Real Madrid star Ramos to marry model girlfriend in star-studded ceremony

Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos has announced he will marry his model and TV presenter girlfriend Pilar Rubio next June.

The couple told a Spanish TV programme the pretty brunette works on that they would tie the knot on June 15 in Seville.

The couple, who have three children together, made the announcement on Antena 3 show El Hormiguero during an appearance by the footballer.

Ramos, who left Seville to join Real Madrid in 2005 when he was just 19, joked after revealing the wedding location, said: ‘We’ve decided to get married in Seville because we’ve been in Madrid for so long now, it means there’ll be less people. It’s going to be a special wedding because we’re special.’

He added: ‘It’s a very special moment for us after being together for so long and forming such a fantastic family with three little ones who fill our lives with passion.

‘We felt it was the ideal moment and we wanted our children to enjoy it because when they were younger it’s not something they would understand so much.’


The 32-year-old also revealed they would ask their guests to leave their mobiles and cameras at the door of the still-secret location, so the celebs attending the after-party could enjoy themselves without fear of being filmed or photographed.

The wedding after-party is expected to take place at a private estate near the city of Seville with Spanish media speculating the religious ceremony will be at Seville Cathedral.

Pilar, 40, revealed the date of the union and hinted a world-famous singer may join them to perform after they become man and wife by adding: ‘There’s going to be something very big but I can’t say what.

‘I’m as excited about putting on my wedding dress as I am about what’s going to happen afterwards.’

The star couple – dubbed the Posh and Becks of Spain when they started dating in September 2012, have three sons – Sergio, four, Marcos, three, and Alejandro, one next month.

Ramos’ ex include a former Miss Spain who is now married to Cadiz star Sergio Sanchez.


Kwani ni Samson? World footballers who have the longest hair

Many people might have the mentality that having hair and playing a certain sport is a waste of time and resources, due to the various practices that players have and the games they usually play, they tend to sweat a lot making their hair become wet.

Another thing is other people feel its a distraction, that it will get in their way. However, certain footballers have proved that having long hair isn’t a problem unless another player decides to pull it when playing in a game.

1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The footballer who now plays for LA Galaxy has always loved long hair. He usually makes a man bun with it and it never seems to bother him while playing.

2. David Luiz

David Luiz

The Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Chelsea has one of the longest  hair and for him he lets it all out without holding it back.

3. Lucas Modrik

Lucas Modrik

The Croatian footballer who plays as mid fielder for Real Madrid, also has long hair. For him he wears a band on his head maybe his hair at times gets on his way but it seem he doesn’t mind it.

4. Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

He  is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team. He also loves having a man bun.

5. Matteo Genduzi

Matteo Genduzi

The Arsenal mid fielder has if not the longest one of the longest hair in the football world. Recently while playing against Manchester United Maroune Fellaini pulled his hair so that he may take the ball and I guess that’s one of the disadvantages of playing with long hair.

But the fact remains if it doesn’t bother you then enjoy having long hair.

6.Kyle Beckerman

Kyle Beckerman

He is an American soccer player who captains Real Salt Lake and plays for the United States national team as a midfielder. For him its not about having curly hair instead he kept dreads on his head.

Solari confirmed as Real Madrid boss on permanent basis as he signs three-year deal

Real Madrid have confirmed Santiago Solari as their permanent head coach giving him a two-and-a-half-year contract.

Solari took charge of the first team a fortnight ago and promptly racked up the best start of any new manager at the club in its 116 year history.

His first four games ended with four wins and a 15-2 goals tally, and the players were left in no doubt that they wanted the 42-year-old Argentinian to take charge on a permanent basis.

On Tuesday Madrid said in a statement: ‘The Real Madrid board, meeting on November 13, 2018, have agreed to name Santiago Solari as the first team coach until June 2021.’

That makes Solari the 13th coach in the era of president Florentino Perez who first came to power in 2000, left in 2006, and came back in 2009.

He will earn slightly less than the €6m (£5.2m) a season picked up by his predecessor Julen Lopetegui in what is his first big job in football after three seasons coaching the youth team.

‘He is a great coach and of course we want him to stay in charge,’ said full-back Alvaro Odriozola at the weekend after Madrid beat Celta Vigo 4-2.

Lucas Vazquez, another who has played more under Solari than under his predecessor, said: ‘It would be hard for him to have done any better.

‘We have got back the good feeling we had in the squad before. We are back winning football matches and in my opinion he should stay in charge.’

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is now first choice in goal in both La Liga and in the Champions League said: ‘We have got our confidence back.’

Real Madrid still lie sixth going into the international break but they are only four points behind leaders Barcelona.


Martinez favourite to land Madrid job after key dressing room figures were opposed to Conte appointment

Roberto Martinez is the shock leading candidate to become the new manager of Real Madrid.

The former Everton manager’s stock has never been higher after he guided Belgium to a third-place finish at the World Cup and he now has an outstanding chance to land the biggest job in club football.

It had seemed almost certain that former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte would take over from Julen Lopetegui, whose disastrous four-month reign ended after Madrid were trounced 5-1 by Barcelona at the weekend but there was a dramatic twist late on Monday night.

Sportsmail understands that key figures within Madrid’s dressing room were opposed to the appointment of the Italian which prompted the club’s hierarchy to scrap that plan.

That now means Martinez could be given the opportunity to revive the campaign of the reigning Champions League holders and he is the favourite to become the next permanent manager.

Madrid have not yet made a formal approach to Martinez’s long-term advisor Chris Farnell nor have they been in contact with the Belgian FA to speak about releasing the 45-year-old from his contract, which runs until after Euro 2020.

Martinez does not have a release clause in the terms he agreed in May and Belgium would be loathe to lose him so soon after his assistant Thierry Henry quit to take over as manager of Monaco; Madrid’s task, therefore, would not be straightforward.

The opportunity to lead Belgium was something that fascinated Martinez and he embraced the challenge, uprooting his young family from their home in Lancashire to a base outside Brussels.

For the moment, though, Santiago Solari has been placed in caretaker charge and his first game will be Wednesday night’s Copa Del Rey tie against Melilla, which Madrid would be expected to win comfortably.

‘I am very excited and very satisfied,’ Solari said. ‘Coaching Madrid is a great opportunity. This is a squad full of champions and warriors.’


Man United end Mourinho’s nightmare US tour on a high with a win over Real Madrid

Very little has gone right for Manchester United on this tour of the US, but they should just be grateful for whoever approved Alexis Sanchez’s travel visa.

The Chile star missed the first week of the trip over the hold-up and trained alone at Carrington. Since joining his teammates in America, however, he has led the attack almost single-handedly at times.

Here at the Hard Rock Stadium, Sanchez scored one and set up another as Jose Mourinho’s side ended the trip on a high note against the European champions.

Man of the match Sanchez fired United into the lead after 18 minutes, converting Matteo Darmian’s neat cut-back, and his knockdown set up Ander Herrera for their second nine minutes later.

Karim Benzema reduced the deficit in first-half stoppage-time and Madrid improved in the second period with Raul De Tomas spurning a glorious chance to level on 82 minute.

But United held on for the morale-boosting win to ensure Julen Lopetegui’s first game in charge of Real Madrid ended in defeat.

Granted, this was an unfamiliar and under-cooked Real Madrid side. But when you have experienced such a problematic tour as United have in the US, then it’s best to take whatever positives you can.

Mourinho and his depleted squad flew home straight after the match after an arduous three weeks, and have a win over Madrid to add to a shootout victory over AC Milan.

A heavy 4-1 defeat by Liverpool is best forgotten, as are the draws against Club America and San Jose Earthquakes, but at least it isn’t all doom and gloom despite the manager’s downcast mood.

Mourinho’s extraordinary outburst about the state of the tour and the squad available to him had overshadowed United’s defeat by Liverpool in Michigan and the build-up to this one as well.

The United manager could at least welcome back David De Gea, a goalkeeper so often linked with Real Madrid, and give his new £52million signing Fred a 67-minute run-out on his first start.

But with Chris Smalling unable to play after going off in the warm-up on Saturday, Mourinho had no choice but to play Scott McTominay in a back-three alongside Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah. Having said that Bailly ‘isn’t a leader’ at the weekend, it was surprising to see the Ivory Coast defender given the captain’s armband.


‘It might be time for something different’ – Chelsea forward Eden Hazard

– Eden Hazard has hinted at a possible move away from Chelsea this summer

– The Belgian has been linked to the Bernabeu following Cristiano Ronaldo’s move

– Reports suggested the La Liga giants were preparing a £200m bid for Hazard

– He scored against England as Belgium secured third place at the World Cup


Chelsea’s Eden Hazard said that he wants to leave the club for Real Madrid, with the Spaniards ready to make a possible £200million bid for him.

On the day that new manager Maurizio Sarri took over at Stamford Bridge, Hazard emerged from helping Belgium beat England 2-0 in the World Cup third-place match to say that he wanted no part in the future the Italian had mapped out.

Hazard, who has two years left on his contract, said: ‘I have spent six years with Chelsea. I played a fantastic World Cup, so it’s maybe time to change something. Chelsea will make the final decision — if they want to let me go, you know my preferred destination. After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different.

‘It’s not my decision, so now I just want to go on holiday and see what happens.’


It is understood that Hazard will not fight to leave Chelsea and if they attempt to keep him, he may stay. But Real, the European champions, may be willing to break the world transfer record, as they look to rebuild after the £88m departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

Hazard’s recent form has impressed them. He was strong during Belgium’s World Cup, scoring the second goal against England. But the midfielder, who came close to joining Real in 2017, did fade during the semi-final loss to France.

Hazard’s declaration of intent came as Napoli were attacked by Manchester City for ‘unprofessional’ conduct in the £57m sale of midfielder Jorginho to Chelsea.

City sources claim the 26-year-old has been ‘bullied’ into signing a five-year deal for Chelsea, having indicated as recently as Thursday that he wanted to play for Pep Guardiola.


It is also claimed that Napoli threatened the Italy international with having to see out the remaining two years of his contract at Stadio San Paolo if he rejected Chelsea.

City sources also say Chelsea offering an extra €10m (£8.8m) persuaded Napoli into a U-turn on their agreement. Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, was not able to persuade the club to honour a £44.2m deal they had effectively shaken hands on with City.

Chelsea reject City’s claims and could not be contacted on Saturday.

It was not an ideal way for Sarri to begin his reign, a day after the club sacked Antonio Conte.


Real Madrid issue statement to rule out bid for Neymar

– Real Madrid have appeared to rule out making a bid for Neymar this summer

– The Paris Saint-Germain winger had been linked with a switch to The Bernabeu

– are seeking to replace Cristiano Ronaldo following his move to Juventus

Real Madrid issued a statement on Friday night that appeared to rule out a bid for Neymar this summer.

The club said: ‘Regarding the constant stories that link the player of PSG, Neymar, with our club, Real Madrid want to make it clear that we are not planning to make any offer for the player.

‘The relation between the two clubs is extraordinary, and therefore, the first thing we would do would be to direct [our interest] to the club.’

Florentino Perez wants to sign Neymar but PSG are refusing to let the player leave after just one season in Paris.

Next season a release clause kicks in which would allow Madrid to sign the Brazilian if they match the 222m euros that PSG paid for him last summer.

With every intention of making that move in 2019 they want to keep relations with PSG cordial which is why they have moved to silence talk of a bid.

The club are focusing their attention this summer on the possible acquisition of Eden Hazard and are also looking at bringing in a centre forward to cover the 40-goal a season deficit they now anticipate suffering, having lost Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.


He’s Gone! Ronaldo Quits Real Madrid To Join Juventus In Staggering Sh11.7 Billion

Cristiano Ronaldo has made an astonishing £88million move to Juventus after Real Madrid granted him permission to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ronaldo met Juventus club president Andrea Agnelli on Tuesday afternoon in a hotel in Greece before agreeing a four-year deal worth an estimated £500,000 a week.

It is believed that the transfer was finalised at the meeting in Greece, where Ronaldo is currently on holiday with his girlfriend and family.

Real Madrid confirmed the transfer late on Tuesday afternoon.

In a statement, the club admitted that they had granted Ronaldo his wish to leave the club.

It read: ‘Today, Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football.’

‘Beyond the titles won, the trophies collected and the triumphs achieved on the pitch during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement.’

Ronaldo thanked Real Madrid for making his time at the club ‘possibly the happiest of my life’, but added that he felt it was the right decision to move on.

He said: ‘I believe that the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept transferring me. I feel that way and I ask everyone, and especially our followers, to please understand me.’

An hour after Real Madrid’s statement, Juventus confirmed the news of Ronaldo’s capture on their website.

The club confirmed that they will pay £88m (€100m) to the Spanish giants, with a further payment of £10m is believed to be going to his first club Sporting Lisbon.

‘Juventus Football Club SpA announces that it has reached an agreement with the company Real Madrid Club De Futbol SpA for the definitive acquisition of the right to the sports performances of the player Dos Santos Aveiro Cristiano Ronaldo against a fee €100million, payable in two years, plus the solidarity contribution provided for by the FIFA regulations and accessory charges for €12million,’ the statement read.

‘Juventus signed a four-year sports performance contract with the same player until June 30, 2022.’

Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid with a legacy littered with smashed records and a haul of trophies.

He is the Spanish club’s all-time top scorer with 450 goals in all competitions and won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.

‘For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its greatest symbols and a unique reference for the generations to come,’ Real Madrid’s statement added.

‘Real Madrid will always be his home.’


Real Madrid agreed personal terms with Roma goalkeeper Alisson

Real Madrid are going to have to better their offer by £18million if they are to land Roma goalkeeper Alisson.

The Spanish giants have earmarked the Brazilian as one of their main transfer targets this summer as they look for competition to current No 1 Keylor Navas.

And according to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, they have moved a step closer to doing that by agreeing personal terms with Alisson.
They claim that his agent Ze Maria has agreed personal terms for a five-year deal with an option for a sixth.

However, the one sticking point for the move being concluded is the fee.

Real have made a £52m bid, with £4.4m of that in bonuses, but Roma are holding out for a £70m transfer fee, Mundo Deportivo adds.


Alisson is under contract at Roma until 2021 and remains a target for Premier League duo Liverpool and Chelsea.

Speaking about his situation last weekend, the 25-year-old was keen to resolve his situation before Brazil start their World Cup campaign against Switzerland in Group E on Sunday night.
‘I believe and I hope that everything will be resolved before the start of the World Cup,’ he said following Brazil’s 3-0 friendly win over Austria on Sunday.

‘To be honest, I left everything in the hands of my agents.

‘If it’s not resolved before the World Cup, then it will be discussed after it because my head will be focused only on Brazil.

‘There are many possibilities on which we are working, but always together with Roma and with respect to my club. We will see what will happen this week.’

Alisson kept 22 clean sheets in 49 outings for Roma in Serie A and the Champions League last season, helping them to the semi-finals of the European competition against the odds.

He is likely to be Brazil’s No 1 when they begin their quest for a sixth World Cup triumph.

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Spain sack boss Julen Lopetegui a day before the start of the world cup

Julen Lopetegui has been sacked as Spain boss on the eve of the World Cup after Spanish FA chiefs were left furious following his announcement as Real Madrid boss.

Spain hastily called a press conference as reports emanated that the head of the Spanish FA, Luis Rubiales, was left outraged by the timing of the announcement.

Following a bizarre morning, during which the Spanish players pleaded with Rubiales for Lopetegui to keep his job, it was decided that the manager’s position had become untenable.

‘We thank Julen for all he has done because he is one of the great people responsible for us being in Russia, but we are forced to dismiss him,’ said Rubiales.

‘I do not feel betrayed, the problem is how things have been done with the total absence of participation of the Spanish Football Federation, that is something we cannot ignore, Lopetegui is an impeccable professional but the process is important.

‘The negotiations [between Lopetegui and Real Madrid] have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were informed just five minutes before the press release. There’s a way to act that needs to be fulfilled.

‘I took a plane, came back from Moscow, missed the vote on the next World Cup to be here. We had to react, I know that whatever I do I will be criticised, I accept that.

‘To win is very important, to have the best coach very important, but above everything is acting in the right way. Maybe this is tough now, but in the end it will make us stronger.

‘I have spoken with the players and I can guarantee they will do everything, along with the new coach, to take the team as far as possible [at this World Cup].’

Fernando Hierro, a former Real Madrid player himself and current sporting director of the Spanish FA, is understood to be an early frontrunner to succeed Lopetegui.

Sportsmail understands, however, that Hierro will give the job to Albert Celades, the national team’s Under-21s coach, should Lopetegui get the axe.