After being linked with a move back to the Premier League a few weeks ago, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is in the news yet again. But this time he is being linked with a move to Russia. Yes, Russia. According to TalkSPORT, Ronaldo is refusing to rule out a move to Anzhi Makhachkala. If the club sounds familiar it’s because Samuel Eto’o joined the team in the summer transfer window, becoming the highest paid player in the world by some distance.
“In football you never know what can happen in the future. So if one day I go and play in Russia, do not be surprised. But for now I am doing well at Real Madrid.” — Cristiano Ronaldo
Despite Ronaldo’s comments, it’s hard to see him leaving a club with the quality of Real Madrid to play in Russia in the near future. However, I would not be surprised if the Portuguese international plays in Russia towards the latter stages of his career.
At 26, Ronaldo is in the prime of his career. He is scoring goals at an incredible rate and has already established himself as one of the greatest players of all-time.
After one season with Sporting CP, Ronaldo transferred to Manchester United to replace English play-maker David Beckham. 292 appearances later, Ronaldo is amongst the all-time greats for United. Be bagged an astonishing 118 goals, a stellar output for a midfield player. Since moving to Madrid he has become even more dangerous in front of goal, scoring 91 goals in 93 appearances.
Javier Pastore Enjoying Life in France
Argentine international Javier Pastore is happy with life in Ligue 1, following a summer transfer from Palermo in Italy’s Serie A. Pastore was one of the most coveted young stars of the summer transfer window and was reportedly being pursued by Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester City, and Manchester United. But he settled on a move to Paris. The Argentine starlet has started the 2011-12 Ligue 1 campaign on good form, with one goal and two assists in three matches. PSG have very high expectations after spending a lot of money in the summer, with anything short of a Ligue 1 title surely considered a disappointment. As a result, Pastore has very high expectations for himself and the club this season.
“I am here to be a champion,” he told L’Equipe. “Paris is a great club, and like any great club it has players who want to go as high as possible.
“Our natural objective is to reach as high as possible and becoming champions of France is what we all want the most.
“I feel really happy at PSG, and even more so since I scored my first goal. I feel as much at ease as I did at Palermo.
“My physical fitness is improving. It is great fun to play alongside very technical players like Nene, Jeremy Menez and Kevin Gameiro. But personally I can still improve greatly.” — Javier Pastore