Cristiano's Achievements and Netherlands' Humiliation in the Best of the Week

  • Records, Thrashings & Surprises
    1/15 The achievements of Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar poker contrast with the elimination of Netherlands in qualifying for Euro 2016. In other sports, Oscar Pistorius will be released from jail.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo presented with Golden Shoe
    2/15 Cristiano Ronaldo presented with Golden Shoe: Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has voiced his desire to win a fifth European Golden Shoe, and the Portugal international will not be stopping there. Ronaldo became the first player in history to win the prestigious individual trophy for a fourth time by netting 48 goals in La Liga last season, finishing ahead of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero. The 30-year-old received the prize during a ceremony at the Westin Palace Hotel in Madrid on Tuesday and he is determined to win even more silverware in the future.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo breaks Raul's all-time goalscoring record for Real Madrid
    3/15 Cristiano Ronaldo breaks Raul's all-time goalscoring record for Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo has usurped Raul as Real Madrid's all-time leading goalscorer after scoring against Levante. The Portugal international racked up his latest milestone of 324 goals with a vicious strike from just outside the box, powering the ball into the far corner and beyond the reach of the goalkeeper. The most remarkable thing about Ronaldo's achievement is that he surpassed Raul's tally of 323 in just 310 appearances in all competitions.
  • Barcelona 5-2 Rayo Vallecano
    4/15 Barcelona 5-2 Rayo Vallecano: Neymar scores four in rout: Neymar scored four goals as Barcelona came from behind to defeat Rayo Vallecano 5-2 at Camp Nou. Barça had lost two of their previous three games prior to this but Neymar cancelled out Javi Guerra's opener by winning and converting two penalties before adding two quick-fire goals late on to help keep his side level on points with Real Madrid. Neymar finished well when Tono saved from Suarez before his forward partner put a fourth goal on a plate for him 19 minutes from time. Suarez earned his reward for a tireless display up front with a fifth - Neymar turning provider - the pair having scored all of Barca's last nine league goals between them. Jozabed's strike five minutes from time to make it 5-2 mattered little.
  • Inter 0-0 Juventus
    5/15 Inter 0-0 Juventus: Derby d'Italia ends in stalemate: Inter missed out on the chance to climb to the top of Serie A as they played out a surprisingly low-key 0-0 draw with defending champions Juventus at San Siro. Marcelo Brozovic's dipping shot was superbly touched onto the crossbar by Gianluigi Buffon midway through the first half, while Sami Khedira struck the base of the post with 20 minutes remaining.
  • Netherlands will not be in the 2016 Euro after being eliminated by Czech Rep.
    6/15 Netherlands will not be in the 2016 Euro after being eliminated by Czech Rep.: Netherlands failed to book a place in the play-off stage of Euro 2016 qualifying following a 3-2 defeat at home to 10-man Czech Republic. After a positive start from the hosts, Pavel Kaderabek and Josef Sural fired Czech Republic into a two-goal lead inside 35 minutes, drawing jeers from the Amsterdam Arena crowd. Home spirits were lifted when Marek Suchy was dismissed for his challenge on Memphis Depay on the stroke of half-time. However, Robin van Persie - making his 101st Netherlands appearance as a first-half substitute - put the ball in his own net in the 66th minute. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar pulled one back four minutes later and Van Persie scored his 50th international goal in the 83rd minute, but a win would not have been enough anyway given Turkey's victory as, fittingly, Blind's team ended a dismal qualification campaign in defeat.
  • Juan Carlos Osorio presented as new Mexico coach
    7/15 Juan Carlos Osorio presented as new Mexico coach: Juan Carlos Osorio was unveiled as the new coach of the Mexico national football team. The 54-year-old Colombian takes over from interim boss Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti who temporary filled the position after his predecessor Miguel Herrera was fired for allegedly punching a reporter. At his presentation to the media Osorio, who has previously coached the New York Red Bulls, said: “When the opportunity in Mexico came, we didn’t take a second. We think it’s a football nation and the Mexican player believes in this type of football, to get up out front and look for results. I think it’s in line with our own way of seeing football.”
  • Uruguay 3-0 Colombia
    8/15 Uruguay 3-0 Colombia: Godin stars as hosts stay perfect: Captain Diego Godin led the way again as Uruguay made it two wins from as many World Cup qualifiers with a 3-0 victory over Colombia. Godin headed powerfully past Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina in the 34th minute and striker Diego Rolan doubled the lead six minutes into the second half. Second-half substitute Abel Hernandez sealed the points two minutes from time as Uruguay, which made it nine games unbeaten in World Cup qualifiers at home, preserved its perfect record.
  • Paraguay 0-0 Argentina
    9/15 Paraguay 0-0 Argentina: Martino's men continue without victory in World Cup qualifiers: Argentina remains winless in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup after a 0-0 draw in a physical clash with Paraguay at the Estadio Defensores del Chaco.
  • Brazil 3-1 Venezuela
    10/15 Brazil 3-1 Venezuela: Willian at the double for Dunga's men: Brazil's World Cup qualifying campaign received a much-needed boost as a Willian brace inspired the South American giant to a 3-1 win over Venezuela. Willian opened the scoring after just 37 seconds as Venezuela goalkeeper Alain Baroja failed to deal with his shot, and the Chelsea star made it 2-0 three minutes prior to halftime with his sixth goal in as many matches for club and country. Venezuela threatened to set up a grandstand finish after Christian Santos scored the nation's first World Cup qualifying goal on Brazilian soil in the 64th minute, but 35-year-old striker Ricardo Oliveira sealed the points for Brazil with 16 minutes remaining.
  • Real Madrid icon Raul announces retirement from soccer
    11/15 Real Madrid icon Raul announces retirement from soccer: Spain and Real Madrid great Raul will retire from soccer after completing his current season with New York Cosmos next month, the North American Soccer League team has confirmed. "My decision is to retire from playing at the end of this season. I am fully focused on finishing the season strong and helping the New York Cosmos win the NASL Championship. In the coming months I will decide the next step in my career," Raul said in a news release. "Playing soccer has been part of my life for so long and the decision to retire is not an easy one but I believe it is the right time.
  • Chaz Davies has established himself as 2015 World SBK runner-up
    12/15 Chaz Davies has established himself as 2015 World SBK runner-up: Chaz Davies has beaten Tom Sykes to the runner-up position behind Jonathan Rea in the 2015 eni FIM Superbike World Championship season. The pair headed into Qatar double-header separated by 16 points, ending proceedings 17 points apart as Davies finished the two races in respective fourth and second places while Sykes picked up a pair of third positions.
  • Oscar Pistorius will leave prison and will be under home arrest
    13/15 Oscar Pistorius will leave prison and will be under home arrest: Oscar Pistorius is set to leave Pretoria's Kgosi Mampuru prison, and he'll complete his manslaughter sentence within the comfort of his own home. The South African athlete killed his long-term partner Reeva Steenkamp in his house on the night of Valentine's Day in 2013 when he shot her four times. Pistorius, who has had both legs amputated, explained in his defence that he had thought he was shooting an intruder.
  • Lamar Odom hospitalised after being found unconscious at brothel
    14/15 Lamar Odom hospitalised after being found unconscious at brothel: Lamar Odom, an NBA champion with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010, is fighting for his life in hospital after being found unconscious at the Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, 70 miles from Vegas. The Nye County Sheriff's Office confirmed having received a call from the brothel requesting an ambulance for an unresponsive male. It transpires that this was the 35-year-old former basketball star, who was rushed to the Desert View Hospital in Pahrump and remains in a critical condition.
  • Toronto Blue Jays beat Texas Rangers in wild Game 5 to advance to ALCS
    15/15 Toronto Blue Jays beat Texas Rangers in wild Game 5 to advance to ALCS: Finally, Jose Bautista wiped out the need for protests or umpire reviews with the Toronto Blue Jays’ biggest home run since Joe Carter’s historic shot. Toronto earned its first trip to the American League Championship Series since Carter’s World Series-ending drive in 1993, overcoming one of the craziest plays in playoff history when Bautista hit a three-run homer after three Texas Rangers errors for a 6-3 victory in the deciding Game 5 of the Division Series.