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Ronaldo out as Zinedine Zidane puts faith in Real Madrid subs vs. Leonesa

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno assesses how Cristiano Ronaldo can turn around his slowest ever La Liga start.
Real Madrid earned all three points against Athletic Bilbao thanks to Alvaro Morata's late game-winning goal.

With only two days to rest after a hard-fought victory against Athletic Bilbao, Real Madrid play again on Wednesday evening. Their trip to Leon, where they will meet the fascinating Cultural Leonesa, marks their comeback to the Copa del Rey after last season's ridiculous exit due to an administrative mistake when they lined up a non-eligible player, Denis Cheryshev.

Sunday's win brought plenty of topics for discussion, both positive and negative, among media and supporters. The team looked comfortable...

 By Michael Cox

Why do stars such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo take the penalties?

Lionel Messi converted a crucial penalty at the weekend but hasn't had the best spot-kick record.

On Saturday, Lionel Messi buried a 94th-minute penalty past Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves at the Mestalla. It was a hugely significant goal that meant Barcelona travelled back up the coast with three points after a 3-2 victory. In a wider context, it might have a significant impact upon Messi's goal-scoring record at the end of his career.

For all Messi's superhuman talents -- there's an argument that the Argentine is or has been the world's best dribbler, creator and goal scorer during his...

Qatar-owned La Cultural's Real Madrid clash could lead to better things

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno assesses how Cristiano Ronaldo can turn around his slowest ever La Liga start.

A staple of each Spanish season is when a small lower division club "wins the lottery" and draws one of the La Liga giants in the Copa del Rey.

This year the TV cameras were at the ground of Segunda B side La Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa to capture the screams and cheers as the part-timers learned they would face Real Madrid in the round of 32.

Madrid's opponents this year are no ordinary minnows however, even though their 93 years of history includes just one season in the Primera Division. La...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Ozil, Benzema, Coutinho among stars overlooked for Ballon d'Or nomination

The ESPN FC guys discuss the front-runners for the Ballon d'Or, making a case for Luis Suarez to be among the top three.
Take a look back at Lionel Messi's season that sees him on the 2016 Ballon d'Or shortlist.
After a stellar year full of personal bests, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the top contenders to take home the coveted award.
A look at some of the players who could challenge Messi and Ronaldo for the 2016 Ballon d'Or.
The guys answer your tweets on the best manager in the world, the top Ballon d'Or candidates, and Conte's celebrations.

Jamie Vardy's inclusion aside, France Football's 30-man list of nominees for the 2016 Ballon d'Or had a familiar look to it.

Cristiano Ronaldo and five-time winner Lionel Messi, the current holder, will once again be in the final reckoning with Luis Suarez, Neymar and Antoine Griezmann among the other candidates hoping to make the final three-man shortlist for January's award ceremony.

But there were several star names and big achievers of the current calendar year who were conspicuous by their...

 By Rob Train

Real Madrid must convince Cristiano Ronaldo rotation is in his best interest

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno assesses how Cristiano Ronaldo can turn around his slowest ever La Liga start.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been the subject of plenty of criticism for his performance during Real Madrid's 2-1 victory over Athletic at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday. Was it his worst game in a Real Madrid shirt?

Subjectivity is a handy stick for Ronaldo bashing, but it is premature to be writing this season off as far as the Portugal captain is concerned -- let alone questioning his medium-to-long-term status as world class. This is a player who led his country to glory at Euro 2016, won the Champions...

Tight at the top of La Liga with Real, Barca, Atletico, Sevilla all contenders

Real Madird coach Zinedine Zidane reflects on his team's attitude against a tough Bilbao side, and on taking their chances.

Five things we learned after another extra dramatic round of La Liga action -- with four different competition leaders on Sunday, and Real Madrid finishing the weekend top.

1. Accidental leaders

Real Madrid kicked off last of La Liga's games Sunday -- knowing that three points at home to Athletic Bilbao would see Zinedine Zidane's team jump from fifth to first place in the standings.

Karim Benzema capitalised on a slip by Athletic's third-choice left-back Enric Saborit to open the scoring early....