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Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez has 'no problem' with James Rodriguez

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner reacts to Real Madrid's 2-0 win over Eibar by saying that better teams will exploit their defensive weakness.

Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez has again played down any rift with attacker James Rodriguez, while also confirming Cristiano Ronaldo is to be rested for Wednesday evening's Copa del Rey last 32 first leg at Cadiz.

While Madrid have won their last two games -- 4-3 at Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League and 2-0 at Eibar in La Liga -- Benitez remains under pressure from critics in the local media, with his handling of Colombia international James coming under the microscope.

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Real Madrid's Luca Zidane, son of Zinedine, sent off in U17 Madrid derby

Zinedine Zidane's act proved costly for France in the 2006 World Cup final.
Zinedine Zidane sends Marco Materazzi to the deck in the 2006 World Cup final.

Like father, like son, goes the old adage and Luca Zidane seems to be making a habit of following in former France star Zinedine's footsteps.

A goalkeeper for Real Madrid's under-17 side, Luca demonstrated that he has a potentially fiery temperament too when he was sent off in the Madrid derby game against Atletico.

It was not quite deja vu as video footage caught the teenager using his head to make contact with an opposing player. But although the images were nowhere near as violent, they brought...

Clasico pundits anger Barcelona with comments on Isco fouling Neymar

FIFA announce their choices for the Ballon d'Or, and Barcelona forward Neymar picks up his first official nomination.

Barcelona have made an official complaint to two former Real Madrid players who they say justified Los Blancos midfielder Isco kicking Blaugrana attacker Neymar during last month's Clasico at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Late in that game, with Barca already 4-0 ahead, Madrid substitute Isco fouled Neymar and was shown a straight red card -- with La Liga authorities subsequently handing out a two-game ban to the Andalucian.

Isco was applauded by some Madrid fans as he left the pitch on the day,...

Neymar, Messi wish Suarez completed all-Barcelona Ballon d'Or shortlist

The ESPN FC crew debate whether or not Luis Suarez should have made the Ballon d'Or shortlist over Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lionel Messi and Neymar have spoken of their disappointment that fellow Barcelona attacker Luis Suarez has not made the three-man shortlist for the 2015 Ballon d'Or.

FIFA announced on Monday that Messi and Neymar would be joined by Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo as the nominees for the prize to be given out at a gala in Zurich on Jan 11.

This dashed hopes among Barca fans and pundits that after winning the Champions League, Copa del Rey and La Liga Treble last season, their club's "MSN" trio...

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Lionel Messi beats Cristiano Ronaldo in 2014-15 La Liga awards

Want to know how the top three players in the world stack up? Here are the numbers comparing the nominees.
'Tis the season to play beautiful. Watch Messi & Aguero in the official FIFA 16 Christmas commercial.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley says World Player of the Year will come down to Ronaldo and Messi, regardless of other nominees.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley takes a look at how Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi fared in their La Liga fixtures this past weekend.
Barcelona were again the main award winners at La Liga's gala ceremony.

Lionel Messi was named La Liga's best striker and best player in the 2014-15 season at the LFP (Spanish Football League) Gala Awards Ceremony on Monday, helping Barcelona to claim five prizes to rival club Real Madrid's three.

Messi, 28, scored 43 La Liga goals last campaign as Barca won the league title as well as the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.

It is the sixth time the Argentina international has won the prizes, with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo beating him in 2013-14.