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  1. 5 Possible Destinations For Alexis Sánchez

    28th June 2017. By Ryan Baldi.
    With just one year remaining on his contract and high on the wish list of several of Europe's biggest clubs, Alexis Sánchez is unlikely to still be an Arsenal player by the start of the 2017-18 season.

    The former Barcelona forward was the Gunners' outstanding performer last season, netting 24 Premier League goals and returning a career high total of 30 in 51 all-competitions games, including a crucial strike in the North London side's FA Cup final victory over champions Chelsea.

    Sánchez was the shining light in an otherwise disappointing season for Arsenal which saw them fail to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in two decades. Currently on international duty with Chile at the Confederations Cup in Russia, the 28-year-old attacker is set to resolve his future upon his return, with all signs pointing towards an exit from the Emirates Stadium.

    Arsenal would love to hold onto their sta
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  2. Nacho's Decision to Stay at Real Madrid Has Paid Off Hugely

    5th May 2017. By Edward Stratmann.
    Last summer, Real Madrid's versatile defender, Nacho, had a tough decision to make on whether to leave Los Merengues, the club he joined as an 11-year-old, or seek a move away in an attempt to get the playing time he craved.

    AS Roma appeared the likely destination, but the 27-year-old ultimately chose to remain loyal to his beloved Madrid. Without doubt, it's been the right move, for he's enjoying his best season ever working under the tutelage of Zinedine Zidane.

    "I have already gone through periods of doubt, that's logical. Each summer you have temptations. But I have always been faithful to my ideas," he explained.

    "Last summer, the coach, the club and myself all agreed that I would stay at Real for another year. I think it was the perfect decision. Given how the season has gone, I can say that I didn't make a mistake. I'm where I want to be, happy and as I often say, I want to finish my career at Real."


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  3. Hazard's Arrival at Real Madrid Would Help Ronaldo Take the Next Step

    3rd May 2017. By Ryan Baldi.
    With Cristiano Ronaldo ebbing slowly out of his prime, the rumours that Real Madrid have made Chelsea's Eden Hazard their top summer target could perhaps be construed as bad news for the four-time Ballon d'Or winner.

    The 32-year-old Portuguese superstar, who is just nine months removed from leading his national side to success in the European Championships, is still able to boast an impressive return of 32 goals from 40 games this season. However, his current strike rate of 0.8 goals per game is lower than at any other point in his eight years with Los Blancos.

    It goes without saying that, having bagged a hat-trick to see off Bayern Munich at the quarter-final stage, Ronaldo remains key to any hope Madrid have of becoming the first team to retain the European Cup in the Champions League era. But manager Zinédine Zindane would be wise to already be formulating a succession plan for his iconic No.7.

    With that in mind, M

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  4. Theo Hernández the Atletico star set to divide Madrid

    Wednesday 19th April. By Ryan Baldi. 
    An unwritten "non-aggression pact" between Real Madrid and cross-capital rivals Atletico Madrid means that the two sides do not pursue each other's players for the sake of neighbourly relations. But according to widespread reports in the Spanish media, the European champions are preparing to break the agreement to sign 19-year-old left-back Theo Hernandez from Los Colchoneros this summer.

    It's not completely unknown for players to swap one side of Madrid for the other, with Real legends Hugo Sanchez and Raaj both having been poached from Atletico, while Argentinian winger Santiago Solari made the same switch in 2000, but such examples are relatively few and far between.

    Indeed, several of Atletico's best and brightest stars have reportedly been on the radar of their all-white

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  5. Ronaldo Fenomeno' - Football's Greatest Could've Been'

    9th November 2016. By Ryan Baldi.
    It seems strange to consider a player's potential unrealised when they finished their career with two World Cup winners' medals, 15 Wold Cup goals, a UEFA Cup, a Cup Winners' Cup, two domestic titles and over 350 career goals.

    If it was ever possible for a player who represented Barcelona, Internazionale, Real Madrid and AC Milan to have never reached the heights of their early promise, then it was Ronaldo.

    The buck-toothed Brazilian superstar burst onto the scene in the mid-1990s by scoring goals and shredding defences in a manner that would have made such all-time greats as Pelé and Diego Maradona raise their eyebrows in disbelief.

    Having moved to Europe to join PSV Eindhoven as a teenager in the summer of 1994, Ronaldo appeared to possess a combination of athleticism, speed, finesse and skill that was unlike anything the football world had ever seen. He'd come to take over.

    In recognition of his burgeoning potential, C

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  6. Is Real Madrid's Dependency on Cristiano Ronaldo Waning?

    28th September 2016. By Ryan Baldi.
    La Liga leaders Real Madrid were held to a 2-2 draw by Las Palmas at the weekend, as Los Blancos dropped points for the second game in a row.

    The result may have put a slight dent in their hope of claiming their first Spanish league title since 2012, but a point away to the high-flying Canary Islanders is hardly the kind of set-back that Zinedine Zidane's men will not be able to rectify with a couple of solid results back-to-back.

    But there was an incident within the game that could hint at a general longer-term shift in emphasis for the eleven-time champions of Europe.

    After 72 minutes at against Los Amarilos at the Estadio Gran Canaria, with the away side leading 2-1, Zidane substituted Cristiano Ronaldo to bring on speedy winger Lucas Vázquez.

    It may have seemed like a rather innocuous change at the time, after all, footballers are substituted all the time for myriad different reasons.

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  7. Talented Midfielder Marcos Llorente Shines in La Liga

    19th September 2016. By Edward Stratmann.
    Despite impressing his manager, Zinedine Zidane, on Real Madrid's preseason tour of North America, Los Blancos believed sending their talented midfielder, Marcos Llorente, out on loan would be the best option for his development.

    Although Llorente's preference was to remain in Madrid, which made sense, for he would have served as an ideal backup to Casemiro, the club still believed getting a full season of first-team action elsewhere was the right decision to make.

    Coming to the realisation minutes would have been scarce had he stayed, the search began to find him a club that would guarantee him vital playing time for the 2016/2017 campaign. A perfect fit subsequently arrived in the form of newly promoted Deportivo Alaves, and Llorente hasn't looked back, as he's been outstanding since joining El Glorioso.

    The fact former Valencia player, Mauricio Pellegrino, is Alaves' manager, a man Zidane knows well having played

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  8. Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid to Do Battle for Champions League Title 2016

    26th May 2016.
    Two years ago, Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich on an aggregate of 5-0 to reach the finals of the 2013/14 Champions League match. A day later, their crosstown rivals, Atletico Madrid, beat Chelsea 3-1 to earn their spot in the championship match. The Vikings ultimately went on to win the tournament and clinch a record 10th UCL trophy-though Atletico's Mattress Makers fought hard and forced extra time in the title game.

    Fast forward to now and it's easy to feel like we're experiencing something similar to déjà vu. The semi-final draw included three of four teams that made it this far in 2013/14 (Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich) while the fourth challenger was an English team (this year, Manchester City stood in for Chelsea). This time around, Atletico Madrid got to face off against Bayern Munich, eliminating the German heavyweights on away goals. Real Madrid, meanwhile, got to tangle with Man City, ultimately sending the Pr

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  9. Surprises Abound in Champions League Quarterfinal and Semifinal Draw

    19th April 2016.
    Not too long ago, we were speculating about Barcelona winning a second treble in a row, or about Paris Saint Germain taking what they've done in France the last few years and translating it into their first-ever Champions League win. Both of those narratives were dashed against the rocks in the quarterfinal rounds, where Barcelona crashed out of the 2015/16 Champions League in jarring fashion and where PSG fell in an upset to Manchester City.

    Now, with just four teams and two rounds remaining in the competition, the stakes have been ramped up another few notches. What happened for the UCL's once-guaranteed frontrunners, and what's next for Europe's most prestigious club football tournament? Read on to find out.

    Barcelona's Downfall

    Heading into the quarterfinals, FC Barcelona seemed like the safest of bets to charge right on through to the semis. After all, Barca have advanced to the semifinals

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  10. Wide open defence will cost Real Madrid genuine shot at winning Champions League

    13th April 2016. By Karl Matchett.
    Coming soon after a Champions League comeback victory from two goals down, securing a clean sheet in the process and moving into the last four, it might sound churlish to criticise Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid team for anything-but the truth is that the Spanish side's lack of defensive acumen remains a huge barrier to them achieving success this season.

    Torn apart only a week ago by a mid-table Bundesliga side, Real were again horrifically open at times in the second leg-but this time around, Wolfsburg didn't commit players forward, didn't gamble on the counter and didn't play their searching diagonals to exploit the gaps.

    Two goals to the good from early on in the match, Real Madrid had levelled up the aggregate scoreline at the Santiago Bernabeu and were on course

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