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Modric shows off Ballon d'Or in 8/10 showing as Madrid hold on vs. Rayo

Alejandro Moreno and Dan Thomas reflect on Real Madrid's nervy 1-0 over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.

After a super-dramatic 2018, Real Madrid end the calendar year with a 1-0 home win against a poor Rayo Vallecano side on Saturday in one of the least entertaining Bernabeu occasions in many a year.

Positives

This was at least a victory to end the year with three points. The early goal was cleverly constructed and nicely taken. Marcos Llorente again showed his worth in holding midfield, with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos either side playing well too. A third consecutive La Liga clean sheet was...

Marcelo a meagre 4/10 as Real Madrid outclassed in CSKA's upset win

Steve McManaman says that Real Madrid topping their Champions League group has been marred by their two losses to CSKA Moscow.

Real Madrid seemed set for a straightforward victory as they dominated the opening stages, but CSKA Moscow were 2-0 up by half-time thanks to well-taken goals by Fedor Chalov and Georgi Schennikov. The expected fightback never really materialised, with young Icelander Arnor Sigurdsson netting a third for a victory for the Russian side as surprising as it was well deserved.

Positives

The only positive from the night for Madrid was that they had already secured top spot in the group before kickoff,...

Transfer Talk: Manchester United's Marcus Rashford an AC Milan target

Stevie Nicol weighs in on the latest transfer rumours including Marcus Rashford or Alvaro Morata to Milan, Miguel Almiron to Newcastle and more.
Alejandro Moreno examines the latest transfer rumours involving Chris Smalling, Edinson Cavani and more.
Jose Mourinho feels Man United fans cannot point the finger at any of his players following their 4-1 win over Fulham.

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs might be closed, but they are still working tirelessly behind the scenes to line up the arrival of their next star. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world's media to see who could be heading to your club when Jan. 1 arrives.

TOP STORY: Milan could move for United's Rashford

After ruling out a move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, AC Milan could turn their attention to Manchester United's Marcus Rashford, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Milan technical...

What's it like to face Luka Modric, No. 1 central midfielder in FC 100?

It has been an unforgettable 2018 for Luka Modric. Champions League winner, World Cup finalist and the man who finally ended the decadelong stranglehold of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the Ballon d'Or.

It could have been better, of course. With every individual award -- Modric also won the Golden Ball as the best player at the World Cup, and was voted as the No. 1 central midfielder in the ESPN FC 100 -- the 33-year-old has insisted that he would swap them all for a World Cup winners'...

Don't laugh, but Real Madrid could still win La Liga, Champions League this season

Real Madrid's Santiago Solari directed the words 'humbleness is the virtue' at Cristiano Ronaldo and that no matter what he says about the club he will be embedded in their history.

Gareth Bale's exceptionally elegant and three-point-winning goal for Real Madrid on Sunday was notable for a number of reasons.

You knew that it left him just five more strikes short of a century of goals for Los Blancos... right? No,  probably not. Unless you're president of the Gareth Bale appreciation society or his occasionally interventionist agent, then you're probably of the opinion that he never contributes, he's permanently in a scoring drought, he's "no Cristiano, mate!" and that...

Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos 8/10 as Real Madrid sneak a win at Huesca

Bale, left, scored his first goal in over 100 days and lifted Real to a big win at Huesca.

Real Madrid's first-ever La Liga visit to Huesca's El Alcoraz stadium brought a workmanlike 1-0 win. Gareth Bale volleyed Madrid ahead after just nine minutes and Santi Solari's side thereafter did just enough to gain the three points, which lifted them to fourth in the Primera Division table.

Positives

Bale's first La Liga goal in over 100 days -- and 40 shots -- will quiet some of his local critics. A second away La Liga clean sheet of the calendar year should help with confidence at the...