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Paris Saint-Germain forward Angel Di Maria has been given a suspended one-year jail sentence and fined £1.76m for tax fraud in Spain. Di Maria admitted two counts of tax fraud totalling £1.16m during his four-year spell with Real Madrid between 2010 and 2014, related to his image rights. The 29-year-old made a deal with Spanish tax authorities to avoid a trial, with each of the two counts coming with a six-month sentence. But he will almost certainly not spend any time behind bars as sentences of under two years in Spain are suspended providing the convicted person has no criminal…

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale said it was “a dream come true” to win the Champions League in his home city. Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace helped Real Madrid retain the Champions League in surprisingly comprehensive fashion, wrapping up a historic 12th continental crown by overcoming Juventus 4-1 in a memorable Cardiff showdown. Juventus started the brighter and Mario Mandzukic’s overhead kick will live long in the memory, but Ronaldo’s brace along with efforts from Casemiro and Marco Asensio left Real celebrating a comfortable 4-1 win. “To win at home is a dream come true,” Bale told BT Sport 2. “It’s been a…

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as holders Real Madrid were crowned champions of Europe for a record 12th time after outclassing 10-man  Kwadwo Asamoah’s side Juventus in a high-quality Champions League final in Cardiff. Asamoah could not become the sixth Ghanaian player to win the Champions league title after Abedi Pele, Ibrahim Tanko, Samuel Osei Kuffour, Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari. Ronaldo put Real ahead with a first-time finish from 16 yards before Mario Mandzukic equalised from just inside the area with a sensational overhead kick beyond Keylor Navas. Real took control after the interval, Brazilian midfielder Casemiro’s deflected shot restoring…

Real Madrid take on Juventus at the National Stadium of Wales in Cardiff  on Saturday June 3. Zinedine Zidane has named a squad of 25 players ahead of the Champions League final, which sees Real Madrid take on Juventus at the National Stadium of Wales in Cardiff (Saturday, 8:45pm CEST). REAL MADRID SQUAD: Goalkeepers: Navas, Casilla and Yanez. Defender: Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Coentrao and Danilo. Midfielders: Kroos, James, Casemiro, Kovacic, Modric, Asensio, Isco and Enzo. Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale, Lucas Vázquez, Mariano and Morata.

KPMG has named Manchester United as the world’s most valuable football club, becoming the first ever club to have an enterprise value of over €3 billion. Jose Mourinho’s Europa League winners have climbed above Real Madrid into top spot after experiencing a seven per cent increase on last year’s value, while Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City also feature in the top five most valuable teams. The Dutch auditors have devised an algorithm which takes in not only a club’s revenue, but is a combination of five three factors: profitability, popularity, sporting potential, broadcasting rights and stadium ownership. The combination…

Jose Mourinho says Wednesday’s Europa League victory was validation for Manchester United after being “the worst team in the world” at times this season. Goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan secured a 2-0 victory over Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday night and earned more silverware for the club following victories in the EFL Cup and the Community Shield. Mourinho’s first season in charge yielded only a sixth-place finish in the Premier League, but Wednesday night’s win secures a place in next season’s Champions League – and Mourinho insists the season must now be seen as a success. He said:…

Outgoing Barcelona boss Luis Enrique lamented his side’s inconsistency after they fell short of retaining their La Liga title on Sunday. Barca came from 2-0 down to beat Eibar 4-2 in Enrique’s final home game in charge, but Real Madrid pipped the Catalans by three points at the top of the table thanks to their 2-0 win over Malaga. “Without doubt our consistency,” said Enrique when asked why Barca missed out on the title. “We let games get away that we haven’t in other years. At the end of the day we’ve paid the price.” Barca won all of their…

Zinedine Zidane claimed winning La Liga as Real Madrid coach on Sunday surpasses his stellar achievements as a player and even lifting the Champions League in his debut season as coach last year. Madrid claimed the Spanish title for a 33rd time as Cristiano Ronaldo struck his 40th goal of the season and Karim Benzema slotted home early in the second-half to secure a 2-0 win at Malaga. “It is the happiest day of my professional life by a distance,” Zidane said after landing Madrid’s first title in five years. “Right now I would like to stand up here and…

A comprehensive list of all the possible European qualifiers and relegated teams across the major leagues. PREMIER LEAGUE Champions League: Chelsea (champions), Tottenham Hotspur, plus one of Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal; Manchester United (also EFL Cup winners, could qualify as Europa League winners) Champions League final qualifying round: One of Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal Europa League group stage: Two of Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United (also EFL Cup winners) and Arsenal. Europa League third qualifying round: Everton Relegated: Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Hull City Promoted to top flight: Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United, plus one of Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town and Fulham through playoffs…

Juventus have reached the Champions League Final and will pocket at least €108m, rising to €113.7m if they win the trophy. According to Calcio e Finanza, the Bianconeri have hit the jackpot simply by getting to Cardiff, where they will face either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid. Between UEFA prizes and TV rights, playing the Champions League Final will be worth in the region of €108m. If they lift the trophy for the first time since 1996, it’ll be up to €113.7m coming in this season. That would be more than Juve picked up by reaching the Final in Berlin…

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