Atletico and Real Madrid Transfer Ban and Messi Ballon d'Or in the Best of the Week

  • Madrid & Atleti Troubles
    1/11 Real and Atletico Madrid were punished by FIFA in a case involving Enzo Zidane. Moreover, Leo Messi presented his Ballon d'Or.
  • Real Madrid and Atletico given transfer bans
    2/11 Real Madrid and Atletico given transfer bans: Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have been handed transfer bans for the next two transfer windows for breaching rules regarding players under the age of 18, Fifa have confirmed. The two clubs will be able to register players during the current January transfer window but will then be unable to make signings for the two subsequent transfer windows due to irregularities over the "international transfers of minors". In the list of investigated players are the four sons of Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane, Enzo, Luca, Theo and Elyaz.
  • Messi receives Camp Nou tribute for fifth Ballon d'Or
    3/11 Messi receives Camp Nou tribute for fifth Ballon d'Or: Lionel Messi continues to venture where no footballer has ever been before, and his fifth Ballon d'Or only pushes him further ahead of his rivals in the record books. The Argentine has won the prize twice more than anyone else in history, recognition for an incredible 2015 where he lifted the treble with Barcelona and also helped his nation to the Copa America final. And in his first appearance back in the Camp Nou since receiving the award, his fans paid tribute with a huge banner marking the achievement.
  • Barcelona 6-0 Athletic Bilbao
    4/11 Barcelona 6-0 Athletic Bilbao: Suarez scores three in Camp Nou rout: Luis Suarez's hat-trick helped Barcelona extended their dominant La Liga record against Athletic Bilbao with a crushing 6-0 victory over the 10-man Basque side at Camp Nou. Goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz saw red after just four minutes for bringing down Suarez and Lionel Messi, who showed his Ballon d'Or, drilled home the resulting penalty,. Neymar added a second before setting up Suarez for a third just after half-time, and some magic from the Brazilian handed Ivan Rakitic an unmissable chance to make it 4-0 just past the hour mark. Suarez bagged the fifth from close range and headed home a late sixth to secure Barça's win.
  • Real Madrid 5-1 Sporting Gijon
    5/11 Real Madrid 5-1 Sporting Gijon: Blistering BBC gives hosts win: A formidable start from Real Madrid's attacking trident was the key to victory at the Santiago Bernabeu, as Zinedine Zidane's side destroyed Sporting Gijon 5-1. Gareth Bale, who scored a hat-trick against Deportivo La Coruna, opened the scoring with a header before Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema - making his 300th Madrid appearance - struck stunning goals to make it 3-0 after just 12 minutes. Ronaldo and Benzema added another goal each before the break, and Isma Lopez's second-half goal did little to dampen the party mood.
  • Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona
    6/11 Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona: Munir double sends visitors into Copa quarters: A rotated Barcelona squad strolled into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, downing Espanyol 2-0 in Cornella to record a 6-1 aggregate victory over the two legs. Messi provided Barca's main threat in front of goal in the first half and, although he was unable to find the net, he did set up Munir in the 32nd minute with a magnificent pass. With a place in the last eight all but secured, Barca took their foot off the gas in a low-key second half but were still able to make it two with a second from Munir.
  • Atletico Madrid 3-0 Rayo Vallecano
    7/11 Atletico Madrid 3-0 Rayo Vallecano: Griezmann at the double as Simeone’s men progress: Atletico Madrid are through to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey after an Antoine Griezmann double inspired them to a 3-0 win over Rayo Vallecano and a 4-1 aggregate success. Angel Correa broke the deadlock with a moment of inspiration. Atletico laboured in their attempts to put the game and tie beyond doubt but did so 10 minutes from time thanks to Griezmann, who then pounced on a goalkeeping error to score his second of the game in injury time.
  • Barcelona face Athletic Club in Copa del Rey quarter-finals
    8/11 Barcelona face Athletic Club in Copa del Rey quarter-finals: Barcelona will meet Athletic Club in the quarter-finals of this season's Copa del Rey. Last year's finalists will face off at San Mames on January 20 before the return leg a week later at Camp Nou. Atletico Madrid will take on Celta Vigo, with the first leg to be played at Balaidos, while Valencia will face Las Palmas. Sevilla, meanwhile, have been handed a tie with Segunda outfit Mirandes, who stunned Deportivo La Coruna in the last round with a 4-1 aggregate victory.
  • PSG 2-1 Lyon
    9/11 PSG 2-1 Lyon: Lucas Moura sends hosts through to last four: Lucas Moura's winning goal gave Paris Saint-Germain their third victory over Lyon this season as they ran out 2-1 winners at Parc des Princes in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue. Laurent Blanc's side took the lead when Adrien Rabiot profited from a scramble in the penalty area, poking the ball through a crowd of players after it appeared to have left the field of play. Lyon hit back with a superb strike from Corentin Tolisso. The Brazilian was a second-half substitute for the French champions, and he scored within seven minutes of his introduction to clinch a place in the semi-finals.
  • Djokovic reveals $200,000 offer to throw match
    10/11 Djokovic reveals $200,000 offer to throw match: Speaking in the wake of the match-fixing allegations brought to light by the BBC and BuzzFeed, Novak Djokovic has revealed that back in 2007 he was offered 200,000 dollars to lose on purpose."I was approached through people working with me. Of course, we threw it away right away. It didn't even get to me, the guy that was trying to talk to me, he didn't even get to me directly. There was nothing out of it", Djokovic stated. The world number one claimed that this approach took place before the first round in St Petersburg nine years ago and he decided to withdraw from the tournament.
  • Kobe Bryant announces Rio Games no-go
    11/11 Kobe Bryant announces Rio Games no-go: Finally, Kobe Bryant has backtracked by revealing that he won't be playing in the Olympics in Rio, which are set to take place from 5th to 21st August. The LA Lakers star said that he has seen things differently since announcing that he will retire at the end of the season and now feels that "it's the young guys' turn to play and perform". "As beautiful as it would be to play for our country, when I say my last game is going to be my last game, then that's it... I think it's pretty sweet to have my final game be in a Lakers uniform", he added.