Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo, FC Real Madrid, Soccer, Sports

Under Pressure To Perform And Succeed …………..


What can say you about a team that goes out and spends to its heart’s content ? It’d be remiss not to the think that Spanish soccer giant, Real Madrid CF is under pressure to succeed. They’ve spent in excess of $350 million to acquire a cabal of world class soccer stars. That being said , it’s by no means a guarantee of success in the often volatile world of domestic soccer. Much less, for the premiere club soccer tournament in the world – the Champions League.

Cristiano Ronaldo  celebrats  his  first  goal in European  club  competition  for  Real  Madrid.  The  Portuguese  player  would add  a  second  goal  to  his  tally  in  his  side's  5-2  defeat  of   FC  Zurich  in the  Champions  League  competition.   picture  appears  courtesy  of  getty  images ....................
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his first goal in European club competition for Real Madrid. The Portuguese player would add a second goal to his tally in his side's 5-2 defeat of FC Zurich in the Champions League competition. picture appears courtesy of getty images ....................

Having had a thorough display in the European club competition in defeating FC Zurich 5-2 in somewhat of a competitive but lopsided match in part. The Swiss side were never really that bold on offense but they made use of the legitimate chances that came their way.

FC  Zurich's  Xavier  Margairaz   and  Real  Madrid's Raul  contest  a   loose  ball   during  the   Champions League  Group  C meeting.    Real  Madrid  would   go  on  to defeat  their   opponent   5-2 .    picture  appears  courtesy  of   ap/keystone/ photo/  Steffen  Schmidt  ......................
FC Zurich's Xavier Margairaz and Real Madrid's Raul contest a loose ball during the Champions League Group C meeting. Real Madrid would go on to defeat their opponent 5-2 . picture appears courtesy of ap/keystone/ photo/ Steffen Schmidt ......................

And with the game now out of the way. They can now return to the rigors of the Spanish League domestic competition. There’s no doubt that this victory has given the team a definite boost of confidence. And now comes the sterner test for the team and that’s to maintain that consistency shown in their defeat of the Swiss side. There’s nothing more telling than when a team coming off a resounding win then falls back to earth with a lackluster display. With the team’s triumvirate of stars all having solid performances. It’s hoped that they’ll be able to replicate that form in their return to domestic competition in the league.

The two goal outburst by Cristiano Ronaldo to go with his allround display, was all that the Real Madrid fans could ask for. And it paid off in with the dividends of also seeing Kaka and Raul ably abetting the Portuguese , World Player of the Year, in Cristiano Ronaldo. The glaring talk when one deals the precocious talent of Ronaldo , has been that he’s never been able to produce on the grandest of stages. But if anything it has been the player’s complacency and the fact that he doesn’t always challenge himself to do better. We’re in awe with those moments dazzling brilliance. But then soon after we’re wanting to lambast the player for sometimes not trying harder. But were he on your team would you be willing to sell him in the expectation of getting something better ? There aren’t many players today with the talents of Ronaldo playing the game at his level of consistency. Isn’t any wonder that the Spanish giants were willing to pay Manchester United in excess of $140 million to avail themselves of his services ? His compensation package with Real Madrid makes him amongst the highest paid soccer players in the world. And the untold riches in terms of endorsements will almost certainly make him amongst the highest earning sport’s personalities on the planet.

Santiago Bernabeu  Stadium     home  to  Spanish  soccer   giant   Real  Madrid  of  the  Spanish  first  division.     picture  appears   courtesy  of  afp/  reuters  /   Jose  Etcheverria  .................
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium home to Spanish soccer giant Real Madrid of the Spanish first division. picture appears courtesy of afp/ reuters / Jose Etcheverria .................

La Liga (Spanish Primera) as the Spanish first division is often referred to , is one of the most competitive leagues in all of European soccer. It sits alongside that of the Barclays Premier League in England -being viewed as claiming that mantel. Though many believe it to be the Premiership that is far in a way the most competitive in terms of talent and the number of elite teams on display week in and week out..That case cannot made for La Liga.

Courtesy of AP Yahoo Sports :

Real Madrid , Man United win in Champions League

By Stuart Condie AP Sports Writer

Cristiano Ronaldo had a successful Champions League debut for Real Madrid, scoring twice Wednesday night in a 5-2 victory at Zurich.

“I never feel pressure,” Ronaldo said. “I just work to score goals. I scored two and I’m really pleased for that, but the important thing is to win games.”

Manchester United, his former team, won its opener 1-0 at Besiktas, and AC Milan gained a 2-1 victory in heavy rain at Olympique Marseille.

The reigning FIFA player of the year, Ronaldo scored on free kicks in the 27th and 89th minutes of the Group C match, with the second going in off goalkeeper Johnny Leoni, who tried to clear it with a punch. Real Madrid, a nine-time champion, also got goals from Raul Gonzalez in the 34th, Gonzalo Higuain in first-half injury time and Jose Maria “Guti” Gutierrez in second-half injury time.

“We must not lose concentration,” Real Madrid coach Manuel Pelligrini said. “There are always things to improve on but I’m happy we scored five goals.”

Xavier Margairaz converted a 64th-minute penalty kick for Zurich, which also got a goal on Silvan Aegerter’s header one minute later.

“Real was for sure a little bit in fear of us. At 3-2 anything is possible,” Leoni said. “If they want to win the Champions League they will have to play better.”

At a Group B match in Istanbul, Paul Scholes scored with 13 minutes remaining for Manchester United, the 2008 champion.

“It was difficult,” United captain Gary Neville said. “They create an atmosphere over here like no other country.”

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Official   presentation of  the  Brazilian international  player  Kaka  to  the  fan  at  the  Santiago Bernabau  Stadium  ,  Madrid  ,  Spain.   There  was  in  excess  of   50,000   fans  in the  stadium  to  greet  the  player  at the  official presentation.  picture  appears  courtesy  of  photo  agency  -photo  ..............................
Official presentation of the Brazilian international player Kaka to the fan at the Santiago Bernabau Stadium , Madrid , Spain. There was in excess of 50,000 fans in the stadium to greet the player at the official presentation. picture appears courtesy of photo agency -photo ..............................

And with the Spanish domestic league season just underway. It’ll be interesting to see how Real Madrid fares in domestic competition. As of late this team hasn’t won anything of merit on either level. With untold tens of millions of dollars at their disposal they’ve gone out of their way to try and buy themselves out of trouble. It has seemingly left the club in something of a financially precarious situation. Although club president Florentino Perez has tried to allay those fears by publicly addressing the issue. Stating that the club is financially sound and that they can meet all of their financial obligations.

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