Real Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane on the touchline during Real Madrid’s victory over Deportivo La Coruna at the Bernabeu. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

‘It’s difficult to say who is the best player in the world. It’s like asking my daughter whether she prefers my wife or me. Not easy.” The scene was(...)

Real Madrid’s  Gareth Bale celebrates scoring against Deportivo de la Coruna at the Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo/AFP/Getty Images

Gareth Bale insisted he is happy at Real Madrid after scoring a hat-trick on Zinedine Zidane’s managerial debut at the Santiago Bernabéu – but admitt(...)

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(...)

Barcelona’s  Lionel Messi  scores one of his three goals in the Primera Division match  against  Granada CF at the Camp Nou stadium. Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona 4 Granada 0 Lionel Messi netted his first hat-trick in 10 months as Barcelona swept aside struggling Granada 4-0 to climb above Atletico Ma(...)

Real Madrid’s new French coach Zinedine Zidane. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

You’d have to have a heart of stone not to feel sympathy for Rafa Benítez this week: as if receiving the most unceremoniously crude axe imaginable fro(...)

Manchester United have been uninspired under Louis van Gaal and Ryan Giggs. Photograph: Getty Images

José Mourinho has been available for three weeks now, and still no takers. Clearly three weeks is not exactly a lifetime in exile for a football mana(...)

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(...)

Rafa Benítez expressed gratitude to everyone he worked with at Bernabéu. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

Rafael Benítez has expressed his gratitude for having the opportunity to manage Real Madrid and wished his successor Zinedine Zidane well. The former(...)

 Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane arrives at a  press conference at Valdebebas training ground. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane does not want to be compared with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola despite the similarities in their routes t(...)

Real Madrid’s new coach Zinedine Zidane arrives with Real Madrid’s president Florentino Pérez before a statement at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on January 4, 2016.  Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Zinedine Zidane has become the manager of Real Madrid after the club’s president, Florentino Pérez, announced the sacking of Rafael Benítez at the Ber(...)