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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Ronaldo, Moggi and Wigan Spitting Row

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In this week’s review section, we congratulate Ronaldo, while former Juventus boss is jailed and Wigan defender causes a spitting row. You can listen to these and other stories on our weekly podcast and can find explanations of key vocabulary in bold below, or highlighted in blue.


He may not be as popular – or even as good – as Leo Messi but Real Madrid and Portugal striker Ronaldo has been a scoring sensation since his move from Manchester United to the Spanish capital two years ago. He scored yet another hat-trick for Madrid last weekend, this time against hapless Osasuna, which was his twelfth for the club and bringing his total for los Blancos to an incredible 103 in only 106 games. A remarkable feat indeed.


Former Juventus boss Luciano Moggi was sentenced this week to a five year sentence for his role in the match-fixing scandal known as calciopoli in 2006. Moggi was accused of attempting to influence matches and was subsequently banned from football for life. His club Juventus were relegated to the second division of Italian football as a punishment in 2006. Moggi’s lawyers are to appeal against the decision.


Paraguayan international defender and Wigan player Alcaraz has been banned for three games after being found guilty of spitting at a Wolves player during their Premier League clash last weekend. Alcaraz was caught on camera and so the Premier League suspended him for struggling Wigan’s next three matches. Pretty ugly indeed.


a scoring sensation: A scoring machine; has scored many goals

hapless: Not very good at all, weak, a poor team

feat: an achievement

match-fixing: To try and change or affect the result of a game

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