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 By Mark Rodden

Real Madrid's Luca Zidane, son of Zinedine, sent off in U17 Madrid derby

Zinedine Zidane's act proved costly for France in the 2006 World Cup final.
Zinedine Zidane sends Marco Materazzi to the deck in the 2006 World Cup final.

Like father, like son, goes the old adage and Luca Zidane seems to be making a habit of following in former France star Zinedine's footsteps.

A goalkeeper for Real Madrid's under-17 side, Luca demonstrated that he has a potentially fiery temperament too when he was sent off in the Madrid derby game against Atletico.

It was not quite deja vu as video footage caught the teenager using his head to make contact with an opposing player. But although the images were nowhere near as violent, they brought...

James Rodriguez, Rafa Benitez need to work together to salvage Real's season

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner reacts to Real Madrid's 2-0 win over Eibar by saying that better teams will exploit their defensive weakness.

Almost exactly three months ago, on Aug. 29, Real Madrid played their second La Liga match of the season. In an enjoyable, high-tempo performance, the hosts easily defeated Betis 5-0.

During those 90 minutes, many players showed glimpses of their best repertoire: Keylor Navas saved a penalty kick and spoiled two excellent chances from the visitors; Gareth Bale scored and also assisted Karim Benzema; Marcelo exploited the left flank with flair; and James Rodriguez added two beautiful goals to his...

Lionel Messi to win Ballon d'Or, but does Ronaldo deserve his place?

ESPN FC's Craig Burley says World Player of the Year will come down to Ronaldo and Messi, regardless of other nominees.

The three-man shortlist for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or has been announced with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo alongside Neymar.

While Messi is likely to walk away with the prize, Ronaldo's place in the final three is more on reputation that anything he's achieved, and he may even lose out to Neymar in the final vote. In truth, Luis Suarez probably deserves a place on the podium more.

Here ESPN FC looks at the three players in with a chance of being named "best in the world," as well as three...

Neymar and Suarez not affected by Messi return; Real made to work

The ESPN FC crew discuss how enjoyable it is to watch Barcelona football when they are playing at their best.

Dermot Corrigan recaps what you need to know from the weekend's La Liga action, with Barcelona cruising, Real Madrid forced to work hard and Saul starring for Atletico.

1. Lionel Messi return has not affected Neymar and Luis Suarez's form

There was a feeling that Neymar and Luis Suarez really enjoyed their time in the spotlight during Leo Messi's two months out injured, but there was also some concern among Blaugrana fans and pundits that the superstar's return might cramp their styles a little.


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Neymar rejects rumoured Real Madrid interest in favor of Barca stay

The ESPN FC crew discuss how enjoyable it is to watch Barcelona football when they are playing at their best.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop says Real Sociedad were lambs to the slaughter in their 4-0 defeat by Barcelona.

The winter window draws closer with each passing day, and the transfer rumour mill is starting to pick up steam. As always, Transfer Talk has the latest and greatest. See all the summer deals here.

TOP STORY: Perez obsessed, but Neymar says no

If Gianluigi Buffon is to be indulged and Lionel Messi really is an "alien," then Neymar must surely be the best human being currently playing the beautiful game. The Brazil captain earned another perfect 10 for his superb display in Barcelona's 4-0 win...

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Cristiano Ronaldo retains lead over Lionel Messi after both men score

ESPN FC's Craig Burley takes a look at how Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi fared in their La Liga fixtures this past weekend.

Each week, ESPN FC projects and reviews the season-long scoring battle between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga.

Current goals total in La Liga: Ronaldo 9-4 Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo consolidated his five-goal lead over Lionel Messi, as both men netted once at the weekend.

Ronaldo converted a penalty as Real Madrid won 2-0 at Eibar. Otherwise, it was a somewhat frustrating day for the Portuguese forward, who took nine shots but hit the target with only two.

Meanwhile, Messi marked...