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Wednesday Kickoff: Ronaldo hopes to retire with Real; Prince Ali looks for timely election; and more


Cristiano Ronaldo knows that, one day, his illustrious career will come to an end. He just hopes that day comes as a remember of Real Madrid.

Ronaldo says that he wants to remain with the Spanish giant for as long as possible, while acknowledging that he believes he has five or six more years in him to compete at the top level. Currently, Ronaldo has three years remaining on his contract with the club.

“I want to win more. I still feel good, I feel young,” Ronaldo said. “I am 30 and I want to play five or six more years, and in these years I want to do well and try and keep the level of recent seasons. I know that it gets harder all the time, but in my head it is possible.

“I want to win and I am at the best club in the world. Logically, I have a contract up to 33, and as I have said many times my dream was to finish here at Real Madrid, because I feel good, I feel useful, and I want to stay.”

Here are some more news and notes to kick off your Wednesday morning:


FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al-Hussein hopes that the upcoming election goes on as scheduled.

The Jordan Football Association president, who was defeated by Sepp Blatter for the presidency earlier this year, says that the upcoming election must not be delayed. FIFA’s Executive Committee is set to hold a meeting next week where the topic of delaying the election may be discussed, something Prince Ali is strongly opposed to.

“Recent events at FIFA have shown us that no one is above the law,” Prince Ali said. “The Ethics Committee must now be allowed to do its work in a robust and timely fashion.
With FIFA’s crisis deepening, the organization needs to move beyond interim leadership and elect an accountable president.

“Members of the FIFA Executive Committee should remember that Football Associations, players, coaches and fans the world over are watching. The Exco should not interfere with an ongoing process that was put in place by the ad hoc electoral committee. The election date of February 26 was set three months ago with a clear procedure that meets all of FIFA’s statutory requirements. Candidates have had plenty of time to declare and still do. The rules should not be changed after the game has started.”


Both England and Latvia are set to face punishment for the actions of their fans at a recent Euro 2016 qualifier.

UEFA is set to discipline both nations as a result of crowd issues in England’s 3-0 win in Lithuania on Monday. Disturbances in the stands broke out ahead of kickoff, forcing riot police to enter the stands. The Lithuanian federation was also charged over ticket breaches, as well as blocked stairways. The cases will be heard on October 22.

“We were naturally concerned to witness scenes of disorder in Lithuania,” said an English FA spokesman. “However, we must be clear that these incidents did not happen within the official England Supporters Travel Club area, where supporters who had bought tickets from the FA were housed.

“We would encourage the authorities to identify anybody involved in disorder and deal with them appropriately through the criminal system and with banning orders. We will, of course, fully co-operate with UEFA.”


Harry Redknapp says that Liverpool offered Carlo Ancelotti the club’s managerial position before hiring Jurgen Klopp last week. (REPORT)

Victor Valdes’ agent says the goalkeeper must leave Manchester United in January. (REPORT)


South African official Lindile Kika has been given a six-year ban for match fixing. (REPORT)

Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse has been arrested as part of an investigation into alleged blackmail regarding a sex tape. (REPORT)

What do you think of Ronaldo’s statements? What do you expect from the FIFA elections? How would you handle crowd trouble like that seen in Lithuania-England?

Share your thoughts below.



  1. I can easily see LAFC or another top club (where he might actually wanna live) offering him a five year deal for $50 million, plus cut on tickets and merchandise, and him being an absolute God here. He’s just posturing by saying he wants to retire there / play until he’s 40yo.

  2. LAFC will make an offer to CR7 that he could not refuse; especially if he is in decline by that time. Hurts my heart as a Galaxy & CR7 fan.

    • Ronaldo says he has a contract til he’s 33 in 2018. A 33-34 y.o. Ronaldo will still be better than 90 percent of the players in the MLS. As for money? If an MLS team like LAFC did not have to pay a transfer fee. They could give him a salary 5-10 percent of what he’s currently making and STILL not be the highest paid athlete in LA. 2016 is a crucial time because negotiations begin If he does not sign a new contract by early 2017, Real Madrid will put him on the transfer market to get at least something out of him because in June of 2018 he is a free agent, with no transfer fee required. In 2018 LAFC and the former Real MAdrid and Man, U star David Beckham will also debut his new MLS team.

      The fact that Ronaldo has professed he wants to be a movie star, and LAFC is owned by movie and entertainment companies, is quite the juxtaposition.

  3. Hopefully, the quality of MLS will improve enough over the next five years that no teams will want to overpay a 36 years old, over-the-hill Ronaldo.


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