Madrid Press: Barcelona players even hail Cristiano Ronaldo

Madrid Press: Barcelona players even hail Cristiano Ronaldo


There is still plenty of coverage of the midweek international matches in today’s Madrid press, and in particular the stunning performance of Cristiano Ronaldo, who grabbed another hat trick in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Sweden to send them to the World Cup in Brazil.

While the 28-year-old was helping his nation qualify, on the same night, FIFA revealed it was extending the voting deadline for the Ballon d’Or. Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery were considered to be Ronaldo’s close rivals for the award, but following his performance, in which he scored his 64th, 65th and 66th goals of this calendar year, the Portuguese is considered to be the hot favourite.

Both AS and Marca carry quotes from the star upon his arrival back in Madrid in which he admits he’s in the best form of his life. He then told reporters that he main focus in now back on Real Madrid, and on Saturday’s match away at Almeria.

So good is the form of Ronaldo that even Barcelona players have been saying positive things in the press. Former Manchester United team mate Gerard Pique told AS that Ronaldo is a “ten out of ten” to work with because of his professionalism and desire to improve. Daniel Alves also had good words to say, telling the press that the Real Madrid frontman is “a bit ahead of everyone else” at the moment.

Elsewhere, there are reports Xabi Alonso has finally agreed a new deal and just has to put pen to paper on the contract. Until that happens, the rumour mill will likely continue, with Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan and clubs in the USA all interested.