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tiagoPortugal midfielder Tiago looks set to miss the rest of the season and possibly UEFA EURO 2016 after breaking his leg at the weekend against Espanyol on Saturday.

The Portugal midfielder, has played in every La Liga and Champions League match this season, suffered the blow in a challenge with Marco Asensio and was taken to hospital where worst fears were confirmed. The 34-year-old could miss the rest of the campaign, and even his presence at EURO 2016 is now in doubt.

Valencia-fansValencia confirmed on Monday that Portuguese coach Nuno Espirito Santo has left the La Liga club. Nuno had already said on Sunday night following a 1-0 defeat to Sevilla that he was resigning.

“Nuno Espirito Santo, who until now was the coach, is no longer tied to Valencia, after coming to an amicable agreement with the institution,” said a statement on Valencia’s website.

Former Valencia player Salvador Gonzalez will take charge of the team, a role he is familiar after twice stepping in as caretaker boss when Valencia sacked Ronald Koeman in 2008 and Mauricio Pellegrino in 2012.

Messi-PricelessBarcelona star Lionel Messi, nominated for FIFA’s prestigious Ballon d’Or title, was on Monday voted the top forward in the Spanish league last season ahead of Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

It is the sixth time that the Argentinian has won the title in seven editions of the trophy given by the Spanish football league, with the prize presented during a gala ceremony in Barcelona on Monday night.

Messi, who scored 43 goals and was the catalyst for Barcelona’s run to three titles last season – the UEFA Champions League, La Liga and the Spanish Cup – was selected following a computer analysis of the players’ statistics in the championship.

ballon-d-or-2015Fifa have announced the three names that make up the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or awards.
Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Neymar will compete with current holder Cristiano Ronaldo for this year’s FIFA Ballon d’Or.

Real Madrid forward Ronaldo has won the award for the past two years, with Messi winning it for each of the four years previous to that. And with Ronaldo named in 2008 too, one of the pair has been named the best player in the world on the last seven occasions.

louis-enrique-new1Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has placed his expectations even higher after his side took their tally to 14 goals in eight days with a 4-0 rout of Real Sociedad.

Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez were again the stars of the show as they were all on target to take the South American trio’s combined total in 2015 to an incredible 125 goals. Victory moved Barça nine points clear of eternal rivals Real Madrid, who face Eibar on Sunday, at the top of La Liga just a week after inflicting a humiliating 4-0 defeat on Los Blancos at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Perez-real-madridIncredible whining press conference from Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez on Monday, where he confirmed his support for Rafa Benítez which has been called into question after the team’s humbling defeat against Barcelona on Saturday.

As we all know, the squad has been under increasing pressure since January of this year”, he said. He also mentioned the numerous injuries the team has struggled with in the opening months of this season.

“The solution to this is Rafa Benitez. We signed him to turn things around. We think he is the right person. But we must let him work — not listen to those making up lies that board doesn’t want him, or the players don’t want him.

marcaThese are troubled teams in Real Madrid. The appointment of Rafa Benítez was not met with approval by large sections of Real Madrid fans.

They have been waiting for Rafa to fail and they got their opening in Saturday’s El Clasico where Real where humbled by bitter rivals Barcelona at hone.

The mouthpiece of the football club, Marca, wrote on Sunday that the firing of Benitez seems to be a foregone conclusion after the 4-0 hammering that Barcelona gave then on Saturday.

Marca writes:

The Real Madrid board no longer have faith in the coach, who has lost the dressing room in less than three months.

luis-enrique-barcaReal Madrid coach Rafael Benitez insisted he is more worried about recovering his players’ confidence than being sacked after the Spanish giants were thrashed 4-0 at home by bitter rivals Barcelona on Saturday.

The former Liverpool and Chelsea manager has only been in charge for 16 games, but back-to-back defeats now leave Madrid six points behind Barcelona in the title race.

“Logically we are hurting. It hurts to lose and particularly to lose in that manner,” Benitez said. “We have lost three points in La Liga and nothing more. What worries me is the team recovering mentally before the next game.”

suarez-neymar-messiWhen Andres Iniesta’s screamer hit the back of Keylor Navas’ net on 53 minutes a beleaguered Rafa Benitez could be seen scribbling something down in his note pad – ‘3-0’ presumably.

Real Madrid had been taken apart by Barcelona with goals from Luis Suarez, Neymar and Iniesta. Lionel Messi had not needed to come off the bench such was their superiority, and there was still a fourth goal and a sending for Isco off to come.

benzema-prisonReal Madrid have released a statement about Karim Benzema’s legal situation with the French blackmail scandal. Here’s the translation for said statement.

Karim Benzema returned to training this evening at Real Madrid City after making a statement to the French authorities in the Versailles.

The Real Madrid C. F. president, Florentino Pérez, held a meeting with the player in which he gave him his full support and expressed his confidence that his actions were in good faith and that he is completely innocent.