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Atletico and Real transfer bans give Barca the upper hand

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Il FIGLIO di Zidane, nella stessa partit” (CC BY 2.0) by NazionaleCalcio

Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid have just been hit with the devastating penalty of a freeze on transfer activity in the next two windows – January 2017 and summer 2017. Both clubs profess their innocence and have the chance to appeal against the ban again before September 14, but it is looking likely that the Madrid sides will face the same fate as Barcelona last year for illegal international transfer activity with players under the age of 18.

With the recent resurgence of Atletico in La Liga to turn the league into more of a three horse race, and Real’s continued tussling at the top, a transfer ban could gift Barcelona a clear run at the title in the 2017/18 campaign as their main rivals are unable to enlist reinforcements. The Catalan club has won the league for the past two seasons running and Zinedine Zidane is desperate to re-establish his side as the top contenders. This season at least, though, it is close. In the Bet365 La Liga betting, Luis Enrique’s side are at 5/6 to win, with the Galacticos at 5/4.

Each club under scrutiny was able to conduct their desired transfer business in this summer’s transfer window, so the implications of this ban won’t really be felt until next summer. Both Madrid clubs currently have the staff on the books to challenge in the league, but the crucial factor is holding onto key players in the next two windows when they won’t be able to replace them.

Luckily for Atletico, their key player, Antoine Griezmann has said that while Diego Simeone is at the club, he will stay. The Argentine is a sought after manager though, and there is a chance he may be approached to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal next summer should the Frenchman fail to earn a new contract with the London club. The Red and Whites may therefore be wise to offer enriched salary incentives to crucial protagonists after their recent successes.

It may also be prudent for Real to offer improved contracts to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to prevent them from succumbing to the lure of offers from other clubs. Bale in particular has been favoured for a move elsewhere in recent windows, with Manchester United reported to be keenly interested in the Welshman.

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Barcelona proved that a transfer ban is not the end of the world, as they still managed to win the league, the Champions League, and the Copa Del Rey during their punishment. However, in preparation for the ban, the 24-time La Liga champions spent significant sums on strong recruits such as Luis Suarez, and Ivan Rakitic.  The most notable move from Atletico this summer was the signing of Nico Gaitan from Benfica. Real Madrid’s was re-signing Alvaro Morata from Juventus. Neither team added the much needed extra depth to their squads.

With the Madrid clubs facing this stern retribution seemingly under-prepared, it certainly provides Barcelona with the opportunity to hold a firm grip at the summit of the league for at least the next two seasons.

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Barcelona vs Granada CF: Messi, Neymar Take Plaudits and Defense proves worthy deal

Prior to the last match on Saturday, Granada had conceded only four goals throughout the season. But Barcelona probably have welcomed them in a different way to Camp Nou.

The Catalans have showed that the forward line were straight back in the groove. Six unanswered goals were really something celebrating for them after the last performance against Malaga in midweek.

This day their attack was truly like the Barcelona play. It was something that can be described in words like quick and sharp pass and move. That simple pattern of play proved effective for the Barcelona side.

Undoubtedly Neymar and Messi will take all the headlines. Neymar had his second hat-trick for the club. And Messi with two goals and two assists have showed that he has again started to enjoy the game. But scratching the last game a little deeper, we can be acknowledged about area of Barcelona’s play.

Seven clean sheets in all competitions since the start of the season is a frankly astonishing statistic for the Catalans. Another notable thing is, Gerard Pique was left out for three of the seven games.

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For now a time Luis Enrique can afford such a luxury. The step forward Mr. Jeremy Mathieu has proved to be everything that Barcelona have been looking for in a central defender.

He is such strong in tackle with immaculate timing, quick across the ground and fearsome aerial presence. He is providing that kind of impact like no one is anymore focusing on his age.

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Result:

Barcelona(6) – Granada CF(0)

Indeed, it would be fair to assume that most supporters will be wondering who will partner Mathieu at the heart of the back line. The ex-Valencia man has shown that much impact!!

Thomas Vermaelen is now fit and ready to make his mark for the Catalans. There have been too many rumors of Pique sale to Manchester United. But it may not be too wide off the mark this time.

This Barcelona is absolutely different from the last season. That time they were anything but defensively sound.

Now we can acknowledge that Luis Enrique’s purchases have been studious. His well-researched buys have been worthy for the Catalans so far.

No can surely think of arguing with a manager who takes his team to Paris on the last day of September with goalkeepers who are yet to pluck the ball from the net!!!

While Mathieu was the standout exponent on the night, Javier Mascherano provided a more-than-able sidekick. This kind of pairing may had been Lucho’s first choice, he was searching for.

Dani Alves’ volleyed pass for Messi’s first goal was poetry in motion. This only touch can claim his being worth the admission fee.

Adriano on the left side did what was necessary. Actually all four gave the front six the platform from which to go on and provide Barcelona’s best team performance for the La Liga season so far.

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Top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga 2015-2016

Liga BBVA, commonly known as La Liga was founded in the year of 1929. In other words, it is officially known as the Primera Division of the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (LFP). It has been the strongest league in Europe for the past five years and more (with respect to UEFA’s League coefficient system). Twenty teams are permitted to participate in this division. The lowest three teams are selected to be relegated at the end of the season. La Liga is considered as the second most watched football league in the world after Barclays Premier League (English Premier League).

This particular premier division has always been lauded for its technique visibly nonexistent physicality and flair. La Liga has also been criticized for its predictability and a two horse race competition. Real Madrid and Barcelona, this two teams have won the Spanish first division in the past nine years. But hopefully the equations of Liga champions may be changing in Spain due to the rise of a certain Atletico Madrid last season.

La Liga has always produced some fine footballers. Guardiola and Romário in the 90’s, Zidane – Beckham and Ronaldinho in the 2000’s and at present times amazing football superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Iniesta and Gareth Bale are playing right here in La Liga.

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And as always, quality players mean quality salaries for those brilliant individuals. There are uncountable highly paid soccer players playing in La Liga every season.

Top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga:

Let’s take a look at the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga. Mostly highest paid footballers in La Liga are found within the two horses, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

10. Xavi Hernandez

 

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Present Club: FC Barcelona

Position: central midfielder

Earnings: $9.36 million per year

Xavi Hernandez, known as the master of passes, plays for the Spanish national team and FC Barcelona. He joined through the youth ranks of La Masia and gradually taken to the first team of Barcelona. His professional debut came in 1997. He played regularly in Spain’s U17, U18, U20, U21 and U23 football teams. Finally Xavi made it to the senior side in 2000.

Xavi also represented the Catalonia’s national team. He is the 1st player to register assists in 2 separate Euro finals and also the lone goal in the 2008 final. With 2 assists in the final 4 years later. With more than 25 trophies Xavi can be decided the maximum trophy winner among the Spanish players in history.

He created countless goals with genius ball handling while never relinquishing possession technique. Xavi’s abnormally good vision, world-class ball control and pinpoint accurate passing ability allowed him to dictate the flow of football. The assist king, the number 10 highest paid footballer in La Liga currently earns an estimated total wages of €6.9 million ($9.36 million) per year at FC Barcelona.

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9. Marcelo

 

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Present Club: Real Madrid

Position: left back

Earnings: $9.45 million per year

Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior, known as Marcelo is often Likened to Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos for his technical ability, fierce shot and good passing. The Brazilian plays for Spanish Capital Club Real Madrid.

Marcelo started playing with Fluminense and was sold to Real Madrid in January 2007. He is also praised for representing Brazil in different youth levels: U-17, U-20 and U-23. He made it to the senior side in 2006.

Marcelo can be considered as another perfect example of a traditional Brazilian left-back with great offensive play ability. He has outstanding dribbling skills and tricks. The Real Madrid Star, commonly known as the opponent’s terror is right now the 9th of the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga. He earns an estimated total wages of €6.98 million ($9.45 million) per year at Real Madrid.

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8. Dani Alves

 

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Present Club: FC Barcelona

Position: right back

Earnings: $9.5 million per year

Another Brazilian defender, Daniel Alves plays for FC Barcelona and loves to attack. He also plays for the Brazilian National team.

Alves started his professional career at Esporte Clube Bahia. He was moved to Sevilla in 2002, primarily on a temporary basis and then permanently. He stayed six years at the club and then joined FC Barcelona in the summer of 2008 for €32.5 million transfer fee.

The Brazilian superstar made his international debut in 2006. Probably his favorite hobby is to torment opposition’s left flank with his right winger. As being a regular member of Barcelona’s starting XI, Dani Alves currently earns around €7 million ($9.5 million) per year at Barcelona. Another defender at the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga.

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7. Karim Benzema

 

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Present Club: Real Madrid

Position: striker

Earnings: $9.6 million per year

One of the “BBC” attack of Real Madrid, Karim Mostafa Benzema is a French footballer who plays as a striker. The former French youth international has also represented his nation from under-17 level onwards. The under-17 team won the 2004 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship. Karim Benzema made his senior international debut in March 2007.

He has earned over 65 caps and represented France at three major international tournaments. The French international shows tremendous intelligence and foresight to make runs off the ball. He is not just a box poacher. And he is not even necessarily expecting to receive possession but purposely creating spaces for his wide forwards to exploit centrally.

Benzema has proven himself to be a key figure in front of the goal. He has already scored 17 times in La Liga and also nine notable assists. Now a time there are not many “pure” forwards in the league who can match Benzema’s rate of 1.8 key passes per game. Probably this the indication of his being 7th at the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga 2016. He has an estimated earnings of $9.6 million per year from Real Madrid.

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6. Andres Iniesta

 

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Present Club: FC Barcelona

Position: central midfielder

Earnings: $9.8 million per year

Andrés Iniesta Luján, commonly known as Andres Iniesta is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Spain national team as a central midfielder.

He is another player who came through La Masia (Barcelona Youth Academy) after an early emigration from his birthplace. Iniesta made his debut in 2002 at the age of 18. Very soon he became an integral part of the Barcelona side in 2009 and probably that was the only time a club has achieved six titles in one season.

Iniesta showed his very best form in big games, ever since he joined the Catalan’s side. On the ball, there are few players in world football (never mind in La Liga) who can match Iniesta’s ability to beat defenders in restricted territory. Undoubtedly he is one of the greatest midfielders of his generation, Andres Iniesta is considered the sixth of the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga. His estimated wages are around $9.8 million per year from FC Barcelona.

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5. Neymar

 

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Present Club: FC Barcelona

Position: forward / winger

Earnings: $10 million per year

Neymar is an electric and explosive player of the present generation. He plays for Spanish side FC Barcelona and the Brazilian national team.

He started his professional career joining Santos youth academy in 2003 and rose through the ranks to the first team. He made his professional debut in 2009. Neymar also represented Brazil in U17, U20 and U23 levels and made his senior National Team debut in 2010. Now a days he is seen representing the Brazil National Team.

FC Barcelona paid €57 million to sign him in the summer of 2013. Neymar is quite a complete package of dribbling, acceleration, finishing and the ability to use both feet. He has easily become an important member of FC Barcelona. The number 5 of the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga currently earns an estimated wages of $10 million per year from Barcelona.

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4. Iker Casillas

 

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Present Club: Real Madrid

Position: goalkeeper

Earnings: $10.17 million per year

Iker Casillas plays for and captains both La Liga club Real Madrid and the Spanish national team. He can be undoubtedly considered as one of the finest goalkeepers of all time.

Casillas joined Real Madrid at youth level. And then gradually he made his debut in 1998-99. He had always been the first choice keeper until the January arrival of Diego last year. Iker Casillas also represented Spain at U15, U16, U17, U18, U20 and U21 levels.

The most capped player of all time for the Spanish national team, Casillas made his senior debut in 2000. He captained the Spanish national team to two Euro Cups and a World Cup. Despite not being regular for both the Champions league and La Liga, Casillas is still one of the top goalkeepers in world and earns €7.5 million ($10.17 million) per year, which in turn makes him the 4th of the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga. And the only goalkeeper for the highest paid soccer players list.

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3. Lionel Messi

 

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Present Club: FC Barcelona

Position: forward

Earnings: $21.7 million per year

What more is there to say about a four-time Ballon d’Or winner? Lionel Messi is arguably the best player in the world, who plays for FC Barcelona and is skipper of the Argentina national team. He is also another player from Barca’s youth academy La Masia. He joined as a young player from Newell’s Old Boys.

After rising through the ranks, Messi became an inevitable part of Barcelona first team. Messi had represented Argentina in U20 and U23 action and made his senior debut in 2005. He also represented the Argentina National Team in the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil.

Intially a left winger, Messi was moved to right wing by then Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard. As he needed to cut in and finish using his left foot. This turned out to be a very effective move as his goal tally increased tremendously. And then Pep Guardiola gave him a free role, namely ‘false 9’.

The total Barcelona team is built around him. The record breaking and history making footballer of this age, Lionel Messi currently earns an estimated wages of €16 million ($21.7 million) a year from the Catalan club. Right now he is at the 2nd position of the list of top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga.

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2. Gareth Bale

 

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Present Club: Real Madrid

Position: winger

Earnings: $25.7 million per year

Gareth Bale is one of the most expensive footballers in history. The Welsh International plays for the Spanish Capital Club Real Madrid. Bale started as a regular of Wales’ U17, U19 and U21 sides. He made it onto the national team in 2006.

After starting out his professional career at Southampton in 2006, he was signed in Tottenham Hotspur for an eventual £7 million in 2007. Though starting as a left back, Bale was moved further forward to utilize his speed and crossing ability. After a prolific scoring season in 2012-13, Gareth Bale got his dream move to Real Madrid with €100 million record transfer fees.

A footballer with tremendous speed, exceptional physical qualities and with a great left foot, Bale is making £15.6 million ($25.7 million) per year at Real Madrid. He is considered as the 2nd highest paid footballer in Liga BBVA.

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1. Cristiano Ronaldo

 

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Present Club: Real Madrid

Position: forward

Earnings: $28.5 million per year

One of the most prolific goal scorers of his generation, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, commonly known as Cristiano Ronaldo plays for Spanish giants Real Madrid and captains the Portuguese national team.

Ronaldo Started out his career as a youth player with Andorinha and joining C.D. Nacional. Afterwards he stepped onto his professional career at Sporting Club de Portugal. The English powerhouse Manchester United signed him for €15 million in the year 2003. Finally, Real Madrid made him the most expensive footballer in history at that time when they bought him for €94 million in summer of 2009.

Cristiano Ronaldo has represented Portugal at U17, U20, U21, U23 and senior levels. After the national team debut in 2003, Cristiano captained Portugal National Team since July, 2008. Unbelievable but true that he scores more than a goal per game for his current club. He is also the top goal scorer of his country.

Lauded for his finishing, pace, dribbling, positioning and his passing and crossing ability, Ronaldo can be proclaimed as the Commander In Chief at Real Madrid. Currently Cristiano receives around €21 million ($28.5 million) salary per year from Real Madrid. Undoubtedly he is the highest paid footballer in La Liga for the year 2015-2016..

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Real Madrid’s Clean Sheet vs Villarreal is a positive step

Real Madrid attained a 2-0 victory over Villarreal at the Estadio El Madrigal on Saturday. Though it wasn’t the sort story of vintage attacking performance we’ve witnessed from the European champions in last few games.

From the consecutive thrashings trio of Basel, Deportivo La Coruna and Elche resulted in an absurd tally of 18 goals. Truly exhilaration had been the theme of Los Blancos’ displays recently.

However, Saturday’s performance stood in stark contrast to the three that preceded the match. It was not a quite supreme exhibition of offensive fluidity. Fans didn’t get the typical Real Madrid flair.

The match has been defensively perplexing for Carlo Ancelotti’s side. Still we have to admit that the resilient showing was perhaps their most significant of the campaign so far this season.

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Perhaps, clean sheet was achieved with that troublesome one-way midfield of Luka Modric, James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos. But most importantly, Real Madrid had displayed a capacity to alter the game’s tempo. They tried to quell the home side by sitting deeper maintaining the shape conservatively.

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According to The WhoScored.com, The men in white splatted the possession battle 50-50 by conceding 19 shots to their own 11 and seven corners to their own six. Literally they were forced to make 29 clearances to Villarreal’s 16.

But it was not that Real denied the hosts of an opportunity to impress. The Yellow Submarine tried their best by breaking down both wings in a bright first half and finding pockets of space between Los Blancos’ midfield and defence, which finally engaged Iker Casillas into constant action display.

And the capital club was calm and organized response to the onslaught. This composure was alarmingly missing when Real Sociedad poured on the pressure in late August.

“The best thing is that we won a difficult game against a team that played well”

Ancelotti said of his team’s performance per AS

“We controlled the game. We had a good attitude and deserved to win”

As an Italian, Ancelotti is quite familiar with defensive principles. Probably he is the typically unmoved boss who was key to Real Madrid’s adapted approach in the second half , which allowed his team to ease to a third consecutive league victory this season.

Pleasantly, it all felt rather measured—a term that hasn’t been applicable to Real Madrid this season until now.

The side’s 4-3-3 with Modric, Kross and Rodriguez in midfield is still too easy to blast through. The back four are isolated as full-backs.

“Clearly it gives us less cover but we must take these risks because we have more opportunities in attack”

Ancelotti said of his preferred formation.

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Such a display will no doubt be encouraging for Ancelotti. He is now looking ahead to five-game stretch that includes clashes with Athletic Bilbao. Also Barcelona and Liverpool. Definitely he is feeling that his team has progressed and taken a step forward. Obviously who else can plunder 18 goals in 270 minutes of football with the world’s most fearsome squadron and still be engulfed in doubt? Yes- of course Real Madrid can.

But the 2-0 victory at Villarreal has shown that the script can be changed positively.

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Granada (0) vs Real Madrid (4); another impressive win for Carlo Ancelotti’s side

Granada 1st XI:  

Roberto – Nyom – Babin – Murillo – J. Carlos – Foulquier – Iturra – Eddy – Sissoko – Cordoba – Success

Real Madrid 1st XI:

Casillas – Pepe – Ramos – Ronaldo – Kroos – Benzema – James – Marcelo – Carvajal – Modric – Isco

 

 

1st goal at 2’ – C. Ronaldo; assist – K. Benzema

2nd goal at 31’ – J. Rodriguez; assist – K. Benzema

3rd goal at 54’ – K. Benzema; assist – C. Ronaldo

4th goal at 87’ – J. Rodriguez; assist – C. Ronaldo

 

Fresh off their El Clasico win against FC Barcelona, Madrid men picked up right where they left off against Granada CF.

And again, C. Ronaldo scored yet another goal just at the 2nd minute of the game. J. Rodriguez was another unstoppable and incredible this evening, added two for the Los Blancos. Striker K. Benzema also added the third shortly after half time.

 

Granada (0) vs Real Madrid (4); as it happened:

A brilliant start saw Cristiano Ronaldo give the European champions 1st lead. Just after two minutes of the game, Cristiano slotted out the ground. James added the second, 15 minutes before the break.

Karim Benzema found the net shortly after the half-time. While, Marcelo was denied by the crossbar four minutes later. Finally Rodriguez took advantage of a defensive mix-up to poke home a fourth.

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Real Madrid (4) – Granada (0)

The result represents Real’s 11th consecutive win in all competitions.

On the contrary, Granada had to admit their fifth defeat in six games.

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Top 10 Best Active Free Kick Takers in Soccer

When a player charges towards the opposition’s penalty area and just yards away from a shooting chance, the ref blows a whistle for a foul. Then the ball is carefully placed 20+ yards outside the box. Opponent’s goalkeeper gets their wall of players organized and positioned all. This time another team need to sorts out who will take the kick and how they’ll try to have scored.

This kind of scenario has played itself out countless times in the various Soccer leagues. Probably we all know that more likely than not the player will smash the ball against the wall or blaze the ball high over the goalpost. Statistically, the chances of scoring a free kick are slim. Sometimes, when it works it can be an absolute thing of beauty, more specifically a piece of art.

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The team doesn’t just let anyone take a free kick when the chance arises for them to score. Most sides have a few players who have demonstrated the ability. These players need to consistently combine power with accuracy in an effort to get the ball over (sometimes around) the wall and on target obviously. In a few recent years, certain players have made a name for themselves as great free kick takers. There are some legendary free kick takers in soccer history. Roberto Carlos, Marcelinho Carioca, David Beckham, Zico, Juninho and Michel Platini are some of those greats who could more often execute the free kick past the goalkeepers.

What made such players special was that they could make the ball do things exceptionally. Most importantly, they could get the ball to curve, even swerve or dip with such precision it seemed a magic trick difficult to follow. Definitely, they could also give the ball more than enough power to fly into the net before the keeper could reach before goal.

Top 10 great free kick takers in soccer:

This list does not contain the names of Carlos, Juninho or Beckham. Here we are actually trying to make a discussion about the great and best active free kick takers in soccer. We are expecting a blend of youth and experienced veterans those who are capable and proven free kick takers of this generation.

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Of course the issue is subjective and by limiting it to the Top 10, some players of your choice must be missed. Still, let’s have try, if we could have selected one of these best active free kick takers in soccer world.

10. Neymar

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Age: 22

Club: FC Barcelona
National Team: Brazil

Probably the most popular and most sensational marketed players in world soccer of his generation. Neymar has definitely made a name for himself in both La Liga team Barcelona and the Brazil National Football Team. During his time with Santos, Barcelona and the Brazilian national team, the best free kick taker has demonstrated his lethality in and around the box.

So many memorable highlights to choose from but in terms of free kicks perhaps the strike against Belarus in 2012 Olympics and the goal against Panama during a pre-World Cup friendly this June demonstrate the accuracy and technique Neymar can provide.

No doubt, what worries La Liga and International keepers the most. Most obviously this very skilled player is still just beginning his career. Definitely he has many more years to work his magic. Neymar is at number 10 of this best active free kick takers list.

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09. Yaya Toure

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Age: 31
Club: Manchester City
National Team: Ivory Coast

Yaya Toure is more famous as Manchester City’s midfield powerhouse. The Ivorian is usually dominating the midfield and helping to coordinate City’s attacks. And when talking about free kick takers, Toure has steadily developed a reputation for being able to find the back of the net more often.

This past season in the Premier League, he scored four excellent goals from free kick times. Toure has demonstrated the ability to get a ball over the wall and make it drop very quickly. Yaya Toure is currently considered as the 9th of the best active free kick takers in world football.

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08. Steven Gerrard

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Age: 34
Club: Liverpool FC
National Team: England

Steven Gerrard can be said as at the twilight of his career. Captaining the Liver FC, Gerrard has led his team to a Champions League title and several domestic cup titles. Over his club and international career, he has scored in excess of 170 goals. Of course some of them were extreme beautiful and notable free kicks of all time. Probably some of the best free kicks that the English football has ever watched.

Gerrard may not be scoring from free kicks as much recently. No one can deny his power and accuracy when standing over a set piece. Some of his best goals includes against Arsenal and Aston Villa in 2007-2008 season. Steven Gerrard is at number 8 in the list of top 10 best active free kick takers 2015.

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07. Gareth Bale

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Age: 25
Club: Real Madrid
National Team: Wales

Of course, Gareth Bale developed his name while playing for EPL side Tottenham Hotspur. Being known as a famous free kick taker in the world, the Welshman’s first notable strike came against North London rivals Arsenal at White Hart Lane. Over the following years Bale developed a reputation for having a powerful free kick technique which seemed to get a little deadlier each time. Though all these were not produced that much accurate.

In 2013 Bale moved to Spanish giants Real Madrid. Another free kick specialist Cristiano Ronaldo being already there, the media played up tensions between the two over free kick duties sometimes. But Bale continued to show his skill. He demonstrated his best with an absolute stunner against Galatasaray in the Champions League 2013. Gareth bale is the 7th best free kick taker we can count.

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06. Luis Suarez

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Age: 27
Club: FC Barcelona
National Team: Uruguay

It’s very unfortunate that Luis Suarez seems to be in the media spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Before the Uruguayan developed a taste for Serbian and Italian defenders. Suarez also boasted an impressive free kick technique which has caught out more than one keeper.

Last season, he demonstrated his scoring ability from distance with an impressive goal against Hull on a very special day. Perhaps more impressive is his ability to curve a low shot around the wall and into the bottom corner. He also had demonstrated against EPL rivals Everton and Manchester City these techniques. Luis Suarez is at number 6 of top 10 best active free kick takers in the world.

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05. Ronaldinho

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Age: 34
Club: Queretaro Fc
National Team: Brazil

Ronaldo is probably near the end of his career and no longer in the spotlight. But Ronaldinho still deserves a place on this list of best free kick takers. Most people probably know ‘Gaucho’ from his time at Barcelona. He demonstrated that he could score from almost anywhere in almost any situation from 2003 to 2008. In terms of free kicks, he always had gone over, under or around the defensive wall making any attempt to block the kick virtually pointless each time.

Now with Queretaro FC, Ronaldinho has shown the free kick touch has not left him totally. In September 2013 he scored from two free kicks in the same match against Fluminese. So, we are still counting Ronaldinho, and at number 5 to be noticed as one of the specialist free kick takers of our generation.

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04. Lionel Messi

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Age: 27
Club: FC Barcelona
National Team: Argentina

Probably the most famous clips of Lionel Messi on a pitch involve him zig-zagging his way through a maze of defenders. And then unleashing a shot which bulges the back of the net. Football fans of this time, always seems like Messi highlights are ‘merely’ repetitive coverage of the diminutive Argentine making the opposition look foolish.

Messi can also score free kicks and is quite good at it. During the group stage of the 2014 World Cup, Barcelona superstar struck against Nigeria with a curling 25-yard shot which left the keeper helpless at it. The 21st century football sensation Lionel Messi is considered as the 4th of the best active free kick takers for 2014/2015.

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03. Cristiano Ronaldo

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Age: 29
Club: Real Madrid
National Team: Portugal

Some say that Messi and Ronaldo are tied as considering them as best free kick takers. But here in our list we are keeping this Real Madrid superstar ahead of Messi, at least for this single issue of free kick. This Portuguese forward steadily rose to fame during his time at Manchester United. Ronaldo developed his trademark technique for free kicks which involved striking the ball directly with the tip of his boot to cause the ball to swerve. This was almost unpredictable towards the post.

The 2013 World Soccer Player of the Year has scored some sensational goals from free kicks over recent years. Perhaps his best were the 2009 Champions League semi-final strike against Arsenal. Again in 2009 Champions League blast against Marseille in his first year with Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly the 3rd best free kick taker in the world 2015.

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02. Francesco Lodi

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Age: 30
Club: Parma FC
National Team: Italy

Italian Francesco Lodi has developed a reputation as one of the best free kick takers over his 14+ year’s soccer career. Currently with Parma FC, Lodi has spent his entire career in Italy’s Serie A. This playmaking midfielder has actually been more effective than most when it comes to free kicks.

In recent years, Lodi has used his side-foot curling technique to leave keepers rooted to the ground. Then the ball just had to fly into the back of the net. He scored from 5 free kicks in 2012/ 2013 season. He is also posted one of the highest conversion rates for free kick takers. And unbelievably that is more than anyone else in this list.

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01. Andrea Pirlo

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Age: 35
Club: Juventus FC
National Team: Italy

If we can go on about all the club and individual awards Andrea Pirlo has won over his career, we definitely have to figure out that this little space for our article is never enough for just considering them. Undoubtedly Pirlo is best known for his decade-long free kicks at AC Milan in Serie A. and now with the Juventus side he is still astonishing his spectators all around the world.

The 35-year-old has been plying his trade at Juventus. He has scored over 40 free kicks in his career with more than two dozen of those coming in Serie A. Recently against England in the World Cup 2014 Brazil, didn’t score but impressed keeper Joe Hart. The England international was spotted praising Pirlo for his shot after the final whistle..

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Barcelona Players Salary 2014-15 (Barcelona Players Wages)

Luis Suarez is the last biggest transfer for Barcelona. Suarez has signed a 5 year contract with a weekly salary of around 200,000 GBP in Barcelona. This is the same salary he was getting at Liverpool. But, probably he will be having a lot other clauses that can boost his earnings definitely.

Naymar was signed last year and he is 4th highest paid player in Barcelona ranks. Currently Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and Pique all earn more than the sensational forward. His yearly salary is published around Euros 7 Million. Neymar was signed from Santos in June 2013 for 2nd most expensive Transfer in Barcelona history. His contract remains until 2018 with Barcelona.

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Here we are trying to present you a very carefully researched wage list of 2014-15 Barcelona team. As the clauses in the contracts are never disclosed, so the players salary list cannot be assured 100% accurate. But tried our best research on each Barcelona Players from sources like – BBC, Guardian, MARCA and CNN.

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Barcelona Players Salary 2014-2015:

The La Liga Champions Barcelona have bought so many of the biggest names in soccer. So many legendary players with great amount of salary played in this Spanish Club. And present day performers are also found here to help them at the toughest fights in La Liga and Champions League.

Here is the complete list of FC Barcelona Players salary 2014-2015 and their contract expiry dates. One thing to be noted that the Barcelona players wages are presented here on weekly basis.

Let’s find, who is the highest paid player in Barcelona squad?

 

FC Barcelona Players Salary list for 2014-2015 –

Defenders and Goalkeepers

Player Age Wages (weekly) Remaining contract
Marc-André ter Stegen 22 £55,000 5 Years (2019)
Claudio Bravo 31 £33,500 4 Years (2018)
Jordi Masip 25 3 Years (2017)
Gerard Piqué 27 £120,000 5 Years (2019)
Javier Mascherano 30 £100,000 4 Years (2018)
Jérémy Mathieu 30 £90,000 4 Years (2018)
Marc Bartra 23 3 Years (2017)
Jordi Alba 25 £75,000 3 Years (2017)
Adriano 29 £60,000 3 Years (2017)
Martín Montoya 23 £14,000 4 Years (2018)
Dani Alves 31 £120,000 1 Year (2015)
Thomas Vermaelen 29 3.64 million GBP 1 Year (2015)
Douglas Pereira dos Santos 24 5 Years (2019)

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FC Barcelona Players Salary list for 2014-2015 –

Midfielders

Player Age Wages (weekly) Remaining contract
Sergio Busquets 26 £66,500 4 Years (2018)
Andrés Iniesta 30 £130,000 4 Years (2018)
Ivan Rakitic 26 £75,000 5 Years (2019)
Sergi Roberto 22 1 Year (2015)
Xavi 34 £130,000 2 Years (2016)
Rafinha 21 £37,500 2 Years (2016)

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FC Barcelona Players Salary list for 2014-2015 –

Forwards

Player Age Wages (weekly) Remaining contract
Neymar 22 £150,000 4 Years (2018)
Pedro 27 £60,000 2 Years (2016)
Gerard Deulofeu 20 £20,000 3 Years (2017)
Lionel Messi 27 £256,000 (after Tax) 4 Years (2018)
Luis Suárez   27 £200,000 5 Years (2019)

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Top 10 Highest Earning Football Clubs per Match

Football clubs, all over the world, actually generates their revenue up on three major components. These are commonly known as broadcasting revenue, match day revenue and commercial revenue. The broadcast revenue that football clubs earn, come from both domestic and international competitions. Again commercial revenue is derived from the revenue that is generated from merchandising and sponsorship endorsements. Match day revenue is derived from ticket sales at the actual games. Football clubs also need to renew their annual memberships in that case.

In recent years, some of the Sports Business Groups have studied and profiled the top twenty highest earning football clubs per match in the world. Every year the top earning clubs are listed based on their total revenue, especially for per match revenue. They have broken down the makeup of total revenue and calculated the amount of revenue generated by the three total components related to their earning.

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The importance of match day revenue is underscored by the desire of richest football clubs to increase their stadium capacity. Like the way, Arsenal moved into a much larger stadium in 2006. Another English giant Liverpool have been attempting to construct a new stadium. More specifically they are trying to develop their current stadium larger.

Top 10 highest earning football clubs per match:

Clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga, have some of the largest stadiums in Europe. They are even attempting to enlarge their current stadiums so that they can generate more revenue in case of per match earning. The clubs who generated the most match day revenue the previous season were from the English Premier League.

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Here are the top 10 match day revenue generating football clubs for season 2014-2015. We trying here to list the top ten highest earning richest soccer clubs based on their match day revenue only.

Let’s find, which one is the highest earning football clubs per match in 2014-2015?

10. Tottenham Hotspur

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Match day revenue: $67.18 Million annually

The North London club Tottenham Hotspur is at number 10 in this list of highest earning football clubs per match. Tottenham’s $67.18 million match day revenue declined 2% from the previous season. A major limitation for Tottenham’s match day revenue is their limited stadium capacity.

The current stadium at White Hart Lane of one of these richest football clubs in the world has only a seating capacity of 36,230. This is undoubtedly the smallest stadium of any club on this list of world richest soccer clubs. Their average league attendance was 36,151 last time. To increase their match day revenue, Football Club Tottenham is planning on constructing a new stadium with a seating capacity of 55,000. Also Tottenham hopes to qualify for next seasons Champions League. This will definitely increase their home matches and of course match day revenue.

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09. Liverpool

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Match day revenue: $74.53 Million annually

Liverpool, another English club is currently at number 9 in this list of top 10 highest earning football clubs per match. They play all their home matches at Anfield stadium. The stadium exactly has a seating capacity of 45,522. Liverpool generated around $74.53 million in match day revenue for 2013-2014. Despite finishing a disappointing seventh in the league and being eliminated early in their two domestic cup competitions, the amount is quite smart for the team.

Liverpool had an average league attendance of 44,758 in 2014 season. This season has seen Liverpool emerge as surprising contenders for the league title. In fact they are quite maintaining the race for the Champions League. If they qualify for the Champions League, definitely match day revenue will increase for one of the richest club in the world.

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08. Paris Saint Germain

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Match day revenue: $76.2 Million annually

Paris Saint Germain is at eighth place with match day revenues of $76.2 million annual. This is the only French club in this richest soccer clubs list and highest earning football clubs per match. They play their home matches in the Parc des Princes stadium. This stadium has a seating capacity of 48,712. Their average league attendance was 43,239 in the season 2013-2014.

They had already won their domestic league campaign and got to the quarter finals of the Champions League. This eventually helped increase match day revenue by 58% for the team. The increased success on the field and presence of some of the world’s best players has allowed PSG to raise their match day ticket prices. PSG has announced plans to increase the seating capacity of Parc des Princes in order to join the clubs sitting above this list of highest earning richest football clubs.

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07. Borussia Dortmund

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Match day revenue: $85.39 Million annually

Borussia Dortmund is at number 7 in this list of highest earning football clubs per match. They earn around $85.39 million revenue annually. Last 2012-2013 season the German richest club made the Champions League final and finished second in the German Bundesliga. Their match day revenue increased by 32% from the previous year as a result of increased attendance. Also the Champions League matches added to the total match day earning.

The average attendance at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park is 79,893. Undoubtedly this is the highest stadium capacity especially in this list of richest soccer clubs in the world. Capacity does not seem to be the issue at Dortmund in terms of match day earning. Their relatively affordable ticket prices compared to other successful clubs is what sees them further down in this earning parameters. Despite its large attendance, Borussia Dortmund ranks eighth in terms of match day revenue per game amongst the twenty richest football clubs.

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06. Chelsea

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Match day revenue: $118.15 Million annually

The third English club on this list, Chelsea is ranked sixth in terms of match day revenue in this highest earning football clubs with $118.15 million generated last season. The last season saw those finishing third in the league and win the Europa League. Unbelievably Chelsea ranks at number six though they are playing in a stadium with a attendance capacity of only 41,837.

Their average attendance at Stamford Bridge was 41,462 for league matches last season. This limited capacity of Stamford Bridge limits Chelsea’s ability to match the revenue generated by the clubs above them. Currently Chelsea is exploring options to build a new stadium or redevelop their present stadium for bigger amount of match day revenue.

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05. Bayern Munich

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Match day revenue: $124.83 Million annually

Bayern Munich is obviously the richest football club in Germany. And they rank at number 5 in this list of highest earning soccer clubs for 2014-2015. Bayern Munich’s match day revenue was $124.83 million in 2013-2014 season. The previous year was a historic season for Bayern in which the club won the league, Champions League and Domestic Cup.

This unprecedented success led to an increase in average home attendance eventually earning per match, which became an average of 71,103 fans attending home games at the Allianz Arena. This is the fourth biggest amongst the clubs on this article. The continuing success of Bayern at the start of the 2013/2014 season will definitely ensure that match day revenue’s stay competitive with other richest football clubs in the world.

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04. Arsenal

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Match day revenue: $155.08 million annually

Arsenal is the third club situated in London to make the 4th in this list of top 10 highest earning football clubs per match. At the beginning of the 2006/2007 season, they moved from their Highbury stadium to their current Emirates stadium. This stadium’s attendance capacity jumped from 38,419 to 60,338. As a result they were able to generate much stronger match day revenues after the shipment.

Last season Arsenal generated a grand total of around $155.08 million in match day revenue with average attendance at league matches of 60,080. They finished fourth the previous season. Arsenal’s match day revenue is larger than their commercial or broadcasting revenue streams comparatively. Arsenal is the only club within the top twenty richest soccer clubs whose match day revenue is their largest source as considering earnings.

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03. Barcelona

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Match day revenue: $168.45 Million annually

Barcelona is one of two Spanish clubs in the top ten highest earning soccer clubs per match. Barcelona rank third in terms of match day revenue with $168.45 million generated in last season. This figure represents a 1% increase from the previous time. Barcelona won the Spanish league title and made the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2012-2013 season. They had an average league attendance of 71,232 that time.

Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium has an attendance capacity of 98,787. This is of course the largest stadium in Europe. Though, the former board President Sandro Rosell decided to increase the capacity, we know now that to generate more match day revenue from their home matches both from Spanish La Liga and Champions League.

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02. Real Madrid

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Match day revenue: $170.45 Million annually

Real Madrid is undoubtedly the most valuable club in the world. They are the number one club in terms of total revenue yearly generated. However, they come in second in terms of match day revenue considering the last season. Madrid generated $170.45 million from match day tickets, which was 6% lower than the previous season. Their average league attendance was 65,268, which was 8% lower than the last season.

Their disappointing league campaign, they finished a distant second to Atletico Madrid was one reason definitely. Their total attendance anyway declined at their Bernabeu stadium. This Bernabeu stadium has an attendance capacity of 85,000 which makes it the third largest stadium in Europe. The Camp Nou and Wembley Stadium is larger than this. Real Madrid started a stadium redevelopment project to increase stadium capacity to 90,000 in 2013.

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01. Manchester United

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Match day revenue: $182.32 Million annually

England’s Manchester United generated $182.32 million in match day revenue last 2012-2013 season. They remain the top richest football club in terms of match day revenue currently. United’s match day revenue increased by 11% from the previous season. Though they had to be kept aside the Champions League, this year they are definitely going to miss some great match day revenue for 2014-2015 season.

United’s average league attendance was 75,530 after Borussia Dortmund. This was quite a major contributor to their increased match day revenue. United’s Old Trafford stadium hosted nine Olympic matches. Their hold on the top spot is in jeopardy for the following season as they have performed inconsistently in the Premier League. But the all-time favorite Manchester United is trying to get back their fame with the present day legend manager Luis Van Gaal. The highest earning football club per match is currently a bit shaky at their expectations.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Gets 2-Match Ban, Available for Madrid Derby

This year’s Ballon d’or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has been handed a two-match ban. He was sent off during the match against Cordoba on last Saturday. Though Real Madrid had a 2-1 tight win, the Portuguese football star had to endure a red card as punishment for kicking Edimar Fraga. But as a matter of fact, Madrid fans can keep calm as he is very much expected to return for the Madrid Derby (Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid) on 7th February 2015.

 Ronaldo 2-match ban report:

Referee Alejandro Hernandez dismissed Ronaldo for kicking opponent player during the match. There has been another comment of not reporting CR7’s slap on Jose Crespo. That means the Real Madrid superstar is escaping without a violent-conduct charge, now can get prepared for one of his side’s toughest matches of the campaign against Atletico Madrid.

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In the meantime, Cristiano Ronaldo has to miss out the two games against Real Sociedad and Sevilla. Of course, he regretted for the unexpected event after the match,

“I apologise to everyone and especially to Edimar for my thoughtless act in today’s game”

– via Sky Sports

We already know, that the 29-year-old has been in great form so far in this season. He had already scored 34 goals and provided 10 important assists in only 30 appearances across all competitions. Undoubtedly he is continuing to play a vital role in Madrid leading La Liga and hopefully his absence will be a critical issue for the Spanish giants in the upcoming two matches.

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Ronaldo does have a history of getting sent off after becoming irritated by opponents. His latest discretion is the ninth of his career. Previously he was also dismissed two times during the Manchester derby and another remarkable, during the 2013 Copa del Rey final against Atletico Madrid. So, in total he got five red cards during his career in Spanish football.

Carlo Ancelotti possesses enough manpower to ensure his side can cope in CR7’s absence. Obviously he has Gareth Bale, who scored the winner against Cordoba and can again provide the winning mark anytime. Another young star, Jese Rodriguez may also receive an extended run in the side, while Javier Hernandez could aid Karim Benzema’s output in a slight change of natural formation of Real Madrid.

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No doubt, Cristiano Ronaldo will be thirsty for his return to the top form after this ban conclusion. He made a number of questionable decisions before the very marching orders from referee. But anyone can easily assume, how dangerous this fine playmaker can be, when being thirsty for the rest of La Liga.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, commonly known as Cristiano Ronaldo and more specifically, in short CR7. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest footballers in the world today. The great footballer Cristiano was born on 5 February, 1985 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. The 29-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo has achieved a great height of fame in the sports industry. He has made himself one of the most coveted players, from his fans to various sports companies who desperately want him for endorsement.

In fact, Cristiano Ronaldo has become one of the highest paid soccer players in the world. He has the salary from his teams which being complemented by the endorsement deals from various famous brands. Let us have a look at Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth 2015.

Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo Biography:

Full name:                          Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro

Date of birth:                     5 February, 1985

Place of birth:                   Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Total Net Worth:             $300 Million

Net Worth in 2015:         $80 Million

Real Madrid Salary:        $52 Million

Endorsements earning: $28 Million

Current Agent:                   Luis Correia

Agency:                                 Gestifute International

Cristiano Ronaldo Endorsement Incomes:

According to the list of World’s Highest-paid Soccer players by Forbes Magazine, Cristiano Ronaldo has earned a total of $80 million last year which earned CR7 the second place on the list of richest athletes. CR7 has obtained $52 million as his salary from the Spanish club Real Madrid. C. Ronaldo also earned additional $28 million from his endorsement deals by multiple reputed brands. Cristiano recently dealt with Tag Heuer which along with Nike plays a major role in his total earnings.

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Cristiano also has a personal brand of underwear labeled as CR7. Currently, he has a tie with a renowned sports agency called Gestifute International. If you want to talk with Cristiano, you have to find Luis Correia first, because he is currently serving as his personal agent.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Cars:

Besides his amazing football skill and footwork on the ground, Cristiano Ronaldo is also quite known for his luxurious collection of jaw-dropping amazing cars. He has plenty of space in his garage and huge sum of money in his bank account to fulfill his desire for the best sports cars of the world. Currently, Cristiano Ronaldo owns a total of 19 cars and has already spent some $4,912,000 USD in his car collection. His garage is studded with super luxurious cars such as Audi RS6, Audi R8, Ferrari 599 GTO, Maserati GranCabrio, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI, Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, Aston Martin DB9 and Phantom Rolls-Royce.

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But, to prove his passion for sports car, Cristiano Ronaldo purchased the great super car Bugatti Veyron with $1,700,000 USD. All these Cristiano Ronaldo cars have one thing in common, and that is all of them are far too expensive. All these of super cars have a great deal of contributions in Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth 2015.

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Cristiano and Real Madrid:

Recently, Cristiano Ronaldo has extended his contract with Real Madrid. After the signing, he currently earns an estimated €17,000,000 equivalent to $22,620,000 per year from the Spanish club. It sounds unbelievable that CR7 earns an approximate €46,575 per day as his salary from Real Madrid. He also has a transfer buyout clause of a stunning 1 billion Euros that he signed with Real in 2009. As a matter of fact, Cristiano Ronaldo earns €32 per minute, even when he eats, sleeps or juggles the football.

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Cristiano Ronaldo earns an incredible €1,000,000 per month, while his biggest rival and one of the great footballers in recent football world, Lionel Messi is way behind him an income of €875,000 per month. Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth 2015 has been flourished by his contract with Real Madrid.

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Cristiano Ronaldo House:

Cristiano Ronaldo is an owner of a luxurious mansion in Madrid, Spain, which worth more than $7.2 million. The architect who designed this mind blowing Cristiano Ronaldo house is Joaquin Torres. The mansion offers him a great deal of luxury and comfort. The mansion is only one storied and is spread over 8600 square feet. Cristiano Ronaldo’s house has seven luxurious bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a number of kid’s room and a trophy room. In 2006, C. Ronaldo also bought a grand mansion in Alderley Edge Cheshire, England. He bought the house at more than $6 million.

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The Cheshire Cristiano Ronaldo house has five bedrooms, numerous his and her bathrooms with grand luxurious facilities like sauna, swimming pool, cinema and his favorite ‘Media Room’. Because of an incredible Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth 2015, it is quite understandable why his luxurious life style costs so much.

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Cristiano and His Charity:

Cristiano Ronaldo donated £100,000 to Madeira hospital at his home following his mother’s cure from battling with cancer. In talking about the donation, Cristiano said he donated the money to build a cancer research center in Madeira. He took part in a charity match in Madeira between Premier League club FC Porto and a group of Nacional and Maritimo players to support the 2010 Madeira flood victims.

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Cristiano supported a nine-year-old boy with terminal cancer for specialist treatment in 2009. He sold his golden boot he achieved in 2011 for an estimated €1.5 million. He donated all the money as a charity to fund the children’s school in Gaza in November 2012. As we see, Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth 2015 is amazingly high. So, not only leading luxurious life, Cristiano Ronaldo donates for charity as well.

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Cristiano Ronaldo endorsement deals:

During his time at Manchester United, his reputation grew rapidly. Cristiano Ronaldo has signed many endorsement contracts that time with several reputed brands. In October 2009, he became the new “spokesmodel” for famous Italian brand Emporio Armani men’s jeans and underwear. On 2010, He also signed a contract extension with renowned American Sportswear Company Nike till 2014. Ronaldo always played with wearing Nike boots throughout his entire football career, alternating between the Nike Vapor and Nike superfly.

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In 2010, Cristiano Ronaldo launched his first signature boots ‘The superfly II Safari CR7’ in the market. In 2014, Nike also launched the Mercurial Superfly CR7 World Cup Edition in ahead of the 2014, FIFA World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo endorsement deals also include contracts with Motorola, KFC, Jacob & Co., Tag Heuer, Castrol, Konami, Coca-Cola, Samsung, Banco Espirito Santo and Sacoor Brothers.

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Cristiano Ronaldo fashion:

In 2006, Cristiano Ronaldo opened a fashion boutique house named as ‘CR7’ on his native island of Madeira, Portugal. In 2008, in order to expand his fashion business, he opened a second boutique in Lisbon. All these boutique houses are famous for their uniquely designed jeans with leather pockets, patented buckled loafers and diamond-studded belts. The CR7 boutique is also famous for selling fashionable slinky women outfits.

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Cristiano Ronaldo fashion ; image credit www.101greatgoals.com

C. Ronaldo co-designed men’s underwear in collaboration with New York fashion designer Richard Chai and Danish Company JBS textile group in 2013. The same year, Cristiano stepped forward to expand his own CR7 fashion boutique house by introducing a line of premium shoes and shirts.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Awards:

In January 2014, the Portugal President, Anibal Cavaco Silva awarded Cristiano Ronaldo the rank of ‘Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry’ at a prestigious ceremony held at the Belém Palace. The President stated that, “It is an award to distinguish a world renowned athlete who has been a symbol of Portugal globally, contributing to the international projection of the country and setting an example of tenacity for the future generations.”

Back in April 2014, it was Cristiano Ronaldo whose name was placed in Time Magazine’s annual list of ‘most influential people in the world’, called the TIME 100. Cristiano and his Russian model girlfriend Irina Shayk appeared on the front cover of Vogue’s Spanish edition in May 2014.

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Cristiano Ronaldo awards ; image credit www.irishmirror.ie

Cristiano Ronaldo is the record holder of being the most expensive footballer in the football history from 2009 to 2014 and also became the first footballer to reach 40 professional league goals for two consecutive seasons. In last couple of years in football, he met an immense success and became the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner for consecutive two times, 2013 and 2014. According to IFFHS, he is the World’s Best Top Goal Scorer. Cristiano was honored by the ESPY Awards for Best International Athlete in 2014 and UEFA European Best Player Award for an incredible 2013/14 season.

He marked his name in the UEFA Champions League Team of the season for 2013/14 football season and named as LFP Best Forward, LFP Best Player and LFP Best Goal for 2013/14 season. In 2014, Cristiano Ronaldo has become the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the year.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Facebook, Twitter

Back in August 2010, Cristiano Ronaldo has reached 50 million followers on Facebook. He was the first athlete from any sports to have reached the milestone. Then, in October 2014, Cristiano became the first athlete and the second person only after pop queen Shakira to have reached 100 million Facebook followers. Not only in Facebook, but in Twitter he is also the most-followed footballer with more than 30 million fans. According to Forbes, Cristiano Ronaldo had the 5th leading rank in World Social media, after Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry in 2012.

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Computer Security company McAfee made a list topped by Ronaldo of an internet search for their name leading to an unsafe website in July 2012. Another renowned company Castrol released a television film naming ” Ronaldo: Tested to the Limit”.

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In conclusion,

Cristiano Ronaldo is indeed a most popular man in the world. He is better known for his great skills, his breath-taking speed with the ball, his looks, glamour and his wealth. He is a hero to many young people who wish to enter the ground and become like him. Cristiano is not just a hero in the limelight or not just a luxurious over-whelming man, he is the one who makes a huge contributions for the betterment of the suffering people.

Thus, he has made a permanent place in people’s heart and is here to stay for long. Eventually, the Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth 2015 will be worthless, until we see his generosity and multi-dimensional approach to the mankind. He is a real hero indeed.

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Neymar Net Worth 2015

The full-name of Neymar is Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, more commonly he is known as Neymar Jr. Neymar is one of the greatest footballers in recent times. He is captaining the Brazil National team. As in club career, he plays for Spanish giant Barcelona. He is the most vital weapon for the Spanish club and plays as a key winger or forward. The great Brazilian footballer Neymar Jr was born on 5 February, 1992, at São Paulo, Brazil. Now, he is among the highest paid soccer player in 2015. Today, we will focus on Neymar Net Worth 2015. So, let’s start.

Neymar Net Worth 2015

Full name:                             Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior

Birthday:                                5th February, 1992

Birth Place:                            Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil

Total Neymar Net Worth: $80 Million

Neymar Net Worth 2015: $33.6 Million

Barcelona Salary:               $17.6 Million

Endorsements income:     $16 Million

Current Agent:                      Wagner Ribeiro   

Also read: Top 10 interesting unknown facts about Neymar

Neymar Net Worth: Overall

22-year-old Brazilian super star Neymar Jr. is considered as one of the most skillful footballers in modern football. He has become the most promising soccer player in Latin American football. Last year, in 2014 FIFA World Cup, he showed an outstanding performance and led Brazil to the semifinals. According to the famous Forbes magazine, Neymar earned $33.6 million in the last season of football. He is one of the highest paid soccer players in Forbes’s list.

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Neymar Net Worth ; image credit www.forbes.com

Neymar Jr. Salary at Barcelona club is estimated a total of $17.6 million. Neymar also earns about $16 million from his endorsement deals with many globally reputed brands. Although, Neymar’s father is only one to decide about financial matter, Wagner Ribeiro is also serving as his agent.

Also Read: Cristiano Ronaldo Net worth in 2015

Neymar’s club salary and endorsements:

Neymar signed his first major contract with famous Brazilian club Santos at the age of 17. The club paid him about $1.2 million per year as his salary. His salary increased to $4 million per year when he signed a contract extension with Santos. Then in 2013, Neymar Jr. flew to Spain and joined Barcelona F.C by signing a contract which worth $124 million. It was $50 million more than the originally reported one.

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Over the course of next five years with Barcelona, Neymar will get $74 million as his salary. He also had an additional $13 million bonus income besides his basic salary. The money comes from his famous endorsements such as Police sunglasses, Castrol and L’Oreal. For a 22-year-old young lad like him, his yearly income is approximately $32 million and it is quite breathtaking indeed.

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Neymar is on Cover:

While talking about Neymar’s prospects, The Brazilian football legend Pele once said that he is “an excellent player“. Neymar, besides Cristiano Ronaldo, another great footballer of modern times, appeared on the covers of Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2013. Neymar Jr. was featured as a TIME magazine cover in February 2013 and became the first Brazilian ever in the history to achieve that.

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Neymar on Time Magazine ; image credit news.yahoo.com

In May 2013, Neymar was named as the most marketable athlete in the world by SportsPro magazine. In that course, he had to defeat globally renowned athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Usain Bolt, Rory McIlroy to get the top.

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Neymar Net Worth and Santos:

In 2010, Santos rejected a £12 million bid offer for Neymar from EPL club West Ham United. Santos once again rejected the offer for Neymar from another English club Chelsea. The bid was widely rumored to be worth £20 million. After repeated rejection from his club, Neymar once said, “I’m focused only on Santos.” On the contrary, his agent, Wagner Ribeiro said,

“Neymar wants to be become the best player in the world. If he stays in Brazil, the chances of him doing that is absolutely zero.”

Neymar admitted that and said it was his dream to play in Europe, a year after the incident in an interview with Daily Telegraph.

In his early young life, Neymar played for the youth side of Portuguesa Santista. Then his family moved to São Vicente in 2003 where Neymar started his first football career. When his family again moved to Santos, Neymar didn’t miss the chance to join famous Brazilian football club Santos FC. His new life began at Santos, while Neymar’s family managed to buy their first property, a house next to the Vila Belmiro. It’s all because of his amazing success of his young football career and growing income. At the age of 15, Neymar net worth was 10,000 reais per month and the living standard of his family improved dramatically. At 16, Neymar net worth became 125,000 reais per month.

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Neymar in Brazil ; image credit aschenbruecker.de

Then Neymar made himself signing a full professional contract with Santos FC to play in the first team. As soon as he signed the contracts with Santos, Neymar started receiving several sponsorships. All these endorsement deals have made a good contribution in Neymar net worth 2015.

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Wise sayings about Neymar Jr

Jorge Valdano, the former Real Madrid sporting director stated about Neymar,

“I like Neymar a lot. Many of his individual performances result in a goal and often it’s a move that only seems to be happening with him on the football ground.”

The Brazilian legendary footballer Pele once said,

“Neymar is a player with a body that can’t take a lot of hits. Many times he will fall because he can’t do anything else, but he was overdoing it.”

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Spectacular Neymar ; image credit www.ibtimes.com

He also added,

“Even when he is fouled, he can’t make a spectacle out of it.”

His fellow teammate, Barcelona’s star Xavi stated,

“He is a great footballer, he has a very good attitude, and will go on to be the best player in the world.”

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Neymar’s personal life:

Neymar net worth in recent years are well enough to raise some charity. He reportedly tithes his income to his church and said,

“Life only makes sense when our highest ideal is to serve Christ.”

This humanitarian work proves his faith towards Christianity. At just 19, Neymar became a father of a boy in 2011 with his ex-girlfriend Carolina Dantas.

His baby boy, David Lucca by name was born in São Paulo but Neymar was broke with David’s mother Carolina. While talking about his son, Neymar said,

“I cried when I learned that I would be a father. Firstly, it was fear I felt. Then joy. It is a new responsibility for me and I am now enjoying it.”

He then overjoyed at his son’s birth as “2.8 kilograms of pure happiness.”

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Endorsement involved in Neymar Net Worth 2015

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Neymar endorsement deals ; image credit eekagfx.deviantart.com

In March 2011, Neymar signed a contract with famous American Sportswear Company Nike. The deal was signed for 11 years. On the same month, another reputed electronics company Panasonic signed a two-year contract with Neymar, which worth $2.4 million. Eventually, Neymar so many endorsement contracts with several reputed companies like Volkswagen, Tenys Pé Baruel, Carlo, Lupo, Ambev, Unilever and Santander. His endorsement income is estimated total of €20 million on a yearly basis.

In November 2012, Neymar appointed advertising agency Loducca to create his own personal brand logo. The logo was designed especially for him featuring the N, J and R, which were derived from his name ‘Neymar Jr’. The new logo was styled to match his jersey No. 11.

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Neymar in media

Neymar Jr has created a huge sensation in popular social media by his marvelous skill and growing talent. He reached 48.6 million Facebook fans in October 2014. Neymar also spotted the fourth highest social media rank worldwide among the athletes, only behind to Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and David Beckham. In June 2014, Neymar was featured along with supermodel Gisele Bündchen as a cover photo of Vogue’ Brazilian edition to mark the FIFA World Cup organizes in Brazil.

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In April 2013, a famous Brazilian cartoonist Mauricio de Sousa featured young Neymar Jr. as the main character in his Monica’s Gang comic book.

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Neymar, the Musician

Neymar Jr. is well known for promoting a particular Brazilian modern pop music called ‘Música sertaneja’. The video in which Neymar dances to the tune of Michel Teló’s hit “Ai se eu te pego!” in the Santos locker room with his teammates went viral on YouTube as it got amazing number of hits in couple of days.

Neymar also appeared live in a music concert with Michel Teló. In another concert on Gusttavo Lima’s hits “Balada” and “Fazer Beber”, Neymar Jr. also appeared live with the artist. In 2012, Neymar again made a cameo appearance in the music video of super hit sertanejo song by João Lucas & amp. And again in 2013, he appeared in a rap music video by MC Guimê called “País do Futebol”.

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In conclusion,

Neymar Jr. has turned himself as a very popular footballer in the world. He has secured a place in the hearts of millions all over the world. With his amazing football skill, his dominant presence in the field and even with his unique hairstyles, Neymar is the most prolific footballer in modern times. However, it is well expected that Neymar will definitely create some greater moments in football than he already has, and will be remembered for his incredible performance.

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Why Rafa Benitez Is the Perfect Manager for Real Madrid?

It has been 19 years since Rafael Benitez left the club where he cut his playing and coaching teeth and finally he set to return to the Santiago Bernabeu and take the hot seat. Benitez is a former player with Castilla and a successful coach from the age of 26. He worked hard and made his way up the ranks via the Under 19s. He was an assistant to Vicente Del Bosque. Now, he is coming home with the blessing of top man of Real Madrid, namely Florentino Perez.

Real Madrid Vice-president Eduardo Fernandez confirmed the appointment telling the press,

“Carlo Ancelotti is a real phenomenon to me. Three days ago, he was the best coach in the world, as two years ago the best was Jose Mourinho and now it will be Rafael Benitez.”

Previously, Perez tried several times to lure Benitez and bring him back to Bernabeu. It is the third time for the Real Madrid President who always had Benitez in his mind from the moment he had decided to dismiss Carlo Ancelotti.

Rafa Benitez Is the Perfect Manager for Real Madrid:

Rafael Benitez is a man who understands completely about Real Madrid. He will be fully aware about managing a club like Real entails to the players, the executive board and the media affairs. As many of the players are disappointed following the news of Ancelotti’s departure, they issued a number of farewells for him. It is not really a good sign giving the outgoing Carlo a heart-warming uplift.

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Actually, players are always sorry to see a manager leaving. It will be a greater challenge for the players to accept new coach who might be tempted to get the ball rolling with double training dose. The players might sacrifice to luxuriate in the comfort zone.

Rafael Benitez is certainly that kind of manager I’m talking about. He is returning here with the full backing and unconditional support from the Club’s hierarchy. Benitez is a man with definite plan. He is going to make the players work as a team. He will balance the offensive and defensive section by doing more training jobs. When the time comes for him to leave, it will not be a simple ‘bon voyage’ type at all for sure.

However, there are many complaints about Benitez. Some critics accuse him to be an over defensive coach. Few days ago, in an interview with Marca, he was quick to point out the disbelief, mentioning the difference between organized which was previously perceived as defensive.

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Let’s have a look at the titles he won over the years- two La Liga for Valencia, a Champions League for Liverpool, two Europa league titles for Chelsea and Valencia, FA and Italian Cup finals for Liverpool and Napoli respectively. Benitez’s squad are always set up to score goals. The teams are organized in a way to win the titles. There are many trophies in his achievement which are not only own by the mere act of scoring goals after goals, but also by that of not conceding. In the interview he added, it is obviously talent which is all well and good, but eventually the team have to be organized in a proper way.

He is a master at using and adapting to what he has available. At Liverpool, it was him, who transformed Steven Gerrard to an efficient goal machine by playing behind Fernando Torres. It was one of his most successful strategies and was regarded as the stuff of legend. Benitez is also a prolific idol of tactics such as zonal marking and squad rotation. During the first implementation, they were controversial, but they were innovative and effective too.

Many coaches followed his methods, yet he never received the credit of being the chief pioneer of such approach. He is also the first to adapt the technique of twin holding midfielders. The tactic was so effective in creating balance in all areas. But alas! He is still accused of being a defensive minded coach.

Under his guidance, Liverpool scored a total of 119 goals in the 2007-08 season in EPL, which was more than any other English club. However, there is a little doubt about one thing. Will he be able to do whatever he wish at Bernabeu?

It will be a great challenge for Rafa Benitez. He will be eager to do things his way and will have a supremely organized approach to build the team. Hopefully, Real Madrid will return as a major in the next season both at home and abroad.

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Los Blancos’ Transfer News: Rumors on Summer Plans for Real Madrid

The Los Blancos’ have been claimed optimistic of suspending their impending transfer ban. They are most likely looking for including David De Gea from Manchester United and Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich. Real Madrid seems very confident that their transfer ban will be suspended and along with those above two choices they are even interested in Eden Hazard.

Los Blancos rivals Atletico Madrid are also banned from registering new players until the summer of 2017. Though Real are hoping to appeal the sanction in order to at least suspend it to 2017 and not to endure like Barcelona in 2015. Actually they should have their summer plan ready to recruit heavily. Like the way, Barcelona did so well in 2014. That time they brought the likes of Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Claudio Bravo.

Los Blancos’ Rumors on Summer Plans:

Here comes the transfer rumors for the Los Blancos. We all admit that Keylor Navas is undoubtedly an able stopper, but surely a goalkeeper needs to be in their priority list for the upcoming season. The Madrid camp are clearly pinning their hopes on landing De Gea, probably as a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas.

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Clearly Real had less need for another goalscorer. The creative playmakers like Lewandowski and Hazard, firmly fit their preferred galactico requirements of marquee signings. May be you just can expect, both are capable of adding further quality to the team.

Lewandowski has scored a staggering 23 goals and four assists this season. On the other hand, Eden Hazard was seen winning the player of the year award with 19 goals and 10 assists for Chelsea.

There not all good news for the Real fans, you should also consider possible outgoings in the summer, though it all depends on whether they are able push back the transfer ban. We all know, Zinedine Zidane likes Isco. Yet again he has spoken of inconsistent behavior from isco as a Real Madrid player. So there breathes a mere possibility that either he or James Rodriguez gets sold in the summer.

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Isco | image credit – Wikimedia/LauraHale

Owing to injury, James has just made 13 appearances for Los Blancos under Zidane’s predecessor Rafa Benitez. Despite featuring for just 770 minutes, the Colombian has scored three times and assisted six. Yes of course, Isco can create such contrast here with his 22 appearances in which he has also been concrete with three goals and nine assists. For now a time, Zidane expects the two players to be used interchangeably this season.

May be this situation is not that good for James. So definitely he could seek a move away from the Spanish giant club. Again we need to consider these all topics just boils down to their transfer situation, which could prove difficult anyway. None of these players may not arrive at or depart the Bernabeu in the summer, who knows!

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In the past, Barcelona were able to recruit Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal while banned. They agreed to wait half a season in order to register. But probably you must not expect the likes of De Gea, Lewandowski and Hazard to accept so. And definitely Real won’t allow any players of James’ or Isco’s quality to leave the camp, while they can’t make immediate replacements.

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James Rodriguez Expects His Future at Real Madrid

James Rodriguez finally declared his intentions. A few days ago, there has been a slight possibilities for the Colombian forward to move for English Premier League giant Manchester United. But the statement – “future lies at Real Madrid,” may scupper the reported transfer hopes of Manchester United right now.

James was speaking after Real Madrid’s 4-2 win over Athletic Bilbao, 13th February 2016 in La Liga. Like a few other Madrid footballers, the ex-Porto man also admitted that Zinedine Zidane’s promotion to manager has helped improve their game. Of course, and yet James blinked like a real Colombian sticker at the game.

James’s future lies at Real Madrid:

As per Spanish publication Marca, James stated that he is doing much better. Not only, everyone in the team Real Madrid feeling positive about their new manager, former Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane. According to the Colombian, Zidane speaks to everyone and shows real character when match day comes. Well, he claimed not to reproach anyone. Definitely it takes relative time for everyone, but getting chance you just need to be on top of the game.

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Again, Zidane’s influence has certainly been obvious on Real Madrid team. Unbelievably they have managed to score 20 goals in the last four league games at home. However, the Frenchman receiving an endorsement from James is quite surprising.

There has been issues recently, an apparent bust-up between manager and player involving James’ warm-up routine as a substitute. Those reports probably prompted speculation the 24-year-old might move to Premier league in the summer. Previously the Red Devils were reported to bid £64.7 million for him back in January. Some also suggested that James’ agent, Jorge Mendes, had spoken to United about a possible deal with Manchester united.

But there have been some credible performances from the Colombian playmaker in recent games. Though it was not still clear about his attitude problem and relationship with Zidane. Now he details, how effective Zidane can be for them.

James has reaffirmed his desire to succeed in the Spanish capital. He said per Marca,

“I think my future lies at Real Madrid. I want to be here for many years to come and that’s my dream.”

Probably Zidane likes the Los Blancos to emphasize on flair and creative verve. Definitely this intention can best fit for some of the best soccer players in the world like Cristiano, Bale and of course James. Oh, forgot to mention, Cristiano Ronaldo also getting back to his own form day by day and last match was a complete flashback for both these Worthy players.

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James’s goal threat and eye for a pass are attributes that work best in a more creative system. That might have been one problem had he made his way to Premier League. According to B/R’s Dean Jones, a wandering playmaker like James could hardly fit in Reds boss Louis van Gaal‘s strict structure of play. Undoubtedly Madrid is best place for the sticker and may be Zidane can be the perfect guide to his glory.