Real Madrid celebrate during the La Liga match between Elche FC and Real Madrid - manager Carlo Ancelotti forsees the league title being decided on the final match day. Photograph: Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

Real Madrid may have extended their lead over second-placed Barcelona at the top of La Liga to four points on Sunday but coach Carlo Ancelotti still (...)

Louis van Gaal: a developmental technocrat whose proudest boast has always been that he knows how to get the best out of young players. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

After Louis van Gaal’s appointment as the successor to David Moyes at Manchester United was greeted with an almost unanimous chorus of approval, it wa(...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo heads home a goal  during the  Champions League round of 16 first leg  match against   Schalke  in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Bernd Thissen/EPA

Schalke 0 Real Madrid 2Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo ended a three-game goal drought as the holders beat Schalke 2-0 on Wednesday to take a big step(...)

Carlo Ancelotti: ‘Atletico were better than us in everything’ in Madrid derby. Photograph: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

Real Madrid scored twice against Deportivo La Coruña on Saturday evening, but the loudest noise heard at the Santiago Bernabéu was not the cheers that(...)

Real Madrid’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo held his birthday party after 4-0 loss against Atletico Madrid during their Spanish Primera Division league soccer match. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent has defended the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner after he was criticised for throwing a lavish 30th birthday party on Saturday hours(...)

James Rodriguez scored Real Madrid’s opening goal against Sevilla but was later forced off with a broken metatarsal. (Phorograph: REUTERS/Susana Vera)

Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez is facing a spell on the sidelines after breaking a metatarsal during Wednesday night’s 2-1 win over Sevilla. Madr(...)

In-form Neymar is challenged by Villarreal’s Sergio Asenjo. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Lionel Messi struck the winner for Barcelona as they twice came from behind to beat Villarreal 3-2 at home and move a point behind leaders Real Madrid(...)

 Republic of Ireland International Stephanie Roche walks past Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at the Fifa Ballon d’Or awards in Zurich. Photograph: Valeriano Di Domenico / Inpho 1:47

As Stephanie Roche turns her attention to making something like a living from the game she plays so well, Real Madrid star Ronaldo has signalled hi(...)

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid takes on the San Lorenzo defence during the FIFA Club World Cup final in Marrakech on Saturday. Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Real Madrid 2 San Lorenzo 0 Real Madrid won the Club World Cup for the first time by beating San Lorenzo on Saturday with goals from Sergio Ramos an(...)

Gareth Bale  celebrates after scoring Real Madrid’s third goal during their 4-0 Club World Cup victory over Mexico’s Cruz Azul in Marrakech

European champions Real Madrid turned on the party tricks as they sailed into the Club World Cup final by crushing Cruz Azul 4-0 on Tuesday.The Mexic(...)