• Neymar: There’s only one Ballon d’Or winner and it’s Messi, not Ronaldo

    Neymar: There’s only one Ballon d’Or winner and it’s Messi, not Ronaldo

    Neymar believes his Barcelona team-mate and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi should receive France Football’s 2016 prize.

    Lionel Messi and not Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Ballon d’Or, according to Barcelona star Neymar.

    Ronaldo is the overwhelming favourite to win France Football’s 2016 Ballon d’Or prize, which is announced next week, after helping Madrid win last season’s Champions League.

    He also guided Portugal to their Euro 2016 triumph as he ended the 2015-16 campaign with 51 goals in all competitions for […]

  • Explained: Ronaldo’s tax case and what it means for the Real Madrid forward

    Explained: Ronaldo’s tax case and what it means for the Real Madrid forward

    The Portuguese attacker has been accused of avoiding payments on €150 million of his earnings in a new investigation after revelations by Football Leaks last week.

    “The best year of my life.” That is how Cristiano Ronaldo recently described 2016 after winning the Champions League with Real Madrid, claiming the Euro 2016 title with Portugal and signing a new contract at the Santiago Bernabeu. All of a sudden, however, the news is not so good.

    Ronaldo remains favourite to secure the Ballon […]

  • Tax Fraud: Madrid demand ‘maximum respect’ for Ronaldo

    Tax Fraud: Madrid demand ‘maximum respect’ for Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s club Real Madrid feel the star deserves “maximum respect” amid allegations of tax avoidance in Spanish football.

    Real Madrid have issued a statement calling for the “exemplary” Cristiano Ronaldo to be respected amid reports of widespread tax evasion in Spanish football.

    A coordinated leak of confidential information by a consortium of 12 European newspapers is set to cast the spotlight on the affairs of numerous high-profile players in LaLiga and elsewhere.

    Gestifute, the company operated by Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes, insisted […]

  • Cristiano Ronaldo could face six years in jail in tax case – Spanish official

    Cristiano Ronaldo could face six years in jail in tax case – Spanish official

    Cristiano Ronaldo could face a prison sentence of six years if tax charges are brought against him, according to an official attached to Spain’s tax authority GESTHA.

    Ronaldo’s tax affairs are making headlines in Spain after documents released by Football Leaks and featured in major newspapers alleged the Real Madrid superstar has diverted €150 million of income to offshore tax havens.

    In December 2015, an investigation was reportedly opened into Ronaldo’s tax declarations in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

    Jose Maria Mollinedo, secretary general […]

  • 2016 Ballon d’Or winner ‘leaked’, but is it Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?

    2016 Ballon d’Or winner ‘leaked’, but is it Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?

    The winner of this year’s Ballon d’Or has already been revealed, according to reports in Spain.

    Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo apparently have the inside scoop and already know who will be crowned the world’s best player.

    In news that will surprise few, if any, Cristiano Ronaldo is the man the paper claims will be told ahead of Monday’s announcement that he has won a fourth Ballon d’Or.

    In a quite incredible year for the Real Madrid forward, he has scooped another Champions League […]

  • Cristiano Ronaldo could face prison sentence after huge demand for prosecutors to check tax returns

    Cristiano Ronaldo could face prison sentence after huge demand for prosecutors to check tax returns

    Spain’s tax workers’ union Gestha has called on the country’s Inland Revenue bosses to pass any files they have on Cristiano Ronaldo to prosecutors.

    They insisted state prosecutors should be given the chance to decide whether to launch legal proceedings against the Real Madrid star over alleged tax dodging.

    A group of European media outlets including the Sunday Times and Spanish daily El Mundo accused Ronaldo of financial impropriety over the weekend.

    They also pointed the finger at Arsenal star Mesut Ozil and […]

  • Selena Gomez is revealed as Instagram’s most popular celebrity in 2016

    Selena Gomez is revealed as Instagram’s most popular celebrity in 2016

    Selena Gomez has been the most popular celebrity on Instagram in 2016.

    She has more followers than any other star, has had eight of the 10 most-liked celebrity photos and seven of the top 10 celebrity videos this year.

    Releasing its figures for the year so far, the photo-sharing site says young female celebrities are the most successful users.
    Selena Gomez has more than 103 million followers, more than any user except Instagram itself.

    The 24-year-old is ahead of fellow pop singer Taylor Swift, […]

  • Eto’o prefers Iniesta to Ronaldo and Messi: He deserves four Ballons d’Or

    Eto’o prefers Iniesta to Ronaldo and Messi: He deserves four Ballons d’Or

    Andres Iniesta deserves to have won multiple Ballon d’Or awards, according to the midfielder’s former Barcelona team-mate Samuel Eto’o.

    Samuel Eto’o believes Andres Iniesta is a better player than either Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and says the midfielder should have won multiple Ballon d’Or awards.

    Iniesta returned from a month out with a hamstring injury in Saturday’s 1-1 El Clasico draw with Real Madrid and Eto’o talked up his former Barca team-mate.

    The pair won three LaLiga titles and two Champions League […]

  • Barcelona facing disciplinary action after fans aim homophobic chants at Cristiano Ronaldo

    Barcelona facing disciplinary action after fans aim homophobic chants at Cristiano Ronaldo

    Barcelona are facing disciplinary action after Real Madrid fans aimed homophobic chants at Cristiano Ronaldo during Saturday’s dramatic El Clasico showdown.

    Home fans at the Nou Camp are alleged to have chanted ‘Cristiano come out of the closet’ towards the Real striker during the 1-1.

    The offensive songs were drowned out by the 98,000-strong crowd inside the huge stadium, but La Liga chief Javier Tebas is adamant action may still be taken against the club.

    Keep up to date with ALL the Barcelona […]

  • Spanish authorities to take ‘appropriate’ steps after Ronaldo tax evasion allegations

    Spanish authorities to take ‘appropriate’ steps after Ronaldo tax evasion allegations

    It has been alleged the Real Madrid star avoided paying taxes prior to his arrival at the club, claims which have been denied, although further scrutiny will now take place.

    The Spanish state secretary of the treasury Jose Enrique Fernandez de Moya says the body will take “inspections we consider appropriate” after allegations of tax evasion were levelled against Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Over the next three weeks, a consortium of 12 European newspapers is set to publish the findings of what is described […]

  • FIFA name three-man shortlist for Best Player Award

    FIFA name three-man shortlist for Best Player Award

    Atletico Madrid and France forward Antoine Griezmann has joined Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on a three-man shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Player Award 2016, with Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri nominated in the coaches’ category.

    Griezmann, 25, finished as top scorer at Euro 2016, where Les Bleus were defeated by Portugal in the final, and also helped take Atletico Madrid to the Champions League final, where they lost out to city rivals Real Madrid.

    Ronaldo captained Portugal to their first major […]