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Messi's family denies 'Panama Papers' tax evasion claim

Messi's family denies 'Panama Papers' tax evasion claim

Barcelona, April 5 : The family of FC Barcelona's Argentine star Lionel Messi has stressed it has never used the services of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca to escape tax scrutiny.

The law firm had 11.5 million of its documents anonymously leaked in the so-called 'Panama Papers' scandal on Sunday, that suggests that 140 politicians and officials from around the globe, including 72 former and current world leaders, have connections with secret "offshore" companies to escape tax scrutiny in their countries, reports Efe.

Four for Ronaldo and easy for Madrid

Four for Ronaldo and easy for Madrid

Madris, March 6: Real Madrid were able to leave their crisis behind them as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a four goals in a convincing 7
-1 win at home to Celta Vigo.

Zinedine Zdane's side put an indifferent first half behind them to score six times in 45 second half minutes as they steam-rolled a rival which simply disappeared as a unit in the second half, reports Xinhua.

Maradona admits he would have punched Messi over tricky penalty shot

Maradona admits he would have punched Messi over tricky penalty shot

Barcelona, Mar. 05 : Legendary Argentina footballer Diego Maradona has revealed that he would have thrown punches on Barcelona star Lionel Messi over his tricky penalty with Luis Suarez during a match against Celta Vigo.

Messi stepped up to the penalty spot and decided to pass to Suarez for an easy finish instead of shooting directly during Barca's comfortable 6-1 win over Celta in their La Liga clash last month.

Messi's hat-trick in Barcelona's 5-1 thrashing of Rayo Vallecano

Messi's hat-trick in Barcelona's 5-1 thrashing of Rayo Vallecano

Madrid, March 4: Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as FC Barcelona restored their eight-point lead over Atletico Madrid and 12-point advantage over Real Madrid at the top of the La Liga following a comfortable 5-1 win away over Rayo Vallecano, who finished the game with nine men.

Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring after 22 minutes when Rayo keeper Juan Carlos dropped a straight-forward cross to allow the Croatian to score a simple goal, reports Xinhua.

Ronaldo apologises to team-mates for controversial outburst

Ronaldo apologises to team-mates for controversial outburst

Madrid, March. 1 : Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has extended his apology to teammates for his controversial remark that the club would be at the top of La Liga if every player was on his level.

Ronaldo's comments came after Madrid suffered a 0-1 defeat to local rivals Atletico Madrid in their La Liga clash at the Bernabeu.

Reflecting on his team's performance, the Portuguese international had said, "If we were all at my level, maybe we would be leaders." He subsequently downplayed his comments saying that he was referring to his "physical level".

The 'abrupt' end of Blatter's era

The 'abrupt' end of Blatter's era

Madrid, Feb 25 - When Sepp Blatter said on June 8, 1998 that it would be an "abrupt" exit from the FIFA if he did not win the presidential election, he did not know that day would eventually come after 17 years.

The Swiss did not imagine even in his wildest dreams that he would be forced to leave his office because of police investigations, or that he would be subjected to sanctions from a committee he established, reports Efe.

His own creation, FIFA's Ethics Committee, was the first to devour him and now it is impossible to detach his name from corruption.

`Injured` Benzema to miss Malaga clash in La Liga

`Injured` Benzema to miss Malaga clash in La Liga

Madrid, Feb. 21 - Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has been ruled out of the 19-man squad for the upcoming La Liga clash against Malaga due to back trouble.

The 28-year-old has contributed a total of 19 goals in his 19 league appearances for Madrid since the beginning of the campaign.

Besides Benzema, midfielder Gareth Bale and defender Pepe will also remain sidelined due to injury, goal. com reported.

Nacho is all set to partner Sergio Ramos in central defence, while Raphael Varane will miss the match because of suspension.

Zidane insists misfiring Ronaldo still remains world's best footballer

Zidane insists misfiring Ronaldo still remains world's best footballer

Madrid, Feb.10 : Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has thrown his support behind an underperforming Cristiano Ronaldo, labelling the star striker as the best player in the world.

The French manager dismissed suggestions that Ronaldo has now past his best and couldn't compete with Lionel Messi, insisting that the rivalry between the duo was good for the game.

" Cristiano Ronaldo is the best. Messi is his rival and the rivalry is good for football," Zidane was quoted as saying by goal.com.

Ramos brands Modric as Madrid's `backbone` post Granada win

Ramos brands Modric as Madrid's `backbone` post Granada win

Madrid, Feb. 8 : Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos has heaped praise on midfielder Luka Modric, labeling him as the `backbone` of the team, after he scored a match- winning goal during his side's 2-1 win over Granada in the La Liga clash.

It was Modric's first La Liga goal this season and just his second goal overall.

"His goal today makes him more visible, but for me what he brings to the game is a must. He's never marked out much, but he is the backbone of the team," Ramos was quoted as saying by goal. com.

Ronaldo's agent claims star player will retire at Real Madrid

Ronaldo's agent claims star player will retire at Real Madrid

Madrid, Dec. 28 - Cristiano Ronaldo will call curtains on his illustrious career at Real Madrid, according to the Portuguese international's agent.

The 30-year-old, who has won prestigious Ballon d'Or three times, has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain or former club Manchester United in recent times.

"I am sure that he (Ronaldo) will play the next four, five, six or seven years at Real Madrid. He will end his career there," Jorge Mendes was quoted as saying by goal. com.



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