Sweet strikes at Ciudad Real Madrid!


🔥🎯🤔 The goals are back at #RMCity! Which one of these strikes is YOUR favourite?
Triplete de goles en la Ciudad Real Madrid, ¿cuál es tu favorito?
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Ways to Give Up Alcohol – Vital Techniques To End Alcohol Dependence

It is possible to find ways to stop drinking alcohol using completely natural methods and to improve your health problems over time. When you decide to quit drinking, restoring lost nutrients due to an increase in stomach bacteria and liver damage is essential to a healthy, lasting recovery. After a considerable amount of time drinking intoxicants, your body depends on the substance for any nutritional value. Natural remedies help you stop drinking while fighting cravings with an increase in the vitamins and minerals in your body.

Reclaim vitamins lost with alcohol consumption while flushing impurities out of your body with a juice diet. Use fresh fruits and vegetables to make your own juice, and consume six eight-ounce glasses a day instead of your normal solid meals. The natural sugar in the fruits and vegetables keep your blood sugar within a healthy range while easing cravings for the sugar found in alcohol. Consume fresh juice, with no added sugar, for at least 72 hours, which is the hardest time to stop drinking.

A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with six ounces of water every time you have a craving decreases your desire to consume alcohol. Apple cider vinegar makes you feel full, making it harder to ingest alcohol. Vinegar also increases stomach acid, which when combined with alcohol can make you feel sick. After you consume apple cider vinegar, repulsion from the smell of alcohol occurs as a natural bodily alert to warn you of danger in mixing the two acid producers.

Use milk thistle in a supplement form to help ease even some of the more serious effects of withdrawal as one of the ways to stop drinking alcohol. Begin a regiment of milk thistle once a day for at least two weeks before you plan to stop your consumption. Milk thistle calms your cravings for sugar and has restorative properties to create a healthier balance in your body, which also makes you feel emotionally and physically better about sobriety.

Aloe vera comes in an easy to drink juice or pill form that reduces your need to consume and helps your body return to a healthier state. The anti-inflammatory components of the aloe vera soothe your liver and reduce the amount of bacteria, which accrues in the stomach due to excessive intake of unhealthy substances. The anti-inflammatory properties also help soothe your stomach of an increase in acid, which causes discomfort while you quit drinking. Aloe vera’s restorative properties help you feel healthier, further discouraging you from drinking.

Loss of L-Glutamine naturally occurs through persistent use of alcohol, and the restoration to a proper balance of the vitamin is good for your health and is one of the successful ways to stop drinking alcohol as you reduce your cravings. Take L-Glutamine as a supplement, or increase your intake of foods rich in L-Glutamine, such as proteins and leafy greens. The vitamin works so well because it lifts your mood from a depressive state, a heavily cited reason for the consumption of intoxicants. It also reduces your cravings for sugar, minimizing the risk of daily drinking.

10 Reasons Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo Are Not the Greatest of All Time [GOAT] in Football

For the best part of the last decade, two names have dominated world football (soccer) more than any others; Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. These great rivals have broken countless football records, scored insane number of goals and pushed each other all the way to greatness despite the fact that they are two very different football players, playing two very different styles in two very different roles for two different clubs. The only thing that really connects the two is the ocean of ability that separates them from the rest of the players in the world. There can be no question as to whether the duo belongs in the pantheon of football all-time greats anymore. Although any effort to determine the greatest footballer of all time is subject to generational bias, it should be noted that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not individually or collectively the greatest football player[s] of all time due to the following reasons;

Cristiano is not the best ‘Ronaldo’ to play the game: Despite his unparalleled achievement in and off the field of play, Cristiano Ronaldo is still not considered the best Ronaldo to have played the game. Ronaldo de Assisi (also known as Ronaldinho) and Ronaldo de Lima (the phenomenon) are the other ‘Ronaldos’ whose legendary attacking prowess is often compared to Cristiano Ronaldo’s. Ronaldo de Lima was a more explosive and complete striker who would have probably been the ‘World’s Best Striker Ever’ if he had stayed injury-free in his footballing career, while Ronaldinho was the entertainer who, at his peak, constantly wowed the footballing world. Cristiano Ronaldo is better than other ‘Ronaldos’ in terms of constituency over the years, phenomenal goal-scoring rates, overall fitness and prolonged career (due to low rate of injuries) but for sheer skill, explosiveness, superior technical ability, and the ‘wow’ factor, the two ‘Ronaldos’ are better than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lionel Messi is not the best ever Argentine player: It is a well-known fact that for a footballer to be the best ever in the world, he has to be the best ever footballer in his country and sadly, Lionel Messi isn’t both. Lionel Messi is not the best football player Argentina has produced. That honor goes to Diego Armando Maradona. Maradona (widely regarded as one of the best football players ever) is a footballing legend that inspired Argentina to a world cup victory and S.S.C. Napoli (in the Italian Football League) to its first and second League title [Scudetti] in its history. He is the scorer of the world’s most dubious goal (the ‘Hand of God’ goal) and the FIFA Goal of the Century. There is virtually a cult around the player in Argentina. Diego Maradona (and Pele) is the benchmark for the illustrious South American nation when a new star comes on to the block. So, while Messi has dazzled on the European stage, passing milestone after milestone and picking up loads of awards, his countrymen regard him as the country’s second best football player ever.

Both players have never won the World Cup: Although the latter rounds of the modern-day UEFA Champions League would rival the FIFA World Cup in terms of quality, with talents from around the globe increasingly concentrated in the hands of an elite few, the World Cup still retains substantial symbolic value as a quadrennial competition which pit the best of one nation against the best of another. It is no secret Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have never won (or inspired their respective countries to win) the FIFA World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo has won an European Cup (The Euros) with his home country, Portugal but has never been to the semi-finals or the finals of the World Cup while Lionel Messi was underwhelming in the 2014 world cup semi-final and final with his home country Argentina eventually losing to Germany. The World (and Messi) was shocked when he was named the best player and awarded the Golden Ball of the tournament. Lionel Messi is also a three-time runner-up in the Copa America competition with Argentina. Most football players such as Zinedine Zidane, Pele, Diego Maradonna, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo de Lima etc. often touted as the world’s best ever football player all played dominant roles in the World Cup tournament they eventually won. The same cannot be said presently of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

They are not Football’s best Goal-scorers ever: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are efficient, effective and phenomenal goal scorers boasting amazing goal per match ratio but they aren’t among the five best goal scorers in football history. Neither of them have scored up more than 700 goals in their respective careers so they cannot be in the company of great players such as Pele, Romario, Josef Bican, Ferenc Puskas (he has a FIFA goal-scoring award named after him), Gerd Muller. The rate of scoring of these legendary players is more impressive than that of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo given they ended their footballing careers with goal tallies well into the 800s. So if scoring goals are what makes footballers great, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, having better players boasting better goal tallies ahead of them, cannot be the greatest footballers of all time.

Both players have been accused of being criminals: They both have tax payment issues with the Spanish authorities (the country they reside and play in) and so have been accused of being criminals. After a lengthy trial that attracted so much publicity due to his status as a supremely gifted sportsman, Lionel Messi (and his father) was found guilty of not paying his taxes to the Spanish government, fined heavily and sentenced to two years in prison (he has since agreed to pay an increased fine rather than have a 21-month suspended prison sentence). His trial, guilty verdict, fine and (suspended) sentence damaged his credibility as a morally upright athlete who could do no wrong and that of his football club (FC Barcelona). Cristiano Ronaldo is also being investigated for tax evasion by the Spanish authorities, might be tried (or not), heavily fined and get a suspended prison sentence.

Their overall goal tallies are padded with too many penalties: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the greatest goal scorers of their generation. They score obscene number of goals in a football season but almost half of the total goals scored both players have come from the penalty spot. In football, penalties are the easiest way to score because it involves only the designated penalty-taker and a goal keeper to beat. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, being the designated penalty-takers of their respective club sides, always take every penalty kick awarded them or their teammates thereby increasing their goal tallies. In 2013/2014 Football season in England, Luis Suarez of Liverpool FC (before he moved to FC Barcelona to become a teammate of Lionel Messi) won the highest goal scorer award in the English Premier League and shared the European Golden Shoe award with Cristiano Ronaldo by scoring 32 goals in 33 games in open play without taking a single penalty. That is a record Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo do not yet hold.

They play for football’s most valuable clubs: Messi and Ronaldo play for super-clubs in Spain where the top sides score goals by the hatful. The second millennium’s new financial order unfortunately gave birth to the modern super team essentially creating a certain form of predictability in both domestic and continental leagues. Lionel Messi plays for FC Barcelona in Spain while Ronaldo plays for Real Madrid CF also in Spain. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF are extremely rich and dominant football clubs that can afford to buy and stockpile the best and most expensive football talent anywhere in the world and so Messi and Ronaldo are always surrounded and assisted by world-class players to aid in dominating continental club football thus raising their international profiles. Both clubs always have a slew of world-class players at their disposal which leads to utter domination in domestic (Spanish La Liga) and continental (UEFA Champions League) football competitions.

The benefit of playing in the Modern Era: It is almost impossible to compare players of different era in a game that has changed so much over the years. Great footballers like Ferenc Puskas, Alfredo di Stefano played in an era when the game was played at a tempo unrecognizably slower than in the modern era. That does not make them less great than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The game played presently has changed because of changes in rules governing the game and the quality of footballs produced and used. Players in the modern era are also fitter, faster, and stronger than they have ever been, but players (especially defenders) are technically weaker than they have ever been. The Champions League’s expansions of the nineties is also an advantage to the modern player: having a group stage allows a margin of error that simply did not exist in the knock out style pre-1995 tournament. It has never been easier for attackers – Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo probably would never score 40-60 goals a season in the 1980s when the rules governing the game and footballs used didn’t benefits attackers (strikers), and defenders/defenses were littered with world-class talents.

They are a part of football’s rich history: We view the history of the game through our own national experiences, or at least we did until the modern era, where we can watch the Spanish league, Messi and Ronaldo every weekend. It is worth remembering that in the 1970s and even into the 1980s, most of Europe just watched the European Cup and UEFA Cup games of their own national teams. So, here is a little suggestion; the next time Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo score a breath-taking goal and someone on Twitter suggests the debate (on the greatest football player) is over, head to YouTube and spend ten minutes watching goals from Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Pele, Ferenc Puskas, Roberto Baggio, Eusebio, Alfredo di Stefano and so on. There have been plenty of geniuses in the game, and Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are part of that rich football history.

Generational and positional bias in football: The hunt for the greatest football player in history is like that of the Holy Grail. All footballers (sportsmen) are products of their time. Due to football’s developmental stagnation relative to other sport and because there are so many different positions, and so many roles within those positions, it is hard to have a worthwhile conversation about who the best football player of all time is. Since the main objective of the game is to score a goal, the best goal scorers such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will always be near the top of any list about the game’s best players.

Conclusion; Don’t kid yourself that there won’t be another player like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, no-one thought they would see another player like Diego Maradona.

Vinicius’ presentation day at Real Madrid!


🙂👕🙌 Relive Vinicius Jr’s presentation day at Real Madrid C.F.!
¡Revive la presentación de Vinicius Jr. en el Estadio Santiago Bernabéu!
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An Uneasy Relationship – England Vs The Rest of The World

As a nation that once laid claim to the world’s biggest Empire, the United Kingdom has often traded blows with countries across the globe.

Politically, many British people often look upon Europe and its increasing influence in their lives as a source of annoyance. With specific reference to England, the English are known for their own patriotic beliefs and mannerisms. Whether it be staunchly in favour of keeping the pound or perhaps even something as trivial as our predisposition for tea drinking as a tool of social cohesion, our European cousins and those further afield often deride us as ‘Little Englanders’.

When it comes to football then, it is no surprise that such squabbles manifest themselves. In late February, there was the furore surrounding claims in the tabloid press that England’s training complex for the impending World Cup in South Africa was so far half-built and ramshackle, some even going so far as to describe it as ‘a dump’.

The £20 million Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus near to Rustenberg, the venue for England’s first game against USA, has ignited English passions and prompted hasty rebuttals from those abroad. Although the accommodation is of a high standard, the training and medical facilities are still far from complete.

Despite this, following his recent visit, England manager Fabio Capello stated that he was happy with the progress being made.

South Africans, including World Cup ambassador and ballerina Andile Ndlovu have rallied round their country as it bids to host the finest tournament yet. The spokesman for the Bafokeng sports complex, Martin Bekker, said that “the foreign media, especially the English, have lacked the courtesy to find out from us how preparations are going.”

This isn’t the first incident involving England, its football fans and its national press engaging in verbal warfare and it certainly won’t be the last.

One only has to look at certain authority figures in world football and the chagrin they draw from the English to examine the roots of animosity between ‘us and them’. The President of FIFA, the world’s governing body, Sepp Blatter and his UEFA counterpart Michel Platini have all voiced their opinions on the state of English football.

Likewise Jack Warner, the FIFA Vice-President and head of its CONCACAF region is another who attracts condemnation. In his case, it seems he’s a complicated individual who has a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ approach to England. Once he was quoted as saying ‘nobody in Europe likes England’ yet now he is supposedly one of the supporters for our 2018 World Cup bid.

Meanwhile Blatter is regarded by some as anti-English, a man who never has a good word to say about the country or its football. During the Cristiano Ronaldo transfer saga, Blatter was open in saying that the player should move to Real Madrid and that keeping him at Manchester United amounted to “modern slavery.”

Clearly he is hopelessly ignorant of the treatment suffered by the real slaves of the past and how it bears little relevance to highly-paid footballers. His 6+5 rule, designed to curb the number of foreign players in teams and enhance their domestic number is somewhat noble in its intention though it has been interpreted as a direct attack on the English clubs, which boosted by a large overseas contingent, have recently dominated the competition.

Michel Platini has also displayed sour grapes over England’s success in Europe. One of his quotes, concerning football finances, states that he wants to “create a situation where every team has a chance of winning and there is a more level playing field. But in England teams win either with morality or without it. We want transparency and financial fair play, but sometimes you do not have that in England.”

Although England and its press often feel aggrieved at attacks from abroad, Platini in particular does have a point when he claims to be concerned about foreign ownership and increasing debt mountains.

One only has to look at the forlorn situation at Portsmouth to understand where he is coming from. If England’s biggest clubs such as Manchester United and Liverpool didn’t rely on huge income streams to keep them ticking over, the problem would become cataclysmic, not just for English football but for the entire game.

No matter, England’s uneasy relationship with the rest of the world is likely to continue for some time yet as we typically resist interference from beyond our shores.

Manchester United Football Club – Be A Part of The World's Most Popular Football Club

Being part of the Manchester United Football Club is one of the most unique experiences you could ever have. Manchester United is more than just a football club for the people who have been lifelong fans of it and have stood by it in bad times as well as good times. As a matter of fact, there are families that would not think of supporting any other club. The Spanish clubs Real Madrid and FC Barcelona may be greater in value than this club, which is worth a whopping £ 1.8 billion, but they are unable to command its immunity fan following.

Manyoo is without doubt the most popular football club in the world. It is at the pinnacle of the world of football with fans all over the world. The approximately 330 million followers that this club has spread in almost every country of the world. That's not all, because this amazing club also consistently commands the highest average home attendance when compared to other European clubs.

You would only understand the depth of feeling that people have for the Manchester United Football Club if you attended a match at Old Trafford stadium and experienced the energy first hand. The energy that emanates from the traditionally noisy West Stand has to be experienced in order to be believed. Manchester United Supporters Club (MUSC) is the largest fan club of the Red Devils. People from different parts of the world are so eager to be part of this club's magic that they sign up to join the various officially recognized branches of this fan club that exist in various countries. You too are likely to find a branch in your city and should definitely join it so that you can be part of the excitement.

If you were to join the highly popular 'One United' membership scheme you can avail of a wide variety of benefits from the club ranging from discounted merchandise to cheaper tickets. The merchandise of this club is extremely popular and the bright red t-shirts are seen quite often. You will strike up immediate friendships with a lot of people based upon your association with the Manchester United Football Club because there are fans wherever in the world you travel. If you are a true fan of football that is played the British way you will certainly love being a part of the magical experience that this club offers.

Ronaldo – Will He Stay Or Will He Go?

Surely there is something more than just rumour afoot regarding the future of Cristiano Ronaldo. As the rumours continue unabated, and with Ronaldo himself refusing to quell the stories linking him to Real Madrid, speculation inevitably grows and it is still a distinct possibility that the brilliant Portuguese striker/winger will join the Spanish giants. Sir Alex Ferguson has said, very loudly, that Ronaldo is simply not for sale and if ‘push came to shove’, then Ronaldo would sit out next season in the stands. That of course will not happen no matter how this ongoing saga is concluded, but it indicates that United do not want to lose their superstar.

Real Madrid themselves, who have a history of shenanigans in the transfer market, say that they are patient, but have also made it very clear that Ronaldo is their number one target and whilst that remains the case then Ronaldo, Sir Alex and the Manchester United fans will not get any rest. The Spaniards are used to getting their man and it seems that sooner or later they will succeed with Ronaldo.

One rumour that has done the rounds is the one where he told friends in confidence that he will do whatever is necessary to engineer a way out of United and make the move to the Bernabau. How true that is no-one really knows but other rumours also persist that he has no desire to play another long season in the Premier League. That is understandable, particularly with UEFA Champions League fixtures to contest as well.

Miguel Arroyo, Managing Director of Real Madrid has said that they will wait for Ronaldo to initiate the necessary move but until he does so they will remain patient. Figures such as £60m have been banded about for Ronaldo’s signature and Sir Alex and his superiors at Old Trafford must weigh up whether £60m outweighs an unhappy player on the books.

Ronaldo says he will make a statement regarding his future after Euro 2008, the very fact that he is doing this suggests that there is still something in the air, surely, if his plans are to stay with United then it would have been easier for him to publicly and unequivocally state that, thus removing the distraction and allowing him to concentrate on his football for his country. Now that Portugal are out of the Tournament he has no further excuses; he must declare his intention. That is of course if he has not sneaked out the back door and gone for a much needed holiday.

Those interested in the saga should keep their eyes peeled on the online football betting which will also gather momentum as this next few days unfold.

Barclays English Premier League – World's Most Popular and Prestigious League

The Barclays English premier league is arguably the most televised, most glamorous, most popular and the richest league in the world right now, with at least four of the teams – Manchester United, Chelsea FC, Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC ranked among the top 20 richest club sides in the world, and the league televised in several countries of the world. The television rights on the league is in millions of pound sterling and the prize money for the league winners is the best any country can offer anywhere in the world.

The English premier league has metamorphosed from a small league in the 19th century to the giant of the 21st century. With the league producing four quarter finalists each year in the past five years in the UEFA Champions League, with Liverpool FC lifting the Champions League trophy in 2005, Manchester United in 2008 (playing the final with fellow English club side Chelsea FC); Arsenal playing in the finals in 2006; Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United each having having played at least at the semi-finals level in the past five years, the Barclays English premier league is clearly the best league in Europe currently.

Years ago, Brazilian and Argentine players shunned the English premier league like a leper, rather preferring to ply their trades in the Spanish La Liga, Italian serie A, German Bundesliga and the French league, etc. But today the story has changed as more of the Brazilian players are now gradually entering into English premier league – The likes of Robinho, Edwardo, Baptista, Carlos Tevez, etc. now showcase their talents in this wonderful league; it is certainly a place every footballer would love to be.

We are entering into the second round of the 2009/2010 league, we expect more Brazilians, Argentines, Nigerians, French, Portuguese, Ivorian players etc to troop into this prestigious, exciting, entertaining and attractive league to add more colors and glamor to the league as we also expect more transfer records to be broken. Manchester United currently holds the record of the most expensive player transfer in the European league with the sale of Christiano Ronaldo for 70 million Euro to Real Madrid FC of Spain. With the exit of Christiano Ronaldo would more quality players come in? We hope to see more of Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres, Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Gabriel Agbonlahor, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Stephen Gerrard, Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor, Fabregas, Ireland, John Obi Mikel, Michael Essien, Berbatov, etc. The Barclays English premier league is certainly the place where the soccer action is at the moment.