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`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.

El Clasico: Unprecedented security measures in place for Real Madrid-Barcelona match

El Clasico: Unprecedented security measures in place for Real Madrid-Barcelona m

Madrid: Spanish officials are promising unprecedented security measures for Saturday's soccer game between Real Madrid and Barcelona following the attacks in Paris.

At a special security meeting prompted by last week's events in France, officials declared the Spanish league match between the local rivals a high-risk event.

Spain's secretary of state for security said after today's meeting that the measures will be "more than enough" to guarantee the safety of all of those involved in the game at Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Messi 'unstoppable' on current form, says Pep Guardiola

Messi 'unstoppable' on current form, says Pep Guardiola

Barcelona (Spain), May 6 : Barcelona's ace striker Lionel Messi is unstoppable on current form believes Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola.

Speaking before Bayern Munich takes on Barcelona for the first time in their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday, Guardiola said he did not have a formula to stop the four-time World Player of the Year, who has scored
51 goals in 50 games this season.

He was quoted by Sport24, as saying that there is no defence that can stop Messi.

Spanish La Liga: Barcelona eases past Espanyol

Spanish La Liga: Barcelona eases past Espanyol

Barcelona (Spain), Apr.26 - Barcelona beat Espanyol two nil in Spain's La Liga on Saturday, increasing its lead in the tournament provisionally.

Sport24 reported that star strikers Lionel Messi and Neymar combined their talent to score both goals for Barcelona, which played the last 36 minutes of the game with ten players after left-back Jordi Alba was booked for protesting against the referee's decisions.

Messi's incisive pass started a move that Neymar finished off in the 17th minute after Suarez had coolly let the ball run between his legs.

Nishikori beats Klizan to enter Barcelona Open final

Nishikori beats Klizan to enter Barcelona Open final

Barcelona (Spain), Apr.26 - Defending champion Kei Nishikori has beaten 14th seed Martin Klizan to reach the final of the Barcelona Open.

He will now face Pablo Andujar who defeated fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 7-6 6-3 in Sunday's final, reports the BBC.

Japan's Nishikori, 25, who is looking for his ninth ATP World Tour title, needed only 77 minutes to overcome Klizan of Slovakia 6-1, 6-2.

Nishikori had beat Colombia's Santiago Giraldo in two sets to win the title at last year's event.

Messi hits record treble as Barca crush Levante

Lionel Messi

Madrid : Lionel Messi marked his 300th La Liga appearance with a record-equalling hat-trick and an assist for Neymar as Barcelona stayed hard on the heels of leaders Real Madrid with a 5-0 romp at home to Levante on Sunday.

Messi has been on electric form in recent weeks and his pinpoint cross set up Neymar to put Barca 1-0 ahead in the 17th minute at the Nou Camp.

The Brazil forward skewed his close-range volley but the ball looped up over Levante goalkeeper Diego Marino into the net.

Cristiano Ronaldo returns for depleted Real in Madrid derby

Cristiano Ronaldo

Madrid : World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo returns for a Real Madrid side otherwise stricken by injuries and suspensions as they look to beat Atletico Madrid for the first time in six meetings this season on Saturday.

Ronaldo completed his two-game ban for kicking out at Cordoba defender Edimar as the European champions sneaked past Sevilla to open up a four-point lead over Barcelona at the top of the table on Wednesday.



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