Real Madrid’s glory interrupted by internal politics with a twist

Real Madrid’s president, Florentino Pérez, said we had heard it all before but we had not, not quite like this. Sergio Ramos had not even collected the European Cup, their third in a row, when Cristiano Ronaldo referred to it in the past – to all of it. “It was nice to be at Madrid,” […]

Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool: Champions League final player ratings

Real Madrid Keylor Navas 7/10 Lucky not to be punished by Van Dijk when he missed a corner but one his safer goalkeeping displays. Made a solid and important save from Alexander-Arnold. Dani Carvajal 5/10 Left distraught after being forced out of a second successive final by injury. Had only just returned from a hamstring […]

Real Madrid win Champions League as Cristiano Ronaldo double defeats Juve

It ended, as it so often does, with that familiar smile. Cristiano Ronaldo – gelled hair, dazzling teeth, magic in his boots – will never forget the night he scored the 600th goal of an almost implausible career. It was the moment everyone knew the Champions League trophy was on its way back to the […]

Juventus 1-4 Real Madrid: how they rated in the Champions League final

Juventus 6 Gianluigi Buffon Unlucky with deflections for two of the goals and had similarly scant chance for the others. Champions League success remains elusive. 6 Andrea Barzagli The veteran looked comfortable before the break but became stretched later on and was replaced by Cuadrado as Juve chased the game. 7 Leonardo Bonucci Supreme 60-yard […]

Sergio Ramos asked to leave Real Madrid on free transfer, says Florentino Perez

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos asked to leave the club to join a team in China on a free transfer, president Florentino Perez has revealed. Perez says Ramos and his agent approached the club claiming they had received “a very good offer from China”, but says Madrid had refused the defender’s request. Euro Papers: Real […]

Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois sidelined with hip injury

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has picked up a hip injury which could see him miss vital league games against Real Betis and Sevilla later this month. Real have confirmed Courtois has been diagnosed with a grade one injury, the least severe possible, and he was left out of the squad to face Leganes in […]

Toni Kroos signs new Real Madrid contract to 2023

Toni Kroos has signed a contract extension with Real Madrid until 2023. The Germany international had been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu this summer, with reports in Spain suggesting he would be allowed to leave to make way for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba. However, it appears the 29-year-old will not be culled […]

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane lauds in-form Isco

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane claimed Isco was high on confidence and playing without fear after his match-winning double against Espanyol. Isco scored both goals in a 2-0 victory as champions Real finally secured their first home win of the season in La Liga at the fourth attempt on Sunday. Zidane feels Isco is growing […]

Isco wants new Real Madrid deal, says Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane expressed his desire to see Isco sign a new deal with the club after the midfielder helped the La Liga leaders beat Alaves 3-0 at the Bernabeu. Isco netted the hosts’ second at the Bernabeu with an emphatic strike in the 85th minute on Sunday. The 24-year-old Spain international has […]

Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid problems won’t affect him for Wales, says Luka Modric

Croatia captain Luka Modric says Gareth Bale’s problems at Real Madrid will not affect him while on international duty for Wales. Bale comes up against his Real team-mate Modric in Osijek on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Football, having suffered a nightmare end to the season at the Bernabeu. The Welshman was dropped from the […]