Around 45,000 supporters inside Santiago Bernabeu opted for an unusual way to show their backing for the injured Portugal star, who is hoping to land the prestigious accolade.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The 26-year-old bemoaned his club's 2-1 defeat to Ajax on Tuesday but thinks its first defeat of the season is far from a disaster.
The 30-year-old says wants to make it 10 European wins on the trot, while Pep Guardiola and Arjen Robben want to build on their emphatic Dortmund win.
Even though he is considered a Blancos legend, the former Spain international came close to crossing the Clasico divide in 2002.
The Barca captain was unhappy with his side's display against Ajax and says there needs to be an immediate improvement if the team is to succeed in the Champions League.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Plenty of visual feasting was to be had as the top teams in Europe fought on Tuesday, with giants such as Chelsea and Napoli falling across the continent
The Ajax boss was full of pride at his side's 2-1 win over the Blaugrana on Tuesday, claiming his is the first team to beat the Catalans by staying true to its playing style
The Argentine coach tasted defeat for the first time as Blaugrana boss as the Catalans slumped to a shock Champions League loss in Amsterdam.
The defender was highly critical of the Blaugrana after they were beaten for the first time this season, succumbing to a side that had to play much of the match with 10 men.
Goal rates the players after the Amsterdam outfit inflicted the first defeat of Tata Martino's reign as coach of the Catalans and kept its qualification hopes alive.
The Dutch champions stunned the Catalans by racing into a two-goal lead, and although Xavi pulled a goal back from the spot, the home side held on to claim a famous win
Goal rates the players at Stadion Petrovsky as Diego Simeone's men held the Russian champions to a draw in below-freezing conditions.
The Belgian goalkeeper made a mess of a deflected cross with just over 10 minutes remaining, which ends Atleti's 100 percent record in the Champions League this season.
The Brazil international has dismissed suggestions that his relationship with the Portuguese has turned sour.
The FIFA president has promised to enforce tougher sanctions after another episode of unsavory behavior from supporters in Europe.
The Italian coach has warned his men not to underestimate a supposedly weakened Atleti outfit ahead of their Champions League clash on Tuesday.
The Portugal international will miss Wednesday's encounter due to a thigh injury, while the Madrid coach has stressed that the Turkish champion should not be underestimated.
The Turkish side knows that it will more than likely slip out of an automatic qualification spot should it lose in the Spanish capital.
Jagoba Arrasate's men need to pick up all three points at the Donbass Arena to keep their qualification hopes alive, but their hosts are also desperate for a victory.
Monday, November 25, 2013
The Villarreal attacker knows his former international teammate would have plenty to offer El Tri should he decide to return.