Cristiano Ronaldo

Madrid lead is not worth anything – Zidane

Goals in the first nine minutes from Simone Zaza and Fabian Orellana rendered Cristiano Ronaldo's reply just before half-time meaningless, and Madrid's advantage over Barcelona is now just one point – although Los Blancos have a game in hand.

Zidane stopped short of criticising his side's performance, but warned against complacency as Madrid aim to clinch the club's first domestic league title since 2012.

"The truth is that we lost the match in 10 minutes," said Zidane. "We played well, we had opportunities but two errors cost us two goals.

Ronaldo sets personal best for Real Madrid assists in Champions League

The 32-year-old forward set up Toni Kroos for the holders' second in their 3-1 last-16 first-leg win over Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Ronaldo, who showed brilliant skill and a turn of pace to skip beyond Kalidou Koulibaly before teeing up Kroos, has now managed five assists in eight appearances in the 2016-17 competition - a personal record in his time at the club.

Ronaldo out of Madrid squad for Sevilla clash

Ronaldo also missed the first leg of the round of 16 tie, with Madrid cruising to a 3-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu without their star attacker.

He then returned to the starting XI for the 5-0 win over Granada at the weekend, but will be allowed to sit out Thursday's clash again.

Modric, meanwhile, has featured for the full 90 minutes in Madrid's first two games of 2017, but Zidane does not need the Croatia international at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Ronaldo crowned The Best FIFA Men's Player

The Real Madrid and Portugal forward was announced as the winner at Monday's ceremony in Zurich.

Ronaldo beat fellow finalists Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to the new FIFA honour, the trio having topped a shortlist of 23 global stars.

The triumph adds to the Ballon d'Or crown the 31-year-old picked up last month, which was the fourth of his career.

"Wow, wow, wow – it is incredible," Ronaldo said after being presented with the award by FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

Suarez urges Messi to sign Barcelona renewal

The LaLiga champions announced on Thursday that they have agreed terms with the Uruguay international over a contract extension until 2021 and Suarez hopes Messi will be next to agree a renewal, with the Argentine's existing deal due to expire in 2018.

"My happiness will be complete only if Messi renews his contract as well," Suarez told reporters.

"But my renewal is not a message to Messi. He is old enough to know what is good for him."

Zidane lavishes praise on Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo

Ronaldo earned his fourth Ballon d'Or prize on Monday, and is now targeting a third title at the Club World Cup.

"It is very rare that one player wins so many awards," Zidane said Wednesday. "His fourth Ballon d'Or is a great achievement. It is not something you can easily achieve. Maybe he deserves a fifth Ballon d'Or."

Another trophy would move Ronaldo level with Lionel Messi.

Zidane's Madrid on cusp of setting new unbeaten record

When Zidane replaced Rafa Benitez midway through last season, the inexperienced former midfield standout got off to an auspicious start with a 5-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna.

Eleven months and one Champions League title later, Madrid faces Deportivo again at home on Saturday with the chance of surpassing its longest unbeaten run since the club was founded in 1902.

On Wednesday, Madrid equaled a club record of 34 games without a loss set in 1989 under coach Leo Beenhakker when it drew 2-2 with Borussia Dortmund.

Real Madrid favourite to add Club World Cup title to honours

Madrid has a shot at becoming the first team to win the Champions League, Spanish league, Spain's Copa del Rey, and the Club World Cup in the same season. It leads the Spanish league, is through to the knockout stage of the Champions League, and is alive in the Copa del Rey.

The tournament kicks off on Thursday in Yokohama with newly crowned J-League champion Kashima Antlers facing Oceania champion Auckland City for a chance to advance to the second round.

Barca wins again but Messi falls short of Ronaldo's record

Messi struck his 10th group-stage goal this season, one less than the 11 netted by Ronaldo with Real Madrid last season to set the record.

Arda Turan scored a hat trick for Barcelona, which had already secured first place in Group C. Moenchengladbach finished third and will play in the Europa League next season. All positions had already been decided ahead of Tuesday's final round.

Deschamps claims Pogba is unlikely to ever win Ballon d'Or

Pogba became the most expensive player in football history when he re-joined Manchester United from Juventus in August for an initial fee of £89.3million, but he has struggled for consistent form in the Premier League.

The 23-year-old was named on the 30-man shortlist for France Football's 2016 prize, which Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to win following Champions League and Euro 2016 triumphs this year.