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 By Rob Train
19 hours ago

Karim Benzema overcomes doubters to prove his Real Madrid worth

The ESPN FC crew discuss what could prevent Real Madrid from winning the Champions League.

"Raining cats and dogs" is an apt expression for the recent weather in Madrid and also brings to mind a key moment in the Real Madrid career of Karim Benzema.

It was the middle of the 2010-11 season and Jose Mourinho's preferred striker, Gonzalo Higuain, had been ruled out for months with a back problem. Mourinho, in his inimitable style, had been removing toys from his managerial pram for the previous six months over the club's reluctance to sign his main squad priority: another striker.

Among a...

By ESPN Staff
16 hours ago

Who can stop Real Madrid?

The ESPN FC crew discuss what could prevent Real Madrid from winning the Champions League.

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3 minutes ago

Platini comments only add more fuel to Ronaldo's fire

The ESPN FC crew discuss what could prevent Real Madrid from winning the Champions League.

If he's not in the hairdressers, he's failing miserably in his attempts to win a World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo may be one of the best footballers to have graced the planet, but he doesn't seem to have won too many friends in the upper echelons of football's governing bodies with his sensational skills.

The top three players in the running for the Ballon d'Or are announced on Monday and a year on from Sepp Blatter's derogatory remarks about the Real Madrid star, UEFA president Michel Platini has...

3 hours ago

Real Madrid's 'tired' Toni Kroos will play vs. Malaga, says Carlo Ancelotti

The ESPN FC crew discuss what could prevent Real Madrid from winning the Champions League.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says key midfielder Toni Kroos will start Saturday's La Liga trip to Malaga despite complaining of tiredness this week.

Kroos has had a superb last 12 months -- securing the Bundesliga title and German Cup with Bayern, then winning the World Cup with his national side, and immediately becoming a key player for Madrid after joining for a bargain 20 million euros last summer.

Such success has however brought a heavy workload including 25 league and cup fixtures for...

4 hours ago

Madrid: Platini wrong to dismiss Cristiano Ronaldo for Ballon d'Or

The ESPN FC crew discuss what could prevent Real Madrid from winning the Champions League.

Real Madrid have hit out at UEFA president Michel Platini after he suggested that a Germany international, not Cristiano Ronaldo, should win this year's Ballon d'Or.

Ronaldo has been widely viewed as the big favourite to win the award in January, however, Platini recently said he would prefer it if a member of this summer's World Cup-winning Germany team was recognised, with Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, Philipp Lahm, Toni Kroos and Mario Gotze having all made the shortlist.

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