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The $80 million man was sent off for the 2nd time this season in Real Madrid’s 2-0 victory over Malaga on Sunday. Ronaldo saw straight red for an elbow to the face of Patrick Mtiliga that broke Mtiliga’s nose and will force the defender to miss about three weeks. The elbow did not seem intentional, Ronaldo was trying to break away from the tackle (and slight shirt pull) of the defender. But he still made clean contact as he swung his elbow back and Mtiliga dropped like a ton of bricks and came up bleeding. The red card may be a little harsh considering the lack of intent and the fact that Ronaldo had not been booked in the match previously. But it is my understanding that players must be in control of their body and Ronaldo definitely did swing his elbow back wildly to escape the tackle. But my issue with the incident is the way Ronaldo has reacted in the press.

He has called the decision to send him off “shameful” and a “disgrace”. (more…)

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Brazilian club team Timao has reported on their website a finalized deal to set the Corinthians against Real Madrid in a friendly that would pit Christiano Ronaldo and Kaka against Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima from Brazil and newly signed Roberto Carlos.

Although no date is official, the Timao site is reporting an August date.  The difficulty lies in the fact that it is a World Cup year and the annual South American club competition, The Copa Libertadores being held in August of which the Timao are sure to capture.  The date for that cup’s finals has been set for August 18th.

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Goal of the Year

Goal of the year has been awarded to Christiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese player currently at Real Madrid. His Champions League goal against Porto was deemed “Goal of the Year” giving him the yearly FIFA Puskás Award amongst several brilliant goals.

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The inaugural Philadelphia Union roster has been taking shape over the last month, and fans have good reason to be excited. Via the expansion draft, they picked up a highly experienced (if a bit dive-y) striker in Alejandro Moreno, a tenacious forward ala-Dirk Kuyt in Sebastien Le Toux, and a very promising young winger in Shea Salinas, among others. Soon after the draft, a solid core was cemented with the acquisitions of Chris Seitz, one of the highest rated young goalkeepers in MLS, and centerback Danny Califf, who has experience playing in Europe and for the USMNT.

This team is certainly well on its way to being competitive, at least on paper, but there are still many holes to fill. Some of these holes will inevitably be filled during the upcoming MLS SuperDraft, where the Union holds the first overall pick, but the big question is whether or not the organization will take the plunge on a Designated Player (you know, like that Beckham dude).

Let’s have a look at a few of the possibilities coming out of Europe.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is a man who has had a tough time this year. In January he crashed his Ferrari 599 GTB. That left only the Aston Martin DB9, the BMW M6, the Phantom Rolls-Royce, the Bentley Continental GT Speed and three Porsches with which to get to practice since the new Bugati hadn’t yet been delivered to his now paltry and meager garage.

Not only has Ronaldo’s been forced to hang out with supermodels, he had to leave beautiful Manchester for dreary Madrid because his agent got him the biggest transfer deal in the history of transfer deals.

And not a moment too soon. After personally winning the Ballon d’Or and being declared the FIFA World Player of the Year, the crappy team he had been stuck with before the transfer could only manage to win the Community Shield, the FIFA Club World Cup, the League Cup and it’s third consecutive league championship yet somehow got knocked out of the FA Cup and lost the Champions League final.

And he’s got those 3000 situps to do every day, all of which is no consolation for a dodgy ankle.

And then last Sunday, he gets sent off in Real Madrid’s 4-2 victory over Almeria.

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