Former Manchester United star David Beckham has stated that he expects Wayne Rooney to deliver at the World Cup 2014. There has been intense criticism of Rooney ahead of the start of the World Cup. The England international has failed to deliver in the last few major tournaments. Even though he has won everything in club football, internationally he is yet to deliver his full potential. At 28 years of age, Rooney comes into the World Cup at the peak of his career. However, his former teammate Paul Scholes recently suggested that Rooney may be past his best.
Ryan Giggs was the last of the class of 92 to be still involved in a playing career, but he finally decided to hang up his boots after the announcement that Louis van Gaal would become the next manager of Manchester United. The glittering career that spanned more than two decades brought the Welshman an incredible 34 trophies including two Champions League minerals. He is one of the celebrated players at the club after having made more than 950 appearances in all competitions. His former teammate, David Beckham, has expressed his surprise at Giggs announced his retirement despite the player entering into his 40s.
Cristiano Ronaldo was extremely overjoyed to reach the final of the Champions League after he also broke numerous records along the way. Ronaldo scored two goals in the second leg of the semi-final with Bayern Munich.
This helped his team win the match 4-0 and the aggregate win by a score of 5-0. The two goals scored by Ronaldo helped him take his tally for this season’s Champions League to 15. This breaks the previous record held by Lionel Messi. After the match, Ronaldo was extremely happy with the record, while he also praised manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Arsenal’s Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla has revealed the North London club are interested in signing his compatriot Iker Casillas at the end of the season. The Spain international has found himself restricted to appearances in the cup competitions for Real Madrid this season after slipping behind Diego Lopez in the pecking order under Carlo Ancelotti.
With the Real boss making it clear he doesn’t see any reason to change his position in terms of his goalkeeping choice, Casillas has been linked in the transfer betting news with a move away from the Bernabeu this summer.
A few days ago, Galatasaray striker, Didier Drogba, said that he may not celebrate scoring a goal against former club, Chelsea, during last night’s Champions League match at Stamford Bridge. In the end, with his team failing to hit the target even once, the decision was taken away from him.
Just now, the football world is relatively calm in the sense that the people who are getting excited about it are generally ardent football fans. But pretty soon that will all change and the World Cup will become all-consuming and pretty frantic. There will be comprehensive media coverage and every detail will be analysed to the nth degree.
So now – while things remain calm - is the time to have a punt. But who should that be on?