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Real Madrid fans vote for Cristiano Ronaldo to leave in online poll

They say there is not much gratitude in football -- but even still it is startling that two thirds of Real Madrid fans want rid of the club's all-time leading goal scorer, according to an online poll conducted by Spanish paper AS.

Since moving to Madrid in 2009, Ronaldo has scored 422 goals in 418 games, helped the team to 15 major trophies including three of the last four Champions Leagues, and brought glamour to the Bernabeu with a host of individual prizes including four of the five Ballon d'Or...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Gerard Pique agrees long-term Barcelona contract until 2022

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Philippe Coutinho's first moments at the Camp Nou after joining Barcelona.
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde admits he's surprised by Ousmane Dembele's injury setback, but is hopeful his plan of easing the 20 year old back into the squad will still work.
The ESPN FC crew look back on Ronaldinho's legendary career and persona on and off the pitch after the Brazilian officially announced his retirement.
With Ousmane Dembele facing another injury setback, ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop assesses how his absence will impact Barcelona moving forward.

Gerard Pique has agreed a new contract with Barcelona that will keep him at the club until 2022.

Barca announced the defender's new deal has a release clause set at €500 million.

In a statement on their website it was confirmed "in the coming days the club will announce the date of the official signing of the new contract."

The centre-back, who will turn 31 next month, becomes the latest in a string of Barca players to sign new terms, with his existing contract due to expire in 2019.

Both...

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge wanted by Inter Milan, Sevilla - sources

Shaka Hislop assesses Liverpool's current goalkeeping situation and identifies potential targets for a summer move to Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is developing well at Liverpool because he is playing in his 'dream' midfield role.

Inter Milan and Sevilla are interested in signing Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge this transfer window, a source has told ESPN FC.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Liverpool would be open to selling Sturridge this window, but only if the offer is in line with the Merseyside club's demands.

Sturridge has made just five starts in all competitions this season as he looks to earn a place in England's World Cup squad this summer.

Sevilla and Inter have both registered their interest in the 28-year-old...

 By Matt McGinn

Real Madrid could rue not beating Man City in building a global club network

Zinedine Zidane says he is trying to identify the problems Real Madrid are facing, but admits some mistakes are hard to comprehend.
After Real Madrid's draw at Celta Vigo, the FC crew identify the issues that have seen the reigning La Liga winners fall 16 points off the top.
Zinedine Zidane says he's happy with his Real Madrid squad and isn't looking to bring in any players in January.

"If I had pitched the idea to Real Madrid, the answer would have been: 'you're crazy'," said Ferran Soriano, the Chief Executive Officer of Manchester City.

In July 2017 City Football Group (CFG) -- Manchester City's parent company -- bought a 44.3 percent stake in Spanish club Girona. An agency owned by Pere Guardiola -- brother of Pep -- bought the same amount of a club that, a few months earlier, had been promoted to La Liga for the first time in its history. Girona became the sixth club in...

Atletico Madrid fan in stable condition after stabbing before match

An Atletico fan was hospitalised following a violent incident before Wednesday's match.

An Atletico Madrid fan is in a stable condition in hospital after he was stabbed before Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Sevilla in the Copa del Rey.

A man arrested in connection with the incident is also reported to be an Atletico fan.

Police said the victim, a 22-year-old, was attacked near Las Musas metro stop by the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

They believe a confrontation took place among different groups within the hardcore element of Atletico's fanbase.

Madrid health officials said the man, who was...