Messi completes light Barcelona training session


The prolific attacker missed Argentina’s friendlies against El Salvador and Ecuador but the club have confirmed the swelling has reduced on his foot Lionel Messi returned to light training on Thursday and Barcelona hope he will join in a full session on Friday ahead of the weekend trip to Celta Vigo. The 27-year-old was forced to sit out Argentina’s international friendlies against El ...

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Danilo is like Dani Alves, says Roberto Carlos


Former Brazil defender Roberto Carlos has compared new Real Madrid signing Danilo to Barcelona full-backDani Alves and is confident his compatriot will succeed at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Champions League holders announced earlier this week that the 23-year-old will leave Porto for Madrid at the end of the season for a transfer fee of €31.5 million, with Danilo signing a ...

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Neymar honoured as Europe’s best Brazilian player


Barcelona man Neymar has today been presented with the ‘Samba Gold’ award; one that is awarded to the best-performing Brazilian currently playing in European football. The award is given out annually by Sambafoot, who collect over 150,000 votes worldwide, as well as the opinions of respected journalists and ex-professionals. PSG defender Thiago Silva had previously scooped the honour for three ...

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Danilo: Real Madrid to sign £23m defender from Porto

Danilo (in yellow jersey) (Image credit: Reuters)

Real Madrid have agreed to sign Porto’s Brazilian right-back Danilo for £23m at the end of the season. Danilo, 23, has become a regular for the national side since last summer’s World Cup and has impressed during Porto’s run to the Champions League quarter-finals. A statement by Porto to the Portuguese stock exchange confirmed the fee. Real confirmed the move ...

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Benzema: I can win the Ballon d’Or


Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema remains confident he can win the Fifa Ballon d’Or in his career. Benzema’s team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo has scooped the last two awards for the world’s best footballer, with the Portugal star and Lionel Messi the only players to lift the trophy since Kaka in 2007. While he accepts he will never match the scoring statistics ...

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Reina: ‘De Gea should stay at Man Utd’

De Gea with Reina (Image credit: EPA)

Pepe Reina believes David de Gea “should be happy enough to play for Manchester United” in light of speculation linking him with Real Madrid. The goalkeeper, 23, has long been tipped to succeed Iker Casillas at the Santiago Bernabeu and, with still no renewal forthcoming, could leave the Red Devils for nothing at the end of next season. However, the ...

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Gareth Bale: Real Madrid fans fined for car attacks

Gareth Bale (Image credit: Reuters)

A Spanish government commission has fined three Real Madrid fans who attacked players’ cars, including that of Wales international Gareth Bale. Following last weekend’s defeat by Barcelona, fans attacked Bale’s Bentley at the club’s training ground. Forward Jese Rodriguez and coach Carlo Ancelotti were also targeted. Real said one of the three men had been identified as a member and ...

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Sami Khedira suggests he is set to leave Real Madrid

Sami Khedira (Image credit: EPA)

Sami Khedira has given the strongest indication yet that he will leave Real Madrid when his contract expires in the summer. Germany’s World Cup winner turned down a contract extension with the Spanish giants last summer and is expected to now leave the Bernabeu for either the Bundesliga or Premier League. “I love Real Madrid and it will be hard ...

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Cristiano Ronaldo faces fine for El Clasico ‘calm down’ celebration


Cristiano Ronaldo could face punishment for his celebration after scoring for Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday. The ex-Manchester United forward appeared to urge Barcelona fans to calm down after making it 1-1. [contextly_sidebar id=”blAIhcNa4imstrlhalANWISKLEsd9oGR”]Spanish league (LFP) president Javier Tebas says they will investigate as they are keen to clamp down on provocative actions. The policy follows the death ...

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Thomas Vermaelen back in training at Barca after surgery

Thomas Vermaelen (Image credit: Getty Images)

Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen has trained with his team-mates for the first time since surgery in December. The 29-year-old Belgian, who joined from Arsenal for £15m in August, is yet to make his debut after suffering a hamstring injury at the World Cup. However, the Belgium international has targeted a return to competitive action next month. “The main novelty at ...

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