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Ronaldo is the world’s most ‘liked’ person

Despite going through a rough patch on the field at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo remains a much-loved figure all over the world and has now become the most ‘liked’ person on Facebook. And while Madrid have dropped to second in La Liga and were almost eliminated from the Champions League in midweek, the 30-year-old remains No.1 to the global audience. ...

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Calhanoglu pleased with Barca interest

Bayer Leverkusen star Hakan Calhanoglu says he was filled with pride to hear his name linked with a big-money move to Barcelona. The 21-year-old has been in fine form since his €14.5 million arrival from Hamburg this past summer, sparking speculation of a switch to Camp Nou. The midfielder’s agent said that he has no interest in moving to Barca, ...

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Messi moves ahead in European Golden boot race with brace at Eibar

Lionel Messi scored twice to take his season’s goal total to 43 as Barcelona beat Eibar comfortably to open up a four-point lead at the top of La Liga. Messi converted a 31st-minute penalty for Luis Enrique’s side, who face Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday. The Argentina forward headed in Ivan Rakitic’s corner after half-time. Federico Piovaccari ...

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La Liga: Atletico lose ground on leaders after Espanyol draw

Atletico Madrid centre-back Joao Miranda was sent off as they missed the chance to reclaim third place in La Liga by drawing at Espanyol. The Brazil international received a red card in first-half injury time for an elbow on home midfielder Abraham. Diego Simeone’s side, who slipped to fourth after Valencia beat Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 on Friday, still had ...

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Europa League: Sevilla’s Vitolo makes history by scoring after 13 seconds

Sevilla’s Vitolo scored the fastest goal in Europa League history as the holders beat Villarreal 3-1 in their last-16 first-leg match. Vitolo netted after just 13.21 seconds  from Kevin Gameiro’s lofted pass almost straight from the kick-off. The goal beats the previous record, set by AEK’s Ismael Blanco in the inaugural season in 2009, by nearly two seconds. Goals from Stephane M’bia ...

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Inaki Williams on GFA radar

The Ghana FA says it has plans to secure the international future of Athletic Bilbao youngster Inaki Williams for the Black Stars. The 20-year-old has been considered as one of the brightest future prospects having made some impressive performance for the Lions in La Liga. Williams is a Spaniard by birth to a Ghanaian father and a Liberian mother – ...

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Raul: It was only a matter of time until my records fell

In the opening instalment of his exclusive interview with FIFA.com, Raul spoke of his motives for joining New York Cosmos and the challenges he has set himself in the USA. Now in part two, the Spaniard talks about the Real Madrid No7 jersey and the player who inherited it from him, changing fortunes in the Madrid derby and the titles ...

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UCL: Real hold on to make it past Schalke

Real Madrid survived a real scare to qualify for their fifth successive Champions League quarter-final despite conceding four away goals to an impressive Schalke. The holders were hanging on in the final few seconds as Schalke were just one goal away from producing one of the competition’s biggest shocks after winning the second leg. Trailing 2-0 after the first leg, ...

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Every game a must-win for Barcelona – Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique believes Barcelona will have to cope with the pressure of winning every game if they are to regain the Primera Division crown. Barcelona capitalised on Real Madrid’s defeat at Athletic Bilbao by climbing to the top of La Liga for the first time since early November with a 6-1 demolition of Rayo Vallecano on Sunday. Despite being pleased ...

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