Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti insists that he is not in the least bit perturbed by Cristiano Ronaldo’s three-game goal drought. Buy Fifa 15 Coins Service on UTfifa15coins to get Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portugal international struck 28 times during his first 17 games of the Liga season but has not managed to find the back of the net since bagging a double in the 3-0 win at Getafe on January 18.

Ronaldo received a great deal of criticism after going ahead with his 30th birthday celebrations following last weekend’s 4-0 humbling at the hands of city rivals Atletico Madrid and failed to silence his critics in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Deportivo, with Isco and Karim Benzema instead inspiring Los Blancos to victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, Ancelotti sees no cause for concern, pointing out that Ronaldo played his part in Real’s triumph with an assist for Benzema.

“Cristiano didn’t score but created danger throughout the match,” he told reporters afterwards. “He assisted on a goal, had a shot off the bar and didn’t misplace passes. He was good.

“It wasn’t an easy game. We only played well in parts and we had tough spells. The week was different, delicate, complicated, but we came out of it with a win.

“Today we did at times what we always do. There were worries, but everything turned out alright.”

Lucas Silva made his first appearance for Madrid following his January transfer from Corinthians. Ancelotti was pleased with what he saw from his new recruit during the Brazilian’s 15-minute cameo and also found time to praise in-form attacking midfielder Isco.

“Lucas came on for Asier Illarramendi and had a good debut,” the Italian coach added. “I think that he is ready to play as starter.

“Isco, meanwhile, is enjoying a very good moment and we should enjoy his performances.”

Madrid’s victory over Depor moves them four points clear of Barcelona at the top of the Primera Division, with the Catalans set to host Levante at Camp Nou on Sunday.

The secret of Cristiano Ronaldo’s muscle

We know he does thousands of sit-ups every day, he has told us that before. But what else does Cristiano do to get that flawless six-pack and sculpted body?

“When Cristiano Ronaldo was at United, he averaged 50 games a season, 4,000 minutes on field, three games a week,” said Manchester United coach Tony Strudwick last year.

“Come the business end of the season we had to get him to recover. How can we keep him in a high performance state? All the information we gather from data keeps him there.”

The Real Madrid man will miss the club’s next two matches after he was sent off against Cordoba last week but he is keepi9ng himself in top shape as he prepares for his comeback game against Madrid rivals Atletico on February 7.

Here is CR7 working that core:

Neymar thinks Cristiano Ronaldo should be punished for his actions


Neymar believes Cristiano Ronaldo “needs to be punished” for the action that led to his red card last weekend, though the Barcelona star did commiserate with his La Liga rival about the incident.

“It is difficult because sometimes there is provocation,” he said. “It happened to Zinedine Zidane, it happened to me. Nobody has the coolness to remain calm 100 per cent of the time.

“We must think with our heads. I think he should be punished.

“It is the referee’s responsibility to protect players on the pitch, particularly when they are targeted by hard challenges. Hard tackles must be punished.”

The Brazilian superstar may get his wish, with the Ballon d’Or winner facing anything up to a TWELVE match ban when the disciplinary hearing takes place on Wednesday, according to Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo.

However, such a sanction would be extremely unlikely, and the Portuguese may actually only miss Los Blancos’ home clash with Real Sociedad at the weekend.

A late Gareth Bale penalty sealed the three points for Real against Cordoba, and they sit a point clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga, with a game in hand over their great rivals.

What ? Arsenal once could obtain Cristiano Ronaldo !


Arsenal failed to sign Cristiano Ronaldo as an 17-year-old because of the club’s plans to build the Emirates Stadium, according to a new biography of the Portuguese superstar’s agent, Jorge Mendes.

Ronaldo was just 17 when Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger made his move to bring the Portuguese starlet to north London, with one of the rising stars of European football impressing during a week-long trial with the Gunners as he plotted his move away from Sporting Lisbon.

Arsène Wenger has said that missing out on Ronaldo before he joinedManchester United from Sporting Lisbon is the biggest regret of his career, especially because he spent a week-long trial at Arsenal.

Wenger previously stated that his failure to sign Ronaldo is “the biggest regret” of his coaching career and it seems the chance to complete the deal did, indeed, slip through the fingers of Arsenal and their then vice-chairman David Dein.

The comments from Mendes are printed in a new book being released with his approval and support, with the quotes appearing in the Daily Mail suggesting Arsenal and the now departed Dein were initially ahead of United in the queue to sign Ronaldo. The expense of their move to Emirates Stadium was the apparent reason the deal was scuppered.

“There was a moment in which I really thought he was going to Arsenal,” Mendes is quoted as saying as he reflected on Ronaldo’s first major transfer.

“David Dein is a spectacular person but, with the construction of their stadium, they were left with very little money and it wasn’t possible.”

Ronaldo is also quoted in the book as he looks back on his flirtations with Arsenal and said: “We were travelling by car and Jorge was calling us constantly telling me to hide so no one would see me. We went to a service station and I had to hide my face. I remember back then that Jorge was going crazy, those were Jorge’s craziest days.”

In the end, it was Manchester United who won the race to sign Ronaldo, with Mendes suggesting the influence of Old Trafford manager Sir Alex Ferguson was crucial to a move that launched the career of one of the most successful players of the modern era.

“The only person key to everything was Alex Ferguson,” added the agent, who also represents Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. “He told me that Cristiano was going to play at least 50 percent of the games for Manchester United and that’s what I wanted to hear. That’s why Cristiano went to Manchester United.”

Ronaldo joined United for a reported fee of just over 12 million pounds in 2003, before emerging as one of the world’s elite players and moving to Real Madrid for a world record 80 millions pounds in 2009.

Earlier in the week, Wenger confirmed he narrowly missed out on signing current United star Angel Di Maria as he looked to make a move to European football.

Martin Odegaard believes Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world right now


New Real Madrid signing Martin Odegaard believes Cristiano Ronaldo “is the best player in the world right now.”

The Norwegian prodigy spoke during his unveiling to the Spanish press on Friday, a press conference that saw him immediately asked to choose between Ronaldo and his Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. Nicholas Rigg of AS provided the 16-year-old’s response:

Odegaard: Messi or Ronaldo question… “So far Ronaldo”#realmadrid

Odegaard: “Difficult to single one (Madrid player to look up to) but Cristiano is the best in the world right now” #realmadrid