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Benzema brace helps Madrid stretch lead updated: Sat Feb 18 2012 18:31:00

Real Madrid moved 13 points clear at the top of La Liga with a 4-0 win over Racing Santander at the Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday.

Real open up seven-point gap on Barca updated: Sat Jan 28 2012 18:22:00

Real Madrid extended their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points on Saturday after they won against Real Zaragoza and rivals Barcelona only drew away to Villarreal.

Messi and Ronaldo net trebles as Barca and Real bounce backupdated: Sat Sep 24 2011 18:35:00

Barcelona and Real Madrid have roared back to form ahead of next week's Champions League challenges, with the Spanish giants recording comfortable victories in La Liga on Saturday.

Kaka committed to Real Madrid career; Tevez to stay with Cityupdated: Wed May 18 2011 11:28:00

South American soccer stars Kaka and Carlos Tevez have indicated they will stay at their respective clubs despite being linked with big-money moves in the European close-season. Sid Lowe: Pepe's red card mind games and more notes from Barca-Realupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 22:17:00

Three down, one to go. So, let's get on with it, shall we? Here are a few things the third Madrid-Barcelona clash left behind, along with the broken bones and ruined reputations.

Soccer champ drops trophyupdated: Sat Apr 23 2011 18:32:00

Oops! Soccer champ drops trophy under a bus. CNN's Jeanne Moos has the greatest hits of trophy bloopers.

Messi record as Barcelona bounce backupdated: Sat Apr 23 2011 18:32:00

Lionel Messi scored a record 50th goal this season as Barcelona bounced back from midweek Spanish Cup heartache to maintain an eight-point lead in La Liga on Saturday.

Ronaldo and Kaka back to boost Real; Bale fit for Tottenhamupdated: Mon Apr 04 2011 16:18:00

Real Madrid's hopes of European success were boosted on Monday with the news that Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka have been passed fit for Tuesday's first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal against English club Tottenham. Tim Vickery: Sao Paulo's Lucas duo potentially the next great Brazilian exportsupdated: Wed Feb 23 2011 11:24:00

Soccer said farewell to one of its all-time greats last week when Ronaldo announced his retirement. Brazil was awash with reflections on the career of the man with more World Cup goals than anyone else -- and Ronaldo was asked to contribute. Where would he place himself in the pantheon of Brazilian strikers?

Ronaldo and Kaka keep Real Madrid's title hopes aliveupdated: Sun Jan 09 2011 17:14:00

He's the most expensive footballer in the world, but Cristiano Ronaldo is proving to be an absolute bargain buy for Real Madrid. Sid Lowe: Real Madrid's striker future with Fernando Llorente, most impressive player, moreupdated: Thu Dec 23 2010 20:27:00

Many thanks for all your questions. If I didn't get to your questions, we'll try to do the same again at another time, so feel free to send more my way either by's mailbox or by Twitter: @sidlowe. Please include #SIpostbag. Sid Lowe: The hype for Barcelona vs. Madrid goes into overdriveupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 19:48:00

Contrary to what you might have heard, the world will not end on Monday night. The sun will rise on Tuesday morning. And there is life beyond the clásico.* It's just that right now, it doesn't feel like it -- it feels like nothing else matters, like no other games exist, like no other teams do. Every year Barcelona versus Madrid, already the biggest club game in world soccer, seems to get bigger. Even the old title seems worthless now. Derby? No thanks, this is the clásico. It's even moved on from that. Now it's the Super Clásico. Carry on like this and soon we'll run out of superlatives. Sid Lowe: Van der Vaart could be latest star rescued from Real Madrid scrap heapupdated: Thu Sep 02 2010 12:54:00

Shhhh! Stop. Stay very, very still. Listen carefully. Prick up your ears and you might just catch it: a faint rustling in the bushes as it ducks and dives its way through the darkness of Padre Damián Street, scavenging. If you're really lucky, you might even hear its characteristic call breaking the still air in the dead of night, escaping from somewhere in the shadow of the Santiago Bernabéu: Georgina Turner: City's moves perplex; Liverpool ownership saga drags onupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 13:44:00

They do call the summer transfer window silly season, but this one's got me flummoxed. Gabriele Marcotti: Despite summer success, questions linger for Real Madridupdated: Thu Aug 19 2010 19:45:00

Last year, reaction to Real Madrid's decision to spend more than a quarter of a billion dollars, described by some as club president Florentino Perez's Galacticos 2.0 project, was mixed. There was no doubting the quality -- at least on paper -- of the new signings, from Cristiano Ronaldo to Xabi Alonso, from Kaka to Karim Benzema, without forgetting valuable "foot soldiers" like Raul Albiol, Alvaro Arbeloa and Esteban Granero. At the same time, the moralizers had a field day over the sheer amount of money spent while others weren't sure whether Manuel Pellegrini could meld all the big egos into a cohesive unit. Sid Lowe: Making room for Ozil a problem for Real Madridupdated: Thu Aug 19 2010 19:43:00

MADRID -- Mesut Ozil mostly mumbled. The media mostly handled his presentation with predictable immaturity. There was little to grab, so reporters clutched at familiar straws when Ozil was unveiled as a Real Madrid player on Wednesday. He is the last of the summer signings at the Santiago Bernabéu, and the most exciting -- at least until he opened his mouth and his translated voice crackled through channel six on the headsets.

Mourinho: Real Madrid can reign in Spainupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 14:24:00

Jose Mourinho is confident that Real Madrid can break Barcelona's dominance in Spain in his first season in charge of the nine-time European champions.

Real Madrid's Kaka out for up to four months after knee surgeryupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 11:24:00

Real Madrid midfielder Kaka is facing a spell of up to four months on the sidelines after undergoing knee surgery, the Spanish club have confirmed.

Madrid aquarium wants to buy 'psychic' octopusupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 08:59:00

Football fans in Madrid are used to getting their way when it comes to attracting the world's best talent.

Brazil crash out to Netherlands in World Cup quarterfinalsupdated: Fri Jul 02 2010 20:30:00

The Netherlands came from a goal down to beat 10-man Brazil 2-1 in their World Cup quarterfinal clash in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

Brazil cruise into quarterfinal meeting with the Netherlandsupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 17:25:00

Brazil turned on the style to defeat their South American rivals Chile 3-0 on Monday and set up a World Cup quarterfinal against the Netherlands.

Africa's World Cup dreams fadingupdated: Mon Jun 21 2010 16:53:00

After a week of play, CNN's Isha Sesay reports Africa's World Cup dreams hang by a thread.

Bebeto backs Brazil coach Dunga to succeed at World Cupupdated: Sat Jun 19 2010 17:59:00

Brazilian World Cup winner Bebeto believes his country's current crop of stars are capable of earning a record-extending sixth title in South Africa.

Elephants are real giants of South African soccerupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 06:40:00

The real giant of the World Cup isn't Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka or Lionel Messi -- it's Namibia, a four-ton orphaned elephant with serious dribbling skills and a placid temperament unlike many of the stars on the human fields.

True football giantsupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 06:40:00

CNN's David McKenzie reports on a soccer game of a very different kind.

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How much do top soccer players earn?updated: Mon Jun 07 2010 12:39:00

To most Americans, David Beckham is a soccer superstar. But to the rest of the world, he's pretty much an average professional footballer -- at least in terms of salary.

Kaka keeps pressure on Barcelona with late winner for Real Madridupdated: Sat Apr 24 2010 18:15:00

Brazilian superstar Kaka celebrated his return from injury by scoring Real Madrid's winner against 10-man Zaragoza on Saturday night, keeping the pressure on Spanish leaders Barcelona.

Real need win over Barca in 'El Clasico' - but it won't decide titleupdated: Fri Apr 09 2010 14:14:00

Barcelona and Real Madrid have both played down suggestions that Saturday's "El Clasico" showdown will decide the Spanish league title. Gabriele Marcotti: Injuries, age have caught up to AC Milanupdated: Mon Mar 15 2010 09:50:00

Enough is enough. For years AC Milan has followed the same mantra: We're very close, we just need a couple of tweaks and we'll be in with a shot.

Brazil beat Ireland in prestige Emirates friendlyupdated: Tue Mar 02 2010 17:53:00

Brazil warmed up for their World Cup campaign with a 2-0 win over the Republic of Ireland in a friendly at the Emirates Stadium in London on Tuesday night.

Barcelona battle to Malaga win with late Messi strikeupdated: Sat Feb 27 2010 23:51:00

Barcelona left it late before struggling to a 2-1 victory at home to Malaga on Saturday night that restored the defending Spanish champions to the top of the table.

Real Madrid hit Villarreal for six; Ronaldo's Madeira tributeupdated: Sun Feb 21 2010 20:05:00

Real Madrid made amends for their midweek Champions League defeat in Lyon with a 6-2 rout of Villarreal in the Bernabeu on Sunday night. Tim Vickery: Ronaldinho's form may well see him make Brazil returnupdated: Tue Feb 02 2010 13:32:00

In a month's time comes the lone FIFA date for international fixtures before the end of the European season -- the only time teams preparing for the World Cup have the opportunity to be at full strength, with all their players available.

Henry's Haiti donation shows his true colorsupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 03:30:00

Let's face it, footballers have a bad rep. They are labelled by many as overpaid selfish prima donnas who could not care less about the world around them.

Football stars play for Haitiupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 03:30:00

Proceeds from the U.N.'s annual all-star football match will go to Haiti relief. CNN's Pedro Pinto reports from Lisbon.

Quake aid stuck at airportupdated: Fri Jan 22 2010 11:02:00

Many relief supplies are reaching Port-au-Prince's airport, but not its people. CNN's Sanjay Gupta reports.

Zidane to headline Haiti charity gameupdated: Fri Jan 22 2010 11:02:00

Soccer stars Zinedine Zidane and Kaka will take part in a charity match to help raise funds for the the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Messi hat-trick as Barca stay two points clearupdated: Sun Jan 10 2010 17:45:00

Lionel Messi grabbed a brilliant hat-trick as Barcelona routed Tenerife 5-0 on Sunday to maintain their two-point advantage at the top in the Spain's La Liga over arch rivals Real Madrid.

Five in running for World Player awardupdated: Mon Dec 07 2009 13:09:00

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been included on the shortlist for the FIFA World Player of the Year award.

Real Madrid hold Milan in San Siroupdated: Tue Nov 03 2009 18:05:00

European heavyweights AC Milan and Real Madrid fought to a 1-1 draw in the San Siro on Tuesday which leaves them level on points at the top of Champions League Group C.

Mighty Hulk gets Brazilian call-upupdated: Tue Oct 27 2009 18:59:00

Porto striker Hulk has been called up to the Brazilian squad for friendly internationals next month against England and Oman.

Ronaldo heads 30 nominations for Ballon d'Orupdated: Sun Oct 18 2009 17:12:00

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo leads a list of 30 nominees for this year's Ballon d'Or that does not include a single player from current world champions Italy.

Real march on as AC Milan slump at homeupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 07:11:00

Real Madrid's big summer spendings continued their scoring spree in a 3-0 Champions League win over Marseille but fellow European giants AC Milan suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to Swiss minnows FC Zurich. World Soccer: Alonso could be Madrid's most significant signingupdated: Mon Sep 28 2009 18:19:00

The exit remains open, its doors flung wide, but the entrance to the Santiago Bernabéu has been closed and bolted.

Real and Barcelona stay perfect in Spainupdated: Sat Sep 26 2009 18:06:00

Real Madrid and Barcelona maintained their perfect starts to the Spanish season with comfortable fifth round victories on Saturday.

Kaka and Ronaldo on target in Real winupdated: Wed Sep 23 2009 18:15:00

Big summer signings Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo were on target as Real Madrid maintained their perfect start to the Spanish season with a 2-0 win over Villarreal on Wednesday night.

Ronaldo strike helps Real join Barcelona at topupdated: Sat Sep 12 2009 18:28:00

Barcelona and Real Madrid made it two wins from two in Spain as star signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored for a second successive match for their new clubs.

Real Madrid sell both Sneijder and Robbenupdated: Fri Aug 28 2009 16:46:00

Spanish Primera Liga big-spenders Real Madrid have pruned their squad after their summer transfer splurge by completing the sales of Dutchmen Arjen Robben to Bayern Munich and Wesley Sneijder to Inter Milan.

Pelligrini says Madrid squad now 'complete'updated: Tue Aug 25 2009 16:00:00

Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini believes his squad is now "complete" and ready for the challenge of a new Primera Division campaign.

Fanzone preview: Spain's La Ligaupdated: Mon Aug 24 2009 12:08:00

After an off-season of big-money transfers and endless speculation in Spain the focus finally turns to matters on the pitch. The first round of La Liga fixtures kick off this weekend and Fanzone details what to expect from the new campaign:

Fanzone preview: Italy's Serie Aupdated: Mon Aug 24 2009 04:45:00

The new Italian Serie A season kicks off with the first round of fixtures this weekend -- Fanzone details what to expect from the forthcoming campaign:

Serie A football previewupdated: Mon Aug 24 2009 04:45:00

CNN's Pedro Pinto and Gazzetta dello Sport's Giancarlo Galavotti discuss the teams in this season Serie A football league. World Soccer: Serie A unwilling to drop veterans to find new talentupdated: Fri Aug 21 2009 12:39:00

What do the following have in common: keeper Vincenzo Fiorillo (Sampdoria), fullback Francesco Renzetti (Genoa), center-half Giuseppe Bellusci (Catania), midfielders Fabio Sciacca (Catania) and Andrea Poli (Sampdoria), and strikers Abel Hernández (Palermo), Guido Marilungo (Sampdoria) and Alberto Paloschi (Parma)? Gabriele Marcotti: Things will get worse for Serie A before they improveupdated: Thu Jul 30 2009 14:00:00

Welcome to rock bottom. It couldn't possibly get worse, could it?

Inter new boy Eto'o denies Mourinho 'rift'updated: Thu Jul 30 2009 08:08:00

Italian champions Inter Milan have unveiled new signing Samuel Eto'o, with the Cameroon striker immediately being forced to deny suggestions from the Italian media that he has ever had a problem with new coach Jose Mourinho. Gregory Sica: Top 10 South American transfers to watch in Europeupdated: Wed Jul 29 2009 15:32:00

If this summer's transfer window is any indication, we can look forward to one of the most exciting European seasons in decades. With the three most expensive transfers in the history of the game recently made for amounts previously unimaginable, the stakes are higher than ever. Grant Wahl: Onyewu slowly finding his way at new club AC Milanupdated: Tue Jul 28 2009 13:24:00

Spend some time in the inner sanctum of AC Milan's high-security hotel floor, and you'll see soccer royalty up close and personal. Up walks Ronaldinho, the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year, with a smile and a "Bom día." Here comes Clarence Seedorf, the four-time Champions League winner, with a handshake and tales of meeting Nelson Mandela. Gabriele Marcotti: 11 questions for 11 clubs in strange transfer seasonupdated: Thu Jul 16 2009 15:25:00

It has been a weird summer of transfers. Most of Europe's top leagues kick off next month and yet, with a few exceptions (Real Madrid and, to a lesser degree, Juventus and Bayern Munich), there hasn't been too much going on. The window won't close until Aug. 31. In the meantime, here's an attempt at making sense of it all, with 11 questions facing 11 big clubs: World Soccer: Can depleted AC Milan mount challenge next year?updated: Tue Jul 14 2009 13:38:00

It seemed the 2008-09 season was barely seconds over before AC Milan turned just about everything on its head. Bad enough Captain Courageous, Paolo Maldini, has finally (at the age of almost 41) opted to retire, but next season, the Rossoneri will also be without two key figures of recent seasons: coach Carlo Ancelotti and Brazilian ace Kaká, who have left for Chelsea and Real Madrid, respectively.

Pick your best Real Madrid first XIupdated: Fri Jul 10 2009 12:47:00

CNN's Pedro Pinto has had his turn - now it's open to you! Real Madrid have conducted a flambouyant spending spree in recent months signing the FIFA World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo for a world record fee of $130m from Manchester United.

Real's best 11 predictionsupdated: Fri Jul 10 2009 12:47:00

CNN's Anjali Rao has CNN's Pedro Pinto's predictions for Real Madrid's lineup for next season. World Soccer: Restocked Real Madrid making a $400 million gambleupdated: Thu Jul 09 2009 15:57:00

Return of the Galácticos. Galácticos Strike Back. Revenge of the Galácticos. Galácticos Part Deux.

Ronaldo unveiled as Real Madrid's new No. 9updated: Tue Jul 07 2009 10:42:00

Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo has been unveiled as Real Madrid's new number 9, in front of 80,000 passionate fans at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, after his world record $130 million move from Manchester United.

Ronaldo at Real Madridupdated: Tue Jul 07 2009 10:42:00

Cristiano Ronaldo is unveiled at Real Madrid. World Sport's Pedro Pinto was among the 80,000 on hand.

The return of the 'galacticos' at Realupdated: Tue Jul 07 2009 10:32:00

Real Madrid's incredible summer spending spree will go past $300 million this week as Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema sign on the dotted line at the Bernabeu.

Red Devils launch new kitupdated: Wed Jul 01 2009 11:25:00

Manchester United fans all around the world will be eagerly scouring for transfer news and gossip over the possible arrival of new players during the close season.

Kaka unveiled as Real Madrid's number eightupdated: Wed Jul 01 2009 09:50:00

Brazilian playmaker Kaka was officially presented as a Real Madrid player, after being handed the number eight jersey in front of thousands of supporters and a huge media contingent at the club's Bernabeu stadium on Tuesday evening.

Real fans ga-ga over Kakaupdated: Wed Jul 01 2009 09:50:00

CNN's Al Goodman reports why Real Madrid fans are so over the moon for their new superstar. Gabriele Marcotti: Brazil shows why it's Brazilupdated: Mon Jun 29 2009 12:29:00

JOHANNESBURG -- Pedigree matters. If it didn't, we might not have witnessed what happened at Ellis Park on Sunday, an unstoppable rally that gave Brazil the Confederations Cup title in a 3-2 win over the U.S. (RECAP). Heck, when was the last time you saw a team come back from two goals down at halftime in a major final? (Apart from the 2005 Champions League final, that is.)

South Africa out but not downupdated: Sun Jun 28 2009 22:03:00

South Africa is out of the Confederations Cup but the country is proud of its performance. CNN's Nkepile Mabuse reports.

Brazil survive U.S. scare to win Confed Cupupdated: Sun Jun 28 2009 22:03:00

Five-time world champions Brazil needed to come from two goals down to beat underdogs the United States 3-2 in the final of the Confederations Cup in South Africa on Sunday night. Tim Vickery: Blue-collar Brazil is efficient, but it's still Kaká's teamupdated: Tue Jun 23 2009 18:15:00

Like many fans, my editor used the word "impressive" when he asked me to write about Brazil at the Confederations Cup. And it's hard to argue with the results. The Seleção won their three group-stage games by a combined 10-3.

Brazil cruise to victory over 10-man USAupdated: Fri Jun 19 2009 12:40:00

Brazil cruised to a 3-0 win over 10-man United States in Pretoria on Thursday to move closer to a place in the last four of the Confederations Cup. Gabriele Marcotti: Likability factors heavily into greatest-player debateupdated: Thu Jun 18 2009 15:54:00

There are some people who, I guess, are just not meant to be liked. Maybe they don't fit with what we expect, or perhaps there's something about them that prompts us to judge them more harshly than others. Or maybe they just don't look right.

Perez claims Villa is set to join Real Madridupdated: Thu Jun 18 2009 15:52:00

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez claims it is only "a question of time" before the club sign David Villa.

Egypt lodge protest over Brazil penalty winnerupdated: Tue Jun 16 2009 09:58:00

Egypt filed a protest to FIFA on Tuesday after Brazi'ls controversial injury time winner in their Confederations Cup opener in Bloemfontein.

Kaka grabs stoppage time win for Brazilupdated: Tue Jun 16 2009 09:46:00

Kaka converted a penalty in time added on to give holders Brazil a dramatic 4-3 win over Egypt who filed an official complaint after their Confederations Cup opener at Bloemfontein on Monday.

Platini hits out at Ronaldo Real Madrid dealupdated: Fri Jun 12 2009 13:20:00

Michel Platini, the president of the governing body for European football (UEFA), has hit out at the large fee offered by Real Madrid for the Portugal playmaker Cristiano Ronaldo.

United accept record $130M offer for Ronaldoupdated: Thu Jun 11 2009 13:44:00

Manchester United have accepted a world-record $130 million offer for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. Gabriele Marcotti: The rules don't apply to rebuilding Real Madridupdated: Thu Jun 11 2009 13:37:00

Nine years ago, Florentino Pérez walked into the game and ushered in a new era. Call it "the Galáctico Age," call it "the Zidanes y Pavones experiment," call it the destruction of conventional wisdom, call it what you like.

Real's big Kaka dealupdated: Wed Jun 10 2009 11:22:00

Al Goodman reports Real Madrid's big deal for Brazilian midfielder Kaka could be just the start as Madrid spends freely.

Kaka: Real will grab more Galacticosupdated: Wed Jun 10 2009 05:45:00

Brazilian star Kaka expects to be joined by fellow world 'Galacticos' as Real Madrid president Florentino Perez constructs a Spanish Primera Liga side that he hopes will rule supreme.

Kaka moves to Real Madrid for $100Mupdated: Tue Jun 09 2009 09:13:00

Brazil playmaker Kaka confirmed his transfer from Italian side AC Milan to Spanish club Real Madrid, in a move worth a reported $100 million.

Brazil rout Uruguay to top qualifying tableupdated: Sun Jun 07 2009 09:28:00

Brazil have moved to the top of South American qualifying for the 2010 World Cup finals after thrashing Uruguay 4-0 in Montevideo, their first victory in the country for 33 years.

Football overachievers: 2008/09updated: Sat Jun 06 2009 12:25:00

It's unlikely there will be many surprises when FIFA comes to naming its World Player of the Year. At the start of the season a betting man could have safely wagered that the likes of Lionel Messi, Kaka and Andres Iniesta would be in the running, and none of them have disappointed this season.

Berlusconi: 'Kaka must decide on Real deal'updated: Thu Jun 04 2009 14:39:00

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has told Kaka that he must decide on his reported $92 million move to Real Madrid on Monday.

Milan deny Kaka Real Madrid deal is doneupdated: Wed Jun 03 2009 13:46:00

AC Milan are denying that their star playmaker Kaka is being transferred to Real Madrid in a $92 million deal.

Report: Kaka joining Real Madrid for $92Mupdated: Tue Jun 02 2009 16:00:00

Brazilian star Kaka has agreed to join Real Madrid from Italy's AC Milan in a $92 million deal, the Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported on Tuesday. World Soccer: Despite crisis, big names will move in summer marketupdated: Tue Jun 02 2009 13:46:00

The summer transfer market is a few weeks away from opening and already the signs are that the global financial crisis is forcing clubs to rethink their annual spending.

Maldini ends San Siro career with defeatupdated: Sun May 24 2009 12:46:00

Milan legend Paolo Maldini played his final match in front of his San Siro fans on Sunday, but Roma spoiled the celebrations by claiming a shock 3-2 defeat.

Milan close gap on Inter to seven pointsupdated: Sun May 03 2009 12:42:00

AC Milan's slim Serie A title hopes remain alive, after Sunday's 2-0 victory at Catania closed the gap on city rivals Inter to seven points, with four matches and a possible 12 points still remaining.

Inter's lead cut after defeat at Napoliupdated: Mon Apr 27 2009 09:15:00

Inter Milan's lead at the top of Italy's Serie A table was trimmed to seven points on Sunday, after they were beaten 1-0 at Napoli.

Milan's Kaka rules out move Real Madridupdated: Thu Apr 09 2009 14:57:00

Brazilian superstar Kaka has again pledged his future to AC Milan and ruled out a summer move to Real Madrid.

Barca star Messi will resist mega offersupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 12:38:00

Lionel Messi is ready to follow the example of fellow-superstar Kaka and resist any mega-money attempts to prise him away from Spanish giants Barcelona. World Soccer: Berlusconi, Milan hang onto Kaká -- for now, anywayupdated: Fri Feb 20 2009 11:53:00

Like just about everything that has to do with AC Milan, the extenuated January saga relative to Manchester City's failure to buy the club's Brazilian ace Kaká for a reported $145 million started and ended with the Rossoneri's all-powerful owner: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Tim Vickery: Brazil can't let its results in friendlies go to its headupdated: Tue Feb 17 2009 14:53:00

There's a lesson soccer teaches again and again: Never place too much importance on the results of friendlies. They can be very deceptive, and they're always forgotten once the competitive action gets underway.

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