Barcelona Beats Sporting Gijon But Still 10 Points Behind Madrid

Week 26 of the Spanish League took place on the weekend of 3rd and 4th march 2006, with Real Madrid going into the weekend a full ten points clear of FC Barcelona, the previous year’s title holders and bitterest rival. Madrid was to face the second team of the city of Barcelona, Espanyol, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, while FC Barcelona was to play host to Sporting Gijon, sitting down in the relegation zone.

While on paper at least, Sporting looked to be a walk over, football matches don’t always follow mathematical logic in that respect and so Barcelona were fully prepared for whatever their visitors could throw at them.

However, Pep Guardiola was forced to field an under strength team, with Leo Messi sitting the match out due to his first ever suspension owing to five yellow cards picked up in previous matches, and Alexis started out on the bench; the Catalans were certainly looking a little short up front.

Much of the first half looked like a stalemate, with neither team able to score despite some effort to do so from both teams. However, four minutes from the half time break a nice bit of team play from Keita and Adriano set up Iniesta for the first goal of the match from 6 yards; minutes later Cesc almost made it two.

After the break Sporting’s de las Cuevas got in past the Barcelona defence and Pique challenged him; de las Cuevas went down and out came a red card for the Catalan defender. Replays showed that the decision was harsh and Pique was quick to criticise after the match.

With Barcelona thrown off balance Sporting managed to score. Once they did get back on their feet with 10 players though Iniesta and Xavi were looking like real stars. However, it was Keita who put Barcelona back in the lead 20 minutes before the end; and Xavi finished it off for the home team when he scored a few minutes from the end.

With three points in the bag, attention was then focused on Real Madrid to see what would happen with Espanyol, who went into the weekend in eighth place in la liga. Unfortunately for Barcelona, Madrid also took all three points available to them too, with a comfortable 5-0 win against Espanyol. While it is mathematically possible still for Barcelona to win the league, the likelihood of it happening at this stage, with Real Madrid still so strong, it close to zero. However, it looks like they won’t stop playing their best and still have the Champions League to play for.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is the Highest Paid Footballer in the World

Cristiano Ronaldo who joined Real Madrid this season in in a world record transfer fee from Manchester United, is currently the highest paid football player in the world, after a “Top 50” list was released today.

According to the “Football Finance” site, Cristiano Ronaldo, currently with Real Madrid, is the highest paid footballer in the world. The captain of the Portugal team receives €1.083 million per month, or 13 million euros per year. In 2nd position is the Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic, of Barcelona, banking one million euros per month (12 million per year) and in 3rd place comes Argentina’s Lionel Messi, captain of the Catalan team, with 875 thousand euros a month or 10.5 million per year.

Spain, England, Italy and Germany are the countries that have the clubs (about a dozen of them) with the best paid players in football today, earning astronomical salaries in an industry that is showing signs of growth once again, with the galactic Real Madrid in the front.

“In a year of recovery after the severe economic crisis that affected most of the clubs, the football industry is showing signs of recovery “begins by saying” the Portuguese marketing agency “Futebol Finance.” For 3 consecutive years, that site has renovated and updated the list with the highest salaries of football players. With major changes in relation to the 2008/09 season – the biggest being the creation of a new “Galactic” team by Real Madrid and the newest millionaires, Manchester City, which has followed the same line of Chelsea, of previous years, considerably inflating salaries paid to the players of the “Premier League.”

With the most expensive transfer ever in football history, Cristiano Ronaldo of Madeira Island, voted best player in the world in 2009, heads the list, ahead of his “rivals” Ibrahimovic and Messi, both of FC Barcelona. According to the table, in 4th place comes the first player who’s not playing in Spain, namely Samuel Eto’o, of Inter Milan, coached by Portuguese José Mourinho. The Brazilian Kaka, teammate of Ronaldo at Bernabeu, takes home 833 thousand euros a month in salary and $10 million per year, composing the “top five.”

Spain and England have the top players

In the “Top 50” appear four more players from Real Madrid Galacticos. They are; Benzema (7), Raul (17), Casillas (22) and Diarra (45), the latter with a monthly salary of 416 thousand euros and five million per year. From Barcelona besides Ibrahimovic and Messi, the list contains six “millionaire” names. These are Henry (11), Xavi (12), Daniel Alves (15), Valdez (23), Puyol (37) and Iniesta (38). Still in Spain there are another three players; Kanoute (Sevilla), at 24. David Villa (Valencia) at 30 and Aguero (Atletico Madrid) at 39.

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Football Transfer Rumors From Online Sources

The English Premiership is without a doubt the most popular football league in the world. Some of the largest transfer transfers come from this league as it is home not only to some of the world's best talents such as Wayne Rooney, Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas but also has teams with the longest history. Clubs such as Manchester United and Liverpool are known in every corner of the world and have history stretching back over 100 years.

While it is common for football players to be in the limelight on the sports pages, nowadays these same players are also getting the front page treatment due to their relationships with many entertainers. The daily newspapers have been the traditional source of information for news about football players and clubs but increasing fans are turning to online sources when it comes to the latest gossips.

No matter which football club you support from Manchester United to Newcastle United FC, the Internet has replace tabloids and platformsheets as the default source for the latest in football news and gossips. Each club will certainly have an official site and most of the well supported clubs have dozens of unofficial websites dedicated to the club. Some supporters have also set up blogs mainly to report the latest events in the club and the players' lives. By visiting these blogs and website, you can be assured of the latest news, well ahead of what's being reported in the daily media which is traditionally a day late with their news. Some of the more popular football news websites include Premiershiptalk.com, football.co.uk and football-talk.co.uk.

When there is a breaking news of a major story relating to a club or a player, you can be sure that the online news sources will have the latest well before the morning newspaper. For example, during the latest transfer window, the successful transfers of Fernando Torres to Chelsea and Luiz Suarez and Andy Carroll to Liverpool were only completed just before midnight. Although you could have read all about it in the morning news, the online sources had already written many columns and comments pieces regarding the issue that what you would have been reading in the morning paper are all rehashed versions of the same news.

It is no surprise that nowdays even platformsheets and tabloids are getting their news articles from these online news sources especially comment pieces by fans. Erik Ian Larsen who runs the successful GunningHawk website for Arsenal fans has had his articles frequently used in mainstream media.

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