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Sep 242014
 

Chelsea will be hoping to continue their unbeaten run in all competitions this season, when they host championship strugglers Bolton wanderers on Wednesday in a 3rd round fixture of the league cup.

Bolton wanderers are currently 21st on the Championship table, with a real need to improve on their inconsistent form sooner rather later. Considering this, it does however seem harsh that on the back of a defeat to Wolves in a league fixture, they’ll be facing a side currently topping both the Premier League and Champions League group table.

The Blues will most likely be prosecuting this match with the intention of giving a couple of fringe players a run out, which is usually the norm with Clubs participating in the Champions league.

Jose Mourinho’s second coming unlike his first, was one that saw the 51 year old promise to help nurture the promising youth players at the club.

Notwithstanding, the Portuguese manager is famous for taking every competition as seriously as he can. So despite the assumption that the Chelsea’s first team may not prosecute the match, we are likely to see what will be a mix of youth players, fringe players and the first teamers.

One indication of which players might be prosecuting the match will be the first eleven absentees in the most important game Chelsea has played so far this season. The Blues boss will be hoping to include first team players who didn’t take part in Sunday’s match and as such give them a much needed mental boost.

Another likely set of players to be selected for the midweek tie would be first team players who have yet to kick a ball in competitive matches this season.

The third set of players likely to feature, albeit from the substitute’s bench, are youth team players that were a big part of Chelsea’s preseason.

Getting as many fringe players involved in as many games as possible is good for moral, it also further ensures that they are fit and psychologically ready to compete when called upon in more important games.

Here are 5 likely changes Jose Mourinho will make for the League Cup tie.

JOHN OBI MIKEL FOR NEMANJA MATIC

The towering Serbian has played every minute of Chelsea’s campaign this season and has shown signs of fatigue in his recent outings. In contrast, the Nigerian has shown a bit of rustiness and will need game time to get back in shape.

MOHAMMED SALAH FOR EDEN HAZARD

The Egyptian has already gotten some blame from his National team coach for his lack of fitness during his country’s African nations cup qualifier. The talented winger will need to get some time on the pitch, if he’s to contribute meaningfully with his national team in the future.

FILIPE LUIS FOR CESAR AZPILICUETA

The Brazilian full back was arguably the best player in the Champion’s league match against Schalke and the manager will be looking to reward him for his hard work.

KURT ZOUMA FOR GARY CAHILL

The English man has struggled in recent games, due to Chelsea’s change in style. He’s sub par performances thus far, will mean that the highly rated young center back Kurt Zouma will be taking his place for the cup tie.

PETR CECH FOR THIBAUT COURTOIS

The fans might have expected Chelsea to follow Real Madrid’s lead by playing Cech in the Champions League and Courtois in the League. This didn’t materialize and will most likely mean that Cech will be used for both FA cup and League Cup clashes.

LOIC REMY FOR DIEGO COSTA

With Jose Mourinho already confirming Costa’s absence for the Bolton tie, the out of favour Loic Remy, is likely to play ahead of Drogba who has seen more time on the pitch, compared to the speedy Frenchman.

No matter the number of fringe players Chelsea trot out, they will still be favorites to win against a side in a lower division, who have lost all their away matches so far.

 Posted by at 2:30 pm
Sep 232014
 

After Sunday’s clash against the Champions, ended in a hard fought draw, the Blues are back in action against Championship side Bolton Wanderers in a midweek league cup fixture.

With a Premier League game in the weekend, immediately following this 3rd round fixture, Chelsea will be looking to manage its squad as much as possible, with matches against heavy weights like Arsenal and Manchester United around the corner.

The tie against Bolton might see the Blues trot out fringe players, who up till now have yet to be given a chance in the team. Players like Filipe Luis, Nathan Ake, Kurt Zouma, Mohammed Salah, Petr Cech and Loic Remy are guaranteed to see minutes on the pitch in mid week.

HEAD TO HEAD

April 13, 2010 – EPL

Chelsea 1- Bolton Wanderers 0

Dec 29, 2010 – EPL

Chelsea 1 – Bolton Wanderers 0

Jan 24 2011 – EPL

Bolton Wanderers 0 – Chelsea 4

Feb 25, 2012 – EPL

Chelsea 3 – Bolton Wanderers 0

A Chelsea win here is mostly important because were this competition not in existence, there would be no avenue through which the likes of Nathan Ake, Kurt Zouma and Petr Cech would get any meaningful time on the football pitch this season. Getting as many fringe players involved in as many games as possible is good for moral, plus it also ensures that they are fit and psychologically ready to compete when called upon in more important games.

Irrespective of who plays, the London side should be favorites and will be playing for the win.

LAST FIVE MATCHES 

CHELSEA FC

Sep 21, 2014- EPL

Manchester City 1 – Chelsea 1

Sep 17, 2014 – CL

Chelsea 1 – Schalke 1

Sep 13, 2014 – EPL

Chelsea 4 – Swansea 2

Aug 23, 2014 – EPL

Chelsea 2 – Leicester City 0

BOLTON WANDERERS

Sep 20, 2014 Championship

Wolves 1 – Bolton 0

Sep 16, 2014 Championship

BoltonWanderers 3 – Rotherham United 2

Sep 13, 2014 Championship

Bolton Wanderers 0 – Sheffield Wednesday 0

Aug 26, 2014 League Cup

Crewe Alexandria 2 – Bolton Wanderers 3

Aug 23, 2014 Championship

Brighton 2 – Bolton Wanderers 1

While the above results show that Chelsea remain unbeaten in all competitions, they also show how inconsistent Bolton’s form has been as they have lost 2, won 2 and drawn one of their last five. This is a sequence of results that have left the side in 21st on the Championship table.

It is also probably a good omen for Chelsea,  that they will play host to a team that is yet to win away from home this season, in what is sure to be a continuation of such an unfortunate stat.

POSSIBLE LINE UPS

CHELSEA – Cech, Ake, Luis, Zouma, Ivanovic, Mikel, Ramires, Salah, Remy, Schurrle, Drogba

BOLTON-  Lonergan, Ream, Mills,Moxey, Dervite, Lee Chong yong, Garvan, Spearing, Feeney, Mason, Davies

Jose Mourinho’s team will be hoping to wrap the tie up as quickly as possible, to avoid the embarrassment of having to bring in actual first team players, if they end up struggling against a side that even Championship sides don’t struggle against.

 Posted by at 12:13 pm
Sep 232014
 

If there was anything the pundits were in agreement on about Sunday’s game at the Etihad, it was how closely contested it would be. This was confirmed as the two teams sized up each other for most of the match.

With minutes of the second half played, both sets of fans were already speculating about how a draw wouldn’t be that bad, on account of the teams playing with so much respect for each other.

Zabaleta seemed to have a different plan, as he fouled Diego Costa in what was arguably the game’s worst challenge. Mike Dean produced a red card after a bit of a tantrum by the Spanish Striker.

The game was turned on its head and the Blues who had come to the Etihad for a point; saw an opportunity to nick all 3. For Manchester City however, the objective remained to win the match after a series of previously disappointing results left them 5 points behind their opponents.

It proved to be a case of frying pan to fire, as the Manchester team was picked clean during an attack, leading to an opening goal for the substitute Andre Schurrle.

Subsequently, the Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini saw no use to hold back at that point, sending in reinforcement in the shape of Jesus Navas and Chelsea legend, Frank Lampard.

At this point, it seemed like a case of just seeing the game out and gathering all 3 points for Chelsea. But in what seemed very uncharacteristic of the Blues, rookie mistakes from Ivanovic and Schurrle saw Manchester City equalize.

Chelsea whom it seemed, came to contain the league Champions, almost got all 3 points, which was obviously more than they bargained for. The last minute equalizer seemed almost prophetic and was a true reflection of the game.

The Blues will be gutted, as they were handed a gift by the Manchester City side that seemed to most certainly be going down at home. Chelsea returned the gift they were given and as such, neither one of the 2 teams can have too many complaints.

The Blues will be happy to have maintained the 5 point lead over their biggest rivals this season, while Manchester City will just be relieved they didn’t go 8 points behind a team like Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho seems to agree about the fairness of the final score;

“We were successful because we scored and had more chances, and they were successful because they equalized. In the end, from my perspective, the point is maybe a point they deserve” – Jose Mourinho

In his interview, Manuel Pellegrini seemed cranky. Which looking at the league table is probably not that surprising? Even though the Chilean admits being unsatisfied, he hails the performance as the best one this season from his team;

“I am satisfied with the performance of my team … Today was our best game of the season against a very good team” – Manuel Pelligrini

Being so early in the season, no one can say with any certainty, how important this draw will be for either side. What we can however guarantee, is that most football enthusiasts will be tuning in when these two sides meet again for the return fixture at Stamford Bridge.

 Posted by at 9:35 am
Sep 202014
 

Andre Schurrle’s attributes as a player are fairly obvious. The German has decent speed, above average dribbling ability, and superb finishing. Before Guardiola’s false 9 experiments, Andre would just have been classified under either a Left Wing or Support Striker position.

However it seems like managers have tried to envision him into the striker role with no success. Even Mourinho put him as a striker in games against Manchester united and Paris St. Germain with the player’s performances in both games, proving the decision to be a mistake.

Why do managers think Schurrle would make a good striker? I think the answer is how surprisingly good his finishing tends to be, as we have seen the German score goals most strikers would make a meal of. Also, coupled with his competent finishes, the former Bayern Leverkusen man makes very decent runs.

It is noteworthy to point out that exquisite finishing and fantastic runs are not the only things that make up a good striker. In Schurrle’s case the one thing that seems to make him an ineffectual centre forward, is the fact that he only makes a certain type of run.

Schurrle is only adept at making runs in behind a defence and thus is the type of striker who needs to be assisted into a one on one situation with the goal keeper, in other for him to showcase his very accomplished finishing.

Strikers who have to be put in a position were scoring is guaranteed are not of much value in modern day football. Strikers like Filipo Inzaghi are strikers who won’t thrive in today’s football, as they tend to make space for nobody but themselves, as opposed to strikers like Luis Suarez or Diego Costa. Schurrle’s runs are usually the selfish type because if the run doesn’t end up with the ball at his feet then, he probably won’t make that run.

The German will never make a good striker but is already a world class support striker/left attacking midfielder. Andre will only play well in forward positions, when he is able to benefit from the space that others have created for him with their runs, a two striker system.

A player of Schurrle’s ilk will only benefit a manager that admits that the German is just a utility player capable of playing anywhere in the attacking third and as striker, if absolutely needed.

Going into any game with the mentality that the Chelsea man is your striker is probably not going to end well. Chelsea’s games against Manchester United and Paris St. Germain are sufficient proof that you can turn a very effective player towards ineffectiveness by playing him, totally out of position.

With the acquisition of 3 strikers in Remy, Costa and Drogba, the special one seems to have learnt from last season’s experiment.

At the end of the day, the German sharp shooter will give you maximum value for your money as long as you know 2 things;

The first being that Schurrle is an amazing super sub and the second thing being that he should never be played as a centre forward or top striker.

 Posted by at 8:26 pm
Sep 202014
 

Fans of the Premier League are in for a treat this Sunday as the two power houses of English football lock horns in what is expected to be an epic clash. Although it’s still early in the season, Chelsea’s lead at the top and Manchester City’s determination to ensure it doesn’t stretch further will make the clash tenser than the usual early season matches

Here are 5 reasons why we think Chelsea are poised to carry the day;

The Blues are on a run of good form

A team that is winning matches automatically begins to have confidence in their ability to overcome any odds. Chelsea hasn’t lost in the Premier League this season, in fact they haven’t drawn.  They have won all the matches convincingly, while playing uncharacteristically good football.

Manchester City on the other hand have lost once and drawn once, and have looked a bit shaky so far this season. And for the first time in a long while, it seems like the Blues will be going into Sunday’s tie as favourites.

Chelsea Possesses a Better Bench

As undervalued as bench players are in the game of football, the whole sport would be functionally inept without them. If a player on the first eleven sustains an injury, is fatigued or playing poorly, a bench player suddenly becomes vital to the tie.

Sometimes, when a match is going poorly, a substitute can come in and change the whole game with a bit of quality and clearly, not every substitute can have such a game defining impact. So the question is, of these two teams, whose bench is likely to make such an impact?

In this scenario, Chelsea seems to have the upper hand with a bench that could contain players like Willian, Salah, Remy, Drogba, Ramires, F.Luis and Cech. All the above listed players could probably contend for a starting spot at a club like Everton or Spurs.

Manchester City on the other hand, with Jovetic injured and Dzeko a doubt with a back problem, have available players like Cabellero, Boyata, Sinclair, Sagna, Nastasic, Lampard and Nasri.  The only player that seems capable of changing the game from this city bench is Sami Nasri.

Jose Mourinho is a Superior Tactician

In head to head meetings between the two managers who have met 10 times, Mourinho has triumphed 7 times, while the Chilean has won twice.

The Chilean Manuel Pellegrini, in over 2 decades as a manager, only won his first major trophy with a European side, last year with Manchester City. He’s stints at Villarreal, Malaga and Real Madrid were unsuccessful as far as trophies were concerned.  His only trophies before last season were with River plate and San Lorenzo many years back.

Yaya Toure’s Slump in Form

The Ivorian has come under criticism for his poor form in recent games. Just recently, he was criticized for his below par performance against German champions Bayern Munich in midweek. His manager Manuel Pellegrini has come to his defence, stating that the Ivorian was going through a personal struggle with the death of his brother.

At the end of the day, excuses will mean nothing if Manchester City were to lose and subsequently fall 8 points behind the current leaders.

Diego Costa’s excellent form

With Spaniard already netting 7 goals so far, the odds are in his favour to continue his good form. Diego Costa as Chelsea’s leading scorer has outperformed his counterpart Sergio Arguero, who has managed to net just 3 times. Diego is tipped to win the battle of the goal scorers on Sunday.

All is set for the epic clash, that we will shape the Premier League table either way.

 Posted by at 7:58 pm
Sep 202014
 

In the much anticipated clash of potential champions this Sunday, fans will be watching to see who wins what is essentially a heavy weight battle. Another attraction with fans is usually the individual battles between star players of the opposing teams.

We will highlight these key battles to further give the fans a clue of what they should expect;

  1. HAZARD VS ZABALETA

In a battle that is always interesting to keep an eye on, the Argentinean has done surprising well against the tricky winger in past meetings. The assumption was that the right back would be vulnerable to Hazard’s lightening speed and quick feet. However, Zabaleta’s excellent defensive positioning has been crucial in keeping the 23 year old at bay in the match ups between he two players so far.

Whoever wins this confrontation, will go a long way in enhancing his team’s chances in this tie. Zabaleta will have to close down the Belgian as soon as he gets the ball and always has to ensure that he shows the former Lille man down the outside, towards the corner flag, in other to stop him from cutting in and taking shots at Joe Hart’s goal.

  1. RAMIRES VS SILVA

The slippery Spaniard David Silva is known for gliding around the center of the pitch, while holding to the ball as long as he needs to, in other to deliver the telling final ball to his team’s strikers. The Brazilian is perfect for the job as he possesses the stamina and work rate needed to properly track the Spanish international.

  1. MATIC VS. YAYA TOURE

The Ivorian Toure, has been sub par in the first couple of matches this season. The Chelsea and Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic will be hoping that he doesn’t play at his best on Sunday.

The ex Barcelona man on his day, can be the biggest power house in football and Chelsea will need to use Matic in a role just in front of the defense, which ensures that when Toure breaks through from his double pivot position, the only man that can match his strength on the pitch is available to deal with the damage.

  1. COSTA VS. KOMPANY

Manchester City’s captain Vincent Kompany will lead his team against the Blues on Sunday. He however has to be careful, as he is coming up against the most inform striker in the league. Although the Belgian’s reading of the game is exceptional, he is more likely to be dribbled past by an averagely skillful player.

Also prevalent in his style is the compulsion to cover up for his fellow defenders, which usually leaves him open to uncomfortable situations. The Man. City captain has to make sure he is a 100 percent focused on Diego Costa and not on how well his defensive partners are faring.

  1. NASRI VS. IVANOVIC

Ivanovic has two goals and one assist this season, showing how much of an attacking force he can be, when given the license to roam. He should however be wary of the Manchester city left winger Sami Nasri, who will seize any gap left by the Serbian and won’t hesitate to expose John Terry’s lack of pace. It will be interesting to see how the Chelsea Right back can balance his attacking and defensive duties tomorrow.

It is clear that individual confrontations will be a key factor in deciding which team carries the day. Whatever the outcome, we are in for an intriguing match.

 Posted by at 6:36 pm
Sep 192014
 

In the press conference after the game against Schalke, the Chelsea Boss dismissed rumours that he put Costa on the bench to save him for the Manchester City clash on Sunday.

“…it was not to protect for the game Sunday, it was because he was not in a position to start the game. Now we have a problem and now we have to resolve the problem best we can”. – Jose Mourinho on Wednesday.

As Mourinho himself has confirmed, Chelsea does have a problem and it is a problem they have to resolve as their season might depend on it.  The game on Wednesday, showed what Chelsea are without the effectiveness of a starting forward.

The coaching staff has to work closely with the team’s medical staff to keep the 32million pounds striker as fit as possible, if Chelsea is to fulfil the ambitions they have set this season.

Chelsea fans are alluding to Costa’s time at Atletico Madrid and seem to be blaming the Spanish club for selling them an injury prone player. The Chelsea Boss on the other hand has a different view on the matter;

“Costa has a problem…but he came to us from Atletico completely fine. He had a problem again with the national team, not with us“

Despite the Blues Boss seemingly clearing Atletico of any wrong doing, it seems pretty obvious that Costa was sold to Chelsea with a chronic muscle strain problem, which came about from playing him in all competitions, even while David Villa was at the club. Diego Simeone decided to bench Villa any chance he got and when he eventually let him play, preferred to stick him on the wings.

If any team can manage the situation, its Chelsea whose medical staff headed by Doctor Eva Carneiro is arguably the best in the league. The club has been handling the Spaniard well thus far, as they removed him with 10 minutes to go in the last league game and were planning not to play him in Wednesday’s clash.

Rotation of the Spaniard with his colleagues in the striking position will be the key to his career in England. Allowing Remy and Drogba to exclusively prosecute both FA cup and Capitol one games and also taking the former FC Braga man out of games already done and dusted, with minutes left on the clock, will be beneficial.

Jose seems to also realize this;

“He was not in condition to play. Sunday we believe he is, Next week against Bolton in the Capitol one cup for sure he isn’t. We have to manage the situation until he’s completely fine”

Chelsea fans will be delighted with this statement that shows that their manager is aware of the situation and has carefully thought out plans to manage it. They will also be hoping that Loic Remy is better at his job than Drogba currently is, as they will need a more competent forward than the one they watched on Wednesday, considering the length of time Diego Costa might be out with injury this season.

 Posted by at 7:02 pm
Sep 192014
 

Chelsea will be facing their biggest rival for the title, in what is arguably the biggest match this season. Manchester City will be looking to put a stop to Chelsea’s unbeaten streak so far this season. In the event that they fail woefully and the Blues pick all 3 points at the Etihad, the Blues will be 8 points clear of the team many have tagged their closest title contender this season.

As far as moral and momentum go, the London team will have the upper hand as they are unbeaten in  all competitions this season, while their opponents City, have already lost twice and drawn once.

Manchester City are going into Sunday’s game on the back of a loss against Bayern Munich after they almost clinched a hard fought draw in Germany. The game before that was a scintillating 2-2 draw against Arsenal. The team from Manchester will be feeling the pressure immensely.

After their draw in the game against Schalke in Germany on Wednesday, in which the Blues managed to rest a few players for the Manchester City game on Sunday, here are 4 players we feel will be making a return to the starting line-up for the epic clash;

Diego Costa will come in for the Ivorian Didier Drogba

After an attempt to completely rest the forward turned south, with the Blues throwing him on because they needed the win, Diego Costa will coming back for the City game after taking a few minutes rest midweek;

“…he was not in condition to play. Sunday we believe he is. Playing on Saturday three days was not enough for him to recover”. – Jose Mourinho in the press conference after the Schalke clash

The Chelsea boss confirms that Diego Costa was left out, so he could be ready to take part on Sunday. It is just about certain that we will be seeing him lead the line against City, barring any unforeseen relapse in his injury.

Cesar Azpilicueta will come in for Filipe Luis

The left back\right back was not available against the Schalke 04, as he was given a much deserved rest so he could come back refreshed for the game at the Etihad. Regarded as arguably the best one on one defender in the league, his presence will be a welcome sight in light of Chelsea’s current defensive woes.

Oscar will come in for Willian

Oscar started the game from the bench in their Champions League match day one clash against Schalke 04. He will slot in at the centre of the attack and will be used to help track Yaya Toure by dropping back from he’s number 10 roles to complete a 3 man midfield when his team is without the ball.

Ramires goes out for Schurrle to come in, allowing Fabregas play alongside Matic

With Ramires going out and Schurrle slotting in on the right side of the attacking midfield position, Cesc Fabregas will be able to complete the double pivot.

A defining factor in Chelsea’s attacking dominance this season has been Fabregas’s role as the deep lying playmaker. The Spaniard’s ability to dictate the game’s tempo from deep will be instrumental in opening up Manchester City’s competent defence. The Blues will compensate for the lack of Ramires’s defensive impetus by having Oscar drop back to help the midfield maintain its defensive organization.

Jose Mourinho will be hoping that the return of his star men to the starting eleven tilts the tie in their favour.

 Posted by at 6:57 pm
Sep 192014
 

Didier Drogba has had an illustrious career thus far, winning almost every trophy that club football has to offer. However at age 36, he’s return to the Bridge was viewed by fans with uncertainty as many did not see what the big Ivorian had to offer a club competing for honours at the highest level.

With the procurement of seasoned goal scorers like Diego Costa and Loic Remy, the advantage Didier now offers is intangible. Which lead many to believe that his return was engineered by Jose, for off field reasons.

As an individual, the former Galatasaray man is a force in the dressing room, as because of his very decorated career and off the field achievements, fellow professionals are more likely to respect him.

His winning mentality and accommodating personality means that he’s a player who is likely to transition into a managerial post very easily.

It is not inconceivable that Chelsea see the Didier as a coaching prospect that has a lot to learn from Jose Mourinho. His popularity for generally being a good and considerate person is the type of profile Chelsea may want as their manager one day.

Off the pitch, the Ivorian has been credited with accomplishments such as his role in bringing peace to Ivory Coast, being appointed a Goodwill ambassador and the creation of the Didier Drogba foundation that helped build hospitals in his home country.

Didier’s taste for success and his determination to work towards achieving it, as well as his self sacrifice ensures that if he ever became a coach, he would be a character his players would listen to and give their trust.

The role he played by making a plea to the combatants and subsequently helping to move a nations cup qualifier to Rebel stronghold of Bouake that helped confirm the peace process. Coupled with his joining and association with the Truth, Reconciliation and Dialogue committee as a representative, saw him recognized by the Times as one of the world’s 100 most influential people.

It is obvious that a man, who could be regarded as influential on a world wide scale, wouldn’t find it hard to motivate his team and coaching staff, were he ever to manage in football.

The star striker’s contract is only for one year and it doesn’t seem likely that Chelsea might renew it. What does seem likely is that after apprenticing under Jose for a full year, the 36 year old might be offered a coaching position at the club. With Chelsea’s striker woes over the past years, maybe an ex player known for being one of the best in the world, could be appointed as a ‘striker coach’

The sad truth is that if the Schalke game teaches us anything, it’s that Didier is likely to have his time on the pitch limited further, after such a dreadful performance.

A Chelsea legend nonetheless, the Blues might still find some use for a player that gave them the greatest night in their history.

 Posted by at 6:54 pm
Sep 192014
 

The Blues have some of the most exciting players in world football and most of them are in the attacking midfield position. From established first team players such as Oscar, Willian, Shurrle and Hazard to highly talented prospects that include Troare, Atsu, McEachran, Piazon and Kakuta, the Blues are stacked in that position.

Despite their abundance of talent in that area of the field, Chelsea has been linked to one of the best players in football today, in Real Madrid’s famous No. 7, Cristiano Ronaldo. English papers are insisting that a 60million pound deal and a 500,000.00 wage package are currently on the negotiation table. While reports emanating from Spain state that both the Portuguese and his agent Jorge Mendes are disenchanted with life at the Bernabeu.

The deal is apparently in the works to either go through this January or latter in the summer. Which brings up the question, does Chelsea need Ronaldo?

First thing to confirm in such a scenario, is whether or not a need exist for him in the team. As we are well aware, there is no team in world football in which the Cristiano wouldn’t represent an upgrade. However, not every team is in need of the services that he might provide.

Chelsea is one of those few teams as they possess an attacking bulldozer in Eden Hazard. Who even though currently is not as good as Ronaldo, has the potential to be every bit as good in the future. This fact, coupled with the Real Madrid star’s niggling knee injury, makes a potential 60 million pounds investment on an aging player seem a tad unwise.

If despite of all this, the Russian Billionaire decides that he wants to indulge himself like he’s done in times past,  Cristiano Ronaldo may yet still represent value for money in other areas aside from his contribution on the field of play.

Cristiano Ronaldo is according to a study conducted by international market research, the most marketable player in football, as the research data measured the perceptions of 6500 people in 13 countries, including Britain, the United States, Brazil, China and India, which was reportedly claimed to represent the views of more than 1.5 billion people worldwide.

With 83.9 million people aware of who is he, the Portuguese international was found to be the most well known player on the planet. Also backing up this study, are the 82million Facebook likes and the 29.9million twitter followers.

Paul Smith C.E.O of Repucom a company affiliated to the research states;

“Ronaldo is an endorser’s dream. His value is as important to the teams he plays for as they are for the companies that endorse him”

With Real Madrid currently getting a percentage of every endorsement deal Ronaldo does, any potential deal for the Winger is one that might generate extra source of revenue for the buying club.  The former Manchester United star has shown that he still has a lot to offer on the field, even though he might never be back to his best as a result of his age and constant injury concerns.

 Posted by at 2:58 pm