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Monday Kickoff: Ronaldo, Madrid reportedly at odds; FIFA bans presidents; and more


The relationship between Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid is apparently quickly deteriorating.

Following the club’s first loss of the season to Sevilla on Nov. 8, the Portuguese star expressed his anger with the team’s tactical approach this season. He also said he and head coach Rafa Benitez are not seeing eye to eye.

“With this manager we’ll win nothing,” Ronaldo said, according to Spanish outlet El Confidencial.

Club president Florentino Perez reportedly thinks Ronaldo is “ungrateful” and he’s ready to depart with the 31-year-old playmaker.

“If anyone pays his release clause, then we should just let him go,” Benitez reportedly said.

According to The Sun, Real Madrid will sell Ronaldo if it can receive at least $121.6 million (£80 million) from an interested party. Ronaldo has already stated that he wants keep his “dignity” and not finish his career in the U.S. or Qatar.

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Another day, another important decision made by FIFA’s Ethics Committee.

The adjudicatory chamber of the committee officially banned All-Nepal Football Association president Ganesh Thapa and Lao Football Federation president Viphet Sihachakr from all soccer activities for ten and two years, respectively.

“Mr Thapa, in the context of the 2009 and 2011 elections for the FIFA Executive Committee at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) congress, committed various acts of misconduct over several years, including the solicitation and acceptance of cash payments from another football official, for both personal and family gain,” a release from FIFA reads.

“Mr Sihachakr, in the context of the 2011 elections for the FIFA Executive Committee at the AFC congress, solicited and accepted a payment from another football official which constituted a breach of article 13 (General rules of conduct),” the release says, “article 19 (Conflicts of interest) and article 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) of the (FIFA Code of Ethics).”


Many might think that in order to be a president of a soccer league, one must remain impartial.

However, that’s apparently not the case in Spain.

La Liga president Javier Tebas admitted he was a Real Madrid supporter ahead of ‘El Clasico,’ which is scheduled to take place on Saturday.

“Clearly,” he told Spanish outlet AS when asked if he supported Madrid. “If I say the contrary, that I support neither, then that would be hypocritical and I would be tainted as a liar. And I certainly don’t like to be called a liar.

“Imagine if I said that I loved all teams, and then it came out that I supported Madrid since I was a lad, went to 27 ‘Clásicos’ in the past, that I celebrated Madrid wins with friends in a bar… I prefer to call it as it is.”


Liverpool and Arsenal are in a reported bidding war for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka. (REPORT)

David Nakhid has appealed with the Court of Arbitration for Sport after FIFA ruled him ineligible to run in the upcoming presidential election. (REPORT)

Barcelona B coach Gerard Lopez says Lionel Messi’s recovery ahead of ‘El Clasico’ against Real Madrid on Saturday “seems positive.” (REPORT)

Euro 2016 organizer Jacques Lambert said over the weekend that next year’s tournament, which will be hosted by France, will continue on as scheduled in spite of the attacks in Paris on Friday. (REPORT)

Hungary defeated Norway, 2-1, on Sunday and topped it, 3-1 on aggregate, to advance to Euro 2016.

Mexico left back Jorge Torres Nilo injured his right ankle and will not travel with the team to play Honduras in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. (REPORT)


  1. I guess the president of la liga being a real supporter makes sense due to the present “conspiracy” theories for the classico. As well as many of the atrocious decisions FCB has dealt with the past few years. I think we need to put in perspective how good this barca team has been during the messi era, due to everything they have been through in the league.

  2. i’m with CR on this one. we had a coach in Carlo who everyone in the locker room respected. we played the “Real Madrid” way and we won things. Perez is the problem here. he blew up that balance in the locker room by firing Carlo and bringing in a guy like Rafa. sure enough, Rafa is playing the style he always plays which is not the way our players like to play. sure, Madrid are getting the results, but it does not look sustainable.

    for me, it is Perez who needs to go.


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