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Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria

Champions League: Angel Di Maria refuses to give up place as he and Cristiano Ronaldo score doubles for Real Madrid

The Spanish side beat FC Copenhagen 4-0 at the Bernabeu

FIFA 14's player ratings: How do the top fives stack up?

The overall top five doesn't contain many surprises, but who has clinched the top spot for pace or passing?

Fifa 14 launches on Xbox 360, PC and PS3 - player ratings scrutinized

Latest update to the long-running franchise met with excitement from fans and players alike

Fifa 14 launches on Xbox 360, PC and PS3 - player ratings scrutinized

Latest update to the long-running franchise met with excitement from fans and players alike

Welsh striker Gareth Bale of Real Madrid (left) poses with his new jersey next to Real Madrid's President Florentino Perez during a presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid

Transfer news: Manchester United made offer for 'cheap' Gareth Bale, claims Real Madrid president Florentino Perez

Despite the Welshman costing £86m, Real Madrid believe they got a good deal for the winger who is expected to return from injury for Saturday's Madrid derby

Marouane Fellaini came on to face Palace's 10 men

Marouane Fellaini thanks his team-mates for helping him adjust to life at Manchester United

The £27.5m midfielder also says if Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't want to return to United then it is 'too bad for him'

Lionel Messi leaves with the match ball after his hat-trick against Ajax

Champions League: Lionel Messi rises to the goal scoring challenge set by Cristiano Ronaldo

The Barcelona forward scores a hat-trick in the 4-0 win over Ajax

'Is it forbidden to dream?': Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa retains hopes of winning the Ballon d'Or

Lionel Messi has won the award for the last four years

The Sport Matrix: Monday 16 September 2013

Rooney on the way back to his best, believes Moyes

Gareth Bale forced a goal in from inside the six-yard box

Villarreal 2 Real Madrid 2 match report: Gareth Bale’s goal makes him instant hit on debut

Despite the awkwardness off the pitch, there is a steel to Welshman that is impossible to overlook

Cristiano Ronaldo goes in on Gareth Bale in training

Welcome to Madrid! Smiles no more as Cristiano Ronaldo slams into Gareth Bale at Real training

Is Ronaldo upset at no longer being the world's most expensive player?

Gareth Bale will make his Real Madrid debut this weekend

Gareth Bale will make his Real Madrid debut this weekend - but it will be on the right side of midfield says Carlo Ancelotti

But the Italian refuses to confirm if the £86m record signing will start the match or feature from the bench

Neymar departs the field after a Brazil game

Neymar shines for Brazil in 3-0 win over Portugal

World Cup hosts confirm status as one of the favourites to triumph next summer

Marc Wilson (right) tries to stop Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic

World Cup qualifiers round-up: Anders Svensson makes Irish suffer while Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick saves Portugal

The Republic of Ireland’s hopes of  securing a World Cup play-off place suffered a grievous blow last night when they let slip a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 to close rivals Sweden in Dublin, the veteran midfielder Anders Svensson getting the Swedes’ winner.

Martin Paterson celebrates for Northern Ireland after scoring against Russia

World Cup qualifiers: Northern Ireland v Portugal match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park

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