EXCLUSIVE By Gabriel Pazini Chelsea and Brazil forward Willian is adamant that the Selecao are not reliant on Neymar, arguing that even the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo can struggle at worldwide level.
Well, this wasn’t in the script…
In the meantime, Bleacher Report revealed Cristiano Ronaldo has been defended by Rafael Benitez, his manager, from criticisms which arose from his failure to create a goal in Real Madrid’s first two season matches.
Messi was frustrated but Thomas Vermaelen’s goal earned Barcelona victory vs. Malaga.
Winners: Neither is really worthy of taking the cake on this weekend but there is a clear cut reality that both teams can take to heart.
Messi could have scored and had plenty of chances, but he was constantly foiled in the attempt by goalie Carlos Kameni who had a fantastic game for his club. It simply wasn’t to be.
“I don’t think that the problem with the Brazil national team is the players”, he told Goal.
Eduardo Alvarez on Ronaldo: 6/10 – The Portuguese star hasn’t started the season on the right foot. In the national team we’re together for a few days and we always try to do the best in the same way. So should the new Real Madrid coach be concerned with the form of his best player? He won’t be happy, despite the win. A 5-0 win for Real Madrid, but certainly not a five-star review for Ronaldo.
How did Twitter react to Messi and Ronaldo’s latest displays? Let us know using the hashtag #ESPNFCMessiRonaldo.
Sunday saw perhaps the most interesting match of the weekend as Atletico Madrid visited Sevilla in an early season meeting between two sides expected to battle for a top-4 placing this time around. He also chipped in defensively with two tackles.
It was noticeable, particularly in the match against Real Betis, how desperate Ronaldo is to continue his run as the Spanish top flight’s “Pichichi”, the award given to the player with most league goals.