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Brisbane Roar is the defending champions of the Australian League but they will be facing tough competition in the next season especially arriving from Melbourne Heart which was bought by Manchester City earlier in the beginning of the year in January and new signings have been made.
David Villa is one of the high profile players that were signed by Melbourne Heart until the name was eventually changed to Melbourne City. In the previous campaign of the Australian League, Melbourne City managed to secure a spot in the middle section of the tables but this time around the club is aiming for a top position.
The Irish winger Damien Duff is another fairly well known player that will be helping Melbourne City in their quest of taking away the league title from Brisbane Roar but even with all of these changes and signings, the head coach of Brisbane Roar Mike Mulvey said that he is not worried about any of his opponents in the league and instead of being frightened, the English manager is excited about the start of the season.
Brisbane Roar’s Mike Mulvey said: “It’s very exciting. You’d think David Villa will have the time of his life. He’ll play 10 games in Australia. I think we play them twice, so I’m excited about that and looking forward to that.
“I’ve got no concerns. I look forward to pitting ourselves against them. We’ve had Alessandro Del Piero here over the past few years, and you saw the effect that had on Australian football. It globalized Australia. I think the likes of Manchester City coming in and taking over Melbourne City is fantastic but we’re secure because we’ve got the salary cap,” he said. “It’s not open slather, it’s not about who’s got the biggest check book. It’s who can put together the best squad and perform the best’’
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Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has sensationally claimed that he no longer keeps track of his bank balance because he is more concerned about winning trophies. The Portuguese international managed to win the Champions League title for the second time in his career after Real Madrid managed a 4-1 win over Atletico. He has already lifted the Champions League title with Manchester United in his career, but after several disappointments in the finals, this is his first major title this year.
Ronaldo is reportedly the second-highest paid player in the world at a weekly salary of just under £ 300,000. The star has admitted that he did have a difficult upbringing because his parents did not have a lot of money. Now, though, he is happy that he has enough money for the rest of his life. The 29-year-old has also stated that he wants to be considered as one of best players in the world when he retires from football. He says that the likes of Diego Maradona and Pele are remembered even now for their achievements on the field.
Ronaldo has also dismissed fears that he may retire in the next few years by saying that he wants to go on playing until the age of 40. “I don’t know how much money I have. It’s not the money that moves me. It’s true that at first it did, when I had nothing. Then I wanted to have money for me and my family because I was raised with nothing, we were very poor. I had no toys or presents at Christmas. I love football. It’s my life. Without football, I don’t know what to do. I have seven or eight years left. Maybe more. If my legs allow me to play until 40, I want to play,” said Ronaldo.
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Former Chelsea and Barcelona midfielder Deco says that Brazil can win the World Cup 2014 under the guidance of manager Luiz Felipe Scolari. The former Portugal coach was appointed as the manager of Brazil. He is the last manager to have led Brazil to a World Cup title and it came back in 2002. Brazil have already managed to lift the Confederations Cup under the supervision of Scolari. Deco, who is widely known to be a favourite under Scolari, says that Brazil will be the favourites to win the trophy.
The midfielder, who has now retired from the game, says that Brazil can overcome the overwhelming pressure put on them by the home supporters to lift this title. Brazil come into the tournament as the hosts, which may be favourable in some areas. However, many thinks that the nation will wilt under the pressure from the fans since the team is largely composed of young players like Neymar and Oscar. There are also several players will have been included in the squad with very less international appearances between them.
Deco played for Portugal but he was born in Brazil. He reached the final of the Euro 2004. Now, he has thanked Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo for helping his adopted country to qualify for the competition.
“Although the attack is not exceptional, Brazil have a very strong defence and good midfield. They have home advantage and they are favourites because of that. Of course the pressure on them is high. They have the precedent of 1950 when they lost to Uruguay but that is a long time ago, a different moment. Portugal has a chance but they have a tough group, with Germany, Ghana and USA. In the second leg against Sweden Ronaldo had a fantastic game and they need to be able to support him,” said the midfielder.
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