Giles: Bale need to leave Ronaldo to be great
Republic of Ireland national team legend Johnny Giles commented on Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale's potential in world football and the disadvantages of playing in the same team with Cristiano Ronaldo. "It seems to me that he[Bale] needs to get away from Ronaldo to make the final step," Giles wrote in the Irish Independent. "His problem is that he is trying to find room to express his talent in a team controlled by a gigantic ego. Bale is good enough to be the main man but he can't be while Ronaldo is around. "While Ronaldo, with all his money and medals, still feels the need to show off, still stands on the tips of his toes to make himself big in team photos, Bale gets on with his work and plays for the team," the legend concluded. Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have been playing together for Real Madrid since 2013. The Wales international has played in 22 games in the current season, having scored nine goals and assisted four times.
Real Madrid to battle Barcelona for Mahrez transfer
Barcelona face competition from Real Madrid for Leicester City attacking midfielder Riyad Mahrez. Barcelona and Liverpool have been linked with the 26-year-old this week, nevertheless according to Don Balon, Real are also eyeing the Algeria international. The Serie A titleholders players would welcome Mahrez's arrival, with the attacker likely to arrive for summer flop Paco Alcacer. Nonetheless, Real are also scouting him, where manager Zinedine Zidane is a favourite of Mahrez. Indeed, should it become a straight shootout between Barca and Real, Mahrez is expected to choose Madrid thanks to Zizou's influence.
Barcelona offer Isco a massive signing bonus
Barcelona have offered Isco a massive signing bonus to quit Real Madrid. According to El Chiringuito, the Real midfielder has held talks with the La Liga titleholders, along with his father. Barcelona have offered the 24-year-old a five-year contract plus a staggering €20 million signing on bonus. Nevertheless, sources say "it will be a very difficult signing". For their part, news of Barca's offer has been greeted by disbelief inside Real, though they accept Isco wants to leave this summer.
Barcelona want to land Isco
Barcelona have devised a back-handed plan to land Isco from fierce rivals Real Madrid next year, reports RAC1. The 24-year-old, who has 16 months left to run of his contract at the Bernabeu, is yet to commit to a new deal with the reigning European champions. Barca are one of a number of clubs interested in the Spain international, although reports have claimed the player has a clause in his contract which prevents him from crossing the El Clasico divide. However, with Barca able to sign him once his contract expires, RAC1 claim Isco will be handed a €20m (£17.2m) signing-on fee if he runs his contract down and moves to the Camp Nou on a free in 2018.
TOP 5 Sportsmen who met sports legends in childhood and then became stars themselves
Almost every kid wishes to have a photo with a sports stars or get their autographs. Some of them, though, don't even imagine that they will become stars themselves in future. We collected the TOP 5 stories about those sportsmen who met renown sports stars in their childhood and then managed to climb to the top of the sports world themselves. Michael Phelps and Joseph Schooling Singaporean swimmer Joseph Schooling, 21 years old currently, met his idol Michael Phelps in 2008. That was one of the happiest days in the kid's entire life. Being impressed with Phelps' success, Schooling devoted himself to swimming and started to train hard to become a professional swimmer himself. He couldn't even imagine then that one day he will take part in the Olympics. Moreover, as an irony of fate, Schooling beat Phelps in 100 m butterfly to win the gold medal. Days later, Phelps posted a picture with Schooling and wrote, "'What a race!! Congrats to @josephschooling !!! We've got an updated pic!! Best of luck bro!! I'll be watching!' Mateo Kovacic and Steven Gerrard A young Mateo Kovacic was serving as a ball boy in Croatia when Liverpool visited the country. After the game, Kovacic ran towards Steven Gerrard and wanted to shake the hand of a man, who was famous not only in England but around the world, too. Steven, however, didn't pay attention to the kid, breaking his heart, which left Mateo with tears. Later on, Mateo Kovacic became a professional player and joined Inter Milan. Playing for the Italian side, Kovacic has been identified as a potential Steven Gerrard replacement in 2015. However, Kovacic didn't join Liverpool and decided to make a move to Real Madrid where he still plays. Neymar and Robinho Football experts were predicting a bright future for a kid named Neymar. He was compared to Robinho with the style of play and with the skills he got. Years later, Robinho joined Santos first team and started to score dozens of goals. Neymar, by his side, experienced hard days in his career and decided to move back to his home country and play for Santos in 2010. It was then when the pair started doing some magic together. Moreover, they played for the Brazil national team too. Wesley Sneijder and Frank Rijkaard Sneijder was a little kid when he had the chance to take a picture with Ajax legend Frank Rijkaard who is considered as one of the best players in his generation. Years later, Sneijder became one of the leading players in Ajax himself, making Real Madrid spend big money on his transfer. He has successfully played not only for these two clubs but for Inter Milan and Galatasaray, apart from being one of the captains and most important players for the Netherlands national team. Daniel Carvajal and Alfredo di Stefano Real Madrid started to construct their new training ground in Valdebebas in the early 00's and officially opened it in 2005. As it usually happens with the construction of new facilities, the first stone was laid in an official ceremony, where many football stars of that time and the past were present, including Alfredo di Stefano, one of the best players in the game's history. He was responsible for laying the first stone along with a kid from club academy, Daniel Carvajal. They put a Real Madrid jersey under the stone and gave the start of the construction. Years past, and Daniel Carvajal climbed the ladder of club's academy. Now Daniel Carvajal is a regular started for Real Madrid main team, having won two Champions League titles with the club. Bonus: Mauro Icardi and Maxi Lopez This story is a little bit different from those presented above. Three people feature in this story instead of two: Maxi Lopez, Mauro Icardi and Wanda Nara. Maxi Lopez was playing for Barcelona in mid 00's, and was famous in his home country, Argentina. A young Argentinian boy, named Mauro, had a chance to get an autograph from Maxi. The latter couldn't even imagine that years later they will become friends at first and enemies later on. Wanda Nara and Maxi Lopez were married when she met Icardi for the first time. Icardi and Lopez were friends and spent much time together. However, Nara was not indifferent to Icardi. Their relationship started with a little request from Wanda to buy a new Ipad from the US, which was only an excuse for getting in touch with Mauro, as it was revealed later. Since then, their relationship got closer and closer, and one day Wanda and Maxi decided to divorce, despite having three children. Now Wanda and Icardi are together. And not only in life, but in sports, too. Wanda is Icardi's agent and is one of the most powerful persons in Italy.
Juventus fullback on Real radar
Juventus fullback Alex Sandro is a target for Real Madrid. The La Liga side are seeking cover for Marcelo this summer and Sandro is under consideration. The Brazilian has shone for the Serie A titleholders this season, scoring two goals and boasting five assists. According to A Bola, Real and Chelsea are both eyeing Sandro, though face having to pay huge money to convince Juve to sell. The Bianconeri rate Sandro at €45 million. Note that Sandro has made 32 appearances during this season.
Juventus and Real Madrid target will not move from his club
Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams insists he won't agitate for a move from San Mames. The youngster has been scouted by Liverpool and is aware of interest from Juventus and Real Madrid. "I'm very well with Athletic Bilbao, I'm proud to be part of this club, and I will not change," Williams told Cadena Cope. "Juventus and Real Madrid? They are big clubs, but why change when I am already in a great club like this?" The young attacker has also been linked with Liverpool this season.
TOP 5 facts about Cristiano Ronaldo you might have not heard about
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players in modern football. There are many speaking points about the Portuguese star who has literally won everything during his playing career. There are many well-known facts about him, but you may have still missed some of them. We have collected the TOP 5 facts about Ronaldo. 1. He could join Juventus instead of Manchester United in 2003 The Portuguese youngster who was thinking about leaving Portugal in 2003 could have moved to Italy instead of England. Sporting Lisbon directors had already reached an agreement with Juventus and as a compensation, Juventus had not only to pay a significant amount of money but also to transfer Marcelo Salas to the opposite direction. Ronaldo had passed the medical tests and even packed his luggage when the Turin-based side called to Sporting and told that Salas decided to reject the move to Portugal. The contract was canceled and Ronaldo transferred to Manchester United weeks later. 2. Ronaldo was named after former US president Ronald Reagan Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro. This is Ronaldo's full name. His second name was given after the US president Ronald Reagan. It may seem a strange choice, and the initiator of this idea was Cristiano's father who was a big fan of Reagan's talent. It's a well-known fact, that Reagan was a Hollywood star before he runs for the presidency. 3. Taboo on tattoos Everybody knows that Ronaldo is strictly following his body shape and his look. Many people even say that he spends more time on his body than on football. And the most interesting thing is that he doesn't have any tattoos. An explanation to this surely exists. Ronaldo is a blood donor. He has even become the face of Red Cross and shoot a social advertisement with a slogan "I don't have tattoos because I cannot be a donor if I have them". 4. Heart surgery For his successful sporting career, Ronaldo owes not only to his talent and hard work but also to Sporting Lisbon doctors. A tachycardia (heart rhythm disorder) was detected when he was just 15 years old. Even thought about becoming a professional player could have killed him given the fact of this kind of a heart problem. However, the professional approach and the fast reaction of the medical staff let him not only overcome the illness but also become the player that he is now. 5. Ronaldo threw a chair at his teacher Ronaldo moved to his home city of Madeira in 1997, where he had to continue his education in Sporting academy. He was in middle school then. Ronaldo was popular with other students at school – but not with the teachers. He was even expelled from school at the age of 14 when he threw a chair at his teacher after the latter disrespected him and made fun of him.
Griezmann does not rule out Madrid or Barca move
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann admitted he can never rule out the possibility of moving to other Spanish grands Real Madrid and Barcelona. "Barcelona or Real Madrid? Why not? It has always been a dream to play at one of the strongest clubs in the world, like these two or Bayern Munich in Germany or top clubs in EPL," Griezmann told L'Equipe while on international duty. However, right now I do not see myself as a Madrid or Barce player. In general, I don't see myself outside Spain. It's so sunny here, I like it. It helps me perform better," the Frenchman added.
CARTOON: Ramos vs Pique in clubs and in Spain
Famous Cartoon artist Omar Momani reflected on Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique rivalry. The Spanish players have announced they will have to put their "weapons down" for the international break, as their rivalry should not affect Spanish national team performance. Sergio Ramos & Gerard Piqué - so are they friends or not?! 😂 سيرجيو راموس وجيرارد بيكيه - هل هم أصدقاء أم [email protected] @3gerardpique pic.twitter.com/WHlM2ilI51 — Omar Momani (@omomani) 22 марта 2017 г. Sergio Ramos admitted he "will have to hug Pique" for Spain prosperity. The link of Ramos announcement can be found below. http://www.vbetnews.com/ramos-i-will-give-pique-a-hug