Real Madrid player prefers Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo

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Deportivo La Coruna midfielder and Real Madrid loanee, Fede Valverde has said that if he had to make a choice between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, he would opt for the Barcelona genius.

The 19-year old, who only recently made his national debut for Uruguay, attended a campus organised by the University of A Coruna in collaboration with Deportivo, and made the comment during a question and answer session with children aged between 4-12.

As quoted by Marca, he then went on to say: “Thank God I have had the opportunity to share with very beautiful and dreamed moments with great players.”

Talking about his journey as a footballer until now, Valverde said: “My career is short and I have played in a few clubs.”

“I made my debut for Penarol when I was 16 years old and it was an unforgettable moment, that marked me for a lifetime.

“At 18 I traveled to Spain to join Madrid and now I am here [at Depor].”

Deportivo are currently in 19th position in La Liga and are in danger of relegation with just nine matches left to play.

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Koke urges Isco to join Atletico Madrid if Real Madrid nightmare continues

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Koke is a big admirer of club rival and international teammate Isco.

Atlético Madrid midfielder Koke says Isco should cross the Madrid derby divide if he is not happy at Real Madrid.

Koke was full of praise for Isco after the latter’s hat-trick for Spain against Argentina, which came despite his struggles for form at club level.

“I think Isco is great, when he plays for us (Spain) he is the best and is playing at a spectacular level,” Koke said.

“I don’t see him on a day to day basis, I don’t know what (Zinedine) Zidane thinks but if he doesn’t play regularly for his club then probably at Atletico he would do.”

Atlético are second in La Liga with their title charge having petered out following their loss to Barcelona this month, and their group-stage exit from the Champions League means the Europa League is the only trophy they’re in contention for.

“La Liga is almost impossible but we have to keep battling,” Koke said.

“If we cannot do it then we want to finish second and this season we want to win a trophy. In the Champions League we were not good enough and we now we want to win the Europa League.”

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'I don't know how to win Zinedine Zidane's confidence', says Isco

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Isco and Zidane.

Isco said he felt “alive” after his first career hat-trick helped Spain thrash Argentina 6-1 at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.

The Real Madrid playmaker has seen his club football limited in spells under Zinedine Zidane this season.

However, Isco produced a superb display for La Roja against Argentina, whose captain Lionel Messi again watched from the stands because of fitness concerns.

Spain had drawn 1-1 against Germany last week and have now extended their unbeaten run under coach Julen Lopetegui to 18 matches.

“In Madrid I don’t have the confidence a player needs,” Isco said in a post-match interview, as quoted by Spanish media outlet Marca.

“The matches with the national team give me life. Here I have the confidence of the coach.

“I want to show that I’m a good player. Lopetegui shows me confidence with the minutes he gives me.

“Maybe I’m the problem in Madrid. I don’t know how to win Zidane’s confidence.”

After Gonzalo Higuain shot wide early on, Diego Costa fired Spain ahead in the 13th minute, before Isco struck either side of a header from Argentina defender Nicolas Otamendi.

Thiago Alcantara added a fourth, with substitute Iago Aspas also on the scoresheet before Isco netted his third with 16 minutes left.

“Despite the result, this match wasn’t easy,” Isco added. “They made things difficult for us, they were very aggressive.

“We mustn’t forget that this is part of our preparation for the World Cup. The victory can give us a lot.”
Spain coach Lopetegui also looked to play down the final scoreline.

“It is an important victory but it does not give points in the World Cup,” he said at a press conference, as quoted on the Spain football Federation website.

“We are happy, but the World Cup has not started yet.

“Another thing is how we manage this euphoria. We know where we are, which is going calmly because we know what a World Cup is about.”

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