Real Madrid's season could be defined by next Wednesday as the team's fate in the Champions League and Copa del Rey will be decided.
Who is better, Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? The two greatest living soccer players not only compete in the same league but for rival squads. This week they will face off two times; let us take a look and see how the two superstars performed in the week leading up to their dynamic tilt.
During the last few months, Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has repeatedly stated that he misses his first home in Manchester United and that he is open to the possibility of returning to his former club. A recent report indicates that the team may be preparing a 55 million pound bid to bring back the prodigal son.
Manchester United has long been a rumored destination for discontent Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, but there is one team that is continuing its major bid for the Ballon d'Or Candidate.
Real Madrid plays a crucial match Sunday when they host lowly Espanyol.
Real Madrid starts their campaign to retain the Copa Del Rey Championship for the first time since 2011 as they take on third division team Alcoyana in the first leg of the round of 32.
The 23 Ballon D'Or Nominees were finally unveiled on Monday and included a substantial amount of surprises.
After a questionable performances against Celtic and a disastrous defensive display again Deportivo La Coruna, Barcelona will look to get back on track with Rayo Vallecano.
For years Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have reigned supreme as the best players in the world. But one man is looking to step into that same spotlight: Radamel Falcao.
Cristiano Ronaldo had a week to forget as Portugal came up with only one of six points in World Cup 2014 Qualifiers last week. Now Ronaldo gets a shot at redemption and an attempt to return to his previous form (10 goals in five matches) when his club team Real Madrid takes on Celta Vigo on Saturday.
After last Sunday's Clasico, it was clear that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were the only true contenders for the Ballon D'Or 2012. Many expected the rivalry to get a closer look this coming as the two players returned to their national teams to help in the World Cup Qualifiers. However, after one game one player is starting to regain the lead for the best player of the year award.
Barcelona drew with Real Madrid 2-2 in the first game this season in which the Catalonians did not win.
Cristiano Ronaldo continued his hot play with a three goal performance in a 4-1 drubbing over Ajax Amsterdam.
This weekend starts the 2012-13 La Liga season which will ultimately be a two horse race between Barcelona who tries to win its fourth championship in five years and Real Madrid who looks to win its second best.
However, it is essential to remember that the rest of the squads will get a shot at a Champions League Berth and a few spots in the Europa League. And one cannot forget that they will also be fighting to steer clear of the last three spots which would banish them from the league next season.
But the main drama is the battle between Real Madrid and Barca for the top spot. Here are the match ups of the weekend and predictions.
The last time Real Madrid entered a La Liga season as defending champions was in 2009. During the last three seasons, they have watched as their hated rivals from Barcelona took the prize time and again.
The big question for Los Merengues is whether they can repeat as champions? Last season they achieved the feat with a healthy lead over second place Barcelona, but this season may however be far more difficult to achieve the status of champions as their rivals will finally be healthy and made a plethora of moves over the summer to improve. Here is a look at Real Madrid prior to the start of the season.