Potential bombshell reports out of Spain that Cristiano Ronaldo is unhappy and could be set to leave Real Madrid. The reported unhappiness seems to stem from Ronaldo’s troubles in being accused of tax evasion, and Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain seem to be waiting in the wings if Ronaldo decides to leave. Ronaldo could leave because of these tax evasion charges, but if he does decide to leave, it might just be because he wants a new challenge. With his collection of La Liga, Copa Del Rey, and Champions League trophies with Real, Ronaldo has won everything there is to win in Spain. Maybe he goes elsewhere seeking a new challenge.
The Confederations Cup kicks off this weekend in Russia. For those unfamiliar, the Confederations Cup is basically a warmup for the World Cup, played in the country that will host the World Cup the summer before the tournament, featuring the countries that have won their confederations tournaments (plus the hosting country and World Cup winner) prior to the event. Fans of the U.S. Men’s National team will remember their run in the 2009 Confederations Cup, knocking off No. 1 ranked Spain which had gone 35 games without losing, and then going up 2-0 on Brazil in the Confederations Cup final before ultimately losing 3-2. Alex Dowd of Fox Soccer looks at which players to watch in this year’s version of the Confederations Cup.
In a bit of surprising news, MIlan wonderkid Gianluigi Donnarumma will not sign a new contract with Milan, and now looks set to leave the Rossoneri. Donnarumma is a very talented player, and that combined with his age (he’s still only 18), should see him coveted by all the major teams in Europe. Its possible that Milan try to hold on to Donnarumma, but given the money they could get in a transfer fee, it’s likely that Donnarumma will be sold for a monster fee.
Justin Meram has been sensational for Columbus Crew SC this year, using his speed, creativity and finishing to jump to the top tier of MLS players. This despite Columbus continuing to bring in players that play Meram’s position, and Meram’s challenges of trying to play for Iraq during the attempt of the current administration to pass a travel ban covering several countries in the Middle East. Goal.com looks at Meram’s season in their MLS Spotlight.
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