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Cristiano Ronaldo said Rivalry with Lionel Messi motivates both players

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Cristiano Ronaldo  and Lionel Messi’s rivalry is already regarded by many as the greatest in the history of soccer.

The Real Madrid forward and the Barcelona striker have now won seven Ballon d’Ors in a row. The award is the global accolade that is voted for by soccer professionals to decide who the best player in the world is.

Messi and Ronaldo not only compete with their teams for Spanish and European trophies, but also individually for the world’s top honours and scoring records.

The duo have won each of the past seven Ballon d’Or awards, with Ronaldo earning his third last week. They have also finished as runners-up to each other in six of those years.

This season they also went back and forth as they moved up the Champions League all-time goals chart, with Messi eventually surpassing Raul’s record of 71 a month before Ronaldo did as well.

And Ronaldo said in an interview with France Football to be published this week that their rivalry helps drive each superstar to succeed.

“ I’m sure that the competition between us is a motivating factor for him too. ” Ronaldo said, according to AS. “ It’s good for me, for him and for other players who are keen to grow. ”

“ Messi has four Ballon d’Or awards, I have three. This is all good for the world of football. ”

Cristiano Ronaldo, who was born in Madeira, also admitted in the same interview that despite the fact he is seen as the best soccer player in the world, he is constantly looking to improve his game.

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Cristiano Ronaldo confirms split with model Irina Shayk

soccer-ronaldo-shaykPortugal and Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed Tuesday he has broken up with his longtime girlfriend, Russian model Irina Shayk.

After several weeks of tittle-tattle stoked by Shayk’s no-show at the 2014 Ballon d’Or ceremony last week, Ronaldo issued a statement on Tuesday morning to confirm that the couple has split after five years together.

“ After dating for five years, my relationship with Irina Shayk has come to an end. ” Ronaldo said via a written statement to the Associated Press. “ We believed it would be best for both of us to take this step now. ”

“ I wish Irina the greatest happiness. ” Ronaldo said.

He gave no further details in the brief statement.

The Real Madrid star added that he was making the statement to bring the speculation about their relationship and his private life to an end.

So all things must pass —— to which end Toe Poke presents an “ in memoriam ”  tribute to happier times. All those tennis matches and FIFA galas are now but dust in the wind.

Johan Cruyff thinks Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t deserve Ballon d’Or

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Holland legend, Johan Cruyff has stated that Cristiano Ronaldo winning the Ballon d’Or is ‘absurd’, citing his poor performances for Portugal at the World Cup as the reason. Portugal were knocked out of the group stages on goal difference.

Cruyff won the title three times – 1971, 1973 and 1974 feels that the trophy should have gone to someone, who excelled at the World Cup and not just individually. He added that Toni Kroos should have gotten the award.

Real Madrid star Ronaldo took the award for the 2014 World Player of the Yearat the ceremony in Zurich earlier this month, finishing comfortably ahead of Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer.

Ronaldo won the Copa del Rey and Champions League last season but had a disappointing World Cup with Portugal, and Cruyff questioned the result, which was decided by the votes of international coaches and captains as well as selected journalists.

” At the highest level of football, individual and collective talent needs to be combined. ” he wrote in his column for the Dutch newspaper in quotes translated by AS. ” So for the second year running, it’s ridiculous that the award has been given to a player that has not played in any exceptional manner and only won a few titles. “

Former Ajax, Barcelona and Netherlands star Cruyff suggested Germany midfielder Toni Kroos — who was also not among the three finalists for the 2013 award — would have been a more deserving recipient in both years.

Kroos, who now plays alongside Ronaldo at the Bernabeu, played a key role in Germany’s World Cup success, and had helped Bayern Munich to success in the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League a year earlier.

” Two years ago Bayern won all the titles they could have and the award was given to Ronaldo instead of Toni Kroos or any other member of that Bayern Munich side. ” Cruyff said.

” In 2014, Kroos was instrumental in Germany winning the World Cup in Brazil, and despite that he wasn’t even among the three finalists. At the same time Cristiano Ronaldo was just a spectator at the tournament in Brazil. “

” It’s quite clear that this is a FIFA award that I can’t take seriously. “

Cristiano Ronaldo has got a new girfriend who was Spanish beauty Lucia Villalon

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Cristiano Ronaldo is being linked with a stunning sports reporter after his split from supermodel Irina Shayk.

The Real Madrid star is rumoured to be dating Spanish journalist Lucia Villalon.

Ronaldo posed for a picture with the TV beauty after winning his third Ballon d’Or award last week.

Several Spanish newspapers including heavyweight ABC echoed the rumours later on. 

There was Twitter silence from both Cristiano and the 26-year-old reporter for Real Madrid’s official club channel Real Madrid TV, this afternoon. 

A Real Madrid TV spokesman said: ” We speak about sport and not romances on this channel. “

Irina’s agent confirmed at the weekend her relationship with Ronaldo was over.

It was reported last week Ronaldo, 29, had dumped his model girlfriend over Christmas after she refused to attend a 60th birthday party he was organising in his native Madeira for his beloved mum Dolores.

The footballer is said to have spent New Years Eve alone with his son Ronaldo Jr after the couple’s trip to Dubai ended with a massive argument.

But Shayk’s agent insisted after confirming the break-up: ” She has been very close to his family throughout their relationship. “

” Any negative rumours about Irina’s and Ronaldo’s family are completely false and have not been a factor in the cause of the split. “

” Irina has no comments at the moment. “

Real Madrid goalie Iker Casillas set a precedent at the Spanish club for dating attractive TV reporters by honing in on stunning brunette Sara Carboneras. 

The pair, who have been dating since 2009, now have a one-year-old son called Martin.

During the 2010 FIFA World Cup it was claimed Carbonero, who works for Spanish TV channel Telecinco, caused an unexpected victory for Switzerland during its match against Spain by distracting Casillas.

The claims were later rubbished and the couple’s famously sealed Spain’s subsequent World Cup win by kissing at the end of a live interview.

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos’s girlfriend Pilar Rubio is also a well-known TV presenter in Spain.

Cristiano fans who attacked Irina after it was revealed last week she and the footballer were history, gave Lucia their blessing today. 

One said on Twitter: ” Hopefully Cristiano’s new girlfriend is Lucia Villalon. “

” They make a perfect couple. “

” Better than with Irina. ”

If Ronaldo is dating the TV presenter, he will be following in the footsteps of teammates Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos.

The TV girl, who wasn’t in work today after attending Real Madrid’s away win against Getafe yesterday, couldn’t be reached for comment.