Sports Burst - Cristiano's Silent Treatment


By Tim Stannard

1) Ronaldo's silent treatment over media misinterpretation 

Well, it looks like the Spanish media are either going to have to take up mime interpretation, study body language or invent mind-meld helmets.

That is reportedly the only way to work out what Cristiano Ronaldo is thinking between now and the summer. Or go all Dan Brown and discover if the footballer is sending secret messages through his pecs-positioning on his stream of topless Twitter and Instagram posts. 

Marca is reporting on Friday that the footballer will no longer be speaking to the press and has requested that there is no CR7 participation in any official Real Madrid business, with the footballer unhappy over his comments from a few weeks back that the squad is missing the likes of James and Pepe being interpreted as a huge SLAM against Madrid to spark a CONFLICT with Sergio Ramos.

"I say one thing and you say another," was the huffy message to the press after Tuesday's Champions League win against APOEL. 

At least Ronaldo was out on the training pitches on Friday. And so was Gareth Bale! "I don't know when he is going to play," admitted Coach Zizou, in case anyone got too excited. Which they didn't. 

No Marco Asensio, though, who is a major doubt for Saturday's home clash against Malaga. 

Tune into the XTRA from 7PM ET / 4PM PT for the latest news from the Real Madrid and also Barcelona camps in a huge weekend for La Liga with Valencia hosting Barcelona on Sunday. 


2) Ozil's plan to bankrupt Barcelona as Bonucci heads to Madrid

TRANSFER TRACKER TIME! Let's start off with a Mesut Ozil who knows that he is free, free, free next summer with his deal expiring at Arsenal. So according to AS the footballer wants...$440,000 a week from the Camp Nou club. Yep. A week. Good luck with that, kiddo.

A very peculiar bit of managerial transfer news from England and Italy. Watford boss might well be jumping ship and down the table to take over hapless Everton. So the Hornets have realised that disgraced former Italy manager, Giampiero 'Ace' Ventura is the man for them

And seeing as we are in La La Land. Leonardo Bonucci to Real Madrid this winter? Could happen says OKDiario on a footballer whose sort spell at Milan has been a bit of a disaster to say the least


3) Celta look for spring in step as Moyes searches for first win 

The weekend starts here on beIN SPORTS, so get some exercise by literally doing nothing in front of the TV and catching some top European football action. 

Let's start off in Spain where the ever entertaining Celta Vigo are trying to get out of a bit of a rut in form by hosting the solidly...solid Leganes. That clash is live on beIN SPORTS from 3PM ET / 12PM PT. 

And stay tuned to all our beIN SPORTS social media platforms and the shows for special updates from Mr Ray Hudson who has arrived in sunny Spain with our LaLiga Experience winners.

France is serving up Saint Etienne hosting Strasbourg, Hannover takes on Stuttgart in the Bundesliga while the Premier League kicks off the weekend with West Ham United taking on Leicester City and David Moyes trying to get his first win as the new boss of the Hammers.

Tune into the XTRA from 7PM ET / 4PM PT for all the goals from around Europe in one very handy place.


4) Cowboys still falling off their football horse 

Another defeat for the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night's NFL clash would have been the cherry on another piece cake for many Thanksgiving viewers. The defeat to the Los Angeles Chargers was the third on the bounce for the fading Texans. 

If even more football is on your Black Friday wishlist then Conference USA season reaches its finale on beIN SPORTS with Western Kentucky at FIU.

NBA has a pick old day of action - pick of the bunch? Bulls at the Warriors. 



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