World Football Gossip Roundup: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Radamel Falcao
As Americans head to the polls to elect a president on Tuesday, Cristiano Ronaldo knows who would get his vote. You know, if he were American and not Portuguese.
So is Ronnie an Obama man or a Romney fan? Keep reading this Tuesday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup to find out.
Inside, we also have updates on Lionel Messi's so-called disagreement with a young teammate, Chelsea's pursuit of Radamel Falcao and Daniele De Rossi's situation at AS Roma.
Cristiano Ronaldo Would Vote For…?
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We have two pieces of voting information regarding Real Madrid and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
"If I could, I'd vote for myself," Ronaldo told France Football. "I am what I am and I'm happy with that. Being too humble isn't good. In Portugal we say that too much humility is vanity."
Ronaldo is on the 23-man shortlist for the award, the winner of which will be announced in January.
Second, Ronaldo says he would vote for incumbent Barack Obama in Tuesday's American presidential election (via a CNN exclusive).
"I like the way he speaks with people, his communication—I think it's always firm what he says—and I would like to meet him because he's an honest person," Ronaldo said.
Ronaldo, who is Portuguese, cannot vote in Tuesday's election.
Marc Bartra: No Problem with Messi
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Barcelona defender Marc Bartra says he never had a problem with superstar forward Lionel Messi (via Marca).
Bartra, 21, drew criticism from Messi for making a tough challenge during training near the beginning of the season. But Bartra has played down the significance of the incident.
"It has been blown out of all proportion," he said. "The subject has now been closed, and there's no point talking about it any further. Everything is fine and there are no problems. Nothing happened."
Bartra has represented Spain nine times at the under-21 level.
Chelsea Shift Attention Away from Radamel Falcao?
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Chelsea have shifted their interest from Radamel Falcao, whom the club view as too expensive. The Blues are now interested in Marseille's Loic Remy and Porto's Jackson Martinez (via Daily Mirror).
Falcao, a 26-year-old Colombian international, scored 36 goals in all competitions last season for Atletico Madrid and has scored 13 so far this term. He is reportedly valued around £46 million.
Remy, a 25-year-old French international, scored 12 league goals last season and is valued around £15 million.
Martinez, a 26-year-old Colombian international, joined Porto from Jaguares in the summer.
Roma Will Listen to Offers for Daniele De Rossi?
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AS Roma will listen to offers for veteran midfielder Daniele De Rossi this January, according to The Sun.
De Rossi, 29, has been linked repeatedly with Manchester City. Recent reports have suggested De Rossi and Roma manager Zdenek Zeman have experienced a falling out.
The Sun quotes Franco Baldini, Roma's general manager, as saying: “In the summer there was an offer made by Manchester City. We listened to that offer and considered it. If we were to get another offer we would listen again.”
The Sun claims that De Rossi is valued at £30 million.
Andre Santos Apologizes to Arsenal Fans
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Brazilian defender Andre Santos has apologized to Arsenal fans for swapping shirts with Robin van Persie at halftime of the Gunners' 2-1 loss to Manchester United over the weekend (via The Guardian).
Manager Arsene Wenger defended Santos, 29, saying the practice is common for South American players.
Van Persie left Arsenal for Manchester United in the summer and scored the opening goal in Saturday's match.