A suspension for Cristiano Ronaldo is the latest concern for coach Carlo Ancelotti whose Real Madrid side are looking far from the slick machine that strung together 22 straight victories before Christmas.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Saturday claimed that Lionel Messi doesn't care about other players' statistics. The Argentine scored a brace and provided two assists helping Barca rout Elche at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero.
After outgunning Barcelona's Lionel Messi to the Ballon D'Or title, Real Madrid's star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo caused a minor stampede of sorts in the Spanish capital when he went the extra mile to surprise a young fan.
There is no stopping Cristiano Ronaldo these days. After beating his great rival Lionel Messi to the FIFA Ballo d'Or award, the Portuguese has opted to sponsor a football club, thus enhancing the brand value which has already become a phenomenon in its own right.
Italian maestro Andrea Pirlo opted to not include back-to-back Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo in his UEFA Champions League dream team. The team, however, has the Real Madrid front-man's eternal rival Lionel Messi, leading the attack.
Despite the growing popularity and importance, Ballon d'Or has its share of opposition. According to the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, this yearly award for the world's best player undermines the spirit of a team sports like football.