Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the popular soccer players in the history. Cristiano Ronaldo, the “CR7” has made some amazing records during his incredible career in the game of football. After his transfer to the Spanish Club Real Madrid, he has made his career more inedible. In this article we are going to share some amazing facts about Cristiano Ronaldo throughout his football career. So, let’s start…
1. Cristiano Ronaldo does not drink, smoke and haven’t got any tattoos:
No drinking: C. Ronaldo’s father Jose Dinis Aveiro, passed away at the age of 52 due to alcohol abuse problem. He passed his childhood with much more hardship than anyone else. He wants to keep aloof himself from alcohol as well as smoking. Cristiano Ronaldo thinks it will hinder his ability to play football.
No tattoos: In this modern era of football almost every footballers with some popularities get some tattoos on their body. Cristiano Ronaldo restrained himself of being like them as he donates blood twice a year.
2. He was named after American President RONALD REAGAN
The name ‘Ronaldo’ is very much popular in the football history. But the history behind the naming was never the same. His name ‘RONALDO’ was inspired by the favorite actor of his father and the American 40th President RONALD REAGAN. Cristiano Ronaldo’s full name is “ CRISTIANO RONALDO DOS SANTOS AVEIRO”
3. He was amazing player at the age of 11
His first coach at Sporting Lisbon once said about C. Ronaldo’s skill,
“ When Cristiano got the ball he went past two or three players. They all knew he was a special kid and at the end of every game the players gathered around him.”
Jose Mourinho found some similarities between Cristiano and former Holland striker Marco Van Basten saying,
” I remember the first time when I saw him playing. I told my assistant, this is amazing and he had a great technique and skill to sustain and stood out.”
The class of Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t come overnight. Ronaldo as a teenager would train in the games using weights on either foot and then dribbled with the ball. Cristiano thought it would improve his technique of playing, it would made him even more faster when he would run without weights! And he is faster indeed.
4. He is Stable and he is fast
Ronaldo makes 3.000 abs per day. He won against Angel David Rodriguez, who is a professional sprinter, and who is the Spanish champion for 100 meters in zigzag course. Yes, he is faster than the professional sprinter.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo Can jump higher than the average NBA basketball player
With his jump, Cristiano Ronaldo can generate 5G of G-force on take- off. The pace is the five times the power of a wild Cheetah. This amazing speed enables him to reach the heights of 44 cm in the air from a standing start and with a run-up it is 78 cm , which is more than the average NBA player.
During the training session, Cristiano Ronaldo lifts the equivalent weight of over 16 new Toyota Prius cars. His free-kicks accelerate four times faster than the Apollo 11 space shuttle at blast off. Scientists have found that and it’s not a joke!
6. His body fat is about 10%
Cristiano Ronaldo’s total body fat is 10%, which is less than slim cats, making him the perfect machine for fast sprinting. He can jump higher than a Basketball player, run faster than a cheetah and can generate high speed free-kicks of about 13.1 kmph, faster than the speed of a space craft.
7. He earns more than President Barack Obama
It would take Cristiano just 6 days, 9 hours, 17 minutes and only 5 seconds to earn what The American President Barack Obama earns in one year! Cristiano Ronaldo is currently earning £274,000 per week, making him the highest paid footballer in the World 2017.
Chelsea eluded all the probabilities, each of the predictions and prophecy to reach the last four of the Champions League quarter final on one of the greatest nights at Stamford Bridge. May be it’s a triumph of the human psyche or just one of those other things that sometimes happens in soccer.
Long enough, it appeared like Javier Pastore’s late goal in the first leg was adequate for PSG, but they were undone by a great punch from Ba that booked Chelsea’s 7nth Champions League semi-final appearance in last one decade. Probably Mourinho should have been the one bracing over his side’s hope in the competition, but it was Laurent Blanc who emerged for the first half in an obvious bid to calm any pre-match audacity.
Chelsea did not play exceptionally well. They hit the bar twice and found one last thrust when they really needed it, with four or five minutes of massive pressure culminating in Demba Ba’s conclusive goal. However home fans got there hope back with the Belgian’s replacement – Andre Schurrle, actually when he found the net 14 minutes after coming off the bench. And Chelsea’s anticipations appeared to agonize a huge blow in the 18th minute when PSG transfer target Hazard limped was injured and replaced. The momentum reversed on 32 minutes thanks to an old-fashioned long pass, David Luiz got to Branislav Ivanovic’s throw and flicked it to Andre Schurrle, who scraped the ball beyond Salvatore Sirigu.
A substantial team ethic permeate the Chelsea dressing-room, which makes them greater than the sum of their individual skills, a contrast to PSG, who still remain a puzzle of sparkling pieces waiting to be assembled completely.After going behind, the men from the French capital disposed little threat, and could have been two down when Schurrle burgled an effort at the crossbar. Soon after an Oscar free-kick suffered the same fate.
Mourinho played his last card, with 10 minutes left, sending on Torres for Oscar.
Right after 90 minutes Chelsea still had to hold on through four minutes of injury time, two corners and an astounding save from Marquinhos’s shot by Cech until the final whistle triggered an almighty commemoration.
One mistake, one goal and that brought obscurity for Chelsea. Lavezzi curled in a free-kick which Cech, stretching to his left, pushed away. It was never like Chelsea’s day neither like PSG’s, after Edinson Cavani had wasted a thriving opportunity to put the result beyond doubt, Ba became an unexpected hero.
Mental strength is the vital constituent for Mourinho’s men who have steel nerve about them and that will make them tough nuts to crack in the semi-finals. Mourinho has mirrored on his team’s “deserved” victory:
“I wanted Demba to play in front of the defenders, and Nando to defend Maxwell. I think we did enough in the beginning of the second half to score before, but we couldn’t. The team that decided to defend was punished, and the team that gave everything deserved to go through to the semis.”
Olympiakos Piraeus secured a surprise 3-2 victory last night. Unbelievably their opponent was last year’s Champions League runners-up Atletico Madrid. It was quite a dream start for the Greek Champions.
Olympiakos went ahead on 13 minutes at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium. The young French defender Arthur Masuaku found space for a low shot.
The hosts got advantage just after the half hour mark. This time Ibrahim Afellay doubled the score for them.
Seven minutes before halftime, Atletico Madrid’s Mario Mandzukic pulled a goal back. But again the visitors had to fall behind. Kostas Mitroglou got strike at the 73rd minute for Olympiakos. It was his only goal for last ten months.
Just before the last four minutes, Atletico substitute Antoine Griezmann set up another tense finish. It was quite a close-range strike for him. But late enough, as Michel’s team clung on for victory.
Olympiakos vs Atletico:
The match opening was a little tentative. Olympiakos went ahead from the first clean chance. Alejandro Dominguez’s short corner was teed up by Afellay for Masuaku. Then just outside the area, Masuaku had to beat Jan Oblak with a superb low strike.
Atletico Madrid fought back sometimes. But striker Mandzukic was wasteful in front of the bar. The La Liga Champions were punished against the run of play. And thereafter, Afellay put the hosts 2-0 ahead.
Dominguez showed a determined run for the goal. Mitroglou just dummied his pass then. Afellay had to finish into the bottom corner clinically.
Suddenly Mandzukic found the target. Atletico clawed their way back into the match. Cristian Ansaldi provided the precise cross head the ball home. Eric Abidal was there, but Mandzukic perfected to escape his attention.
Champions League ties could never be much attractive than this confrontation between two of the most successful sides of the competition. A total of 14 wins between this two, Real have nine successes and Bayern five times.
Bernabeu on April 23.
Real Madrid is something like no other—even Barcelona is not comparable to them. Madrid scored 107 goals in La Liga which is totally devastating. Now they are up to “La Decima” for the tenth title.
Former champions Bayern Munich are trying to become the first to successfully perpetuate the trophy since Milan in 1990. Their breathtaking form in this season can easily forbid betting against them.
There are many subplots which can be considered for this match. Jupp Heynckes is returning to the club who have won the UCL with Real in 1998. But unfortunately he was sacked for finishing fourth in the league. Perhaps he is the only manager in history who was sacked after winning a CL.
Madrid are still vulnerable at the back though they have immense attacking talent. But with devastating forward options available to Bayern it is comfortably predictable that the clash is going for a high-scoring affair.
Last time these two sides came to meet in 2007 in the Round of 16. That result(tie) is probably one of the fondest memories of Champions League.
I believe either way that Madrid will have much enough power, regulation and togetherness for Bayern and I would expect them to proceed to another final while forbidding their opponent to retain the trophy in the Champions League era in Lisbon on May 24.
Predictions: First leg: Real Madrid 3-1 Bayern Munich Second leg: Bayern Munich 1-1 Real Madrid
Aggregate: Bayern Munich 2-4 Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid v Chelsea
The only one of the four semi-finalists to never to have lifted the European Cup is Atletico Madrid. But this season their stunning form in quarter-final victory over Barcelona suggests that they are going to break that duck.
Currently they are on top of La Liga with only six games to go and are unbeaten at home this season. So Chelsea’s stuttering forwards will have their work tough over the two legs.
Chelsea’s record at Stamford Bridge is also ideal with 15 wins and just 2 draws in 17 league games. But away from home they have struggled a bit with five defeats and four draws.
When Jose Mourinho was the manager of Real Madrid he won three of the four games against Atletico Madrid. This statistics can give the Portuguese a slight psychological comfort for the upcoming event.
But this current Atletico team is a much stronger than the one Mourinho once faced. The confidence they have attained throughout this season’s Champions League and rising top of La Liga.
Other than Atletico to storm out of the blocks, just as they did against Barcelona in the preious match, it is going to be tougher for Simeone to give his side a first leg advantage. On the other hand Chelsea can anticipate the early storm and keep their combatant within reach.
Only thing Atletico can hope to have their top scorer Diego Costa (hamstring) and midfielder Arda Turan (groin) back from injury for the April 22 match. While Chelsea also can hope to get rid of the doubt for Eden Hazard.
Predictions: First leg: Atletico Madrid 1-1 Chelsea Second leg: Chelsea 2-1Atletico Madrid
Real Madrid is taking the minimal advantage to Germany after defeating Bayern Munich, Wednesday evening at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Next Tuesday, the second leg is scheduled at Bayern’s Allianz Arena. Real Madrid will start the match with a one-goal advantage. But definitely Carlo Ancelotti’s side will have a hard task in finishing off the previous champions.
Result: Real Madrid (1) vs. Bayern Munich (0), first leg, UEFA Champions League semi-final
Karim Benzema was the only scorer against the run of play as they are extending their 18 math unbeaten home record. Bayern Munich dominated possession. They held the ball almost 72 percent of the match, but struggled creating chances against Real’s organized defense. Real also spurned several chances. Even Cristiano Ronaldo missed a potentially vital opportunity for Real after returning from injury.
The first opportunity came in the 14th minute after Arjen Robben’s shot was deflected out for a corner and that was headed straight by Bastian Schweinsteiger. Real went ahead in the 19th minute with their first meaningful counter attack. This could be 2-0 later when Angel Di Maria picked out Ronaldo with a curling cross and Ronaldo directed his head straight to Manuel Neuer, Bayern goalkeeper. Ronaldo again failed to keep his effort from 15 yards from Benzema’s cross.
The second half started in similar way with Bayern keeping almost all of the ball but with Ronaldo getting a sight of goal which was saved by Manuel Neuer again. Both the teams made multiple substitutions as the match approached its final 15 minutes.
An immediate impact was nearly made by Muller in the 81st minute, curling a fierce shot. This time Bale also created a moment of danger, before attempting to cross for Benzema in the 83rd minute. But Dante intercepted and made a pivotal clearance. Then Muller claimed a late penalty when he was about to shoot and went down but English referee Howard Webb discouraged his appeal. Madrid were almost successful and now can hope that missed chances do not prove costly. They must be planning to repeat their sole semi-final success over Bayern in 2000.
Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid manager must be “happy” with his team’s performance. Ancelotti said,
“At the beginning we were a little shy, losing possession. But in the second half, Bayern were less effective. It’s a group effort. It was not easy.
The second leg is very difficult. We have a tiny advantage but we have to play with the same confidence and desire as we showed today.”
On the contrary Pep Guardiola, Bayern Munich manager called Real Madrid the world’s best counterattacking team. Speaking to German television Guardiola said:
“We did everything to win but you can always lose when you’re against great players like these. (Real Madrid) are the best team in the world on the break. The ball was going faster, faster returns and in that they are better.”
Bayern are the defending Champions and chasing a second straight treble of Champions League, German Cup and Bundesliga. They have lost only twice at home this season in all competitions scoring 42-13 against the opponents in Bundesliga matches. Meanwhile Real Madrid remain alive in their own thirst for a treble. They have also defeated Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final earlier this month. Currently they are six points behind the leaders, positioning third in La Liga.
None ever successfully defended the title and Bayern have work to end that record. The final will be held in Lisbon on 24 May against the winners of the other semi final.
Undoubtedly football is one of the most followed sports in this world. So, it is no surprise, highest level of financing and commercialization should enter this very sporting arena. Though, there is always mixed reactions about this commercialization from spectators around the globe. People now can enjoy a variety of international talent at various domestic leagues. While, they often criticize the highest paid soccer players for being overly paid. Sometimes the reaction is, they don’t worth that much money.
Here we are trying to make a list of 10 highest paid soccer players especially for the year 2016. And we don’t believe to hide the secret that this list is made mostly based on the latest list by Forbes.
According to the magazine, the 29- year old Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo is the leader of this short list. The second ranked is now at no#1 in the list of highest paid soccer players in the world 2016 with an estimated earnings of 80 million USD.
Top 10 Highest Paid Soccer Players 2015:
From last year, the boost is around $30 million for Cristiano Ronaldo. And now on, the Spanish Primera owns the top two spots as Lionel Messi from Barcelona is next with $65 million. Though he is expected to receive a raise of $13 million after the next deal is signed.
This list of highest paid soccer players is presented here with stars strictly from the Spanish Primera, English Premier League and France’s Ligue 1.
10. Fernando Torres – Atletico Madrid
Fernando José Torres Sanz is a Spanish professional footballer. He played as a striker for both the Spain National Team and English Club Chelsea. He started his career with Atletico Madrid in 2001.
Torres is now at number 10 in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16. He has an annual earnings of 20 million USD. And he is continuing his sponsor deals with Adidas and Pepsi.
Very recently Torres refused to move for Italy as the Chelsea Boss Jose Mourinho is very keen to keep the 50 million striker for the English Club. He might have planned to play his last match at Stamford Bridge. He came back to join Atletico Madrid last season. His performance is increasing with time.
Now at this moment he is no longer considered one of the top strikers in the world football. But probably his sponsorship deals still rank him among the highest paid soccer players 2015-16.
9. Yaya Toure – Man City
Gnégnéri Yaya Touré, known as Yaya Touré, from the Ivory Coast National Team, now plays as a midfielder in Premier League club Manchester City. Formerly this versatile player played as a center back for FC Barcelona. He is renowned for combining passing ability and physical power with technique.
For the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16, he is at number 9. His annual earning is around 21 million USD, of which he receives almost 19.2 million USD from salary and the other 3 million from endorsements.
Toure signed a new 4-year contract to stay at the Etihad Stadium until 2017, last April. He is the captain of Ivory Coast National team. Toure was selected for the African Player of the Year for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. So far, he has scored 53 goals for Manchester City.
Yaya Toure was third (just below his teammate) in the last BPL with 20 goals. And naturally his contract is loaded with much more incentives. Definitely his wages can reach sky high next year, especially if Manchester City performs well again.
8. Sergio Aguero – Man City
Sergio Leonel “Kun” Agüero Del Castillo known professionally as Sergio Agüero is an Argentine professional footballer. He also plays as a striker for Premier League club Manchester City and the Argentina national team. One of the forever legends, Diego Maradona’s Son in law, Aguero started with the European side Atletico Madrid in 2006.
Sergio Aguero is presently representing the 8th position of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16. Recently (on 14th August 2014) he has signed a five year deal with the city for about 42.35 million Euros. And also the Sponsorship deals with companies like Puma, Pepsi and Gillette are facts about being 8th richest soccer player of 2015-16.
Definitely Sergio Aguero is one of them who helped City capture a second EPL title in the last three years. He scored 17 total goals this season, which is fourth most in league for the term.
7. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United
Wayne Mark Rooney is an English footballer who plays for both Manchester United and the England national team. Recently he was seen as captain for both the teams. Probably he is one of Most Gifted Footballers, England Ever Produced. Undoubtedly he can find his place in the all-time best striker list for England. At the age of only nine, he joined the Everton youth club and finally moved for the United in 2004 summer transfer window. So far, he has scored 192 goals in the English Premier League, which makes him the second most top scorer in EPL. He is currently the most decorated Barclays Premier League player.
And for the updated list of highest paid soccer players 2015-16, Wayne Rooney is the 7th highest paid soccer player in the world. He has a grand total of 23.4 Million USD annual earning. This also includes the 5 Million sponsorship deals.
The famous club rewarded 10-year veteran Rooney with a record 4-year contract extension, which worth up to $104 million.
The Red Devils along with Rooney have trudged through a downtrodden English Premier League season. But now with the new manager they are willing for a better prospect. And endorsements from Nike, Samsung and Harper Collins, still keeping the 28-year-old MANU forward in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16.
6. Neymar – Barcelona
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer. He plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Brazilian national team as a forward or winger. For the time being he is considered as one of the Most Rising Star in Football Arena.
Neymar started his career with the Brazilian club Santos in 2003. And after rising through ranks, now he is transferred to the Spanish club FC Barcelona last year.
Neymar was transferred with a record €57, which was 10th most expensive transfers in football history. Currently he is at number 6 in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16. Annually he earns almost 34 Million USD. Of which, 16 Million, he receives via sponsorship deals form Nike, Panasonic and Volkswagen.
Neymar announced on 27 May 2013 that he would sign with the FC Barcelona. On June 3rd, Neymar was unveiled by Barcelona and presented at the Nou Camp in front of 56,500 fans, which was a record turnout for a Brazilian player.
Probably Neymar is the only player on the list of highest paid soccer players 2015-16, whose endorsements outweighed the salary. The Brazilian superstar has already become a sensation for the Barcelona side. And above all, he is expected to represent Brazil for their sixth World Cup title.
5. Radamel Falcao – Chelsea
Radamel Falcao García Zárate, commonly known as Radamel Falcao, Falcao García or Falcao in South America, is a Colombian professional footballer. Only a few days ago he was transferred to Manchester United on loan from AS Monaco. He plays as a striker for both the club and the Colombian national team.
He had already travelled so many famous clubs like Lanceros, River Plate, Porto, Atletico Madrid, Monaco and now the big one Manchester United.
The 28 year old Star struck a 5 year deal that doubled his salary with AS Monaco, bankrolled by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev.
He also spent a very successful year with Atletico Madrid, where he scored 34 goals in one season. But Falcao justified the move to the club saying his heart had been with it since his idol Henry had played there. And magically, before that he was not even in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players. Now he is enjoying the 5th position of highest paid soccer players 20115-16.
It is heard that Manchester United is very keen to keep the Colombian star with them, which means they are processing the deal for him. Let’s see what happens, Falcao of Monaco or Falcao of MANU??
Falcao is now playing for Chelsea on loan. He is not having a good form there as he scored only once in his nine games.
A serious knee injury derailed him from the season as well as the World Cup 2014, Brazil. But hopefully he will score again for the Red Devils this season.
4. Gareth Bale – Real Madrid
Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid. He also plays for the Wales national team as a winger. Gareth Bale began his professional career at Southampton as a left back. Very quickly he acclaimed his name as a free kick specialist.
The Spanish giant Real Madrid spent $118 million last September to sign the 24-year old Welshman from Tottenham Hotspur in the year 2013 after Neymar’s move to Barcelona.
Now Bale is at number 4 in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16. He earns around 36.4 Million USD per year, including 11 million via his deals with Adidas, EA Sports, Lucozade.
Bale began his professional career at Southampton. On 25 May 2007, Bale signed a four-year deal with Tottenham. And finally On 1 September 2013, Real Madrid announced that they had reached an agreement for the transfer of Gareth Bale. A six-year deal was signed with an undisclosed fee for the superstar.
Definitely the record breaking transfer to Real Madrid puts a lot of pressure on Bale. But we can say he had already proven himself worthy. His winning-wonder goal in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona solidified his place in Europe’s toughest and famous most league.
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – PSG
Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer. He plays as a striker for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Swedish national team. Ibrahimovic is the present captain for Swedish national team. Most definitely he is one of the strongest footballer around the world.
He was the player of the year for PSG last year, in which he scored 30 goals one season. Ibra started his career with the Malmo FF in the late 90’s. Then he moved to Ajax and serially there after he played for Juventus, Internazionale, Bercelona, Milan and finally PSG.
Currently Imbrahimovic is the 3rd highest paid soccer player of the top 10 list of highest paid soccer players 2015-16. Annually he earns around 40.4 Million USD. Ibrahimovic is gaining 36.4 Million USD via salary and other 4 Million via commercial deals from sponsors.
Recently he is rewarded one year Extension in his two year contract with PSG.
Ibrahimovic is well known for his incredible goals and cockiness on the pitch. Undoubtedly he is responsible to bring back PSG amongst the top clubs in Europe with two consecutive French Ligue 1 titles.
2. Lionel Messi – Barcelona
Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi Cuccittini, commonly known as Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team.
The Barcelona sensation had received Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations at the age of 21 only. He is definitely one of the greatest soccer players ever in this world. And still if we don’t accept him as the greatest, at least we can consider that he has certain possibilities with so many unbreakable records in his pocket.
Messi started his career with the Spanish giant club FC Barcelona and may be, he is all the through going to end up with them.
After remaining as runner up in 2013 Ballon d’Or award Messi is at number two in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16. He has a grand total earning of 64.1 Million USD per year. He receives 41.7 Million from salary. He also has some real big deals with sponsors like Adidas and Turkish Airline.
Recently Messi helped his team Argentina being runner up at the World Cup 2014, Brazil. He was also awarded with the player of the tournament which is commonly known as the golden ball. As always, he has never stopped surprising and undoubtedly he is ever sensational. Lionel Messi has achieved the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the 5th time in 2016.
The Argentine superstar has agreed to a new contract with the club. But he hasn’t signed yet. Most probably his wage is set to rise. Easily he can become no. 1 of highest paid soccer players next year.
Ronaldo became the most expensive player in the world when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009. He won the 2013 Ballon d’Or. And scored amazing 69 goals in only 59 matches for Real Madrid and Portugal.
Now a time, undoubtedly and most definitely Cristiano Ronaldo is at number one in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16.
He has a grand total earning of 80 Milliion per year. Of which, 52 Million he earns from salary and the other 28 Million from endorsements. Very recently Real Madrid has awarded Cristiano a 5-year contract worth $206 Million USD. Alongside he has some huge sponsorship contracts with Tag Heuer and underwear labeled CR7. He is at the same time most paid and most popular athlete in the world.
Cristiano Ronaldo started his career as a young player for Andorinha. He played there for two years. And moved to C.D. Nacional. In 1997 he moved to Portuguese giants Sporting CP. Finally in 2003, Ronaldo caught the attention of Manchester United manager sir Alex Ferguson. MANU signed him for 12.2 Million in 2004.
Ronaldo was the first player in England to win all four main PFA and FWA awards in 2007. In 2008 and 2013, he won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award as the best player in the world, the first Portuguese player to win the title twice. On 26th June 2009, Real Madrid confirmed his transfer from Manchester United for 80 Million, which made him the most expensive footballer in history.
This year the Madrid sensation racked up 31 goals and helped Real Madrid reach the Champions League final with his leadership and otherworldly scoring abilities. Ranking top in salary and endorsements, Ronaldo is by far the highest paid soccer player in the world.
Hibernians scored two goals during the second half of the game, ending the game with 2-0 against their opponents. Hibernians will now put their skills to the test in Estonia on the 4th of July in the second leg of the first qualifying round.
Before that, however, Tuesday’s match was swiftly followed by one between Linfield and La Fiorita on Wednesday night, closing the first leg.
The competition hots up
Thirty-four teams in all will play in the second qualifying round, 29 teams of them that will enter in this round, plus another five who emerged victorious in the first qualifying round. The first leg will be played between the 11th and 12th of July, with the second leg scheduled for the 18th and 19th.
Yet, the areas of congregation for football lovers to celebrate or mourn their favorite teams, namely pubs, restaurants and friends’ living rooms, may expect to feel a slight blow this season; sensing the winds of change in customer behavior in the digital age, sports network Fox Sports announced on Tuesday that it had teamed up with social network site Facebook to live-stream the Champions League matches online, owing to the tendency of internet users to show preference to seek entertainment online rather than through traditional television. Fox Sports, which is owned by Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, added that some matches will be available exclusively on Facebook and Fox Sports GO – meaning that they will not be shown on television.
Fox Sports already creates original online content for Facebook, including a weekly football show. According to Fox, the Champions League deal with Facebook aims to give the games a wider audience.
“Facebook has one of the most social soccer audiences on the web, and this is going to expose the Champions League to fans who aren’t tuning into a game on TV,” David Nathanson, business operations head at Fox Sports said in an interview.
Don’t miss out!
The 2018 UEFA Champions League Final will be played at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, on 26 May. Whether you are into watching it at home with a few friends, watching in a bar with a few beers, or logging on to place a few bets and try your luck, the Champions League is for sure, one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year. Be sure not to miss out!
The Real Madrid megastar Cristiano Ronaldo has already set the Champions League Goal Record for maximum goals in one tournament. The score is already 16 and the one is yet to play another game.
Definitely the Madrid star will look to extend his own record in Lisbon. Cristiano hopes of delivering another Champions League Title for his club along with the Champions League Goal Record extension.
On May 24th, 2014, the Spanish legends will face the present League title winner Atletico Madrid in Lisbon.
This season Ronaldo really started a little different. Now he is in fact very closer to the all-time Champions League Goal Record for a tournament as well. May be the folks around the world are right now talking about him as the best or not.
It may seem a little earlier for us to crown him the world’s best player. But his chronological up gradation is probably the indication that you shouldn’t need to wait that much.
Champions league is an annual football club competition which is organized by UEFA (Union of European Football Association). It is the contest among the top football clubs in Europe. UEFA champions league is one of the most significant football tournaments in the world. it is also the most watched sporting event throughout the world. Champions league teams compete each others for the title and it is considered very prestigious for any club in the history of European football.
Champions league starts from mid-July with total 32 teams, which are distributed in eight groups and play each other in a double round-robin system. The group stage games are followed by the knockout phage. In the 2015-16 season of UCL, the knock out stages are knocking at the door starting from 17th February. At this point, Sportyghost team brings to you the list of top 10 most successful champions league teams.
Top 10 most successful champions league teams:
The Spanish clubs have gathered the highest number (15) of champions league titles, while English and Italian clubs claimed 12 wins at the champions league final. There are 22 different European clubs which have won the champions league title. Here is the list of top 10 most successful champions league teams. We have arranged them in a chronological manner for your convenience.
Real Madrid is the most successful team in champions league history. Under Carlo Ancelotti, Real Mardid defeated their city rival Atletico Madrid at the 2014 champions league final to claim the prestigious La Décima. Real Madrid are always known to sign biggest star even in the early 1950s. Legends like Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas were all lured to the Santiago Bernabeu prior to today’s stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez.
Their most famous champions league victory came in 1960 final against Frankfurt, when Alfred Di Stefano scored a hat-trick and led the team in a 7-3 victory. Hungarian striker Ferenc Puskas also netted four goals in that match. However, the Spanish side had to wait more than thirty years since 1966 to regain the champions league title. The Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is the current top goal scorer (88) in the champions league history. In this record, Cristiano kept behind another Real Madrid legend Raul, who scored 71 goals in his 142 UCL appearances.
Key players: Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas, Raul Gonzales, Cristiano Ronaldo.
AC Milan have proved to be a dominant force in the UEFA Champions league title-run with their seven European triumphs. The Italian club was crowned with the champions league glory for the first time in 1963, while they defeated Benfica by 2-1. They again claimed their title in 1969 Champions league final against AFC Ajax in a glorious 4-1 win. AC Milan had to pass some rough time then following financial difficulties. Soon, they returned to the tract in late 1980s. as soon as they got the balance, AC Milan signed Dutch trio of Marco Van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard. With these striking forces, AC Milan reclaimed their title in 1989 against Steaua Bucharest and the following year against Benfica.
Then four years later in 1994, AC Milan won their fifth title defeating the Spanish giant Barcelona by 4-0. The team was heavily influenced by the great Paolo Maldini. He played total 902 official matches for AC Milan. Maldini led AC Milan to 2003 UCL title by defeating domestic rivals Juventus on penalties at Old Trafford stadium in England. The club’s 7th title came in 2007 against Liverpool by the courtesy of Filippo Inzaghi. They defeated the Reds in by 2-1. AC Milan is one of the top teams in champions league.
Key players: Gianni Rivera, Marco Van Basten, Paolo Maldini, Andriy Shevchenko.
Barcelona is at no. 3 in the list of Top 10 most successful champions league teams. FC Barcelona have been graced by many famous footballers like Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona, Michael Laundrup, Rivaldo, Romario. In the recent era of football, the Spanish side is flourishing with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar Jr, Andres Iniesta, and Dani Alves like superstars. The team won their first ever champions league title in 1992 under Johan Cruyff as a coach. The Catalans defeated Sampdoria at the 1992 European Cup final with their Dream team which includes Pep Guardiola, Jose Mari Bakero, Ronald Koeman, Michael Laundrup and Romario. Johan Cruyff became the most successful manager during that period of time.
The Spanish giant then waited 14 long years to regain their glory in the champions league. This time, Frank Rijkaard paved the way to the 2-1 victory over English club Arsenal in the final of 2006 UEFA Champions league. Under new manager and former Barca player Pep Guardiola, Barcelona adopted a new style of playing football, known as “tiki-taka”. With a strong midfield presented by Xavi and Iniesta, they demolished the English giant Manchester United by 2-0 in 2009 and again in 2011 by 3-1. In the 2014-15 season, Barcelona became the only football team in the history of European football to win the treble (La Liga, Copa del Rey, and UEFA champions league) , the club’s 2nd in 6 years span. They beat Juventus by 3-1 in the 2015 Champions league final. Lionel Messi is always the key player for the Barcelona. Barcelona are undoubtedly one of the champions league top teams and they are most favourite in 2016 UEFA champions league.
Key players: Johan Cruyff, Michael Laundrup, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Xavi, Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez.
Bayern Munich enjoyed a golden period during the mid 1970s in the champions league. They won the titles for consecutive three times from 1974 to 1976. Players like Franz Beckenbauer, Germ Muller and Sepp Maier led Bayern Munich to their hat-trick champions league titles. The German legendary footballer Gerd Muller scored total 18 goals during that period.
Since then, Bayern Munich waited 25 years to taste the glory of winning champions league again. Captain and goalkeeper Oliver Kahn was the hero of 2001 Champions league final when Bayern defeated Valencia on penalties. Then in 2013, Bayern Munich grabbed their fifth champions league title defeating their domestic rival Borussia Dortmund by 2-1 at Wembley stadium. Bayern Munich is one of the most successful champions league teams in this list.
Key players: Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller, Oliver Kahn, Frank Ribery, Arjen Robben.
Liverpool is the most successful English club in the champions league title run. They have won more European and domestic trophies than any other English club. Liverpool was the most dominant and most successful team in champions league during 1970s and 1980s. The team was glorified by the Scottish greats like Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness. They were the key players in the club’s European success during that time. However, Liverpool won their most memorable victory in the UCL on 25th May, 2005 in Istanbul in a match against AC Milan. It was a heart-throbbing match. AC Milan was ahead of the game by 3-0 at half-time and it seemed tough enough to touch the trophy for the Reds. Then with the help of captain Steven Gerrard, Liverpool staged an almighty comeback to level the game by 3-3 scoring three in just six minutes. The game ended in penalties and Liverpool shocked the world by winning their 5th champions league title.
Key players: Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, Steven Gerrard, Roy Evans.
AFC Ajax is at no. 6 in our list of top 10 most successful champions league teams. With 33 Eredivisie titles, AFC Ajax is the best Dutch club in Europe. The Dutch are the pioneer of “Total Football”. It was firstly introduced by the legendary Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff. He is considered as the best dutch footballer of all-time.
AFC Ajax reached their apex of success in the early 1970s by winning three consecutive champions league titles from 1971-1973. They paved the way for the future great sides like FC Barcelona and AC Milan with their relentless attacking attitude. Johan Cruyff was the original conductor of Ajax’s unparallel success. However, the Amsterdam side had to wait 22 long years for their 4th European title and became the last homegrown team to win the champions league. Frank De Boer, Ronald De Boer, Edwin Van Der Sar came to join the club through Ajax youth system. Another dutch legend Patrick Kluivert along with his teammates grabbed the decisive winner against Milan in the final of 1995 champions league. Ajax are 4th among the top 10 most successful champions league teams in this list.
Key players: Johan Cruyff, Frank Rijkaard, Johan Neeskens, Patrick Kluivert.
7. Inter Milan, Italy
Titles won: 3 (1964,1965, 2010)
Italian club Inter Milan has spent it’s entire footballing life under the shadow of AC Milan. But, their influence at the European level was never underestimated. The Nerazzurri won two European titles in the mid 60s. Footballers like <a href="https://en generic cialis lilly.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luis_Suárez_(footballer,_born_1935)” target=”_blank”>Luis Suarez, Giancinto Facchetti and Sandro Mazzola contributed their best in Inter Milan’s champions league title.
The manager, Helenio Herrera adopted “Catenaccio” formation of 5-3-2, which allowed Inter to bring back wingers as opposed to the defensive minded full backs. The formation ensured Facchetti to become one of the best players at that time.
Then after a long interval, manager Jose Mourinho inspired the Milanese to win their 3rd champions league title in 2010. They defeated Bayern Munich by 2-0 in the final and became one of the top teams in champions league.
Key players: Giacinto Facchetti, Luis Suarez, Wesley Sneijder, Diego Milito
8. Manchester United, England
Titles won: 3 (1968, 1999, 2008)
One of the most tragic events in football history took place in 1958 when Munich Air disaster claimed the number of Manchester United players, including the young promising footballer Duncan Edwards. It took years to rebuild the team. Finally they gathered Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law under one tent and started their triumph race in the champions league. In 1968 European league’s final, the red devils defeated Eusebio’s Benfica and lifted the crown for the first time.
Then in 1999, after 30 years, Manchester United got their hand on champions league trophy again. United met Bayern in the final and were a goal down within the first five minutes of the game. After leading the match for more than 85 minutes, Bayern was stunned by two injury time goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Solskjaer respectively. They took ManU to the 2nd Champions league title. The dramatic win was one of the most memorable events in football history.
Nine years later, in 2008 they beat their domestic rivals Chelsea on penalties and claimed 3rd Champions league title. The club’s success was mostly contributed by Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently the highest goal scorer in the champions league.
Key players: Boby Charlton, George Best, Cristiano Ronaldo.
FC Porto is the most successful Portuguese football club. They lifted their 1st champions league trophy in 1987. The Portuguese side’s 2-1 victory came against the German club Bayern Munich. Their next title came in 2005 under the guidance of Jose Mourinho who made Porto a eminent football club.
In the 2005 champions league final Porto were least favourite than the French side FC Monaco, who were in a good shape throughout the tournament. The Mourinho’s side ran out 3-0 winners against Monaco and claimed their 2nd title. FC Porto stands at no. 9 in our list of top 10 most successful champions league teams.
The Italian Serie a side put an end to dominance of Liverpool in 1985. It was their best team ever, which was consisted of Paolo Rossi, Zbigniew Boniek, Marco Tardelli, and Michel Platini. Giovanni Trapattoni led the Juves to win the final against Liverpool by 1-0, where Platini’s penalty was the winning one. Juventus became the first time in the history to win the champions league, despite being the top in serie A along with AC Milan for decades.
11 years later, Juventus again came back with new form of energy and met Dutch side AFC Ajax in 1996 final. The juves won on penalties after the match drew by 1-1 in 120 minutes. Alessandro del Piero was the most influential player for the Juves. They also reached the final in 2015 champions league, where they were defeated by the current champion FC Barcelona. Juventus is one of the best clubs in champions league.
Key players: Michel Platini, Alessandro Del Piero, Andre Pirlo.
The football world glitters with an enormous variety of prizes in different tournaments all over the world. Apart from the huge popularity of domestic leagues, there are some best football tournaments taking place, each of them has a unique claim to fame. Domestic cup tournaments always engage in an invisible competition with International football tournaments for superiority worldwide. All these tournaments, domestic or International, always draw a huge people of different countries. After all it’s all about football. People go crazy to find their teams, to find their heroes at the top.
We have enlisted the top 10 best football tournaments of the world. Many can differ with the list. The list of best football tournaments was made on the basis of their global reputation and sporting challenge.
10 Best Football Tournaments of the World:
10. Copa del Rey
Copa del Rey is also known as “King’s Cup”. It is one of the most prestigious football competitions in Europe. The tournament has a very rich historical background. It is said to be the “Cup of His Majesty the king”. The tournament was founded in 1903, being the oldest football competition in Spain. The Copa del Rey winner team typically goes to the UEFA Europa League. If the winner of the Copa del Rey also qualifies for UEFA Champions League, then it’s been a chance for the losing finalist to enter the Europa League.
Barcelona are the current Copa del Rey champion, winning their 28th Copa del Rey. Barcelona are the leading champions in Copa del Rey, while Real Madrid have 19 wins in this occasion.
It is an International football competition for the national teams and held every four years by FIFA. The tournament was founded in 1992. Brazil is the most successful team in the FIFA Confederations Cup with their 4 titles. Since 2005, Confederations Cup has been held in the country that will host the FIFA World Cup in the following year. It has become a kind of rehearsal tournament for the big game.
As 2014 FIFA World Cup host nation, Brazil took the responsibility to arrange the Confederations Cup in 2013, where they defeated Spain by 3-0 in the final. FIFA Confederations Cup stays at no. 9 in the list of top 10 best football tournaments in the world.
FA Cup is undoubtedly the most famous domestic football competition in the world. The Football Association Challenge Cup, FA Cup in short is an annual knockout football competition in English football. FA Cup is also the oldest domestic football competition in the world. FA Cup was first held in 1871-72. The FA Cup has produced some iconic moments in English football and is responsible for Wembley’s status as “The Home of Football”. The tournament is open for all English teams. Football clubs from Premier League to amateur village teams, all have their chance to compete here in a common platform. That’s why FA Cup is best known for the possibility for “minnows” from the lower divisions to become the “giant-killers”.
Arsenal are the current FA Cup Champion, beating Aston Villa by 4-0, to win the second in a row. it was Arsenal’s 12th FA Cup title, making them the most successful team in this tournament. Manchester United is just behind Arsenal with 11 titles.
Africa is seemingly a football-loving continent. Africa Cup of Nations is a tournament, which pits Africa’s greatest football nations against each other in a fascinating battle for supremacy. The tournament was first held in 1957. Since 1998, there are 16 teams divided into four groups are participated in this game. The top two teams of each group advance into the knock-out stage of this tournament.
Egypt is the most successful team in the Cup of Nations’ history. They have won the title a record seven times, while Ghana and Cameron have four titles each. The last Africa Cup of Nations was held by Equatorial Guinea in 2015, where Ivory Coast won their title for the second time.
6. UEFA Europa League
UEFA Europa League is regarded as the Champions League’s younger and little less glamorous sibling. Previously, known as the “UEFA Cup”, is an annual football competition organized by UEFA since 1971. European clubs participate in this competition according to their performance in the national leagues and Cup competitions. The UEFA Europa League title is widely distributed among 27 different clubs. 12 among these have won the league more than once.
Sevilla are the most successful teams with four titles in UEFA Europa League. It is one of the major football tournaments in Europe that many famous European clubs take this competition seriously. It ranks at no 6 in the list of top 10 best football tournaments in the world.
Copa Libertadores is one of the most prestigious football tournament in South America, which is the equivalent of Europe’s Champions League. The competition is started since 1960. Currently, the competition is sponsored by Bridgestone and commonly known as the “Copa Bridgestone Libertadores”. Since its beginning, the competition has commenced in several different formats. Only the champion teams of South American leagues can take part in Copa Libertadores at first. Then in 1966, the rules changed with the runner-up teams getting the opportunity to join the tournament.
Argentine football club Independiente is the most successful club in Copa Libertadores history with 7 titles in their showcase. The reigning champion of this prestigious tournament is the Argentine club San Lorenzo, who won their maiden league title by beating Paraguay’s Nacional. It is truly one of the best football tournaments of the world.
4. Copa America
South American Football Championship, best known as Copa America, is the oldest continental football competition at the international level. There are twelve teams competing in Copa America at different venues over a period of one month. Mexico, Costa Rica and United states are regularly playing in Copa America since 1993.
Uruguay is the most successful team in Copa America, having won it 15 times, including the last one in 2011. Copa America 2015, will be held in Chile from 11 June-4th July. Jamaica will be the first nation to compete in Copa 2015. Millions of football lovers will be eagerly waiting to watch the tournament in full throttle. So, let’s don’t miss the game.
3. UEFA European Championship
UEFA European Championship, simply known as “The Euros”, is a massive football competition to determine the continental champion of Europe. The tournament is organized every four years interval since 1960. After FIFA World Cup, it is the second most prestigious football tournament in the world. so far, there are 14 European Championship tournaments, which have been won by nine different European nations.
Germany and Spain are tied with three titles, while France won two. In 2012, the Euro was hosted by Poland and Ukraine, with Spain being the Champion. Spain’s 4-0 win against Italy in the final was a memorable one. The 2016 European Championship will be hosted in France. UEFA European Championship ranks at no 3 in our list of top 10 best football tournaments of the world.
UEFA Champions League is the most glamorous club competition in the world. it is better known as “Champions League”. The competition is contested by top-division European clubs from all over European continent. It is the most watched annual sporting event in the world in 2013. The Champions League had run since 1955 with multiple entrants from certain countries at the group-stage. Later, another group stage was added to include the runner-up teams of nation’s top level domestic leagues. Europe’s top national leagues currently provide up to four teams for the Champions League competition. The Champions League begins in mid-July every year with three knockout qualifying rounds and a play-off round. The winner of the Champions League qualify for the FIFA Club world Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
Spanish giant Real Madrid is the most successful team in the Champions League with 12 titles. They have also won the last one in June 3 2017 against Juventus (4-1). There is hardly any club competition especially in Europe to match the UEFA Champions League.
There is no greater football tournament than the FIFA World Cup. It stays at no 1 in the list of top 10 best football tournaments of the world. FIFA World Cup is a dream for every living footballer in the world. It is a massive competition, where nations from different continents gather to compete each other. The global tournament was taking place since 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, because of the 2nd World War. The current Champion of FIFA World Cup is Germany, who claimed their fourth world cup title by beating Argentina in 2014 World Cup final. Brazil is the most successful team in the world cup with 5 titles. The next 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held in Russia.
FIFA World Cup is the highest level of football competition in the world. Millions of people all over the world count days to watch the world cup. The competition even exceeds the popularity of Olympic Games in the long run. An amazing 715.1 million people watch the 2014 World Cup finals worldwide and that is obviously an incredible one.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bayern Munich have finished the 2014/15 season in German Bundesliga quite successfully. The season is now over and it’s the time for some transfer speculation and pre-season fixtures. Before diving into the new summer and getting the tension rising high, let’s have a look who did what for Bayern Munich in the last season of Bundesliga.
Bayern Munich Awards 2015:
Bayern Munich is a perfect balanced team full of fantastic footballers. Each of the player has the ability to dominate in the pitch with their simple flick of foot. But, among all these stars, there is a man who stood above all others. His name is Arjen Robben. Robben has missed the last 8 matches in the Bundesliga season due to injury. Still he remains the only real candidate for the Bayern’s Player of the Year award.
In the 2014/15 season, Arjen Robben scored 19 goals and made 9 assists in 30 matches for the team. He is the saviour at times who dragged Bayern Munich from win to win in the quest for silverware.
2. Best Signing
Both Robert Lewandowski and Xabi Alonso were exceptionally well for Bayern in the large part of 2014/15 season. When the best signing is concerned, it is no other than Juan Bernat. He proved himself to be a brilliant choice for Guardiola’s team in the last season.
Juan Bernat stepped into the club following injury of David Alaba. He made himself comfortable in a very short time. Bernat played so well that it seemed like a player who has been playing in Bayern since childhood. He is truly an outstanding left-back for Bayern Munich this season.
3. Best Goal
It was no other than Robert Lewandowski’s amazing goal against Eintracht Frankfurt in April.
4. Worst Signing
The Morocco international Mehdi Benatia wasn’t actually a bad signing. Benatia just hasn’t that good at German weather. In this season of Bundesliga, he probably played a par season for Bayern Munich. Although, he was signed for such a huge amount of money from Roma in the last summer, he wasn’t exactly good enough to the German side.
His fellow mates like Alonso, Bernat, Lewandowski thrived a manner to get accustomed, but Mehdi Benatia failed in this case.
The best individual performance of 2014/15 season came by the courtesy of Arjen Robben. He single-handedly took the task of dismantling Paderborn on February night. Bayern Munich won the game by 6-0 and Arjen Robben scored two goals and assisted two others in that match. The first goal was quite exceptional, when Robben touched to play in Lewandowski from the side. Besides, his 86th minute-goal wasn’t too bad either.
6. Most Improved Player
Bayern Munich have spent a lot of money in this summer to rebuild a talented squad. Among the other talents, it is the humble right-back Rafinha, who has made the biggest impact in Bayern this season.
The Brazil international has developed much very recently, making himself more than a back-up defender. Under Guardiola’s guidance, the 29-year has gained a new lease of life. Rafinha may not be the best footballer in the world, but he gave such an effort this season that he’s looking twice the player he once was in Bayern Munich.
7. Biggest Disappointment
The road to success was not so smooth for Bayern at all. During the Bundesliga campaign, the semi-final defeat to Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal was the notable one. But for many Bayern fans, the biggest disappointment came, when Bayern faced the first-leg defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals.
Under Pep Guardiola, Bayern had a high hopes to challenge Barcelona in the Champions League. But, when Bayern came up against their manager’s former side, it didn’t happened exactly what they planned. The 3-0 loss will certainly the biggest disappointment for Bayern Munich this season. The failure planted a lot of doubt in the Bayern side.
8. Best Team Performance
The best team performance from Bayern came in the round of 16 of UEFA Champions League. The Guardiola’s side crashed Shakhtar Donetsk by 7-0 at Allianz Arena. There was a little worrying when Bayern had a 0-0 draw in Ukraine which had left a number of question marks over Bayern’s ability in this season. But the German champions roared with a perfect resounding home win in the 2nd leg.
It was a game in which every single player played their best. Goals were scored by Thomas Muller, Lewandowski, Ribery and Gotze by a complete defensive shutdown. The game was nothing but a best team performance for Bayern Munich.
After proving so hard to defeat all through the Champions League, the Barcelona players found it hard to take it all in. Having a 3-1 victory over Juventus in Berlin’s Olympiastadion, there had an air of disbelief about what they had achieved, which added an obvious joy and sense of vindication to the whole Barcelona team.
It is Andres Iniesta, whom you would think by now had seen it all. Literally, Iniesta had won it all. Iniesta began,
“Six years ago we thought that winning a treble again was unrepeatable. But, we did it this time and it makes your hair stand on end when you think back and see how much lucky you guys are to see winning everything. “
The new generation of Barcelona own the modern Champions League in the way their great rivals at Real Madrid owned the old European Cup. Barcelona have long been the benchmark for the European Championship and the reference point. Right now, they have again re-asserted that status. This is not just their second treble in the space of six years, as Andres Iniesta mentioned, but also their fourth Champions League in nine seasons.
That consistency is unmatched since the European Cup was rebranded and restructured in 1992. Actually, it is the longest spells of continuous success for Barcelona in its 60 years of existence. There are hardly any that can match that level of success.
This is certainly something hard to achieve. The chronological evolution and extreme success of this bunch of players was only emphasized by the order in which they emerged from the dressing room, after almost two hours of joyful celebration.
Ivan Rakitic was the first man coming out, who also scored the first goal in that final and so energetically introduced fresh impetus and proper direction to his team throughout the season. The Croatian has sped things up by releasing the rampage of attack more frequently. Rakitic shared his first Champions League medal with his young daughter, while both Luis Suarez and Neymar clearly wanted to share their first successes in the Champions league with their children too.
Next, the three-time champion Dani Alves came out with joyful bopping of his body along with the sound of music, which was coming from a set of speakers he was carrying. The joy was a reflection of his great success who had rediscovered his mojo this season along with many other players.
Then, the magnificent Leo Messi came to the arena carrying his son in one arm. He then switched his boy to other in order to shake the hand of Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, whom he had spotted chatted to Italian media. Messi had shown a great sportsmanship to go with his place at the apex of the sporting world.
The Champions league trophy was then carried out by no other than one man, the captain Xavi. He held one arm of the prized piece of hardware, while the other arm was held by his long-time midfield partner Sergio Busquets. The other one of that fantastic central midfield trio Andres Iniesta said,
“The picture of Xavi leaving with the Champions League trophy in his arm is the most beautiful one for a footballer like him.”
There is one person who was assuredly striding out at the back of it all and he is Gerard Pique. He mentioned how Barcelona had “suffered” in the final when it went on to 1-1 following Morata’s goal. But Pique felt that the Morata score only brought out the spirit to the team that has sparked a treble season. The Barcelona team have rediscovered the motivation with so many talents, is the most remarkable aspect of all, especially from a historical point of view. All
Assuredly striding out at the back of it all, as ever and as he had done in this final, was Gerard Pique. He talked about how the team had “suffered” in the final, using some choice language about when it went to 1-1 following Alvaro Morata’s goal, but felt that the Morata score only brought out the spirit and defiance that has sparked a treble season. All three trophies of Barcelona’s treble are on the top of the display during their double-decker bus parade in Barcelona. It was quite a picture to capture and the Barca fans will remember it for long time.
While Real Madrid won five European Cups between 1955 and 1966, there were four key players who were involved in the first to last season with the team. Then came Liverpool, winning four titles between 1977-1984, having only one such player. In Milan’s triple between 1989-1994, there were six players with that potential. And with Barcelona, the number is seven.
Lionel Messi is quite unstoppable. If you saw the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao, it was none but Leo who spun away from three athletic defenders surrounding him and then jinked three more challenges before slamming the ball into the net. If Juventus want to win the champions league title, they must have to stop him in Berlin. Stopping Leo wouldn’t be enough for Juventus, as they also have to keep eyes on Neymar and Suarez.
Before semi-final of Champions League, Bayern Munich coach and former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola mentioned that it was quite impossible to defend against Leo Messi. To deal with Messi, Guardiola organized the front three and packed men in the midfield by pressing high up the pitch. The changing move was widely criticized and someone called it even ‘suicidal’. It was a kind of gamble which has made a certain kind of sense in this regard.
Barcelona Vs Juventus match preview:
Guardiola is man of plan. He seems to have reasoned. He probably recalled how his Barca side struggled against Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic. So, he made up his mind to pack the midfield and pressure the ball early with a hope perhaps his Bayern could cut off the supply to the front line.
Pep Guardiola’s plan didn’t work this time. He was forced to change the tactics after 15 minutes of the first leg in semi. It turned out that, Barcelona weren’t flustered at all by being pressed. Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic were delighted in sliding passes into the space behind Bayern’s defense line for Suarez, Messi and Neymar.
Bayern fell back deeper after that despite being able to control the ball possession. Guardiola’s side were beaten brutally by 3-0.
Juventus simply don’t have to concern about dominating the ball possession. Their only plan would be to drop deep in the field, pack men into midfield and look to make everything as congested in their defense as possible. Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez will be waiting for a counter attack as a front runner.
The ploy worked for Internazionale against Barcelona in 2010 Champions League semi-final and also for Chelsea against Barca at the same stage in 2012. But, since then Barcelona has evolved much and hopefully the plan wouldn’t be beneficial this time. Juventus striker Tevez will have a big role to play in the final.
The new Barcelona may not adapt the idea of Total Football which was implanted at the club by Johan Cruyff and Rinus Michels. But, Barcelona will certainly be less prone to being frustrated by the packed defences. Barca’s front three dribble are encouraged to devastate all kind of defenses with the “MSN” (Messi, Suarez, Neymar). Back in the 2011/12 season, Messi, Pedro and Alexis Sanchez completed an average of 4.1 dribbles per Champions League match. According to WhoScored.com, in this season of Champions league, Messi, Neymar and Suarez have completed an average of 12 dribbles per game.
When the opponent is masked a defensive cover, rather than pass their way into space, Barcelona always have the capacity to beat the defenders with a trick. Each member of Barca’s front three has the ability to take two or three defenders out of the game easily with a moment of individual brilliance. The front line of Barcelona is so high profiled that it makes them extremely hard to defend against in any situation of the game.
Juventus would likely to play with a diamond shaped midfield in the final match. Barcelona have two full-backs, Jordi Alba and Dani Alves, who will be independent in pushing on and overlapping whenever they feel like it. And here is the real problem. Juventus may find a way to stop Leo Messi, but it doesn’t mean they will be able to stop Barcelona.
In a very short time, Barcelona will face Juventus at the final of Champions League 2015 in Berlin. All the FCB fans all around the world will definitely hope for a fifth time triumph for their supported club. Of course the opposition is also pretty much talented. So, the Catalans need to be at their very best for prestigious treble along with the fifth UCL trophy.
Barcelona have already achieved four Champions Leagues in history. Twice in London and once both in Paris and Rome. Here we are going to look back those previous four Champions league Titles for Barcelona.
Previous Four Champions League Titles:
4. Wembley (992)
This was Barcelona’s first time European Cup victory at Wembley in 1992. And the night must be remembered Ronald Koeman’s wonder strike, which brought them the glory of winning Champions League title.
This was another Italian Club named Sampdoria. They brought their best defense against the Catalans, but not enough for Fausto Pari in Barca. Many refers that as the dream team for Barcelona. But we should never forget to mention the master class side of Vujadin Boskov.
The Dutchman Koeman found just about the only place that keeper Gianluca Pagliuca couldn’t reach at the late moments put the end of that memorable story.
3. Paris (2006)
The second of Barcelona’s four Champions League Titles took a little longer to come. After exactly fourteen years in Paris they got to another title, which was against Arsenal. Though the scenario was quite different than the past experience for the Catalans.
Arsenal were taking for much of the final. Robert Pires sacrificed for the substitute goalkeeper Manuel Almunia. However, Barcelona struggled for any sort of consistency in the first 45 minutes. And then Sol Campbell headed surprise for the Gunners.
They also replaced Edmilson with Andres Iniesta and Henrik Larsson with Mark van Bommel. Both the substitutes brought enough effort to bring the Catalans their second Champions League victory.
2. Rome (2009)
This was the first time Barcelona felt the glory of winning a treble in their club history. They arrived in Rome in such quest which was in fact the first time for any Spanish side. But you can feel the difficulty especially against Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United. The English giants were also seeking for a history of making back-to-back Champions League titles.
Manchester United would provide tough opposition with Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Scholes in their side. The Catalans simply didn’t get going until a stroke of luck saw Samuel Eto’o beating Nemanja Vidic. The goal seemed to lift Barca. In fact after that Lionel Messi also sent his looping header goalwards to end the game.
Even Iniesta and Thierry Henry had to play their parts with injury doubts. Carles Puyol too defended like his life depended on it and the Catalans ran out worthy Champions League winners.
1. Wembley (2011)
I think, many of you readers have not yet forgotten this specific event in great Wembley stadium 2011. As Manchester United just got the chance to avenge only after two more seasons. In fact it was their home soil. Barcelona of course had fond memories of victory with the venue.
This time Barcelona side was even better than they had been in 2009. They grew stronger with so many talented footballers with them. It was one of the great final performances in many a year. Alex Ferguson had to say –
“They’re the best in Europe, no question about that. I would say they’re the best team we’ve faced”
Truly it was a great moment for the Catalans. Probably they deserved the fourth title of Champions League. People would definitely acknowledge that those Barcelona boys may have played the game right way.