No Cristiano Ronaldo, no problem for Real Madrid as they beat Barcelona 2-0, and 5-1 on aggregate to win the 2017 Spanish Super Cup. Marco Asensio hit a sensational early strike, Karim Benzema added a goal just before halftime and Madrid never looked back. This is surely a high point for Los Blancos in their rivalry with Barcelona, as Madrid won La Liga last year and became the first team in the Champions league era to win back-to-back Champions league titles. Meanwhile Barcelona have been disappointing in Europe as of late, and lost one of their biggest stars in Neymar over the offseason. Things can change quickly of course, but right now Madrid are riding high, and Barcelona are looking for answers.
Gylfi Sigurdsson has signed with Everton for a club record £45 million. The club lost star man Romelu Lukaku over the summer, but it seems clear they are not satisfied to be stuck mid-table in the Premier League. Sigurdsson is a very talented midfielder who had a successful spell at Tottenham before really thriving at Swansea City. It’s unclear what Everton will be without Lukaku this year, but Sigurdsson should help to keep them falling too far from where they were.
Bad news for USA and Wolfsburg fans — John Brooks is out for 3 months with a thigh injury. This comes at a terrible time for all parties involved. For Brooks, he gets hurt in his first season with a new team right before the season is starting. For Wolfsburg, their talented new signing is now on the shelf for the first 3 months of the year. And for the U.S., one of their best defenders is now out for the rest of the crucial World Cup Qualifiers. Here’s hoping Brooks is back to full health soon.
Its always fun to see young players break onto the scene and do well. It’s exciting, both for fans of that team and for neutral fans who like good soccer. As older stars age out, new ones come in to take their place. ESPNFC has a gallery of the Top 21 players under 21, its an interesting list, hopefully these players can live up to the hype.
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