“It’s an honour and a privilege to receive this award. I have to thank my teammates, Real Madrid and all the people behind this award, my family and my people. Thank you very much. I’ll keep working towards winning more awards on a collective and individual level. I always try to do my best. I’ve been here in Real Madrid for four years and little by little I’ve gradually left my mark. I feel very welcomed by the people, the fans, by people on the street…and I have to thank them because without them I wouldn’t have the success that I do. All awards are important but perhaps the ones that come from your teammates are even more so. I feel like an important player, not the leader”
Paco García Caridad: The other day – I’ve got to ask you – the FIFA president made a fool of himself in front of the world by trying to mock a player and only ending up making a mockery of football. Has he tried to call you? If so, did you pick up? Have you spoken to him and are you going to go to the Ballon d’Or gala?
Cristiano Ronaldo: I don’t have a phone (laughing). My secretary has one, but I don’t… I don’t use the phone.
PGC: And no one’s put you through to him [Blatter]?
CR7: Nope… That sort of stuff doesn’t reach me.
PGC: Are you going to go to Zurich?
CR7: What’s most important is to enjoy this MARCA award and thank Di Stéfano, who has made a big effort to come down here to present it to me, which makes me really happy. That’s what matters to me.
12/13 LFP Award Winners
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Ultras Sur - Started in the 1980s, the club-endorsed group occupy 885 seats in the southern section (fondo sur) of the Bernabéu. In return for discounted tickets and assistance with away game travel, the Ultras typically lead chants, wave flags and display banners behind goal. While the Ultras are known for their boisterous singing and tifos, more importantly they are recognized by their far right political leanings, violent acts and offensive chants.
Recently, internal conflict has risen between two factions of the Ultras. The fondo sur has been noticeably empty since the La Real game, where there was reportedly a “violent confrontation" between opposing sides.
This civil war stems from younger members Los Cachorros (Young Pups) attempting to gain control over the senior members. Los Cachorros are looking to become an even more radical side and accuse the veterans of commercializing their group.
The club has banned certain members from home games because of this and recent acts like displaying Nazi memorabilia. Entrance to games has gotten more stringent. To enter, one must show his ID and game ticket. According to COPE, the club wants to turn that section over to younger members (grada joven) sometime in January.
Club fined - The National Competition Committee (CNC) fined Real Madrid €3.8 million for signing an illegal TV deal with Mediapro. The club, along with 3 others, is accused of signing contracts for longer than the legally allowed three years. According to Inside Spanish Football, these clubs were “attempting to slow down, or even halt, the progressing toward equal television right revenue distribution, which, under their current deals, allows them to afford players such as Gareth Bale and Neymar, while the rest of Spain gets a mere fraction of revenue from their respective deals.”
Ronaldo back in Portugal - A Bola reports that Cristiano landed in Funchal early Tuesday morning to check on the progress of his museum, which will be soon be inaugurated. He brought his two newest trophies with him to be displayed.
Award winners/nominees - Ronaldo took home two trophies: LFP’s MVP and Marca’s Best Player. Illarra, Casillas and Ramos were also winners at the LFP awards. Casillas was also included on FIFPro’s World XI shortlist. The rest of the candidates will be known within the next week. Gareth Bale is nominated for the 2013 BBC Wales Sports Personality.
Injury updates - Cristiano told the press that he is healed and will be back for Copenhagen. Sami Khedira has started the next phase of his recovery. After his knee surgery, he has been recovering in Augsberg. Now Sami’s traveled to Munich and is under the supervision of Dr. Müller-Wohlfarth, head doctor for the German national team and Bayern Munich.
Baby Boom - Congratulations are in order for Xabi Alonso and his wife Nagore Aranburu, who welcomed their third child, Emma, to the world.
Morata wants to stay - Amid rumors of a loan to Tottenham and more recently Arsenal, Álvaro Morata told Sportium that he isn’t looking to leave but is only thinking about “succeeding at Real Madrid”. “I’m convinced that bit by bit, I’m going to have a leading role.”
La Liga 2012/2013 awards for Madridistas. (x)
Casillas -> Fair Play
Ramos -> Best Defender
Illarra -> Best defensive midfielder, Best Newcomer
Ronaldo -> Most Valuable