France’s captain Karim Benzema reacts during their international friendly soccer match against Brazil at the Stade de France. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

France suffered a serious reality check in their build-up to Euro 2016 on home soil when Brazil outclassed them in a friendly at the Stade de France (...)

Gareth Bale celebrates ending his goal drought against Levante. Rarely has a celebration caused such a fallout. Photograph: Juan Carlos Hidalgo/EPA

Rarely has a goal celebration been scrutinised so closely. Last Sunday, Real Madrid laboured to a 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Levante in La Lig(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo was filmed mouthing ’disgrace’ during Real Madrid’s defeat to Schalke. Photograph: Dani Pozodani/Getty Images

Two-goal Cristiano Ronaldo may have become the record scorer in European competition on Tuesday but the Real Madrid forward was left seething by anoth(...)

Karim Benzema of Real Madrid CF scores their third goal against  Schalke 04. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Real Madrid 3 Shalke 4 (Madrid win 5-4 on aggregate) Real Madrid are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. That is not news; w(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Fernando Torres enjoyed his first ever Madrid derby win as Diego Simeone’s side won 2-0 in the first leg of the last 16 of the Copa Del Rey at the Vicente Calderon. (Photograph: REUTERS/Susana Vera)

He had to leave home and come back again seven and a half years later, but Fernando Torres has finally beaten Real Madrid as an Atlético player. He di(...)

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(...)