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Stunning goal record not important to Ronaldo

The 32-year-old hit two fine goals in Saturday's 3-0 win over Hungary at Estadio da Luz, after Andre Silva had broken the deadlock for the European champions.

Ronaldo's double took him to nine goals in five World Cup qualifying matches and put him on 70 overall for his country, placing him fourth in the list of the top scorers for international sides in Europe.

But the Real Madrid star was more concerned about Portugal claiming the win that moves them back to within three points of Group B leaders Switzerland and five clear of third-placed Hungary.

Costa was Atleti's Messi - Simeone explains 2014 Champions League call

Costa helped to fire Atletico to a stunning LaLiga title win in 2013-14, scoring 36 goals in all competitions.

However, a thigh injury dogged him during the final weeks of the campaign and he lasted only nine minutes against rivals Real Madrid in Lisbon.

It would prove to be Costa's final appearance for Atleti before moving to Chelsea, and his team-mates went down to a 4-1 extra-time defeat after Sergio Ramos equalised for Madrid deep into stoppage time.

Everything is possible - Real Madrid's president considers pairing Benzema with Mbappe

Benzema continues to be a guaranteed starter for Madrid, but has not appeared for France since 2015, having been charged by police in connection with an alleged attempt to blackmail his international team-mate Mathieu Valbuena. 

The 29-year-old has denied any wrongdoing and the case is yet to go to trial.

The Madrid president meanwhile has backed the centre-forward, lauding him as "the best French player", and he hopes to see him finish his career at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ronaldo tantrums are normal, says Nacho

The Portugal star was visibly irked when he was taken off in the second half of Madrid's 2-1 LaLiga victory at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

It was suggested in the Spanish media that Ronaldo hurled a curse at head coach Zinedine Zidane as he walked off, although the head coach later denied that the 32-year-old forward was particularly upset.

And Nacho says any other player would react the same way when they are taken off, telling Deportes Cope: "It's normal to get angry. Cristiano gets angry when he's replaced, just like Isco or anyone else does.

Why should Real Madrid get more recognition - Lewandowski talks up Bayern Munich

Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti will lead the Bundesliga kings against his former club and 11-time European champions Madrid in an eagerly awaited tie next month.

Lewandowski joined Bayern from Borussia Dortmund for the 2014-15 season, in the aftermath of Ancelotti's Madrid beating both German clubs on the way to glory.

Two more semi-final defeats followed for Bayern under Pep Guardiola, while Madrid added title number 11 at the expense of city rivals Atletico last term.

Gabi tells Griezmann: Real Madrid not better than Atletico

Griezmann admitted on Monday that playing for a club such as Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich at some stage in his career would be a dream come true, although he also stressed he has no intentions of leaving Atletico any time soon.

Gabi has now had his say on his team-mate's future and is not convinced a move to the Santiago Bernabeu side would be the right step in his career.

"I cannot imagine Griezmann playing for another team," Gabi was quoted as saying by AS.

"He is young and can play on any team in the world.

Ramos: I will give Pique a hug

With the LaLiga title race heating up between rivals Madrid and Barcelona, the duo have exchanged views publicly, mostly about refereeing decisions.

But Ramos wants to put that behind them on international duty, with Spain preparing to face Israel in a World Cup qualifier before a friendly against France.

"It's the way it is between Real Madrid and Barcelona and that will not change," he told a news conference on Monday, via AS.

"Now, I will give him a hug. We have become accustomed to throwing stones, but we take it without malice and it is always healthy.

Simeone: I'll never coach Real Madrid

Simeone, 46, has been in charge at Atletico since 2011 and has developed into one of the world's most highly rated coaches.

Under the Argentinian, Atletico have won a Europa League, a league title and numerous cups, while reaching two Champions League finals.

Although he may be wanted by numerous European giants, Simeone said coaching Real Madrid was out of the question.

"I will never coach Real Madrid," he told Onda Cero.

"It is logical because of feelings. They wouldn't call me either.

"I am young, maybe someday I will lead another Spanish team."

Griezmann: Every player dreams of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern

The France international is regularly linked with a potential move away from Atletico, and Manchester United are believed to be among the leading candidates to secure his services.

A move to Old Trafford is seemingly not at the top of Griezmann's wishlist, though, as he suggested other heavyweight clubs, including two LaLiga rivals, could be more attractive if he were to leave Atleti.

"Could I play for Real Madrid or Barcelona in the future? Why not," Griezmann was quoted as saying by Marca.

This is what I live for - Madrid coach Zidane welcomes Champions League reunion with Ancelotti's Bayern

Zidane, a World Cup, European Championship and Champions League winner with France and Madrid, served as Ancelotti's assistant when the Italian guided Los Blancos to their historic 10th European Cup success in 2014.

The apprentice has since taken the reins outright at Santiago Bernabeu, winning the prestigious competition himself last season, while Ancelotti is now in charge at another of the continent's powerhouse clubs.