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March 23, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Ronaldo is expected to play today in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals against Monaco, Real Madrid said Monday on its website. The Brazil international resumed training with the rest of his teammates after recovering from a torn muscle in his left leg, which he injured earlier this month during a Spanish league match. Ronaldo "completed the training session, he touched the ball and said he felt fine," the club said.
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January 17, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Cristiano Ronaldo cried when he accepted the Ballon d'Or, soccer's most prestigious individual prize, earlier this week. But now it's the athletic training staff with his club team, Real Madrid, that is feeling a bit overwhelmed. That's because Ronaldo said he'll soon make good on a promise to buy each of the five trainers a new car of their choice. Ronaldo unseated Lionel Messi, a four-time winner, as FIFA's player of the year largely because Messi was sidelined during part of 2013 because of an injury.
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June 17, 1998 | GRAHAME L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was only one thing the Moroccans wanted from the Brazilians on Tuesday. Well, OK, make that 11 things. They wanted the shirts off the Brazilians' backs. Ever since the World Cup '98 draw in Marseille in December, every Moroccan player had been waiting for Tuesday evening's game in Nantes. And waiting even more eagerly for the final whistle so that the traditional shirt-swapping could begin. And Brazil will swap a pile of shirts for a 3-0 victory any day.
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January 13, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Cristiano Ronaldo recently opened a soccer museum is his Portuguese home of Madeira. And Monday he received something special to put in it when he was named winner of the Ballon d'Or, which goes annually to the player voted best in the world. It was an honor the Real Madrid star clearly earned, scoring 66 goals in 56 games for club and country. And many of those goals came on soccer's biggest stages with Ronaldo scoring a record 14 times in Champions League play to help Madrid reach the tournament semifinals.
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June 20, 2002 | Mike Penner
*--* Brazil vs. England Tonight, 11:30 PDT, at Shizuoka, Japan TV: ESPN, Ch. 34. Delayed: Ch. 46, noon How they got here: Brazil finished first in Group B and defeated Belgium, 2-0, in the second round. England, second in Group F, scored three times in the first half to defeat Denmark, 3-0, in the second round Brazil update: If you prefer the shorthand, here is the essence of the team Brazil has sent to the 2002 quarterfinals: Three Rs and no D.
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June 21, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Edwin van der Sar and Phillip Cocu will have time to enjoy their moment today in Frankfurt, Germany. With much of the tension taken out of the Netherlands' game against Argentina because both sides already qualified for the second round, Van der Sar won't have to be nervous during his record-equaling match. The goalkeeper will start in his 112th match, equaling the Dutch record set by defender Frank de Boer.
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February 13, 2011 | Wire reports
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic stunned Kim Clijsters , 6-4, 6-3, in the final of the Open Gaz de France at Paris on Sunday to win the third title of her career. Clijsters slammed an ace to save a match point, but Kvitova converted her second match point with a forehand winner. "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my grandfather, who passed away last week," Kvitova said. "I played for you. " Clijsters will still unseat Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark as the top-ranked player when the new rankings are released Monday.
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July 1, 2002 | MIKE PENNER
As the rain continued to fall, mingling with the glittering silver confetti and rainbow-colored origami that floated around him, Ronaldo squinted into the night and made a remarkable personal discovery. The World Cup isn't so heavy after all.
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March 8, 2004 | From Staff and Wire Reports
What a time for Ronaldo to get injured. Real Madrid goes into its Champions League second-leg showdown with Bayern Munich on Wednesday without its injured top scorer. The Brazilian star suffered a thigh muscle tear while playing Saturday and probably will sit out the Copa del Rey final against Zaragoza on March 17. "It could have been a lot worse," team doctor Alfonso Del Corral said on Real Madrid's website. "If the muscle damage had been bigger, we'd be looking at four to six weeks out."
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August 19, 2002 | GRAHAME L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The weekend meeting between Florentino Perez, president of European champion Real Madrid, and Massimo Moratti, president of Inter Milan, failed to produce a solution to the Ronaldo dilemma. The Brazilian World Cup winner and two-time FIFA world player of the year is unhappy with the Italian club and wants to return to Spain, where he played for Barcelona before joining Inter Milan in 1997.
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November 15, 2013 | Wire reports
Cristiano Ronaldo upstaged Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the battle of the superstar forwards to give Portugal the edge over Sweden in the World Cup playoffs, while France's chances of qualifying took a big hit by losing, 2-0, in Ukraine. Ronaldo transferred his prolific scoring form for Real Madrid to the international stage, diving to head home an 82nd-minute winner and give Portugal a 1-0 cushion to take to Stockholm for Tuesday's second leg. France faces the prospect of missing a major tournament for the first time since 1994 after Roman Zozulya and Andriy Yarmolenko scored second-half goals for Ukraine in a feisty match that saw both teams finish with 10 men. Kostas Mitroglou's double helped Greece claim a 3-1 win over Romania, and tiny Iceland overcame a sending-off early in the second half to hold on for a 0-0 draw with Croatia, keeping alive its hopes of becoming the least populous nation to reach a World Cup. All four return matches take place on Tuesday, when the 13 qualifiers from Europe will be finalized.
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August 3, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Clint Dempsey is in Seattle and Gareth Bale could be headed to Madrid. Neymar has gone from Brazil to Barcelona, Mario Goetze went from Dortmund to Munich and while Cristiano Ronaldo was at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, no one seemed sure where he was headed from there. After two relatively quiet summers, international soccer's summer transfer period has been especially noisy this year with more than 400 top players changing teams in the last seven weeks, including Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, who jumped to AC Monaco, and Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, who joined Ligue 1 champion Paris Saint-Germain.
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August 3, 2013 | By Kevn Baxter
A sun-splashed crowd estimated at more than 40,000 showed up at Dodger Stadium on Saturday to see Cristiano Ronaldo play in the first soccer game in the ballpark's storied 51-year history. And the Real Madrid striker didn't disappoint, scoring one goal and assisting on another to lead the Spanish club to a 2-1 victory over Everton in a semifinal matchup of the International Champions Cup. Real Madrid moves on to Miami, where it will play Wednesday in the final against the winner of Sunday's game between Chelsea and AC Milan.
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July 25, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Former world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid tops the list of soccer stars expected to participate in the International Cup of Champions doubleheader at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 3. The eight-team tournament, which will feature the Major League Soccer champion Galaxy and seven European powers, will also see Italian side Juventus and English Premier League team Everton play at Dodger Stadium. In addition to Ronaldo, Real Madrid will bring longtime Spanish national team keeper Iker Casillas to Los Angeles and Brazilian Kaka, another former world player of the year.
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April 20, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Maybe it was a passing of the torch. Or maybe it was just two ships passing in the night. Either way, you can be sure Cristiano Ronaldo is well aware of the turn his career has taken since he and Lionel Messi tangled in the 2009 UEFA Champions League final. Ronaldo, then the reigning world player of the year, came into the match having led Manchester United to three consecutive Premier League crowns and the previous year's Champions League title. Messi, meanwhile, was finishing his third season as a first-choice forward for Barcelona.
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October 18, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Who is the most popular athlete in the world? Kobe Bryant? LeBron James? Matt Treanor? (OK, probably not Matt Treanor). And how would you even measure such a thing? Well, if you use Facebook as your guide, the answer would be Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. This week he became the first athlete to reach 50 million "likes" on Facebook. But Kobe or LeBron must be second right? No, second place goes to soccer start Lionel Messi, with 38.5 million likes. OK, sure, but that means Kobe or LeBron are definitely in third, right?
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December 4, 2002 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
Brazilian striker Ronaldo returned to the scene of his World Cup triumph Tuesday night and scored the first goal as European champion Real Madrid of Spain defeated South American champion Olimpia of Paraguay, 2-0, in front of 66,070 at the International Stadium at Yokohama, Japan, winning the annual Toyota/Intercontinental Cup. "I am delighted," Ronaldo said. "This stadium brought me luck at the World Cup and has been good to me again. This has been an incredible year for me and for Real Madrid."
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April 28, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
It was like Michael Jordan missing a game-winning free throw or LeBron James bouncing a dunk off the rim. It was Justin Verlander losing a World Series game on a wild pitch or Eli Manning blowing the Super Bowl with an interception in the end zone. It's rare that the biggest and best players in any sport fail to deliver in the clutch — that, after all, is how they got to the be the biggest and best. But it happened on successive days in last week's UEFA Champions League semifinals, with both Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo missing penalty kicks that conceivably could have sent their teams to the final.
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July 17, 2011 | By Douglas Farmer
The Galaxy isn't used to hearing boos while in Los Angeles, but every time the Galaxy thwarted a Real Madrid attack early Saturday night, the 56,211 at the Coliseum voiced their disapproval. Fortunately for the fans, and for any Galaxy players wishing to hear cheers of any variety, Real Madrid didn't have prolonged trouble scoring, cruising to a 4-1 victory in the exhibition match. The loudest cheers came when Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo utilized some fancy footwork to create a goal in the 52nd minute.
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