Bale, Real Madrid, Marca and a toxic relationship that couldn’t end soon enough

Editor’s Note: A version of this article was published on March 25, 2022. “Your celebrations on the goals were memorable. Were you sending a message?” was the first question of Gareth Bale’s post-match TV interview after his double strike for Wales in March’s 2-1 play-off win over Austria that left his country 90 minutes away … Read more

Benzema still reigns in Madrid after spoiling Mbappé party

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — There was a time when Karim Benzema was jeered by Real Madrid fans for not tapping all his talent, for not scoring enough goals, for not rising to the challenge. Even though he had quieted most of his critics in recent years, nobody can ever again doubt the France striker after … Read more

The five forwards Real Madrid signed to replace Ronaldo & how they fared

Since Cristiano Ronaldo departed in the summer of 2018, it’s been an interesting few years for Real Madrid. Having just completed a historic Champions League three-peat, which no other team has done in the modern era, curtains were called upon Ronaldo’s nine-year spell at Real Madrid, where he surpassed Raul as their all-time top scorer … Read more

Comparing Barcelona and Real Madrid’s illustrious trophy cabinets

Real Madrid and Barcelona are the most successful clubs in the history of Spanish football – but how do the pair’s trophy cabinets compare? They were among the 10 original founding members of the Spanish league and Barcelona won the inaugural edition of La Liga in 1929. Madrid later established themselves as a major force … Read more

Tchouaméni says he picked Madrid despite talking with Mbappé

MADRID (AP) — Aurélien Tchouaméni said nothing steered him away from fulfilling his dream of playing for Real Madrid. Not even a chat with Kylian Mbappe. The promising France midfielder made his move to Madrid official on Tuesday, saying he had no doubts about where he wanted to play despite having offers from other clubs … Read more

Tchouaméni says he picked Madrid despite talking with Mbappé

MADRID (AP) — Aurélien Tchouaméni said nothing steered him away from fulfilling his dream of playing for Real Madrid. Not even a chat with Kylian Mbappe. The promising France midfielder made his move to Madrid official on Tuesday, saying he had no doubts about where he wanted to play despite having offers from other clubs … Read more

Benzema brace as Madrid beats Bilbao 2-1 in virus-hit game

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Karim Benzema scored two quick goals to lead Real Madrid to a 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday in a Spanish league game missing several players because of coronavirus infections. Defending champion Atlético Madrid slumped to a fourth consecutive league defeat after losing 2-1 at Granada, extending its worst run … Read more

Gareth Bale bids farewell to Real Madrid, honored by queen

MADRID (AP) – Gareth Bale bid farewell to Real Madrid and earned another honor on Wednesday – this time from Queen Elizabeth II. The five-time Champions League winner, whose Madrid contract expires this month after nine years, was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire, or MBE, in the Queen’s Birthday Honors … Read more