Barcelona were in action for their third game in the Champions League group stage tonight as they faced Dynamo Kiev in Camp Nou. Barcelona performance in the UCL this season has been bad with no point recorded in their first two games in the group. Barcelona who did not record any shot on target in their first two games were impressive in the first half against Dynamo.
Photo Credit: Getty Images Full-backs aren't known for making headlines with their on-field performances. Their job, though, is just as essential, if not greater, than that of everyone else on the field. The role of fullbacks has changed throughout time. Their traditional job was to guard the center defenders and hinder the opponent from attacking in broad areas.
Lionel Messi's free-kick against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League 2nd leg clash that took place on the 1st of May, 2019, remains the most iconic free-kick in football history that cannot get easily forgotten in a long while. Scoring a free-kick in the 82nd minute of the game concluded the match in a 3-0 win in favour of Barcelona.
Scoring against Dynamo Kyiv in their recent champions league game, the Barcelona defender and captain became the highest-scoring defender in the history of the Uefa champions league, now sharing the same spot with Brazilian and legendary Real Madrid defender Roberto Carlos who also has 16 goals to his name in the history of the competition.
1. Sir Alex Ferguson Since bringing Ronaldo to Old Trafford from his native Portugal, the renowned former Manchester United manager has served as a mentor to the young star. When question about his thoughts on the comparison with Messi, he has never hesitated to defend him since he knows him like the back of his hand.
Photo Credit: Getty Images Football is known as O Jogo Bonito, which translates to "beautiful game." The players, especially the creative ones, who can make the game appear effortless are what make it so enjoyable to watch. The midfielders and offensive players are the ones that spring to mind when talking about creative footballers.
Unlike strikers, defenders are not always acknowledged for what they give in the game as their low-priced efforts help in saving their various teams from the hand of their opponents. Like a shield that protects its holder, a good and reliable defence help win you trophies and good teams are always with the services of good defenders.
For you who watched the legendary Brazilian defender score his unbelievable free-kick 24 years ago and for you who watched the recorded tape of the Brazilian scoring the free-kick against France, you have nothing to say but "amazing" and then wonder how the defender got to find the back of the net form that difficult and point of the pitch.
Chelsea are no doubt one of the successful club in England. It would be a dream come true for some players to play for Chelsea. We’ve taken a look back at some of the biggest names who rejected a move to the Stamford Bridge for one reason or the other.
1. Zinedine Zidane: Zidane started playing professionally at Cannes in 1989. After playing for Cannes for 3 years, he played for Bordeaux for some seasons before moving to Italian club Juventus in 1996 and stayed for 5 years. In 2001, Zinedine Zidane moved to Spain and played for Real Madrid for some seasons before he retired in 2006.
Cristiano Ronaldo was criticized for diving, selfish playing, and was also blamed for Rooney's injury in 2006 FIFA World Cup. That would have reduced the performance of any footballer. But Ronaldo proved his critics wrong by being a great footballer which he is well known for.
A recent picture of Ronaldo Nazario and Roberto Carlos has gone viral on social media. The trending post sees the two footballing legends having a smoke in the middle of a game. In the picture, Ronaldo Nazario and Roberto Carlos were capturing lighting up a cigarette in the restroom at halftime during a charity match between Norway and Brazil.
Goals win matches and trophies, but for every man who scores one, there is someone who attempts to prevent one (without the gloves). However, the accolade frequently goes to individuals who were born to score goals and those who help others score goals from the middle of the field.
He explained that he was part of the Real Madrid Galacticos and that does not assure anything. The Brazilian star looks relaxed at those who handle the strings of Paris Saint Germain. Ronaldo Nazario threw a dart against Paris Saint-Germain and their aspirations to win the Champions League .
Strikers are saddled with the responsibility of scoring goals on the field of play. It is also believed that a defender's main duty is to stop the opposition team from scoring. However, we have some defenders who usually score a lot of goals. Below are four defenders who have scored more than 100 goals in professional football.
Barcelona center-back Gerard Pique has made history with his latest goal for Barcelona. The Spain international was on target on Wednesday night, scoring the game-winning goal in a must-win clash for Barcelona in the Champions League. The Catalans saw off Dynamo Kyiv thanks to Gerard Pique's goal from a Jordi Alba’s inch-perfect cross.
Real Madrid is known to be one of the greatest clubs in Spain, due to its achievements and glories. The club has produced a lot of great players, with the likes of Luis Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo, and so on.
Manchester United have gotten a future star on their hands, in the person of Mason Greenwood. Lionel Messi did many things before the age of 19. At 19 years old scored a hat-trick against A Real Madrid squad that featured Iker Casillas, Roberto Carlos and Fabio Cannavaro, but he still has some areas that he is still lacking behind as it pertains to Mason Greenwood.
Over the couple of days now, there have been talks on the FIFA World Cup being staged every two years in opposition against the regular four years interval. The proposal was laid after a meeting from the Football governing body, FIFA, with about 80 football legends which includes Didier Drogba, Ronaldo De Lima, Roberto Carlos among others.
Real Madrid is known to be one of the greatest clubs in Spain, due to its achievements and glories. The club has produced a lot of great players, with the likes of Raul, Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos, Zinedine Zidane, Karim Benzema, and so on.