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Nov 2, 2015

Real heavyweights returning for PSG clash

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez has been relying on second-string players to get the club through a mini injury crisis but should have several of his heavyweights back when Paris St Germain visit in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Playmaker James Rodriguez, striker Karim Benzema and captain and centre back Sergio Ramos all look likely to be fit for the clash at the Bernabeu as the record 10-times winners look to pull clear of PSG at the top of Group A.

Nov 2, 2015

Soccer-Real heavyweights returning for PSG clash

MADRID, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez has been relying on second-string players to get the club through a mini injury crisis but should have several of his heavyweights back when Paris St Germain visit in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Playmaker James Rodriguez, striker Karim Benzema and captain and centre back Sergio Ramos all look likely to be fit for the clash at the Bernabeu as the record 10-times winners look to pull clear of PSG at the top of Group A.

Oct 22, 2015

Celta targeting rare double over Real, Barca

MADRID (Reuters) – Having already dispatched visiting champions Barcelona 4-1, Celta Viga have the other half of Spain’s ‘Big Two’ in their sights with Real Madrid visiting for a top-of-the-table clash in La Liga on Saturday.

Coached by Argentine Eduardo Berizzo, Celta inflicted the biggest La Liga defeat on Barca, excluding games against Real, in more than a decade last month.

Oct 22, 2015

Soccer-Celta targeting rare double over Real, Barca

MADRID, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Having already dispatched visiting champions Barcelona 4-1, Celta Viga have the other half of Spain’s ‘Big Two’ in their sights with Real Madrid visiting for a top-of-the-table clash in La Liga on Saturday.

Coached by Argentine Eduardo Berizzo, Celta inflicted the biggest La Liga defeat on Barca, excluding games against Real, in more than a decade last month.

Oct 17, 2015

Ronaldo, Messi driving each other to ever-greater heights

MADRID (Reuters) – One moment that perhaps best illustrates the difference between Cristiano Ronaldo and his greatest rival Lionel Messi was Ronaldo’s reaction when he won his third FIFA Ballon d’Or award in January.

With millions around the world watching the glitzy ceremony in Zurich, Ronaldo, who became Real Madrid’s all-time record scorer on Saturday, strode onto stage to collect the gleaming golden ball before clenching his fists in front of him and bellowing “Si!” (Yes!) at the audience.

Oct 17, 2015

Soccer-Ronaldo, Messi driving each other to ever-greater heights

MADRID, Oct 17 (Reuters) – One moment that perhaps best illustrates the difference between Cristiano Ronaldo and his greatest rival Lionel Messi was Ronaldo’s reaction when he won his third FIFA Ballon d’Or award in January.

With millions around the world watching the glitzy ceremony in Zurich, Ronaldo, who became Real Madrid’s all-time record scorer on Saturday, strode onto stage to collect the gleaming golden ball before clenching his fists in front of him and bellowing “Si!” (Yes!) at the audience.

Oct 7, 2015

Morata eyeing striker’s role against Luxembourg

MADRID (Reuters) – With Diego Costa suspended, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is likely to deploy Alvaro Morata in the striking role for the holders’ Euro 2016 qualifier against Group C minnows Luxembourg on Friday.

The Juventus forward was hailed as “the future of La Roja” after he scored in the 1-0 qualification victory against Ukraine in March and the 22-year-old former Real Madrid man is keen to impress after shaking off an early-season injury.

Oct 7, 2015

Preview: Morata eyeing striker’s role against Luxembourg

MADRID (Reuters) – With Diego Costa suspended, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is likely to deploy Alvaro Morata in the striking role for the holders’ Euro 2016 qualifier against Group C minnows Luxembourg on Friday.

The Juventus forward was hailed as “the future of La Roja” after he scored in the 1-0 qualification victory against Ukraine in March and the 22-year-old former Real Madrid man is keen to impress after shaking off an early-season injury.

Oct 7, 2015

Soccer-Morata eyeing striker’s role against Luxembourg

MADRID, Oct 7 (Reuters) – With Diego Costa suspended, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is likely to deploy Alvaro Morata in the striking role for the holders’ Euro 2016 qualifier against Group C minnows Luxembourg on Friday.

The Juventus forward was hailed as “the future of La Roja” after he scored in the 1-0 qualification victory against Ukraine in March and the 22-year-old former Real Madrid man is keen to impress after shaking off an early-season injury.

Oct 1, 2015

Preview: Record-man Ronaldo turns focus on Madrid derby

MADRID (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo immediately turned his thoughts to Sunday’s La Liga derby at Atletico Madrid after his Champions League double on Wednesday drew him level with Raul as Real Madrid’s all-time leading marksman on 323 goals.

Ronaldo, who scored twice in the 2-0 Group A success at Malmo, has needed a mere 308 matches across seven seasons to equal Raul’s tally, amassed in 741 games over 16 years, and can break the record in the clash at the Calderon.