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CRISTIANO RONALDO | 5 SEASONS STRAIGHT HITTING THE 50 GOALS MARK

Like him or dislike him, there are cold facts that transcend human emotions. While the debate echoes continuously if Portuguese Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is or not the "Best Football-Soccer Player in the World",  yesterday he reached another spectacular milestone that differentiates from the rest.


His 93rd min goal against Malaga FC in La Liga yesterday tallied his 50th goal this season in all competitions. The incredible feat is that it is the 5th season in a row that Cristiano Ronaldo hits or surpasses the 50th goal mark:

Season 2010/11 (53 goals), 
11/12 (60), 
12/13 (55), 
13/14 (51) 
14/15 (50, for the moment!)

The fact is it´s just amazing & perhaps hard to be seen again when we all get older & look back at it all. There is not doubt that Cristiano Ronaldo is the ultimate goalscoring player - or lovingly said "Goalscoring Machine". Others like Ronaldo - Brazilian, Van Basten, Hugo Sanchez, Di Stefano, Messi etc & etc, may have look/ed "more elegant" but do not have the power or intensity of Cristiano Ronaldo. It is like watching 100 Elephants charge at once towards the goal from a defender/goalkeeper perspective. Plus it is relentless from kick-off to the final whistle, a spectacle to witness independently of your "emotional" Football preferences.

LA LIGA | ROUND 32 SATURDAY GAMES FINAL RESULTS

La Liga was back in action with all the big Spanish Football Clubs scheduled today in Round 32. Here are all the final results along with all the goalscorers.

La Liga Soccer Spain 2015

Levante played RCD Espanyol in the Friday night Round 32 kick off match. The final result a valuable 2 - 2 draw for Levante & a step back for Espanyol in their attempts to climb into the Euro positions of the Liga ladder. The goals came in the following order:
  • Lucas Vazquez 17th min, 0 - 1
  • Simao 20th min, 1 - 1
  • Caceido 45th min, 1 - 2
  • Casadesus 86th min, 86th min.
La Liga Soccer Spain 2015

FC Barcelona hosted Valencia CF & managed a very important 2 - 0 victory to keep themselves ahead of rival Real Madrid in the Liga ladder. Valencia took a minor step back as the loss of points allows 3rd placed Atletico de Madrid to open up a 4 point gap after the latter won their game today. 

The final 2 - 0 result is not an accurate picture of the match, as Barça suffered for the 3 points with Valencia intense all match but failing to convert their numerous chances. Valencia deserved more, at least a draw result, but as mentioned they were unlucky, missed clear opportunities & Barça goalie Claudio Bravo was inspired. The FC Barcelona goal keeper stopped a penalty the 10th min from Valencia Captain Parejo, just after Luis Suarez opened the scoring in the 1st min. 

From here to the end of the match we witnessed a great match with Valencia always looking for goal & putting Barça on the back foot on many occasions. The physical effort by Valencia tired them out towards the end allowing Barça to control the match & Lionel Messi to score his teams second goal in the 93rd min.

La Liga Soccer Spain 2015

Deportivo A Coruna in the relegation zone of the Liga ladder hosted Atletico de Madrid looking for the 3 points to consolidate their 3rd ladder place & open up a gap with Valencia especially after the latter lost today. The final result was a 1 - 2 win to the visitors which had a relatively comfortable match until they "dozed" off towards the end as Deportivo attempt to turn things around. The home team was awarded for their efforts when Oriol Riera pulled one back in the 78th min & nearly equalized when Lopo hit the post a few minutes later. 

Earlier Antoine Griezmann scored twice, the opener with a lovely overhead shot in the 5th min & another in the 21st min. 


Spanish Football Liga 2015

Costly & difficult win by Real Madrid 3 - 1 over Malaga FC. Three points won but Gareth Bale injured in the 3 rd min with a pull in the left calf muscle & later in the 2º half Modric off with a knock on the knee. Worrying as they are 2 key players & the Club meets At.Madrid next Wednesday in the decisive Champions League quarter-final.

Malaga gave a fight & fright tonight especially in the 2º half when they played better & had numerous opportunities to score & even to equalize the encounter. The individual class of the Real Madrid players had to come to light & save the day. 

Real Madrid went ahead in the 24th min when a Ronaldo free-kick found Sergio Ramos who scored. From here & onwards it was end to end Football with opportunities going to both teams. Cristiano Ronaldo failed a penalty in the 66th min but James Rodriguez made up in the 68th min with an excellent left foot goal

Malaga FC was not daunted & continued attacking & were rewarded in the 70th when Juanmi tapped in his teams goal. Real Madrid were wobbly & it looked more like Malaga would equalize. Progressively Real Madrid settled their game & controlled the pace of the match & in the 92nd min Cristiano Ronaldo scored from a Chicharito pass to seal things.

A close call for Real Madrid which will be closely monitoring Bale & Modric to see the extend of their injury. Although Bale looks out for the upcoming Champion League match.

Spanish Football Liga 2015

Athletic Club Bilbao hosted Madrid Club Getafe winning 4 - 0. Getafe held out until defender Velazquez caused a penalty & was sent off with a red card leaving the visitors with 10 men. 

Aduriz scored the penalty in the 45th min & again in the 46th min when the second half started. Later team-mates Ibai Gomez - 79th min - & Susaeta - 87th min - got themselves some goal action each.

SEVILLA FC 2 ZENIT 1 | FINAL RESULT EUROPA LEAGUE 1º LEG Q/FINAL GAME

Europa League 1º leg quater-final action tonight with with current Champions Spanish Football Club Sevilla FC hosting Russian Club Zenit. The final result 2 - 1 to Sevilla FC making a huge comeback in the second half after Zenit went ahead first in the 1º half of the game.

Sevilla FC - Zenit Europa League 2015

Entertaining, intense & a very tactical match that we saw tonight. The Russians were solid & very concentrated in the first half & were rewarded scoring first in the 29th min through Ryazantser. Zenit blocked & kept out the Sevilla attempts to equalize & looked more like scoring a second.

However, Sevilla FC Coach made some changes in the second half - M´Bia, Denis Suarez & Bacca - that revolutionized the side & lifted their Football. Zenit paid for their efforts in the first 45 min physically & dropped in intensity.

Denis Suarez took on the responsibility & began to call the plays making Sevilla arrive more & more at the Zenit goal. The opportunities began to appear & it was not long before the equalizer came through a Bacca header in the 72nd min. Sevilla kept up its momentum & the second goal ( & winner) arrived in the 87th min when Denis Suarez shot from outside the box. The goal lifted the "roof" off the "Ramo Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium".

Deserved win for Sevilla FC after a memorable & excellent second half showing Football, courage, heart & pride. The Russians however do take a valuable away goal back to Russia & this quarter-final tie is not yet closed & still wide open for both sides.

PSG 1 FC BARCELONA 3 | FINAL RESULT CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 1º LEG Q-FINAL

Spanish Football Club FC Barcelona travelled to Paris for their UEFA Champions League 1º leg  quarter-final match against Paris St Germain & come back home with a comfortable advantage for the return leg game. The final result was 1 - 3 in favour of Barcelona with most of the damage being done by the Spaniards in the second half.

PSG - FC BARCELONA 2015

Strange game at times with favourable swings to both sides & moments of frustrating balance. The French had important players out like Motta, Veratti & Ibrahimovic, but were again badly hit tonight when Captain Thiago Silva had to leave in the 20th min due to injury. His replacement David Luiz lasted what he physically could & in the second half was "danced" around in the Barça goal occasions. It was clear the Brazilian defender was not 100 % recovered from his injury.

FC Barcelona went ahead first when Neymar scored in the 19th min.  It seemed Barça would run away but PSG managed to put its Football together to created clear opportunities. The French had chances to equalize but both Pastore & Cavani were imprecise & off target. Opportunities that the French would pay for dearly later in the match.

PSG - FC BARCELONA 2015

Paris St Germain started the second half well with Barça looking somewhat tired & "offbeat". Again PSG failed to consolidate their dominance & in a brilliant 67th min play by Luis Suarez - nutmeg included on Luiz - the Uruguayan scored the second for Barça. A moral punch in the PSG face which gave wings to the Spanish team.  

However, PSG persisted & Cavani nearly responded with a power driver that Barça goalie Ter Stegen stopped through pure reflex. The third came in the 79th min when Luis Suarez again "danced" David Luiz & fired home into the right top corner. 

It looked like a "song & dance" session was to end the match in favour of Barça, but PSG defender Van Der Weil let loose a shot that deflected off Barça defender Mathieu to score the French teams only goal in the 83rd min. A goal that manages to allow a small glimpse of some hope for the return leg match in "Camp Nou" next week. 

To conclude, Barça goes away in the drivers seat with a huge advantage, while PSG was unlucky with injuries & missed chances they failed to convert. Said this,  the end result is just & Barça deserve to go away with the win.

PSG - FC BARCELONA | POSSIBLE STARTING 11 TEAM LINE-UPS | CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

UEFA Champions League action continues tonight with the other Spanish Football representative FC Barcelona on show tonight. Barça travel to Paris to play their 1º leg Quarter-final match against Paris St Germain.

Champions League 2015

As habitual pre-match there is plenty of talk on what will be the starting 11 line-ups of both teams. Spanish Sports paper "Mundo Deportivo" put forward a diagram (above) where they speculate on the possible starting teams for tonights game:

Paris St Germain: Sirigu, Van der Weil, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Maxwell, Rabiot Cabaye, Matuidi, Lavezzi, Pastore & Cavani.

FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Adriano, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Busquets, Ratikic, Iniesta, Neymar, Messi & Suarez

On paper Barça looks the more formidable & perhaps is favourite for this game. Paris St Germain has two important players missing,  in midfield Veratti & forward Ibrahimovic. Said this, PSG could have a card up its sleeve after we saw yesterday the supposedly injured David Luiz appear in training. 

Top match assured. 
   
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