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Notes & Quotes: October 11, 2018

Hazard backs Modric for Ballon D’Or, Inter concedes defeat in Modric pursuit and Real Madrid are suing a Portuguese newspaper

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Eden Hazard picks Modric to win Ballon D’Or

With the Ballon D’Or shortlist announced recently the discussion is now heating up about who should take it home this year. Modric has at least the backing of Eden Hazard to win the honor this year.

“I don’t think I’m going to win it. In my opinion, Modric deserves it.”

“There are three to four players. I could say Varane because he won a lot too. I could deserve it too, let’s not lie.”

“But seriously, I think that Modric will win it. It is going to be a reward for his wonderful season in the Champions League and the final of the World Cup.”

Since Modric won the TheBest Men’s Player of the Year, he has become a favored finalist for the Ballon D’Or. Obviously, Hazard has to get in good graces with his future teammate by picking him to win....only joking.

Regardless of the outcome, Modric has certainly impressed many and has established himself as a top player in Europe.

Inter will not be looking at Modric in January

“I’m convinced that after having viewed these players we can be ready to add what is needed.”

“Modric is impossible in January, but we know where to look. The most important thing for the next window will be quality.”

This is a bit of relief for those who believed Modric was on his way to Inter over the summer and Inter possibly coming back for him in January. Obviously, there’s no real evidence that Modric was close to moving if he was even approached about it.

Modric vehemently denied the transfer rumors towards the end of the summer transfer window. Regardless of what actually happened, if anything, Inter don’t appear to be moving for Modric in the winter and will look for quality elsewhere.

Real Madrid suing Portuguese newspaper over Ronaldo allegations

Real Madrid revealed earlier Thursday that they will be suing Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã. The outlet claimed, using anonymous sources, that Real Madrid pressured Ronaldo into reaching an out-of-court settlement with Katherine Mayorga back in 2009.

Correio reported that this took place while Ronaldo was in the process of making his transfer to the club from Manchester United. Real released a club statement regarding this published story.

“Real Madrid C. F. can today announce that the club has taken legal action against the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha for publishing categorically false information in an effort to seriously damage the image of this club. Real Madrid has absolutely no knowledge of any of the information that the newspaper published with regard to the player Cristiano Ronaldo, and therefore the club was unable to take action on a matter of which it had no knowledge. Real Madrid has demanded total rectification of the situation from the aforementioned newspaper.”

With ESPN’s story saying that Correio’s report cited unnamed sources, a huge red flag is raised with the Portuguese outlet. In any credible journalistic article or report, sources are named and cited to back up the journalist. This screams fabrication when you don’t reveal your sources, if there even are any, it absolutely questions the credibility and integrity of the article and the newspaper.

Looking around at what Portuguese fans have said about this outlet, many question their integrity and liken them to the Sun, it is indeed a tabloid. This does indeed directly damage Real’s image, whether true or false, and these are big claims that Correio is making. Accusing a club of pressuring a player into reaching a settlement over rape allegations is a huge deal if true, which is why Real are challenging this immediately.

I’m intrigued to see the outcome should this go to court, it appears that way since Real is indeed suing the newspaper. Of course, the result will be reported here when it happens.

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