Cristiano Ronaldo has amassed numerous individual accolades over his career but now Forbes have named him the world's richest athlete for 2016, taking the crown from Floyd Mayweather to place ahead of Lionel Messi and Lebron James.
Real Madrid take on Valladolid on Saturday with coach Juan Ignacio Martinez claiming his side will need "1,000 eyes" to handle los Blancos star-studded attack.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men have scored 40 league goals already this season and a staggering 20 in their last four Liga games and Martinez is wary ahead of the clash.
"Madrid leave you with very few options,” he was quoted as saying by Marca.
“It's clear they are superior and we know it will be difficult, but in football nothing is impossible, although we will have to go out there with a thousand eyes because in the game last Wednesday they scored four goals with one less player".
He may alledgedly spend more time in the hairdresser's, but boy does that Ronaldo know how to score goals!
After being satirised by Fifa president Sepp Blatter, who claimed Ronaldo was a commander on the pitch before doing a silly walk, the Portuguese made sure he had the last laugh by bagging a hat-trick on a crazy night in Madrid.
Gareth Bale scored twice, and set up another two, on a fine night for the Welshman (even if there was a comedy dive thrown in for good measure), while Karim Benzema hit two of his own.
Ronaldo, backed by the cheers of every home fan at the Santiago Bernabeu, marked his first goal of the night with the kind of salute fitting of a true field commander - over to you, Sepp!
Spain continued their domination of world football on Tuesday when their
Under-21 side defeated Italy in the final of the European Championship
Thiago Alcantara netted a first-half hat-trick, with
Malaga playmaker Isco also on the scoresheet to cap a sensational
tournament on a personal level, in the 4-2 victory.
likes of Xavi, Carles Puyol, Iker Casillas and Fernando Torres
approaching the end of their time with the full national side, Spain
fans need not fear as their production line continues to churn out the
next generation of superstars.
In a stark contrast to last summer, Manchester City are stepping up their efforts to get their business done in good time before the new campaign gets underway.
The Premier League runners-up announced the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk on Thursday, and the club are close to confirming the arrival of Jesus Navas from Sevilla.
Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, Malaga's Isco and Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara remain City's summer targets, while the club are still to confirm the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager.