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BARCELONA, Spain -- FIFA president Sepp Blatter may have thought joking about Cristiano Ronaldo was all in good fun, but the Portugal forward and Real Madrid have certainly taken offence. Alen Halilovic Jersey . Madrid asked Blatter on Tuesday to apologize for having mocked Ronaldo while praising Barcelona rival Lionel Messi at a recent event in England. Blatter had told an audience at Oxford University that Ronaldo "is like a commander on the field of play" before strutting around the stage to the laughs of the students in attendance. Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said that club president Florentino Perez had sent a letter to Blatter asking him to "rectify what I consider a lack of respect for a serious and professional player." Blatter later responded by saying Ronaldo was an "exceptional" player. In a statement provided to the AP, FIFA said that Blatter had "confirmed in letters sent to Real Madrid CF as well as the Portuguese Football Association that Cristiano Ronaldo is an exceptional player - as he had already mentioned at the Oxford University event last Friday, and on many other occasions." While slighting Ronaldo during the public event, Blatter said he preferred Messi, the Argentina forward who has won FIFAs world player of the year award for the past four years. Ronaldo won the award in 2008, finishing second in voting behind Messi in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Ronaldo took Blatters stinging words, and mimicry, to heart, and apparently wasnt convinced by Blatters attempt at making amends. "This video shows clearly the respect and consideration that FIFA has for me, for my club and my country," Ronaldo wrote on his Facebook page late Tuesday. "Much is explained now. I wish Mr. Blatter health and a long life, with the certainty that he will continue to witness, as he deserves, the successes of his favourite teams and players." Earlier on Tuesday, FIFA included Ronaldo and Messi on its list of 23 finalists for this years world player of the year award. The list will be pared down to three players in early December. "Messi is a good boy, that every father and every mother would like to have at home," Blatter told the Oxford crowd. "Hes a kind man, a good boy. Thats what makes him so popular, and naturally hell always get a lot of votes because he plays well and scores goals." Then, while comparing Messi and Ronaldo, Blatter made a joke about Ronaldos hair. "They dont have the same attitude and that gives life to football. One has more expenses for the hairdresser than the other but that doesnt matter," Blatter said. Ancelotti defended Ronaldos character. "I completely agree with the president (Perez)," Ancelotti said. "I havent spoken to Ronaldo about this. I think he shows every day and in every match that he is a serious and professional player that respects everyone." Ronaldo also received support in Portugal. Portuguese football federation president Fernando Gomes said Ronaldo is "often misunderstood because hes forthright and honest," and that his frankness sometimes "gives rise to a negative image which isnt him." The spat is bound to strengthen the belief among some Madrid fans and sections of the Madrid-based sports media that FIFA has a bias for Barcelona and Messi. Former Madrid coach Jose Mourinho snubbed FIFAs awards gala for the past two years while he was at the Spanish club, as did Ronaldo in 2012. Mourinho accused Barcelona of receiving help from FIFA referees in ousting Madrid from the 2011 Champions League semifinals. Xavi Hernandez Jersey .J. Ellis have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract. Enzo Roco Chile Jersey . Maricopa County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick says thats the finding from an autopsy conducted Thursday by the county Medical Examiners Office. . He left in the 4th inning of Saturdays game against the Tigers after experiencing tightness. Reyes and the team still hope that he will be ready for Opening Day in Tampa Bay in one week.CALGARY - Chalk up yet another third period comeback for the Calgary Flames.Led by Lance Boumas first career two-goal game, the Flames scored four times in a furious final 20 minutes Saturday night to overcome a 2-0 deficit and win 4-2 over the Edmonton Oilers.It is the league-leading ninth time Calgary has won a game when trailing after two periods. Its also a franchise record.We just knew going into that third period that our third is always our best and we had a chance to win it and we knew those were two big points, said Bouma. Weve done it a lot this year and we definitely have the belief in here going into the third period, whether were down by three or down by two, that we can come back in the game.Adding to the drama, the Flames had been shutout in its previous five periods.Guys never quit. As soon as we got one, there was electricity on the bench and guys were moving, said Calgary coach Bob Hartley. Guys show confidence. Were not scared of being down in the score, it doesnt rattle us. We find a way to get those big wins.Calgary has scored 62 third period goals, which also leads the NHL. The 32 goals against is also No. 1 in the league.Paul Byron got the comeback started after deflecting in Mason Raymonds shot at 2:56 for his first goal in 29 games.The sell-out Scotiabank Saddledome crowd of 19,289 then erupted when Bouma tied it 2-2 at 6:16, snapping a shot through the pads of Ben Scrivens.The go-ahead goal came 2:33 after that on a power play. Sean Monahan tried to centre a pass but instead the puck deflected past Scrivens off the skate of Oilers defenceman Keith Aulie.It was the team-leading 16th goal for the 20-year-old sophomore. Four have them have been game-winners.We werent ready to play in the third, summed up Scrivens. How many times do we have to go through it before we learn our lesson? Hopefully its this one.Jordan Eberle, who had a goal and an assist, says the team only has itself to blame.It was simple mistakes. We shot ourselves in the foot tonight, said Eberle. We turned a couple pucks over and I mean, its just been kind of the same case. Every guy in the room has done it. Myself, a lot of guys. It seems like every night theres a couple plays that shoot us and thats where we lost.Bouma wrapped up the barrage at 16:27 converting a two-on-one pass from Mikael Backlund.The 24-year-old had a couple chances for the hat-trick when Edmonton pulled the goalie but he couldnt get it in. Pablo Hernandez Jersey. wo empty nets. I dont know what happened, probably got a little excited but thats the way it goes, but Ill take the two, said Bouma, who has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his last nine games. Its always nice to contribute whenever you can. Obviously right now, were rolling and its been a fun go here lately, we just have to keep it going.It was an important victory for Calgary (27-20-3). It moves the club three points up on the Los Angeles Kings, who are chasing the Flames for the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.Benoit Pouliot also scored for Edmonton (13-28-9), who remains second-last in the NHLs overall standings, four points up on Buffalo.I think they came out and played for the win. They went after it and I think obviously we were on our heels too much, just kind of waiting to win. That doesnt work, said Oilers captain Andrew Ference.Jonas Hiller had 17 stops for Calgary to improve his record to 15-14-2 while Scrivens had 29 saves for Edmonton, falling to 9-17-7.Edmonton struck first, opening the scoring at 2:43 on its second shot of the game.Off a faceoff in the Flames end, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins out worked Matt Stajan for the puck, knocking it into the slot where Eberle put a quick shot past Hiller.It was the fifth game in a row Calgary has given up the first goal.Eberle then set up Pouliot at 11:41 for his 11th goal.Going back to New Years Eve, Eberle has 11 points- including seven goals in his last 13 games.Pouliot has been hot also with eight goals in his last dozen games since returning from a broken foot, which sidelined him for 18 games.Notes: The Flames had gone 105:28 without a goal until Byron scored... The Oilers last three-game road winning streak was Mar. 23 to Apr. 1, 2012... Jiri Hudler (ill), tied for the Flames lead in point, did not play. In his spot, 25-year-old David Wolf made his NHL debut. However, Wolf (lower body) left the game in the third period and didnt return... Aulie played for the first time since taking a match penalty on New Years Eve for a hit on Flames C Matt Stajan. Suspended two games for the incident, hes been a healthy scratch since but drew in Saturday for injured D Nikita Nikitin (shoulder). Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '


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