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Real Madrid

 By Ben Gladwell

Real Madrid's Paul Pogba interest is 'logical,' Zinedine Zidane says

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Janusz Michallik discuss where Paul Pogba is most likely to end up this summer, with PSG and Real Madrid among the clubs reportedly pursuing the Juve star.

Zinedine Zidane says it is only "logical" that Real Madrid are interested in signing Paul Pogba in the summer.

Madrid are one of only a few in Europe able to match Juventus' reported €100 million asking price for the French midfielder, and have apparently already registered their interest.

Juve have said they will not be able to stand in the 22-year-old's way if he seeks an exit and Zidane, who currently coaches Real Madrid Castilla, told Canal Plus that the Spanish giants would certainly be...

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Luka Modric will benefit from 'FIFA virus'

The FC team discuss whether Gareth Bale should stick it out at Real Madrid or head back to the Premier League.

Major tournaments aside, any international break in Spain is likened to an illness. The "FIFA virus", they call it. Gone are the days when international call-ups were celebrated as an achievement. Now clubs, those who pay the players' wages, are wary that key men can pick up injuries putting their efforts into the success of their respective country.

All major clubs suffer from the "virus" and Real Madrid are no exception. With 17 first-team players called up to represent their countries this week,...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Lionel Messi ranks top in 2015, Cristiano Ronaldo 29th - CIES study

Argentine football star Lionel Messi and his teammates were spotted today at the Pacers vs Wizards NBA game.
Lionel Messi and the Argentina national squad train at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. ahead of the friendly internationals against El Salvador and Ecuador.
Cristiano Ronaldo has some work to do to catch up.

Lionel Messi has been the best performing forward in Europe's elite leagues in 2015, according to a CIES Football Observatory study, while it ranked Cristiano Ronaldo only 29th among forwards.

The CIES study assessed players in La Liga, the Premier League, the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A according to six Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) -- shooting, chance creation, take-ons, distribution, recovery and rigour.


1. Lionel Messi - 75 (94 games) - Barcelona
1. Cristiano Ronaldo - 75 (111) - Man Utd, Real Madrid
3. Raul - 71 (142) - Real Madrid, Schalke 04
4. Ruud van Nistelrooy - 56 (73) - PSV, Man Utd, Real Madrid
5. Thierry Henry - 50 (112) - Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona

Barcelona star Messi, who has scored 17 goals in La Liga since Jan. 1, rated as...

 By Ian Holyman

Zinedine Zidane wants to be France manager

Goals from Neymar and Luiz Gustavo led Brazil's second-half charge as the Selecao overcame France on their way to a 3-1 victory.
Real Madrid and France legend Zinedine Zidane paid tribute to 2013 European champions Bayern Munich, describing them as one of the top five clubs in the world.

Zinedine Zidane has admitted he would love to become France coach and that he is learning "a lot" alongside Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Since ending his playing career in 2006, Zidane, 42, has been working towards obtaining his coaching badges, and took charge of Madrid's Castilla reserve team last summer.

French FA president Noel Le Graet claimed last year he had met the former France international when Laurent Blanc left the national team coaching role in 2012 only for Didier Deschamps to...