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  • Diego Costa is embroiled in a legal battle with Chelsea as the Premier League club remains in the dark over when he will return to England.
  • Chelsea fear Diego Costa is growing fat during his exile from the Chelsea first team.
  • Philippe Coutinho’s bid to move to Barcelona has broken into open warfare with Liverpool.
  • If Barca cannot seal a move for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, they will set their sights on Christian Eriksen and Manchester United transfer target Ivan Perisic.

  • However, Barcelona’s moves to replace Neymar continue to take a hit, with Tottenham telling the Spanish side that Christian Eriksen is not for sale.
  • Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona’s first target to replace Neymar this summer is hoping Borussia Dortmund will allow him to join the Spanish giants.
  • He has been removed from the squad for the weekend’s DFB Pokal fixture, but the player remains optimistic he will be able to sign for the Catalan club.
  • Dembele is now refusing to pick up his phone and speak to anyone at the German club.
  • Barcelona’s desire to sign Angel Di Maria from Paris Saint-Germain is real. The Argentine winger has been pushed down the pecking order in Paris with the signing of Neymar and could look to move on. He would be a cut-price replacement for the Brazil international.
  • Barcelona star Lionel Messi wants the club to invest the money from Neymar’s sale on Tottenham’s Dele Alli and Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio, reports claim.
  • In order to ward off any future interest from other clubs, Real Madrid have slapped a €700m (£634m) release clause on playmaker Isco after he signed a new five-year-deal.
  • After talks between Zinedine Zidane and the club, Real Madrid won’t sign a new striker this summer. They will depend on the BBC and keep the squad as is. This would rule out a move for Kylian Mbappe, leaving them to hope he is still available next summer.
  • Real Madrid have given up their pursuit of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and his Manchester United counterpart David De Gea.
  • Chelsea star Eden Hazard is a ‘Plan B’ target for Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane if he is unable to beat Paris Saint-Germain to the signature of Kylian Mbappe.
  • For the first time this summer, Monaco have opened up to discussions regarding the transfer of Mbappe. The player has forced his will and now the two clubs will discuss the possibility of a move.
  • Rennes have made a €10m (£9.1m) offer to Lille for Burnley transfer target Nicolas De Preville.

  • Manchester United will not go above £90 million in a bid to bring Gareth Bale back to the Premier League.
  • United are in talks to re-sign striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the second half of the season, says manager Jose Mourinho.
  • Eliaquim Mangala could get a shock lifeline at Manchester City – as Pep Guardiola struggles to find the new centre-back he wants.
  • Manchester United are set to sign teenage Oliveirense striker Bruno Amorim, according to quotes attributed to the Portuguese club’s director Antonio Jose Leite.
  • Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen to sign Ajax central defender Davinson Sanchez.
  • Adrian has been offered a new West Ham contract despite Joe Hart’s arrival on loan as the new number one.
  • Tony Pulis is confident he will have five new signings to help celebrate his own new deal, with Ben Gibson, Gareth Barry and Joel Ward all high on his wanted list.
  • Leicester are reportedly ready to rival Stoke in a move to try and sign Andros Townsend before the transfer window shuts.
  • Riyad Mahrez’s move to Roma remains in limbo, with the Italian club not willing to make an improved offer for the Leicester star.
  • Roma want €45m for Juventus target Kevin Strootman.
  • Juventus are prepared to make a £23 million offer to Liverpool in hopes of landing Emre Can.
  • Marcelo Simonian, Javier Pastore’s agent, has travelled to Madrid with Paris Saint-Germain chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi to discuss a deal to swap the Argentina international for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
  • Inter Milan’s transfer window could be about to catch fire, with Ezequiel Garay, Joao Cancelo and former Juventus target Patrik Schick all linked with completing moves before the summer is out.
  • It’s not just German and English clubs suffering from player power, now it spreads to Italy with Chelsea transfer target Geoffrey Kondogbia failing to train with Inter Milan.
  • Also Leonardo Spinazzola, a Juventus transfer target, will travel with Atalanta this weekend, hoping to force a move to Turin.
  • Chelsea are set to land right-back target Joao Cancelo after Tottenham refused to meet Valencia’s £25m asking price.
  • Tottenham have made an approach for 20-year-old Celta Vigo midfielder Pape Cheikh Diop, but face competition from French side Lyon.
  • Chelsea have yet to return with an improved bid for Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 27, after the Foxes rejected a £15m offer earlier this summer.
  • Everton and Southampton are battling it out for the signature of highly-prized Club Brugge youngster Noah Fadiga.
  • Celtic star Stuart Armstrong has become the subject of interest from Southampton, who are set to make a £3 million bid for him.
  • West Ham have reached a verbal agreement with Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder William Carvalho, 25, over a proposed move.
  • Burnley will submit a £15m bid to sign Leeds and New Zealand striker Chris Wood, 25, to replace Andre Gray, who left for Watford this week.
  • Leeds have rejected a £12m offer – believed to be from Burnley- for Wood.
  • Leeds have lined up Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, 25, as a possible replacement for Wood.
  • Swansea will offer £20m for former midfielder Joe Allen, 27, despite Stoke saying the Wales international is not for sale.
  • Brighton are set to beat Middlesbrough and Sunderland to the signing of Sporting Lisbon defender Ezequiel Schelotto.
  • Jack Colback, 27, is set to leave Newcastle after a training ground row with boss Rafael Benitez.
  • Newcastle owner Mike Ashley says he cannot compete financially with the top Premier League clubs so cannot give manager Rafael Benitez enough money to spend in the transfer window.
  • French side Nantes, managed by former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri, want to take 19-year-old Arsenal midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide on loan.
  • The Moroccan Football Federation has announced it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup.
  • Paris St-Germain defender Thomas Meunier has posted a photo of himself with fellow right-back Serge Aurier – who is reportedly set to leave the French club – with the caption ‘se queda’ (‘he stays’) in a parody of Gerard Pique’s photo with Neymar before the latter left Barcelona for PSG.
  • WWE wrestler Triple H has sent West Haman inspirational video message before their Premier League opener against Manchester United.
  • Star Trek and X-Men actor Sir Patrick Stewart says he turns up to filming in his Huddersfield shirt when the club are playing and also gets sent a recording of the side’s matches by the Premier League newcomers.

Manchester United manager confirms interest in Gareth Bale

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed he will pursue Gareth Bale in the remaining weeks of the transfer window if the Welshman is not Zinedine Zidane’s plans at Real Madrid next season.

Bale has travelled to Skopje with the European champions ahead of the UEFA Super Cup against United on Tuesday.

He has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, with Real Madrid reportedly keen to sign Monaco teenager Kylian Mbappe to fill his role.

And Mourinho, who has targeted another attacking player this summer, said Zidane’s teamsheet for the game at the Philip II Arena on Tuesday night will hint at his plans for Bale next season, and whether the 28-year-old could become available.

Mourinho told a news conference:

“Well if [Bale is] playing tomorrow, no I wouldn’t think of that, it’s because he’s in the coach’s plans and the club’s plans, because he also has that motivation to continue at Real Madrid.

So I haven’t even thought about the possibility. “If he is not in the club’s plans, that — with the arrival of another player — would mean he was on his way out.

I will try to be waiting for him on the other side and fight with other coaches that would want him on their team.

“But if he plays, that is the best confirmation that he is wanted by the team.”

Earlier on Monday, Bale was named in Madrid’s 24-man squad for the game alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, newly returned to training after missing the club’s preseason tour.

United have also been linked with Croatian winger Ivan Perisic but the speculation has cooled with Inter Milan holding firm in their £48.5 million valuation.

Mourinho also confirmed he will be without Phil Jones in Skopje after UEFA upheld the defender’s two-match ban for verbally abusing a doping control officer following the Europa League final.

Eric Bailly is also suspended.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah has not travelled with sources saying the Dutchman is on the verge of joining Crystal Palace on loan for a season.

Mourinho added:

“With Phil Jones I was expecting that the appeal would be negative. The only thing I hope is that, the team that wins, if some player wants to celebrate, I hope the doping committee sends somebody with him and doesn’t close him in a room.

“No Phil Jones, no Eric Bailly. No Timo Fosu-Mensah because in this moment he is probably going on loan to another club so we make a decision that he doesn’t travel.”

Former Real Madrid and Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder join Ligue 1 side Nice

Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder has joined French Ligue 1 side Nice on a free transfer.

The 33-year had agreed a contract in principle to move to Ligue 1 having been released by Galatasaray by mutual consent and with the deal confirmed on Monday afternoon, the midfielder will be reunited with Mario Balotelli, with whom he won the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010.

Sneijder, who also confirmed the move by stating “Bonjour Nice” in a video on the Ligue 1 side’s Twitter account.

The former Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan has signed a one-year deal, the club said.

“It’s now official. OGC Nice’s 2017-18 squad now has a third UEFA Champions League winner in it,” a statement on the club’s website said. “After Dante and Mario Balotelli, former European champion Wesley Sneijder will also wear the red-and-black shirt this season after passing a medical on Monday.”

Sneijder, who trained with his new team-mates on Monday, will wear No 10 after Mickaël Le Bihan agreed to pass on the shirt number to the new signing.

“He also knows which shirt he’ll be wearing this season. Mika Le Bihan respectfully agreed to ‘give up’ the number 10 he had been wearing it to present it to the new arrival in the dressing room,” the statement added.

Galatasaray paid £8.4m for Sneijder after he made over 100 appearances for Inter, who bought him from Real Madrid for £12.6m in 2009.

He started his career at Ajax before switching to Real in in 2007.

Sneijder played in the 2010 World Cup final for the Netherlands and has won league titles in four countries.

He is the most-capped player in his country’s history, was with Galatasaray for five seasons, where he scored 45 goals in 174 appearances following a 2013 move from Inter.

Nice, who lost their opening Ligue 1 game of the season 1-0 to St Etienne at the weekend, are through to the Champions League playoff round, where they face Napoli for a place in the group stage of the competition.

Cristiano Ronaldo named in Real Madrid squad to face Manchester United in UEFA Super Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo has been included in Real Madrid’s travelling squad for Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash with his former team Manchester United in Skopje, despite only resuming training at the weekend.

Ronaldo, 32, began preseason training with Madrid on Saturday, having missed their entire International Champions Cup programme in the United States due to an extended summer break following his Confederations Cup campaign with Portugal in Russia, and his appearance in a Madrid court to answer tax fraud charges on July 31.

However, he has been included in Zinedine Zidane’s travelling party for the game, in an extended 24-man squad that also includes senior stars Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos and Toni Kroos, as well teenage right-back Achraf Hakimi and the coach’s son Luca as third-choice goalkeeper.

On their return, Madrid also face rivals Barcelona in Spanish Super Cup games at the Camp Nou on Sunday Aug. 13 and the Bernabeu on Wednesday Aug. 16, ahead of their La Liga opening fixture at Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday Aug. 20.

Antonio Cassano signs for Hellas Verona, retires, unretires, then retires from professional football

Antonio Cassano’s eventful career has come to an eventful conclusion. The former Roma and Real Madrid forward caused raised eyebrows earlier this month when he announced he was retiring just eight days after signing for Serie A side Hellas Verona.

But within hours he had a change of heart and said he would stay, adding he wanted to “rise to the challenge” and have a “crazy season”.

Six days later, and after playing in two pre-season friendlies for his new side, the 35-year-old has again said he is retiring.

Cassano, who won 39 caps for Italy, has not played a league game since May 2016 and was released by Sampdoria in January.

On Monday, his wife Carolina Marcialis said he would leave Verona but still hoped to find another club.

Cassano later clarified that he had retired. “As opposed to what appeared on my wife’s official social profiles, I would like to clarify my future,” he said in a statement.

“Carolina got it wrong. After thinking and reflecting in the end I decided – Antonio Cassano will not be playing football any more. “I apologise to the city of Verona, to all the fans, to president Maurizio Setti, to sports director Filippo Fusco, to coach Fabio Pecchia, to my team-mates and to the medical and technical staff.

“For a 35-year-old man it’s the motivation that guides my life, and at this moment I feel that my priority is that I’ll be staying close to my children and my wife.”

Cassano and his family live in Genoa, which is about 300km (186 miles) away from Verona.

Having called a news conference last week to announce his retirement, Cassano told the reporters who attended that he had been homesick but regretted saying he would quit.

“I had a moment of weakness,” he said at the time. “I had a meeting with Fabio Pecchia and the others to say that I wanted to stop. “I was yearning for my family but the club’s management has asked them to come and they gave me the strength to carry on. I want to rise to the challenge and have a crazy season.”

Cassano started his career at his hometown club Bari before rising to prominence at Roma, where he scored 39 goals in 118 games.

He then had an unsuccessful season at Real Madrid before spells at Sampdoria, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Parma.

Cassano, who scored 10 times for Italy, was diagnosed with a defect in his heart and had surgery in November 2011. He was fined by Uefaafter saying he hoped there were no homosexuals in the Italy squad for Euro 2012.

UEFA hit Manchester United defender Eric Bailly with additional two-game ban- set tp miss Real Madrid Super Cup clash

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has been given a three-match ban for his red card against Celta Vigo in the Europa League.

The 23-year-old was sent off after a  mass brawl in the semi-final on 11 May and missed the final against Ajax, which United won 2-0.

However, the suspension has now been extended to include two more games.

Bailly will miss the Super Cup against Real Madrid on 8 August and United’s first Champions League group match.

The Ivory Coast international’s case does not qualify for an appeal because European football’s governing body Uefa only overturns decisions made by the referee in cases of mistaken identity.

Bailly was sent off for a swipe at Celta’s former Manchester City striker John Guidetti, with Facundo Roncaglia dismissed for retaliating.

The Premier League club also received a warning from Uefa for a late kick-off to the semi-final.

Manchester City sign defender Danilo from Real Madrid

Manchester City have announced the signing of Brazilian full-back Danilo Luiz Da Silva  from Real Madrid on a five-year deal.

The 26-year-old becomes City’s fifth summer signing after arriving for a fee believed to be £26.5million and he has already joined up with the rest of the squad on the tour of the US after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.
“I am very, very happy to be joining Manchester City,” Danilo told the club’s website.

“There has been strong interest from other Clubs, but it has always been my ambition to play for Pep Guardiola. As soon as I heard of his interest, I knew immediately I wanted to be a City player.

“I can’t wait to get started and I’m looking forward to getting to know my new teammates over the coming weeks.”

His arrival takes City’s summer spending to almost £150m, following the recruitment of England international Kyle Walker(£45m), Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva(£43m) and Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes(£35m).

The club have also agreed a £52m  deal for 23-year-old Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy and sold  left-back Aleksandar Kolarovto Serie A club Roma for £4.5m.

City’s Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, added: “Danilo is a fine player who offers great versatility to our squad,” he said. “He can operate in several different roles in both defence and midfield, increasing Pep’s options ahead of the new season.

“We feel he has all the attributes needed to succeed at City and we look forward to helping him develop during his time here.”

Danilo’s move is subject to him receiving a work permit, meaning he is unlikely to make his debut when City face Real on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

The former Santos player joined Real in 2015 from Porto but started just 17 La Liga games last season.

In two years at the Bernabeu, he won La Liga, two Champions Leagues, the Uefa Super Cup and the Fifa Club World Cup.

Real Madrid agree terms with Kylian Mbappe and Monaco, consider Rashford and two others as plan B

Real Madrid have agreed terms with Monaco and Kylian Mbappe over a world record £120m move for the 18-year-old striker.

Real have offered Karim Benzema as part of a deal to sign Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe

Real Madrid have drawn up a shortlist of striker targets should they fail to land Kylian Mbappe this summer.

Among them are Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford, Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner.

Chelsea confirm deal agreed to sign Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid 

Chelsea have confirmed they have have agreed a deal with Real Madrid for striker Alvaro Morata.

A statement on the club’s website read: “Chelsea Football Club and Real Madrid have agreed terms for the transfer of Alvaro Morata to Stamford Bridge.

“The move is now subject to him agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.

“Morata, 24, is a Spanish international forward, and helped Real to lift a second successive Champions League last season.”
Morata joined Real Madrid’s youth team in 2008 and was handed his senior debut aged 18 in 2010.

The 6ft 3in striker moved to Italy in 2014, scoring 27 goals in two years for Juventus, winning both Serie A and the Coppa Italia twice and playing in the 2015 Champions League final.

Real exercised a buy-back option in June 2016 to take him back to the Bernabeu.

Morata has won 20 caps for Spain, scoring nine goals, since his international debut in 2014.
Morata scored 20 goals last season after rejoining Real from Juventus.

He won La Liga and the Champions League, but the majority of his appearances were as a substitute.

Morata could replace Spain team-mate Diego Costa, who says he has been told by manager Antonio Conte that he is no longer in  Chelsea’s plans.
Chelsea have been linked with Andrea Belotti, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero, but Morata is their man after Romelu Lukaku signed for Man Utd.
The sale of Morata will allow Real to step up their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe.

Jose Mourinho describes Cristiano Ronaldo’s  Manchester return as “mission impossible”

​Jose Mourinho ruled out any attempt to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford after Man Utd’s 5-2 rout of the LA Galaxy.
United boss Mourinho worked with his compatriot in Madrid and says an Old Trafford reunion was never on the cards.

“We have never thought about it because he is too much of an important player for his club, of great economic power,” he said.

“We have not been able to find for whatever reason anything that could have made us think that Ronaldo could leave.

“I am not a defender of my club once I waste time on players who are mission impossible.”

United have so far brought in Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku, with the latter’s arrival said to have ended their interest in Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.

“He belongs to Madrid,” said former Real boss Mourinho. “Madrid have decided and we have not come to an agreement. It is simple. It is a shame.

“He is a player who made it to the first team with me. We have a special liking for him, he is someone special. I enjoyed watching his evolution at Juventus and Madrid.

“It is like that. I don’t think he can end with us.”

Real Madrid sign EURO U-21 player of the tournament Dani Ceballos on a six-year deal from Real Betis

Real Madrid have announced the signing of midfielder Dani Ceballos from Real Betis.

Ceballos, 20, has become one of the most coveted players across Europe, having helped Spain reach the European Under-21 Championship final in Poland and winning the player of the tournament award.

Ceballos signs on a six-year contract after James Rodriguez joined Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal earlier this week.

Real reportedly beat off competition from Barcelona to sign the youngster, who has also been linked with Liverpool in the past. Ceballos has already played 105 games for Betis, scoring seven goals and providing nine assists.

Real say Ceballos will join the team on their pre-season tour of the United States on Friday, July 21, after being unveiled the day before.

Ceballos becomes Real’s second signing of the summer, after Theo Hernandez joined from city rivals Atletico Madrid earlier this week for £25m.

Despite a reputation for world-record-breaking transfers on ‘Galacticos’, Real Madrid have changed their image in recent years — securing young, talented Spanish players.
Marco Asensio, Isco and Nacho are among those already at the club.
Zinedine Zidane’s side are looking to win consecutive La Liga titles for the first time since 2007/08.

Man Utd training base evacuated  after bomb scare

A bomb threat led hundreds of students to seek refuge at Manchester United’s pre-season base at in Los Angeles, just hours after Jose Mourinho’s men finished training.

United arrived in California on Sunday for their pre-season tour and have been undertaking double training sessions at the college since the start of the week.

Mourinho’s side have been using UCLA’s Drake stadium as their base – a venue taken over by students, visitors and faculty members on Wednesday evening after a bomb threat.

Many of those evacuated from housing around the campus gathered in the United-branded training base as the emergency services checked facilities were safe.

A statement from UCLA read: “UCLA received a bomb threat on Wednesday evening and, as a precaution, ordered residents evacuated from campus housing at about 10.10pm.

“Many of the residents who were affected gathered safely in Drake stadium while emergency responders checked campus facilities. No suspicious device was found.

“At 12.20am on Thursday, residents were allowed to return to all residence halls at UCLA. Police are continuing to investigate.”

United are due to return to training at UCLA for a double session on Thursday, while Real Madrid will also be training just metres away at North Athletic Field.

A security team follows Mourinho’s side around the city, just as they do elsewhere on their travels, and UCLA security presence is visible around Drake Stadium.

United play five matches on their pre-season tour of the United States, kicking off against LA Galaxy on Saturday.

Manchester United named world’s third most valuable sports team by Forbes

Manchester United have been named by Forbes Magazine as the world’s third most valuable sports team, behind the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Yankees.

United, who topped the annual list in 2011 and 2012, leapfrogged Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid to take the title of the world’s most valuable football team at £2.86bn ($3.69bn).

In total, seven football teams made the 50-team list with Bayern Munich coming in 15th at £2.1bn ($2.71bn), Manchester City coming 35th on £1.61bn ($2.083bn); Arsenal at 43rd on £1.49bn ($1.93bn) and Chelsea in 46th on £1.42bn ($1.845bn).

Forbes’ top 10 most valuable teams

  1. Dallas Cowboys £3.26bn ($4.2bn)
  2. New York Yankees £2.87bn ($3.7bn)
  3. Manchester United £2.86bn ($3.69bn)
  4. Barcelona £2.82bn ($3.64bn)
  5. Real Madrid £2.78bn ($3.58bn)
  6. New England Patriots £2.64bn ($3.4bn)
  7. New York Knicks £2.56bn ($3.3bn)
  8. New York Giants £2.4bn ($3.1bn)
  9. San Francisco 49ers £2.33bn ($3bn)
  10. Los Angeles Lakers £2.33bn ($3bn)

Despite not winning a Super Bowl since 1996, the Dallas Cowboys comfortably finished first after being valued at £3.26bn ($4.2bn), an increase of five per cent. The Cowboys also finished first in 2016 as they unseated Real Madrid at the top of the list.

The 32-team NFL is the world’s richest league, with an average operating profit of $91m and no club turning over less than a $26m profit.

Only three NFL clubs missed the 50-team Forbes richest roll call – the Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills.
Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees ranked second on £2.86bn ($3.7bn), a nine per cent boost from last year. They boast £93m in sponsorships and £100m in premium seat revenues, tops in the major leagues. In all, eight major league clubs made the Forbes list.

Topping NBA clubs in seventh overall were the New York Knicks on £2.55bn ($3.3bn), up 10 per cent in value despite struggling on the basketball court. They have not had a play-off berth or winning season since 2013 and have won only one play-off series since 2000.

In all, there were seven NBA clubs on the list. The reigning champion Golden State Warriors shared 20th with the NFL’s Houston Texans on £2bn ($2.6b), leaping 37 per cent in value.
The biggest gainer on the list was the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams, doubling in value after a move from St. Louis to land in 12th overall with a new stadium owned by Stan Kroenke set to open in 2020.

Kroenke is also the biggest shareholder in Arsenal, which suffered the list’s worst plunge, tumbling 20 spots and off four per cent due to a decline in the British pound after Britain voted to leave the European Union.

Liverpool, who finished 41st in 2016, were among two teams to fall off the list entirely along with the NBA’s Houston Rockets.
Top 50

Rank, Team, Value, 1-Yr change (Sport)
1. Dallas Cowboys, $4.2 billion, 5% (NFL)
2. New York Yankees, $3.7 billion, 9% (MLB)
3. Manchester United, $3.69 billion, 11% (Soccer)
4. Barcelona, $3.64 billion, 2% (Soccer)
5. Real Madrid, $3.58 billion, -2% (Soccer)
6. New England Patriots, $3.4 billion, 6% (NFL)
7. New York Knicks, $3.3 billion, 10% (NBA)
8. New York Giants, $3.1 billion, 11% (NFL)
9. San Francisco 49ers, $3 billion, 11% (NFL)
9. Los Angeles Lakers, $3 billion, 11% (NBA)

11. Washington Redskins, $2.95 billion, 4% (NFL)
12. Los Angeles Rams, $2.9 billion, 100% (NFL)
13. New York Jets, $2.75 billion, 6% (NFL)
13. Los Angeles Dodgers, $2.75 billion, 10% (MLB)
15. Bayern Munich, $2.71 billion, 1% (Soccer)
16. Chicago Bears, $2.7 billion, 10% (NFL)
16. Boston Red Sox, $2.7 billion, 17% (MLB)
18. Chicago Cubs, $2.68 billion, 22% (MLB)
19. San Francisco Giants, $2.65 billion, 18% (MLB)
20. Houston Texans, $2.6 billion, 4% (NFL)
20. Golden State Warriors, $2.6 billion, 37% (NBA)
22. Philadelphia Eagles, $2.5 billion, 4% (NFL)
22. Chicago Bulls, $2.5 billion, 9% (NBA)
24. Denver Broncos, $2.4 billion, 24% (NFL)
25. Miami Dolphins, $2.38 billion, 28% (NFL)
26. Green Bay Packers, $2.35 billion, 21% (NFL)
27. Baltimore Ravens, $2.3 billion, 19% (NFL)
28. Pittsburgh Steelers, $2.25 billion, 18% (NFL)
29. Seattle Seahawks, $2.25 billion, 19% (NFL)
30. Minnesota Vikings, $2.2 billion, 38% (NFL)
30. Boston Celtics, $2.2 billion, 5% (NBA)
32. Indianapolis Colts, $2.18 billion, 16% (NFL)
33. Atlanta Falcons, $2.13 billion, 27% (NFL)
34. Oakland Raiders, $2.1 billion, 47% (NFL)
35. Manchester City, $2.083 billion, 8% (Soccer)
36. Los Angeles Chargers, $2.08 billion, 36% (NFL)
37. Carolina Panthers, $2.075 billion, 33% (NFL)
38. Arizona Cardinals, $2.025 billion, 31% (NFL)
39. Tennessee Titans, $2 billion, 34% (NFL)
39. Los Angeles Clippers, $2 billion, 0% (NBA)
39. New York Mets, $2 billion, 21% (MLB)
42. Jacksonville Jaguars, $1.95 billion, 32% (NFL)
43. Arsenal, $1.93 billion, -4% (Soccer)
44. Kansas City Chiefs, $1.88 billion, 23% (NFL)
45. Cleveland Browns, $1.85 billion, 23% (NFL)
46. Chelsea, $1.845 billion, 11% (Soccer)
47. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $1.8 billion, 19% (NFL)
47. Brooklyn Nets, $1.8 billion, 6% (NBA)
47. St Louis Cardinals, $1.8 billion, 12% (MLB)
50. New Orleans Saints, $1.75 billion, 16% (NFL)
50. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, $1.75 billion, 31% (MLB)

Real Madrid top, but Atletico overtake Bayern and Barcelona to second in latest UEFA ranking

Atletico Madrid have overtaken Barcelona and Bayern Munich to move into second place in the UEFA rankings for club competitions.

The latest official list published ahead of the 2017-18 season sees Atletico with a coefficient of 133.799, putting them ahead of third-placed Barca (128.7990), fourth-placed Bayern (122.656) and fifth-placed Juventus (119.049).

Real Madrid, who beat Atletico in the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals, as well as retaining the trophy by defeating Juve 4-1 in the 2017 decider, top the table with a coefficient of 151.799.

When Diego Simeone took charge of Atletico during the 2011-12 campaign, the club were down in 23rd place in the rankings — between CSKA Moscow and Marseille — but they have climbed steadily each year since due to their success in that season’s Europa League, followed by consistently reaching the latter stages of the Champions League each year since.

“Atletico Madrid has climbed to second place of the ranking of European clubs that UEFA elaborates,” a club statement read.
Our scores of the last five seasons are: in the campaign 2013/14 we accumulated 37,600, 26,042 in 2014/15, 32,785 in 2015/16 and 33,028 in 2016/17.

“In addition, our team starts next season with 4,342 points since it has qualified for the group stage of the Champions League. We need to remember that in the last four seasons, our team has reached two Champions League finals, a semi-final and a few quarter-finals. In addition, for the first time in our history, Simeone’s squad will play for the fifth consecutive season in the continental showpiece.”
The highest ranked Premier League club in the latest UEFA standings is Manchester City — who sit ninth [94.363], ahead of Arsenal (11th – 84.363), Chelsea (13th – 80.363), Manchester United (16th – 78.363), Tottenham (22nd – 62.363) and Liverpool (35th – 44.363). When Simeone took over Atletico English clubs were much higher — United were then second, Chelsea third, Arsenal sixth and Liverpool 11th.
Other clubs to rise during recent years include current leaders Madrid [who were seventh back in 2011], Juventus (up from 43rd to fifth), Sevilla (up from 11th to sixth) and Paris Saint-Germain (up from 38th to seventh).

Significant fallers have been Inter Milan (ninth, down to 59th), AC Milan (10th to 58th) and Valencia (15th to 30th).

The club coefficient rankings are based on the results of clubs competing in the five previous seasons of the Champions League and Europa League. The rankings determine the seeding of each club in all UEFA competition draws.
Clubs Country Pts

1 Real Madrid CF ESP 151.799

2 Club Atlético de Madrid ESP 133.799

3 FC Barcelona ESP 128.799

4 FC Bayern München GER 122.656

5 Juventus ITA 119.049

6 Sevilla FC ESP 109.799

7 Paris Saint-Germain FRA 103.249

8 Borussia Dortmund GER 95.656

9 Manchester City FC ENG 94.363

10 SL Benfica POR 87.783

11 Arsenal FC ENG 84.363

12 FC Porto POR 80.783

13 Chelsea FC ENG 80.363

14 SSC Napoli ITA 80.049

15 Bayer 04 Leverkusen GER 78.656

16 Manchester United FC ENG 78.363

17 FC Schalke 04 GER 74.656

18 FC Shakhtar Donetsk UKR 72.786

19 FC Zenit RUS 72.316

20 ACF Fiorentina ITA 66.049

21 AS Monaco FC FRA 64.249

22 Tottenham Hotspur FC ENG 62.363

23 Villarreal CF ESP 61.799

24 FC Basel 1893 SUI 60.900

25 AFC Ajax NED 57.529

26 FC Dynamo Kyiv UKR 56.786

27 AS Roma ITA 55.049

28 Olympique Lyonnais FRA 54.749

29 Athletic Club ESP 53.799

30 Valencia CF ESP 53.799

31 Olympiacos FC GRE 53.700

32 RSC Anderlecht BEL 53.340

33 VfL Wolfsburg GER 52.656

34 Beşiktaş JK TUR 47.960

35 Liverpool FC ENG 44.363

36 VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach GER 41.656

37 FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk UKR 40.786

38 PSV Eindhoven NED 40.529

39 FC Salzburg AUT 39.195

40 AC Sparta Praha CZE 38.435

41 RC Celta de Vigo ESP 36.799

42 PFC CSKA Moskva RUS 36.316

43 SS Lazio ITA 36.049

44 Club Brugge KV BEL 35.340

45 Galatasaray AŞ TUR 34.960

46 Leicester City FC ENG 34.363

47 KRC Genk BEL 34.340

48 AS Saint-Étienne FRA 33.749

49 KAA Gent BEL 33.340

50 PFC Ludogorets 1945 BUL 33.200

51 PAOK FC GRE 32.700

52 FC København DEN 31.340

53 Sporting Clube de Portugal POR 30.783

54 AZ Alkmaar NED 30.529

55 FC Krasnodar RUS 30.316

56 Real Betis Balompié ESP 29.799

57 SC Braga POR 29.283

58 AC Milan ITA 28.049

59 FC Internazionale Milano ITA 28.049

60 Fenerbahçe SK TUR 27.960

61 Legia Warszawa POL 26.650

62 Everton FC ENG 26.363

63 SK Rapid Wien AUT 26.195

64 Celtic FC SCO 25.975

65 Torino FC ITA 25.049

66 Feyenoord NED 25.029

67 FC Viktoria Plzeň CZE 24.935

68 Eintracht Frankfurt GER 24.656

69 FC Rubin RUS 24.316

70 FC Dinamo Moskva RUS 24.316

71 Real Sociedad de Fútbol ESP 24.299

72 APOEL FC CYP 24.085

73 Trabzonspor AŞ TUR 23.960

74 Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC ISR 22.925

75 Olympique de Marseille FRA 22.249

76 FCSB ROU 22.010

77 FC Slovan Liberec CZE 21.935

78 FC Rostov RUS 21.816

79 1. FSV Mainz 05 GER 20.656

80 BSC Young Boys SUI 20.400

81 GNK Dinamo Zagreb CRO 20.275

82 Southampton FC ENG 19.863

83 R. Standard de Liège BEL 19.840

84 FC BATE Borisov BLR 19.700

85 FC Augsburg GER 19.656

86 Swansea City AFC ENG 19.363

87 FC Lokomotiv Moskva RUS 18.816

88 FC Anji RUS 18.316

89 EA Guingamp FRA 18.249

90 SC Freiburg GER 17.656

91 Qarabağ FK AZE 17.650

92 NK Maribor SVN 17.650

93 FC Zürich SUI 16.900

94 FC Astana KAZ 16.750

95 FK Austria Wien AUT 16.695

96 RB Leipzig GER 16.656

97 FC Astra Giurgiu ROU 16.510

98 Wigan Athletic FC ENG 16.363

99 Malmö FF SWE 16.095

100 US Sassuolo Calcio ITA 16.049

101 FC Chornomorets Odesa UKR 15.786

102 Molde FK NOR 15.360

103 FC Girondins de Bordeaux FRA 15.249

104 West Ham United FC ENG 14.863

105 FC Spartak Moskva RUS 14.816

106 Estoril Praia POR 14.783

107 HNK Rijeka CRO 14.775

108 OGC Nice FRA 14.749

109 FC Midtjylland DEN 14.340

110 KSC Lokeren OV BEL  14.340

Bayern Munich sign Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez on a two-year loan deal

​Bayern Munich have signed Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez on a two-year loan deal with the option to buy.
The deal for the player is reportedly worth €5million a season and the club have the option to buy in 2019 for €35.2m.

The Colombia international’s future at the Bernabeu had been in doubt after he was left out of Real’s squad for the Champions League final win over Juventus last month.

A statement on Bayern’s official website read: “FC Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have agreed on the transfer of Colombian national player James Rodriguez to the German champions on Tuesday.

“The two clubs agreed on a  two-year loan deal until June 30, 2019 with a following purchase option for FC Bayern Munich.

“James Rodriguez will sign his contract in Munich after successfully completing the compulsory medical check.”

The 25-year-old, who signed a  six-year contract at Real when he joined from Monaco for £71m in July 2014, made just 22 appearances in La Liga last season.
He had been linked with a summer move to both Premier League champions Chelsea as well as Manchester United.
His agent is also believed to have offered him to Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan and Juventus.

“We’re delighted we’ve been able to complete this transfer,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

“Signing James Rodríguez was our coach Carlo Ancelotti’s biggest wish, following their successful spell working together in Madrid.

“James is a very versatile player. He’s a goalscorer himself, he sets up a lot of goals and on top of that he’s great from set-pieces. There’s no question that this transfer further increases the quality in our team.”

James has won the Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup twice as well as the La Liga title since moving to the Bernabeu.
He made 111 appearances for Real, scoring 36 goals and producing 41 assists.

Bayern boss Carlos Ancelotti worked with Rodriguez during what was probably his most productive season at the Bernabeu – his debut campaign in 2014-15 – and he will hope to get the best out of the 25-year-old once more.

Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao joins Sporting Lisbon on a one-year loan

Real Madrid ​full-back Fabio Coentrao has joined Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon on a one-year loan.

The 29-year-old joined Real from Sporting’s city rivals Benfica for £27m in 2011,winning both La Liga and the Champions League twice.

He was absent with a thigh injury as Portugal won Euro 2016 and was left out of last season’s Champions League final triumph over Juventus.

Coentrao played 106 games for Real and spent a season on loan at Monaco.

He is the second Real defender to leave the club this week after fellow Portuguese defender Pepe joined  Turkish champions Besiktason a free transfer.

Real Madrid confirm Theo  Hernandez’s signing from Atletico

Real Madrid have signed left-back Theo Hernandez from city rivals Atletico Madrid for a reported £22.8m fee on a six-year deal.

The 19-year-old Frenchman failed to play for the Atletico first team and spent last season on loan at Alaves.

He made 38 appearances in all competitions, including playing in the Copa del Rey final defeat by Barcelona.

The club said in a statement: “Theo, who was under contract until 2021, has rejected several times the offers of renewal from Atletico Madrid and the offers of different European clubs to hire his services, as well as stating repeatedly his firm desire to play for Real Madrid.”
Real said in a statement: “Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have agreed to the transfer of Theo Hernandez, who is to sign for the club for the next six seasons.”

Besiktas sign Pepe after Real Madrid exit

​Portugal defender Pepe has joined Turkish champions Besiktas on a free transfer after his Real Madrid contract expired.

The 34-year-old played nearly 350 games for the Spanish side after signing from Porto in 2007, winning three La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues.

He was named man of the match as Portugal beat hosts France in extra time in the Euro 2016 final.

Pepe reportedly had a medicalat Paris St-Germain before opting for Besiktas.

No details were given on the length of the player’s contract.
The Portugal  international was unveiled in a signing ceremony at the Vodafone Arena and he will earn €4.75million per-season.

“I had offers from England, France and Italy but I chose Besiktas,” he said.
It appears Pepe was not keen on  working under Guardiola, who was in charge of Real’s deadly rivals Barca for four years, while Pepe was in his playing pomp.

“I spent 10 wonderful years at Real Madrid,” said Pepe today. “My two daughters were born in Madrid, I won three Champions Leagues and three La Liga titles as well.

“I love Real Madrid and their fans.”
Pepe has also a bonus  in his contract which means for every point Besiktas earn in the league he will earn €4000 – in the matches he plays in.

And based on last season’s points total of 77, Pepe would be in line for a €300,000 bonus over the season – as long as he appeared in the games.

Alvaro Arbeloa retires from football

​Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and West Ham defender Alvaro Arbeloa has announced his retirement.

The 34-year-old former Spain full-back made three Premier League appearances for the Hammers last season before being released.

He spent three years with the Reds before returning to Madrid, for whom he made his senior debut, in 2009.

Arbeloa won one La Liga title and the Champions League twice at Madrid before signing for West Hamlast August.

“It’s time to say goodbye,” he said. “Physically I was OK to keep playing.”

“I always thought I would play until my legs held out, but in the end it was a head and motivation issue,” he told Marca.
Many times you consider life in a way or see the future in a way, but life has other things prepared and you have to know how to accept them and face them.
“Things this season did not come out as I had dreamed. I am being honest with myself when I say goodbye.” 
He added: “It has been complicated. It’s something that when it comes to my mind I try not to think much about.
“At a professional level it has not been an easy year and that also has a personal impact, of course.”

He made more than 200 appearances in total for Liverpool, Madrid and West Ham between 2007 and 2017 and was capped 56 times by Spain.

He was part of his country’s World Cup-winning squad in 2010 and helped them win the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.

Reports on Monaco teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe 

  • ​Paris St-Germain have offered Monaco a world record £119m for 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe.

  • But Arsenal are preparing a new bid with Arsenal Wenger confident of a deal for the in-demand forward.
  • And the highly-rated 18-year-old is open to the idea of moving to Arsenal.
  • Liverpool’s 100m euros (£87.89m) bid for the Monaco forward has been rejected.
  • He is said to have had a conversation with Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.

PSG’s Angel Di Maria is ‘no Angel’ as he is sentenced for tax fraud in Spain

Paris Saint-Germain player Angel Di Maria has accepted a one-year prison sentence and will pay a total of €2 million in back-taxes and fines for committing tax fraud in Spain.

Di Maria is accused of failing to pay 1.3m euros to the Spanish tax authorities while at Real Madrid in 2012-2013 by giving up his image rights to companies based in tax havens, such as Panama.

The Argentina winger will admit to two counts of tax fraud after an agreement was reached between the former Real Madrid midfielder’s lawyers and the public prosecutor on Wednesday.

However, the deal must be formally processed in a hearing before a judge.

The 29-year-old made a deal with Spanish tax authorities to avoid a trial, with each of the two counts coming with a six-month sentence.
In Spain, sentences less than two years are normally suspended unless the individual has a prior conviction. Hence, Di Maria will avoid jail.

Di Maria left Madrid in August 2014 and signed a five-year deal with Manchester United after a £59.7m deal was agreed.

He would only play for one season at Old Trafford before moving on to PSG in the summer of 2015.

Former Real team-mate  Cristiano Ronaldo is  expected to testify in his  tax case on July 31and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has  defended his tax history  in Spain after allegations  of fraud against him.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho charged with tax evasion in Spain

Jose Mourinho has been accused of tax fraud by Spanish prosecutors investigating his time as Real Madrid’s head coach.

A Madrid prosecutor said on Tuesday that a claim of two counts of tax fraud in 2011 and 2012, when he was manager of Real Madrid, had been filed.

Mourinho owes the Spanish tax authorities £2.9m (€3.3m), according to a statement, which added it had presented a claim to a local court.

The allegations follow those made against Cristiano Ronaldo made by Spanish tax authorities last week, which led to the player disclosing a wish to leave the country and perhaps work with Mourinho again at Old Trafford.
Other footballers accused of tax fraud in Spain include:

  • Barcelona and Argentina footballer Lionel Messi, who has been handed a 21-month jail term. His father Jorge, who manages his finances, was also convicted.
  • Barcelona defender Javier  Mascherano- also an Argentine – admitted tax fraud, escaping a jail term with a one-year suspended sentence.
  • Barcelona and Brazilian star Neymari s also facing allegations of corruption and fraud over his transfer to the Spanish club in 2013 – a case which also involves his parents. Prosecutors allege the transfer cost much more than publicly declared, and that millions were concealed from authorities
  • Former Barcelona president Sandro  Rosell, was arrested in May as part of a money-laundering investigation.

“I wish he was Argentine” – Maradona on Cristiano Ronaldo 

Diego Maradona says he wishes Cristiano Ronaldo was Argentine, but still prefers Lionel Messi to lead the Albiceleste.

“Cristiano is an animal,” Maradona told TyC Sports. “I wish he was Argentine.

“But I still prefer Messi. He is enjoying playing football and goes by opponents with ease.

“I don’t remember seeing Messi play badly. Even if Messi does not win a World Cup, he will be remembered in football history.

“Leo cannot deliver the World Cup on his own. Even if he does not win a World Cup, we will still remember him.”

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric investigated for perjury

Croatian authorities have launched an investigation into the captain of the national football team, Luka Modric.

The midfielder, who also plays for Real Madrid, is suspected of making false statements at the tax fraud trial of Zdravko Mamic, his former manager.

Mr Mamic, a powerful figure in Croatian football, was Mr Modric’s boss at leading club Dinamo Zagreb.

Mr Mamic, his brother Zoran Mamic, and two others are accused of corruption that reportedly cost Dinamo Zagreb more than 15m euros (£13.1m; $16.7m), and the state 1.5m euros.

Cash is said to have been embezzled via phoney deals where they took a cut from the sales of players.

If found guilty of perjury, Mr Modric could face between six months and five years in prison.

Mr Modric was asked to testify about his multi-million pound transfer from Dinamo the English club Tottenham Hotspur in 2008.

Florentino Perez stay on as Real Madrid president

Florentino Perez will stay on as Real Madrid president until 2021 after no other candidates presented a bid to rival the incumbent before Sunday’s deadline.
Perez, who first held the position in 2000, won uncontested, the Spanish and European champions announced on Monday.
The 70-year-old has overseen a period of continued success at Madrid, who claimed their third Champions League in four seasons in 2016-17.

Ronaldo beg super-agent for Manchester United return

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told his agent to seal a dream return to Manchester United this summer.

United will offer Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 26, and £183m in exchange for Portugal forward Ronaldo, 32, and his Real Madrid team-mate Alvaro Morata, the 24-year-old Spain striker.

Alternatively, United will offer De Gea and £175m for Ronaldo and will pursue Morata in a separate deal.

If De Gea goes to Madrid, then United could move for AC Milan’s Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, 18, as a replacement.

United, along with Chelsea, PSG and Bayern Munich are all keen on the prolific Portugal star, with the French outfit ready to to offer £122m to land him plus a staggering salary of £26m per year.

Ronaldo, however, favours a return to return to United and has instructed his representative, fellow Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes, to do everything in his power to make it reality after ignoring pleas from Real boss Zinedine Zidane to reconsider his position.
The Chinese transfer window opens on Monday and the biggest prize is Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid exit rumours 

  • ​Manchester United are lining up a sensational £183million, three-player deal with Real Madrid.

  • Manchester City have reportedly  contacted Cristiano Ronaldo amid  speculation he is set to quit Real  Madrid.
  • Chelsea have also emerged as surprise contenders for Ronaldo, with owner Roman Abramovich ready to pay a world-record fee for the 32-year-old.
  • Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to bid €140M and make Cristiano Ronaldo the most expensive player in history, on a salary of €30m per year.
  • Real Madrid say it would take a £350m deal to allow forward Cristiano Ronaldo to leave the club, which they expect to deter Paris St-Germain and Manchester United.
  • But Ronaldo’s advisers say a fee of 150m euros (£131m) will be enough, with the player wanting a “fresh challenge”.
  • Real president Florentino Perez has told Portugal forward Ronaldo that he will not stand in his way if he wants to leave the Spanish champions.
  • Ronaldo will only stay at Madrid if the club agrees to pay his disputed £13m tax bill.
  • Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes is considering possible destinations for his client, while Real, who are yet to receive any bids, believe the 32-year-old may have a change of heart in time.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has been called by Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane and pleaded with him to stay

Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid 

​Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, has told Real Madrid he wants to leave Spain and his decision is “irreversible”.

The Portugal international was recently embroiled in a tax complaint and as such has taken the ‘irreversible’ decision to leave Spain this summer.

UEFA Champions League Final:  Record-breaking Ronaldo strikes twice to fire Real Madrid to Champions League glory

Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as Real Madrid retained their Champions League crown and heaped more final heartbreak on Juventus with a 4-1 win in Cardiff.

In a gripping final, Real took the lead when Ronaldo finished off a flowing counter-attack (20) but Juventus hit back seven minutes later through a skilful overhead kick from Mario Mandzukic that will go down in history as one the greatest goals in Champions League history.

Casemiro fired Zinedine Zidane’s side into the lead on 61 minutes and Ronaldo struck again three minutes later, before Marco Asensio wrapped it up in stoppage time to condemn Juve -who had substitute Juan Cuadrado sent off for two yellow cards late on – to a fifth straight defeat in the showpiece European final (1997, 1998, 2003, 2015, 2017).

Victory for the La Liga giants means they have become the first side to defend the Champions League since its revamp in 1992 and wins them an historic 12th European major title.

This fixture matched up a well-drilled Juventus defence that had conceded just three goals in this season’s competition against a ruthless Real attacking outfit that scored in all of their 12 Champions League matches this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo underlined his status as the Champions League’s greatest goal-scorer with his decisive double taking his tally to 105 career Champions League goals.

  • To put that goal haul into perspective, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has scored 94 times in the competition and the legendary Raul is way back on 71 in third.
  • No other player has more than 56.

Most Champions League goals

Player Goals

Cristiano Ronaldo 105

Lionel Messi 94

Raul 71

Ruud van Nistelrooy 56

Karim Benzema 51

  • Ronaldo’s opener against Juventus also meant he became the first player in history to net in three different Champions League finals, adding to his strikes for United in 2008 and Real in 2014.

  • It’s worth noting Ronaldo had to wait 26 matches before scoring his first Champions League goal – he’s scored 90 in 88 appearances since leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid.

  • Ronaldo’s second of the game then took him clear of Messi at the top of the scoring standings for this competition. His 12 goals in the 2016/17 Champions League mean he has finished top scorer in Europe’s elite club contest five years running.

Champions League top scorer 2016/17

Player  Club  Goals

Cristiano Ronaldo  Real Madrid  12

Lionel Messi  Barcelona  11

Edinson Cavani  PSG  8

Robert Lewandowski  Bayern Munich  8

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang  Borussia Dortmund   7

  • Ronaldo scores brings up another landmark and his second against Juventus was also his 600th for club and country.

La Liga results  – Ronaldo and Benzema scores as Real Madrid clinch first title in five years; Barca win but miss out

​Atletico Madrid 3 – 1 Athletic Bilbao

Celta Vigo 2 – 2 Real  Sociedad

Valencia 1 – 3 Villarreal

Barcelona 4 – 2 Eibar

Malaga 0 – 2 Real Madrid

  • Malaga 0 – 2 Real Madrid

Real Madrid won their first La Liga title since 2012 thanks to a final-day victory at 2-0 Malaga at La Rosaleda.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored early on to settle the nerves, latching onto Isco’s through ball to step around Carlos Kameni and tap into an empty net.

Karim Benzema added their second goal after the break after Kameni parried Sergio Ramos’ shot.

Real, who had only needed a point, now face Juventus in the Champions League final looking to complete a double.

The result means Zinedine Zidane, in his first full season as Real boss, is the first manager to lead Madrid to the Spanish league title since Jose Mourinho five years ago.

If Real beat Juventus in Cardiff, they will become the first team to successfully defend the Champions League – with Zidane having won the tournament six months into the job last summer.

  • Barcelona 4 – 2 Eibar

Barcelona fought back to beat Eibar 4-2 on the final day of the season, but could do nothing to stop Real Madrid winning the La Liga title.

Takashi Inui’s double put the minnows in charge at the Nou Camp, but a David Junca own goal got Barcelona back into it just after the hour mark, while Luis Suarez equalised after Lionel Messi missed a penalty.

Ander Capa was then dismissed for Eibar as he brought down Neymar in the box with 15 minutes to go, and Messi redeemed himself from the spot before sealing the win with a fine solo effort in stoppage time.

There was a rapturous reception at the Nou Camp for Luis Enrique before kick-off.

  • ​Atletico Madrid 3 – 1 Athletic Bilbao

Fernando Torres scored twice as Atletico Madrid ended life at the Vicente Calderon with victory over Athletic Bilbao.

The boyhood Atleti fan, who is out of contract this summer, scored twice in the opening 11 minutes, netting from close range and hooking home a volley.

The 33-year-old scored more La Liga goals at the Calderon than any other player in the 21st century – with 54.

Inaki Williams pulled one back before Angel Correa’s 89th-minute strike.

After the game, Atletico manager Diego Simeone stressed that he would remain at the club next season.

The Argentine had two spells as an Atletico player and has enjoyed a successful five and a half years as manager during which he has won La Liga (2013-14) and reached the Champions League final twice (2013-14 and 2015-16).

“The journalists ask me constantly if I am going to stay. Yes, I am going to stay,” Simeone told the crowd inside the stadium.

“And do you know why I am going to stay? I am going to stay because this club has a future and this future is all of us.

  • Celta Vigo 2 – 2 Real  Sociedad

Bilbao’s defeat, coupled with a dramatic 2-2 draw for Real Sociedad at Celta Vigo, meant Sociedad guaranteed Europa League football next season thanks to a 93rd-minute Juanmi equaliser.

A penalty from Iago Aspas put Celta Vigo ahead but Mikel Oyarzabal levelled after 82 minutes before Andrew Hjulsager looked to have won it for Celta.

But Juanmi was left unmarked to head home a corner and secure the all-important point.

  • Valencia 1 – 3 Villarreal

Villarreal secured fifth place in the table as an excellent performance brought them a 3-1 win at Valencia.

The visitors led in the first minute when former Spurs striker Roberto Soldado scored.

Nani levelled after the break, but Manu Trigueros was quickly on the mark to restore Villarreal’s lead and Nicola Sansone added another to wrap the game up.