Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid poses with his Uefa’s Best Player in Europe  award at Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo, Monaco, last month. Photograph: Sebastien Nogier / EPA

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez sought to play down an apparent spat with Cristiano Ronaldo on Friday as he announced the La Liga club’s income(...)

 Vicente del Bosque  celebrates as he lifts the World Cup with his team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11th, 2010. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Vicente del Bosque is inscrutable. It’s difficult to know what goes on behind that flowerbox moustache he sports. He never betrays emotion during a ga(...)

 Luis Suarez:  On the cover of a recent issue of Marca, as Real Madrid develop their interest in the Uruguay and Liverpool striker. Photograph:   Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Liverpool are closing in on a deal for the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can amid the first, tentative signs of Real Madrid developing their int(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (right) with physiotherapist Antonio Gaspar (left) and teamates Beto ( second left) and Raul Meireles (second right) during a training session at the New York Jets training centre in Newark. Photograph: Jose Sena Goulao / EPA

Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is struggling to be fit for Portugal’s opening World Cup match due to tendinitis around his left kneecap and is almos(...)

Malcolm Glazer: controversial owner never won over supporters. Photograph: Doug Benc/Getty Images

Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer has died, it has been announced. He was 85. News of the businessman’s death was announced via a statemen(...)

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti poses with the Champions League trophy last weekend. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters

Alex Ferguson wanted Carlo Ancelotti to succeed him as Manchester United manager last summer, according to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. Fer(...)

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale celebrates with Cristiano Ronaldo after setting him up for the third goal against Bayern Munich during their Champion’s League semi-final in Munich. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid to dismantle Bayern Munich in their own stadium, taking his club to a first Champions League final since 2002, a(...)

Neymar: Barcelona’s marquee signing in the summer is struggling to find his form after controversy over his multi-million euro move from Santos.

On Sunday, Barcelona will play Real Madrid at the Bernabéu stadium. Clásicos tend to define a season in Spanish football, this year’s encounter(...)

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol  argues with  referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco during the heated Spanish Cup semi-final second leg against Real Madrid   at the Camp Nou in  February. Photograph:  Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images)

Who’d be a ref, eh? Or worse, a Spanish referee. Ten days ago the referee for today’s clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou – Albe(...)

Manchester City’s manager Manuel Pellegrini reacts during their Champions League soccer clash against Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Niall Quinn played for Arsenal for seven years and Manchester City for six. He once described the difference in terms of socks. Arsenal were immaculat(...)