Gareth Bale set to return from injury for Real Madrid


Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that Gareth Bale will return to his side’s squad for Saturday’s La Liga game at home to Celta Vigo. Bale, 26, has not featured for Real since suffering a calf injury in January, and will be a significant boost to their ailing season. “Gareth will be in the squad tomorrow,” Zidane said at ...

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Barcelona beat Vallecano 5-1 to set La Liga record

History maker: Lionel Messi has the most La Liga hat-tricks (35) together with Cristiano Ronaldo

Barcelona broke a 27-year old Spanish record by going 35 games unbeaten in all competitions this season after thrashing nine-man Rayo Vallecano. Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as the hosts fell apart after Ivan Rakitic’s opener, a result of a goalkeeper error. Diego Llorente was sent off in between two Messi goals before Manucho replied. Manuel Iturra then saw red ...

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Zidane pleased with Real Madrid commitment at Levante


Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane praised his side’s commitment after they won 3-1 at Levante without a number of first-team players. Real made four enforced changes with players injured and suspended from the team that lost 1-0 at home to Atletico Madrid on Saturday. However, 18-year-old Borja Mayoral shone on his first La Liga start as did Lucas Vazquez and ...

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Madrid edge past Levante


Below strength Real Madrid did enough to take three points from their visit to La Liga’s bottom side Levante. Ronaldo netted just past the half-hour mark after Lucas Orban tripped Lucas Perez in the penalty area, about as clear a penalty as there’s likely to be. But Levante more than held their own and indeed, Keylor Navas, on his return ...

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Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema ruled out for at least three weeks


Real Madrid are set to be without Karim Benzema for at least the next three weeks after he suffered a hamstring injury. Benzema, who has scored 19 goals for Real this season, was taken off at half-time during the 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid on Saturday. It was a result that saw Atletico close the gap on leaders Barcelona to ...

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Our players would never say what Ronaldo said – Barcelona Vice President


Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre has criticised Cristiano Ronaldo for calling out his own team-mates. The Real Madrid star is embroiled in an internal row after laying into members of his own squad following defeat in the Madrid derby against Atletico. Ronaldo said several players who replaced injured galacticos Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Pepe were not at his level and he ...

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Messi scores 30th goal in Barca’s 2-1 win over Sevilla

Messi has scored six direct free-kick goals this season, more than any other La Liga player

Lionel Messi reached the 30-goal mark for the eighth consecutive season as he helped Spanish leaders Barcelona come back from behind to beat Sevilla. Sixth-placed Sevilla, the last team to beat Barca back in early October, led when Vitolo volleyed in a left-wing cross at the far post. Messi’s sublime 20-yard free-kick levelled before he teed up Gerard Pique to ...

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Real Madrid held at Málaga


Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty as Real Madrid dropped points they could ill afford to squander in a 1-1 draw at Málaga that allowed Barcelona to build a nine-point lead over their great rivals. Barcelona, who won 2-1 at Las Palmas on Saturday, have 63 points to Real’s 54 with 13 matches remaining. Atlético Madrid, who play at home to ...

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Messi scores his 300th La Liga as Barca beat Gijon

Lionel Messi has scored 50 goals more than anyone else in La Liga history (Image credit: Getty Images)

Lionel Messi became the first player to reach 300 La Liga goals as he scored twice in Barcelona’s victory over Sporting Gijon. Barca are six points clear at the top thanks to a 31st game without defeat – extending their Spanish record. Messi opened the scoring from just outside the box for goal number 300 but Carlos Castro levelled moments ...

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Neymar’s assets, including yacht and jet, frozen in Brazil

FC Barcelona v Granada CF - La Liga

Brazilian authorities have moved to block assets of Barcelona star Neymar, including a yacht, a jet and several properties in his home nation. The Sao Paulo federal court has started issuing warrants to freeze the assets worth 192 million reals (almost $50m, €45m). Last year, Neymar, his family and related businesses were found guilty of evading 63m reals in Brazil ...

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