Cristiano Ronaldo's unhappiness in Spain has led to a certain sense of deja-vu around Real Madrid -- and a look back at his last declaration of "sadness" almost four years ago helps understand how this present impasse with club president Florentino Perez might now play out.
Ronaldo has so far stopped short of commenting directly on the investigation which sees him due in Spanish court on July 31 accused of a €14.7 million tax fraud, but close associates have been talking on his behalf.
After getting married in Croatia just a few days ago, Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic and his new wife, Izabel Andrijanic, are currently honeymooning on a yacht somewhere out there in the wide blue yonder.
Rather than just whiling away the hours dreamily gazing into one another's eyes, the couple instead decided to make things competitive with a good old-fashioned game of keepy-uppies on deck.
"Man" may be pushing it a bit when referring to young Gianluigi Donnarumma, who isn't legally able to buy a beer in a number of countries. But what the AC Milan and Italy keeper lacks in life experience he more than compensates for when he pulls on his gloves.
Despite turning 18 only last February, Donnarumma...
This may be remembered as the summer of player power.
Cristiano Ronaldo, speaking via his minions, says he has made an "irrevocable" decision to leave Spain and Real Madrid. Gianluigi Donnarumma, who only became old enough to legally buy alcohol in Europe last February, turns down a contract extension that would have made him one of the highest-paid goalkeepers in the world. Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil sit tight as their contracts tick down towards free agency at Arsenal. Marco Verratti's...