Luis Suárez of Barcelona did not make hte 23-man Ballon d’Or list. Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Barcelona striker Luis Suárez has been omitted from Fifa’s 23-man list of contenders for the Ballon d’Or award.The list, which will be whittled down t(...)

Luis Suarez was the sun at the centre of Liverpool’s solar system but he starts out at Barca as a peripheral satellite.  Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

There are many well-founded objections to the unfair economic systems that have resulted in the concentration of the world’s top footballers at a hand(...)

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema tries to nick the ball past Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. Photograph:
EPA/Juan Hidalgo

Madrid City was in jubilant mood on Saturday night, as Real Madrid swept aside Barcelona 3-1 in an absorbing La Liga contest. As the front cover of Ma(...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd right) scores the opening goal against Liverpool   at Anfield. Photograph: Phil Noble / Reuters

Liverpool 0 Real Madrid 3 Sometimes, in football, there is nothing for it but to accept that the other team are vastly superior. Liverpool have(...)

Gareth Bale will miss Real Madrid’s trip to Anfield to play Liverpool in Wednesday’s Champions League encounter because of  a muscle injury. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Gareth Bale has been left out of Real Madrid’s squad for Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Liverpool as the Wales international battles a mus(...)

Bayern Munich’s players celebrate after their win over  FC Cologne. Bayern won the match 2-0. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

European round-up: Cristiano Ronaldo kept up his rich La Liga scoring form as Real Madrid beat Villarreal 2-0 to move up to fourth in the table. (...)

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale scores the second in  their Uefa Champions League Group B game against  FC Basel at Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph: Georgios Kefalas / EPA

Real Madrid 5 FC Basel 1Real Madrid escaped to Europe for a little therapy. It is 114 days and only six games since they won the trophy that defines t(...)

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas  during their Spanish first division soccer match against Atletico Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid at the weekend. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Real Madrid begin the defence of the trophy that appears to have been forgotten after just six games. They waited 12 years to finally win their 10th E(...)

 Angel di Maria of Real Madrid is surrounded by Atletico  Madrid players during the Supercopa first leg the Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Angel Di Maria is on the verge of leaving Real Madrid, coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted on Sunday, as the Argentine’s move to Manchester United edged c(...)

 Angel di Maria wants to leave  Real Madrid. Photograph:   Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Angel Di Maria has told Real Madrid he wants to leave the club and has rejected the offer of a new contract, coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed.Di Ma(...)