Carlo Ancelotti`s record-breaking Real Madrid side are sweeping aside all before them with a brand of counter-attacking football that could see the Spanish giants eclipse the achievements of Pep Guardiola`s Barcelona.
England manager Roy Hodgson has urged his young international players to move abroad and enrich their football experience rather than sit on the substitutes` bench at Premier League clubs stacked full of overseas signings.
Controversial striker Luis Suarez said he was "very depressed" after the World Cup biting incident that led to the Uruguay international being initially banned from all soccer activities for four months.
Lionel Messi had a disappointing season for Barcelona this year. For a few minutes on Sunday, the Maracana stadium here saw the star disappear again, until he came back in his style: drag passes and a great goal.