November 25th, 2013
Argentine superstar Lionel Messi has surprised everyone by saying that he feels happy that Cristiano Ronaldo has made it to the World Cup with his Portugal team. Real Madrid star Ronaldo is known to have an intense rivalry with Messi especially after he moved to Spanish football. However, there have been rumours that the pair have rivalry only in professional terms and it does not extend into their personal lives. Messi has tried to prove this by saying that he feels happy for Ronaldo not only making to the World Cup, but also to score so many goals like he has done in the last few years.
Ronaldo scored all the four goals in Portugal’s 4-2 win over Sweden on aggregate. This helped them reach the World Cup finals at the expense of Sweden. Ronaldo scored the only goal of the game in the first leg, while he scored a hat-trick in the second to complete the rout. Messi is currently injured after suffering a hamstring injury a few weeks ago. He is not set to return until the end of 2013, which could effectively sealed his challenge to retain the FIFA Ballon d’Or award end with Ronaldo lifting the trophy.
“I was very happy for him when he scored those goals. It’s just great when the best teams compete in Brazil, and Cristiano has had a great scoring rate for many years now. He plays at an outstanding level. I don’t know if this is Cristiano’s best moment, but he is always there, scoring goals in all the games and playing his part for his club and his country,” said Barcelona superstar Messi, who has been the best player over the last four years.
Messi is already 21 goals behind Ronaldo in 2013, which could be a massive factor in the voting for the Ballon d’Or awards.
September 24th, 2013
Former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt has said that his team Fenerbahce need to be extremely cautious ahead of the Champions league match against Salzburg. This is the return leg of the Champions league qualifying round, and Fenerbahce are very close to sealing a place in the final qualifying round. They are likely to face top quality opposition in the next round, but that does not mean that this third qualifying round will be easy according to Kuyt. He has said that he has been in this position before at Liverpool where the club have had to go through qualifying rounds in order to reach the group stages of the Champions league.
He says that the Champions league is one of the strongest competitions in the world, and all the teams taking part in it are extremely strong. Hence, he has urged against any complacency from the Turkish club ahead of the match. Kuyt has been playing for Fenerbahce moving to the club last season for € 1 million. Prior to that, he played for several years at Liverpool since arriving at Anfield in 2006. The Carling cup remains as one of the major trophies won by the Dutch striker, who is also capable of playing on the wings as well.
“We are all excited about the game but these type of matches are never easy. This is the Champions league and anything can happen, I have experienced similar situations many times whilst playing for Liverpool,” said the striker. “With the help of our supporters we aim to qualify for the next round. “Getting results in friendlies is completely different to playing in the Champions League, Salzburg have an advantage in this regard as the Austrian league is already underway,” said Fenerbahce manager Ersun Yanal ahead of the match with Salzburg.