StoryPortugal manager hails Cristiano Ronaldo’s leadership qualities

Portugal head coach Fernando Santos has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo’s captaincy skills ahead of the country’s opening World Cup game against Spain. The Portuguese suffered a shock group-stage exit at the 2014 World Cup but they have since progressed efficiently under Santos, who guided them to a shock Euro 2016 final triumph over hosts France.

Speaking ahead of the Spain game, Santos praised the leadership qualities of Ronaldo, who recently acquired his 150th cap with the national team, he said: “Cristiano [Ronaldo] is an extraordinary captain. You know... what kind of player he is. He has a strong positive influence on the team, both on and off the pitch. He plays a certain role, I play a certain role, but the team is the most important [component of success]. And he understands it, too. Every member of our team is ready and understands his goals. We have a worthy rival... I can't tell you who will win. We are ready.”

StoryJose Mourinho admits he would be interested in re-signing Ronaldo

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he would be open to the possibility of re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo in the future. However, he does not believe Real Madrid would consider the option of selling him to another European club and the Portuguese may perhaps end his career in the MLS.

Speaking to Portuguese outlet Record, he said: “I consider that Real Madrid cannot sell, they can't. It's prohibitive. He has to stay until the time when they authorise him to go and play one year to America or any other place where he wants to go. The door is closed. That is the impression I have. Everyone knows his history at Manchester, the passion they have for him, and that there are players in the world who, if clubs have the possibility of signing, will not say no.”

StoryZinedine Zidane Expects Cristiano Ronaldo To Return For Champions League Final

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is confident that the entire squad including Cristiano Ronaldo should be fit for this month’s Champions League final against Liverpool. The Portugal international sustained an ankle injury during the first half of the El Clasico last weekend but Zidane has assured that the attacker should regain his fitness alongside Isco and Dani Carvajal.

Speaking to reporters, he said: “Everyone will be okay for the final. Cristiano, Isco, and Carvajal.

StoryReal Madrid: Life After Zizou?

Zinedine Zidane shocked the footballing world on the final day of May by announcing his resignation as Real Madrid’s manager, just days after he had broken all kinds of records by winning a third consecutive Champions League.

Following Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Liverpool, there was little sign that this was the end of the road for Zidane. However, just five days later, he sent the world into shock and left Madrid searching for a new figurehead, ending his two-and-a-half year association with the club he has thrived for as a player, now manager.

StoryZinedine Zidane Explains Cristiano Ronaldo’s Substitution During The Madrid Derby

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has suggested that he wanted to give Cristiano Ronaldo a much-needed break during the Madrid derby on Sunday. The Portugal international scored for the tenth game on the trot after he scored the opener from a Gareth Bale cross in the 53rd minute. However, the lead lasted for only four minutes before Atleti equalized with Antoine Griezmann.

Shortly after, Zidane decided to substitute Ronaldo to bring Karim Benzema into the fray, and this brought a sense of silence among the club’s supporters before applauding the Portuguese off the field.

StoryFlorentino Perez Dismisses Cristiano Ronaldo To China Talks

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has dismissed the talk of Cristiano Ronaldo making a switch to the Chinese Super League. The 33-year-old has been recently tipped for a move to the Far East, and the speculation has been intensified with former Portugal coach Luis Scolari revealing that Ronaldo enquired about life in the country of China.

However, Perez has quickly put cold water over the gossip by citing that Ronaldo has not asked to leave the Bernabeu giants, he told AS: “If you have a friend who lives in Hong Kong, you ask him how he is in Hong Kong, it's normal. He hasn't asked us to leave, he has a contract for another year, but when the results are not great...”

StoryBarcelona legend hits out at Cristiano Ronaldo after PSG game

Barcelona favourite Xavi has stressed that Cristiano Ronaldo was clearly not the best player on the field during Real Madrid's 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg. The European champions had entered the game in indifferent form, but they managed to get the slice of luck to seal a comfortable win at the Bernabeu.


Speaking to Brazilian outlet So Foot, Xavi said that Neymar was the better performer when compared to Ronaldo on the night, and believes it is unfair for Ronaldo to receive the praise from the media, the Al-Sadd midfielder said: "They said that Cristiano was still better than Neymar. No, no, it's unfair. What did Ronaldo do in the game, scored a penalty and a knee goal.

StoryCristiano Ronaldo could push for Paris Saint-Germain move next summer

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly instructed his agent Jorge Mendes to look into a move to Paris Saint-Germain next summer. The European champions are said to be planning surprise swoop for Neymar at the end of the campaign, and this appears to have unsettled the Portugal international, who has yet to earn a contract extension.

According to Don Balon, the 32-year-old is weighing up his options for next season, as he is not comfortable with the future arrival of Neymar. The Brazilian already commands a hefty wage package with the French giants, and it is suggested that his potential move to Los Blancos would see him earn more than Ronaldo, something which the Portuguese is not content about.

StoryRamos Denies Suggestions of Cristiano Ronaldo Exit from Madrid

Sergio Ramos has denied suggestions that Cristiano Ronaldo is on the course of an exit from Real Madrid. The Portuguese superstar has undergone a serious decline in form, and it has led to several transfer rumours linking him with an exit from the Spanish club. After facing similar issues a year ago, he signed a new contract that made him one of the best paid players in the world. Ronaldo makes around £ 500,000 per week, but the 32-year-old is reportedly unhappy with his treatment at Madrid for his poor form.

After starting out the campaign with a suspension, the Portuguese has struggled to hit top form throughout the campaign. Normally, it takes a couple of matches for Ronaldo to establish a leader when it comes to the top scorers list in Spanish football. This time around, he is yet to become the top scorer even at Real Madrid even as the season approaches the midway point. Ronaldo’s poor form has led to manager Zinedine Zidane depending on players like Isco and Marco Asensio for the goals. They have not disappointed so far after managing to score eight goals between them. Aside from the struggles on the pitch, Ronaldo has also faced issues with the tax authorities and there have also been rumours about a fall out with captain Sergio Ramos.

StorySergio Ramos hits back at Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has hit back at teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, who suggested that the club's summer activity had played a role in their slow start to the season. The likes of Alvaro Morata, James Rodriguez, and Pepe left the European champions last summer, and the Portugal international felt the club had lost valuable experience in the first-team squad.

Speaking to Cadena SER, Ramos did not agree with the opinion of Ronaldo and insisted that the club won the European and Spanish Super Cups earlier in the campaign without the assistance of their former players, he said, "I do not agree with Cristiano. I think it’s an opportunist opinion.

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