Since Portuguese Sports daily "A Bola" announced days ago that Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo had decided to leave the Spanish Football Club all World Sports papers can´t stop putting on front page & analysing the story these days.

Cristiano Ronaldo is being accused of tax fraud of around 14.7-15 M€ by Spanish tax authorities of evading image rights income generation the last few years. This is big biscuits for you & me, but relative "peanuts" for the likes of World Sports stars like Cristiano Ronaldo. The only bad, & worrying news is, that there is a jail term associated with the accusation.

Said this, the last couple of years Spanish Football who have been full of similar incidentes & accusations of tax fraud: Lionel Messi, Neymar, Xabi Alonso, Mascherano... all practically finished in "out of court" agreements-settlements & upfront payments to the Tax department of the millions of Euros in question. Things look like, beforehand, that the Cristiano Ronaldo case will go down the same road & finish up the same way. So why the desire to leave Real Madrid & in doing so Spain?  

Spanish Football

Few reasons being talked:
  • Innocence - Ronaldo claims he has done nothing wrong. In fact he claims he has followed all the guidelines. The player sees this as a "publicity stunt".
  • The lack of "real" support from Real Madrid - Ronaldo feels Real Madrid is not doing enough to help steer away these accusations.
  • The problems starts from Real Madrid - when he signed he gave the Spanish Club 50% of all image generated income, thus its a Club problem. Plus when he signed there existed the "Beckham Law" ( low tax regimen for foreign players) that later changed & Real Madrid promised to solve in a "mix salary formula". Apparently it did not come forth.
  • Desires a new Club to finish off his career. He has always stated he desires to return to Manchester United. Also there is a story that in Cardiff during the Champions League final, his manager Mendes spoke with Paris St Germain reps.
Latest news is that Cristiano Ronaldo has already taken the decision & this is the real thing.

That´s media. The reality is that the Portuguese star is angry, very angry, & as any person upset is talking all sorts of things, including nonsense or perfectly planned "smoke-screen" strategy. His manager Mendes is a crafty "old fox" & wants to put gasoline onto the fire to pressure Real Madrid to pull all the strings necessary for his player. Real Madrid President Florentino Perez is a very influential Spanish industrialist with friends at the highest level of Spanish authorities & government. Normal to see the Spanish Prime Minister or Cabinet members (political, judicial, business elite...) sitting next to him on match days sharing a chat or two.

But there is more to suggest this is a "baby rage". Cristiano Ronaldo is already part of the Best Football Club in the World currently, will he go down the ladder? Doubt it? The players contract release clause is 1.000M€, no one or Club can pay it. Plus Real Madrid will not sell for less that 150-170M€ the next Golden Ball winner.

Although Football is full of surprising turns, I believe that Roanldo will calm down after his Summer vacations, & all this all will be sorted out in the back rooms in a negotiated (& private) matter, as like Messi & Neymar cases.

There is nothing like a few threats to get things done & moved, apart from selling lots & lots of papers.

Stay tuned!


Spain defeated 2 - 1 Macedonia away from home tonight in their Group G World Cup 2018 qualifier. A relative controlled game for Spain which saw momentary lapses which lead to the Macedonian goal, & numerous goal opportunities for Spain which were not converted.

The Group winner goes straight into the World Cup finals in Russia, with the runner up having to play elimination games which are always risky. The two countries battling out for the top spot are Spain & Italy, & more goals tonight would have been handy as the goal average-difference in the end may decide which country gets top spot.

Spain starting 11 team:
De Gea, Carvajal, Pique, Ramos, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Isco, Iniesta, Thiago, Silva & Diego Costa.

The first half was all Spain with possession Football which lead to their two goals:

  • Silva 15th min
  • Diego Costa 27th min

Spain vs Macedonia

The second half we watched how Spain complicated themselves with a Macedonian goal in the 66th min by Ristovski which unsettled the Spaniards. Macedonia put emphasis on counter-attacking & found two - three more goal occasions which would have been disastrous for Spain if converted by Macedonia.

In the end Spain held things together to manage the vital 3 points & set destiny up for the soon to be Spain vs Italy match which looks like being the game the settles the Group top spot.


The IDEAL UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TEAM 2016/17 as chosen by the UEFA "Technical Team" of Football experts has been announce today.

UEFA ideal team 2017

Here is the Full list:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) & Jan Oblak (At. Madrid)

Defenders: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid) & Diego Godin (Atletico de Madrid).

Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Isco (Real Madrid), Miralem Pjanic (Juventus) & Tiemoué Bakayoko (Mónaco).

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF), Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico de Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (Monaco) & Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich).

As one would expect a line-up full of Real Madrid CF players, apart from players from our Spanish Football teams as FC Barcelona & Atletico de Madrid. An indication of the supremacy of Spanish Football currently in Europe & Globally.


REAL MADRID CF continues making History being the first Club in UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE competition to win back-to-back Titles. Real Madrid defeated 1 - 4 Italian Club Juventus FC win tonight´s UEFA Champions League Title & to take their overall European Cup tally to 12.

Below is the Historic Team Photo of the starting 11 members, with later substitute incorporations of Gareth Bale, Alvaro Morata & Asensio

Real Madrid team vs Juventus UEFA Champions League Final

Cristiano Ronaldo also makes history being the first player who scores first in 3 finals. Apart he takes the leading Champions League goalscorer tally & has half ticket to get his 5th Golden Ball later in the year. The Portuguese star scored twice in tonight's Final.

Real Madrid team vs Juventus UEFA Champions League Final

The first half was very even with Juventus coming out very concentrated & intensely. The Italians rattled the Spaniards in the first 20 mins & Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas needed to make a miracle one handed save from a Pjanic.

Although Real Madrid scored first with a fabulous Cristiano Ronaldo goal, Juventus reacted rapidly equalizing through Mandzukic with a spectacular overhead kick-goal. It seemed the game would be very balanced but things changed drastically in the second half.

Real Madrid team vs Juventus UEFA Champions League Final

Call it the tiredness of Juventus or the freshness of Real Madrid, the 2º half was a Real Madrid show. The Spanish Football team took control of the ball with up to 65% of ball domination . Juventus has not the quality to withstand this form of Football & began to suffer. Important players like Toni Kroos & Modric came into play, along with a marvellous Isco who began to shine. Add to this Casemiro sweeping the dangerous plays, Carvajal speeding down the his flank, Ramos & Varane solid in defence & Marcelo being dangerous... the whole team was on a roll.

The Real Madrid domination paid its dividends with goals from Casemiro, Cristiano Ronaldo & Asensio to complete an excellent victory over Juventus.

The goals

  • Cristiano Ronaldo 20th min, 0 - 1
  • Mundzakic 27th min, 1 - 1
  • Casemiro 61st min, 1 - 2
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 64th min, 1 - 3
  • Asensio 90th min, 1 - 4
Juventus FC loses another final - its their 7th - & with 10 men after Cuadrado got a second yellow card late in the match after intentionally reacting "violently" on Sergio Ramos. The players & their loyal fans will be disappointed, but they can leave proud of their performance & great Italian Football season winning two local titles. 

Lastly Real Madrid Coach Zidane gave a run & made participates of the Final & victory, Grath Bale & Alvaro Morata keeping his philosophy of making every member of the squad feel important, a success factor. 

Congratulations to Real Madrid for the win & excellent season. Spanish Football once again rules European Football at Club level. 


The European Football season ends this season with the UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff (Wales) between JUVENTUS - REAL MADRID CF. The Italians want to break their streak of being "runners-up" (up to 6 times) & give their glorious keeper Buffon a chance at the Golden Ball. While Real Madrid wants to add a 12th European Cup & make history being the only team to win back to back titles.  

Two teams evenly balanced with Juventus very solid defensively - only 3 goals scored against them in this competition - while Real Madrid has its strength upfront with goal fire power. 

Possible starting 11 Juventus-Real Madrid Champions Final

One of the talking points in Sports media & Football fans is the possible start 11 team for Juventus & Real Madrid. Above is a diagram of the speculated starting 11 players. Initially it looks fairly obvious. The debate is more with Real Madrid on whether Coach Zidane will start with Isco or Bale. Everything indicates Isco will start & Bale will come on in the last 20 minutes to at freshness & speed to break up the more tired Juve defence.

Said this it is all speculation at this point & we could find surprises at kick-off. Either way top match coming up tonight & game not to be missed.
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