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Real Madrid have no excuses for lagging in support of women's game

The excitement generated by Atletico Madrid hosting Madrid CFF in the Primera Division Femenina de Futbol's new derbi fixture last weekend has further highlighted the out-of-touch stance of Real Madrid towards the women's game.

On Saturday afternoon, a crowd of over 22,000 witnessed France international Aurelie Kaci become the first woman to score an official goal at the Atletico's Wanda Metropolitano when she cracked home the opener from 25 yards. Teammate Marta Corredera was also on the score...

Gerard Pique: Barcelona, Real Madrid players act like little kids on WhatsApp group

Gerard Pique has revealed to The Players' Tribune how his mobile phone got him into trouble early on in his Manchester United career with an irate Roy Keane but it's now being put to good use to wind up Real Madrid's players.

The defender told various anecdotes from his time in the game and dismissed the notion that Barcelona and Real Madrid players are constantly at odds with each other.

Pique explained that Barca and Madrid's players -- many of whom represent Spain together -- are even in a WhatsApp...

'Seven' - an ode to Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid's global superstar

Poet Natalie Diaz offers a tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo through the lens of the four-time Champions League winner.
Poet Natalie Diaz offers a tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo through the lens of the four-time Champions League winner.

This story on No. 14 athlete Cristiano Ronaldo appears in the 20th anniversary issue of ESPN The Magazine. Subscribe today

... from the brilliant seats have you beheld The sons of Lusus on the dusty field

-Os Lusiadas, Luis Vaz de Camoes

1. Born in Madeira -- I am an island. I was forged from a volcano. The lava bloomed me, then spread like a shield of earth, my first field. On this pitch of dirt and chalk, I played football until dark and learned to master the moon like a bauble, a toy,...

Cristiano Ronaldo backs kit suppliers over new El Comandante boots

Cristiano Ronaldo's kit suppliers have got the thumbs up from the Portugal captain who enjoys the ideas of "leader" and "power" linked to the name of his new "El Comandante" boots.

Speaking from the Portugal camp before this week's games against Egypt and Netherlands, Ronaldo said he liked the historical reference within the branding of his new footwear.

"El Comandante -- it's good, it's coming from history," Ronaldo explained. "I like the word, it means leader, power. So it's great that they...

Legends games increasingly key for Europe's elite to keep fans on board

Man United vs. Real Madrid legends 2013
Man United vs. Real Madrid will always attract attention, no matter who is playing.

Anfield will be full on Saturday, even though virtually every member of Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool squad will be away, somewhere in the world, on international duty.

As most supporters will attest, the international break is no substitute for club football, especially when only friendlies are being staged ahead of the World Cup.

But the game's elite clubs have now found a way to ease their fans' withdrawal symptoms, at the same time as raising funds for charity and, more strategically, keeping their...

 By Robbie Dunne

Zinedine Zidane's decision to break up the 'BBC' has Real Madrid primed for more UCL glory

Zinedine Zidane is hopeful that Real Madrid will keep moving up the table and Cristiano Ronaldo will beat Lionel Messi as La Liga's top scorer after he scored four goals in Sunday's 6-3 thrashing of Girona.
Craig Burley examines the two most enticing ties of the Champions League quarterfinals and explains why each has a clear favourite.
ESPN FC's Sid Lowe weighs in on Zinedine Zidane's standing at Real Madrid following his side's comprehensive UCL victory over PSG.

Zinedine Zidane has cracked the code again. Never considered a tactical master, Zidane has solved several problems he had with his squad in a thrifty manner and has them humming again at the right time of the year. After a lacklustre start to the season, Real Madrid are back to their best, and it's hard to see anyone standing in their way now that they've found a working formula. They head into a tie with Juventus in the Champions League with options tactically, given Zidane's trickery with his...