Real Madrid sign Chicharito for a one year loan | 1.9.2014 (x)
"Today is a sad day as I’m closing a wonderful chapter that started 5 years ago. I will always be part of the Real Madrid family. Leaving Real Madrid was the hardest decision I have ever had to take. I want to thank everyone for treating me well."
Xabi Alonso completes move to Bayern Munich | August 29, 2014
The German side confirmed that the player has signed on for two seasons for a reported fee near €10 million.
After Thursday’s medical in Munich, he returned to Madrid to hold a press conference at the Santiago Bernabéu the following morning. There he explained his decision for the switch.
“After winning the Décima, I feel that a new cycle is starting at the club, and that I too should need a new one. I wanted to be honest with myself and with the club and to know when is the time to say goodbye.” [+]
"I’m really happy so I must say thanks to my team-mates because without the team, individual awards would not be possible." - Ronaldo about winning UEFA Best Player in Europe
Xabi from Twitter.
I quit the Spanish National Team. The hardest thing is knowing when to say goodbye, and after thinking about it, I think that my time with the National squad has come to an end.
It has been a glorious period with the Spanish team that started more than 11 years ago, I have formed part of an historical generation that has fulfilled the dreams of millions of fans, achieving something as unique as winning a World Cup and two European Championships in a row.
Since that April 30th, 2003 when I made my debut aged 21, I have only lived great moments, so I only have words of gratitude for all those with whom I have shared more than one decade.
I want to thank all of my coaches, teammates, employees of this house and the millions of fans who have always shown me their love and respect.
Iñaki Sáez, the unforgettable Luis Aragonés and Vicente del Bosque are figures that I will always carry with me because they have made me grow professionally and personally.
I could not enumerate all the teammates with whom I’ve shared this jersey, but from here I want to thank each and every one of them all that they have shown and taught me during this unforgettable part of my life.
All the professionals who work for the RFEF have shown me their love and dedication making me feel like home. Theirs are also all the successes we have achieved.
Thanks to Real Sociedad, Liverpool and Real Madrid for letting me be part of a dream. In all my clubs they have always supported me to make my dream come true.
To conclude, I wish to convey my sincere thanks to the fans. We dream together and share the glory. I have lived many unforgettable moments in which you were the main protagonists.
I wish good luck to all those who will continue working and fighting for this jersey. You will all reach new successes.
Thank you all and goodbye.
Raúl visits Ciudad Real Madrid
- The ex-Whites player watched Real Madrid’s training session and greeted the members of the squad and coaching staff. Raúl González Blanco visited Ciudad Real Madrid and watched Real Madrid’s first training session of the week. At the end of the session he spoke to the players and coaching staff.
Cristiano Ronaldo presents Florentino Pérez with a replica of his Ballon d’Or | 27.8.2014
"After the first session of the week at Ciudad Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo presented Florentino Pérez with a replica of his last Ballon d’Or. The Portuguese player took the opportunity to show his affection and gratitude to the president of Real Madrid. “To Florentino Pérez. With all my affection. Cristiano Ronaldo”, said the inscription on the trophy’s plaque." x
“My cycle at Real Madrid has come to an end. Impossible to write down what I felt here. I want to share my feelings. In these four years I had the honor to wear this shirt, I felt nothing but pride. Today I have to go, but I want to make clear that it has never been my desire to leave Real Madrid. I only asked for fair things. I value many things, money isn’t one. I’ve been lucky enough to share a dressing room with fantastic players, who have been even better companions. I want to apologize for the times I was wrong, on or off the pitch. It was never my intention to harm anyone. I sweated for this shirt every game as if it was my last game. I want to thank Spain for everything they gave me and especially for allowing my daughter to be born. My wife, daughter and I will be forever grateful. I wish that Real Madrid has a great season and achieves all their objectives. I will never forget the game at the Bernabeu in the Supercopa where I received an immense ovation.
Hala Madrid until forever!”
- Angel Di Maria
The striking new kit has been designed by Japanese design revolutionary and long term adidas collaborator Yohji Yamamoto, bringing together a global design legend with one of the biggest football clubs in the world. The design collaboration aims to unify the values of Madridismo focused on its two main elements, greatness and determination. Both elements are represented by two mythical beasts which originate from the Eastern culture.
King Dragon symbolizes the greatness, glory and power of the club, Bird Dragon, an animal that is able to relive the most hostile situations, represents the club’s resistance, determination and agility on its way to the victory.
King Dragon - the greatness, the glory, the greatness, the one who leads
Bird Dragon - agility, perseverance, give everything until the last moment, rise from the ashes
Karim Benzema (30’) and Cristiano Ronaldo (90’) secure the 3 points in Real Madrid’s first La Liga game of the season.
REAL MADRID 2-0 CORDOBA CF
Iker Casillas + ice bucket challenge [x]
James Rodriguez scores his first goal (81’) for Real Madrid in the Bernabéu, during the 1st leg of the Supercopa.
Real Madrid 1-1 Atlético Madrid
Real Madrid honours legend Alfredo Di Stéfano, who died in July 2014.