Champions League highlights: Liverpool’s club and English records, Ronaldo sings UCL anthem

Cristiano Ronaldo is made for the big occasions, and evidently he savours every moment.

Champions League highlights: Liverpool’s club and English records, Ronaldo sings UCL anthem

Cristiano Ronaldo is made for the big occasions, and evidently he savours every moment.

18 October 2017 Wednesday 06:36
Champions League highlights: Liverpool’s club and English records, Ronaldo sings UCL anthem

THE staggering records Liverpool broke, Cristiano Ronaldo sings the Champions League anthem like a national anthem, and Spurs’ value for Harry Kane is higher than Neymar.

It’s all in Champions League Extra Time!


A 7-0 win was exactly what Liverpool fans and Jurgen Klopp wanted to see after mixed results in the first part of the season.

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The Reds’ biggest stars - Mohamed Salah, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino - all got on the scoresheet against Maribor, while new signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his first goal.

In the process, Liverpool set the following records:

- The Reds’ biggest away win in Europe

- Biggest away win by an English team in Champions League history

- Equal biggest away win in Champions League history

- First English team to win by seven or more goals in Europe since Arsenal v Standard Liege in the Club World Cup (1993)

“It [breaking the records] will give the players a lot of confidence,” said manager Klopp.

“I was told about the record after the game and I didn’t know about it. The wonderful history of this club can feel like a back-pack at times so it is nice to write our own good piece of the history.”

He added: “It will be difficult to beat that record. It is quite rare to win 7-0 but it showed we did unbelievably well. Maribor were quite confident before the game for different reasons. We could read the papers over here because my assistant speaks the language and he said they were positive because no English team had won in Maribor (in the Champions League).”

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Cristiano Ronaldo is made for the big occasions, and evidently he savours every moment.

The four-time UCL winner was caught on camera singing the Champions League anthem like a national anthem when Real lined up before the Tottenham clash.

However, who can blame Ronaldo for feeling a connection to Europe’s most famous club competition?

The Portuguese superstar now has 95 goals in 91 Champions League games for Real Madrid after scoring in the 1-1 draw with Spurs.


In the lead up to the Spurs clash, all the focus was how Harry Kane would fare against the Portuguese superstar.

The English striker has scored at a better goals/games ratio than Ronaldo and had a golden chance to win the match for Tottenham against Real.

Kane has been linked with a sensational move to the Spanish giant, but they would have to fork out a world record fee to sign him, according to The Times.

The UK outlet reported that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy values Kane at £200m, which is more than the £198m PSG paid for Neymar.

Kane blows massive chance

With Madrid reportedly weighing up a play for Kane next year, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand said Spurs should offer him a major increase in his contract.

According to The Mail, Kane earns just over £100,000 per week on his contract until 2022, but Ferdinand said: “Pay the man the money. You gotta keep him at the club.”

He added: “If I’m Harry Kane then the chairman - his phone number is the most dialled number on my phone - because I’m telling them their needs to be parity within the league.”

“You’ve got a superstar in your team and there needs to be parity within the league. If he’s looking around the league and sees players on phone number wages, I need to have some parity for what I’m doing, not only for last season it’s the last three seasons he’s been doing it.

“I would be scared if I don’t get my top man signed up I’d be scared I would lose some of my other players. What’s [Dele] Alli going to do, what’s [Christian] Eriksen going to do if they don’t get him signed up.”

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar


Kane isn’t the only player who could be worth as much as Neymar.

Kevin De Bruyne has established himself as one of the Premier League’s best players, and if Manchester City want to re-sign him, then they’ll need to offer a wage close to Neymar’s £32-million-a-year salary.

“In the coming months I’ll meet with City to figure out how to improve and extend his contract,” Patrick De Koster, De Bruyne’s agent, told Radio CRC in Italy.

“His salary? I cannot say. But if you think what Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are being paid, you can picture.”

De Bruyne has been an essential midfield cog in City’s incredible start to the season but he nearly got himself in trouble with the officials.

At half time of City’s 2-1 Champions League win, and after Napoli had missed a penalty, De Bruyne was filmed trying to approach the officials and had to be restrained by his teammates.


Over at the Bernabeu, former Spurs player Glenn Hoddle was also upset about a penalty - but it was one that wasn’t awarded.

Tottenham forward Fernando Llorente was brought down by Casemiro in the 18th minute with the game goalless.

“I’m outraged. It’s a penalty,” said Hoddle on the BT Sports coverage.

Co-pundit Frank Lampard added: “[Casemiro’s] gone over the top there and dragged the back leg.”

“Both of them together for me makes it a penalty. He stops him being able to get to his feet”.

“Yeah, [Llorente] might have swivelled there,” Hoddle said. “He’s only six yards from goal and Casemiro has hooked him”.

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Pep Guardiola dedicated his City’s win to the two Catalan separatist leaders detained in Spain.

“This win is dedicated to them,” Guardiola told reporters at the Etihad Stadium, in response to a question on the matter from a Spanish journalist.

“We have shown in Catalonia that citizenship is bigger than any ideas. We hope they will be released soon.”

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona on Tuesday to protest against the Madrid-based National Court’s ruling to keep Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez behind bars pending investigations into sedition charges.

It follows the bitterly contested Catalan independence referendum which was ruled illegal by Spain’s Constitutional Court.

Guardiola, a Catalan, is one of the most famous figures associated with Barcelona Football Club, having won multiple trophies there as both player and coach.

Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola


Spanish prosecutors have accused Real Madrid’s Brazilian left-back Marcelo of tax fraud totalling nearly half a million euros, a judicial source confirmed on Tuesday.

The tax authorities believe Marcelo hid 490,917 euros ($578,000) earned from his image rights using a network of shell companies outside of Spain.

According to court documents, Marcelo earned 1,168,764 euros from his image rights in 2013, which were ceded to a Uruguayan company but should have been declared to the Spanish authorities.

Marcelo is just the latest in a series of star players based in Spain to be accused of tax fraud on income related to image rights in the past few years.

Real all-time leading scorer Ronaldo appeared in court in July over accusations he evaded 14.7 million euros worth of tax between 2011 and 2014.

Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano received 21-month and one-year suspended sentences respectively after being found guilty of tax fraud over their image rights in 2016.

However, five-time World Player of the Year Messi’s sentence was later replaced by a 252,000 euro fine.


Updated: 18.10.2017 07:24
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