Isco shows there is life after Ronaldo, Bale in Madrid

Isco shows there is life after Ronaldo, Bale in Madrid

A Real Madrid star claims their success in the UEFA Champions League creates envy to their rivals after they secured their eighth consecutive semi-final berth.

Isco, born in Benalmadena just outside the Andalusian city and also a former Malaga player before joining Madrid, lifted his arms to apologise to the club's fans, supporters who idolised him not so long ago. He didn't even travel, Zidane has made it clear it wasn't about injury, it was about what he said was "rest".

Since Athletic Bilbao honoured Atletico Madrid in 1970, teams have acknowledged the achievement of the Liga winners with a pasillo - two lines of players welcoming the champions onto the pitch. When I was young I did not get any advice, and this would come to hurt me later on.

Salah has been on red hot form for Liverpool since he joined them at the end of last season, with an impressive goal record and the first player to score 30 topflight goals this season.

"It is always going to happen in a side like ours".

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Zidane has prefered Benzema as a partner for Ronaldo up front this season but the Frenchman has managed only one goal in his last nine games.

The 28-year-old is tipped to face the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu exit door this summer, with Zinedine Zidane seemingly losing faith in the Welshman and willing to offer him up to fellow European giants if he can gain something in return.

As Ronaldo completes his transformation from winger into striker, a new left winger wouldn't go amiss and given Chelsea look set to miss out on Champions League football, Hazard could be tempted by the glamour of becoming a Galactico.

"Vidal is an important player but nothing will change", Zidane said.

"We must learn to live with these remarks and accept that this is what they want to focus on".

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