Cristiano Ronaldo Squishes Lionel Messi in summer Superstar Battle

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By Tim Stannard

1) Mission accomplished in Ronaldo shirt-removing final fiesta

Another final for Cristiano Ronaldo where the footballer just had a smattering of touches, but still got to whip his shirt off in the end. But unlike some previous Champions League affairs, it wasn’t the fault of CR7 this time as the footballer was forced off in the second half with a knee knock, but was still feeling sprightly enough to coach from the sidelines in the dying seconds of the game. However, the Real Madrid man is set to spend the next month out of action, all be it on vacation anyway.

However, few could begrudge the footballer lifting the trophy in the end on behalf of a Portugal side that could best be described as plucky, but won the tournament fair and square. Actually, this being the modern Messi v Ronaldo world, quite a few could begrudge Ronaldo celebrating with the front covers of both Barcelona papers noting that the match was won with Ronaldo off the pitch. And that was a little uncalled for, really. But catch up with the Locker Room at 7.30PM ET for their take on the post Euro 2016 vibe.


2) Barcelona defend indefensible Messi campaign

Those aforementioned papers might instead want to focus on a social media campaign which backfired in some style over the weekend. Spooked by the notion that Leo Messi might leave La Liga after the footballer’s conviction for tax evasion, last week, Barcelona set up a hashtag campaign urging everyone to tweet that “We are all Leo Messi” to cheer the footballer up. The billions around the world who pay their taxes and don’t have the wealth and privilege to not do so, disagreed.  

The club has defended itself from general ridicule and pictures of people in handcuffs on Twitter with the club’s spokesperson, Josep Vives claiming that “we want to condemn the unjust treatment that Leo Messi is receiving. This is how we will feel and why we’ve done it.”

However, there may be some good news in the Camp Nou world as new defender, Samuel Umtiti, is expected soon in the Catalan capital to undergo a medical and sign on the dotted line on a Barcelona deal.


3) Ancelotti promises no change at Bayern Munich

Time to leave these two lovebird clubs alone for the moment and move onto another European giant and Bayern Munich. New manager Carlo Ancelotti is in town, and says that he was wanting to continue the success of Pep Guardiola. By not winning the Champions League, perhaps. Actually, Ancelotti is not planning to do that much it seems with the former Real Madrid boss carrying on with the same players and the same style as Guardiola. “I am not here to do a revolution because the job Guardiola did here was fantastic and I would like to follow this style,” claimed the Italian manager.

One player who will be leaving Bayern, though, is midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg with the Danish player currently at Southampton having a medical ahead of an expected $16.5million move.

And one player who will be leaving Southampton is the Italian international forward, Graziano Pelle, who is joining the Chinese Super League for a huge amount of cash.


4) Andy Murray set to miss Davis Cup clash as Sharapova’s Rio plans hit rocks

Fresh from his triumph at Wimbledon, Andy Murray says he is “unlikely” to play in next weekend’s Davis Cup quarterfinal against Serbia. GB are currently defending champions but Murray says he wants to work on resting up ahead of the Rio Olympics to defend his men’s single title.

Wimbledon may be over but there is still some tennis news out there. Maria Sharapova will not be taking part in the Rio Olympics as the appeal lodged at the court of arbitration for sport against the Russian’s two-year suspension for a doping violation will not be heard until September. Sharapova’s place in the French team is likely to be taken by Ekaterina Makarova.


5) UFC sold for huge, huge, huge amount of money

The UFC has been sold in a deal reported to be worth $4billion to a group led by Hollywood talent agency WME-IMG. Dana White is set to stay on as president.


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