After finishing third in La Liga last season, Real Madrid are hell bent on reclaiming what they feel is rightfully theirs... With Madrid rumoured to be closing in on the signature of Falcao, their attack will have rivals cast envious eyes over the Bernabeu.
March proved to be a profitable month for a number of the strikers across Europe's top 5 leagues, with WhoScored.com looking at those that have recently hit a purple patch at club level. There were as many as 12 players that scored in at least 4 league matches over the 31 days - an achievement that we felt was worth recognition.
The emergence of players such as Arjen Robben, Eden Hazard and Cristiano Ronaldo in the modern game has taken the pressure off of today's strikers to an extent and so we don't really see your Henrys and van Nistelrooys firing clubs to greatness.
Sometimes, you catch sight of a headline and, as you feel your eyebrows heading for your hairline, you wonder to yourself: "Did I really read that right?" Such a headline caught my notice the other day. "Cristiano Ronaldo opens a museum in his own honour in Madeira, Portugal", it read.
I'm very confident that if you were to put Ronaldo in the Barcelona squad he would have the same effect as Messi, albeit in his own style. But, and I'm sure people will disagree with this, if you put Messi in a Real Madrid shirt, would he have the same effect? My thought is no. In fact, I'd be willing to bet that he would be less effective at almost any other team in the world.
"A World Cup without me is nothing to watch", bold words spoken by the legend that is Zlatan Ibrahimoivic after he and his Sweden teammates' hopes of making it to next summer's World Cup were dashed by Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal...
With the dust only just settling on the most illustrious managerial career in football, it's been hard to find a bad word written about Sir Alex Ferguson. However, now he's officially retired, the time has come to examine some of his lesser moments.
I found this in an old notebook the other day, written after playing football some 7 years ago: Automatically ingrained among the formative aspirat...
The upturn in Spanish football's fortunes has been little short of remarkable, having spent most of the '90s enviously watching the seemingly inexhaustible conveyor belt of talent playing in England and Italy. However, two crucial developments in recent weeks have threatened to plunge Spanish football, both at club level and internationally, into an unprecedented disaster.
This was the match everyone was eager to see and it didn't disappoint. Enthralling in the first half thanks to Real Madrid's endeavour, intensity and quality with the ball, it became a more intriguing tactical battle after the break, and although Manchester United will be delighted with the result and an away goal, there were more than enough promising signs from the Spaniards to fill them with confidence ahead of the return leg.
United fans of any generation saw things you people wouldn't believe. The counter-attack versus Bolton, the free-kick against Portsmouth, the Exocet away at Porto, the destruction of Arsenal... Cristiano Ronaldo was the best since Best.
When Benzema is on form, there is no doubt that Madrid play better. Higuaín may have a superior goals-to-game ratio but the Frenchman offers much more and, if given a run of games, will no doubt follow it with a run of goals.
Round 12 in La Liga kicks off in Pamplona with Osasuna facing Champions League side Malaga. The hosts will go into this game after beating Espanyol last week but still sitting rock bottom of the table, while Manuel Pellegrini's side have struggled to balance their European exploits and league form
Baring their distressed souls with great reluctance, Ronaldo and Cesc exposed their terrible sadness only a week ago, asking for sympathy, understanding...and while you're at it, maybe some first team football and a new contract.
I'll be more than happy to belt out "Flower of Scotland" if Andy Murray can take that final step into the realms of greatness on Sunday. After all, my ginger hair would suggest I've more in common with Murray than I do with Ronaldo.
Football is a game of opinions. It is often remarkable to compare and contrast the player ratings in two different newspapers. I can recall seeing Glen Hoddle interviewed once and complaining that one particular paper had lambasted him for fielding a five-man midfield.