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Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico open their 2012/13 La Liga season on Sunday, August 19. This means the Pichichi battle starts on the same day for Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Radamel Falcao!
50 - Lionel Messi
He was phenomenal last season and broke several records. The Argentine hit an out-of-this-world number of strikes. With half a century of goals in La Liga, La Pulga stole the Pichichi award away from 2011 winner Cristiano Ronaldo in absolute fashion.
46 - Cristiano Ronaldo
The Portuguese icon was pushed to the limit. Even 46 goals could not help him defend his prize. In the highlight of his outstanding goal run, CR7 scored El Clasico’s match winner at the Camp Nou as Real Madrid took a giant step towards their 32nd Spanish Primera Division title. Was that goal alone more precious than the Pichichi award?
Champions Real Madrid kick-off their 2012/13 Spanish La Liga season in the comfort of their home but will visitors Valencia leave them insecure at the end of the day?
Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria are fresh from scoring on international duty this week. These two attacking players are likely to start with Mesut Özil and Gonzalo Higuain. Pepe is fit and should partner Fabio Coentrao in defence while Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira will probably find their spot as defensive midfielders. There will probably be no surprise in Jose Mourinho’s line-up.
Meanwhile, Portuguese defender Joao Pereira and ex-Real Madrid boy Fernando Gago are expected to make their Valencia debut under coach Mauricio Pellegrino. Pereira and Gago will be hoping to get the better of Cristiano Ronaldo while Andres Guardado’s task will be to increase Los Che’s chances in attack.
Portugal vs Panama starts at 16:00 EST (20:00 GMT) this Wednesday. This is a warm-up match for CONCACAF side Panama and Euro 2012 semi-finalists Portugal ahead of the World Cup 2014 qualifiers.
With La Liga kicking off this weekend, Portuguese skipper Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to display nothing more than an average performance against Panama on Wednesday. However, the 27-year-old will certainly try to ensure Portugal wins in the name of momentum.
The Seleccão came very close to reaching the final at Euro 2012 but lost to eventual champions Spain in the semis. Captain Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Paulo Bento instantly faced harsh criticism from the public over their penalty shoot-out plan.
Putting Portugal’s spot-kick defeat down to bad luck, Ronaldo subsequently explained in an interview with ESPN:
The three-man shortlist for the UEFA Best Player award was announced today. It includes titleholder Lionel Messi, Euro 2012 Player of the Tournament Andres Iniesta and La Liga champion Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo finished the 2011/12 club football season scoring 133 goals between them. With half a century of goals, Lionel Messi grabbed the Pichichi award while Cristiano Ronaldo settled for the second spot in the chart.
Andres Iniesta came nowhere near matching Messi and Ronaldo’s goal stats last season. However, the Barcelona midfielder was at the heart of Spain’s UEFA Euro 2012 success. His inspirational performances won him the Best Player of the Tournament award, previously held by national team mate Xavi Hernandez.
The 2012 World Football Challenge lines up Real Madrid against Milan tonight. Watch this fixture which will be broadcasted live from New York on many TV channels.
Real Madrid are not done yet with their tour in USA. Tonight, they will be looking to extend their winning run by defeating European rivals AC Milan.
Three days ago, Los Blancos recorded a narrow victory against Santos Laguna of Mexico. Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira were on target for their side as the midfield battle impacted the game.
The crowd in USA is yet to see the best of Cristiano Ronaldo. Against AC Milan, the Portugal captain and Real Madrid top scorer is sure to come under the spotlight. Ronaldo may not play the full game but fans at the Yankee Stadium in New York will be hoping to see at least a glimpse of him.
The 2012 World Football Challenge resumes in style tonight with Los Angeles Galaxy vs Real Madrid set to hit millions of screens around the globe.
Do not miss a second of the action even if you cannot make it to The Home Depot Center in Carson. Indeed, this club friendly match has been greeted with wide coverage. LA Galaxy vs Real Madrid is the first of Los Blancos’ four fixtures at the 2012 World Football Challenge.
The reigning La Liga champions and UEFA Champions League semi-finalists continue their preparations for the upcoming season. Watch UEFA Euro 2012 star Cristiano Ronaldo take the field by storm with his distinctive style of play as Jose Mourinho’s top guns are expected to feature.
Whether you are in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras or Mexico, catch every bit of LA Galaxy vs Real Madrid live on ESPN HD Latin.
Spain’s two giants, Barcelona and Real Madrid, finally kick off their summer friendly campaign on July 24. Watch Barcelona take on Hamburg and Real Madrid warm-up against Real Oviedo.
The 2011/12 club football season was a long one for the Catalans and Los Blancos. In June, many of their stars featured at UEFA Euro 2012. Some represented semi-finalists Portugal while the majority teamed up to don the colours of eventual champions Spain.
After experiencing a lot in Poland and Ukraine, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and company gear up for the 2012/13 Spanish La Liga, UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey campaigns.
Before that, however, Barcelona and Real Madrid face off in the 2012 Supercopa de Espana’s two-legged tie.
Controversial legend Diego Maradona has added fire to the Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi debate by declaring a landslide victory for La Pulga.
Many people believe that Cristiano Ronaldo is more complete than Messi. However, Diego Maradona is of the opinion that Messi’s dribbling skill kills off the contest against CR7.
Maradona, who was recently sacked by Dubai club Al Wasl, spoke to TVR. He claimed:
“Cristiano Ronaldo will never be of Messi's level. Lionel doesn't need Cristiano Ronaldo's powerful shot. Messi just dribbles towards the goal with the ball at his feet.
“When Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or he told Messi 'No more second places'. Now silver is the best he can achieve.”
Cristiano Ronaldo is still buzzing from Real Madrid's historic La Liga triumph over Barcelona in 2012.
2012 UEFA Best Player in Europe nominee Cristiano Ronaldo is currently in Thailand for extended holidays following his involvement at Euro 2012 in June. The Portugal captain, who scored three goals and led his team to the semi-finals, is set to join Real Madrid later on for their pre-season tour in the United States.
On Wednesday, Cristiano Ronaldo was quizzed by Thai reporters on the most important achievement since his big money transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid. The 27-year-old forward answered:
“I think the best moment so far was winning La Liga. Because I think the Spanish league is the hardest in the world. It has great teams like Barcelona and to finish nine points ahead of them... that says a lot.”
UEFA’s reigning best player, Lionel Messi, is facing competition from 31 other footballers to retain his title. A panel of journalist created a 32-man shortlist ahead of next month’s results.
Real Madrid dominate with a total of seven players. Goalkeeper Iker Casillas, winger Cristiano Ronaldo defender Sergio Ramos and midfielder Mesut Özil are four of those names favourite to make it in the three-man shortlist next month.
Meanwhile, current titleholder Lionel Messi leads polls ahead of nominated Barcelona team mates Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez. However, any of these three Spanish midfielders could make the cut for the prestigious award following their UEFA Euro 2012 triumph earlier in July.
Transfer news from Croatia explains that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric is on his way to Real Madrid.
According to 24sata.hr, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have not agreed on a transfer fee yet. Spurs are reportedly asking for nothing less than £40M while Los Blancos do not want to surpass the £28M-price tag.
Despite arguments over the transfer fee, Real Madrid are looking to seal the deal within the next few days, it is believed. This would give Luka Modric the opportunity to integrate himself in Real Madrid’s squad ahead of the competitive 2012/13 football season.
“Everything has been resolved. Luka and Real Madrid agreed on everything,” a source close to the player stated according to Croatian website 24sata.hr.
Spain have promised to use team work to stop on-fire Cristiano Ronaldo in the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2012. Will this allow Portugal’s other players to punish La Furia Roja?
Portugal and Spain have met 34 times and the latter clearly have the advantage in terms of head-to-head with 16 victories. Portugal, on the other hand, have beaten Spain only 6 times. The last of those rare victories for the Seleccao occurred back in November 2010.
A compact performance from the Portuguese inflicted humiliation on the Spaniards through a 4-0 score line. Thankfully for Vicente del Bosque and his men, the match was nothing more than a friendly. Ahead of Wednesday night’s Euro 2012 semi-final clash, Spain can find confidence in what happened the last time they faced Portugal in a competitive fixture.
Cristiano Ronaldo is on the brink of guiding Portugal into the UEFA Euro 2012 final. Titleholders Spain appear very hard to break but Portuguese fans can find confidence in Bento’s new formula.
“Portugal are not the favourites to win the European Championship. No one says that Portugal are going to win. But we will do our job quietly. And we will try to progress as far as we can,” goalkeeper Beto told the press after Portugal defeated Denmark in the group stages.
It is all happening now. From the “Group of Death”, the former European Championship hosts have managed to reach the semi-finals at Euro 2012. They are only one game away from the final in Ukraine.
How Portugal turned around a disappointing year
How Portugal managed to shake off their nerves and turn around the atmosphere in the camp is simply remarkable. They went into Euro 2012 having not won a single game since the beginning of the year.
Cristiano Ronaldo has ignited UEFA Euro 2012 with his heroic display against the Dutch and the Czechs but Spain are confident of stopping the Portugal captain come Wednesday.
The Netherlands made the mistake to underestimate Cristiano Ronaldo’s threat. Before their game against Portugal, Wesley Sneijer downplayed the influence of the 27-year-old star. However, Ronaldo had the last laugh as his brace downed the Dutch 2-1.
Having learnt his lessons, Czech Republic coach Michal Bilek decided to go defensive against the Portuguese national team in the quarter-finals. However, Cristiano Ronaldo popped up with an unstoppable header 11 minutes from time to oust the Czechs.
The Real Madrid attacker has been tipped to maintain his hot form and guide Portugal all the way to the title but UEFA European Championship titleholders Spain have other ideas. The Spaniards are confident of containing Cristiano Ronaldo as Barcelona striker Pedro Rodriguez told Goal.com:
Spain is known for not altering their passing style regardless of their opponent or situation in the match. Is their free-flowing football going to be good enough to see them through to the final?
As the Iberian derby match quickly approaches, all football fans will be aware of what Spain will bring to the table in Wednesday's night match. The short passing style of play has been a key to success for the Spanish in the last two international tournaments, and they will look to continue that success on Wednesday.
Going into a match with Spain, all teams know that they will be frustrated for majority of the match due to their style of play. Conceding the midfield to the Spanish is something they are used to, but that tends to open up a lot of gaps in the back field. Portugal will be looking to take advantage of the spaces Spain gives them with the speed they have on the outsides.
Portugal expect Spain’s players to be full of energy during both teams’ meeting in the semi-finals of Euro 2012.
“We have two fewer days to rest than them. It is a small handicap,” coach Vicente del Bosque told the press in the aftermath of Spain’s Last 8 victory over France.
However, captain Cristiano Ronaldo ridiculed this statement in an interview with reporters this week. Portugal’s quarter-final match against the Czech Republic occurred last Thursday whereas Spain’s encounter against France came up a couple of days later.
Nonetheless, Ronaldo believes that Spain should not take fatigue as an excuse ahead of Wednesday night’s crucial Euro 2012 semi-final clash.
Coming off one of his best performances in a Portugal uniform in quite some time, Cristiano Ronaldo once again found himself on the scoresheet. A well organized and stubborn Czech Republic team made things difficult for Portugal to make the break through.
Ronaldo rises to the occasion once again
With two goals against Holland, Ronaldo added to his already confident mentality. Having to live up to the legacy that former Portuguese captains left behind, Ronaldo has taken some time to get adapted. While he is undoubtedly the main star of the Portugal side, the pressure was already at an all time high.
His performance today showed that he could finally be on the right track to be the first captain to lead Portugal to glory. Helder Postiga picked up an injury mid-way through the first half and had to be taken off, but Ronaldo was always Portugal's main threat throughout the whole game.
Portugal adopted a different style of play than what we have seen in the past games, with Ronaldo playing more central. The Czech Republic was playing a deep line with almost all their players behind the ball at times, so Portugal tried to exploit the direct ball into Ronaldo.
Penalty expert Antonin Panenka believes that Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo will suffer a sorrowful game against the Czech Republic in the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter-finals.
Almost four decades have gone by since Czech legend Antonin Panenka famously sealed his country’s penalty shoot-out victory over Germany at Euro 1976. According the ex-Czechoslovakia international, Michal Bilek’s defensive plans against Paulo Bento’s team will work out perfectly.
“The game will end 1-1 and the Czech Republic will win in a penalty shoot-out,” Panenka predicted.
“We Czechs are colder than the Portuguese. They are too emotional and impulsive. In a scenario like this, in a penalty shoot-out, the calmer team wins. That will be an advantage for us.”
The Czech Republic will reportedly play an ultra-defensive game to survive against Portugal’s fierce attacking machine led by Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Nani.
After successfully ousting UEFA Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland en route to the quarter-finals, the Czechs are looking to build on their momentum in quest for more success. Coach Michal Bilek could guide his men to win their third European Championship match on the trot.
In the form of Paulo Bento’s attacking Portuguese team, the Czech Republic will face a difficult task. Having suffered on the touchline during the Czechs’ 4-1 mauling in the hands of Russia, coach Michal Bilek is hoping to get his tactics right this time.
Speaking ahead of Thursday night’s quarter-final match, the Czech Republic manager told UEFA.com:
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal are buzzing from their life saving victory over the Dutch. However, the Czechs have every reason to fancy their chances ahead of their Euro 2012 quarter-final date.
Do not count Group A winners Czech Republic out
There is no point counting the Czech Republic out unless one ignores the many upsets that have happened in football. “We haven't lost yet, of course you can beat anyone on a good day. We definitely have a chance to advance. It is sport and anything can happen,” Petr Cech calmly told AFP ahead of Thursday’s huge clash against Portugal.
How many people actually predicted that Russia would exit UEFA Euro 2012 in the first round? They started so well against the Czechs but eventually lost the group phase marathon. The Czechs, on the contrary, redefined belief and unity to qualify into the quarter-finals as Group A winners.