FIFA Confederations Cup Semi-Finals Betting Preview

Arguably four strongest teams in the tournament have made their ways into the semi-finals, and it makes for an interesting viewing. Alexis Sanchez will face off against Cristiano Ronaldo as South American champions Chile take on European winners Portugal on Wednesday. Next day, CONCACAF representatives Mexico will take on world champions Germany. Germany, who have fielded a rather inexperienced squad, are favourites to win the tournament at 9/4 odds. Portugal are close behind the Germans at 23/10 odds. Love a good bet? You should check out these betting promotions. Real…

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Jose Mourinho prefers Bayern star over Ronaldo

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho doesn’t want to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, Spanish publication Marca has claimed. The Portuguese star is reportedly unhappy in Spain and wants to leave Real this summer. Various reports have suggested that United could launch a serious bid for their former player. However, Mourinho is reluctant to sign Ronaldo due to his fractured relationship with the player from his days at Bernabeu. The United manager also thinks that a world-record move for the 32-year-old won’t make financial sense for the Red Devils. United…

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Cristiano Ronaldo acts like a 12-year-old, claims former Manchester United player

Former Manchester United player Mads Timm has had something fascinating to say regarding his former United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo. Timm joined United youth academy in 2000 as a 16-year-old and spent next six years of his career with the Red Devils. His time with the club coincided with Ronaldo’s spell with the Red Devils, and he even got opportunities to play alongside the Portuguese. The 31-year-old claims that Rolando was a very individualistic nature and had a huge ego. He added the Real Madrid star still gets annoyed when his…

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Stunning Italian model talks about her date with Cristiano Ronaldo

Does Cristiano Ronaldo have a new girlfriend? When the Portuguese superstar was spotted in the company of Italian model Cristina Buccino in Ibiza, the rumours started… Cristina Buccino: “I arrived at this place and Cristiano Ronaldo was there.” pic.twitter.com/lgFpjrDVt6 — TheCRonaldoFan (@TheCRonaldoFan) 26 juli 2016 Now, Buccino has spoken about her night with Ronaldo to Italian gossip magazine Chi. “What I have to say is that Cristiano Ronaldo is cool. I’ve seen him with my naked eye. When you know a person, however, you discover the rest, and Cristiano is a generous guy and…

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Twitter couldn’t believe one player being on UEFA’s list of Europe’s best players

On Monday, the UEFA announced the 10-man shortlist for the Best Player in Europe Award. As expected, some of the biggest names in football made it, but further down the list fans found one big surprise. The award is voted for by journalists from across Europe, who list their five best players of the 2015-2016 season. Lionel Messi won the first UEFA award in 2011 and also collected the trophy last year. The other winners are Andres Iniesta (2012), Franck Ribery (2013) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2014). The ten nominees, in alphabetical order, are:…

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Eder: Portugal’s unlikely Euro 2016 hero

Almost as unlikely as Portugal winning Euro 2016, was their match winner in the final against France. When Cristiano Ronaldo went off injured after just 25 minutes, Portuguese prospects of winning a first European Championship suffered a damaging blow, since they lost their main goal scoring threat. As such Ronaldo’s team-mates were required to assume a greater level of responsibility for trying to unlock the French defence without their talismanic captain. Euro Ecstasy for Eder The Portuguese players did that collectively and came close to scoring on numerous occasions, before Eder…

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Portugal vs France – Euro 2016 Final Preview

A proud host nation will be expecting to salute an emotional and famous triumph on Sunday evening, as France contest the final of Euro 2016 against a Portugal team that is aiming to upset the odds and win a major tournament for the first time in their footballing history. There is no question that France are heavy favourites to collect their third European Championship crown, not only for the strength of their squad and sheer volume of quality attacking options, but due to the manner in which both sides have…

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Portugal enhancing their fine European Championship record at Euro 2016

Portugal’s Euro 2016 campaign is quite unique. The reason for that being it represents the first time, since group stages were introduced to the tournament in 1980, that a team has reached the semi-finals without having won a game in normal time. Fernando Santos’ side beat Poland 5-3 on penalties in the quarter-finals following a 1-1 draw after extra time, whilst the Selecao also required 120 minutes of play to overcome Croatia 1-0 in the last 16. Portugal reached that stage after drawing each of their three group games with Iceland, Austria…

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Poland vs Portugal – Euro 2016 Quarter-Final Preview

The opening Euro 2016 quarter-final encounter takes place on Thursday evening as Poland attempt to plough deeper into uncharted territory by defeating a Portugal side that will be determined to raise its game after labouring to this stage. Whatever happens, this tournament can be looked back on as a success for Poland, but the feeling is that there is still more to come from them. Leading striker and captain Robert Lewandowski is still yet to live up to his billing and has rarely looked like getting on the scoresheet, while…

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UEFA ranks James Milner among best players at Euro 2016

Euro 2016 in France is approaching fast. In light of the tournament, the UEFA has published the results of their specially designed player barometer, which analyses statistics and performance data. The current top three, as the rankings is updated regularly, has been the same for some time now. With Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo leading the way, followed by Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and France’s Antoine Griezmann. Another France international, West Ham’s Dimitri Payet, has been dubbed a fast riser by the UEFA and is currently ranked fourth. Just in front of…James Milner. The…

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Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid – Champions League Final Preview

For the second time in three years, the Champions League final will be contested from the two footballing giants of Madrid as Real go searching for their 11th European crown while Atletico will be going all out for their first. Back in 2014 Atletico came agonisingly close to breaking their duck as they led going into stoppage time, but a Sergio Ramos header denied them and during the extra 30 minutes energy sapped and allowed Real to run away with it, emerging as winners by the somewhat flattering scoreline of…

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Real Madrid vs Man City – Match preview and team news

After battling to a goalless draw at home in the first leg, Manchester City head to the Bernabeu for one of the biggest matches in their history as they aim to overcome Real Madrid and earn a place in the Champions League final. In theory, the match between the sides a little over a week ago had the makings of a classic, but in the end it turned out – for the neutral at least – to be something of a damp squib. It was a game that was moribund…

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Cristiano Ronaldo move ruled out, Manchester United interested in Bundesliga star

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United has been ruled out by his mother. The former United star has been linked with a return to Old Trafford for several seasons now. However, now it appears that the Portuguese international will be staying put at Santiago Bernabeu. Ronaldo’s mother, Dolores Aveiro, has claimed that her son is happy at his current club and has no intention to move. “Cristiano is happy here, he would like to finish his career at Real Madrid,” Dolores said at the launch of her biography. Spanish media has also linked…

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Man City vs Real Madrid – Match preview and team news

Manchester City enter previously unchartered territory as they host the first leg of their maiden Champions League semi-final, coming up against what is in contrast the competition’s most successful ever side in Real Madrid. With holders Barcelona having been eliminated in the last round, the Champions League appears to have a bit more of an open feel to it as it reaches the last-four stage, and it is difficult to pick a clear favourite in this tie. Despite their star-studded squad, Real Madrid have some well-documented vulnerabilities that are capable of…

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Stats suggest Manchester United starlet is better than Cristiano Ronaldo [Video]

On Saturday, Manchester United beat Aston Villa 1-0 at Old Trafford. Not surprisingly, the young Marcus Rashford scored the Red Devils’ only goal, while relegating the Villains for the first time in 28 years. Rashford has been on fire since his professional debut on February 25. At the age of only 18, the striker has already provided some amazing statistics for United. Marcus Rashford becomes the first player to score 4 goals for @ManUtd in #BPL before his 19th birthday #MUNAVL — Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) 16 april 2016 Goals since…

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Real Madrid put very surprising (low) price tag on Cristiano Ronaldo

Despite winning the Spanish Clasico against Barcelona (2-1) during the weekend, the transfer rumour mill has never stopped spinning at Real Madrid. Los Blancos haven’t won the La Liga title since 2012 and sacked coach Rafa Benitez during the current season, to replace him with club legend Zinedine Zidane. Still, Real are ranked just third in the standings, trailing city rivals Atletico Madrid by one point and Barcelona by seven. Not surprisingly, there has been many talks about a potential team overhaul during the summer, with almost any star player…

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Top 10 transfer profits in football history

In essence, a football club works like a business. Making profits is almost as important as winning trophies, because profits are often the first lead to success. Profits can be made in a bunch of ways: ticket sales, apparel sales, stadium revenue, TV rights… But the most simple way to put money in a club’s pocket is selling a player with a profit. Therefore, we took a look at Transfermarkt in order to rank the top ten transfer profits in football history. Remarkably, Real Madrid occupy the first five spots as…

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World-class defender reveals interesting tactics to defend Ronaldo and Messi

It’s a debate that will probably go on forever. Who’s the best footballer: Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? Still, world-class defender Giorgio Chiellini gave his take on the discussion by revealing his tactics to defend both star players, giving the edge to the Barcelona forward. The 31-year-old spoke to journalist Pierluigi Pardo at a sponsor’s event, as reported by Football-Italia, discussing Juventus’ season so far. The Bianconeri have recovered from a poor start to the season, sitting three points clear at the top of Serie A and having already secured a…

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Irritated Cristiano Ronaldo leaves press conference early, Rio Ferdinand responds [Video]

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo left the pre-match press conference for the Champions League tie with AS Roma in between when asked a question about Barcelona’s trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. The Portuguese star, along with Real manager Zinedine Zidane, was facing the questions of the media ahead of the game at Stadio Olimpico. He took an exception to one of the questions which suggested that the Barcelona stars share a better off-field chemistry among themselves than himself, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. In his response, Ronaldo…

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Zinedine Zidane doesn’t think Lionel Messi is the best player in the world

Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world, according to his Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. The Frenchman, a three-time winner of FIFA’s World Player of the Year prize himself, put the Portuguese ahead of Barcelona star Lionel Messi as the greatest player on the planet in an interview with Mexican newspaper Record, as reported by Sky Sports. “Cristiano Ronaldo is the best,” Zidane said. “People can say what they like about Cristiano Ronaldo, but in his heart he’s a good person. “Messi is the rival and that rivalry…

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Cristiano Ronaldo could return to Old Trafford in 2018

Manchester United’s favourite son Cristiano Ronaldo could be on his way back to Old Trafford in 2018. The Red Devils have tried to re-sign their former player on numerous occasions in the past, and now it seems that a reunion might finally be on the cards. The Sun claims that Real Madrid are eager to start a second stint with United once his current contract with Los Blancos expires in 2018. The 31-year old recently admitted that he intends to see out the two years left on his contract with…

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Cristiano Ronaldo hints at future Real exit

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Rumours about a potential move by Cristiano Ronaldo have been aplenty, but now the Real superstar has revealed that a move to the MLS could be an option, according to Sky Sports. Ronaldo spoke to the GQ magazine for their February issue, stating that a move to the United States at some point would be an interesting prospect. “What’s happening there is great, it’s fantastic”, said Ronaldo. “Maybe in the future will be a good chance for me to play there. You never know, but it’s something interesting. “I consider it, of…

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Who voted for whom at FIFA Ballon d’Or?

FIFA Ballon d’Or 2015 is over. Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi won the football’s most prestigious award for the record fifth time to further cement his reputation as the world’s greatest footballer. His win broke the streak of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the award on the last two occasions. The Portuguese international was the runner-up this year, and Messi’s teammate Neymar grabbed the third position. Interestingly, FIFA has revealed the votes given by more than 500 national team captains, coaches and media representatives. So let’s who voted for whom:…

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Neymar doesn’t like Cristiano Ronaldo getting cosy with Messi’s partner Antonella [Tweets]

Barcelona star Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or award for the record fifth time yesterday. But the best moment of the ceremony was arguably Cristiano Ronaldo sharing a handshake with Lionel Messi’s partner Antonella Roccuzzo. The image did the rounds of the internet and attracted the attention of many football fans, especially because of Neymar’s stare at Ronaldo. Neymar playing his bro duties perfectly. Neymar bout to whoop CR if he looks at Antonella too much. Messi waiting for the assist from Neymar pic.twitter.com/UDwhvDmVkY — Lánre (@BigDaddyMafi) January 11, 2016…

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Zidane blocks Real stars moves to United

Manchester United are looking to spend big during the winter transfer window. But getting Cristiano Ronaldo and/or Gareth Bale seems more and more unlikely, according to The Daily Mirror. Ronaldo and Bale looked to be available with Rafa Benitez managing Real Madrid. Rumours were aplenty, with The Red Devils as a possible destination for both superstars. The Spanish coach, however, is gone and replaced by Real legend Zinedine Zidane. The Frenchman has a different view on his teams and its players. Zidane said: “It’s not just that (Ronaldo) isn’t for sale, instead…

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