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Ballon d’Or/Golden Ball 2018 – Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo (Week #10)

A rather quiet week for Lionel Messi who had only one game to play, but who forfeited to be at the side of his wife who gave birth to their third child.  Despite the absence of Argentinian genius, FC Barcelona won 2-0 against the worst– and soon to be relegated – team of La Liga Santander, at Malaga on Saturday.  Quietly, the Catalans are headed into a 25th title Spanish Championship title.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been busier and more productive this week.  The shock tie against Paris Saint-Germain FC allowed him to score a vital away goal for his club and earned Real Madrid CF a 2-1 victory to punch their ticket for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.  Moreover, in La Liga Santander, CR7 scored the two goals of his team in a 2-1 win at Eibar, on Saturday as well.

Here are the statistics of the two players after Week #10 of the year 2018:

Player Games Goals Assists Trophies won
Lionel Messi 16 13 8 0
Cristiano Ronaldo 12 17 3 0
TOTAL Messi by 4 Ronaldo by 4 Messi by 5
Tie

Stay tuned…

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Ballon d’Or/Golden Ball 2018 – Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo (Week #8)

Une semaine de football chargée pour les deux joueurs favoris pour le Ballon d’Or 2018.

Lionel Messi a goûté à la Ligue des Champions la semaine dernière face à Chelsea FC, à Stamford Bridge, le brillant petit lutin a marqué le seul but de son club dans un match nhl de 1-1. Samedi, Le FC Barcelone a affronté Girona, dans un derby local, ou ils l’ont emporté par la marque de 6-1 avec deux buts et une passe décisive de Lionel Messi qui continue de régner dans la Liga Santander.  Luis Suarez fut la grande vedette de ce match avec trois buts et deux passes décisives.

De son côté, Cristiano Ronaldo n’a joué qu’une seule partie cette semaine, un match de championnat contre le Deportivo Alavés il a marqué deux buts.  Plus tôt dans la semaine, le Real Madrid avait affronté Leganes, à l’extérieur, et a remporté le match 3-1, mais CR7 avait été laissé de côté pour ce match.

Voici les statistiques des deux joueurs après huit semaines de football en 2018 :

Player Games Goals Assists Trophies won
Lionel Messi 14 11 8 0
Cristiano Ronaldo 9 12 2 0
TOTAL Messi by 5 Ronaldo by 1 Messi by 6 Tie

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Ballon d’Or/Golden Ball 2018 – Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo (Week #7)

Ballon d’Or/Golden Ball 2018 – Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo (Week #7)

Lionel Messi played just one game this week, a Liga game against Eibar, and managed to collect an assist in a 2-0 victory for FC Barcelona.

In contrast, Cristiano Ronaldo was busier with two games.  The first involving a Champions’ League tie against Paris Saint-Germain FC at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the Portuguese international scoring two goals for Los Merengues.  The second game, a Liga match, at Real Betis and Real Madrid CF collecting the three points with a 5-2 victory and CR7 with one goal.

FC Barcelona is still on top of the Liga, 17 points ahead of their arch-rivals.

Here are the statistics between the two players after week #7 of 2018:

Player Games Goals Assists Trophies won
Lionel Messi 12 8 7 0
Cristiano Ronaldo 8 10 2 0
TOTAL Messi by 4 Ronaldo by 2 Messi by 5 Tie

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Ballon d’Or 2018 – Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo (Week #1-4)

A new year and a new chance to see who will win the Ballon d’Or.  In 2017, Cristiano Ronaldo won his fifth trophy, equaling Lionel Messi in the process.

Who will win this year?  We will have a weekly look at the statistics and trophies won by the two best players on the planet as we speak.

Player Games Goals Assists Trophies won
Lionel Messi 7 8  4 0
Cristiano Ronaldo 4 4  1 0
TOTAL  Messi by 3  Messi by 4  Messi by 3  Tie

La soupe chaude pour Zinedine Zidane et le Real Madrid CF

Oh que les supporters du Real Madrid ne s’y attendaient pas. Malgré un début de saison difficile en Liga et des performances plus ou moins convaincantes en Ligue des Champions, les Merengues avaient la possibilité de se hisser en demi-finale de la Coupe du Roi d’Espagne en affrontant le modeste  adversaire local, Leganes, en quarts de finale de la compétition.

Comme les matchs de Coupe du Roi ont lieu en aller-retour, le Real Madrid se sentait confiant avec une victoire de 1-0 à l’aller à l’extérieur leur permettant de ne pas trop s’inquiéter du match retour au Santiago Bernabeu avec le but à l’extérieur en poche. Résultat des courses? Victoire du petit poussin 2-1 sur le géant béhémoth leur assurant la qualification et éliminant, par le fait même, le champion espagnol, européen et mondial. Tout simplement stupéfiant. L’allure de match ne devrait pas être trompeuse, même si le Real a dominé comme prévu, de là à les voir se faire battre sur leur propre terrain dans un match important comme celui-là, c’est inacceptable pour un tel club.

Oui, Cristiano Ronaldo n’était pas là. Oui, Gareth Bale fut ménagé également. Cependant, une équipe qui compte sur des joueurs comme Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Sergio Ramos, Isco etc. ne devraient pas subir ce type de sort. Les décisions tactiques de « Zizou » ont souvent été critiquées en Espagne et à Madrid plus particulièrement. Le système de rotation en Coupe a souri aux Los Blancos… jusqu’à hier.

Maintenant, avec 19 points de retard (et un match en main) sur le FC Barcelone, leader actuel en Liga, une sortie prématurée en Coupe et une huitième de finale en vue difficile contre le Paris Saint-Germain de Neymar, Edinson Cavani et Kylian Mbappé Lottin, le risque de voir le double champion européen consécutif être bredouille en fin de saison augmente de semaine en semaine. Et ce n’est pas bon signe pour l’ancien numéro 10 de l’Équipe de France qui, malgré tous ses succès depuis qu’il a pris les rênes du club en janvier 2016, pourrait se voir montrer la porte de sortie dans un club dont la patience est loin d’être une vertu.

Ce n’est pas le FC Barcelone et ses supporteurs qui vont être déçus…

Real Madrid CF – 2016-17 Champions League Winners

Congratulations on Real Madrid CF for winning this year’s trophy and their unprecedented 12th title.  This final was never really in doubt for Los Merengues and manager Zinedine Zidane has a lot of credit to take for this victory and for clinching La Liga title that preceded this triumph.

Even though Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace and is now in pole position to win a fifth Ballon d’Or, let’s remember that the appointment of “Zizou” as the manager of Real Madrid CF in January 2016 has changed a lot of things.  At the time, under Rafael Benitez, Los Blancos, despite not having a bad record, lost a few games such a 4-0 loss at the Santiago Bernabeu against arch-rivals, FC Barcelona.

President Fiorentino Perez, never shy of “pulling the trigger” when it comes time to making a manager’s change, decided to give the keys to the man who was coaching Real Madrid B team at the time.  The results since that then have been nothing short but spectacular.  Los Blancos made a run to win La Liga title up until the end of the last season, only to witness FC Barcelona win at the end.  They’ve also reached the Champions League final and beat Atlético de Madrid on penalty kicks for their 11th Champions League triumph.  This season, they’ve won La Liga (for the first time since 2012, under José Mourinho) and became the first team ever to repeat as Champions League winners.  A double.

Can Real Madrid achieve the same amount of success next and for years to come?  We shall see.  Until today, with Zinedine Zidane at the helm, it has been all business for La Casa Blanca.

Stay tuned…

2016-17 Champions League Final – Real Madrid CF vs. Juventus FC

Ahh, the Champions League final!

An event difficult to miss, especially when two giants of European, if not, World football collide for the most prestigious prize in club football, the UEFA Champions League.  Both clubs have been impressive leading up to the final.

Juventus FC on pace for their first possible triple (having already secured Serie A and la Coppa d’Italia) have eliminated FC Porto, FC Barcelona and AS Monaco FC en route to Cardiff, Wales.  Real Madrid CF has had to deal with SSC Napoli in the Round of 16, then FC Bayern Munich and derby rivals Atlético Madrid.

For Los Blancos, it will be a chance to make history as being the first club to win back-to-back Champions League titles since the introduction of this format in 1992.  For reasons difficult to explain, no team has ever been able to repeat as champions.  As for I Bianconeri, it will be a chance to finally lift the trophy after failing to win it in 2003 vs. AC Milan and 2015 vs. FC Barcelona.  We have to go back in 1996 and their success on penalty kicks versus titleholders Ajax Amsterdam to witness The Old Lady winning the title.

It is a 50/50 final.  Despite the tremendous amount of talent and money Real Madrid has at its diposal, la Juve has been able to inject more funds and more quality players to their side in the past few years.  The recent additions of Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado, Miralem Pjanic, Dani Alves, Mario Mandzukic etc. have made this team more dangerous than ever.  And after beating Real Madrid, two years ago, to reach the final of this same competition, the confidence level will be high for the Italians.

Prediction – Juventus FC ends its 21 year drought and complete their treble by winning 2-1.