Incredible Stat Reveals Just How Similar Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Careers Have Been

Comparisons between the two best players of the 21st century have become common discussion amongst football fans – yet the most recent discovery has sparked more debate than ever before.

That intriguing stat? Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo find themselves exactly level when their combined goals and assists are tallied; both with 812 to their name. While the pair are neck and neck still though, Messi has achieved the feat in 155 fewer games.

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Revealed by messivsronaldo.net, the stats display that both players are currently even for goal contributions at the time of writing.

Both Messi and Ronaldo frequently play down the rivalry created by the media between them. Back in May, Ronaldo said: “I like to see all good players and Messi is one of them. He is a player. I really enjoy seeing him on the pitch and all the great players”

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Messi returned the favour this summer saying: “I have always said it – and [Ronaldo] from his part – that he is armed with the presence of us both. He is a phenomenal player with a lot of quality. All the world knows, and that is why he is one of the best of the world”

While Ronaldo had the most successful 2017 in terms of honours, winning the double last season – the way Messi has started the season means he is likely to be the highest scoring of the two in 2017. Scoring 14 goals thus far this season, compared to Ronaldo’s five – Messi has eclipsed Ronaldo entirely, scoring 68 goals this calendar year. 


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Real Madrid Handed Boost as First Team Trio Return to Training Ahead of Getafe & Spurs Clashes

​Real Madrid have been handed a boost as Karim Benzema, Theo Hernandez and Marcelo have all returned to first team training.

The club confirmed the news on their ​official site, and it is bound to go down well with fans who have seen their side make a stuttering start to the new season.

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Benzema and Hernandez are more likely to start Madrid’s next two matches, with Marcelo having come through the first part of a workout on Wednesday.

The Brazilian had suffered ‘a grade 2 tear’ in his bicep femorus muscle against Real Betis, Hernandez was sidelined with a shoulder injury picked up against Levante and Benzema had been out with a muscle injury sustained against Levante.

The club’s site read: “Real Madrid returned to training today (on Wednesday evening), completing the first session of the week without the 14 players who have been called up for their national sides. 

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“Casilla, Luca, Theo, Llorente, Lucas Vázquez, Benzema and Marcelo trained out on pitch 3 with the Castilla squad. The Brazilian full-back completed the first part of the session with the group, before finishing off on his own.”

Madrid will be eager to get Marcelo and Benzema in particular back into the first team – Zinedine Zidane’s men have struggled so far in La Liga, and need to close the seven-point gap on rivals Barcelona. 

They face Getafe up next in the league and then a potentially tough tie against Tottenham in the Champions League.


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Harry Kane Opens Up About Possibility of Following Former Spurs Star Gareth Bale to Play Abroad

Harry Kane has admitted that while he is happy at Tottenham, he could one day consider a move abroad later on in his career.

The in-form forward will captain England for the third time in his career against Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday night, as Kane continues to show his importance to both club and country.

After winning the Premier League Golden Boot award for the past two seasons, and netting six times already this season, there have been inevitable transfer rumours linking Kane with a move to Real Madrid.

However, Kane is insistent that while he could never ‘rule out’ a move abroad, he is focussed on his career with Spurs.

Asked if he would be tempted to play abroad during the England press conference, Kane responded, as quoted by The Mirror: I would never say no or yes. You’d not rule out anything.”

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Kane’s goalscoring record and is likely to see him continue to be linked with Europe’s best for the foreseeable future. However, the Walthamstow-born star also confirmed that he is content to stay in his home city for the time being.

It’s not something I definitely want to do, but you never rule anything out. I’m very happy here [at Tottenham], but we’ll see what happens.” 

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Report Claims Cristiano Ronaldo Could Block Real Madrid Move for Spurs Goal Machine Harry Kane

​Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo will deny Harry Kane a move to the Los Blancos side if any attempt to lure him to Spain is made.

That is according to Spanish outlet ​Don Balon, who report that the 32-year-old will try to block any move as the Portuguese looks to maintain his role as the key figure in attack in the side.

Apparently, Ronaldo is concerned that the arrival of another striker would take the role in which he wants play; centre-forward.

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Harry Kane, meanwhile, has made it clear he isn’t ruling out a move away from Tottenham in the future and is quoted as saying: “I would never say no or yes.

“It’s not something I definitely want to do, but you never rule anything out. I’m very happy here, but we’ll see what happens.”

The report claims that Ronaldo would, however, be more open to a move for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, as long as the Argentine star who currently plays for Juventus doesn’t infringe on his position.

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Real Madrid’s Marcelo Becomes Latest La Liga Star to Be Investigated for Tax Fraud

The Spanish tax agency have reopened a tax fraud investigation against Real Madrid left-back Marcelo over payments regarding his image rights.

​AS report that the investigation is over a possible fraud of €400,000 dating back to 2013, in relation to image rights. The case is being reinvestigated as the Real star declared the income on his 2015 tax return as corporation tax, while authorities claim that it should have been paid as personal income tax.

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The case qualifies for investigation as it exceeds the €120,000 limit needed in Spain for a fraud case to be opened, and will now be passed on to the Spanish financial crimes investigators where they will decide whether there was any intention on Marcelo’s part to purposely defraud the tax authorities.

The Brazilian is far from the first of La Liga’s stars to be in Spanish tax investigators’ cross-hairs, with Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, Neymar (now at Paris Saint-Germain) and Los Blancos teammate Cristiano Ronaldo being looked at closely in recent years. 

Mascherano and Messi were both found guilty of their respective offences, while a case is still ongoing against Portugal star and Ballon d’Or favourite Ronaldo. 

Marcelo, largely regarded as one of the best defenders in the world, has been at the Bernabeu since 2007 – becoming an integral part of the Real Madrid team which won La Liga last season and secured back-to-back Champions League titles. He recently signed a new contract that will keep him in Madrid until 2022, and has become the vice-captain of the team. 

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Cristiano Ronaldo Reveals Reason He Left Man Utd in Interview With Ex-Teammate Rio Ferdinand

Cristiano Ronaldo has opened up on why he decided to leave the comfort of Manchester United for Real Madrid back in 2009, after an intimate interview with former teammate Rio Ferdinand saw the attacker reflect on his career.

Ronaldo quit Old Trafford for the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2009 after Los Blancos offered a then world record fee of £80m (which, less than a decade later seems an almost insignificant fee). However, now he’s discussed his decision to leave – claiming that he had to prove himself.

“I just thought in my mind I want to go there to show my level, to show that I’m a different player and that’s what I did,” he told Ferdinand.

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“I arrived and I had a fantastic first season and then I have improved every season,

“I will never forget the Red Devils. I learnt to be better and better, being around the best players in the world.”

Ronaldo did take a minute to rip into his interviewer – who recently announced his desire to move into professional boxing. When asked where he sees himself in ten years, the 32-year-old was quick to take a jab at Ferdinand.

“10 years? No, in 10 years it will be tough. Maybe I will be a boxer like you” he joked.

Ronaldo is a serial trophy winner on the pitch, and even in his veteran years, his hunger to win everything he can remains as strong as ever:

“The most important thing is to win trophies. We work 10, 11 months and if you win nothing you feel empty and I like to win trophies – as a collective and as an individual, because I work hard for that.


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Dani Ceballos Ex-Coach Calls Real Madrid Midfield the Best in ‘Football History’

Former Real Betis and Deportivo La Coruña manager Víctor Sánchez del Amo is looking forward to seeing his former player Dani Ceballos develop at Real Madrid, who has has described as having ‘the best midfield in football history’.

Sánchez, who played for Real Madrid in the mid-nineties, coached Ceballos during his spell in charge of Betis, and the 41-year-old manager is hopeful of seeing his former star develop into a national star.

When talking about Ceballos, who swapped Seville for Madrid in a €16.5m deal this summer, Sánchez said that the opportunity to train with the world-class players in the Los Blancos midfield will make the 21-year-old a better player.

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It doesn’t mean that the coach is a magician, it’s a matter of psychology, it’s a matter of relationship,” he added. 

Real Madrid has the best midfield I think in football history. It’s very high competition but for Dani, it’s very good, this experience – to train day by day with these high-level players.”

Ceballos scored twice on his first start in a Madrid shirt, in a 1-2 win over Alaves and has been tipped to make the step up from the Spain Under-21 squad to the senior team in the near future.


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Ronaldo Reveals the Lengths He Used to Go to in Order to Workout on His Way to Superstardom

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is quite the specimen, so it’s no wonder he’s one of the two best players in world football at the moment.

The Portuguese international has enjoyed a very successful period both at club and international level, winning the La Liga title, two Champions League trophies and the European Championship in the last two seasons.

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The player’s dedication to the game has never been a secret, but the lengths he’s gone to hone his craft simply amaze.

Ronaldo, speaking to the Player’s Tribune, revealed that he used to sneak out of Sporting CP’s academy as an 11-year-old just so he could work out and add bulk to his frame.

“​I remember the first time I heard one of the kids say to another kid, ‘Did you see what he did? This guy is a beast’,” he said.

“I started hearing it all the time. Even from the coaches. But then somebody would always say, ‘Yeah but it’s a shame he’s so small’.

“And it’s true, I was skinny. I had no muscle. So I made a decision at 11 years old. I knew I had a lot of talent, but I decided that I was going to work harder than everybody. I was going to stop playing like a kid. I was going to stop acting like a kid. I was going to train like I could be the best in the world.

“I started sneaking out of the dormitory at night to go work out. I got bigger and faster. And then I would walk onto the field – and the people who used to whisper, “Yeah, but he’s so skinny?’ Now they would be looking at me like it was the end of the world.

“When I was 15, I turned to some of my team-mates during training. I remember it so clearly. I said to them, ‘I’ll be the best in the world one day’. They were kind of laughing about it. I wasn’t even on Sporting’s first team yet, but I had that belief. I really meant it.”

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Gareth Bale Set to Miss Tottenham Return as New Problem Extends Absence to ‘Around a Month’

​Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale will not be playing against his former club Tottenham Hotspur when Champions League action rolls around again.

The Welshman, who missed Madrid’s match against Espanyol on Sunday due to a calf strain, was initially ruled out of his country’s world-cup qualifiers. But ​Marca and the ​Guardian are now reporting that the ex-Spurs man will spend at least a month on the sidelines.

The Spanish publication have made claims of a new calf injury which was discovered after a soft training session with the Wales camp on Monday.

Further tests revealed the problem, and the player is now set to miss both of Madrid’s Champions League fixtures against Tottenham, as well as matches against Getafe, Eibar and Girona in La Liga, with a Copa del Rey fixture against Fuenlabrada also marked down for the period.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane had said that he simply rested the Wales star as a precaution on the weekend, but it appears that Bale’s issues are much worse than first thought.


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Spanish Reports Claim Real Madrid Could Bid £177m for Spurs Superstar Harry Kane

Spanish giants Real Madrid are reportedly seeing Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane as the man to lead a new look strike force and are not believed to be put off by any huge price tag Spurs will set next summer.

Kane is regarded as one Europe’s best strikers​, scoring 13 goals in September for club and country as he eyes a third successive Premier League Golden Boot award. 

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Current Real Madrid attackers Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have their futures in question with various reports suggesting both could be sold in the upcoming transfer window to make room for new big signings.

​Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda told ElChiringuito (via ​TeamTalk) that Los Blancos are sitting up and taking notice of the Spurs sensation.

Real Madrid are asking for Harry Kane for next season, but you know the price and that is around €200m.” 

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Spurs have no intention of listening to any offers for their star man, but Spanish rumour site Don Balon claims that Real president Florentino Perez is unlikely to be put off by any asking price and will do everything in his power to assemble a new look strike force for manager Zinedine Zidane.

Fellow Premier League superstar Eden Hazard could also be on Zidane’s shopping list, but the Chelsea and Belgium winger looks more likely to snub a move to Spain and sign a new deal worth £290,000-a-week pay package to become Premier League’s top earner.

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