Ronaldo pens emotional letter to fans amid coronavirus pandemic

first_img “When I suffered my first and most serious knee injury, there were people who said that I would never play again, and that I could never even walk again. “I felt like my own life was being taken from me. It was in those moments that my limits were tested, and I fought to change those opinions and show everyone that I could do what I wanted most. “They were three very hard years of rehabilitation, motivated by the desire to feel all that I could only feel on the field, with the ball at my feet. “In the end, the moment came, perhaps the most iconic of my entire career: in 2002, in Japan, playing a World Cup final with Brazil. Scoring two goals against Germany. For my country, the title of a five-time champion; for me, the consecration of my return. “I am sure that you too, when you look back, you will remember how many times you got up, of all your battles, and how many times you managed to overcome, throughout your life, to make the impossible possible and get to where you are being who you are. “If this letter reaches you today, it is because, among the choices of my life, one has been the Pucela (Valladolid). I have also chosen. I have also been passionate. “Like you, I look forward to the return to our home. I close my eyes and think about that Zorrilla full of fans. It is the passion that moves me. read also:Ramsey on Ronaldo: Incredible player, very good person “Off the field, I am still motivated to overcome every challenge. And personally, that I have come after you to this family, I thank you for being with me. “Stay strong. We are together and we will come out stronger from all this.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 43-year-old praised fans for keeping each other safe by staying at home, and compared the challenge of overcoming the coronavirus crisis to his own struggles overcoming serious injuries during his playing career. In an open letter on the club’s website, Ronaldo wrote: “For weeks I have been thinking about how to contact you in these delicate moments of confinement and bad news. “Finally, I have decided to send you this letter, and I hope you can feel the affection and consideration with which I have written it. “From my house to yours. From my family to your family. “We are separated by physical distance, but I am convinced that we have never been so close. Empathy is what unites us now. The collective spirit, responsibility, humanity. “We are inside our houses for ourselves, for those we love, for all whom we do not even know and for those who can no longer be with us. We help each other by enhancing this solidarity in multiple ways. “I am writing to thank you for being there, even more now, transforming your house into a home. For turning every moment into something memorable for your family. “For patience, caution and your optimism, despite all the difficulties, challenges and losses that we are facing in these difficult times. “Soccer has taught me many things. The biggest was how to overcome things. Brazilian legend, Ronaldo has penned a heartfelt message of solidarity to fans of Real Valladolid, the club he owns in La Liga. Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People Live10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Loading… last_img read more

Vardy has Van Nistelrooy’s killer instinct, claims Van Gaal

first_img Vardy will break Van Nistelrooy’s 12-year Premier League record on Saturday if he scores in his 11th consecutive match when the Foxes face Manchester United. When Vardy was playing non-league football three-and-a-half years ago, few would have predicted he would have been likened to one of the greatest strikers seen on these shores in recent times. Van Nistelrooy is the 11th highest scorer in United’s 137-year history, netting 150 goals in 219 matches for the club. The Dutchman won league titles in England, Spain and Holland, while Vardy’s biggest achievement to date is helping Leicester get promoted to the Premier League in the summer of 2014. But there is no sense of snobbery from Van Gaal when it comes to Vardy’s recent scoring run. “More or less, Van Nistelrooy is like Vardy,” the United manager said. “He is highly concentrated to make goals and is always running in behind, so you can compare them.” Van Gaal knows how hard it is to maintain such a prolific scoring run. Dennis Bergkamp is the only man to have scored in 10 consecutive league games under the Dutchman – and his run came more than 20 years ago with Ajax. He also knows first hand how deadly Vardy can be in front of goal. The 28-year-old scored one and had a hand in the other four goals in Leicester’s 5-3 win over United last season. Van Gaal regards Vardy as a “nasty” threat, but one he feels his new and improved defence can cope with. ”He was last season a very nasty player for us,” Van Gaal said. ”He scored, won a penalty, and now he is scoring 10 games in a row, then you are a great player. ”I only know Dennis Bergkamp as a player who did the same with Ajax. It’s not so easy to do that. “He is a player who is difficult to defend. “It shall be difficult I think, but we can do that because we have a lot of clean sheets already.” Unlike Vardy, Wayne Rooney has struggled in front of goal so far this season. During United’s pre-season tour, the 30-year-old spoke of his determination to score more than 25 goals this season, but he has so far found the net on just two occasions in the league. Van Gaal said earlier this season that Rooney’s place in the starting XI was guaranteed because he is captain. Even if he was not wearing the skipper’s armband, Rooney would still be in the team, according to his manager. Van Gaal said: “Yes, of course (that is the case). Otherwise he is out of the team. “Wayne is doing a lot, has a very great contribution in the team. I am very satisfied with him.” Rooney started behind Anthony Martial in the number 10 position in the goalless draw against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but the captain has been told his days leading the line are not numbered yet. “At this moment, he doesn’t play in the striker’s position, Martial is playing there,” Van Gaal said. “But it is possible he shall play other matches there. It is dependent not always on the quality and shape of the player at the moment, but also the game plan. And we have to decide that every week.” Despite being second in the table after 13 matches, some United fans are unhappy with the style of football being played under Van Gaal. Dissenting voices were heard again on Wednesday when United played out their fourth 0-0 draw in seven matches. When asked whether he was worried about criticism from supporters, Van Gaal said: ”Of course, because the fans have to be happy, you are playing for the fans so you cannot deny that.” Van Gaal will be without Ander Herrera, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia for Saturday’s game. Louis van Gaal believes there are similarities between Jamie Vardy and Ruud van Nistelrooy – the man whose record the Leicester striker is attempting to break this weekend. Press Associationlast_img read more

Another lackluster 3rd period leads to 6-3 loss to Northwestern

first_img Published on October 12, 2019 at 8:13 pm Contact Gaurav: gshetty@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Just 37 seconds into the third period, forward Emma Polaski was sent to the box for interference. Then, Kristen Siermachesky joined her in the box a minute later. Going into the second intermission, Syracuse was down a goal. But the moment the third period began, Northeastern started pulling away. Gifted with a five-on-three powerplay, Northeastern punished Syracuse with a quick goal. The Orange were left chasing shadows for the rest of the game and were handed their fifth straight loss.“The third period was pretty ugly hockey,” said SU head coach Paul Flanagan. “It was like watching paint dry.”In front of a packed crowd for alumni weekend, Syracuse (0-5) faced off against No. 3 Northeastern (3-0) for the second time in two days. In the first two periods, both the Huskies and Orange went back-and-forth, leading to a 4-3 Northeastern advantage heading into the final period. But in the third, the Huskies extended their lead as the Orange scrambled to keep players out of the penalty box.Flanagan likened his team’s play in the third period to figure skaters — his team was slow and a step behind Northeastern for the entire third period. “We have to condition ourselves to play back-to-back games,” Flanagan said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIts sluggishness played a part in the seven penalties committed by the Orange. Most were minor stick penalties, like hooking and tripping, leading Syracuse to playing a large chunk of the game with four players on the ice. “You really don’t want to get into that type of play,” said Flanagan. “It’s like a broken record so far this year.”With just under five minutes remaining in the second period, the Huskies scored on a power play and took a 4-3 lead into the second intermission. Sophomore Lauren Bellefontaine tied the game 3-3 in the second, but succumbed along with her teammates to the Huskies third period onslaught. “I think once we got down 4-3 we just stopped skating and we stopped working,” said Bellefontaine. “If we just kept it up I think it would’ve been a totally different game.”This season, the Orange haven’t been overpowered by ranked opponents in the early stages of games. Then, fatigue kicks in, Syracuse commits penalties and struggles to keep pace.Against Clarkson, Boston College, and Northeastern — all top programs out of their conference — Syracuse couldn’t keep up with them at the end of their matchups. They start with penalties, and a lack of energy from load management lead to the close losses, and Syracuse’s early losing streak. The scoring started early in Saturday’s game as SU jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a goal just three minutes into the game. Five minutes later, Northeastern had the lead after scoring two goals in three minutes. Halfway through the first, the Orange tied it at two. However, with just two minutes remaining in the first period, Chloe Aurard scored on the powerplay to give the Huskies the lead going into the intermission.Friday’s game between the two was scoreless until the third period where Northeastern scored the game-winner in the final minutes. Saturday afternoon, the game was again tied. But the high scoring affair to start became one sided, and Syracuse couldn’t hang with the speed and skill of the Huskies in the third period.“The difference from yesterday and today is just the momentum,” said Eastwood. “We had a lot of energy yesterday and once they got up on us in the third period we lost that energy and we lost our legs.”Flanagan said SU needs to find a balance this season or it’ll continue to face the cumulative effect of its problems. Despite the never ending cycle of a season that the players face, Flanagan believes that his team can find a way to get it together.“At the end of the day we’re better for it, so you can’t get disappointed right now,” said Flanagan. “You look at our record you want to get down, but we turn our focus to next Friday night.” Commentslast_img read more