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Marcelo accused of half a million euro tax fraud

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish prosecutors have accused Real Madrid’s Brazilian left-back Marcelo of tax fraud totalling nearly half a million euros, a judicial source confirmed on Tuesday.

The tax authorities believe Marcelo hid 490,917 euros ($578,000) earned from his image rights using a network of shell companies outside of Spain.

Marcelo accused of half a million euro tax fraud

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish prosecutors have accused Real Madrid’s Brazilian left-back Marcelo of tax fraud totalling nearly half a million euros, a judicial source confirmed on Tuesday.

The tax authorities believe Marcelo hid 490,917 euros ($578,000) earned from his image rights using a network of shell companies outside of Spain.

Chelsea star Hazard aims to seize Champions League spotlight

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London (AFP) – Frustrated by his past failures, Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been urged to finally stamp his mark on the Champions League.

While Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar have cemented their legendary status with headline-stealing performances in Europe’s elite club competition, Hazard remains one of the tournament’s biggest enigmas.

Chelsea star Hazard aims to seize Champions League spotlight

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London (AFP) – Frustrated by his past failures, Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been urged to finally stamp his mark on the Champions League.

While Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar have cemented their legendary status with headline-stealing performances in Europe’s elite club competition, Hazard remains one of the tournament’s biggest enigmas.

Zidane wary of ‘complete’ Kane

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane highlighted the threat posed by Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane as the English side travel to the European champions on Tuesday battling for top spot in Champions League Group H.

Kane has scored as many goals (43) this year for club and country as Cristiano Ronaldo but in fewer games, sparking rumours Real could try to poach another rising star from Spurs after taking Luka Modric and Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu in recent years.

Kane’s Champions League rise faces Real acid test

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Madrid (AFP) – Harry Kane is an admitted follower of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stratospheric stats as he pursues the Portuguese’s status as the best in the world, but for once it is Ronaldo who trails in the race to be the Champions League’s top marksman.

An inspired Kane has transformed Tottenham Hotspur’s European form from last season’s failure to a flying start with five of Spurs’ six goals in victories over Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia.

Late Ronaldo winner rescues Real at Getafe

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo struck his first La Liga goal of the season five minutes from time to save Real Madrid from losing more ground in the title race with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Getafe on Saturday.

Real looked on course for a comfortable three points when Karim Benzema fired the visitors into a deserved half-time lead.

Portugal and France clinch World Cup spots

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Paris (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and Antoine Griezmann’s France booked spots at the 2018 World Cup finals on Tuesday while the Netherlands crashed out.

Portugal beat Switzerland 2-0 in Lisbon thanks to a Johan Djourou own goal and an Andre Silva strike.

France needed goals from Griezmann and Olivier Giroud in a hard-fought 2-1 win over Belarus at the Stade de France.

Record man Lewandowski fires Poland to brink of World Cup

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Yerevan (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick and became his country’s record goalscorer as Poland thrashed Armenia 6-1 on Thursday to leave them on the verge of qualifying for next year’s World Cup.

Kamil Grosicki struck after just two minutes in Yerevan before Lewandowski curled in a brilliant free-kick to draw level with Wlodzimierz Lubanski, who represented Poland from 1963 to 1980, on 48 international goals.

Record man Lewandowski fires Poland to brink of World Cup

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Yerevan (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick and became his country’s record goalscorer as Poland thrashed Armenia 6-1 on Thursday to leave them on the verge of qualifying for next year’s World Cup.

Kamil Grosicki struck after just two minutes in Yerevan before Lewandowski curled in a brilliant free-kick to draw level with Wlodzimierz Lubanski, who represented Poland from 1963 to 1980, on 48 international goals.

Mbappe could win Ballon d’Or, says Matuidi

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Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) – Kylian Mbappe is so good he could one day emulate the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by winning the Ballon d’Or, his France international team-mate Blaise Matuidi said on Tuesday.

While Mbappe and Matuidi have never been club team-mates, the former joining Paris Saint-Germain from Monaco in August only after the latter had left for Juventus, they have lined up on the same team sheet for the national side.

Dortmund out to ruin Ronaldo milestone

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund will aim to maintain their unbeaten record at home to Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday and spoil Cristiano Ronaldo’s 150th European appearance.

Dortmund and title holders Real meet in the group stage for the second year running.

The teams drew both games 2-2 last season as the Germans topped the section before bowing out in the last eight while Real went on to win a record 12th title.

Dortmund out to ruin Ronaldo milestone

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund will aim to maintain their unbeaten record at home to Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday and spoil Cristiano Ronaldo’s 150th European appearance.

Dortmund and title holders Real meet in the group stage for the second year running.

The teams drew both games 2-2 last season as the Germans topped the section before bowing out in the last eight while Real went on to win a record 12th title.

Neymar earns 3m euros per month at PSG: report

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Berlin (AFP) – Brazil superstar Neymar earns just over three million euros a month at Paris Saint-Germain, according to German magazine Der Spiegel.

The magazine, using Football Leaks as a source, claims the 25-year-old Neymar, who cost PSG 222 million euros ($265m) from Barcelona, earns 36.

Neymar earns 3m euros per month at PSG: report

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Berlin (AFP) – Brazil superstar Neymar earns just over three million euros a month at Paris Saint-Germain, according to German magazine Der Spiegel.

The magazine, using Football Leaks as a source, claims the 25-year-old Neymar, who cost PSG 222 million euros ($265m) from Barcelona, earns 36.

Bale strikes in vital Madrid win at Sociedad

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale responded in style to his critics with a fine finish as Real Madrid got back to winning ways with a 3-1 win at Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Borja Mayoral rewarded a bright start by Real with his first Madrid goal before Sociedad’s Kevin Rodrigues scored at both ends to give the visitors a 2-1 half-time lead.

Returning Ronaldo hits double in routine Real win

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo wasted no time in showing Real Madrid what they have been missing during his five-game domestic suspension, by scoring twice as the holders began their Champions League defence with a routine 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday.

Ronaldo, banned for pushing a referee after being sent off in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, opened the scoring after just 12 minutes from Gareth Bale’s low cross.

Returning Ronaldo his double in routine Real win

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo wasted no time in showing Real Madrid what they have been missing during his five-game domestic suspension, by scoring twice as the holders began their Champions League defence with a routine 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday.

Ronaldo, banned for pushing a referee after being sent off in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, opened the scoring after just 12 minutes from Gareth Bale’s low cross.

Sociedad go joint top with win at Deportivo

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Sociedad scored twice early and late on to see off Deportivo la Coruna 4-2 and move alongside Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Sunday.

The Basques shot into a 2-0 lead at La Riazor inside five minutes thanks to goals from Juanmi and Asier Illarramendi.

Deportivo fought back, though, as Adrian Lopez pulled a goal back before half-time before on-loan Arsenal forward Lucas Perez was summoned from the bench on his return to Galicia.

Sociedad go joint top with win at Deportivo

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Sociedad scored twice early and late on to see off Deportivo la Coruna 4-2 and move alongside Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Sunday.

The Basques shot into a 2-0 lead at La Riazor inside five minutes thanks to goals from Juanmi and Asier Illarramendi.

Deportivo fought back, though, as Adrian Lopez pulled a goal back before half-time before on-loan Arsenal forward Lucas Perez was summoned from the bench on his return to Galicia.

Real Madrid held by Levante as Marcelo sees red

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid paid for the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and a series of missed chances by Gareth Bale as they were held 1-1 at home by Levante on Saturday.

A slow start by a much-changed Real team was punished when Ivi Lopez fired newly-promoted Levante into a shock lead after just 12 minutes.

Football super agent Mendes summoned over Ronaldo tax evasion case

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has been summoned before a Spanish court as part of a probe into alleged tax evasion by the world player of the year, judicial sources confirmed on Wednesday.

Mendes has been called to give evidence along with two of Ronaldo’s other advisors, Luis Correia and Carlos Osorio, on October 19 in the upmarket Pozuelo de Alarcon suburb of Madrid, home to many of the city’s football stars.

Euro 2016 winner Eder loaned to Lokomotiv Moscow

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Moscow (AFP) – Portuguese striker Eder, who scored the winning goal in the Euro 2016 final, has joined Lokomotiv Moscow on a season-long loan from French club Lille, the club said on Wednesday.

Eder, 29, joined the Ligue 1 side in January 2016 from Premier League Swansea and his six goals in that first season helped Lille finish fifth, securing him a call-up to the Portuguese squad for Euro 2016.

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Shortlist For 2018 Ballon d’Or Award Announced: Philippe Coutinho, Harry Kane And Sadio Mane All In The Running…

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The shortlist for the 2018 Ballon d'Or award has gradually been announced today, with the usual suspects all cropping up once again.

Being the roguish little teases they are, France Footballdrip-dripped their list in five-player increments over the course of the afternoon, with all 30 names now present and accounted for.

Shortlist For 2018 Ballon d’Or Award Announced: Philippe Coutinho, Harry Kane And Sadio Mane All In The Running…

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The shortlist for the 2018 Ballon d'Or award is being gradually announced, with half of the nominees know known.

Being the roguish little teases they are, France Football have been drip-dripping their list in five-player increments over the course of the afternoon, with 15 names let out of the bag so far.

Prolific: Robert Lewandowski Becomes Poland’s All-Time Top Goalscorer With Hat-Trick Against Armenia (Photos & Video)

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Bang in form, Robert Lewandowski enjoyed a productive night of national service as Poland eviscerated Armenia to the tune of 6-1 in Yerevan.

The Bayern Munich striker helped himself to a hat-trick to leave Poland needing to take just one point against Denmark in their final qualifier to book a berth at Russia 2018.

Wednesday Kickoff: Cristiano Ronaldo's contract, Robert Lewandowski's future and more

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Despite controversies, two big stars are expected to remain with their current clubs.

Cristiano Ronaldo says that questions regarding his Real Madrid contract are better left for president Florentino Perez. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti says he believes Robert Lewandowski will end his career with the club despite his recent criticism of the club's transfer dealings.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Raises €600,000 For Charity By Donating One Of His Ballon d’Or Awards To Make-A-Wish Auction

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Cristiano Ronaldo has freed up a bit of space on his mantelpiece (and raised a decent wedge of money for charity) by donating one of his four Ballon d'Or awards to the Make-a-Wish foundation.

Ronaldo's trinket was entered into a charity auction earlier in the week where it eventually sold for €600,000.

Champions League: Young Real Madrid Fan Celebrates Cristiano Ronaldo Goal By Imitating Her Idol’s Trademark Goal Celebration (Video)

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As previously mentioned, alien humanoid Cristiano Ronaldo made his 400th appearance for Real Madrid on Tuesday night and duly marked it with his 410th and 411th goals in a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund.

The striker's phenomenal feat was widely celebrated by the travelling Real fans, but none were as gosh-darn adorable as the wee Ronaldo fan spotted imitating her idol's trademark "Siii!

Borussia Dortmund loses to Real Madrid, Championship scores

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Christian Pulisic subbed on in the 76th minute for Borussia Dortmund in their 3-1 home loss to Real Madrid in Champions League Group H. Garath Bale scored in the 18th minute with the first-half highlighted by what Dortmund believed was a clear penalty ignored by the referee. Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos appeared guilt of a handball in the 14th minute.

Man Utd on alert as Ronaldo discusses future with Real Madrid boss; Zidane failure to sign striker a mistake?

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s frustration with life at Real Madrid has increased after Saturday’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Levante.

With Ronaldo out through suspension, Madrid produced an insipid display that was in stark contrast to Barcelona’s 5-0 drubbing of Espanyol.

Spanish media outlet Don Balon claim Ronaldo spoke to manager Zinedine Zidane after the game about his future role with the team.

Real Madrid dominance proves Zidane is the man

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After retiring from an illustrious playing career, one which is still overshadowed by his ‘head over heart’ moment in the World Cup, Zinedine Zidane completed his coaching badges in France and went to visit coaches such as Marcelo Bielsa and Pep Guardiola. These visits reinforced his desire to step into the coaching side of things.

On This Day in Football: Villa put 10 past Burnley, Ronaldo opens Real account

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On this day in 1925, Aston Villa hammered Burnley 10-0 in front of 43,000 fans at Villa Park.

It was the opening day of the 1925/26 season and Villa were determined to make a strong start in the new campaign after finishing at a disappointing 15th the previous season – their joint-lowest ever position in league football.

CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS UEFA PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2016-2017

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Modern Football Is Rubbish: Cristiano Ronaldo Professes Admiration For ‘Eco-Friendly Egyptian Steel Production’ In Promotional Tweet

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Cristiano Ronaldo is a global one-man brand and, as such, companies are queuing up to leech off his star power in return for vast wodges of cash.

In the past, Ronaldo's corporate tie-ins boots, sportswear, underpants, electro-shock muscle toning equipment, Japanese mouth-strengthening devices have at least had some semblance of being relevant to the football, fashion and fitness lifestyle, but his latest paid endorsement is an absolute clanger of a shill.

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Ronaldo: Emotions surpassed me when I won my first title with United

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Cristiano Ronaldo has reflected on when he won his first league title with Manchester United in 2007. His motivation has always been trophies and his big dreams motivated him to take the new challenge of leaving Old Trafford for Real Madrid.

When I became a Manchester player, it was a moment of maximum pride for me.

Cristiano Ronaldo Chapter 5: Cut to Brilliance Soccer Boots

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In the summer of 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo joined his Real Madrid for what was then a world record transfer fee of £80 million (€94 million). At least 80,000 fans showed up to welcome his move from Manchester United to Madrid. "When I arrived, there were many people around — not just inside the stadium, but [.

Is Ousmane Dembélé Barcelona's King in Waiting?

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Before he moved to one of the world's largest football clubs, French prodigy Ousmane Dembélé was already being hailed as a future Ballon d'Or winner by pundits. Commenting on the young star's early career at Borussia Dortmund, Bleacher Report's Dean Jones not only suggested he'd win the coveted trophy but that he's better than Cristiano Ronaldo was when he was 20.

World Cup Qualifiers: Cristiano Ronaldo Takes Roughly Two Minutes To Score Acrobatic Golazo As Portugal Trounce Faroe Islands (Video)

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Suspended on the domestic front, Cristiano Ronaldo proved that he hasn't let himself fall into disrepair these past few weeks by roaring his way to a hat-trick in Portugal's first World Cup qualifying fixture of the international break.

The Seleccao sauntered to a 5-1 win over the Faroe Islands in Porto, with Ronaldo taking just two minutes and eight seconds (from kick-off) to score a spectacular far-post scissor volley.

Wednesday Kickoff: Philippe Coutinho welcome back at Liverpool, Barcelona hacked and more

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Liverpool are hoping to welcome back one of the club's stars while Barcelona's internet security took a major hit on Tuesday evening.

Jurgen Klopp says Philippe Coutinho will "absolutely" be welcomed back to the team despite reports he tried to force his way to Barcelona. (REPORT)

Barcelona's Twitter account was hacked, announcing a fake rumor that the club had signed Angel di Maria.