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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. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. El Clasico: the morning after -- Rob Train

    Rob Train

    What the media had to say the morning after Real Madrid's famous 2-1 El Clasico win at the Camp Nou, writes Rob Train.

    Blog | Conversation | April 22, 2012
  13. Atletico Madrid's progress under Simeone will be tested by Barcel...

    Rob Train

    Atletico's progress under Diego Simeone has been miraculous, but Sunday night's game against Barcelona will show just how far it has come, writes Rob Train.

    Blog | Conversation | February 24, 2012
  14. Barca's rivals beginning to sense its weakness -- Rob Train

    Rob Train

    Barcelona's dwindling road form and latest La Liga defeat have many realizing that the Blaugrana are in transition, writes Rob Train.

    Blog | Conversation | February 13, 2012
  15. Real Madrid looks to consolidate its lead atop the table -- La Li...

    Rob Train

    We take a look at six teams heading into the resumption of La Liga after the winter break, and we don't mention Ronaldo or Messi once. No, really.

    Blog | Conversation | January 04, 2012
  16. La Liga -- Real Madrid's missed chances proved costly in loss to ...

    Rob Train

    Missed chances in front of goal and some unlucky moments contributed to Real Madrid's 3-1 loss to archrival Barcelona in the season's first Clasico, writes Rob Train.

    Blog | Conversation | December 10, 2011