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Bale, Modric, Kroos in; Ronaldo out of Real Madrid roster for MLS All-Star Game

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Cristiano Ronaldo will not be involved in this summer's MLS All-Star Game, but several of Real Madrid's heavy-hitters will be making the trip.

Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos headline the Spanish giant's roster for their trip to the U.S. Real is set to play matches in the International Champions Cup before taking on the MLS All-Stars on August 2 in Chicago.

Real Madrid Release New Home Kit For 2017/18 Season, Trim Is Turquoise This Time (Photos & Video)

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Real Madrid have unveiled the new togs their players will be wearing next season, with Adidas knocking out a pair of new jerseys for the reigning Spanish and European champions.

As ever, when it comes to Real's home shirt, the only variable is the colour of the trim, with Adidas plumping for a less-than-subtle shade of turquoise this time round.

Ballsy Call: Real Madrid Boss Zinedine Zidane Includes Son, Enzo, In His Champions League Final Squad

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has made the ballsy move of including his son, Enzo, in his squad for the Champions League Final.

Enzo has only ever made one senior appearance for Real, coming against Cultural Leonesa in the fourth round of the Copa del Rey last November. He played for 44 minutes.

Juventus v Real Madrid — the Welsh connection

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London (AFP) – Real Madrid’s Welsh star Gareth Bale will hope for a triumphant homecoming in Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus in Cardiff.

Ahead of the game, AFP Sport looks at four Welsh figures who, to greater or lesser degrees, have marked the histories of the two clubs:

John Charles (Juventus, 1957-1962)

One of British football’s most successful exports, Charles joined Juventus from Swansea City in 1957 and proved a huge hit, scoring 108 goals in 155 appearances and winning three Serie A titles.

Juventus v Real Madrid — the Welsh connection

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London (AFP) – Real Madrid’s Welsh star Gareth Bale will hope for a triumphant homecoming in Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus in Cardiff.

Ahead of the game, AFP Sport looks at four Welsh figures who, to greater or lesser degrees, have marked the histories of the two clubs:

John Charles (Juventus, 1957-1962)

One of British football’s most successful exports, Charles joined Juventus from Swansea City in 1957 and proved a huge hit, scoring 108 goals in 155 appearances and winning three Serie A titles.

Zidane Dilemma: Bale Or Isco For Champions League Final

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he will not be swayed by popular opinion in his selection dilemma over whether to play Gareth Bale or Isco in the Champions League final against Juventus on Saturday.

Real's record signing Bale has not played since injuring his groin against Barcelona on April 23 but is fit and available for the final in his home city of Cardiff after returning to training last Friday.

Sculptor Responsible For Appalling Cristiano Ronaldo Bust Returns To Immortalise Gareth Bale In Bronze (Photo)

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Emanuel Santos. You may not recall the name but you almost certainly know of his work, for he is the Portuguese sculptor responsible for creating *that* wonk-faced bust of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Presumably not aware that the entire world spent several days laughing in utter disbeliefwhen his misshapen masterpiece went on display outside Madeira International Airport, Santos has returned to once again immortalise another Real Madrid player in bronze.

Injury-ravaged season clouds Bale’s homecoming

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Madrid (AFP) – Playing in a Champions League final in his home city was beyond Gareth Bale’s dreams as a youngster, but Saturday’s Cardiff showpiece catches the Welshman at a career crossroads.

Real Madrid can make history by becoming the first team to retain the Champions League and complete a first La Liga and Champions League double in 59 years in the process.

Bale ‘not 100 percent’ for Cardiff final

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale believes he isn’t fit to last 90 minutes for Real Madrid in his homecoming to Cardiff for the Champions League final against Juventus on Saturday and admitted taking painkillers to play earlier this season.

Bale hasn’t featured since suffering the latest in a series of calf injuries that have plagued his time in Madrid, against Barcelona on April 23.

Bale says ‘not 100 percent’ for Cardiff final

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale believes he isn’t fit to last 90 minutes for Real Madrid in his homecoming to Cardiff for the Champions League final against Juventus on Saturday and admitted taking painkillers to play earlier this season.

Bale hasn’t featured since suffering the latest in a series of calf injuries that have plagued his time in Madrid, against Barcelona on April 23.

Bale fit and raring to go for Cardiff final

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale is “desperate” to return from injury in time for a Champions League final homecoming against Juventus in Cardiff on Saturday, his Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane said on Tuesday.

Bale hasn’t played since suffering the latest in a series of calf injuries that have plagued his time in Madrid, against Barcelona on April 23.

Bale fit and raring to go for Cardiff final

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale is “desperate” to return from injury in time for a Champions League final homecoming against Juventus in Cardiff on Saturday, his Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane said on Tuesday.

Bale hasn’t played since suffering the latest in a series of calf injuries that have plagued his time in Madrid, against Barcelona on April 23.

Aubameyang, Bale, Marquinhos, will they wear the red shirt?

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There are many names linked with Man United every summer. Dortmund Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is becoming a possible target with Zlatan long absent from football & Rooney possible move to China....

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Cardiff's big night of the Champions League final

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I am delighted Cardiff, the first city I made my home, is hosting next month's UEFA Champions League Final, but I am also keen it puts on a good show to the continent and increasingly the world.

Whilst no-one can deny the impressive 74,500 Millennium Stadium is a fine venue for any soccer showpiece, eyebrows everywhere have been raised at the realisation that Cardiff is a little on the small size as a city (population 340,000) and does not have a major airport nearby.

Real Madrid 3-0 Atletico Madrid: 5 Champions League semi final 1st leg talking points

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The first leg of the first Champions League semi-final is out of the way, and you could be forgiven for thinking the tie is already over. A potentially tense and tight first leg was busted open by a...

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Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale sidelined by new calf injury

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale could miss the rest of Real Madrid’s season after suffering the latest in a series of calf injuries since he joined the Spanish giants four years ago.

Bale hobbled off just 38 minutes into Madrid’s 3-2 El Clasico defeat to Barcelona on Sunday on his return having also missed Madrid’s previous two matches with an ankle injury.

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale sidelined by new calf injury

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale could miss the rest of Real Madrid’s season after suffering the latest in a series of calf injuries since he joined the Spanish giants four years ago.

Bale hobbled off just 38 minutes into Madrid’s 3-2 El Clasico defeat to Barcelona on Sunday on his return having also missed Madrid’s previous two matches with an ankle injury.

Are Real Madrid better off without Bale?

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale faces a race against time to be fit for Sunday’s potentially title-deciding La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

However, many Madrid fans won’t be losing any sleep should the Welshman miss out as Real have thrived despite another injury-ravaged season for the world’s second most expensive player.

Bale back in Madrid training ahead of Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale’s chances of being fit for Sunday’s blockbuster La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona were boosted as he returned to training on Thursday.

The Welshman has missed Madrid’s last two games against Sporting Gijon and Bayern Munich due to a flare up of the muscles around where he suffered ligament damage in his right ankle earlier in the season.

Key trio return for Bayern, Isco in for Bale

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Madrid (AFP) – Bayern Munich’s hopes of overturning a 2-1 Champions League quarter-final deficit at Real Madrid on Tuesday were boosted as key trio Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Robert Lewandowski were all named in Carlo Ancelotti’s starting XI.

Hummels and top scorer Lewandowski missed last week’s first leg, whilst Boateng sat out Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Bayer Leverkusen with a groin injury.

Madrid’s Bale out of Bayern return, Lewandowski back

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid will be without Gareth Bale as they look to book their place in a record seventh straight Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

However, the visitors’ chances of overcoming a 2-1 first-leg deficit were handed a huge boost as Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti confirmed top scorer Robert Lewandowski will be fit to start.

Madrid’s Bale out of Bayern return, Lewandowski back

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid will be without Gareth Bale as they look to book their place in a record seventh straight Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

However, the visitors’ chances of overcoming a 2-1 first-leg deficit were handed a huge boost as Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti confirmed top scorer Robert Lewandowski will be fit to start.

Gareth Bale out of Bayern return, doubt for Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid will be without Gareth Bale as they look to book their place in a record seventh straight Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Bale is sidelined by the recurrence of an ankle problem picked up in Madrid’s 2-1 first-leg win last week and is also a doubt for Real’s crunch La Liga clash with Barcelona on Sunday.

Gareth Bale out of Bayern return, doubt for Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid will be without Gareth Bale as they look to book their place in a record seventh straight Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Bale is sidelined by the recurrence of an ankle problem picked up in Madrid’s 2-1 first-leg win last week and is also a doubt for Real’s crunch La Liga clash with Barcelona on Sunday.

Real Madrid: Isco Scores 90th-Minute Winner, Delivers Special ‘I Love You’ Sign Language Message To Young Fan With Deaf Parents (Video)

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Two goals (including alast-minute winner) from Isco saw Real Madrid come from behind not once but twice to beat Sporting Gijon andremain three points (and a game in hand) clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

Without Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema or Gareth Bale in the starting line-up, it was left to Isco to pull the strings with the 24-year-old attacking midfielder proving once again that he is far too good to be left to wither on the bench.

Cristiano Ronaldo tops Lionel Messi in earnings, report says

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Paris (AFP) – Real Madrid’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo was the best paid footballer in 2016-17, with 87.5 million euros ($95.3m) in earnings, ahead of his Argentinian rival at Barcelona, Lionel Messi (76.5m), according to figures to appear in Tuesday’s edition of France Football.

Cristiano Ronaldo tops Lionel Messi in earnings, report says

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Paris (AFP) – Real Madrid’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo was the best paid footballer in 2016-17, with 87.5 million euros ($95.3m) in earnings, ahead of his Argentinian rival at Barcelona, Lionel Messi (76.5m), according to figures to appear in Tuesday’s edition of France Football.

No special plan to stop Bale: Keane

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Dublin (AFP) – Ireland have no special plan to nullify Welsh superstar Gareth Bale in Friday’s crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier because it would never work anyway, assistant manager Roy Keane said.

Keane, himself a standout if different type of player to Bale when he played for Manchester United and Ireland, said many teams had tried - and failed - to stop the Wales and Real Madrid forward.

No special plan to stop Bale: Keane

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Dublin (AFP) – Ireland have no special plan to nullify Welsh superstar Gareth Bale in Friday’s crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier because it would never work anyway, assistant manager Roy Keane said.

Keane, himself a standout if different type of player to Bale when he played for Manchester United and Ireland, said many teams had tried - and failed - to stop the Wales and Real Madrid forward.

Bale wants Wales football to build on Euro 2016 glory

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London (AFP) – Gareth Bale is determined that Wales’s success in getting to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 won’t be a one off as they try to qualify for a first World Cup finals in 60 years.

The Real Madrid star has had a tough time at club level in recent months, with injuries and suspensions limiting him to a mere five appearances since November.

Messi makes Barcelona believe, Benzema leads Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi dazzled with two goals and two assists as Barcelona thrashed Celta Vigo 5-0 in their first game since coach Luis Enrique announced he will leave at the end of the season.

Real Madrid remain just one point behind Barca at the top of La Liga and with a game in hand as Karim Benzema scored twice in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in a 4-1 win at Eibar.

Messi makes Barcelona believe, Benzema leads Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi dazzled with two goals and two assists as Barcelona thrashed Celta Vigo 5-0 in their first game since coach Luis Enrique announced he will leave at the end of the season.

Real Madrid remain just one point behind Barca at the top of La Liga and with a game in hand as Karim Benzema scored twice in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in a 4-1 win at Eibar.

Messi makes Barca believe, Benzema leads Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi dazzled with two goals and two assists as Barcelona thrashed Celta Vigo 5-0 in their first game since coach Luis Enrique announced he will leave at the end of the season.

Real Madrid remain just one point behind Barca at the top of La Liga and with a game in hand as Karim Benzema scored twice in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in a 4-1 win at Eibar.

Messi makes Barca believe, Benzema leads Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi dazzled with two goals and two assists as Barcelona thrashed Celta Vigo 5-0 in their first game since coach Luis Enrique announced he will leave at the end of the season.

Real Madrid remain just one point behind Barca at the top of La Liga and with a game in hand as Karim Benzema scored twice in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in a 4-1 win at Eibar.

Ronaldo feels pain, misses Eibar clash

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Madrid (AFP) – Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo trained alone Friday after feeling pains and was ruled out of Real Madrid’s game against Eibar at the weekend.

“He felt something, but nothing serious. He didn’t train with us this morning,” coach Zinedine Zidane told a press conference ahead of Saturday’s La Liga game.

Ronaldo feels pain, misses Eibar clash

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Madrid (AFP) – Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo trained alone Friday after feeling pains and was ruled out of Real Madrid’s game against Eibar at the weekend.

“He felt something, but nothing serious. He didn’t train with us this morning,” coach Zinedine Zidane told a press conference ahead of Saturday’s La Liga game.

Bale banned for two games over red card

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Madrid (AFP) – The Spanish football federation on Friday banned Real Madrid star Gareth Bale for two matches for his red card against Las Palmas this week.

Bale was also fined 600 euros ($634) after he was ordered off for twice kicking out at Jonathan Viera and then pushing the Las Palmas midfielder to the ground during the 3-3 draw on Wednesday.

Mocked by Mourinho, Eibar’s Leon now primed to topple Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Pedro Leon was mocked by Jose Mourinho for not being Zinedine Zidane when at Real Madrid. Now the in-form Eibar winger could deal a huge blow to Zidane’s hopes of landing the La Liga title.

After Gareth Bale lost his head and Madrid their La Liga lead in a 3-3 draw with Las Palmas on Wednesday, an uncomfortable trip to Eibar’s 6,200-capacity Ipurua stadium on Saturday was probably the last thing on their wish list.

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Wales draw as Spain, Italy stay neck and neck in World Cup qualifying

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Paris (AFP) – Aaron Ramsey’s penalty helped Wales to a precious 1-1 draw in Serbia in World Cup qualifying on Sunday as they kept their hopes of a place at the finals in Russia alive.

Chris Coleman’s side were missing star man Gareth Bale due to suspension in Belgrade but Arsenal midfielder Ramsey inspired the visitors into a half-time lead when he floated in a 35th-minute penalty, sending goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic the wrong way.

Monday Kickoff: Dortmund, Hazard, Ozil and more

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More details continue to emerge from last week's attack on Borussia Dortmund's team bus while several stars stepped out to discuss their futures.

An investigator says that Borussia Dortmund's team bus was just seconds away from severe injuries or even potential death in last week's explosion.