Real Madrid hope Bale will travel to the Club World Cup in UAE

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Wales star Gareth Bale will miss Real Madrid‘s LaLiga clash against Sevilla on Saturday as he continues his recovery from a calf muscle injury.

But Real boss Zinedine Zidane has not ruled out Bale travelling with the squad to the United Arab Emirates, where they face a Club World Cup semi-final next Wednesday.

Bale took a part during training on Friday, but he will not play this weekend, with Raphael Varane joining him as an absentee after picking up a knock during the midweek Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund.

“We’ll see if he (Bale) can be fit enough for us in the semi-final,” Zidane said at his pre-match press conference, and reported by www.marca.com.

“He is not going to play on Saturday. The idea at this moment is for him to travel with us to the Club World Cup.”

Zidane, meanwhile, also faced questions about Cristiano Ronaldo‘s future at the reigning European champions, fresh from the 32-year-old winning a fifth Ballon d’Or.

“I see him here always,” Zidane added. “It is always the same debate about whether he’s happy or not.

“This is done to disrupt Cristiano and Madrid. He’s at the best club in the world, and there is no debate.”

Real and Sevilla are tied on points in LaLiga, with Madrid one place about their rivals in fourth, while Sevilla will join this weekend’s opponents in the Champions League last-16.

“They are a Champions League team that has had a great season,” Zidane said.

“It’s going to be a very difficult game against a good team. They are good on paper and have been playing very well lately.”

Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia, meanwhile, has urged his players to forget about their Champions League progress as they prepare to tackle Real.

“It’s going to be difficult, but we are ready,” he told www.sevillafc.es. “We know we need to counter their weapons, which are many.

“We have to be conscious not to drop our concentration for even 10 minutes. It’s a beautiful stage. Camp Nou and the Bernabeu are the hardest away matches, but we need to see that as an extra incentive. If we win, it will be a double boost in confidence.”

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A look at why Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is the best in the world

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Cristiano Ronaldo won his fifth Ballon D'or.

Cristiano Ronaldo is widely expected to win a fifth Ballon d’Or on Thursday, which would draw him level with Lionel Messi for most wins in the award’s history. But what makes the Real Madrid man the best?

Well, for starters, he’s the all-time leading scorer for both club and country.

He’s also got the most goals in Champions League history, having become the first person to hit the century mark in the competition, and he’s scored 10 goals in six different Champions League campaigns, the only player to do so, and he’s about to make that seven, as he’s already on nine goals this season coming out of the group stages.

But it’s not just the sheer number of goals, it’s the significance of them. Ronaldo has scored in three different Champions League finals, becoming the first player to do so back in June with his brace against Cardiff.


That brace was the culmination of a run which saw him score 10 goals in the quarterfinals, semifinals, and final, an astonishing display of goalscoring prowess against Europe’s best.








He may grab, and indeed demand, the attention for his scoring, but the accusations of selfishness are overblown.


The Portugal star crossed 200 assists for club and country earlier this season, and no player has more assists in the Champions League over the last 10 seasons.


More than anything, though, Ronaldo wins. For Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Portugal, in the Champions League, La Liga, Premier League, and European Championships – he’s won it all. And now, he could win another Ballon d’Or.



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Zinedine Zidane warns critics that Cristiano Ronaldo's goalscoring form will return soon

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane warned Cristiano Ronaldo‘s critics not to write-off the Portuguese, who is expected to pick up his fifth Ballon d’Or this week.

Ronaldo has scored just twice in 10 La Liga matches this season as a stumbling start by Madrid has left them eight points adrift of leaders Barcelona.

However, Ronaldo leads the goalscoring charts in the Champions League with eight in five games and Zidane expects that form to soon return on league duty.

“He is so good that when things don’t go as he is used to then people start to talk about him,” Zidane said on Tuesday ahead of Real’s Champions League dead rubber against Borussia Dortmund.

“He will keep trying until the goals come. Not long ago, only last year, he had a phenomenal season.

“There is a long way to go, we are only nearly halfway though the season. Be careful with Cristiano.”

With Karim Benzema also failing to find the net regularly, a lack of goals has blighted Real’s season so far.

Until September, Zidane’s men had scored in 73 straight games.

However, they have now drawn blanks in three of their last nine La Liga outings against Real Betis, Atletico Madrid and on Saturday in a 0-0 stalemate at Athletic Bilbao.

Zidane, though, rejected widespread suggestions, most recently from Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral, that Madrid’s squad is poorer this season for the loss of Alvaro Morata, James Rodriguez and Pepe in the off-season.

“It is true that we need to score more goals because, being eight points behind in La Liga, the situation isn’t ideal,” added Zidane.

“But I am calm because I know that sooner or later that will change. No matter what people on the outside say, possibly they aren’t seeing what I am.

“We also can’t forget what this team has achieved. I certainly haven’t.”

With Madrid already assured of second place in Group H behind Tottenham Hotspur, Zidane is expected to heavily rotate his side against Dortmund ahead of a busy end to the year for Real.

The European champions host Sevilla on Saturday before jetting off to Abu Dhabi for the Club World Cup and then face Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu on December 23.​

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