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El Loco believes that Cristiano Ronaldo will be a force to be reckoned with when Real Madrid resume the Primera Liga season in the hunt for the title

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Cristiano Ronaldo is looking mean and dangerous as of late and he has been scoring goals regularly too.

This augurs well for Real Madrid in their bid to wrest the Primera Liga title from bitter rivals Barcelona in the new season which begins this weekend.

And after scoring the equaliser against Holland in an international friendly on Wednesday in the Algarve, Portuguese newspaper A Bola hailed Ronaldo's performance and dubbed him as 'Captain Goal'.

That was Ronaldo's 40th goal for his country - putting him only one short of the tally of 41 goals registered by the legendary Eusebio.

Ronaldo, with that, should be highly inspired to assist Real this time around.

He seems to have found a 'peace of mind' in carrying out his special mission to help Real win the Primera Liga and the elusive 10th European championship title.

Ronaldo also hails new manager Carlo Ancelotti as a great coach and is happy working under the vastly experienced Italian.

And he refuses to discuss matters regarding his former boss Jose Mourinho, who has taken the helm at Chelsea.

"I will not talk anything about that person, it's not worth it. Sorry, but I will not talk about that person," he said.

Ronaldo does not want any distractions in his mission and is fully focused with what he has to do. 

True.

There is no point in talking about the controversial Mourinho or what happened last season when Real had problems in the dressing room between the players and the outspoken manager.

Ronaldo is all fired up.

And he may well be playing in the centre together with Karim Benzema when los Blancos entertain Real Betis at the Bernabeu on Monday (3am, Malaysian time).

It will be interesting as this awesome combination can create havoc to even the best of teams - both in Spain and Europe.

Ancelotti can afford to switch Ronaldo to the centre because he has capable options to play on the flanks.

So much so, English champions Manchester United are apparently eyeing Real midfielder Mesut Ozil.

Punto Pelota reports that United are willing to offer £40 million for the German international and believe a deal can be struck.

Ozil's father and agent has been pushing to open new contract talks with Real this summer and there are concerns from the midfielder that he is being squeezed out of the first team.

The promotion of Casemiro, Isco and Asier Illarremendi has cast doubts on the futures of several senior Real midfielders, including the classy Ozil.

Real are looking good to mount their challenge to make their fans entertained, happy and satisfied.

Barca, on the other hand, also have a new manager in Argentine Gerardo 'Tito' Martino, who took over from Tito Vilanova, who stepped down because of health reasons.

The Catalans have been impressive in pre-season friendlies as well - with the exception of the match against Malaysia at Shah Alam Stadium last Saturday when Lionel Messi did not play because of a thigh injury.

Messi is still recovering from a thigh injury. And it is said he suffered this injury during a training session on the infamous pitch at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

The Argentine wizard has yet to go into full training and may well miss Barca's opening match against Levante at Nou Camp on Monday (1am, Malaysian time).

All eyes must be on the Brazilian sensation Neymar who joined Barcelona from Santos during the match against Levante.

Neymar will take centrestage in Messi's absence where he is poised to partner Alexis Sanchez and Pedro or Cristian Tello upfront against Levante.

Pedro is down with knocks suffered in the 7-1 bashing of Thailand during their tour of Asia but may be fit for action against Levante.

Will Neymar shine in his Primera Liga debut?

Why not?

He may well score a goal or two to assist Barca to have a great start to the season and show the world what he is all about.

Adios!

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