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Video: Could Cristiano Jr.'s love of Messi bring the two great rivals closer together?

Gareth Bale (right) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring

Real Madrid 3 Borussia Dortmund 0: Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo hit top gear as Real put one foot in the Champions League semi-finals

The Spanish side look almost certain to progress with impressive performance at the Bernabeu

Champions League LIVE! PSG v Chelsea and Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund

Follow all of the action  from tonight's Champions League quarter-finals

Samuel Eto’o this week revealed his run-ins with Pep Guardiola when he became Barcelona coach in 2008

Pete Jenson's A Different League: Can Atletico Madrid 'do a Kimi Raikkonen' and pip the big two to the title?

Amid the slowed-down replays of Sergio Busquets looking down at Pepe as he lay on the ground before running his studs over his head, and the inquest into every incident that took place during Sunday’s Clasico – one of which involved Pepe apparently saying to Lionel Messi: “Every time I mark you, you shit yourself.” To which Messi allegedly replied: “Every time you mark me, I score” – one stone-cold fact was largely forgotten: Atletico Madrid are top of La Liga.

Training camp: Neymar (right) exercises with Barcelona team-mates ahead of today’s Clasico against Real Madrid

Real Madrid v Barcelona: El Clasico is our last chance to catch Real, claims Barca coach Gerardo Martino

The Spanish champions are four points behind table topping Madrid

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo pictured in October's El Clasico
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo pictured in October's El Clasico

Real Madrid v Barcelona: There's more to this El Clasico than Cristiano Ronaldo versus Lionel Messi

A look ahead to Sunday's hotly-anticipated contest at the Bernabeu

Pedro admits Barcelona can't afford to slip up against Real Madrid in this weekend's Clasico

Spanish forward knows his side must win to stay in title race

Cristiano Ronaldo pictured training for Real Madrid prior to his team's game against Schalke

Real Madrid v Schalke: Cristiano Ronaldo to start Champions League tie, despite looming El Clasico, as he hunts down goal scoring records

The Portuguese has never been able to hide how much eclipsing Lionel Messi means to him

Gareth Bale celebrates with Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria after scoring in the 6-1 rout of Schalke

Real Madrid v FC Schalke: Champions League match preview

A look ahead into Tuesday night’s last-16 second leg tie at the Bernabeu

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates for Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo pays €60,000 for brain operation for 10-month-old boy

Real Madrid forward shows his kind side in delightful tale

Asmir Begovic in action during Stoke's 1-1 draw with Southampton, in which he opened the scoring
Andre Villas-Boas was sacked by Tottenham in December

Andre Villas-Boas hopes to return to management next season...at Real Madrid or Barcelona

Portuguese manager was sacked by Tottenham in December

Jose Mourinho

Manchester City v Chelsea: City aren't the best on the planet - they're 'lucky', claims Jose Mourinho

The Special One ramps up the tension ahead of Monday night's match

Chelsea's Eden Hazard in action during last weekend's FA Cup Fourth Round match against Stoke City

Chelsea transfer news: Completed signings and latest rumours

All the news surrounding Chelsea

Julian Draxler, in blue, has been valued at £37m, which is too high a risk for a 20-year-old

Transfer news: Arsenal weigh up possible moves for Alvaro Morata and Mirko Vucinic after Julian Draxler deal falters

The Gunners are still hopeful of making a loan signing on the final day of the window to act as cover for French striker Olivier Giroud

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