first_img The Chilean said: “I think we have the best squad in England. “We bought four important players, we already had a very good team and with these four players I think we improved a lot. “We hope that from the first match against Newcastle at home we will start winning, and we will try to bring another trophy here.” The event also saw defender Pablo Zabaleta receive the club’s player of the year award for 2012-13 and the Argentinian also spoke of his confidence for the year ahead. He said: “I can guarantee to everyone that we have been working really hard in pre-season and we are very hungry for more trophies, and we aim to win something this season. “The atmosphere in the dressing room is great. We wish the new manager and all his staff the very best of luck for the future.” City finished runners-up to rivals Manchester United last season and suffered a shock loss to Wigan in the FA Cup final. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has emphasised his confidence for the new season by hailing his squad as the best in the Barclays Premier League. Pellegrini, who took charge at the Etihad Stadium this summer, has inherited a squad that has been bolstered by the signings of Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic for a combined near-£90million cost. Pellegrini gave his opinions on stage during a question and answer session for fans at the club’s season launch party in Manchester city centre. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgPortugal and Juventus striker, Cristiano Ronaldo continued his pursuit of the all-time international goalscoring record after a scoring a hattrick in Portugal’s 6 – 0 rout of Lithuania in Euro 2020 qualifying.This took him to 98 goals on the international stage as the Selecção das Quinas took another step towards qualifying for the Euros.The 34-year-old registered his first goal of the night, converting cooly a penalty in the 7th minute of the game at the Estadio Algarve.He doubled his tally fifteen minutes later hitting a beautiful curler to find the top left corner.The ex-Real Madrid star grabbed the match ball after perfectly placing the ball beyond the Lithuanian goalkeeper.Career record•9th international hattrick (most in history).• 55th career hattrick (most out of any active player).• 98 international goals (2nd most ever).• 32 goals in 2019 (13 straight years of 30+ goals)Cristiano Ronaldo goals breakdownSporting Lisbon (2002-2003) – 5 goalsManchester United (2003-2009) – 118 goalsReal Madrid (2009-2018) –  450 goalsJuventus (2018-present) – 34 goalsPortugal (2003-present) – 98 goalsTotal: 705 goalsWatch his goals here:last_img read more