• Cristiano Ronaldo has many enemies – Futre

    Cristiano Ronaldo has many enemies – Futre

    The former Portugal international says the Real Madrid superstar is by no means a popular figure among all Portuguese football fans.

    Paulo Futre insists Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has plenty of enemies in his native country, with a number of compatriots supposedly preferring his nemesis Lionel Messi to win the Ballon d’Or.

    Ronaldo cemented himself in Portuguese football folklore by captaining his country to a first major trophy at Euro 2016.

    However, Futre, who played 41 times for his country, believes many […]

  • Ronaldo: I woke up with three blondes on Euro 2016 final day

    Ronaldo: I woke up with three blondes on Euro 2016 final day

    The Real Madrid star has revealed his somewhat unique preparation for Portugal’s Euro 2016 final triumph against France in July.

    Cristiano Ronaldo has taken time out his busy schedule of scoring goals to share a story of another form of success.

    The Portugal captain explained just how little pressure he felt ahead of his country’s biggest ever international game, by joking he woke up beside three blondes the morning of the final.

    The 31-year-old was forced off during the final after picking up […]

  • ‘I knew he’d be better than Eusebio and Figo’ – The man who launched Ronaldo’s career

    ‘I knew he’d be better than Eusebio and Figo’ – The man who launched Ronaldo’s career

    Laszlo Boloni has spoken of the superstar’s first steps into the professional world and said he was always confident he had the quality to make it to the very top.

    Laszlo Boloni will be remembered as the coach who launched the professional career of Cristiano Ronaldo at Sporting CP.

    Speaking to Goal, the 63-year-old coach has recounted his part in the tale of the Goal 50 2016 winner. It was 2002 and no-one knew the Funchal native, yet it was the departure […]

  • Portugal 4-1 Latvia: Ronaldo leads Selecao to victory

    Portugal 4-1 Latvia: Ronaldo leads Selecao to victory

    The Real Madrid netted twice for his side in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier to ensure they remain within touching distance of Switzerland.

    Portugal survived a scare and a missed Cristiano Ronaldo penalty as they beat Latvia 4-1 in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier.

    William Carvalho’s first international goal and late efforts from the captain and Bruno Alves rescued the victory after Arturs Zjuzins had shocked Estadio Algarve with a well-taken equaliser midway through the second half.

    Ronaldo had put his side ahead from the […]

  • I wished I had never played Ronaldo against Man Utd – Santos

    I wished I had never played Ronaldo against Man Utd – Santos

    The former Sporting boss, now in charge of Portugal, put the Real Madrid forward on the road to Old Trafford by starting him in a 2003 friendly fixture.

     

    Football is full of ifs and buts, but what if Cristiano Ronaldo had not started for Sporting as they took in a friendly date with Manchester United in 2003?

    How different could things have been for the three-time World Player of the Year had he not been thrust under the Red Devils’ nose?

    United had, […]

  • Pepe named as world’s best defender of 2016

    Pepe named as world’s best defender of 2016

    The centre-half, who played a pivotal part in Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph, finished 12th in the Goal 50, above the likes of Sergio Ramos, Leonardo Bonucci and Diego Godin.

     

    The 33-year-old centre-half is coming off the back of the most successful summer of his career, helping los Blancos win the Champions League in May before playing a pivotal part in his country’s surprise Euro 2016 triumph, turning in a man of the match-winning performance in the final against France.

    As a result, […]

  • Ronaldo: No one can be the next Cristiano Ronaldo

    Ronaldo: No one can be the next Cristiano Ronaldo

    The Real Madrid and Portugal talisman believes every player is unique and therefore no star can be dubbed as being the “same” as another.

     

    Real Madrid and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo rejects the notion that there will ever be a player who is the “same” as him in the future.

    Ronaldo, who recently celebrated signing a contract extension which ties him to Madrid until 2021, has been busy sweeping up awards following a remarkable 2015-16 campaign.

    The 31-year-old helped Madrid win their 11th […]

  • Ronaldo wants Club World Cup to cap ‘perfect year’

    Ronaldo wants Club World Cup to cap ‘perfect year’

    Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has targeted December’s World Club Cup as the next trophy to lift in a “perfect 2016.”

    The calendar year has already seen Ronaldo, 31, secure Champions League and European Championship winners’ medals, while this week he signed a new five-year contract with Madrid.

    Los Blancos are also currently at the top of La Liga and set to qualify for the knockout phase of the Champions League, while early next month they travel to Japan for the World […]

  • Cristiano Ronaldo extends long-term sponsorship deal with Nike

    Cristiano Ronaldo extends long-term sponsorship deal with Nike

    Nike and Cristiano Ronaldo have extended their long-term sponsorship deal.

     

    The Portuguese star has had a contract with Nike since 2003 and wears its Mercurial cleats. In a video released by the Beaverton, Oregon-based apparel maker, he suggested the deal was “for life,” although terms were not released.

    Ronaldo said in a statement released on Tuesday by the company: “I have a great relationship with this brand, I have great friends here in the company. We work as a family, too. This […]

  • Ronaldo and Luis Figo back Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo for Ballon d’Or

    Ronaldo and Luis Figo back Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo for Ballon d’Or

    Former Real Madrid stars Ronaldo and Luis Figo have both backed Cristiano Ronaldo to win the 2016 Ballon d’Or.

     

    Ronaldo established himself as the favourite to win a fourth career Ballon d’Or when he won the Champions League with Madrid and Euro 2016 with Portugal, but his below-par start to the 2016-17 campaign could hinder his hopes.

    Speaking on his induction into the FIFA-recognised World Football Hall of Fame in Mexico, former Brazil international Ronaldo told Marca that — based on trophies […]

  • Neville had no qualms with Ronaldo’s Rooney wink

    Neville had no qualms with Ronaldo’s Rooney wink

    The former Manchester United defender was on the pitch at the time of the incident at the 2006 World Cup, but says ‘all is fair in love and war’.

    Gary Neville insists he never had any issue with Cristiano Ronaldo’s infamous wink against England at the 2006 World Cup, with ‘all fair in love and war’.

    The former Manchester United defender was on the field as an Old Trafford colleague contributed to the dismissal of Wayne Rooney in a crunch quarter-final clash.

    Without […]