A statue of Real Madrid's Portuguese star striker Cristiano Ronaldo erected in his honour in his hometown in the Madeira Islands has generated a great deal of buzz related to what looks like as a bulge in the statue's pants.
Spanish newspapers are carrying the news that English giants Manchester United are leading the race for Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale. Reports suggest that United are willing to splash as much as £120m for the Welshman in order to lure him to Old Trafford in the summer of 2015.
Decorated Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has dubbed 2014 "the best year of my life" after playing a key role for the Spanish giants as they swept to four titles including a record-extending 10th European crown.
France international Antoine Griezmann scored a hat-trick as Atletico Madrid produced a stunning second-half display to hammer Athletic Bilbao 4-1 away on Sunday and move to within four points of La Liga leaders Real Madrid.
Greeted with overwhelming indifference in Europe, the Club World Cup is still seen as the pinnacle of club football elsewhere as thousands of San Lorenzo fans demonstrated this week. An estimated 9,000 fans made the tortuous and costly trip from Buenos Aires to Marrakech to witness what they believed was the most important week in their club`s history.
Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez is available for Saturday`s Club World Cup final against San Lorenzo but centre back Sergio Ramos needs a late fitness test, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday.