Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo trains alone ahead of Clasico


Cristiano Ronaldo was again unable to take part in Real Madrid training on Thursday morning, just 48 hours before Saturday’s “must-win” Clasico at home to La Liga leaders Barcelona. Madrid, the reigning champions, go into the fixture 11 points behind Barca, although having played one game fewer, meaning they realistically need to win if they are to have any chance of retaining ...

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Mascherano to move to Chinese side Hebei Fortune


Javier Mascherano is leaving Barcelona to seek a Fortune in the Chinese Super League. The former Liverpool midfielder, who turned into a defender at the Nou Camp, will quit the Catalan giants for a switch to the lucrative CSL with club Hebei Fortune. The former Anfield enforcer has had a successful spell at the Nou Camp, where he has won ...

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Suarez, Paulinho net doubles as Barcelona go six points clear


Luis Suarez and Paulinho both scored twice as Barcelona beat Deportivo to go six points clear at the top of La Liga. Lionel Messi provided two assists but was unlucky not to be on the scoresheet himself as he hit the woodwork three times and missed a penalty. First, Suarez tapped in Messi’s pass before Paulinho struck after the Argentine’s ...

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Torres on target as Atletico go second in La Liga


Fernando Torres scored his first La Liga goal of the season as Atletico Madrid moved up to second with victory over Alaves. The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker, 33, grabbed the winner just minutes after coming off the bench, sliding in Sime Vrsaljko’s cross. It was Atletico’s fourth league win in a row and moves them to within three points ...

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FIFA threaten to throw Spain out of World Cup


Spain’s involvement at the World Cup in Russia next summer is in danger. According to El País, Fifa has sent a letter to RFEF, Spain’s football federation, stating that government interference in the election process of its next president could see them suspended as a member meaning they would not be welcome at the World Cup. According to El País, a proposal by the ...

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Ronaldo brace as Real Madrid thrash Sevilla after first half blitz


Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid put in a sensational first-half performance to blow away Sevilla. Real – only above fifth-placed Sevilla on goal difference before kick-off – led through Nacho’s close-range effort. Ronaldo had only scored two La Liga goals all season before converting Marco Asensio’s through ball and then scoring a penalty. Toni ...

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Cristiano Ronaldo beats Messi to win fifth Ballon d’Or


Cristiano Ronaldo has won the fifth Ballon d’Or of his career, equalling Lionel Messi’s record after a season that saw him lead Real Madrid to their 12th Champions League title. The 32-year-old, who moved level with Messi at the top of the all-time Champions League group stage goalscorers leaderboard on Wednesday after helping Madrid to beat Borussia Dortmund, was presented with ...

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Real Madrid ‘interested’ in Mohamed Salah, claims Egypt head coach Hector Cuper


Real Madrid are ‘interested’ in signing Liverpool’s goalscoring sensation Mohamed Salah, according to Egypt head coach Hector Cuper. Salah has been a revelation since his £37million move from Roma in the summer – scoring 17 goals in 21 appearances for his new club. It’s only December, but the 25-year-old has already scored more than each of Liverpool’s top scorers from ...

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La Liga: Ronaldo rescues Real, Atletico hit five

Cristiano Ronaldo © Action Images

Cristiano Ronaldo’s first La Liga goal for over a month ensured Real Madrid closed the gap on leaders Barcelona to seven points by squeezing past struggling Malaga 3-2 on Saturday. Ronaldo’s relief was clear to see when he fired home the rebound after seeing his penalty saved by Roberto 15 minutes from time. Atletico Madrid remain tied with Real in ...

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Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward signs new deal until 2021

Lionel Messi, signing his new deal with Barcelona's president Josep Maria Bartomeu, made his debut in 2004 (Image credit: EPA)

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has signed a new contract with a buyout clause worth 700m euros (£626m). The 30-year-old Argentina international’s deal now runs until the end of the 2020-21 season. Since joining the club at the age of 13, Messi has helped Barcelona win eight Spanish league titles and won the Champions League four times. Messi, whose previous deal ...

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