surround Neymar with even more controversy, as he would be following in Luis Figo and Ronaldo’s boots to play for both Barca and Madrid. The deal would send shockwaves around the footballing world, and really question Neymar’s decision to move to France in the first place. The 25-year-old has finally escaped Lionel Messi’s shadow and is performing to an incredibly high standard. 

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He has the chance to win multiple awards in the French capital and although Perez has claimed that he would have a better chance of winning the Ballon d’Or if he moved to Madrid, that surely isn’t true. Neymar has the chance to excel for PSG and make them one of the best teams in the league. 

The attacking line is, as previously stated, one of the best in the world and the club have the finances to continue to improve the team, and Neymar will be the man they build it around. 

PSG are on course to take the league title back from Monaco after enduring a difficult season last term, and this year they look like being genuine contenders for the Champions League. Leading the line, Neymar has the opportunity to create history for the French club, not just this season but for a number of years. By avoiding Real Madrid’s advances this summer, the Brazilian can shine in a club hoping to become the best in the world, and if he leads his side to Champions League glory, he must be a shoe in for the Ballon d’Or next year. 


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Diego Maradona Claims He Would’ve Won More Ballon d’Or Titles Than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo

​Argentina legend Diego Maradona has rather sensationally claimed that had he been eligible, he would have won more Ballons d’Or during his playing career than either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. 

The 57-year-old, who is currently the manager of United Arab Emirates side Al Fujairah, could not be held in contention for the prize in his day, as (up until rule changes in 1995) only European players were able to get their hands on the highly-coveted accolade. 

This meant the former Barcelona and Napoli attacker, who is considered one of the greatest players of all time, was unable to be awarded the trophy.

Messi and Ronaldo have dominated in recent years, holding 10 between them following the Real Madrid man’s most recent success earlier this month. 

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However, had he been eligible for the Ballon d’Or, the ever-outspoken Maradona has insisted he would have secured more than both La Liga stars. 

“Ballon d’Or? As a trophy…It’s very difficult to give just one Ballon d’Or to a player. Because giving one to Cristiano and to Messi…it’s boring now,” he told ​AS.

“Who else deserves it? Maybe [Edinson] Cavani, [Kylian] Mbappe, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, but I don’t know. There were more [contenders] before.

When asked about the ineligibility rules in place during his playing career, Maradona replied: “No, no…I’d have more than Ronaldo and Messi.”

The Argentine also rebuffed Ronaldo’s recent claims that he is the best player the world has ever seen, but did reveal some admiration for the Real Madrid star.  

“Ronaldo said he is the best ever? Tell him to stop talking nonsense!” added the 1986 World Cup winner.

“The best? For me…From what little I saw of them, Alfredo Di Stéfano, [Johan] Cruyff…and Messi, but it can be Cristiano too.

“Another thing that I like about Cristiano Ronaldo is that when the team need him, he delivers. There haven’t been many players since Cruyff with that quality.”


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Andres Iniesta Responds Brilliantly Following Ronaldo’s Claims That He Is the Greatest Ever Player

​Barcelona star Andres Iniesta is often a class above the rest and his comments following Cristiano Ronaldo’s fifth Ballon d’Or triumph further proved why the midfielder is held in such high regard across world football. 

Ronaldo’s fifth FIFA award drew him level with rival Lionel Messi but it was the Real Madrid star’s words after being declared the 2017 winner which stole the headlines.

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The 32-year-old proclaimed to France Football, via ​Goal“I’ve never seen anyone better than me. I have always thought that. No footballer can do the things I can. 

“There’s no player more complete than me. There are guys who prefer Neymar or Messi. But I tell you: there’s no one more complete than me.”

Ronaldo’s bold and not particularly modest statements has resulted in a number of debates and discussions surrounding who the best player in world football is, but none would have been as respectful as Iniesta. 

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Asked if he agreed with the Real Madrid stars evaluation of himself, Iniesta said, via ​Sport“I don’t know if they were exactly his [Ronaldo’s] words.

“Each person is free to their own opinions and feelings. A player at his level, with five Ballon d’Ors… obviously he is among the best.

“From there, we all have are own preferences. Mine is clear. I’d go with my teammate, with Leo, for all that he’s represented and still represents. But everyone has their own tastes.

“The winners of these awards are always fair, I don’t think it’s unfair that Ronaldo has won five. “They’re voted for. After that, every has their own preferences.”

What a class act Iniesta is. 

If you’re waiting for Ronaldo and Messi to battle it out on the field once against you do not have to wait long as Barcelona are set to make the trip to the Bernabeu on December 23rd. 

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As Real Madrid Celebrate the Bernabeu’s 70th Birthday Who Was the Real Santiago Bernabeu?

Real Madrid are celebrating the 70th birthday of their Santiago Bernabeu home, having officially opened the stadium on 14th December 1947.

Belenenses, Portuguese champions a year earlier in 1946, were the very first visitors to the venue on that day, with Real winning 3-1 to set the standard for the 70 years that have followed.

The first goal was scored by Blancos forward Sabino Barinaga, a player who had joined the club from Southampton in 1939 after earlier leaving Spain for England to escape the civil war.

The Bernabeu is of course named for legendary former Real president Santiago Bernabeu, who was a part of the fabric of the club from the age of 14 as a youth player in 1909 to the day he died in 1978.

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Bernabeu was first a player for Real, a striker between 1911 and 1927. Upon hanging up his boots, he became a director, then an assistant coach and eventually manager for a brief period.

His greatest influence and legacy stems from his time as president. Bernabeu took up office in 1943 and led his club for the next 35 years. The construction of the iconic stadium that would bear his name from 1955 onward was one of his very first projects.

He is credited with entirely restructuring with the club, which had been left in a bad shape after the Spanish Civil War and was lagging behind the likes of Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao.

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Bernabeu was even one of the founding fathers of the concept of the European Cup, helping to organise an exhibition tournament in 1955 that that soon morphed into the more formal competition that soon became the most coveted club prize in all of Europe.

During his presidency, Real won six European Cups, dominating in those early years by winning the first five titles back-to-back from the competition’s inception. The club also won 16 league titles during his presidency, as well as six Copa del Rey trophies.


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Real Madrid Summer Signing Already Looking for More Game Time as AC Milan Plot Move

Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos is reportedly considering leaving the Santiago Bernabeu, just five months after joining the Champions League holders.

According to ​Calciomercato, the 21-year-old, who is considered one of Spain’s brightest young talents has been frustrated by his lack of game time under Zinedine Zidane, while AC Milan are poised and waiting in the wings to snatch him up should he look to push through a switch.

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Ceballos was named Player of the Tournament in the Under-21s Euro 2017 and Real Madrid dished out 17m to sign him from Real Betis.

But despite having had three full seasons of first team action in Andalusia, and scoring twice on his Real Madrid debut, he has been seemingly been earmarked as one for the future by Zidane and has only played 186 minutes of football in La Liga this season.

The lack of game time has prompted discussions about his future, with Calciomercato claiming that the 21-year-old is rated highly by AC Milan executives Marco Fassone and Massimiliano Mirabelli rate him very highly.

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Whilst Ceballos initially started his career as a winger, he has since shifted into the centre of midfield, where he is currently behind superstars like Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in the pecking order.

According to the report, Milan haven’t made any official approach for Ceballos yet and are waiting for a positive signal from Real Madrid.

However, regardless of the player’s desire for more action, Los Blancos want to keep hold of such a promising player and are likely to rebuff any offers of a permanent deal.

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