Chelsea’s Eden Hazard was the most fouled players in the English Premier League last season. Photograph: Catherine Mill/Getty Images.

The text message was sent in the aftermath of a parting of the ways, and it was meant as an apology. Eden Hazard had been receiving treatment for tha(...)

Real Madrid reportedly had three approaches for Barcelona’s Lionel Messi turned down. Photograph: Getty

Real Madrid have tried three times in the last five years to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, according to a report in Spain. The ‘Partido de l(...)

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his team’s opening goal against Sporting Gijon at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Photo: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Gareth Bale’s agent has called for an investigation after a confidential document relating to his client’s world record £85 million move to Real Madri(...)

David de Gea’s expected transfer to Real Madrid could be affected. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Premier League clubs including Manchester United and Chelsea may be forced to alter their transfer plans after Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid were b(...)

  Lionel Messi waves holding his trophy after receiving the 2015 Fifa Ballon d’Or award  at the Kongresshaus in Zurich. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Lionel Messi carries home another Ballon d’Or, as if we needed another reminder about his majesty. Great is a word that can be overused in sport but i(...)

Robbie Keane voted for Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ball d’Or ahead of Lionel Messi. Photo: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Robbie Keane voted for Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Lionel Messi in the Ballon d’Or vote with Neymar third on the Dubliner’s ballot paper. Martin O’Neil(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has been named as the winner of the 2015 Fifa Ballon d’Or at a ceremony in Zurich. Photo: Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has won the Fifa Ballon d’Or for the fifth time after beating Cristiano Ronaldo and team mate Neymar to the award in Zurich. (...)

Barcelona’s  Lionel Messi is fully expected to reclaim award he has won four times. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

When Michael Owen won the Ballon d’Or in 2001, becoming the first and still the only Englishman to win European football’s player of the year award s(...)

Gareth Bale wheels away after scoring the first goal of his hat-trick in Real Madrid’s  Primera Division win over Deportivo La Coruna at the  Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph:  Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Real Madrid 5 Deportivo La Coruna 0 Zinedine Zidane got off to a flying start as Real Madrid coach when Gareth Bale hit a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over(...)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane with  Cristiano Ronaldo during a Real Madrid training session at the Valdebebas training ground. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Zinedine Zidane has admitted that the pressure is already on to win an 11th European Cup as he faced the press for the first time since taking over fr(...)