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Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo

'I don't model my game on Ronaldo': Gareth Bale flattered by comparisons but the Tottenham winger insists he has his own style

Bale has become one of the hottest properties in European football

Lionel Messi looks on during 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid

Now for Manchester United: Real Madrid find the perfect formula in victory over Barcelona

Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Nou Camp last night

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Mourinho: '1-1 is not a bad result because everything is open and we can score more than one goal there [at Old Trafford]'

Barcelona v Real Madrid: Copa Del Rey preview

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Wayne Rooney pictured training for Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson expects Wayne Rooney to miss QPR fixture

Sir Alex Ferguson expects striker Wayne Rooney to miss Manchester United's trip to QPR tomorrow.

Gareth Bale scores the winning free-kick against Lyon

Hard work to do a Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick, says Gareth Bale

Tottenham winger reveals the hours of practice behind his devastating free-kicks

Brazilian football legend Ronaldo struggled with his weight, seen here for Brazil (left) and Corinthians (right). Yesterday he posted a picture of his toned new physique online

'Fat Ronaldo' isn't fat any more

Formerly bloated star posts a topless picture online after going on a celebrity weight loss reality show

Gareth Bale

The new Cristiano Ronaldo? Gareth Bale keeps astonishing run going with two spectacular free-kicks

Tottenham beat Lyon last night thanks to the brilliance of the Welsh winger for whom the comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo keep on coming

A three-man job? Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand and Phil Jones track Cristiano Ronaldo

'We handled Cristiano Ronaldo well,' says Manchester United's Phil Jones

Real Madrid forward saw his chances limited

Jose Mourinho insists he is not under pressure despite last night's 1-1 Champions League draw between Real Madrid and Manchester United

Jose Mourinho calm after Real Madrid's draw with Manchester United

The two sides drew 1-1 at the Bernabeu last night

Phil Jones keeps touch-tight to Cristiano Ronaldo last night

Dogged work of terrier trio Rafael, Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones pens in conquistador Cristiano Ronaldo

Tireless work by Rafael, Rooney and Jones holds main threat in Manchester United's 'magnetic triangle'

Robin Van Persie can only watch in vain as Xabi Alonso clears his mis-hit effort off the line last night

James Lawton: Manchester United pull out old fighting qualities against Real Madrid so typical of Sir Alex Ferguson

The Manchester United manager has an enduring ability to produce competitive teams

Wayne Rooney pictured training for United

Wayne Rooney is a 'freckled demon' and a 'hooligan' according to Spanish newspaper

Manchester United striker targeted ahead of Champions League tie against Real Madrid

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Cristiano Ronaldo wants to become all-time record goalscorer at Real Madrid

This week the Portuguese international takes on former club Manchester United

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Gary Neville warns Manchester United about possible 'nightmare scenario' against Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid forward will be the greatest threat when the teams meet in the Champions League

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