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The 30-year-old has become frustrated after being subjected to fierce criticism following his confession that he dived against Mexico

Kaka: Real Madrid players must work hard



Kaka has admitted Real Madrid need to combine talent with hard work if they are to fulfil their undoubted potential.

Alonso casts doubt on future at Anfield

It is either an elaborate wind-up on the Liverpool manager or – more likely – a reflection of the fact that he will struggle to maintain the same midfield for next season. Hours after Javier Mascherano's agent Walter Tamer was seen meeting Barcelona directors in the Catalan city, Xabi Alonso provided a deafeningly unconvincing reply to a question about his commitment to Liverpool.

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Real Madrid winger Arjen Robben will not be joining Tottenham Hotspur, according to the player's father.

Barca warm up for Chelsea by hitting Real for six

Thierry Henry found some of his old Arsenal form last night as Barcelona recorded a stunning 6-2 victory over Real Madrid here to put the Spanish title beyond doubt.

Eto'o focused on Barcelona glory amid transfer rumours

Samuel Eto'o claims he is focused on team glory with Barcelona rather than individual honours, after what he has described as his best season at the Camp Nou.

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Pepe was annoyed with himself and did not mean to kick a player on the ground, Real Madrid coach Juande Ramos said after the defender was sent off during the side's dramatic 3-2 Primera Liga win over Getafe last night.

Huntelaar just the ticket as Dutch show mastery

Holland 3 Scotland 0: The future is orange, not tartan, as Scotland prove no match for hungry Holland

Raul breaks record as Real narrow gap

Barcelona's supermen finally hit some kryptonite in the shape of mid-table Betis and a rampant Real Madrid took full advantage with a 4-0 win over Sporting Gijon that closed the gap at the top to 10 points and continued their impressive run of eight consecutive wins ahead of the visit of Liverpool in nine days time.

Ramos winning run shows critics as Robben rolls a six

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'Holy trinity' keeps Barça believing

Barcelona 5 Deportivo la Coruna 0

Ramos out to get rich from Real's 'impossible' odds

New manager plays for high stakes in daunting La Liga debut at Barcelona

Diarra adds to Real woes

The crisis engulfing Real Madrid has taken a further turn for the worse after scans confirmed Mahamadou Diarra will miss the rest of the season through injury.

Time running out for Schuster

Valladolid 1 Real Madrid 0

Spurs will leave Berbatov in reserves

Tottenham are willing to make Dimitar Berbatov play reserve-team football if they do not receive a suitable offer for the striker from Manchester United.

The right kind of headache for van Basten

The Netherlands' manager Marco van Basten has a serious problem: how to select only 11 players to start Saturday's quarter-final in Basle against Russia when he has 23 fit and raring to go. Unlike Germany, Italy and others, the Dutch not only cruised through their group with a 100 per cent record but avoided picking up any injuries or suspensions along the way. Indeed, players not fully fit for the opening two games, like Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Mario Melchiot, all demonstrated in the 2-0 win against Romania on Tuesday that they are back in contention.

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