“I admire a lot what Messi has done and he felt sorry for me leaving”

“I admire a lot what Messi has done and he felt sorry for me leaving”

Cristiano Ronaldo spoke again of his rivalry with Leo Messi. The Portuguese crack has done it in an interview on TVI where he has told the relationship he has had with the Argentine star. The two best players in the world have five Golden Balls each and have coincided in time and space, when he was at Real Madrid, something that has allowed them to improve as the Portuguese soccer player acknowledges. “I have no doubt that Messi has made me a better player and vice versa,” he told TV1. The Portuguese player has confirmed that they maintain excellent professional treatment and how it has affected their rivalry on the pitch in their growth with the step of the years. “I admire a lot what Messi has done. He already said publicly when I left the Spanish League that he” felt sorry “, because he liked that rivalry. Messi had already admitted about the last three Champions that we had won that he felt a bit annoying. It’s normal, just like I would have liked to win titles he won with Barcelona ”

A healthy rivalry “It’s a good rivalry that exists in football, but it’s not unique. Michael Jordan had them in basketball, Ayrton Senna and Prost in Formula 1 … What they all had in common is that they were healthy rivalries. I have an excellent professional relationship with Messi because we have been sharing the same moments for 15 years, “Cristiano also clarified that Messi is as competitive and ambitious as he is, even in individual trophies. “When he sees me win trophies it must hurt, and the same for me when he does. I admire the career he has had,” Cristiano settled. Ronaldo even dared to say that he would share a table and tablecloth with Messi: “We have never had dinner together, but I don’t see why we can’t do it in the future. He’s Argentine, my girlfriend too, that’s why I don’t see any problem,” he concluded. .

Luka Jovic has written in The Player’s Tribune an article in which he reviews his childhood, talks about the illness of his sister, Benfica, Eintracht …

Luka Jovic has written in The Player’s Tribune an article in which he reviews his childhood, talks about the illness of his sister, Benfica, Eintracht …

Luka Jovic, new player of Real Madrid, has written in ‘The Player’s Tribune’, a medium in which it is the athletes who directly write what they want without there being any newspaper filter in between. The Serbian attacker reviews his career so far, as well as the hard times that he and his family have gone through until they reach Real Madrid.

“In this life, all people have certain gifts, and I think mine is to score goals, I think I was born with it,” he explains about his ability to score goals, and continues: “I do not know how I ended up playing as a striker, but since As a child, I used to have two VHS tapes of all the goals scored in each World Cup until 2006, I think I remember being hypnotized with Roger Milla, of the Cameroon national team in Italy’90 , and of course Ronaldo (Nazario), I was obsessed with the way he did the bikes in front of the goalkeepers, I remember it was as fast as a magician’s trick, I practiced doing it at home, Ronaldo played football so easily, almost as if he were at 30%, and I thought it was incredible, his style and confidence left a mark on me. ”

The new white attacker also reviews his origins in the world of football: “I grew up in a place called Batar, it’s a really small place, with only 105 houses in the whole town, but for me it’s special. Once: ‘My village is prettier than Paris’, and that’s how I see it too, almost everyone works in agriculture, and if you ask them what they believe in, they’ll tell you two things: work hard and dream big Everyone in Batar works hard to save enough money and help their children go to college or move to a bigger city to work in. That happened to me: my parents worked hard to help me find my way in the There is one issue that I do not like to talk about much: when I was nine or ten years old, my older sister got very sick, that moment marked our lives, the doctors discovered that she had leukemia, and she was in and out of the hospital for a long time. My mother had to stop running the supermarket to take care of her. During a whole year, our family was divided. I lived with my dad and my grandfather, going to and coming to training sessions at the Red Star in Belgrade, while my mother stayed with my sister. ”

Origins in Batar
“When my sister overcame her illness, she gave me the courage to succeed, I wanted to be a winner like her.” My dream was like all the children in Batar: play for the Red Star and score against the Partizan in the Eternal Derby. Red, it’s all about winning, if you do not win, then it’s a failure, there’s a story a few years ago, when the team was struggling and had some financial difficulties, some of the players wrote a letter to the fans in the newspaper He said something like, ‘Look, things are difficult right now, the club can not even buy shampoo bottles for showers.’ The next day, some fans burst into players’ cars and put shampoo bottles on The seats – this is more than a football club – growing up in this environment gives you the confidence to never scare you for nothing. ”

He also briefly reviews his time at Benfica: “I decided to go to Benfica to advance my career. But I think everything happened very fast. My family means the absolute world to me and I really was not ready to leave them. Being 18 years old and moving 3,000 kilometers away, to a place where you do not speak the language … it’s not just football anymore. Your life is not simple. When I first arrived in Lisbon, I thought about my home and just started crying for no reason. It was a bad time in my career because I felt very lonely. But fortunately, everything changed when I was able to move to Eintracht Frankfurt. I will always love and appreciate Eintracht, because this is not a club that deals with money or expensive players. On the contrary, it is about chemistry and an incredible sense of union with the fans. I really started enjoying my football again when I moved there. When we won the German Cup in 2018, the whole atmosphere in the stadium and in the city was electric. It looked a lot like the Red Star, and I made a lot of friends in Frankfurt that I will keep forever. ”

“The last time I played for the Serbian national team, one of my teammates, Stefan Mitrović, said something like: ‘Man, the things you could do if you had your confidence’. It makes sense to me. How can you be a forward without having confidence? For that position, the most important part is not the beginning, it is the end. Trust is the most important thing for any striker. And I have a lot of confidence. I have never doubted my worth and I always believe that I am the best. Where will this story continue? What will I achieve? Which is the end? I do not know, but I have very big dreams … “

Real Madrid makes official the sale of Kovacic to Chelsea


Mateo Kovacic is already officially Chelsea’s new player. Real Madrid has announced the transfer of the Croatian soccer player to the London club, which will enter 45 million euros. A good operation with a player that last summer decided he wanted to leave Real Madrid to enjoy more minutes. Real Madrid signed Kovacic del Inter in the summer of 2015. A contract for a 21-year-old player for which he paid 30 million. Four years later, I sold it for 45, so the economic-sports performance is fantastic to the white team, who tried unsuccessfully to retain the player last season. The footballer, after winning three Champions consecutively, was clear that the curriculum already had him full and he wanted to enjoy more minutes. The London club gave them last year during the transfer season and Kovacic has not hesitated for a minute when accepting the purchase offer. With the departure of Kovacic, Madrid already enters more than 100 million euros, joining the almost 40 of Llorente and 20 of Theo.

Bayern Munich officially marks the departure of James Rodriguez


Rummenigge: “James asked us not to exercise the option to buy”

Bayern made official what was already an open secret. James Rodriguez, after two years on loan, will not continue in Munich. According to the club in his statement, the Colombian international requested not to exercise the purchase option, which Bayern has fulfilled.

The Colombian will now return to Real Madrid, albeit for a short time. Zidane does not count on him and Madrid is already looking for the destination. The repurchase option that Bayern had for the player was 42 million, a figure lower than what the white club now expects for the Colombian. “I thank James, on behalf of Bayern, for these two years of success, the Bundesliga twice and the Cup with him, we also reached the Champions League semifinals with him last season, James made an important contribution to all of these success, we wish James the best for his future, “he explains. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. The club also made public the words of thanks of James: “I want to thank the whole club and the fans, who have always given us a lot of support.” They were two unforgettable years for me in Munich and I have always felt very good here. I bring the best memories and I wish Bayern the best for the future. “

New record difference with Real Madrid: 19 points


The Liga Santader has ended with a new record difference between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. The white defeat against Betis (0-2), coupled with the Blaugrana draw in Ipurua against Eibar (2-2) has left the distance between both teams in 19 points.

The new record surpasses the 17 points that the team of Ernesto Valverde achieved last year, a distance that equaled the difference established in the 1984-1985 season, with Terry Venables at the helm of FC Barcelona.

That course, Barca was champion, with 53 points, while Real Madrid was fifth, with 26, behind Athletic, Athletic and Real Sociedad. Amancio Amaro started directing a white team that ended with Luis Molowny in charge.

The 17 points of distance were much more meritorious, considering that at that time only two points for victory were added.

Last season, the Blaugrana team won the title with 93 points and the Madrid team was third, with 76.

The greatest historical distance between these two rivals is still in favor of Real Madrid, which the 2002-2003 season finished 22 points above Barça.

Vicente del Bosque led the white team, while at Barça Louis van Gaal started and Radomir Antic finished, after a transitional step by Toño de la Cruz.