Archive for May 2021

HAZARD DISAPPOINTS AGAINST FORMER CLUB

Real Madrid star Eden Hazard produced a disappointing display against his former club Chelsea when the two teams met at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday for the second leg of their last four tie in the Champions League.

The Real Madrid playmaker was largely anonymous as his team crashed out of this season’s Champions League via a 3-1 aggregate loss at the hands of Premier League giants Chelsea.

Hazard spent a period of seven years at Chelsea from 2012 to 2019. He was signed by the Blues from French team Lille in the summer of 2012 after they saw off competition from London rivals Arsenal and other clubs. The Belgian national team talisman went on to become a key player for the West Londoners winning several Premier League titles aa well as the 2012/13 Europa League title.

While he was at Chelsea, Hazard won the 2014/15 Premier League title and the 2016/17 Premier League title with the club. He moved to Real Madrid for a club-record fee of £100m.

Hazard has not lived up to his price tag at Real Madrid mainly due to injury. He has been injured for the best part of his Real Madrid career. The Belgian made his first start for Real Madrid in several weeks during the second leg encounter at Chelsea and he was largely ineffective as the Blues scored a goal in each half to win the last four tie and go through to face Manchester City in the final.

Timo Werner scored the opener for the Blues in the first half before the goal from England international Mason Mount in the second half wrapped up a 2-0 win for Chelsea and also clinched the tie for the West Londoners. Chelsea would be targeting a second Champions League win when they face the Citizens in Istanbul at the end of the month.

RONALDO LINKED WITH MLS MOVE

Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has continued to be linked with a move away from the Italian club and reports suggest that a move to the United States Major League Soccer could be on the cards. Ronaldo has long been linked with an exit from the Old Lady in recent months and even though neither he nor his agent has addressed the rumors, they have continued to hot up.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward was signed by the Serie A giants from the Los Blancos during the summer transfer window of 2018 so he could help them clinch the UEFA Champions League title, but he is yet to help them achieve that feat and also could not save his team from getting knocked out of the competition at the hands of FC Porto earlier in the competition this season.

After their exit from the competition, a lot of criticism was directed at the Portugal international superstar as a lot of people claimed that he was not even supposed to be signed by Juventus in the first place. Former Italy midfielder Cassano also said that Ronaldo is not doing enough to help Juve achieve their Champions League dream and also questioned his signing as well.

However, since Ronaldo joined the club, none of his teammates has ever outscored him and he has always finished each of the last seasons in Turin as the club’s top scorer. This season alone, he has scored as many as 26 goals in the Serie A alone and has scored over 35 goals in all competitions for the club.

Inter Miami are the side that have reportedly shown interest in signing Ronaldo, and it comes as no surprise because the club is jointly owned by a former teammate of the superstar David Beckham who they played together at Manchester United.