Rafael Benítez has been instructed by the club president Florentino Pérez  to keep Gareth Bale centre stage at Real Madrid. Photo by Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images)

They have turned on Rafa Benítez with indecent haste. No one said it would be easy managing Real Madrid, but the speed at which critics have rounde(...)

Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema during a training session at Valdebebas Sport City. Photograph: Getty Images

Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez has given his full support to Karim Benzema over his involvement in a sextape scandal but the French strtiker will not(...)

Karim Benzema (second left) leaves the court house in Versailles: the Real Madrid striker’s lawyer  said Benzema was innocent and took no part in any blackmail. Photograph: Matthieu Alexandre/AFP/Getty Images

The French international footballer Karim Benzema has been placed under formal judicial investigation in connection with an alleged attempt to blackm(...)

 French striker Karim Benzema leaves the court house in Versailles on Thursday after he was placed under formal judicial investigation. Photograph:  Matthieu Alexandre/AFP/Getty Images

France striker Karim Benzema has been charged with conspiracy to blackmail and participating in a criminal group as part of an investigation over a se(...)

Real Madrid’s French international Karim Benzema was arrested as part of a police investigation into an alleged plot to blackmail an international player over a sex tape recorded on a mobile phone, French media reports claim. Photograph: EPA

The French international footballer Karim Benzema has been taken into police custody as part of an inquiry into an alleged plot to blackmail a fellow (...)

Real Madrid’s forward Jese Rodriguez celebrates with Nacho Fernandez at the Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph: Getty Images

Real Madrid 1 PSG 0 Real Madrid booked a place in the last 16 of the Champions League after the first-half substitute Nacho Fernández scored to clinch(...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after missing a chance against Paris St-Germain in their Champions League encounter. Photo: Thibault Camus/PA

PSG 0 Real Madrid 0 Real Madrid took a big step towards finishing top of Champions League Group A when they held Paris St Germain to a 0-0 draw(...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo broke yet another record when he netted his 324th Real Madrid goal to become the club’s all-time top scorer. Photo: Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Reuters

Real Madrid 3 Levante 0 Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez praised Cristiano Ronaldo’s leadership qualities after the striker helped an injury-ravaged Re(...)

Bayern Munich enjoyed a 5-1 win over Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena in Munich. Photograph: EPA

Bayern Munich 5 Borussia Dortmund 1 Bayern Munich stamped their authority on the Bundesliga by opening up a seven-point lead at the top thanks (...)

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after completing his hat-trick in Real Madrid’s Champions League game against  Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images

Champions League round-up: Cristiano Ronaldo moved three goals clear of Lionel Messi as the Champions League top scorer when he netted a hat-trick for(...)