Ronaldo Vieira sends inspiring message to Leeds United fans

Leeds United’s top of the table clash with Cardiff City could not have gone worse, losing 3-1 away from home.

Defender Liam Cooper was red carded in the first half, making their chances of a fightback extremely difficult.

Cooper apologised to fans after the game, admitting he had also said sorry to his teammates.

Youngster Ronaldo Vieira was a second half substitute in the match, and made clear that the team were sticking together.

 

Tweet from Ronaldo Vieira

“We Win a team and lose as a team always, we’re in this all together with our fans! Thanks for the brilliant support ,get home safe ❤ MOT”

 

The teenager came on for summer signing Mateusz Klich, with illness putting Eunan O’Kane out of action.

Vieira has spent most of the season on the sidelines after breaking through into the first team last season.

Leeds have now lost two away league games in succession, having been defeated by Millwall prior to the Cardiff fixture.

This weekend they travel to rivals Sheffield Wednesday, who are still reeling from defeat to Sheffield United at the weekend.

 

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Can Ronaldo end goal ‘drought’?

MADRID – Two games without a goal is run of the mill for most footballers, but for Cristiano Ronaldo it constitutes a drought.

Ronaldo will be looking to forget his early season struggles as Real Madrid aim to lay down a marker in their quest for a third consecutive Champions League at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

The Portuguese remains the strong favourite to match Lionel Messi’s record of five Ballon d’Or wins for his starring role in guiding Madrid to a first La Liga and Champions League double in 59 years.

However, Messi’s sensational form for Barcelona and the attention garnered by Neymar’s €222 million world record move to Paris Saint-Germain last month has starved Ronaldo of the attention he craves.

All three were named as the finalists for Fifa’s Men’s Player Award for 2017 last week.

It is Ronaldo, though, who has so far failed to hit his stratospherically high standards this season as Real have fallen seven points behind Barca in the La Liga title race.

A five-game suspension for pushing a referee after being sent-off in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup has been the principle cause.

Ronaldo described the ban as “persecution” on the part of the Spanish federation.

But the punishment didn’t end with the ban, as a rusty Ronaldo misfired badly as Real’s run of scoring in 73 straight games was ended in a shock 1-0 defeat to Real Betis last midweek.

Ronaldo also fired a blank as Madrid edged past bottom-of-the-table Alaves on Saturday despite having 18 shots across his last two games.

“Cristiano is like he always is. When he doesn’t score, you ask me about him, but he is calm,” insisted Real boss Zinedine Zidane.

“He wanted to score, which is normal, but it’s a long season and he always ends up making the difference.”

It would take something extraordinary to deny Ronaldo the Ballon d’Or after scoring 10 times from the Champions League quarter-finals on against a calibre of opposition such as Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Juventus.

Yet, Messi’s reaction to Neymar’s decision to forge pastures new at PSG has been a telling demonstration of who is really the irreplaceable figure at the Camp Nou.

Messi has helped guide Barca to six wins from six in La Liga and a 3-0 thumping of Juventus in the Champions League, scoring 12 goals in nine appearances in all competitions.

Indeed, at club level, Messi now has 43 goals in 2017 to Ronaldo’s 29.

Neymar’s numbers are far more modest despite five goals in six games for PSG as he has adapted well to his new surroundings and new stature as the world’s most expensive player.

One of the Brazilian’s motives for leaving the lure of Messi and Barcelona behind was reportedly his desire to win the Ballon d’Or.

But at 25, his time is more likely to come in future years if Messi (30) and Ronaldo (32) begin to wane.

Neymar will need to live up to the hype of his record price tag not just in Ligue 1, but at Champions League level to be crowned the world’s best, and the visit of Bayern Munich to the Parc des Princes on Wednesday is his greatest opportunity to make an impact before January’s award ceremonies.

Yet, despite the individual nature of the award, it is trophies that tend to tilt the balance of the Ballon d’Or and, having beaten his competitors to La Liga and the Champions League, Ronaldo remains the man to beat.

 

Neymar left Barcelona ‘because of Messi’

Former Barcelona star Jeremy Mathieu knows both Neymar and Lionel Messi very well as he had been playing with the Argentinean and the Brazilian star for many years at the Nou Camp. Mathieu joined Sporting CP in the summer and interviewed by SFR Sport he revealed why Neymar left Barcelona.

“Nobody expected he could leave but his choice must be respected”, the Frenchman said.

“I think he left Barcelona because he was the second choice of Messi. He wants to win the Ballon d’Or and it’s complicated with Barcelona because there is Messi there.”

“He will have more chances to win the Ballon d’Or in Paris. He is the main man and Psg and he must help his new club to win the Champions League.”

Neymar became the most expensive player in the history of football last summer as he joined Psg from Barcelona for € 222 million.
The Brazilian scored 105 goals and registered 80 assists in 186 appearances with the La Liga giants.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What happened in PSG’s dressing room after Neymar and Edinson Cavani’s feud vs Lyon

 

Part of the reason why Neymar flourished at Barcelona was because he had a teammate in Lionel Messi who only ever wanted him to be happy.

We’ve seen in recent weeks just how much Neymar values individual glory; first in his decision to join Paris Saint-Germain, fuelled in part by a desire to win the Ballon d’Or, and then when he clashed with Edinson Cavani in Sunday’s win over Lyon.

While Messi was willing to hand Neymar a penalty when Barcelona beat Cordoba in 2015, Cavani wasn’t quite so generous.

Neymar received a firm no when he asked the Uruguayan to take a penalty against Lyon and was left to sulk about it.

It’s left PSG boss Unai Emery in the unenviable position of having to resolve a feud between two of his most important players.

Real Madrid star Marcelo names Cristiano Ronaldo as the best he’s ever played alongside

The left-back made his choice at the announcement of his contract extension with Real Madrid

Real Madrid’s flying wing-back Marcelo has played alongside some of the best footballers of this generation.

Indeed, with both Brazil and Real, the 29-year-old has laid on assists for the likes of Ronaldinho and Raul, so picking the best player he’s ever lined up with is no easy feat.

The defender signed a new deal to remain at the Bernabeu until 2022, extending a long and glorious career with Los Blancos which began after he was signed from Brazilian club Fluminense in 2007.

At his press conference to announce his contract extension, Marcelo highlighted some of the best he’s played alongside.

“I played with greats like Ronaldo (de Lima), Ronaldinho, and Ruud van Nistelrooy,” he said, according to Marca.

“But because I’ve been training with him for a long time, giving him passes and celebrating goals, I’ll say Cristiano (is the best).”

Marcelo’s contract extension came hot on the heels of news his two-match ban for kicking Levante’s Jefferson Lerma had been downgraded to one game.

The left-back now only misses Sunday’s clash against Real Sociedad and will be available for next Wednesday’s La Liga fixture with Real Betis.

Atletico Madrid want to wrap up £53m deal for Chelsea’s Diego Costa this week

Atletico Madrid are reportedly hopeful of securing a deal worth up to £53m for Spain international striker Diego Costa,

 

The La Liga side, who are unbeaten in the Spanish top-flight so far this term, but have won just one of their opening three fixtures, have been continuously linked with re-signing the Chelsea outcast this summer.

The 28-year-old, who has 16 international caps for his country, has failed to feature for the defending Premier League champions this season after flying off to Brazil following a text message from boss Antonio Conte earlier this summer stating he was not part of his first-team plans.

 

Costa, who arrived at Stamford Bridge back in July 2014 following his reported £32m switch from Atletico, scored 22 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea during the 2016-17 campaign.

 

After being made surplus to requirements in London, the report suggests the La Liga outfit are poised to offer up to £53m for Costa’s services – a £40m bid, plus £9m in add-ons and a £4m bonus payment – and are determined to conclude transfer talks by the end of this week.

Overall, Costa has netted 58 times in 120 games for Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles and the League Cup.

Monaco explain why they sold Martial but kept Lemar

Monaco sold Anthony Martial to Manchester United in 2015 due to fears over Financial Fair Play regulations.

Martial spent little over two years at Monaco before joining United in a deal worth an initial £36.7million in September 2015.

The fee could eventually rise to £56.7m with add-ons, and saw the French side lose their most prized asset at the time.

They sold a number of key players this summer, but vice-president Vadim Vasilyev was keen to point out that this was not due to FFP.

Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayaoko, Benjamin Mendy and Kylian Mbappe all left the Ligue Un champions, but only on Monaco’s terms.

Thomas Lemar stayed at the club despite interest from Arsenal and Liverpool however, and Vasilyev says that Monaco are far better off financially than they were two years ago.

“In 2015 we had to sell in order to meet FFP conditions, so it was more of an obligation. We are, currently, financially safe and sound,” he told L’Equipe.

“You sell when you think it’s the right time. You’ve got to accept the risk and it’s by taking risks that we have got here.

“Sales, they are the consequence of having a great season, the league title, a great manager and an excellent recruitment cell and scouting network.

“We don’t want records. We want to maintain a competitive team while respecting our economic model. And today, we’ve managed it.

“My dream has always been to develop the model, in both an economic and sporting sense, as far as possible. I’d said that a few years ago with Forbes magazine; I see that it is a possibility.”