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Isco has Real Madrid fans dancing to his tune ahead of UCL final

May 26, 2017 05:07 PM PDT

Sid Lowe explains why it would not be worth the risk for Zinedine Zidane to start Gareth Bale over Isco in Cardiff. Real Madrid fans were asked this week to select their player of the season and the result was further confirmation of one of the greatest personal success stories at the Bernabeu in 2016-17 as Isco garnered the most votes. It was a richly deserved accolade. In an era when every aspect of the game is scrutinised, recorded, analysed and then turned into statistical evidence that one player is more effective or more efficient than another there is little room for pure entertainment, but Isco, he of...

Real Madrid offer fans chance to be buried in Bernabeu coffins

May 26, 2017 02:33 AM PDT

For many avid fans, football is a matter of life and death. So it's only natural that, as and when they shuffle off this mortal coil, their wish would be to spend eternity as close to their beloved team as possible. Real Madrid supporters are being offered just that luxury with the unveiling of custom coffins designed in the form of the Bernabeu stadium, complete with the club crest on the lid. Real Madrid to the death...https://t.co/ou3KikkG0g pic.twitter.com/bWYPxMCp9R - AS English (@English_AS)...

An Iranian Cristiano Ronaldo lookalike to rival Lionel Messi doppelganger

May 26, 2017 02:12 AM PDT

It turns out Lionel Messi isn't the only global footballing superstar with an Iranian lookalike. Sure enough, it would appear that Cristiano Ronaldo has a doppelganger living and working in Tehran, too. Indeed, Iranian voters flocked to take selfies with Reza Alireza Lou while voting in their presidential elections after mistaking the local chap for the Real Madrid icon. Iranians take selfies with Reza Alireza Lou at presidential elections in Tehran. Guess which football player he resembles? @AFPphoto...

Transfer Talk: Real Madrid's Morata ready to be main man for AC Milan

May 25, 2017 05:39 PM PDT

Alvaro Morata started 14 games in La Liga and one in the Champions League. Alvaro Morata looks set to leave Real Madrid just one season after returning to the club, with a €7.5m-a-year deal agreed to with AC Milan, reports Gazzetta dello Sport. For more on Morata to AC Milan, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Xavi believes Toni Kroos could control Real Madrid midfield over long haul

May 25, 2017 05:17 PM PDT

The FC crew assess whether Isco or a healthy Gareth Bale should start for Real Madrid in the Champions League final. "I think that Kroos is the engine of Real Madrid. He has a way of playing that reminds me a lot of myself. He is like my successor on the field." None other than former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez stated those sentences to Sportbild about Real Madrid's Toni Kroos. Some might think that the comparison sounds bizarre, as the legendary Spanish maestro chose a tall, blond and athletic German in Kroos as his successor on the field -- especially since that player plies his trade for rivals...

Juve, Madrid on top before Champions League final; Man United a new entry

May 25, 2017 06:58 AM PDT

Watch some of the best moments from Juve's raising of their 33rd Serie A trophy, as well as some locker room celebrations. Real Madrid celebrated winning their first La Liga title since 2012 with fans on an open top bus parade in the Spanish capital. The conversation gets heated between the FC guys when talking about whether or not this season can be considered a success by Man United standards. The top two each wrapped a league title last weekend, Next stop Cardiff, via Shaka Hislop's latest Power Rankings! 1. Juventus (no change) A 3-0 win against Crotone confirmed what, in truth, most of us have expected all season: Juventus are champions of Italy for the sixth straight game. With two parts of a treble complete, only Real Madrid stand between Max Allegri's men and footballing immortality. 2. Real Madrid (no change) With Barcelona poised to take advantage of any slip, Madrid...

Transfer Rater: Ross Barkley to Man United, Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid

May 25, 2017 03:32 AM PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Fabinho to Manchester City Manchester City have turned their attentions to Monaco defender Fabinho as a cheaper alternative to Tottenham's Kyle Walker, according...

Mixed results for Danilo at Real Madrid but he's a fine servant to the cause

May 24, 2017 07:15 PM PDT

Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid winning their 33rd La Liga title was the best day of his professional career. When Danilo arrived at Real Madrid in the summer of 2015 for a fee of €31.5 million, Dani Carvajal's position as first-choice right back was cast into doubt. The price tag, the Brazilian's performances at Porto over the previous two seasons and the sensation that Carvajal didn't quite fit the Real Madrid profile of big-money players in every position having come through the ranks at La Fabrica all pointed to a swift and painful demotion. Danilo started the first two Liga games of 2015-16 under...

Revisiting Real Madrid's La Decima victory over Atletico three years later

May 24, 2017 09:24 AM PDT

Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid celebrate their long-awaited Decima with fans at home in the Bernabeu. Wednesday, May 24 marks the third anniversary of Real Madrid's La Decima -- a 10th European Cup victory -- in Lisbon, when they beat neighbors Atletico Madrid 4-1 in extra-time in one of the competition's most memorable finals ever. Here's a look back at the events that led to Madrid finally ending their 12-year wait for the trophy, and Atletico coming so close to winning their first ever Champions League, in the words of those who were there at the time. May 17: Diego Godin's equalising header...

Should Zinedine Zidane start Gareth Bale against Juventus if he is fit?

May 23, 2017 05:06 PM PDT

The FC crew assess whether Isco or a healthy Gareth Bale should start for Real Madrid in the Champions League final. Full of joy after their 33rd La Liga title, the Real Madrid squad must now focus on the last challenge of their season: the Champions League final in Cardiff. A victory over Serie A winners Juventus in Wales would take what already is a fantastic year to phenomenal heights. The club have not won the Liga-European Cup double since 1958, and a 12th title in the latter competition would open a huge gap between Real Madrid and their followers, AC Milan, who own seven trophies. Most supporters understandably...

Real Madrid show the way forward as inconsistent Barcelona made to pay

May 23, 2017 04:20 AM PDT

Real Madrid players interrupted Zinedine Zidane's post-match press conference to soak him in champagne after they won La Liga. Graham Hunter looks back on the best of the 2016-17 La Liga campaign in Spain and offers up a glimpse of what could happen in 2017-18. That the Spanish title was won by a buccaneering, attacking and thrilling team is a beautiful thing to announce. Real Madrid aren't simply La Liga champions, they are identifiable proof that if there is any response to the possession-based football which, via Barcelona, has dominated Spain's top flight for almost a decade, then it's this. Not to park the bus, stifle...

That moment when Gareth Bale, Luka Modric realise: 'There's no trophy!'

May 23, 2017 02:26 AM PDT

Talk about rain on your parade. Real Madrid stars Gareth Bale and Luka Modric had their La Liga title celebrations dampened on Sunday when they discovered that the champions are not presented with their trophy until months have passed. Their teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, however, was not surprised at the lack of organisation among Spain's footballing officialdom. Zinedine Zidane's Madrid held off challengers Barcelona and sealed a first title in five years with a 2-0 final day win at Malaga on Sunday...

Trending: Real Madrid win La Liga, Liverpool book Champions League

May 22, 2017 11:00 AM PDT

The ESPN FC crew hail Zinedine Zidane for his part in bringing Real Madrid back to the summit in La Liga. Watch the match highlights for LaLiga Santander 2016-17 match played between Malaga vs Real Madrid Catch all the goals scored in LaLiga Santander 2016-17 match played between Malaga vs Real Madrid Monday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending... REAL MADRID: Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema swept Real Madrid to their first La Liga title in five years as they cruised to a 2-0 win at Malaga on Sunday night. - Zinedine Zidane said clinching the Liga title was the "best day of my professional life." - Cristiano Ronaldo hit back at his critics in the media, saying he's not the "delinquent" that he believes he's often made out to be. BARCELONA:...

Zidane guides Real to La Liga glory, Allegri's Juve win again, Terry's sendoff

May 22, 2017 08:41 AM PDT

The ESPN FC crew hail Zinedine Zidane for his part in bringing Real Madrid back to the summit in La Liga. There was no last day miracle, no "Tenerifazo" like a quarter-century ago when Real Madrid contrived to blow the title 90 minutes from the finish line. What you got instead was an early lead to settle the nerves, some great goalkeeping from Keylor Navas, and Karim Benzema putting the title out of reach by giving Real Madrid their 2-0 lead in the second half. The victory away to Malaga sealed the club's 33rd league title, although only the club's second since 2008. Whether this reflects shifting...

Real Madrid wanted La Liga title more; typical Barcelona comeback in vain

May 22, 2017 02:27 AM PDT

The ESPN FC crew hail Zinedine Zidane for his part in bringing Real Madrid back to the summit in La Liga. Five thoughts from the final weekend of the La Liga season as Real Madrid were confirmed as champions, Atletico Madrid said goodbye to the Calderon, and odds and ends were tied up elsewhere. 1. Madrid suffering makes the title joy even sweeter So often during the 2016-17 season Real Madrid have left it late in games to win points, but on Sunday at Malaga Zinedine Zidane's side got things under control early to clinch a deserved title win. Needing a draw, even if Barcelona won their game, Cristiano...

Cristiano Ronaldo sings as Real Madrid title celebrations go late into night

May 22, 2017 02:02 AM PDT

Real Madrid celebrated winning their first La Liga title since 2012 with fans on an open top bus parade in the Spanish capital. Watch the match highlights for LaLiga Santander 2016-17 match played between Malaga vs Real Madrid The ESPN FC crew hail Zinedine Zidane for his part in bringing Real Madrid back to the summit in La Liga. Catch all the goals scored in LaLiga Santander 2016-17 match played between Malaga vs Real Madrid Janusz Michallik and Alexis Nunes evaluate Real Madrid's triumph in La Liga and why Barcelona were second-best. MADRID -- Cristiano Ronaldo led the celebrations at the Plaza de Cibeles as Real Madrid partied deep into the night following their 2016-17 La Liga title triumph. Ronaldo and Karim Benzema got the goals as Madrid won 2-0 at Malaga on Sunday evening to clinch a first Spanish championship in five years, with Zinedine Zidane and his players flying straight back home to join an estimated 50,000 fans in a street party in the centre of the Spanish capital. It was after 2:30 a.m. on Monday morning when...

Transfer Talk: 16-year-old Vinicius Junior to Real Madrid?

May 21, 2017 06:00 PM PDT

Real Madrid is expected to announce a deal Monday or Tuesday for Vinicius Junior. La Liga champions Real Madrid will unveil a deal to bring Flamengo 16-year-old Vinicius Junior to the club when he turns 18 in July 2018, the Daily Mail reports. The agreement is worth a reported €45 million. For more on this deal, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Ronaldo settles nerves, Isco provides as classy Madrid claim La Liga crown

May 21, 2017 02:58 PM PDT

Janusz Michallik and Alexis Nunes evaluate Real Madrid's triumph in La Liga and why Barcelona were second-best. Real sealed the La Liga title with a comfortable 2-0 win over Malaga, and their first title since the 2012 season. Real sealed the La Liga title with a comfortable 2-0 win over Malaga, and their first title since the 2012 season. Real Madrid claimed a first La Liga title in five years with a 2-0 victory in La Rosaleda. Cristiano Ronaldo ensured nerves were settled with a goal inside two minutes, and Karim Benzema added another in the second half to put the game beyond Malaga and defence of the crown beyond Barcelona, who kept their end of the bargain with a 4-2 home win over Eibar. Málaga Real Madrid 0 2 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives Malaga's heads dropped after the early strike, and although the home side put Real on the back foot for a spell in either half, the...

Ronaldo, Madrid avoid last-day drama to clinch La Liga title with Malaga win

May 21, 2017 01:15 PM PDT

Janusz Michallik and Alexis Nunes evaluate Real Madrid's triumph in La Liga and why Barcelona were second-best. MALAGA, Spain -- Here are three thoughts from Real Madrid's 2-0 victory at Malaga, which saw Zinedine Zidane's side clinch their first La Liga trophy since 2011-12. 1. Madrid get the job done to win La Liga Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were enough, as Real Madrid beat Malaga 2-0 to claim the 2016-17 La Liga title in comfortable fashion. There was little doubt from the second minute about the win, which secured Madrid's 33rd La Liga championship. It was the sixth time they had clinched...

Monaco reject Real's record Mbappe offer; Manchester clubs eye Neymar

May 20, 2017 06:18 PM PDT

After winning Ligue 1 and reaching the Champions League semifinals, Leonardo Jardim wants his Monaco squad to stay intact. The football world's gossip mill is in full swing, and Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. Monaco reject Real's record bid for Mbappe Monaco have stunned Real Madrid by knocking back their world-record offer for French sensation Kylian Mbappe, reports the Telegraph. The €120m (£103m) offer comes after the 18-year-old inspired the principality club to the Ligue 1 title with 15 goals and 11 assists. The...

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