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The important Major League Soccer player : Sebastian Giovinco

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The 27-year-old Italian playmaker’s spurning of top European clubs to join Toronto FC could signal a new era and identity for MLS.

The numbers have left observers scratching their heads. The Atomic Ant will earn a mountain of money. A reported $7 million per year or so for each of the next five years.

Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC’s latest mega-signing, will make more than Kaka, Frank Lampard,David Villa, Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane or any of the league’s other bona fide stars. He’ll make more than David Beckham or Thierry Henry ever did here. He’ll also make more than U.S. national team stalwarts Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, who were lured home at great expense.

All for Sebastian Giovinco, the tiny 5-foot-5 playmaker who turned out not to be the next Alessandro Del Piero as he and Juventus and all of Italy had hoped.

Yet on the strange and twisted grading curve set by the long list of pricey Designated Players signed by MLS since Beckham arrived in 2007 – leaving aside for a moment the fact that the league minimum was still only $36,500 in 2014 – Giovinco actually represents good value for that amount of money.

He isn’t a true star, the way all of the aforementioned are or were, whether at home or in Europe. He doesn’t add that cachet and won’t sell tickets on his own. But in a lot of ways, he could be the league’s most important signing since Beckham.

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Giovinco, after all, is only 27. And word has it he had options. According to the well-informed Toronto Sun, he could have signed with Arsenal, Tottenham, Fiorentina and Monaco. The English press – actually far less reliable on transfer matters – claims he had also drawn interest from Liverpool and Chelsea. In other words, Giovinco is a player in his prime who was in high demand among some of Europe’s biggest clubs. Some of the other, bigger names to land in MLS could have easily stayed in Europe as well, but none had more good games in front of them than behind. Giovinco just might.

Toronto probably paid above market rate – although Giovinco will be out of contract in July and therefore won’t necessitate a transfer fee. But the point is they got him.

As TFC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko put it to the Sun: “ Anything is possible now. ”

That sort of goes for the whole league.

The Giovinco signing suggests that not all of Europe’s elite talent thinks of MLS as a place to go later on, when the Champions League starts to move a little fast for them and their families are sick of the paparazzi. And if they did think that way, they now probably don’t anymore.

For that reason alone, Giovinco could well prove worth every penny.

Zidane thinks Ronaldo should win more Ballon d’Or titles than Messi

 

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Iconic French midfielder Zinedine Zidane believes that Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo will finish his career with more Ballon d’Or titles than his Barcelona rival, Lionel Messi.

The Real Madrid star was crowned the world’s best player of 2014 in January for the third time overall, leaving him one behind his Barcelona counterpart.

However, Zidane insists there is more to come from the 29-year-old and feels he can overtake the Argentine when it comes to winning the accolade.

“ Ronaldo will win more Ballons d’Or. ” he told reporters.

“ What he is doing is from another planet. If this continues, he will improve even further and may end up winning more than Messi. ”

The former Madrid star and France international had a lot to say about compatriot Karim Benzema, who he feels is a pivotal player for Los Blancos.

Zidane said: “ He is another very important player. Sometimes it is discussed whether to change to him to a No.9 for Madrid and it’s wrong. All wrong. ”

“ He is not a player who will score 60 goals a year like Cristiano, but thanks to his quality, he links up with everyone and always makes the moves that the team needs.”

“ Very few in the world can do that. ”

Ronaldo has edged ahead of Messi in recent years, as the pair continue to battle for the title of the best player on the planet. In the last season and a half, the Portuguese star has won four major honours, including the Champions League, and scored 87 goals in 77 games.

In contrast, Messi has won nothing, and managed 69 goals in 72 games. Of course, his goal tally his still beyond outstanding, but their differing fortunes emphasises how the momentum has swung between the two over the last 18 months.

A whole series of records have been smashed by Ronaldo since his arrival at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, including the most goals scored in a single season (60), most hat-tricks in a season (7), fastest player to 250 official goals, and the first player to score in eight consecutive games.

“ Me as the future first-team coach? We will see. ” said Zidane. ” For now, I’m with the Castilla and I’m fine. we will see what happens in the future. ”

Cristiano Ronaldo hits a double as Real Madrid stays ahead of the Ranking

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice either side of a Gareth Bale strike as Real Madrid ran out 3-0 winners over Getafe in La Liga on Sunday.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo congratulates his teammate Gareth Bale after scoring a goal against Getafe during their Spanish first division soccer match at Colisseum Alfonso Perez stadium in GetafeIt was hardly a vintage performance from the European champions, who have stumbled at the start of 2015 and were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Atlético Madrid on Thursday, and they failed to score in the first half of a La Liga game for the first time this season.

Ronaldo broke the deadlock on a chilly afternoon at the Coliseum in the 63rd minute, clipping the ball in from close range after excellent work from Karim Benzema.

Bale made it 2-0 four minutes later when he finished off a swift break and Ronaldo grabbed his second 11 minutes from time with a powerful header, the Portugal forward’s 28th goal of the campaign in his 17th appearance.

Getafe battled bravely against their glamorous city neighbours, with their goalkeeper Jordi Codina on fine form, and almost pulled a goal back four minutes from time but a shot from Álvaro Vázquez bounced away off a post.

Real, who have a game in hand, have 45 points from 18 matches, with Barça on 41 ahead of their clash at Deportivo La Coruna later on Sunday.

Ronaldo sent a fizzing free-kick just wide of Codina’s right-hand post, but did not have to wait long to double his tally, getting on the end of another brilliant cross from Madrid’s Colombian star to head home and seal a comfortable win for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

Valencia and the champions Atlético, who host the bottom side Granada on Sunday, are level on 38 points, with Valencia ahead on goal difference after Saturday’s 3-2 win at home to Almería.