Four years later, the boy from Madeira returns to his Theatre of Dreams
“That is the one million dollar question: what will make the difference? Nobody knows and the world will stop to watch this tie. It doesn’t look a tie. It looks a final. I doubt the expectation can be bigger than this one.” - Mourinho
It really is the return we’ve been waiting for. Cristiano Ronaldo will once again walk onto the Old Trafford pitch, the stage on which he entertained for 6 years, where he wrote his name in gold, his former home, wearing the iconic number 7. Except this time his shirt is painted blanco.
Some goals never change, by Dan Leydon
Sir Alex loved having him alongside Rooney, but those days have passed.
Mourinho couldn’t stand him, now he can’t imagine his team without Ronaldo.
As he returns to Old Trafford next week, this is inspired by the two men who know, more than anyone, just how dangerous Cristiano can be.
Cristiano x You x Mercurial Vapor IX?
You’ve seen Ronaldo rocking the boot. At the end of the day tomorrow, it can be yours. It’s been far too long, but we’ve teamed up with SoccerPro and they’ve given us a pair of the new Mercurial Vapor IXs. And they are sexy. Right, how do you enter to win these? Pick one of these three options.
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- Link to this post (via Twitter or Tumblr) and tell us all about the awesome things you’ll do with the Vapors. Include the #Mercurial hashtag for kicks.
Cristiano’s free kick - a piece by Dan Leydon
”When planning this piece for AFR I wanted to capture a moment of heightened tension in the Clásico. Something about night games gives a match an added sense of excitement and I love the air of carnival that descends whenever La Liga’s two titans go head-to-head.
Ronaldo’s iconic free kick stance was a definite inclusion and only after I had made the first piece did I have the realisation to add a close up of his eyes.”
By Dominic Vieira, writing from Lisbon
There’s no denying that the two best teams on the planet are about to go head to head in another exhilaratingly exciting El Clásico, managed by revolutionary men, armed with an elite selection of Spanish world champions, sponsored by the two leading sports brands with varying “sports betting vs. Qatar foundation” kit sponsors, featuring two electrifying forwards, the two best players in the world. 90 minutes of speechless, yet dramatic football will be played at the majestic Camp Nou, which could virtually conclude the 2011/12 La Liga season - this match is monumental!
The Ronaldo vs Messi rivalry is a constant feature in any newspaper published today. It’s an unforgettable discussion, stumble into any local café in Madrid or Barcelona and you’ll be entertained with an endless argument; nobody cares about the crisis or alarming unemployment figures in Spain today, or tomorrow. But the answer which neither side will agree on, is, who is better?
The beauty revolving around the rivalry is that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo compete and desire to be number one, both individually and with their clubs. Both players are hard workers and this rivalry is strictly competitive, where they’ve praised each other on numerous occasions, contrasting with the fiery Keane vs Vieira or a bitter Pele vs Maradona. Now the fact that they play for eternal rivals, simply intensifies a battle which has been endless since the day Ronaldo was presented in front of 80,000 roaring fans inside the Bernabeu.
And since transferring for a record to ‘Los Blancos’, he’s seen Messi consectively crowned king of the world by FIFA. Zlatan Ibrahimovic compared the two superstars perfectly during his interview, “Leo Messi is all talent, while Cristiano Ronaldo is the product of much training.” The Swede makes a point which many agree to and in order to be the best ‘o melhor’, a players needs talent and must work hard.
So why isn’t Ronaldo the best?
Nadal vs Ronaldo!
Two of the world’s top athletes go head to head in an energetic battle of explosive speed and precision.
Nike are notorious advertisers and their latest campaign promoting the ‘Mercurial’ boots involving Rafael Nadal and Cristiano Ronaldo certainly entertains fans with a vivacious tennis/football encounter. [posted by Dominic Vieira]
Through Ryu’s Lens: Real Madrid vs. CSKA Moscow, the Cristiano Show.
Actually, Real Madrid’s win over the Russians was one filled with teamwork, and spirited performances by the likes of Kaka, Karim Benzema, Mesut Ozil, and Gonzalo Higuain. But at the end of the day, Cristiano Ronaldo scored two, taking Madrid into the Champions League quarterfinals in emphatic fashion. Mourinho’s squad played wonderfully, but with 128 goals in 128 matches, Cristiano was always going to steal the show. Ryu was at the Bernabeú to watch a living legend in his element.
The EURO 2012-inspired illustrated postcards by Simon Evans
Rooney. Malouda. Zlatan. Cristiano. All will bring their talents to Ukraine and Poland in less than 100 days for EURO 2012. Artist Simon Evans sent us these brilliant “illustrated postcards” that he created as part of a larger project for Goals 5-a-side Soccer Centres. Focusing on the goal celebration, Evans captures the emotions of the stars from England, France, Sweden, and Portugal, respectively.
[Find more about Simon’s project here]