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Depay: Cristiano Ronaldo is my idol

New Manchester United signing Memphis Depay says he is "honoured" to be likened to his idol Cristiano Ronaldo.

Depay will play the final match of his PSV Eindhoven career against ADO Den Haag on Sunday before completing his £25m move to Manchester United.

Depay has come to be regarded as one of the most feared wingers in European football after he followed up a successful World Cup by scoring 22 league goals for PSV. Some in his home country have labelled the 21-year-old "The Dutch Ronaldo".

The Holland international is flattered by the comparison to Real Madrid's former United forward, although he wants to carve out a history of his own with the 20-time English champions.

"It's an honour to have a name like that but you have to be real and I am down to earth," Depay told the BBC's Football Focus.

"He is my idol and a big, big player - maybe the biggest in the world.

"I watched him a lot. I look at his free-kicks and how he moves, but I am Memphis and I am going to show myself."

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins appeal over yellow card

Real Madrid's appeal against a yellow card shown to forward Cristiano Ronaldo in Wednesday's 2-0 La Liga win at Rayo Vallecano has been granted by the Spanish soccer federation, the club said on Friday.

Ronaldo was booked for Credit: PA

The federation's decision means Ronaldo, the top scorer in Spain top flight this season with 37 goals, can play in Saturday's game at home to Eibar.

It was the Portugal captain's fifth booking and would have resulted in a one-match suspension.

Ronaldo was cautioned after the referee ruled he had dived to try to win a penalty although television replays clearly showed he had been felled by a Rayo defender.

The RFEF Competition Committee has upheld the appeal submitted by Real Madrid against the yellow card shown to Cristiano Ronaldo in the match against Rayo Vallecano.

– Real Madrid statement

With a win over La Liga debutants Eibar, second-placed Real can close to within a point of leaders Barcelona, who play at fifth-placed Sevilla later on Saturday.

Real Madrid appeal Cristiano Ronaldo diving caution

Real Madrid are appealing against a one-match ban handed down to Cristiano Ronaldo in the hope that the Portuguese striker will be available to play against Eibar on Saturday.

Ronaldo was cautioned after taking a tumble in the box. Credit: PA

Ronaldo was booked for diving in the 51st minute of Wednesday's 2-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano.

Real believed he should have been awarded a penalty instead of being shown a yellow card following a challenge from Rayo defender Antonio Amaya.

The caution was Ronaldo's fifth booking, which results in an automatic one-match ban.

A statement from Real Madrid read: "Real Madrid will appeal the yellow card that Cristiano Ronaldo received in yesterday's game against Rayo in Vallecas."

Ronaldo scores eight-minute hat-trick as Real Madrid win 9-1

Ronaldo scored an eight-minute hat-trick in Real Madrid's 9-1 win Credit: Reuters

Cristiano Ronaldo scored an eight-minute hat-trick as he netted five times in Real Madrid's 9-1 win over Granada at the Bernabéu today.

The Portuguese winger scored three times before the break and bagged another two in the second half.

Wales star Gareth Bale gave Los Blancos the lead as the goal-rush began.

Karim Benzema scored twice before Robert Ibanez pulled one back for the visitors, only for Diego Mainz to net an own goal and Ronaldo hit his fifth to complete a miserable afternoon for Granada.

The win closes the gap between Real Madrid and La Liga leaders Barcelona to one point.

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Agent defends Cristiano Ronaldo birthday celebrations

Cristiano Ronaldo was happy in the end. Credit: Reuters

Agent Jorge Mendes has defended Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo for celebrating his birthday just hours after a crushing 4-0 defeat to rivals Atletico Madrid.

The Portuguese forward was criticised after being pictured during a party to celebrate his 30th birthday.

He (Ronaldo) was very angry. Any player that loses a game and more so, Ronaldo, who is a great professional, who continues to be the best professional in the world, would be angry.

The fact is that his birthday party had been organised more than a month ago and he had family coming from abroad.

He didn't want to cancel out of respect for the people that came.

What is inadmissible is that somebody takes advantage of a private affair to release a video.

Ronaldo was devastated after the defeat and people spent two hours trying to cheer him up.

– Jorge Mendes speaking to Cadena Ser
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