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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 named UEFA Best Player in Europe for second time

Ronaldo was favourite for the award having led Real Madrid to their 11th Champions League win in 2015-16, scoring the winning penalty in a dramatic shootout against rivals Atletico Madrid.

The former Manchester United star then went on to win a first major international trophy as Portugal were crowed European champions after seeing off hosts France in the final of Euro 2016.

The 31-year-old previously won the award for the 2013-14 season and he joins Barcelona rival Lionel Messi in winning the honour on a second occasion.

Portugal's Pepe fit for final against France on Sunday

"I feel great. I'm fully fit and can be chosen to play," Pepe said at a news conference on Saturday at the Stade de France.

The tough Real Madrid defender sat out a 2-0 win in the semifinals against Wales because of a thigh muscle injury.

The decision paid off for coach Fernando Santos not to risk his defensive leader against a Welsh attack that lacked the options France possesses.

Griezmann is the clearest danger to Portugal, with his six-goal tally at Euro 2016 double that of any player, including Cristiano Ronaldo, who has three.

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Portugal coach says Ronaldo provoked by booing from Iceland

Ronaldo has faced a backlash in Iceland for suggesting the first-time European Championship participants were just happy to draw 1-1 in the Group F game in Saint-Etienne on Tuesday.

Reflecting the mood in Nordic island, the Frettabladid newspaper said Ronaldo is now "not the most popular man in Iceland."

But Santos believes Icelanders are in no position to judge the Ballon D'Or holder.

Ronaldo fit but we'll be wary of Atletico - Zidane

"I don't think there's a problem. It's true he (Ronaldo) had some pain. On Saturday we had a match between us and he didn't play but that was only as a precaution."

More to Manchester City than Aguero - Casemiro

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has warned his team-mates they cannot solely focus on Sergio Aguero in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie with Manchester City.

Prolific striker Aguero is City's chief attacking threat and has scored 28 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions this season.

City will rely heavily on the former Atletico Madrid star if they are to beat Casemiro's side having drawn last week's first leg 0-0, but the Madrid man says the visitors are by no means a one-man team.

Pepe tips Zidane to become top coach

Real Madrid defender Pepe has predicted that boss Zinedine Zidane will remain with the club and develop into one of the top coaches in world football.

Although the Frenchman has guided the Spanish giants to 17 wins from 22 games since succeeding Rafael Benitez at the Santiago Bernabeu in January, there has been speculation that he could be sacked if Madrid fail to win the Spanish league title or the Champions League this season.

But Pepe believes the 43-year-old is very much destined for success.

Pepe slams Madrid critics after Clasico triumph

Real Madrid defender Pepe rounded on the club's detractors after Zinedine Zidane's side stunned La Liga leaders Barcelona with a 2-1 Clasico win at Camp Nou.

Karim Benzema equalised in the 62nd minute after Gerard Pique headed Barcelona into a second-half lead.

The impressive Gareth Bale had a goal disallowed for the visitors, who snatched victory through Cristiano Ronaldo five minutes from time in the aftermath of a red card for their captain Sergio Ramos.

I'd love to be in Ronaldo's shoes - Pepe

Real Madrid defender, Pepe, can't understand why people criticise Cristiano Ronaldo, saying he would love to be in his shoes