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Cristiano Ronaldo looks on in despair during Real Madrid's 1-1 draw with Real Valladolid
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Manchester City have managed to half their losses for the last two years

Manchester City risk Champions League expulsion if they tackle Uefa over FFP punishments

Premier League club angry at being bracketed with PSG by Uefa and will fight cap on wages and Champions League squad

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Manchester City face 21-man squad restriction in Champions League over FFP

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Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Real Madrid against Valencia

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Atlético Madrid fans support their team

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid: Spanish capital picks sides for the Champions League final

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