Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid were arguably the star performers with a stunning 4-1 away victory at La Liga high flyers Valencia. The performance was a far fling from the recent doom and gloom that has enveloped the Bernabeu that has seen Los Blancos fall 19 points behind table toppers Barcelona!
At the forefront of all of the fans and media’s ire in recent times has been the misfiring Cristiano Ronaldo, who before the weekend had only scored 6 goals in 15 appearances. Not bad, but a long way from the high standards that the Portuguese star has set himself in recent times along with his arch nemesis, Lionel Messi (£8.13) who this season has 20 goals in 21 games.
But this weekend CR7 rolled back the years by winning the all important decisive penalty for the first goal, before converting and then adding a second soon after in the victory. This was a performance that Indexers had been waiting for and as he romped home with the star player and 18p in match day dividends (12p Forward / 6p Star Player) his price rocketed, up 18p on Saturday to highs of £5.83.
Despite such a standout performance from Zidane’s men, their season seems to hinge on the Champions League tie with PSG, that kicks off in Valentines Day. Having been knocked out of the Copa Del Rey last week and being so far behind Barcelona in La Liga the pressure is building on the current Champions League holders to save their season, but this hasn’t stopped the rumours circulating about what looks like being a huge summer of transfer activity.
One rumour that won’t go away is the links with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (£5.18) who is perennially linked with a move to the Spanish capital. These links have helped fuel a boom in his price this weekend as he has risen by 51p in the last week smashing back through the £5 market. Likewise, the rumours around Neymar (£9.05) will not disappear! This one will surely build towards the Valentines match up!
It appears that everything is heightened at Real Madrid at the moment and traders have begun looking at what they are going to do in the summer! Who will they move for?