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Cristiano Ronaldo wins UEFA player of the year a record 3 times

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year for a second consecutive season.

The Real Madrid forward saw off competition from Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to claim the award for the third time overall.

Ronaldo struck 25 goals in La Liga last term, and 12 in 13 matches during Real Madrid’s Champions League-winning campaign.

Previous winners of the award include Messi and Barca team-mate Andres Iniesta, who claimed the prize in the 2011-12 campaign ahead of the Argentina international in second.

Elsewhere, Buffon was named the goalkeeper of the season, Sergio Ramos the top defender, and Luka Modric the best midfielder, while Ronaldo was also named UEFA forward of the year, beating Paulo Dybala and, again, Messi for the award.

 

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Ronaldo may face long ban for unprofessional display

 Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid ref SupercopaCristiano Ronaldo was the hero and also the villain. The Portuguese forward started the Spanish Supercopa Clasico on the bench, but he will dominate the headlines following his great goal, a ridiculous red card and then a petulant push on the referee that should see him handed a lengthy ban.

This was the first Barcelona match of the season, the first under Ernesto Valverde and the first since the departure of Neymar. Over in France, the Brazilian was making his debut for Paris Saint-Germain against Guingamp and impressed with a goal and an assist.

 The manner of Neymar’s departure means he is not a popular player at Camp Nou now, but Ronaldo remains much more disliked by Barca’s supporters and, left out of the starting line-up, he was greeted with loud boos when he started to warm up early in the second half.

Those became almost deafening when he finally made his entrance for Karim Benzema after 58 minutes. By that point, Madrid were a goal up after Gerard Pique scored past his own goalkeeper, but Lionel Messi later levelled with a controversial penalty after Luis Suarez initiated contact with Keylor Navas.Gerard Pique, Barcelona

It looked like a dive from the Uruguayan and Madrid’s defenders were furious, but it was perhaps somewhat clumsy from Navas as well with the ball heading out of touch. In any case, there was much more drama to come.

Ronaldo silenced Barca’s fans with a superb  strike which nestled in the top corner, before taking his shirt off and holding it up to the crowd as Messi had done at the Santiago Bernabeu back in April. That brought a booking and just two minutes later, he was sent off after the referee adjudged he had dived in the area in an attempt to win a penalty,

The decision was definitely harsh, but Ronaldo’s reaction was unforgiveable. The Portuguese pushed the official in the back before walking off and the incident will definitely feature in the referee’s report following the match.

Real Madrid celebrate Supercopa

Unfair or not, it is simply unacceptable to push the referee and the Portuguese could now be in for a lengthy ban. By way of comparison, Italian forward Paolo Di Canio received an 11-match suspension for pushing the referee in action for Sheffield Wednesday in a Premier League game back in 1998.

Ronaldo is unlikely to be given such a long ban. However, his actions were inappropriate and unacceptable from a professional player of his standing.

Madrid went on to win 3-1 after Marco Asensio hit a stunner late on and the result raises serious doubts over Barcelona this season, especially with Neymar now departed, no replacement brought in, Andres Iniesta unable to last for 90 minutes and new signing Paulinho unlikely to transform the team’s fortunes.

Ronaldo tried to stop Neymar from leaving Barcelona

 They may have been on different sides of the most famous rivalry in world club football but it has emerged that Cristiano Ronaldo reached out to Neymar Jr to warn him off a possible transfer to Paris Saint-Germain before the deal sailed through.

The Brazilian forward was on the cusp of a mega-money move to the French capital but according to Spanish news outlet Don Balon, Ronaldo sent Neymar a message via a sponsor they both share.

The Portuguese reportedly told Neymar he understands his desire to escape from Lionel Messi’s shadow but nevertheless he’s making a mistake by joining PSG.

Ronaldo himself has been linked with a move to the French team but nothing came out of it.

Apparently his advice was not heeded as Neymar has since made the switch in a mouth-watering £196m monster transfer deal that will earn him a reported £515,000 a week.

Neymar scored more than 100 goals in four years with the La Liga club but will now wear the famous No. 10 shirt previously won at the club by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and fellow Brazilians Ronaldinho and Rai.

Trending: Who sends armed customs to officers search Ronaldo’s luxury yacht?

Image result for Cristiano RonaldoReports reaching us has it that armed customs officers are reported to have boarded Cristiano Ronaldo’s holiday yacht as part of an inspection, according to Daily Mail.

The Real Madrid star is said to have been stopped at high sea after leaving a restaurant on the paradise island of Formentera near Ibiza.  Officials are believed to have boarded the yacht  on Tuesday afternoon.

Ronaldo, 32, was reportedly on the yacht with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and friends and family when the officials approached the vessel on a large boat.

The routine inspection is said to have lasted around an hour and a half.

Spanish society magazine Hola, which broke the news on Wednesday, published pictures on its website of three officials boarding the yacht.

Hola reported, “A Customs camera filmed everything that happened during the inspection.

“One of Cristiano’s relatives was the person who dealt with the administrative work and showed them the documentation they asked for.

“Ronaldo stayed very calm and at no time did he get up to speak to the officials or ask about what was happening.

“He was with his girlfriend Georgina and his mother Dolores Aveiro, who he was seen chatting with inside the yacht.”

The footballer and his entourage were understood to be on their way back to Ibiza when they were stopped.

The inspection is believed to have formed part of routine checks performed on vessels in the area, related to the paperwork on board to make sure the correct taxes have been paid.

The Customs agents are understood to have left after discovering everything on board Cristiano’s yacht, named as AYa London, was in order.

Spanish Tax Agency officials are not expected to make any official comment.

A source quoted by leading Spanish daily El Mundo described the inspection as “a routine control on vessels of the type that are carried out every summer in the Balearic Islands”.

Customs agents are understood to have made their unexpected appearance just off the Formentera shoreline as Cristiano returned from a restaurant with his mother, girlfriend and children including his new surrogate twins Eva and Mateo.

Ronaldo decides to stay at Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo has undergone a change of heart over his future and has decided to remain at Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain.

Madrid president Florentino Perez admitted Ronaldo was left ‘angry and hurt’ after accusations from the Spanish authorities that he had evaded £12.9million in tax. Ronaldo informed the club that he would leave if he was convicted of tax fraud and even held a secret meeting with Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, just hours before scoring twice in the Champions League final win over Juventus. But AS report that Ronaldo has now chosen to stay at Madrid, having been convinced by the club’s hierarchy that he remains crucial to their future plans. Despite an upcoming court appearance on July 31 over the tax accusations, the outlet report that Ronaldo’s representatives have persuaded him that it’s in his best interests to continue at the Bernabeu. AS’s Sunday edition front page shows the 32-year-old using a flyboard while on holiday, accompanied by the headline ‘Ronaldo is relaxing.’ Perez previously suggested he would talk with the player after he returned from the Confederations Cup and asserted that he was confident he would stay. The president has repeatedly come out in Ronaldo’s defence since the allegations and said it was unacceptable that his star man was being ‘treated like a criminal’. Ronaldo flew back to Madrid in time to be with his newborn twins, who were born via a surrogate mother, after Portugal were knocked out in the semi-finals by Chile. Though Madrid’s squad will report for pre-season training on Monday, Ronaldo will be given extra time off to recover and is not expected to return until late July.

Update: Zidane begs Ronaldo to stay at Madrid

Contrary to speculations that current World Footballer of the Year, Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid.

His coach, Zinedine Zidane has been pleading Cristiano Ronaldo to stay at Real Madrid in a recent personal plea to the attacker over the phone, reports revealed.

But Ronaldo reiterated his desire to leave Spain and told his manager that his decision was final amid reports Manchester United and Chelsea want to bring him back to England.

Spanish Radio Cope claim Zidane spoke to Ronaldo directly after reports emerged he had told Real he wants a summer exit.

Ronaldo is reportedly furious at allegations he has committed tax fraud and has been upset by the lack of backing he has received from the club.

Spanish authorities will now determine whether Ronaldo is guilty or not, but the superstar expected much more support from within Spain.

Ronaldo was a key part of Zidane’s Champions League and La Liga title winning squad last season and remains the most consistent source of goals.

Zidane does not want to see his best player walk away, but the Frenchman has been rebuked in his attempts to convince Ronaldo to stay.

Ronaldo reportedly told Zidane he feels like he his being treated like a ‘delinquent’ and hit out at the media coverage of the tax investigation.

The Portugal international is in Russia at the Confederations Cup and agreed to speak to Zidane again once the tournament is over.

Ronaldo has not received any concrete offers from other clubs with the Confederations Cup set to come to an end on July 2.

A return to Old Trafford has been heavily mooted in recent days with United thought to be keen on re-signing Ronaldo.

Why Ronaldo will never forgive R. Madrid over tax fraud allegation

Image result for Cristiano RonaldoIt is very obvious that Manchester United are watching the Cristiano Ronaldo show with renewed interest after the Real Madrid striker made it plain he is “outraged” at what he feels is unfair treatment by tax authorities and is now determined to leave Spain.

The 32-year-old feels he is being singled out for disproportionate treatment after prosecutors accused him of defrauding the authorities of €14.7m.

A source close to the player claims the “outraged” Portugal international “feels great indignation” following the public speculation about his tax affairs and a sense of “injustice” at the allegations – which he contests – and he has made a decision to leave the country.

Ronaldo, who signed a new five-year contract in November, has made no secret of his affection for United – the club he left to join Madrid in 2009 after six years at Old Trafford – and José Mourinho, who shares the same super agent Jorge Mendes, would relish his return as he seeks to build a team capable of a title challenge and a successful campaign in the Champions League.

United remain one of the clubs with the financial muscle to offer a competitive package for Ronaldo – they are predicting record revenues of up to £570m this year – and his return would be a dream commercial move.

 He has a €1bn (£880m) release clause in his current Madrid deal and United – now without Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s wages on the books and the potential to lose Wayne Rooney’s financial burden soon – would be able to meet Ronaldo’s wage demands of around £400,000 a week. Paris Saint-Germain could match United’s offer but the Old Trafford move presents Ronaldo with his fairytale moment and a far grander stage on which to perform. The potential availability of one of the world’s most marketable players will also naturally alert the Chinese Super League clubs.

Reports that Ronaldo wanted to leave Real were sparked on Friday in the Portuguese newspaper A Bola. It claimed his decision was “irreversible” and that he has already told his Madrid team-mates that he wants to leave.

The root of Ronaldo’s anger stems from Spanish prosecutors’ lawsuit against the player, accusing him of defrauding tax authorities of €14.7m by hiding his image rights income between 2011 and 2014. Ronaldo has categorically denied any wrongdoing. Real backed that assertion, saying they were confident the Portuguese forward had acted legally.

Following the tax allegations, Ronaldo posted a picture of himself with his fingers to his lips on Instagram with the caption: “Sometimes the best answer it’s to be quiet.”Earlier this week Ronaldo’s agency Gestifute released a statement which read: “There is no tax evasion scheme … There has never been any hiding nor any intention to hide anything.”

Ronaldo’s frustrations at his treatment come after leading Real to three Champions League titles, scoring twice in last month’s final against Juventus in Cardiff as they became the first club to retain the trophy. He also became only the second player to score in three different finals and remains the competition’s record goalscorer with 105.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi took a similar stance in threatening to quit Spain in 2014, also claiming he had been singled out for special treatment when he was accused of concealing €4.1m from the authorities. The Argentina international was found guilty and subsequently lost an appeal against a 21-month prison sentence – under Spanish law sentences under two years are usually suspended – and a €2.1m (£1.8m) fine.

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