Cristiano Ronaldo handed five-match ban for red card against Barcelona


Cristiano Ronaldo has been given a five-match ban following his red card in Real Madrid’s Spanish Super Cup first leg 3-1 win over Barcelona. The Portugal international was ordered off after picking up two yellow cards, one for taking his shirt off after putting Real 2-1 ahead with 10 minutes remaining, and a second for diving after referee Ricardo De ...

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Dortmund ‘not aware’ of Barcelona agreement with Dembele


Borussia Dortmund have said they are “not aware” that Ousmane Dembele has agreed personal terms for a move to Barcelona. Barca are reported to be interested in signing winger Dembele, 20, as a replacement for Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record €222 million last week. At the weekend, L’Equipe reported that Dembele had agreed personal terms, with Spanish ...

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Neymar to earn £40.3m a year at Paris St-Germain

Neymar arrived for training at Barcelona on Wednesday, and told his team-mates he wanted to leave (Image credit: EPA)

Neymar will earn 865,000 euros (£775,477) a week when the Brazil forward completes his world record move from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain. The 25-year-old’s wages will equate to 45m euros (£40.3m) a year before tax. Barcelona have told the French club they must pay his 222m euro (£198m) fee “in full” and they are understood to be ready to meet ...

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Neymar could be unveiled as a PSG player by the end of the week


Neymar’s adviser has told reporters that the Brazilian international could be a Paris Saint-Germain player by the end of the week. It emerged on Wednesday that Neymar has informed his current club Barcelona that he wants to leave. And French side PSG are set to acquire the 25-year-old and smash the world transfer record in the process, by paying the ...

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Cristiano Ronaldo to appear in court on tax charges


Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is due to appear in a Spanish court later today, accused of evading millions in tax. Prosecutors allege Ronaldo, reported to be the world’s highest paid athlete, has evaded €14.7m ($17.3m; £13.1m) in tax since 2010. The Real Madrid star has previously denied the allegation, saying his “conscience is clear”. Ronaldo, 32, is the latest in a ...

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Gareth Bale: Real Madrid exit talk ridiculous, says agent Jonathan Barnett

Gareth Bale's Real Madrid faced Manchester United in a pre-season friendly in California this month (Image credit: Getty Images)

Speculation linking Gareth Bale with a move away from Real Madrid is “ridiculous” and “stupid”, according to the Wales forward’s agent. Real manager Zinedine Zidane has said he cannot guarantee Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema will stay at the Bernabeu this summer. That has prompted reports Manchester United could rekindle their long-standing interest in the 28-year-old. “It’s a ridiculous, stupid story,” agent Jonathan ...

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Angel Maria Villar: Suspended Spanish FA boss resigns from Uefa and Fifa

Angel Maria Villar was reprimanded by Fifa for not cooperating with an inquiry (Image credit: Getty Images)

Suspended Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar has resigned from his roles as vice-president of Uefa and Fifa. He and his son Gorka were arrested earlier this month as part of a corruption investigation. Villar, who denied all the allegations, has been suspended for one year by the Spanish football federation. “Villar will no longer have any official functions at our ...

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Barcelona confident of signing Coutinho from Liverpool


Barcelona are increasingly confident they will be able to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool – especially if Neymar leaves, Sky sources understand. The Catalan giants believe Liverpool would find it difficult to turn down an offer in the region of £89m (€100m). Barca also believe that although Coutinho loves Liverpool, a Brazilian player would find it difficult to turn down ...

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