Sergio Ramos hit back at outspoken Spain team-mate Gerard Pique after the Barcelona defender criticised the values of bitter rivals Real Madrid. Ramos and Pique have frequently clashed publicly and that was the case again on Tuesday, despite being in camp together following Spain's 2-0 international friendly win over France. Pique - a vocal critic of the Spanish capital side - slammed the LaLiga leaders for what they transmit as a club and Madrid captain Ramos did not hesitate in his response.
Controversy engulfed Real Madrid star James Rodriguez in his native Colombia on Monday after he was photographed making an obscene gesture to journalists covering a Colombian national team training session. Rodriguez gave the middle finger to journalists gathered outside the team's practice on Friday in Bogota ahead of their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday against Ecuador. The gesture -- which is called "the pistol" in Colombia -- drew criticism from some in a country where the baby-faced captain is an idol.
Can Chelsea afford to lose Eden Hazard? Hazard, 26, continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer for a potential world-record fee of over $125 million. This season the Belgian winger has been unplayable at times, particularly in recent months, and he is on the verge of leading Chelsea to a second Premier League title in the last three seasons. Yet, with rumors of Hazard leaving Stamford Bridge persisting it is worth contemplating just how important he is to Antonio Conte‘s side despite the Italian claiming his star winger is “priceless” in a bid to wave off interest. From a numbers perspective Hazard’s importance is clear. He has scored 11 PL goals and has four assists, with