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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Ten Greatest Manchester United Moments

When Real Madrid came out of the hat as Manchester United’s opponents for the last 16 of the Champions League, the minds of all United fans everywhere switched to one man, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese skipper will return to Old Trafford for the first time since leaving the club in the summer of 2009. He will return for the second leg of the tie and will be greeted with a huge round of applause and the customary ‘Viva Ronaldo’ United chants.

In our today’s Picture Specials, we have a look at Ronaldo’s ten greatest moments during his time with the Old Trafford club…

1.  Joins United from Sporting Lisbon (July 2003)

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2. Debut vs Bolton Wanderers (August 2003)

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3. Goal vs Milwall in the 2004 FA Cup final (May 2004)

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4. First Premier League title (May 2007)

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5. Back to back PFA and FWA awards (May 2007)

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6. Stunning freekick against Portsmouth (January 2008)

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7. Winning the Champions League final against Chelsea (May 2008)

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8. Named FIFA Player of the Year (December 2008)

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9. 40-yard goal against Porto (April 2009)

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10. Transferred to Real Madrid for world record fee (June 2009)

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Top Ten Most Expensive Footballers On The Planet

Brazilian sports business consultants – Pluri Consultoria – have this week published online a list of world football’s most valuable player (MVP).

Its no real surprise that the top three are the three players contending Ballon d’Or – Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta. Further down the list Tottenham’s Gareth Bale and Manchester United’s Nani makes an appearance, while the highest value Premier League player is Wayne Rooney.

In today’s Picture Special, we have a look at the top ten most expensive footballers on the planet, according to Pluri Consultoria..

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona | €140 million)

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2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid | €96.6 million)

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3. Andres Iniesta (Barcelona | €68.4 million)

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4. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United | €60.2 million)

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5. Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid | €56.1 million)

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6. Neymar (Santos | €55 million)

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7. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City | €53.7 million)

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8. Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona | €51 million)

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8. David Silva (Manchester City | €51 million)

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10. Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid | €44 million)

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Rest of the list.. 

11. Eden Hazard (Chelsea | €43.7 million)
12. Angel Di María (Real Madrid| €43.6 million)
13. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid | €42.5 million)
14. Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain | €40.5 million)
15. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona | €40 million)
16. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona | €39.5 million)
17. Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg | €39.4 million)
18. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur | €39 million)
18. Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich | €39 million)
20. Juan Mata (Chelsea | €38.7 million)
21. Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid | €38.5 million)
21. Robin Van Persie (Manchester United | €38.5 million)
23. Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich | €38 million)
23. Luka Modric (Real Madrid | €38 million)
25. Lucas Moura (Paris Saint-Germain | €37.3 million)
26. Nani (Manchester United | €35.9 million)
27. Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona | €35.5 million)
27. Edinson Cavani (Napoli | €35.5 million)
27. Vincent Kompany (Manchester City | €35.5 million)
30. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid | €34.6 million)
31. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich | €34.5 million)
32. Yaya Toure (Manchester City | €34 million)
33. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich | €33.8 million)
34. Mario Balotelli (Manchester City | €33.5 million)
35. Oscar (Chelsea | €33.1 million)
36. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-German | €32.6 million)
37. Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma | €32.5 million)
37. Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund | €32.5 million)
39. Ramires (Chelsea | €32 million)
40. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City | €31.7 million)
41. Luis Suarez (Liverpool | €31.5 million)
41. Marcelo (Real Madrid | €31.5 million)
41. Xavi (Barcelona | €31.5 million)
44. Fernando Llorente (Atletic Bilbao | €31 million)
45. Fernando Torres (Chelsea | €30.6 million)
46. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain | €30.5 million)
47. Javier Pastore (Paris Saint-Germain | €30.2 million)
47. Iker Casillas (Real Madrid | €30.2 million)
49. Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg | €29.5 million)
50. Dani Alves (Barcelona | €29 million)
51. Arturo Vidal (Juventus | €28.5 million)
52. Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich | €28.5 million)
53. Pepe (Real Madrid | €28.3 million)
54. Claudio Marchisio (Juventus | 28 million)
54. Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan | €28 million)
54. Javier Mascherano (Barcelona | €28 million)
54. Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund | €28 million)
54. Pedro (Barcelona | €28 million)
59. Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund | €27.5 million)
60. Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid | €27.5 million)

Top Ten Biggest Football Stadiums In England

West Ham United, this week, were named as the London Legacy Development Corporation’s first choice tenants for the newly build Olympic Stadium and it will become the second-biggest stadium when the Hammers swap the Boleyn Ground for it.

The Olympic Stadium, which hosted the recent Olympic Games, currently holds 80,000 spectators but will be reduced to 60,000+ and altered to fit football purpose. The Hammers’ to-be new home will be behind only the Wembley Stadium and Old Trafford in terms of capacity making it the third-biggest stadium in England.

In today’s Picture Special, we have a look at the current top ten biggest stadiums in the country and as expected there are not many surprises on the list..

1. Wembley Stadium (England national team | 90,000)

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2. Old Trafford (Manchester United | 75,811)

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3. Emirates Stadium (Arsenal | 60,361)

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4. St James’ Park (Newcastle United | 52,409)

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5. Stadium of Light (Sunderland | 49,000)

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6. Etihad Stadium (Manchester City | 48,000)

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7. Anfield (Liverpool | 45,276)

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8. Villa Park (Aston Villa | 42,785)

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9. Stamford Bridge (Chelsea | 42,449)

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10. Goodison Park (Everton | 40,157)

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Premier League’s Top Ten Most Deadliest Strikers

Who is the best striker in the Premier League? That is perhaps one of the hottest debates in the world of football and could go on for days. 

Some teams with a huge transfer budget spend huge amounts of money in hope of landing a proven goal scorer with a knack of finding the back of the net and in order to guarantee themselves a regular goal supply up front. But, it doesn’t work like that and who knows better than Chelsea. While, Premier League’s record signing Fernando Torres has struggled, there are many players still going who appear in the top ten.

In the present game where winning means everything and second place is nothing, there can be no more precious asset than goals and goalscorers. So, who is the most deadliest striker in the league? Luckily for us, Opta Stats have come up with a list of the top ten strikers who statistically are the most clinical finishers in the Premier League till date. In our today’s Picture Special, we have a look at those top ten strikers…

Note – Minimum requirement to enter the list is that the striker should have played atleast 15 games.

1. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City | Goals – 28, Mins/Goal – 117 mins 11 secs)

2. Javier Hernandez (Manchester United | Goals – 28, Mins/Goal – 120 mins 15 secs)

3. Thierry Henry (Arsenal | Goals – 175, Mins/Goal – 121 mins 47 secs)

4. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City | Goals – 22, Mins/Goal – 128 mins 09 secs)

5. Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United | Goals – 95, Mins/Goal – 128 mins 11 secs)

6. Robin van Persie (Arsenal & Manchester United | Goals – 105, Mins/Goal – 137 mins 25 secs)

7. Hernan Crespo (Chelsea | Goals – 20, Mins/Goal – 140 mins 39 secs)

8. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers & Newcastle United | Goals – 260, Mins/Goal – 142 mins 52 secs)

9. Mario Balotelli (Manchester City | Goals – 20, Mins/Goal – 147 mins 35 secs)

10. Demba Ba (Newcastle United | Goals – 31, Mins/Goal – 149 mins 23 secs)

Top Ten Most Capped England Internationals

England captain Steven Gerrard is set to win his 100th international cap in the international friendly against Sweden on Wednesday in Stockholm.

Gerrard said at England’s Tuesday press conference

“I’m excited. I’m slightly nervous, which I haven’t been for quite a while in an England shirt, maybe because there is a bit more attention on me getting to the milestone. It’s very exciting and I can’t wait for the game to start.”

The Liverpool midfielder will become only the sixth England player to reach a century of caps, joining record-holder Peter Shilton (125), David Beckham, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton and Billy Wright.

In our today’s Picture Special, we have a look at the top ten most capped England internationals..

1. Peter Shilton (Goalkeeper | 125 Caps)

 

2. David Beckham (Midfielder | 115 Caps)

 

3. Bobby Moore (Defender | 108 Caps)

 

4. Bobby Charlton (Midfielder | 106 Caps)

 

5. Billy Wright (Defender | 105 Caps)

 

6. Steven Gerrard (Midfielder | 99 Caps)

 

7. Ashley Cole (Defender | 99 Caps)

 

8. Frank Lampard (Midfielder | 93 Caps)

 

9. Bryan Robson (Midfielder | 90 Caps)

 

10. Michael Owen (Forward | 89 Caps)

Top Ten Most ‘Liked’ Footballers On Facebook

It’s been a landmark past week for Portugal and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Fresh from celebrating his 100th cap for his country, Los Blancos striker has hit 50 million ‘Likes’ on social networking site Facebook.

The former Manchester United star has 12 million more ‘Likes’ than his greatest rival on the pitch – Lionel Messi. His huge online following means that every 5 per cent of the users on Facebook are a fan of the Portuguese skipper.  In our today’s Picture Special we have a look at the top ten most ‘liked’ footballers on the world’s most famous social networking site.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid | Portugal (50,282,401 Likes)

2. Lionel Messi – Barcelona | Argentina (38,707,688 Likes)

3. David Beckham – Los Angeles Galaxy | England (21,557,388 Likes)

4. Ricardo Kaka – Real Madrid | Brazil (18,783,751 Likes)

5. Andres Iniesta – Barcelona | Spain (11,005,764 Likes)

6. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United | England (10,653,989 Likes)

7. Iker Casillas – Real Madrid | Spain (7,902,171 Likes)

8. David Villa – Barcelona | Spain (7,303,228 Likes)

9. Mesut Ozil – Real Madrid | Germany (7,223,803 Likes)

10. Neymar Jr. – Santos | Brazil (6,921,961 Likes)

St Geroge’s Park – Royal Opening (Pics)

The new National Football Centre at St George’s Park was officially opened on Tuesday by the Duke (Prince William) and Duchess (Catherine) of Cambridge. 

The Duke and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge, formally opened the £105 million St George’s Park project which was first mooted more than a decade ago. The aim is for the 330 acre complex to produce more and higher quality coaches – and with it better players to give England the best chance of becoming a major footballing force.

Here in our today’s Picture Specials, we have a look at the official launch of St George’s Park National Football Centre. Have a look at the fantastic images in our picture gallery below. Pictures courtesy Zimbio.

Champions League 2012/13 Contenders

We are in the final hours before Europe’s elite club competition – the UEFA Champions League 2012/13 kicks-off and it has the potential to be the most open competition since Porto won it in 2004. 

Barcelona and Real Madrid are once again the overwhelming favourites, but there are a number of other clubs, aside from the usual candidates, with genuine reason to believe they can be in contention when the tournament reaches its climax in May. Manchester City, Juventus, Zenit St Petersburg, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint Germain are five sides who could surprise their European rivals, and have the potential to beat any other club in the field on their day.

In our today’s Picture Special, we have a look at the fifteen top contenders for the Champions League this season..

1. Barcelona (Semi-Finals | Spain) 

2. Real Madrid (Semi-Finals | Spain)

3. Manchester United (Group Stage | England)

4. Manchester City (Group Stage | England)

5. Bayern Munich (Final | Germany)

6. Chelsea (Winners | England)

7. Juventus (Did Not Play | Italy)

8. Paris Saint-Germain (Did Not Play | France)

9. Arsenal (Round of 16 | England)

10. AC Milan (Quarter-Finals | Italy)

11. Borussia Dortmund (Group Stage | Germany)

12. FC Porto (Group Stage | Portugal)

13. Valencia  (Group Stage | Spain)

14. Zenit St Petersburg (Round Of 16 | Russia)

15. Schalke (Did Not Play | Germany) 

Top Ten Footballer Salaries

According to Marca, Cristiano Ronaldo is ranked only tenth in the world when it comes to wages paid by their clubs, with the likes of little known Dario Conca earning more than the far more illustrious Portuguese.

In our today’s Picture Special, we have a look at the top ten footballer salaries, according to Marca..

1. Samuel Eto’o – Anzhi Makhachkala (€20m-a-year)

2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Paris Saint-Germain (€14.5m)

3. Wanye Rooney – Manchester United (€13.8m)

4. Yaya Toure – Manchester City (€13m)

5. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City (€12.5m)

6. Didier Drogba – Shanghai Shenhua (€12m)

7. Fernando Torres – Chelsea (€10.8m)

8. Dario Conca – Guangzho Evergrande (€10.6m)

9. Lionel Messi – Barcelona (€10.5m)

10. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid (€10m)

Premier League’s Twenty Most Expensive Transfers Of The Summer

The summer transfer window has shut down and as expected the Premier League clubs were the most busiest this summer, spending a total of around £480 million. In our today’s Picture Special, we look back at the twenty most expensive transfer deals of the season.

Eden Hazard (LOSC Lille to Chelsea – £35.2m)

Luka Modric (Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid – £30m)

Oscar (SC Internacional to Chelsea – £25m

Robin van Persie (Arsenal to Manchester United – £24m)

Joe Allen (Swansea City to Liverpool – £16.7m)

Santi Cazorla (Malaga to Arsneal – £16.7m)

Moussa Dembele (Fulham to Tottenham Hotspur – £16.7m)

Javi Garcia (Benfica to Manchester City – £15.8m)

Alex Song (Arsenal – Barcelona – £15m)

Steven Fletcher (Wolves to Sunderland – £13.3m)

Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund – Manchester United – £13.2m)

Jack Rodwell (Everton to Manchester City – £13.2m)

Matija Nastasic (Fiorentina to Manchester City – £13m + Stefan Savic)

Gaston Ramirez (Bologna to Southampton – £12m)

Fabio Borini (AS Roman to Liverpool – £11.7m)

Lukas Podolski (FC Koln to Arsenal – £11.4m)

Adam Johnson (Manchester City to Sunderland – £11m)

Jan Vertonghen (Ajax to Tottenham Hotspur – £11m)

Matt Jarvis (Wolves to West Ham United – £10.7m)

Olivier Giroud (Montpellier to Arsenal – £10.7)