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  1. Is Cristiano Ronaldo selfish?

    Rob Train

    Ahead of Real Madrid's Champions League clash with familiar foe Borussia Dortmund, a lot of attention has landed on the boos directed at Cristiano Ronaldo during Los Blancos' 5-0 La Liga victory over Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. A section of the Berna...

    Blog | April 01, 2014
  2. Real title hopes in jeopardy after Clasico loss

    Rob Train

    A sexier Scottish Premier League? It is a stick with which La Liga has been beaten over the past decade. But in the course of a single day of football, the title race in Spain has been transformed into the most captivating in a decade. Few -- myself ...

    Blog | March 23, 2014
  3. Barcelona hand Real Madrid a manita

    Rob Train

    Real Madrid's grip on La Liga tightened on Saturday without the Bernabeu club kicking a ball. A not-so-surprising Barcelona loss at Valladolid -- all has not been well at Camp Nou for some time, and Leo Messi in particular is completely out of sorts ...

    Blog | March 08, 2014
  4. Barcelona hand Madrid a manita

    Rob Train

    Real Madrid's grip on La Liga tightened on Saturday without the Bernabeu club kicking a ball. A not-so-surprising Barcelona loss at Valladolid -- all has not been well at Camp Nou for some time, and Leo Messi in particular is completely out of sorts ...

    Blog | March 08, 2014
  5. Ignore critics, Cristiano Ronaldo firmly deserved Ballon d'Or

    Rob Train

    What makes a player the best in the world? It is a question that the people eligible to vote for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award -- journalists, national team captains and coaches -- have to ask themselves before they mark a cross in the box next to t...

    Blog | January 13, 2014
  6. Ronaldo worthy of world's best tag

    Rob Train

    Who is the best player in the world? It is arguably the favourite topic of the football fan, but it is also the most difficult to resolve due to the inexorable passage of time. Pele is always cited, of course, and rightly so, but he banged in almost ...

    Blog | November 11, 2013
  7. Real willing and able to fire in Barcelona

    Rob Train

    Saturday's first Clasico of the season will be billed as the usual clash of Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in their eternal struggle for the big individual awards. Taking second billing will be Gareth Bale and Neymar, the new kids on the block but w...

    Blog | October 25, 2013
  8. Real willing and able to fire in Barcelona

    Rob Train

    Saturday's first Clasico of the season will be billed as the usual clash of Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in their eternal struggle for the big individual awards. Taking second billing will be Gareth Bale and Neymar, the new kids on the block but w...

    Blog | October 24, 2013
  9. Time for Madrid 20-21?

    Rob Train

    The city of Madrid has had an obsession for more than the past 10 years, and it fell flat on its well-presented face Saturday in Buenos Aires. It's not often you'll find Leo Messi backing something to do with the capital, but sure enough the Barcelon...

    Blog | September 11, 2013
  10. Jese, Alvaro Morata may get playing time for Real Madrid

    Rob Train

    The city of Madrid has had an obsession for more than the past 10 years, and it fell flat on its well-presented face Saturday in Buenos Aires. It's not often you'll find Leo Messi backing something to do with the capital, but sure enough the Barcelon...

    Blog | September 11, 2013
  11. ESPN FC Quiniela - Week 34 Up off the canvas

    Rob Train

    In this week's Quiniela, Rob Train predicts Real Madrid and Barcelona will recover from their midweek Champions League heartache.

    Story | Conversation | May 03, 2013
  12. Clasico cracker swept Liga's woes under the red carpet

    Rob Train

    And so another transfer window slams shut. At least it slammed in some leagues. In Spain, it was more of a cat flap, through which an ailing beast on its last legs was ushered with a regretful prod of the backside. Wednesday night's Clasico was a ...

    Blog | January 31, 2013
  13. Ballons to that: Ronaldo sinks Celta

    Rob Train

    "Cristiano, you deserve the Ballon d'Or" read a banner at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night. There is little doubt the statement is true. To an extent. Ronaldo has been unlucky to find himself in the Leo Messi era. If it were not for the Argentinea...

    Blog | January 09, 2013
  14. Ronaldo leads Madrid past Celta

    Rob Train

    "Cristiano, you deserve the Ballon d'Or" read a banner at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night. There is little doubt the statement is true. To an extent. Ronaldo has been unlucky to find himself in the Leo Messi era. If it were not for the Ar...

    Blog | January 09, 2013
  15. Rare union of Spanish sports press condemns Real to bleak midwint...

    Rob Train

    When I was at school, at about the age of six or seven, my classmates and I were presented with rubber gloves, inadequate protective clothing, a very sharp knife and a bull's eye. All in the name of science. No yet able to grasp life and death, we we...

    Blog | December 17, 2012
  16. La Liga's best 11-- Rob Train

    Rob Train

    So, you want a two-leg series between La Liga and the EPL? Here are La Liga's 11 best for that hypothetical series, writes Rob Train.

    Blog | Conversation | May 14, 2012