Cristiano Ronaldo suspended for five games

Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for five games after he was sent off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup first leg on Sunday. He was given a one-match ban for being shown two yellow cards and a further four for pushing the referee in the back after he had been sent…

Classy Real see off United to win European Super Cup

(Reuters) – Real Madrid beat Manchester United 2-1 on Tuesday to lift the European Super Cup for the fourth time as they became the first team to retain the trophy since AC Milan in 1990. Brazilian midfielder Casemiro struck the opener with a left-foot strike midway through the first half while Spain midfielder Isco consolidated…

La Liga rejects payment by Neymar’s lawyers of buyout clause

La Liga has rejected an attempt by lawyers for Barcelona forward Neymar to pay his buyout clause of 222m euros (£198m). The Brazil international, 25, is set to sign for Paris St-Germain for a world record fee, after telling Barcelona he wanted to leave on Wednesday. La Liga officials believe PSG are violating Uefa’s Financial Fair Play…

Neymar: Brazil forward to earn £40.3m a year at Paris St-Germain

Neymar will earn 865,000 euros (£775,477) a week when the Brazil forward completes his world record move from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain. The 25-year-old’s wages will equate to 45m euros (£40.3m) a year before tax. Barcelona have told the French club they must pay his 222m euro (£198m) fee “in full” and they are understood…

Neymar is leaving, Barcelona say; PSG must pay 222m

MADRID (Reuters) – Neymar Jr is leaving FC Barcelona, the Catalan club confirmed on Wednesday, as a radio report said the Brazilian striker – whose buy-out transfer value is 222 million euros (198.75 million pounds) – was moving to French team Paris Saint-Germain. He arrived at Barcelona’s training ground on Wednesday to tell team mates…

Barcelona consider reporting PSG over 222m euros Neymar deal

Barcelona expect Neymar to return to training on Wednesday, but are ready to push for a Financial Fair Play investigation if Paris St-Germain pay the 222m euros (£198m) release clause for the Brazil forward. The 25-year-old continues to be linked with a move to the Ligue 1 club and is due to return from China…

Cristiano Ronaldo appears in court on tax charges

Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has appeared at a Spanish court where he was facing allegations he evaded millions in tax. Prosecutors accuse Ronaldo, reported to be the world’s highest paid athlete, of evading €14.7m ($17.3m; £13.1m) in tax. He had been expected to make a statement after the pre-trial hearing, but left without saying a word.…

Messi extend Barcelona contract until 2021

Lionel Messi has agreed a contract extension which will keep him at the club until 2021.The 30-year-old, who joined Barca aged 13, will sign the deal when he returns to training from pre-season. “The club is very happy with the renewal and commitment of Messi, the best player in history,” said the La Liga club.The…