Iker Casillas and Sergio Romo hoist the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy.
words // Nick Engvall
This time of year, soccer fans have about as many choices as you can get when it comes to seeing quality matches take place. From friendly matches, to playoffs, and everything in between – it took place this week and is sure to get better as the MLS playoffs arrive and UEFA Champions League action picks up next month.
Real Madrid stole the show in the latest Soccer Watch by winning their seventh consecutive Santiago Bernabeu Cup. Although considered a friendly, and set up by Real Madrid, the 2-1 victory over the Turkish Galatasaray SK club was definitely entertaining. Other action included a Barcelona workout this week where Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas were spotted. The UEFA Europa League Playoffs were in full swing, and in the U.S., the Major League Soccer action moves just a few weeks from the end of the regular season.
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Sergio Ramos controls the ball with his Nike Total90 cleats.
Cristiano Ronaldo makes a run in his signature CR7 boots.
Tom Huddlestone of Tottenham in the adidas adiPURE.
Jonathan Spector of Birmingham City does his best “gangsta lean” impersonation in the adidas adiPower Predator.
Lionel Messi in the adidas F50 adiZero during a practice session.
At the same Barcelona practice session, Cesc Fabregas wearing Nike soccer cleats.
Francesco Totti of AS Roma wearing all-black Nike boots in the UEFA Europa League playoffs.
Peter Stepanovsky celebrates a goal for SK Slovan Bratislava in the Europa League playoffs wearing the F50 adiZero.
Sal Zizzo of the Portland, wearing Nike Mercurial cleats, takes a shot on goal against Chivas USA.
Lionel Messi sneaks one past Iker Casillas and Cristiano Ronaldo.
words // Nick Engvall
The debate about the world’s greatest athletes is always subjective. Most of the time, as fans, our dedication to our favorite players and teams is a heavy influence on our belief of who is best. When it comes to the greatest soccer player in the world, often times two names are most often brought up, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Luckily for fans of these players and the sport of soccer, Ronaldo and Messi are often on the same pitch, as the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona, is one that is a frequent match up. This week the Supercup brought the two sides together again, and unfortunately the competitiveness of both sides led to a bench-clearing shoving match that took away from the 5-4 aggregate win for Lionel Messi and Barcelona. The win marks the 10th victory in Spain’s Supercup for Barcelona.
Check out the latest Soccer Watch coverage below courtesy of Yahoo.
Cristiano Ronaldo in his signature Nike soccer cleats.
Cesc Fabregas makes his Barca debut in the Nike Total90 Laser.
Iker Casillas wearing Reebok soccer cleats.
Lionel Messi celebrates one of his goals in the adidas adiZero F50.
Carlos Marchena of Villareal controls the ball in the adidas adiPower Predator.
Gareth Bale of Tottenham in the adidas F50 adiZero.
Dominic Odura of Chicago Fire in wearing PUMA soccer cleats.
Brandon McDonald of DC United makes a pass in the latest Nike soccer cleats.
Graham Zusi of Sporting Kansas City in the adiPower Predator.
Shalrie Joseph of the Revolution wearing adidas soccer shoes.
This weekend was busy for the sport of soccer, with matches taking place in what seemed to be every league around the globe. Highlights from this weekend include Chivas USA with a 1-0 victory over DC United in MLS action, Real Madrid and Mallorca battling to a scoreless draw in the Spanish La Liga match, as well as AC Milan with a big 4-0 win against Lecce in Series A action.
One of the most highly anticipated of the weekend’s action was the teaming of two of the biggest stars in the world of soccer, David Villa of the World Cup winning Spanish National team making his La Liga debut joining forces with Lionel Messi on the Barcelona team. Each of the superstars put a goal in as Barcelona defeated Racing de Santandor 3-0.
Check out some of the images from around the world below.
Ronaldinho of AC Milan wearing the Nike Tiempo.
Pato of AC Milan wearing the latest colorway from the Nike Mercurial line.
Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid wearing the Nike Superfly.
Mesut Ozil wearing the latest colorway from the Nike Mercurial line.
Jose Carlos Nunes wearing the PUMA V1.10.
Lionel Messi controls the ball wearing theadidas F50 adiZero for Barcelona.
David Villa of Barcelona in the adidas F50 adiZero.
Justin Braun of Chivas USA wearing the Nike Total 90 Laser.
Marcelo Saragosa of Chivas and Jaime Moreno of DC United wearing the adidas F50 adiZero.
Jaime Moreno of DC United wearing the adidas F50 adiZero.
Carlos Tevez of Manchester City wearing the Nike Tiempo.