Ronaldo in action back in 2004 for Brazil v Republic of Ireland in Lansdowne Road. Photograph: David Maher/Edi

Brazil’s new manager Dunga faces an uphill battle to repair the scars of Brazil’s World Cup campaign, but is at least looking like he might be on the (...)

Portugal’s Raphael Guerreiro stoops to head in his side’s late winner against Argentina at Old Trafford

Portugal 1 Argentina 0There was scant sign of the apparent animus between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo before the start of this friendly encount(...)

World and Olympic champion Ilya Ilyin of Kazakhstan. Photograph: Getty Images.

After the disappointment of that kick-about in Glasgow on Friday, a change of sporting pace was required over the weekend, one where you wouldn’t be q(...)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers  looks on as Steven Gerrard  prepares to come on during the  Champions League Group B match against Real Madrid  at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hit back at criticism of his team selection against Real Madrid by insisting the team’s performance provided an idea(...)

 Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema celebrates his goal against Liverpool during their Champions League   match  at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Photograph: Javier Lizon / EPA

Real Madrid 1 Liverpool 0By the end, at least Brendan Rodgers could make a credible argument that he could have started with his best men and there wa(...)

Steven Gerrard looks at the rainfall as he exercises with team-mates during training ahead of tonight’s clash against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. Photo: Gonzalo Arroyo/Getty

Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool must overcome the finest player and team in world football in Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid tonight but insist(...)

 Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti  jokes with  Luka Modric  as   Gareth Bale  looks on during the team’s training session at Valdebebas Sport City in Madrid on Monday. Ancelotti confirmed that Bale is fit to play against Liverpool in Tuesday’s game at the Bernabeu . Photograph: Juan Carlos Hidalgo/EPA

Real Madrid’s Wales winger Gareth Bale has recovered from a muscle injury and should be available for Tuesday’s Champions League Group B match at home(...)

  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(...)