Recovery Session, We Are All Rookies, Three’s A Charm, y Buenas Noches

6 Nov

Photo 1The team had a recovery session today after last night’s Champions League win over Liverpool saw us qualify for the Round of 16.

Bale, Chicharito, Pepe, Nacho, and our keepers focused on ball work while Marcelo, James, Sami and Coentrão worked on specific training exercises in preparation for our next match against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday at the Bernabeu. It’s nice to see Coentrão back in the mix.

The mothership also posted a video they did in coordination with Audi. I actually really love it. They focused on the youth and I think it turned out pretty well. What do you think?

Crishulk? Hulknaldo? Crihulk?

Crishulk? Hulknaldo? Crihulk?

Our very own Field Commander was awarded today with his third Golden Boot award. The ceremony was held at the Meliá Castilla hotel in Madrid. In attendance were Sergio, Gareth, Iker, The Peez, and Bond villain Emilio Butrigueño. Cristiano’s mother, Dolores, and Junior also were on hand to see him pick up the award.

I love the photo of Sergio taking a photo. I don’t even know why.

Here’s what the mothership had to say:

Photo 25“Here today, Madrid fans can acknowledge that Cristiano is Alfredo Di Stéfano’s worthy successor”, said Florentino Pérez, who was presenting the trophy.

Cristiano Ronaldo received his third Golden Shoe award today at the Meliá Castilla hotel in Madrid. This is the second time he has won the award as a Real Madrid player. The Portguese star was accompanied by the president Florentino Pérez, his team mates Casillas, Ramos and Bale, various members of the Board of Directors, as well as the head of Institutional Relations, Emilio Butragueño. Ronaldo received the award after scoring 31 goals during the last La Liga season.

“This is a special day for me. It is the third one, but it is as if I was winning it for the first time again. I want to share it with everyone who has helped me. I promise the fans that I will always give my best on the field because I still have many years ahead at Real Madrid” stated the Portuguese player.

“I want to thank my team mates as it would have been impossible to win this trophy without them. I would also like to thank my family and everybody at Real Madrid, which is best team in the world and gives me the opportunity to win awards like this. I can increasingly feel that people really love me here”.

Florentino Pérez was in charge of presenting the trophy to Cristiano: “His unending desire to overcome obstacles has turned him into a different type of player and anybody who knows him is aware that he will leave here today in search of his fourth trophy. Today, he is receiving his third Golden Shoe, his second as a Real Madrid player. Therefore, this is a happy day for him, his mother, his family, for all Real Madrid fans and anybody who loves football. Our fans have really embraced Cristiano because he has given everything on the pitch and left us with many great memories.”

“We are proud of Cristiano Ronaldo at this club, football can be proud of him, he is a role model for young players. He has once again shown the world that he is a true legend. He is a legend at Real Madrid, as he shows in every game, and an example of impeccable professionalism, as shown through his behaviour every single day. Cristiano combines his unquestionable talent and quality with an immense level of commitment”.

“This desire to always win, is what really unites Cristiano with one of the core traits of Real Madrid’s identity. Only a few months ago, we lost out Honorary President Alfredo Di Stéfano. Today, Real Madrid fans can acknowledge that here we have Di Stéfano’s worthy successor. Congratulations for being a member of one of the best squads in Real Madrid’s history. This is a squad which will not be weakened by such praise, and which knows that it must always give everything, just as you do, in order to improve and fulfil the dreams of our fans”.

Cristiano Ronaldo won the Golden Shoe during the 2007/08 and 2008/11 seasons. The prize goes to the highest scorer to come out of any European league over the season, and is awarded by European Sports Media (ESM), a sports media group made up of the world’s main football publications.

Photo 26“Last year was extraordinary; I’m very lucky to be at Real Madrid”, said the Portuguese.

Following the end of the Golden Shoe presentation ceremony, Cristiano Ronaldo spoke to the media. The Portuguese star could not hide his excitement at receiving the award for the third time in his career: “You only win this trophy with a very good squad around you and with everyone’s support. Last year things went very well and we won the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. It was an extraordinary year and I feel very lucky to be in this squad and at Real Madrid.”

“I feel very happy that some of my team-mates have attended. I don’t invite the whole squad to come because I feel that I’m taking away their time so as to come to a ceremony. I’m obviously pleased. If I invited everyone, I’m sure they would come. I’m not thinking about a fourth Golden Shoe. That has to come about naturally. I’m in a good position, but I have to keep going as I am and let things take their course.”

Worthy successor to Di Stéfano
“It was a comparison by the president. Alfredo is no longer with us and he sees in me what Di Stéfano was. For me it’s an honour, because Alfredo is one of the greatest in football history and I’m very happy to be associated with him.”

Team’s current form
“They are systems that we are used to, and it is no surprise. We have the ball a little bit more than in recent years, and the more you have it the more danger you can create. The system is practically the same. We have a very good squad. Bale has come back and is in very good shape. We can go really far and we’re only thinking about improving with every game.”

“I’m hopeful about our chances of winning a lot this year.”

“Everyone talks about this being the best squad that the club has had, but that will be known at the end of the season. The side is doing well, is confident, is excited and things are going well. On a personal level, I feel really good and happy. I’m on a good run and I have to make the most of this good moment of form and continue like this until the end of the season.”

Renewing his contract
“We have to talk with Florentino Pérez. I’m very happy and in a great moment of form. Personally and in sporting terms, everything is going well. I want to win and get as many trophies as possible with this club. I hope to finish my contract with Real Madrid at 33 and after that we’ll see if they want me to stay. I feel young and still a long way off retiring.”

Race for the Ballon d’Or
“I wouldn’t be surprised not to win it. Nothing surprises me in football and you have to be ready for everything. I feel good and I’m very happy, on a collective and an individual level. I would obviously like to win it, but I’m not obsessed by it. I’m doing well, helping my team to win games and getting goals.”

His eagerness to keep on progressing
“I always like to play well and score and be in good physical shape, but that isn’t always possible. It’s normal for me to get angry with myself, but after being with my people and those I love, it passes.”

Making history in football
“I don’t want to think about that yet. Everyone will have their own opinion. Being the best in Portugal isn’t enough for me, I’m going to work to be the best ever. I respect every decision. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone, just to myself. I want to continue working in the same way because it’s harder and harder to improve my figures. I want to be the best at the best club in the world.”

“I’m not obsessed by that situation. I take my work seriously and I try to always do things well. I have shown since I arrived here that I always want more and for that reason I have nothing to say. My figures have been good in the years that I have been at Real Madrid, perhaps better in the last two.”

He was congratulated by his teammates on Twitter and Sergio posted a rather expensive selfie on Instagram.

And Cris took to Twitter to thank his teammates and fans.

And finally, James made sure to provide us with good night image.

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Buenas noches. good night.

A post shared by James Rodríguez (@jamesrodriguez10) on

Yes, James. It will be una buena noche.


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