Champions League: Ronaldo leads masterclass as Real rout Reds

Cristiano Ronaldo inspired a Real Madrid masterclass and closed in on the Champions League goalscoring record as the holders thrashed Liverpool 3-0 at Anfield on Wednesday.

Brendan Rodgers banks on 'big-game' Mario Balotelli to fire against Real Madrid
Brendan Rodgers banks on 'big-game' Mario Balotelli to fire against Real Madrid

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes it is just a matter of time until Mario Balotelli rediscovers his scoring touch and has backed the misfiring Italian to find the target in Wednesday`s Champions League clash against Real Madrid.

Beating Madrid matters more than Liga record: Lionel Messi
Beating Madrid matters more than Liga record: Lionel Messi

Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has said victory in the season`s first El Clasico against Real Madrid on Saturday is more important than the personal glory of becoming La Liga`s all-time leading goalscorer.

Drop Balotelli for Liverpool's Real clash, says Jamie Carragher
Drop Balotelli for Liverpool's Real clash, says Jamie Carragher

 Liverpool must drop Mario Balotelli because they cannot afford any "passengers" when they host Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday, says former Anfield defender Jamie Carragher. 

Levante sack coach Jose Luis Mendilibar
Levante sack coach Jose Luis Mendilibar

Jose Luis Mendilibar became the second coach of the season to be sacked in La Liga when he was shown the door by Levante.

Brendan Rodgers calls on Reds to rise to Real Madrid challenge
Brendan Rodgers calls on Reds to rise to Real Madrid challenge

Brendan Rodgers has challenged his Liverpool players to rise to the occasion when they face holders Real Madrid in a crucial Champions League showdown at Anfield on Wednesday.

Liverpool expect fans to raise roof for Real Madrid visit
Liverpool expect fans to raise roof for Real Madrid visit

Liverpool will expect their noisy fans to recreate the special Anfield atmosphere that has helped them become kings of Europe five times when they take on Champions League winners Real Madrid on Wednesday night.

Luis Suarez will do big things in Barcelona: Neymar
Luis Suarez will do big things in Barcelona: Neymar

Barcelona striker Neymar said Monday that Luis Suarez, who is set to play against Real Madrid Saturday, is working hard to leave his mark in Barcelona, who also have maestro Lionel Messi in their attack.

 Gareth Bale doubtful as Real Madrid face Liverpool
Gareth Bale doubtful as Real Madrid face Liverpool

Real Madrid footballer Gareth Bale is doubtful for Wednesday's Champions League away match against Liverpool FC at Anfield as he is struggling to shake off a muscle injury picked up on international duty with Wales.

Champions League: Ajax vs Barcelona - Preview
Champions League: Ajax vs Barcelona - Preview

Barcelona need to avoid getting sucked into the Spanish obsession with El Clasico when they face Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Liverpool set to award 'red hot' Raheem Sterling with new-long term contract
Liverpool set to award 'red hot' Raheem Sterling with new-long term contract

Real Madrid would reportedly see their hopes of signing England winger Raheem Sterling wrecked, as Liverpool is set to award the teenager with a new long-term contract with them.

Kaka raises hopes of new Sao Paulo deal
Kaka raises hopes of new Sao Paulo deal

Kaka has left open the possibility of remaining at Sao Paulo after his loan contract expires in December.

Cristiano Ronaldo sets best scoring start in Spanish league
Cristiano Ronaldo sets best scoring start in Spanish league

Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 14th and 15th goals to set a record scoring start in a Spanish league season as Real Madrid eased to a 5-0 win at Levante on Saturday, while Lionel Messi scored to move one goal from the competition's all-time scorer.

Lionel Messi nears scoring record with 250th La Liga goal
Lionel Messi nears scoring record with 250th La Liga goal

Lionel Messi notched his 250th La Liga goal to move one off the all-time league scoring record as leaders Barcelona won 3-0 against Eibar on Saturday ahead of next weekend`s Clasico with Real Madrid.

Clasico not decisive, says Barca boss Luis Enrique
Clasico not decisive, says Barca boss Luis Enrique

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has said his side`s meeting with Real Madrid next weekend is too early to play a decisive role in the La Liga title race.

Cristiano Ronaldo double fires Real Madrid rout of Levante
Cristiano Ronaldo double fires Real Madrid rout of Levante

 Cristiano Ronaldo maintained his blistering scoring form with two goals as Real Madrid warmed up for the El Clasico with a 5-0 victory over Levante in La Liga on Saturday. 

Lionel Messi eyes record on anniversary as Barca seek Clasico boost
Lionel Messi eyes record on anniversary as Barca seek Clasico boost

In the week that he marked the 10th anniversary of his competitive debut for Barcelona, Lionel Messi could become the all-time top scorer in the history of La Liga.

UEFA urged to amend financial fair play policy
UEFA urged to amend financial fair play policy

French football club Paris Saint-Germain and English Premier League's Manchester City have urged the European football governing body, UEFA, to make changes to its Financial Fair Play policy (FFP) rules.

Barcelona looking to '"MNS" to eclipse Real's "'BBC"
Barcelona looking to '"MNS" to eclipse Real's "'BBC"

While Real Madrid`s fearsome attacking trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema has become known collectively as "BBC" in Spain, Barcelona are confident "MNS" can be at least as lethal.

Wasteful Germany bemoan mental lapse for more lost points
Wasteful Germany bemoan mental lapse for more lost points

Germany only had themselves to blame for a late mental lapse that led to Ireland`s stoppage-time equaliser on Tuesday with coach Joachim Loew frustrated by a "naive" end to a match they had dominated.