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Eden Hazard during his official presentation as a new Real Madrid player at the  Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Photograph:  Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Eden Hazard believes he has the platform to try and become “the best player in the world” after signing a five-year deal with Real Madrid. The 28-yea(...)

Wales’ Ethan Ampadu reacts at the end of the match as Croatia players celebrate their Euro 2020 qualifier win. photograph: Antonio Bronic/Reuters

Croatia 2 Wales 1 Ryan Giggs’s Wales side suffered a Euro 2020 setback as Croatia beat them 2-1 on a scorching afternoon in Osijek. A 17th-minute Ja(...)

Tottenham’s Toby Alderweirel  blocks Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong’s shot  during their  Champions League semi-final second-leg win at   at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. Photograph: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images

Toby Alderweireld has been close to a Champions League title before. Close enough, in fact, that there was probably someone squirrelling away trying t(...)

Marta of Brazil won the best Fifa Women’s Player at last year’s awards. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

The rapid growth of the women’s game will be recognised at this year’s The Best Fifa Football Awards with two new categories, a prize for the best fem(...)

 Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema after scoring the winner against SD Eibar. Photograph: EPA

Real Madrid 2 Eibar 1 Karim Benzema struck twice as Real Madrid came from behind to win 2-1 against Eibar at the Bernabeu. Eibar took the lead in th(...)

Real Madrid’s  Gareth Bale watches on as his side crash out of the Champions League against Ajax  at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. Photograph: Jaview Soriano/AFP/Getty

Today is March 6th, Real Madrid’s birthday, but there is nothing to celebrate. This week has been the worst in their 117-year history: three home d(...)

Real Madrid are now 12 points behind Catalan club Barcelona in La Liga. Photograph: Getty Images

Three games in seven days at the Santiago Bernabéu were set to define Real Madrid’s season. Two down with one left, it risks becoming a disaster. Kn(...)

Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic scores their first goal during the  La Liga games against  Real Madrid at the  Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 1 Ivan Rakitic’s fine first-half goal proved enough to give Barcelona a hard-earned 1-0 win over rivals Real Madrid at the Sa(...)

 Santi Cazorla celebrates scoring  Villarreal’s opening goal during the La Liga match against  Real Madrid  at Estadio de la Ceramica. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Villarreal 2 Real Madrid 2 Real Madrid endured a frustrating start to the new year as they drew 2-2 at struggling Villarreal on Thursday and were lef(...)

 Cian Lynch and his Limerick team-mates celebrate their All-Ireland win over Galway at Croke park in August. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All Blacks We waited 111 years for Ireland’s first victory over New Zealand, now we have two in two years. It’s becoming a habit. “As of now Ireland (...)

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