"I’m really happy so I must say thanks to my team-mates because without the team, individual awards would not be possible." - Ronaldo about winning UEFA Best Player in Europe
Cosmin Moți became a folk hero after he switched from centre-back to goalkeeper during the game between Ludogorets and Steaua Bucuresti.
When the game went to penalties, Cosmin saved two goals as his team eventually won the shoot-out against Steaua. Ludogorets will now play in the group stage of the Champions League for the first time in their history. (x)
Xabi Alonso’s transfer.
It’s been up & downs for Real Madrid’s transfers. The elation of signing players like Bale, James, & Kroos are matched only by the utter dread at the transfers of players like Özil & Di Maria. Even though Real Madrid have all the monies, they still have to at least try to make a profit from a player after spending a lot for a new player. It’s sensible (which is an lol word in the soccer world, pro tip to newbies: don’t think sensible in soccer or you will die.)
I’ve seen a lot of angry Madrid fans saying it’s disrespectful what they are doing to Xabi, but I think they’re wrong. I think this is Xabi who wants a change of scenery. First of all, Madrid wants to sell when it makes them HUGE money, like the recent massive transfer for Di Maria. Xabi Alonso is one of the best mids of his generation, but he’s not gonna yield any huge sum. From what I’ve seen, the price of 8 million euros is nothing that Madrid would even care about. Perez loves big signings both ways, he loves to buy them big & sell them big.
This is that weird part of being a fan, where the business side of the soccer world collides with our sentimental side of it. Just a couple days ago a friend told me that they wondered about the possibility of Cristiano returning to Manchester United after his Real Madrid career is over. I said it won’t happen. Why? United is too big to afford to be sentimental. Let’s assume Cristiano will be done playing for Madrid at 33. You think a huge club like United will stop moving forward to bring back a player who played there forever ago? No. (k, sometimes) Teams like Madrid, United, Bayern, etc. they’re too big & have to keep winning & have to keep having a top squad, it can’t afford to be sentimental like the fans and hang onto a player who no longer has much to offer at top competition.
If I’m honest with myself… Xabi is aging, getting slower, & lately has been uncharacteristically losing the ball more & more, sometimes even leading to goals for the opposition. But is he still good? Of course he is! If he is sold, will Real Madrid be just fine? lol no. It took Liverpool a loooong time to fill the void of Xabi Alonso, & it may take Real Madrid a long time as well (it’s way too soon to call it, but Kroos looks like Alonso, Jr. right now) Xabi Alonso is the quiet gear that keeps the machine running. He is valuable to his side. I am not saying this won’t affect Madrid, those idiots are so screwed, but let me tell you why I’m okay with this transfer.
When Mesut Özil was sold, it hurt me in ways I never knew a transfer could hurt me. I straight up went through shit. I was not okay. How could this team be so dumb to sell Özil??????
Then fast forward to a year, and…
No fans wanted a Madrid without Özil, yet Real Madrid gave us just that & it led to what this club had wanted for more than a decade.
A new era is starting at Real Madrid, & sales like those of Di Maria & possibly Alonso, will force this team to get better. Players will have to step up. Remember how Illara was bought to replace Alonso? Throw him in there, let him develop into that Xabi role. While everyone was mad that Real Madrid was spending so much for Bale, I was sitting here in disbelief that no one made a peep of how high Illara’s transfer was, considering that like no one knew this kid. Bayern Munich was able to get Mario Götze from rivals Dortmund for cheaper than Illara cost, & that blows my mind. Well, with Alonso gone, make this kid earn that transfer bid. This season is a trial by fire season. Kroos, James, Illara, Isco, Varane, etc. All these guys will have to show that they’re here to stay & not be a flash in the pan. And this can be the season to do that.
I’m okay with Alonso being sold because it means that this team will have to grow sooner rather than later. No shade to United (United is just in my head a lot right now idk), but I don’t want a situation where we’re still turning to Scholes & Giggs 20 years later because we still haven’t found a new guy to take the reigns from them. Or going to another sport, the LA Lakers having absolutely no idea of what the hell to do with life after Kobe, despite having years & years to prepare for it (
I can’t wait to see when Barca & Messi enter the Lakers & Kobe situation.) We all connect with this sport on such an emotional level, that we want our favorite players to play on our favorite teams forever, but unfortunately it doesn’t work like that. Especially not at the Florentino Perez Real Madrid.
tl;dr Real Madrid is gonna die lol BUT they’ll be better for it in the long run.
sometimes I’m so good at hiding my hate for someone but sometimes I just
*Real Madrid sells Özil*
*Real Madrid sells Di Maria*