Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez shook off a question about reports that Barcelona had offered 60 million euros for Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria during Friday's preseason news conference.
"No, no, I am not going to answer that," Xavi said, shaking his head. "He is a player for Madrid. It is very difficult that a player goes from Madrid to Barcelona or Barcelona to Madrid. There have been rare cases, but very tough that that would be the case. But he's a great player, though, honest...
Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off at half-time of Tuesday's Spanish Super Cup final first leg, leading to speculation and debate that the reigning World Player of the Year is increasingly prone to injury.
On the one hand, there are facts to support the argument. As Dermot Corrigan points out, the Portuguese was slowed by a knee problem at the end of last season that also impacted his performance at the World Cup and had an effect on his preseason.
However, Ronaldo has scored at least 50 goals in...
... and Xavi.
"Monsters," says Atletico Madrid captain Gabi.
He's not wrong. It is his team, not either of theirs, that won the league title last season, but you just can't take your eyes off them, even if you wanted to. So here we are again: a new year in Spain and no one thinks that the league champions will be the league champions again. Rea...