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Messi and Suarez score as Barcelona hammer Las Palmas 5-0

Luis Suarez added two goals and Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal also scored as Barcelona easily won at Camp Nou in its pursuit of Madrid, who play at third-place Sevilla on Sunday. Madrid will remain with a game in hand after this weekend's matches.

After scoring free kick goals in all three matches Barcelona played this year, Messi needed an effortless shot from close range to get on the board in the 52nd minute. Las Palmas goalkeeper Javi Varas failed to handle a left-flank cross by Rafinha and left the ball in front of the goal for an easy strike by Messi.

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.

We cannot afford to lose again, Suarez warns Barcelona

The champions sit six points behind leaders Real Madrid in LaLiga, with four draws and surprise defeats to Alaves and Celta Vigo having handed the advantage to Zinedine Zidane's side.

Suarez does not consider the gap to be insurmountable - especially given that Madrid have four matches left against other sides in the top four - but he accepts that another defeat could spell the end of Barca's hopes.

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.

Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 1: Ramos snatches point to keep Zidane's side in control of title race

The Spain centre-back turned in a brilliant free-kick from Luka Modric to cancel out Luis Suarez's opener and stretch Madrid's unbeaten run to 33 matches in all competitions.

Suarez nodded in Neymar's free-kick shortly after half-time to put Barca ahead in a cagey contest at Camp Nou, and the home side spurned a number of opportunities to double their advantage before Ramos struck.

Messi, Ronaldo and Griezmann to battle it out for FIFA award

High-profile names such as Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez, Neymar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robert Lewandowski all made the initial 23-men shortlist, but miss out on a podium place.

The original list of 23 names has been trimmed down to the LaLiga trio after voting by captains and coaches of national teams, select members of the media and fans voting on the official FIFA website.

Ronaldo enjoyed a hugely successful 2016 as he guided Madrid to Champions League glory, before capping a fine year by leading Portugal to their first major trophy at Euro 2016.

Barcelona have no weaknesses - Zidane

The Santiago Bernabeu side hold a six-point lead over their rivals in LaLiga and could deal the Catalans' title hopes a severe blow with a win at Camp Nou.

Nevertheless, Zidane is not getting carried away and has dismissed suggestions Madrid are favourites following their unbeaten run of 32 matches.

"There is no favourite for me, it is 50-50. We have studied Barcelona and they have no weak points, they are a very strong team," Zidane told a media conference.