Florentino Perez didn’t want Cristiano Ronaldo – Ramon Calderon


Cristiano Ronaldo was not wanted by current Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, insisted his predecessor Ramon Calderon. Perez wanted to cancel the then-world record 80 million Euros transfer of Ronaldo from Manchester United, claimed Calderon, who initiated negotiations before leaving his presidency. The Portuguese superstar eventually joined Real in 2009, playing a scoring role in last season’s La Decima Champions ...

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Real Madrid thrash Rayo at home to stay top of La Liga


Cristiano Ronaldo scored for the 10th straight league game and Gareth Bale found the net on his return from injury as Real Madrid crushed Rayo Vallecano to restore their two-point league lead. Bale opened the scoring when he turned in a low cross from Toni Kroos. Sergio Ramos made it 2-0 from a corner but Alberto Bueno pulled one back ...

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Malaga extend winning streak with win over Eibar


Nordin Amrabat kept his cool to slot home a 90th-minute penalty winner as Malaga fought back from a goal down to beat Eibar 2-1 and extend their winning streak to five matches. Mikel Arruabarrena’s 42nd-minute strike following a defensive mistake put visiting Eibar ahead but Malaga levelled at the start of the second half through Juanmi. The home side then ...

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Celta Vigo frustrated in 0-0 draw with Granada


Celta Vigo were held to a goalless draw during their Primera Division clash against Granada at Balaidos on Saturday. Sergi Gomez had a first-half goal disallowed while the visitors had goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez to thank for keeping a clean sheet. The result means Celta, who stretched their unbeaten run to four games, dropped down one place into seventh, while Granada ...

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Barcelona come from behind to beat Almeria


Substitute Luis Suarez inspired Barcelona to a first La Liga win in three matches as they came from behind to beat Almeria. The former Liverpool striker created second-half goals for fellow substitute Neymar and Jordi Alba to move Barca temporarily top of the league. Thievy Bifouma gave Almeria, without a home win all season, a surprise lead. Lionel Messi, who ...

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Ronaldo inspires me to be world’s best – Bale

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale says training and playing alongside Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo fuels his ambition to become the world’s best player. Bale, 25, joined Real in a world-record £85.3m deal in 2013 and won the Champions League in his first season. Speaking to BBC’s Football Focus, the Wales international said Ronaldo was the world’s best player and gave him a ...

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Lionel Messi eyes record against Almeria


Lionel Messi could become La Liga’s all-time highest scorer on Saturday as Barcelona look to get their campaign back on track against Almeria. Messi has scored 250 goals, leaving him one shy of Telmo Zarra, who has held the record for nearly 60 years. The Argentine striker has six goals in his last three visits to Almeria’s Estadio de los ...

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Bale to start for Real Madrid against Rayo Vallecano


Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale will return to the starting line-up when the La Liga leaders take on Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. Real Madrid won all five games while Bale was sidelined by a muscle injury. The Welshman, 24, came off the bench during Real’s 1-0 Champions League victory over Liverpool on Tuesday. “Bale did well and was fine,” said boss Carlo ...

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Cristiano Ronaldo wants new Real Madrid contract


Cristiano Ronaldo says he wants to see out his contract at Real Madrid, which has nearly four years to run. The Portuguese forward, 29, has been linked with a return to Manchester United, whom he left to join Real in a then-world record £80m deal in 2009. He was presented with the European Golden Shoe on Wednesday for scoring 31 La Liga ...

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