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Zidane takes on Cristiano in free-kick challenge during training

But who won? Was it the Real Madrid boss or the Portuguese attacker?
On late Tuesday, Spanish news outlet MARCA, citing Sportyou, revealed an interesting story surrounding Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and superstar attacker Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to the report, the Blancos boss challenged the Portuguese ace to a free-kick duel after seeing the 30-year-old practice his dead-ball shots, saying:

"Watch and learn how to take a free-kick."


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“The players feel more empathy for Zidane” – Cristiano

The Real Madrid attacker opened up about his relationship with former boss Rafael Benitez after Sunday’s 5-1 win.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s ill relationship with former Los Blancos manager Rafael Benitez was no kept secret, and on Sunday, the 30-year-old opened up about his bond with the Spaniard.

The Portuguese ace reportedly handed Real Madrid president Florentino Perez an ultimatum that either he [Cristiano] or Rafa has to go, whilst also insisting that the Liga BBVA giants will win nothing under the...

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RUMORS: Real Madrid to sack manager Rafael Benitez today

Monday, Jan 4 2016

Tags: La Liga, Real Madrid, Rafael Benitez

Real Madrid could part ways with manager Rafa Benitez today, according to reports from Spain.
Real Madrid are preparing to sack manager Rafael Benitez any moment from now, according to reports from Spain. 

The Spanish tactician took over at Real Madrid barely six months ago. The directors of the La Liga giants have been consulting since morning and have finally decided to axe the former Liverpool manager after a disappointing draw with Valencia last weekend. 

Club president...

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WATCH: Real Madrid fans boo Rafael Benitez at the Santiago Bernabeu

Wednesday, Dec 30 2015

Tags: La Liga, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Rafael Benitez

Real Madrid fans were not pleased when Rafa Benitez's name was called out during their La Liga match against Real Sociedad.
A section of Real Madrid fans booed manager Rafael Benitez’s name at the beginning of their La Liga match against Real Sociedad. As a normal routine, the announcer was introducing the squad and technical bench to the thousands of fans who had thronged the Santiago Bernabeu before kickoff. When manager Rafael Benitez’s name was mentioned, a section of the crowd booed him, consequently raising...

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NO WAY JOSE: Florentino Perez rules out Mourinho return

But the Real Madrid president did hint that the Portuguese boss could one day again be in charge at the Bernabeu.

With recent rumors tipping Rafael Benitez to be sacked by Real Madrid following a number of disappointing displays by Los Blancos, reports were quick to link Jose Mourinho with a return.

The Portuguese tactician had spent three years at Santiago Bernabeu prior to his second spell with Chelsea, winning La Liga, Copa del Rey, and Spanish Super Cup.

However, his relationship with...

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Zidane to take over Real Madrid 1st team managerial role from Benitez

Wednesday, Dec 16 2015

Tags: Zinedine Zidane, Rafael Benitez, Real Madrid, La Liga

Despite only arriving in the summer, the Spanish tactician is set for the boot, with the French icon in line to replace Rafa.
The jury is still out on new Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez.

The Spaniard’s arrival at Santiago Bernabeu was not well received due to Carlo Ancelotti’s popularity among the Blancos’ supporters, but an impressive start looked to curb any doubts over the former Napoli boss.

However, despite several huge wins this campaign, Rafa has failed many times to win in the big...

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Cristiano in new row with manager Rafael Benitez

Tuesday, Dec 15 2015

Tags: Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Benitez, Real Madrid, La Liga

A request from the Real Madrid boss has further damaged the player-manager relationship.
The Cristiano Ronaldo-Rafael Benitez relationship appeared doomed from the start, with the 30-year-old upset to see the Spaniard replace Carlo Ancelotti as manager at Real Madrid.

Several reports of the three-time Ballon d’Or winners discontent with the former Liverpool and Napoli boss followed, with rumors that the Portuguese ace confessed to club president Florentino Perez that Los Blancos...

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Cristiano’s ultimatum to Florentino Perez: “It’s Benitez or me”

All mayhem has broken loose at Real Madrid in the wake of their 4-0 home defeat in El Clasico.
Two days have passed since Real Madrid’s embarrassing 4-0 home defeat to Barcelona in El Clasico, with reports suggesting that chaos has erupted at Los Blancos.

According to Spanish publication AS, who cite both Fox Sports and La Gazzetta dello Sport, 30-year-old Portuguese superstar, who came under fire for his utterly poor display against the Blaugrana, has underlined coach Rafael Benitez...

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Real Madrid vs Barcelona: The stats that favor a Blaugrana win in El Clasico

Not if Cristiano Ronaldo has something to say, that is…
El Clasico is finally upon us. Barcelona will roll into Santiago Bernabeu to lock horns with rivals Real Madrid in their highly-anticipated clash on Saturday.

The Blaugrana lead the Liga BBVA standings with 27 points, and are three ahead of Los Blancos, who sit in second with 24 points.

Les Merengues can leapfrog the Catalan giants should they beat Luis Enrique’s crew, given that...

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Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Benzema & Ramos fit for El Clasico, reveals Benitez

Los Blancos will have their deadly French striker and their rock-solid Spanish center-back for Saturday's Barca clash.
Real Madrid fans, breathe a sigh of relief. Karim Benzema will be fit to feature in El Clasico, on Saturday.

Los Blancos manager Rafael Benitez revealed this positive news in a pre-match conference, announcing that the French striker will take part in their weekend clash with La Liga leaders Barcelona.

The 28-year-old, who is currently embroiled in a sex tape blackmailing controversy...

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France-Armenia: Deschamps promises Benzema full 90 mins amid Benitez feud

The French striker expressed his frustration with Rafa over constantly being substituted, but his national team boss vows not to follow suit.
With club football taking a two-week break, players are gearing up to embark on the latest international break, one of which is Karim Benzema, who looks set to depart Real Madrid for the France camp in frustration.

The 27-year-old Blancos striker publicly vented his disappointment with manager Rafael Benitez after he substituted him off in Sunday’s Atletico Madrid derby for the 6th time...

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Atletico vs Real Madrid: Simeone's chances of ending Rafa's unbeaten run

With zero losses to his name, Benitez will lead Los Blancos to the Vicente Calderon in Sunday’s Madrid derby. Does his first defeat await?
 When Real Madrid appointed Rafael Benitez as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor back in June, fans of the Liga BBVA giants were skeptical as to how their favorite team would fare under the reign of the Spanish manager.

However, the former Napoli manager, despite a shaky start in the International Champions Cup 2015, has proved he’s got what it takes to lead Les Merengues, as the club...

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Malmo vs Real Madrid: “Ronaldo guarantees us goals,” says Benitez

The Blancos boss threw his full support behind the Portuguese star, ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash, despite drawing blanks against Malaga.
Despite being merely one man in a 11-man team, whenever Real Madrid fail to score in a fixture, all blame is shouldered upon Cristiano Ronaldo, and last Saturday’s 0-0 draw to Malaga was no exception.

The Portuguese superstar failed to find the back of the net in their Santiago Bernabeu clash, as the goalless draw saw Los Blancos lose their grip on the lead to Villarreal, whom they now...

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Mourinho responds with scathing attack on Fat Rafa and his wife

From Benitez’s weight to Montserrat Seara’s inability to control her husband’s weight, nothing was off the table for The Special One.
Knowing Jose Mourinho and the type of character the Portuguese boss possess, none expected him to remain silent in the face of Montserrat Seara scathing attack.

Seara, wife to Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez, blasted the Special One and his coaching disasters, saying in an interview with Spanish newspaper La Region: "Real Madrid are the third of Mourinho's old teams Rafa has coached....

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BIG BLOW: Facebook post ends speculation Benzema is in London

An Instagram pic of Benzema in what appeared to be a private jet sparked rumors of an Arsenal switch. That all appears to be over now, however.
Despite being Real Madrid’s main and only senior striker, rumors continue to link French goalscorer Karim Benzema with a move to Arsenal, in similar fashion to the transfer that saw Mesut Ozil arrive at the Emirates two seasons back.

The attacker is yet to receive assurance from new manager Rafael Benitez over his role in the squad, with reports claiming the Spanish manager may shift Cristiano...

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Benitez loses his 1st game as Real Madrid boss, Twitter calls for his sacking

Many were not happy to see Los Blancos succumb to defeat at the hands of Roma in the International Champions Cup.
The managerial job at Real Madrid is no joke. A below par season, even a single loss can cost you your job. Just ask the previous manager Carlo Ancelotti.

So when Rafael Benitez was brought in to replace the Italian manager at the helms of the Bernabeu, much to the disliking of the fans and several players, everyone knew Rafa had to either deliver or risk suffering the same fate as Ancelotti.


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VIDEO: Pepe floors Ronaldo in training ahead of Roma vs Real Madrid

The team is in Melbourne, Australia for the International Champions Cup. Ronaldo had to get help from Varane to get up from the ground.
Real Madrid players started training in Melbourne for their International Champions Cup games in Australia. With all their stars getting ready for the 2015 season, they still find some time to fool around during training. 

During their practice in the land Down Under, Ronaldo pushed Pepe while they were setting up to play "Piggy in the Middle." It then seemed as if Pepe would...

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Ramos “untransferable” but still keen on a Real exit, reports MARCA

According to the Spanish news outlet, selling the Spanish defender and next-in-line captain is out of the question after Casillas’ exit.
Sergio Ramos, alongside fellow La Furia Roja team-mate David de Gea, have been dominating the summer transfer window rumors, with both players tipped to switch club and head in the opposite direction.

However, a recent report by Spanish media news outlet MARCA looks to smash all rumors of an exit for the Real Madrid defender, with the journal reporting that the player is “untransferable”.


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DONE DEAL: Casillas will leave Real Madrid to sign with FC Porto

After 25 years with Los Blancos, the legendary shot-stopper will say goodbye to the Bernabeu this Friday, where he will be joined by former team-mates Raúl and Guti.
Iker Casillas will finally end his stint as a Real Madrid player. After 25 years playing in La Casa Blanca's different categories, the shot-stopper is set to leave the club and join FC Porto after a deal was reached between the two teams. Sources in Spain indicate that the goalkeeper from Móstoles will be saying goodbye to fans and media on Friday evening, in a ceremony held at Santiago Bernabeu...

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REPORT: Casillas sets to leave Real Madrid after meeting with Benitez

Reports from the Spanish capital suggest the shot-stopper agreed to leave Los Blancos this summer, given David De Gea's signing is 'a matter of days'.
After much controversy surrounding his legendary status with Real Madrid, it seems like Iker Casillas has decided to leave the during the upcoming transfer window. Diario As, TVE, Cadena Ser and other sources have reported the shot-stopper held a meeting with Rafael Benitez, recently appointed as Los Blancos' new coach, in which he requested him to "ease" his departure from La Casa Blanca...

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