El Loco pips Cristiano Ronaldo to come into the new season with all guns ablaze as the Portuguese aims to bring more honours to Real Madrid while trying to outdo Barcelona
Real Madrid supporters must be delighted to hear this.
Cristiano Ronaldo is in great shape- both physically and mentally - as new manager Carlo Ancelotti joins Real for their pre-season training.
Both technical staff and teammates are impressed with his exceptional level at the start of pre-season training, according to reports.
He is intense, agile and more competitive than the rest of the players in the Real first team.
Ronaldo, at 28, has now become the example to follow within the dressing room. In short, a role model.
This is not surprising as the Portuguese ace knows the coming season is very important for him and Real.
Ronaldo is obviously unhappy that his side have been knocked out of the Champions League in the semi-finals for three seasons in a row.
And he wants to see Real finally win that elusive 10th European Cup title.
Ronaldo also aims to assist Los Blancos in regaining the Primera Liga title after losing it to bitter rivals Barcelona last season.
This is not an easy task as Barca have now the services of Brazilian sensation Neymar besides Lionel Messi and the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Pedro.
Thus Real must possess that extra kick and Ronaldo is poised to play an influential role yet again, only this time, deadlier.
Deep down, Ronaldo must also have that burning desire to outshine Messi after playing second fiddle all this while.
Talking about Ronaldo and Messi, Paris Saint-Germain President Nasser Al-Khelaifi seems to have this big dream of signing both these superstars at one time or another, according to L'Equipe.
Imagine, how awesome this Ronaldo-Messi combination can be - that is if they can get along well in the first place.
This is a distant dream, though. Nevermind the fact that Nasser claims he has all the money in the world to buy superstars.
Anyway, on a side note, Neymar will be wearing the number 11 shirt.
This was announced by Barca in a unique way by blaring the news over the PA system at the club's superstore, according to reports.
Barca fans, including here in Malaysia, have been wondering what number the 21-year-old attacker would end up with.
Now that this number issue has been settled, it is interesting to see how Neymar will perform on the pitch alongside Messi, even in the early stages of the season.
Messi feels that Neymar should not have problems settling down into the team.
"Neymar is a great player and he won't have any problems adapting.
"Away from the pitch, he'll have no problem either.
"He is a good lad," the 26-year-old Argentine wizard said.
"He will give a lot to the side.
"In a one-on-one situation, he is very difficult to stop.
"He will make a big difference."
In other words, Messi is looking forward to partner Neymar as Barca aim for more honours in the new season.