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Real Madrid

Man United target Gareth Bale still has plenty to offer Real Madrid

ESPN FC's Craig Burley is at odds with the latest Gareth Bale to Manchester United rumours as United are currently in the rebuilding process.

Gareth Bale may have enjoyed a highly decorated year at Real Madrid in 2014 but the Welshman still has plenty of chapters to his life at the Santiago Bernabeu before he even contemplates a move back to the Premier League.

With the winter transfer window edging closer, rumours and reports have been growing surrounding a move to Manchester United for the jet-heeled forward but those reports can be taken with a pinch of salt -- for the time being.

The Old Trafford club is reported to be weighing-up...

Real Madrid Report Card: A summary of Real's La Liga season so far

Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno says the team's aim is to become the first side to retain the UEFA Champions League trophy.

With La Liga winding down for the winter break, who has starred for Carlo Ancelotti's men, and what does the second half of the campaign have in store? Here's a look at how Real have fared so far.

Grade: A

Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

After a sluggish start, Madrid have been unstoppable, with a record-breaking run of straight wins in all competitions that puts them top of La Liga and into the knockout stages of the Champions League. They're also the champions of the world.



Power Rankings: Real Madrid end 2014 on top of the world

The ESPN FC crew debate the 2014 team of the year, where Stuart Holden and Craig Burley believe Germany's dominance in Brazil merits the award, but Steve Nicol gives his thoughts on why Real Madrid are the top team of the year.

Shaka signs off for the winter break with his final ranks of the year and, as they have been for pretty much the entire second half of 2014, Real Madrid are top.

1. Real Madrid (no change)

Los Blancos end 2014 on top of the world after they clinched the Club World Cup with a victory vs. San Lorenzo that was so straightforward that they didn't even need Cristiano Ronaldo to score! Madrid have won 22 straight games and deservedly top the rankings at the winter break!

2. Bayern Munich (no change)


 By Alex Shaw

European Report Cards: How has your team fared so far this season?

The ESPN FC crew discuss Borussia Dortmund's domestic struggles after a 2-1 defeat to Werder Bremen, finishing 2014 joint-bottom with Freiburg in the Bundesliga.

With football across Europe winding down for the winter break, it's time to have a look back at the campaign so far. We asked our ESPN FC bloggers to tackle seven questions on their side. Who's your side's unlikely hero, and who has work to do?

Each team's grade for the season so far is below -- and click on the team name for a comprehensive summary.

Click here for the verdict on all 20 Premier League teams.


Atletico Madrid: A-

Barcelona: C+

Real Madrid: A


Bayern Munich: A

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

#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.

Vote and comment below or on Twitter using the hashtag #FCtalkingpoints.

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...

 By Chris Wright

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.

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...