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(...)

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(...)

 Pepe celebrates after scoring Real Madrid’s second goal in El Clásico against Barcelona  at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Real Madrid 3 Barcelona 1Real Madrid trimmed Barcelona’s lead at the top of La Liga to one point when they recovered from conceding an early goal to s(...)

The two playmakers of El Clasico, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi of Barcelona, will be the focus of fans at the Bernabeu. Photograph: Getty Images.

One of the cliches first: a country will come to a standstill tonight. Real Madrid versus Barcelona stops Spain. According to legend, and a fair am(...)

Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli (right) walks off the pitch at half-time with Real Madrid’s Pepe, before swapping shirts in the tunnel, during their Champions League Group B match at Anfield. Photograph: Phil Noble / Reuters

Brendan Rodgers is planning to reprimand Mario Balotelli after another disappointing night for Liverpool in the Champions League and the latest demons(...)

 Diego Godin (left) jumps to celebrate scoring their fourth goal against Malmo FF at Vicente Calderon Stadium. Photograph:  Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Olympiacos are top of Group A after former Fulham midfielder Pajtim Kasami grabbed the winner in a 1-0 victory over Juventus. The Greek champions are (...)

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(...)

Steven Gerrard scores Liverpool’s second goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Round of Sixteen, Second Leg match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at Anfield in 2009. Liverpool won the match 4-0. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Liverpool v Real MadridAnfield, 7.45pm, RTE 2, Sky Sports 5Steven Gerrard is demanding a much improved performance from his inconsistent Liverpool sid(...)

Shakhtar Donetsk’s Luiz Adriano scored five against BATE Borisov in Minsk. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters

Group FNeymar and Lionel Messi maintained their lethal partnership with a goal apiece as Barcelona swept aside Ajax 3-1 in Champions League Group F on(...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring against Athletic Bilbao at Santiago Bernabeu stadium last week. Photograph: Juanjo Martin / EPA

Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has revealed the lengths to which potential suitors for the Portuguese would have to go to sign him from Real (...)