Featured Matches
Previous
Internazionale
Manchester United
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Real Madrid
AS Roma
1:15 AM GMT
Game Details
Recreativo Huelva
Sunderland
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Sparta Prague
Malmo FF
5:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Sparta Prague
Malmo FF
5:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Slovan Bratislava
Sheriff Tiraspol
6:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Debrecen
BATE Borisov
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Wealdstone
Wycombe Wanderers
2:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Frickley Athletic
Scunthorpe XI
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Exeter City
Swansea City
6:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Alfreton Town
Rotherham United
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Burton Albion
Derby County
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Lincoln City
Mansfield Town
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Newport County
Coventry City
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Notts County
Birmingham City
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Portsmouth
AFC Bournemouth
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Stevenage
Reading
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Altrincham
Accrington Stanley
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Cambridge United
Milton Keynes Dons
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Cheltenham Town
Bristol City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Concord Rangers
Dagenham & Redbridge
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Dumbarton
Carlisle United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Hyde
Burnley XI
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Kidderminster Harriers
Shrewsbury Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Leyton Orient
Queens Park Rangers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Luton Town
Colchester United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Margate
Barnet
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Oxford United
Wolverhampton Wanderers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Preston North End
Burnley
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Sheffield United
Huddersfield Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Southend United
Ipswich Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Recreativo Huelva
Sunderland
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Valerenga
Stabaek
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Defensor Sporting
Nacional
12:15 AM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 2
Game Details
Náutico
Icasa
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Portuguesa de Desportos
Oeste
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Internazionale
Manchester United
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Real Madrid
AS Roma
1:15 AM GMT
Game Details
Cienciano del Cusco
Alianza Lima
8:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
Sep 13, 2012

Madrid team-mates: Ronaldo is fine

Cristiano Ronaldo is in good spirits and there are no tensions or problems in the Real Madrid dressing room, his team-mates have said.

• Sign up for UCL fantasy
• Play our UCL predictions game

Speaking at a sponsors' event in Madrid on Thursday, Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Arbeloa said Ronaldo had looked fine at training the previous evening after all Real's players had returned from international duty.

Earlier this month, Ronaldo declared that he was "sad" at Madrid and chose not to celebrate his goals in the home win over Granada. That sparked speculation that he could leave, but Alonso said: "His mood looks normal to me.

"When we saw each other at training, we all asked about how we had got on with our national teams. We got the issue out of the way completely naturally."

Right-back Arbeloa said everyone in the Madrid camp would help Ronaldo overcome any problems he had. "He did not look sad to me," he added. "I imagine it will be a personal thing for him, but we have offered to help him.

"When we met up, we asked him how he was. He said he was good, and we trained really well. It is a passing situation which is already over. We are all concentrating now on the next game, against Sevilla."

Goalkeeper Iker Casillas echoed those statements. "There was no issue," he said. "Everyone went off with their national teams and that was that. For Madrid, players and fans, it a real pleasure to have Cristiano. And, for Cristiano, it is an honour to wear the jersey of the best club in the world. Everyone wins. Cristiano is delighted to be at Madrid and for the fans it is really good that he is here. Madrid's fans expect a lot, but from everyone."

Although Ronaldo sparked the speculation surrounding him when he declared that he felt "sad" for "professional reasons", Alonso said he believed the media had blown the matter out of proportion.

"These things get exaggerated too much in the media," he said. "We know you have to sell papers, but journalists' concerns are very different from footballers'."

Ronaldo's first appearance at the Bernabeu since going public with his "sadness" comes on Tuesday, when Real begin their Champions League campaign against Premier League champions Manchester City.

But Alonso said he did not think Madrid fans would use the opportunity to give the Portugal international a hard time. "The crowd at the Bernabeu like to have to a player who is lethal, makes the difference and decides games," he added.

One reason floated in the Spanish media for Ronaldo's discontent was that he felt the club was not backing him enough in the race for this year's FIFA Ballon d'Or.

Alonso - aware that club colleague Casillas and international team-mates Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta are also potential winners of the award - was diplomatic, saying: "I would be very happy if Cristiano or any other of my team-mates took the Ballon d'Or."

Casillas added: "I believe there are Madrid players who deserve it for the great season we played and for the titles. Then there are the different criteria of those who vote. Cristiano has been at a very high level, but there are others who could deserve it too. Regarding myself? There is a lot of talk about this award and it is gratifying to be mentioned by many people. People stop me on the street to mention it. I appreciate that."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.