• Ronaldo sets unwanted record with Real Madrid in Sporting return

    Ronaldo sets unwanted record with Real Madrid in Sporting return

    Cristiano Ronaldo set an unwanted Champions League record during Real Madrid’s clash with Sporting on Tuesday evening.

    The Portugal international returned to his boyhood club having scored a hat-trick to sink Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

    But the 31-year-old struggled to find his shooting boots as Zinedine Zidane’s side needed goals from Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema to secure a 2-1 victory.

    The match against Sporting was the first time Ronaldo failed to register a shot on target during a Champions League group game […]

  • I’m still here! Benzema overshadows Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Lisbon

    I’m still here! Benzema overshadows Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Lisbon

    The forward was left out of Real Madrid’s starting line-up in the derby on Saturday and again this time, but produced a late winner to prove his worth in a vital victory.

    Karim Benzema had a point to prove. The 28-year-old striker was left out of the side that beat Atletico so impressively at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday and had to settle for a place on the bench in this match too. But he headed home the winner to overshadow […]

  • Sporting 1-2 Real Madrid: Benzema rescues win against 10-man hosts

    Sporting 1-2 Real Madrid: Benzema rescues win against 10-man hosts

    The French striker scored the winning goal late in Tuesday’s game to ensure the European champions remain in with a chance of finishing top of their group.

    Karim Benzema came off the bench to give Real Madrid a 2-1 win over 10-man Sporting and keep their hopes of finishing top of Champions League Group F alive.

    Borussia Dortmund lead the way heading into the final matchweek, holding a two-point advantage following a scarcely believable 8-4 win over group whipping boys Legia Warsaw.

    Madrid […]

  • 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, […]

  • Real Madrid 2-1 Sporting: Zidane’s men cap incredible comeback

    Real Madrid 2-1 Sporting: Zidane’s men cap incredible comeback

    Bruno Cesar appeared to have sealed the Portuguese side a famous victory away from home, but their former player scored from a set-piece before Morata sealed three points.

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata spoiled the party for Sporting CP with two late goals bringing Real Madrid from behind to win 2-1 in a dramatic Champions League Group F encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu.

    The reigning champions looked set for a shock defeat before Ronaldo stepped up and picked out the top-right corner […]

  • Ronaldo cried for days after joining Sporting, reveals the scout who discovered him

    Ronaldo cried for days after joining Sporting, reveals the scout who discovered him

    Youth coordinator Aurelio Pereira has described how the prodigy from Madeira could have given up on his dream of turning professional if not for his remarkable mental strength.

    The man who discovered Cristiano Ronaldo as a boy has described how he could have given up on his dream of becoming a professional footballer after a rough start to life at Sporting.

    Aurelio Pereira was the Portuguese club’s youth coordinator when they unearthed the Real Madrid star at the age of 11. At […]

  • Done deal: Islam Slimani joins Leicester from Sporting Lisbon

    Done deal: Islam Slimani joins Leicester from Sporting Lisbon

    Islam Slimani has completed a £25.4million transfer move from Sporting Lisbon to Leicester.

    The Algerian striker has completed a move to join Claudio Ranieri’s side after a huge offer from the Foxes.

    The 28-year-old has been with Sporting since 2013 and banged in 27 goals for the Portuguese club last season.

    He also scored two goals at the 2014 World Cup as Algeria reached the knockout stages.

    Sporting Lisbon earlier thanked the striker for his services to the club and wished him well for […]

  • Official: Inter sign Joao Mario

    Official: Inter sign Joao Mario

    Sporting CP have announced the transfer of Joao Mario to Inter for €40m plus €5m bonuses.

    The midfielder flew in for his medical yesterday and worked out personal terms.

    The only issue was to seal the system of payment, as initially it was reported Inter wanted a €10m loan with €35m obligation to buy in 2017.

    Instead, the statement from Sporting reads that “we have reached an agreement with Inter Milan for the transfer of the player Joao Mario for €45m, of which […]

  • Reports claim Arsenal have opened talks to sign £25m striker and player wants move

    Reports claim Arsenal have opened talks to sign £25m striker and player wants move

    ARSENAL have opened talks with Sporting Lisbon over striker Islam Slimani, according to reports.

    Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani is apparently a target for Arsenal.

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is actively trying to sign a defender before next Wednesday’s transfer deadline.

    But a new striker is also on his agenda, having seen a £29million bid for Lyon hitman Alexandre Lacazette rejected earlier this summer.

    And now website Here Is The City Sport claim Arsenal have made contact with Sporting about signing Slimani.

    It is said […]

  • Arsenal’s Joel Campbell moves to Sporting Lisbon on season-long loan

    Arsenal’s Joel Campbell moves to Sporting Lisbon on season-long loan

    Arsenal’s Joel Campbell has signed a deal to join Sporting Lisbon on a season-long loan.

    The 24-year-old scored four times in 30 first-team appearances for Arsenal last year, having joined the club in 2011 and spending previous loan spells at Lorient, Real Betis, Olympiakos and Villarreal making this the fifth country he has played in since his arrival at the Emirates.

    Sporting Lisbon finished second in the Portuguese league in 2015-16 and will offer Campbell Champions League experience. The move is subject […]

  • Nigeria’s Aruna wins 3rd title with Sporting Lisbon in one season

    Nigeria’s Aruna wins 3rd title with Sporting Lisbon in one season

    Africa’s number one table tennis player, Quadri Aruna, on Sunday helped his club, Sporting Lisbon, to clinch the 2015/2016 Portugal Cup, defeating SL Benfica 3-0.

    Aruna, relishing the victory, told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone from Portugal that his joy knows no bounds.

    “I must admit that this achievement gladdens my heart. I have been aiming for this victory ever since I joined the club.

    “I joined the club just this season and my mind was winning titles for the club […]