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Back to the future: Sonny Pike returns to Ajax

The former child prodigy talks to Goal about mental health in football, drawing upon a past in which he went from stardom at 12 to burned out by 18<p>Sonny Pike shifts uncomfortably in his chair. “If you'd asked me to do this even five years ago, there wouldn’t have been any chance,” he confesses. …

Benzema: Ronaldo not obsessed with Champions League record

The Portugal international now shares second place in the all-time standings after his winner at St Jakob Park, meaning that he is now just three behind record-holder Lionel Messi<p>Karim Benzema denies that Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo is particularly focused on the Champions League …

Liverpool Legend Bruce Grobbelaar: Simon Mignolet is 'Worse Than Dracula'

Liverpool legend Bruce Grobbelaar has blamed keeper Simon Mignolet for the Reds' poor run this season.<p>The Belgium international arrived at Anfield …

Chelsea Star Cesc Fabregas 'Enjoying Football Due to Return to Midfield'

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has claimed he is enjoying his football at Stamford Bridge more than at Barcelona and with Spain because Jose …

Aguero in the same bracket as Ronaldo and Messi, insists Lampard

The on-loan Manchester City midfielder is in awe of the Argentine striker, describing him as "different class", though he still has a soft spot for old pal Didier Drogba<p>Frank Lampard believes that Manchester City team-mate Sergio Aguero should be considered in the same bracket as Primera Division …

Cristiano Ronaldo Now Dealing with Multiple Pitch Invaders Per Game

Link to Media<p>The recent wave of pitch invaders trying to capture a moment with top players shows no sign of slowing down.<p>In fact, it's getting worse.<p>Cristiano Ronaldo had to deal with disturbances on two separate occasions during Real Madrid's match in Basel on Wednesday night.<p>One young woman was …

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Everton could send Atsu back to Chelsea

The Ghana international has only started one Premier League match for the Toffees and Roberto Martinez is already scouting potential replacements for the 22-year-old<p>By Graeme Bailey<p>Everton are considering the possibility of sending Christian Atsu back to Chelsea in January, <b>Goal</b> understands.<p>The …

UEFA president Michel Platini backs Germany World Cup winner for Ballon d'Or

UEFA president Michel Platini has told Efe that he believes a German World Cup winner should be awarded the 2014 Ballon d'Or.<p>Six Germany …

Neymar Finally Proving Transfer Value at Barcelona in Spectacular 2nd Season

Link to Media<p>When Neymar signed for Barcelona in July 2013, he was seen as a pricey but interesting acquisition who was potentially brilliant.<p>When the truth about his enormous transfer fee came out, people thought he was far too expensive and, thus far, a disappointment.<p>But this season the …

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Fabregas: I'm playing the best football of my career

The former Arsenal and Barcelona man is thriving in a deeper central-midfield role under Jose Mourinho since his summer move back to the Premier League with Chelsea<p>Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas feels that he has been playing the best football of his career since returning to the Premier League …

Ryan Giggs content with decision to stop playing for Manchester United

Ryan Giggs has told the Daily Telegraph he does not miss playing after finally hanging up his boots to become Manchester United's assistant …

Real Madrid lose Christian cross from club crest to appease Abu Dhabi bank

Real Madrid remove Christian cross from logo to appease Muslim sensibilities and seal lucrative 'strategic alliance' with Abu Dhabi bank<p>Real Madrid have removed the cross from their club crest as part of a lucrative three-year deal with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi.<p>It is believed the European …

Participating is the focus for English clubs in the Champions League

Three wins and a draw: a much better week for English clubs in the Champions League than of late. Chelsea soared at Schalke, Manchester City were …

Louis van Gaal expects misfiring Robin van Persie to return to form

• Manchester United manager backs striker to score at Chelsea • Dutch striker has scored only twice this season • Van Persie confident United will frighten teams again<p>Listen to Louis van Gaal on Robin van Persie and the impression given is hardly that the striker is fighting to retain his place in …

Real Madrid vs Barcelona: El Clasico set to be the world's first ever €1 billion match

Despite the absence of the world's most expensive footballer Gareth Bale, the Santiago Bernabéu will still play host to the most expensive match in history<p><b>Cristiano Ronaldo</b>, <b>Lionel Messi</b>, <b>Luis Suarez</b>, Neymar, James Rodriguez ... this Saturday's <i>El Clásico</i> will contain such a sparkling array of talent …

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Ronaldo wants goals in ‘special’ Clasico

The Portugal international is desperate to find the net in Real Madrid's clash with Barcelona on Saturday and says that he wants to play at the highest level for years to come<p>Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo says that Saturday's <i>Clasico</i> against Barcelona is a "special" fixture but one that he …

Manchester United v Chelsea: Louis van Gaal says his 'iron shield' will protect him from Jose Mourinho

United manager says rival’s mind games have no effect and that he expects Costa to be fit for Sunday’s game<p>Louis van Gaal has claimed his “iron shield” will protect him from Jose Mourinho’s psychological warfare as he prepares to expose his <b>Manchester United</b> team to the acid test of their progress …