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Real Madrid enjoy their trophy despite the surrealism of the Club World Cup

Real Madrid players, Gareth Bale, Iker Casillas and Toni Kross discuss their success this year following a 2-nil win over San Lorenzo in the Club World Cup final.

Real Madrid's 2-0 victory over San Lorenzo in the Club World Cup was a fitting end to what has been a superb 2014 for coach Carlo Ancelotti and his almost-all-conquering team. It's also a boon to club president Florentino Perez and the marketing team at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. While the tournament remains a bit of an artificial oddity in the football calendar, there was plenty for Blancos fans and pundits to revel in after goals from Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale secured the trophy.


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#FCtalkingpoints: Lampard, Rodgers, transfers, Real Madrid, West Ham

ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley breaks down all the drama at Anfield, which culminated with Martin Skrtel's stoppage-time equaliser that earned Liverpool a draw against Arsenal.

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five burning questions on the ESPN FC radar following the weekend.

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Brendan Rodgers is no stranger to off-the-wall comments, but his latest following Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Arsenal is borderline insane.

"Our performance today was better than when we won here 5-1 last year," said Rodgers.

Transfer season is almost upon us, and there has been no shortage of tasty rumours floating through ESPN FC's Transfer Talk blog. Here are a few...

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Cristiano Ronaldo's incredible statue of himself looks rather odd

With a Cristiano Ronaldo-themed museum already up and running in the town, the good people of Madeira have found one more way to pay homage to their most famous son, with a new statue of the Real Madrid superstar unveiled on the Portuguese island over the weekend.


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What's more, the man himself flew in to attend the grand unveiling ceremony in his hometown of Funchal, with the 10-foot bronze sculpture capturing Ronaldo in all his glory: splay-legged and ready to send a trademark long-range free-kick...

 By Rob Train

Player Ratings: Selfless Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos lead Real Madrid

Welsh winger Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid claim their fourth trophy of 2014 after easing to a 2-0 win against South American champions San Lorenzo in the Club World Cup final.

It wasn't quite the spectacle the crowd at Le Grande Stade in Marrakech might have hoped for -- and hardly helped by an over-officious referee -- but after a bruising 90 minutes, Real Madrid added a Club World Cup title to its three Intercontinental Cups by overcoming the champions of the 2014 Copa Libertadores, San Lorenzo, 2-0.

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There were few surprises in Carlo Ancelotti's lineup. Fit-again James Rodriguez was restored to midfield with Asier Illarramendi dropping to the bench and Real's full...

Three Points: Real Madrid easily clinch Club World Cup glory

Real Madrid players, Gareth Bale, Iker Casillas, and Toni Kross discuss their success this year following a 2-nil win over San Lorenzo in the Club World Cup final.

A trio of observations on Real Madrid's 2-0 win vs. San Lorenzo in the FIFA Club World Cup final on Saturday.

1. Ramos is the man for the big occasion again

The game had seen more yellow cards than shots on goal when Sergio Ramos rose majestically to head in Toni Kroos' well-flighted corner and open the scoring. Ramos combined a number of different gestures in his celebration, ending by planting his feet to the turf by the corner flag, while pointing with both hands at the name on the back of his...

Iker Casillas' journey from depths of despair to Real Madrid's 700 club

The ESPN FC crew discusses Iker Casillas' future with Spain after David de Gea replaced him in goal in the game against Luxembourg.

Half a year can seem like a lifetime in the world of football -- just ask Iker Casillas. Just six months ago, the Real Madrid legend must have been wondering if his hugely decorated spell at Real Madrid was coming to a not-so-decorated conclusion, but now the 33-year-old will hope to celebrate his 700th official appearance for the club he loves by lifting the FIFA Club World Cup on Saturday night.

Real were minutes away from not even being in Morocco at all. Carlo Ancelotti's side were staring...