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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


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.

Sun Ke creates the Gate of the victory for China

China’s Sun Ke scored a brace to help them to a 2-1 victory over DPR Korea in their Asian Cup match up at a sold out Canberra.



China wasted no time opening the scoring, with a Sun scoring just one minute into play, after getting on the end of a badly defended long ball and slamming it past Myong-Guk.

The DPR Korea side managed to put together some decent spells of possession towards the end of the first half, but were unable to make anything of it.

Three minutes before the end of regulation time in the first half, Ke added a second goal as he get on the end of a pinpoint cross and made no mistakes finding the back of the net.

DPR Korea got on the scoresheet in the 56th minute thanks to an unfortunate Gao Lin own goal; taking the score to 2-1.

North Korea went desperately close to snatching a draw as Pak headed over the bar from close range and substitute So Hyonuk’s shot rattled the crossbar, but they were ultimately condemned to a first pointless Asian Cup campaign.

China continued to dominate and they head into the quarter-finals one of the strongest teams in the tournament. DPR Korea may be heading home, but they game a brave showing in spite of the fact that they were universally unfancied heading into the tournament.

China will face Australia in their quarter-final in Brisbane.

Goal!Cristiano Ronaldo scored! Mario Balotelli channels Christiano Ronaldo celebration!

Posted on January 15, 2015 by Liverpool Echo

Mario Balotelli has got himself on the scoresheet… as Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Liverpool striker – playing as Real Madrid on FIFA – poked fun at the recently crowned Ballon d’or winner after he ripped out a “CHOOOO” or “SIIIII”, depending on what noise Ronaldo produced during Friday’s ceremony in Zurich.

Siiiiii! @desmondnze

Mario Balotelli has got himself on the scoresheet… as Cristiano Ronaldo.

Mario Balotelli playing Real Madrid on Pre-Evolution Soccer.He poked fun at  the recently crowned Ballon d’or winner after he ripped out a “CHOOOO” or “SIIIII”, depending on what noise Ronaldo produced during Friday’s ceremony in Zurich.Balotelli and his fellow footballer Desmond N’Ze were keeping themselves entertained on the XBOXwhen the Italian notched his goal,the controller on the mantelpiece proving he’s not fond of the PlayStation.Balotelli filmed the celebration, showing a sheepish N’Ze before turning the camera on his own face.He is very happy.
He posted the video to his Instagram account which amassed over 30,000 likes within half an hour.
But Liverpool fans hope he started celebrating goals with actually scores rather than the virtual kind.


Balotelli and his fellow footballer Desmond N’Ze were keeping themselves entertained on the XBOX