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January 13, 2019 10:55 AM Numbers: Messi makes La Liga history, Dave saves United

Lionel Messi is now the first player to score 400 goals in La Liga, taking 435 games to achieve the feat. The man closest to him is, no prizes for guessing, Cristiano Ronaldo, who got 311 in 292 matches before leaving for Juventus. Messi is the second player across Europe's top five leagues to have scored 400 league goals. (The first, Ronaldo, has 409 at last count) 154

January 12, 2019 11:48 AM High-flying Alaves earn point at Girona

MADRID, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Borja Baston earned high-flying Alaves a 1-1 draw at Girona on Saturday in La Liga after Cristhian Stuani's brilliant bicycle kick sent the hosts ahead. Alaves, fourth with 32 points, hoped to put some distance between themselves and European champions Real Madrid, fifth on 30 points, who face Real Betis on Sunday 131

January 9, 2019 7:46 AM Ivan Marcone set to move from Cruz Azul to Boca Juniors

Cruz Azul midfielder Ivan Marcone is set to complete a transfer to Argentine giant Boca Juniors, a source close to the negotiations told ESPN Mexico. The 28-year-old former Independiente player was key in helping Cruz Azul reach the 2018 Apertura final last season and win the Copa MX. The transfer fee is close to $8 million, according to the source 145

January 8, 2019 4:35 AM Ex-Real Madrid man Pepe joins Porto after Besiktas contract was terminated

The 35-year-old, who won Euro 2016 with Portugal, has signed a two-and-a-half year contract. Pepe first signed for Porto in 2004 -- the summer after they won the Champions League with Jose Mourinho as manager -- and won six trophies in three seasons before joining Real Madrid in 2007. Pepe established himself as one of Europe's top central defenders 111

December 26, 2018 8:00 AM Super sub Cristiano Ronaldo rescues point for Juventus against Atalanta

Cristiano Ronaldo saved Juventus' unbeaten Serie A record this season when he came off the bench to score the equaliser in a dramatic 2-2 draw at Atalanta. Juve, who dropped their first away points of the season, were down to 10 men at one of Serie A's toughest venues when Ronaldo nodded home from close range in the 78th minute. The Bianconeri thought 84

December 25, 2018 1:44 AM Cristiano Ronaldo to be rested vs. Atalanta, Massimiliano Allegri confirms

Cristiano Ronaldo will not be in the starting line-up when Juventus face Atalanta on Wednesday (9 a.m. ET, ESPN+), his coach Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed. The game will mark the first time Ronaldo has not begun a Serie A game since he joined Juventus in the summer. The 33-year-old has been an ever-present after swapping Real Madrid for Italy and is second 88

December 21, 2018 8:40 AM Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo to go on trial for tax fraud on Jan. 21

A Spanish court says Cristiano Ronaldo will be tried for tax fraud on Jan. 21. The deal includes Ronaldo agreeing to also pay a fine of close to €19 million ($22m) for the reduced sentence. In Spain, a judge can suspend sentences for two years or less for first-time offenders. Last year, a state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud 95

December 16, 2018 4:18 AM Real Madrid's Courtois: Atletico boss Simeone criticises us 'to be popular with his fans'

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has accused Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone of criticising Real "to be popular with his fans." Earlier this month, Simeone claimed former Chelsea keeper Courtois had won FIFA's The Best Goalkeeper award only because he plays for Real. The Atleti coach also said star forward Antoine Griezmann should have won the Ballon 104

December 15, 2018 2:59 PM Germany weighing new government jet after Buenos Aires debacle

BERLIN (Reuters) - It was a vivid illustration of the gap between Germany’s foreign policy ambitions and its real means: Chancellor Angela Merkel arriving late, on a scheduled flight, to a crucial summit of world leaders because the government jet had broken down. Stung by Merkel’s failure to make the beginning of the Buenos Aires G20 summit on Nov 30, Defence 100

December 9, 2018 4:40 PM River Plate, Boca Juniors set for Copa Libertadores final

River Plate supporters hold a cutout of River Plate's coach Marcelo Gallardo ahead of the Copa Libertadores Final between River Plate and Boca Juniors in Madrid, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. Tens of thousands of Boca and River fans are in the city for the "superclasico" at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday. (AP Photo/Olmo Calvo) River Plate supporters walk past an Armored 93