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Vinicius Junior deserves immediate shot at Real Madrid first-team squad

La Liga ambassador Patrick Kluivert discusses the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo following his departure from Real Madrid to join Juventus. Neymar believes Cristiano Ronaldo’s move from Real Madrid to Juventus will change the face of Italian football. With a nod to catenaccio purists, there isn’t much in football that gets the pulse pumping like a quick, fearless attacking player. France can attest to that. Liberte, Egalite, Mbappe, the t-shirts read after Kylian & Co. won the World Cup. At the age of 19, the PSG forward has the world at his feet. Meanwhile, on Friday at the Bernabeu, Vinicius Junior was officially presented as a Real Madrid player mere days after his 18th birthday. That landmark occasion paved the way for the Brazilian to complete his move from Flamengo, a...

Florentino Perez has Real Madrid poised for a return to the free-spending Galactico days

The stage was set, and it will remain set for the rest of the summer. Quite literally. And although this time there has been a change — so far, anyway — the rest of it is much of the same; the same words, the same faces, the same protocol. Thumbs up and kick-ups too. Slightly different plan, though. Usually, a temporary platform is erected on the eastern side of the Santiago Bernabeu, facing the seats of the directors’ box, where presentations are made. This time, it has been set up inside, behind the directors’ box where the canapes are carried and deals are done. As the hot weeks pass, one by one the players come — often all the way to the very last day of August. Outside, fans wait for a glimpse of the new star. Sometimes a few come, sometimes loads do. It&...

With Cristiano Ronaldo gone, it’s time for someone else to step up as Real Madrid’s leader

ESPN FC’s La Liga correspondent Sid Lowe explains what it will take for Gareth Bale to seize the opportunity left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure. ESPN FC’s Stewart Robson explains why Real Madrid should explore other options before making Gareth Bale the focal point of the team. There is a fresh sense of hope in the air at preseason training sessions around the world. Nowhere could this be truer than at Real Madrid even if it is mixed with tinges of apprehension as to where their new era will lead them. There are new schemes and concepts being implemented by new manager Julen Lopetegui and there is a battle getting ready to commence for the alpha male role in the dressing room and on the field. Typically, at this stage of preseason, players not named Cristiano Ronaldo w...

Neymar: I am staying at Paris Saint-Germain and want to win with them

The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets on Jose Mourinho’s negativity at Man United, how many trophies Liverpool will win this season and much more. The FC guys answer your tweets on Luka Modric, Antonio Conte’s standing among top managers and their preference between Griezmann and Neymar. The FC boys dive in to Neymar’s attitude following Brazil’s elimination from the World Cup and how he could potentially fit at Real Madrid. Neymar has told ESPN Brasil he will stay at Paris Saint-Germain amid continuing speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid. Brazil star Neymar, who moved to PSG from Barcelona for a world-record fee last summer, is reported to be a long term target for Madrid president Florentino Perez. But he said he was targeting more trophies with the L...

Patrick Kluivert: Real need another star to replace Ronaldo

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How Gareth Bale can fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo

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How Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus impacted social media accounts

Cristiano Ronaldo is in Italy to undergo his medical ahead of his big money move to Juventus. Former AC Milan midfielder Kaka believes Cristiano Ronaldo can help to raise the level in Italy and help Italian teams become great again in Europe. Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid for quite an expensive fee, but the FC guys feel everyone involved in the transfer comes out a winner. ESPN FC’s Stewart Robson and Craig Burley explain just how monumental Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus is for world football. Given the profile of everyone involved, it was no surprise that Cristiano Ronaldo’s €100 million move from Real Madrid to Juventus had quite an impact on social media. Both clubs have used Twitter and Instagram especially to tell their side of the summer’s bigges...

Real Madrid links dismissed by PSG’s Kylian Mbappe

Julien Laurens expects Kylian Mbappe to play for Real Madrid at some point in his career, but says there’s no way PSG sell him this summer. Kylian Mbappe said he will remain at Paris Saint-Germain next season amid persistent links to a move away from the club, potentially to Real Madrid. Mbappe, named the Best Young Player at the World Cup after France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final, was asked following the game if he would stay at the club, which he formally joined on July 1 following a season on loan from Monaco. “Of course,” Mbappe said. “One hundred percent.” The 19-year-old finished with four goals in the tournament and became the youngest player to score in the final since Pele did so in 1958. “Only the second teenager to have scored...

Burley: Time is right for Hazard to leave Chelsea

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Transfer Rater: Seri to Fulham, Hazard’s future, Bale’s next move

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid exit has repercussions across Spanish football

In this country, new Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui is partially famous for having fainted, flat out, on live TV in 2006 while demonstrating Spain’s World Cup formation via the new invention of touch-screen graphics. It’s to be hoped that Lopetegui’s reaction to Cristiano Ronaldo dramatically sealing his move away from the Bernabeu to Juventus didn’t result in anything similar Tuesday. But make no mistake, all eyes are trained on the Basque-born manager once again. Did Lopetegui knowingly sign up for a Ronaldo-less Madrid? To what extent was he briefed, while setting himself up to lose the Spain job on the eve of the World Cup, that Real Madrid’s greatest asset was about to be flogged off — for a price that might buy Neymar’s right leg? Either h...

Gareth Bale and building from within are Real Madrid’s best options for life after Ronaldo

Martin Ainstein discusses the many different reasons as to why Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid parted ways. No sooner had Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus been confirmed than the roll call of usual suspects to replace the Portugal captain at the Bernabeu was dusted off: Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Harry Kane, Eden Hazard … it is a list as well-thumbed as Florentino Perez’s cheque book during his first spell at the helm of Real Madrid. The Real president’s first reaction will be to break the bank in response to losing his star attraction, but none of those players will be easy to land. Mbappe and Neymar are under lengthy contracts and minimum release clauses do not exist in Ligue 1. Daniel Levy stands between Perez and Kane, and any inquiry for Hazard would be met w...