What’s next for Real Madrid misfit Hazard?

Since his move from Chelsea in 2019, the 31-year-old has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons, and is yet to appear in El Clasico That Eden Hazard’s name is sounding out on Clasico weekend wouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone when he made his €140 million (£118m/$155m) move to Real Madrid three … Read more

Real Madrid, even without Kylian Mbappe, are in a happy place

When Kylian Mbappe shocked Real Madrid in May by deciding to sign a new contract at Paris Saint-Germain, it seemed quite possible that the La Liga giants would be plunged into drama and crisis. Not completing the widely-anticipated free-agent signing of the France striker was a huge public embarrassment for club president Florentino Perez, who … Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo and why a move to Atletico Madrid is very unlikely

“I don’t know who invented this story about Cristiano, but it is practically impossible that he comes here,” Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo said on Tuesday evening. Cerezo was talking about persistent speculation that former Real Madrid galactico Cristiano Ronaldo could be moving to his old team’s cross-city rivals Atletico this summer. It does seem … Read more

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