Browsing: Cristiano Ronaldo

Having already matched Barcelona’s landmark streak of 18 during the 2005-06 season, Madrid knew that they needed to secure just one more win to surpass their arch-rivals

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale headline the 40-man shortlist, with the results being announced at the beginning of next year.
A record 6.3 million votes were cast in last year’s edition, where Real Madrid’s Ronaldo enjoyed a seventh successive appearance inside Europe’s elite

Germany, utterly dominant despite playing without a recognised centre forward, went on to win 4-0 with a hat-trick for Muller – the golden boot winner at the last World Cup – and a thunderous header from Mats Hummels

Real Coach Carlo Ancelotti said that Ronaldo “doesn’t have any problems” but acknowledged that he had lingering doubts about Ronaldo’s strike partner, Karim Benzema, and defender Pepe

Their defence overwhelmed the Bayern attack, limited the Germans to just three shots on goal, the first one not even coming until the 60th minute

Ronaldo came within inches of his hat-trick and equalling Lionel Messi’s record of 14 Champions League goals in a season again seven minutes from time, but he had to settle for just a double on the night as his low left-footed effort came back off the post and rebounded to safety

Ronaldo, who is celebrating his 29th birthday on Wednesday, was dismissed with 15 minutes left at the San Mames after pushing Bilbao defender, Carlos Gurpegui, in the face and confronting midfielder Ander Iturraspe

Mourinho, set to leave Real at the end of the season and rejoin Chelsea, was the first to get his marching orders after barking at the officials