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Spain midfielder is out of favour at Old Trafford and Diego Simeone could offer a way out

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Cristiano Ronaldo can take it easy tonight while 45,000 Real supporters don masks of his face

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid: Spain’s Champions League hopefuls have an easier time than England’s

A Different League: La Liga teams’ domestic rivals want signed shirts as much as league points

Gareht Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo share a hug during a recent game

Gareth Bale: Cristiano Ronaldo is not a rival at Real Madrid – he is the best

Wales star tells Jack Pitt-Brooke how some of the greats of the game have helped him settle at the world’s most glamorous club

Police fear the English problem with hooliganism could be on its way back

Case of Manchester United fan shows how far hooligans will go to skip bans

Arrest of supporter for flouting his banning order across Europe shows the game's scourge is far from eradicated

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Victor Valdes could be out for six weeks as Barcelona injury list lengthens

Xavi and Cristian Tello are doubts for the weekend, while Lionel Messi is expected to be out until the new year

David De Gea fails to keep out Marko Arnautovic's free kick against Stoke

David De Gea vows to keep improving at Manchester United

The goalkeeper has emerged as one of the best stoppers after a rocky start to his Old Trafford career

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi poses after receiving his Golden Boot 2013 award, presented to Europes best goal scorer of the 2012-2013 season

Lionel Messi awarded Golden Shoe for third time after 46 La Liga goals for Barcelona

The Argentina international, who is currently out injured, was presented with the award today

Barcelona midfielder Xavi pictured ahead of the tie with Bayern Munich

Xavi and Cristian Tello join Lionel Messi on the Barcelona injury list

Concerns for the La Liga champions deepen with latest injuries

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Lionel Messi marks 10th anniversary since Barcelona debut

The world player of the year reflects on the beginning of his incredible career at the Nou Camp

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New Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka and chairman Steve Gibson

Middlesbrough go 'global' by opting for Aitor Karanka as new manager

The Spaniard will become Boro's first-ever non-British boss

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates with Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale

Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat-trick in Real Madrid rout of Real Sociedad

With Gareth Bale in the side, Carlo Ancelotti's team won 5-1

Gareth Bale celebrates after providing the assist for one of Cristiano Ronaldo's goals against Galatasaray

Gareth Bale could return for Real Madrid this weekend, claims president Florentino Perez

The world's most expensive player could turn out against Malaga in La Liga

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes will leave the club at the end of the season with his likely destination being Monaco

Transfer news: Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes to turn down Arsenal summer move in favour of Monaco switch - reports

The 31-year-old is believed to prefer a move to France after admitting he would love to play alongside former team-mate Eric Abidal once again

Cesc Fabregas (right) said Barcelona were 'in a mess' last season

Cesc Fabregas: Barça will not run out of gas this season

Gerardo Martino’s policy of rotating the Barcelona squad will help prevent the team suffering a similar slump to the one that wrecked last season’s Champions League campaign, midfielder Cesc Fabregas has claimed.

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The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
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Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
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Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

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Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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