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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane using a towel to dry his head during a Spanish league  match  against Real Betis at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium on the outskirts of Madrid. Photograph:  Gabriel bouys/AFP via Getty Images

Don’t mix and sport and politics, they say, but sport and politics do mix. Just ask Real Madrid, who spent the past few days fearing that when they bo(...)

Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid meet Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/Getty/AFP

Zinedine Zidane has insisted he has no need to issue a public defence of under-fire Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. Perez spearheaded the fai(...)

 Florentino Perez: “We’re doing this to save football. We want to save football for the next 20 years at least so we can survive without worries.” Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

Florentino Perez painted a dramatic, dark portrait of football’s future and presented himself and the other breakaway clubs as its saviour as he attem(...)

Real Madrid head coach  Zinedine Zidane reacts during the Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Liverpool at Anfield. Photograph:  Michael Regan/Getty Images

At the climax of the hypnotic film made about Zinedine Zidane in 2005, which followed him, and him alone, through the course of a Real Madrid league m(...)

James Milner of Liverpool is fouled  by Casemiro of Real Madrid during the  Champions League quarter-final, second leg at Anfield. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Liverpool 0 Real Madrid 0 (Real win 3-1 on agg) The Anfield factor was not the vital ingredient that Liverpool ultimately missed most in their attemp(...)

 Karim Benzema scores Real Madrid’s first goal during the La Liga  match against Barcelona at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano  in Madrid. Photograph: Angel Martinez/Getty Images

Real Madrid 2 Barcelona 1 Real Madrid clung on for a 2-1 victory over Barcelona that sent them to the summit of La Liga as Lionel Messi’s Clasico goa(...)

Lionel Messi celebrates a goal against Athletic Bilbao with Pedri. Photograph: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty

Lionel Messi’s wife collected him from Barcelona’s El Prat airport in mid-November after playing a couple of international games in South America. Mes(...)

 Real Madrid’s striker Vinicius Jr celebrates after scoring his side’s third  goal during the Champions League quarter-final first leg at Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in Madrid. Photograph: Kiko Huesca/EPA

Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 There is no anger left from 2018, Jürgen Klopp insisted, but there must be from this match. Some things have changed since (...)

 Alcoyano midfielder Juanan Casanova celebrates after the winning goal against Real Madrid during the Copa del Rey round of 32 match at El Collao stadium in Alcoy, Alicante. Photograph: Manuel Lorenzo/EPA

Alcoyano 2 Real Madrid 1 (aet, 1-1 after 90 mins) Real Madrid suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to lowly Alcoyano on Wednesday to exit the Copa del Rey, as(...)

Lionel Messi leaves the field after being shown a red card during the Spanish Super Cup final against Athletic Bilbao. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Exactly 90 seconds before the act of violence that will earn Lionel Messi his first red card for Barcelona, he’s standing just inside the halfway lin(...)

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