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Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo should pay bigger tax fine than ¬18.8m – union

Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning 88th minute free kick completed his hat trick and secured a vital 3-3 draw against Spain in the process. The guys respond to your tweets about Cristiano Ronaldo following his heroic display for Portugal against Spain in the World Cup. The FC crew examine how Cristiano Ronaldo has adjusted his game with age to remain one of the world’s elite players. Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat trick against Spain set several World Cup and international records for the Portuguese superstar. Officials at Spain’s tax authority have called for “reconsideration” of the deal done with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Earlier this week, sources told ESPN FC that an agreement with tax prosecutors would see Ronaldo admit wrongdoing over his image ri...

Cristiano Ronaldo bust at Madeira Airport replaced by new version

Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat trick against Spain set several World Cup and international records for the Portuguese superstar. Ronaldo joins episode five of Project Russia to discuss Brazil’s World Cup hopes and his ambitions for Neymar. After two very different opening World Cup matches, the FC guys talk about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s differing roles for their national teams. The bronze bust of Cristiano Ronaldo at Madeira Airport has been replaced with another one that presents a greater likeness to the Portugal captain. The sculpture of the Real Madrid forward gained worldwide notoriety, and received plenty of ridicule, when it was placed last year as the airport was renamed for Ronaldo shortly after the five-time Ballon d’Or winner captained Portugal to E...

Real Madrid hire Spain’s Julen Lopetegui to take over as coach after World Cup

After Spain laboured to a narrow win over Tunisia, the FC crew fear La Roja don’t have enough cutting edge to unlock opposing defences. Spain national team coach Julen Lopetegui will take over as Real Madrid manager after the World Cup, the Spanish club announced on Tuesday, just two days before the tournament begins in Russia. Madrid had been looking for a replacement since Zinedine Zidane stepped down from the position last month, just days after winning a third consecutive Champions League trophy. After guiding Spain easily through qualification to the World Cup finals, Lopetegui had agreed on a new contract up until Euro 2022 just last May, and was not among the more than 20 names which had been linked with the Bernabeu vacancy in the local media over the past two weeks. But with...

Zinedine Zidane unsure on future after leaving Real Madrid amid France links

ESPN FC’s Stevie Nicol feels Zinedine Zidane left Real Madrid at exactly the right time after rumours suggest a rift with Florentino Perez. The guys respond to your tweets about Man United’s interest in Bale, Zidane’s place in Real Madrid history, Chelsea’s issues and Ousmane Dembele. Zinedine Zidane won three Champions League titles with Real Madrid, but Craig Burley explains why he still needs to prove he’s a great manager. Zinedine Zidane has said he is enjoying resting after leaving Real Madrid, amid reports linking him with the France national team. Reports have suggested that former France international Zidane could be lined up as a replacement for coach Didier Deschamps in the event of an unsuccessful World Cup. But speaking at an Adidas event in Saint-...

Moreno: Ronaldo’s exit threats are becoming a nuisance

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Real Madrid to be paid ¬50m for 2018-19 UCL before playing a match

A packed out Santiago Bernabeu Stadium welcomed back 2018 UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid on Sunday night, with fans asking Cristiano Ronaldo to stay.   Craig Burley is back from vacation, and doesn’t hold back in his analysis of Sergio Ramos’ tangle with Mo Salah, Loris Karius’ nightmare and more from the UCL final. Real Madrid’s pair of bicycle kicks made our UCL top 10 goals, but only one could claim the top spot. European champions Real Madrid will get around €50 million without kicking a ball in the Champions League next season as a new revenue distribution system comes into effect. European soccer body UEFA said on Tuesday that €2.04 billion would be distributed among the teams competing in its flagship tournament in 2018-19, although some will get c...

Nicol: I’m glad Sergio Ramos is being himself

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Sergio Ramos hits back at accusations of his role in Mohamed Salah and Loris Karius injuries

The FC crew react to the news Liverpool’s Loris Karius suffered a concussion after a collision with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final. Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is unrepentant about the clashes that left Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Loris Karius injured in last month’s 3-1 Champions League final, saying the accusations against him have “been blown out of all proportion.” The final turned in Madrid’s favour after Reds top scorer Salah had to leave the field with a dislocated shoulder after appearing to be pulled to the ground by Ramos, with a sizable portion of fans believing the Madrid centre-back was acting intentionally. And this week it emerged that Karius had suffered a concussion during the game, with the 24-year-old having been flo...

Sergio Ramos hits backs at accusations of his role in Liverpool injuries

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is unrepentant about the clashes that left Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Loris Karius injured in last month’s 3-1 Champions League final, saying the accusations against him have “it’s all been blown out of all proportion.” The final turned in Madrid’s favour after Reds top scorer Salah had to leave the field with a dislocated shoulder after appearing to be pulled to the ground by Ramos, with a sizable portion of fans believing the Madrid centre-back was acting intentionally. And this week it emerged that Karius had suffered a concussion during the game, with the 24-year-old having been floored in a collision with Ramos while defending a corner. The goalkeeper proceeded to make two crucial mistakes for Madrid’s first...

What Real Madrid should look for in a manager

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Transfer Talk: Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane quit over Eden Hazard, David De Gea disputes

The guys respond to your tweets about how Real Madrid could get Lewandowski, Iniesta’s importance to Spain and their bold World Cup picks. The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow live with our daily blog throughout the summer. Zidane ‘quit Real over Hazard, De Gea disagreements’ Zinedine Zidane resigned as Real Madrid coach after a row over transfer policy — and over Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea in particular — according to the Sun. Zidane and Madrid president Florentino Perez “clashed over plans” the night before the former France international announced that he was quitting. The report says Zidane told Perez he wanted to bring in Hazard — ...

Arsene Wenger unsure of ‘totally crazy challenge’ of coaching Real Madrid

With the Real Madrid job up for grabs, Alexis Nunes and Shaka Hislop debate whether Arsene Wenger is fit to succeed Zinedine Zidane. The ESPN FC crew delve into the factors that led Zinedine Zidane to resign after leading Real Madrid to three consecutive UCL titles. Arsene Wenger has responded to links to the Real Madrid job by saying he doesn’t know if he has the desire to take on a “totally crazy challenge.” Following Zinedine Zidane’s surprise resignation last week, Wenger’s name has been mentioned along with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, Germany boss Joachim Low, Juventus’ Max Allegri and Madrid’s under-18s coach, Guti. Wenger left Arsenal last month after 22 years and is weighing up his future options.  “It’s the question ...