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  • Modric given suspended prison sentence i...

    Luka Modric has been given a suspended eight-month prison sentence over alleged tax fraud, it has been confirmed. The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder entered a plea of guilty to the accusation of defrauding the treasury of over €870,000 (£784,000/$1m). Reports in Spain, from...

    Modric given suspended prison sentence in tax case

    Luka Modric has been given a suspended eight-month prison sentence over alleged tax fraud, it has been confirmed. The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder entered a plea of guilty to the accusation of defrauding the treasury of over €870,000 (£784,000/$1m). Reports in Spain, from El Mundo , claim that Modric first defrauded €290,000 before then using Ivano SARL, a company based in Luxembourg, to take a further €579,000. Modric paid €1 million at the start of the case, and it has been agreed that he must now pay 40 per cent of the fee that was defrauded, which totals just over €348,000. A number of high-profile figures in football have been drawn into similar tax cases, with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho given a suspended one-year prison sentence, as well as a €2m fine. The Manchester United boss, who spent three years in the Spanish capital, was accused of using offshore company accounts in Ireland, the British Virgin Islands and New Zealand to conceal income from image rights in 2011. Spanish news outlet El Mundo claims Mourinho reached a deal with tax authorities, with two six-month suspended prison sentences. Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was sentenced to 21 months in jail last year for failing to pay €4.1 million in taxes on image rights in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and was also given a €2m fine. His father, Jorge Messi, was handed the same prison sentence and a smaller fine of close to €1.7m. Cristiano Ronaldo, too, was given a suspended sentence and a huge €19m fine after he pleaded guilty to four charges of evasion between 2011 and 2014 worth a total of €14.7m. According to EFE, that amount was reduced in his guilty plea to €5.7m, although taking into account fines, interests and other cost the sum ascends to €19m.

  • We did not want to sell him - Perez insi...

    Florentino Perez has revealed Real Madrid did not want to sell Cristiano Ronaldo but had to "open the door" for his departure after the player asked to leave. Ronaldo stunned the footballing world in July when he completed a €100 million (£89m/$117m) transfer from the reigning E...

    We did not want to sell him - Perez insists Madrid got 'highest value' for Ronaldo

    Florentino Perez has revealed Real Madrid did not want to sell Cristiano Ronaldo but had to "open the door" for his departure after the player asked to leave. Ronaldo stunned the footballing world in July when he completed a €100 million (£89m/$117m) transfer from the reigning European champions to Juventus, ending a trophy-laden spell in the Spanish capital. The Portuguese forward won the Champions League four times and La Liga twice, while he is also Los Blancos' all-time leading goal-scorer. However, speaking ahead of the club's ordinary and extraordinary general meetings on Sunday, president Perez explained the reasons behind the transfer – and insisted Madrid got the best possible deal for the 33-year-old. "The release clauses are not there to be paid. If there has to be sale, it is negotiated," he said. "We did not want to sell him, but he wanted to go for personal reasons and we understood that, for all the good things he had done, we had to open the door for him. "We got the highest value we could." Perez is hoping to seal approval at the meetings to push forward with plans to loan money for the renovation of the Santiago Bernabeu, though the proposed changes will not see a major increase in the stadium's overall capacity. "We have to make a decision on the work, by the end of the year, and on the financing issue," he added. "The estimated time of the development is three and a half years, which will be compatible with the sporting calendar.  "The capacity will not increase, although there will be 800 new spaces for people with disabilities."

  • It is impossible for Ronaldo or even Mes...

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi would both struggle to score 50 goals in a Serie A season, according to Frosinone winger Emil Hallfredsson. Ronaldo joined Juventus from Real Madrid this summer, but he has scored just twice in Serie A, netting both goals in the recent 2-1 win ...

    It is impossible for Ronaldo or even Messi to score 50 goals in Serie A, says Hallfredsson

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi would both struggle to score 50 goals in a Serie A season, according to Frosinone winger Emil Hallfredsson. Ronaldo joined Juventus from Real Madrid this summer, but he has scored just twice in Serie A, netting both goals in the recent 2-1 win over Sassuolo. The Portuguese's lack of goals has seen him mocked in Italy, particularly given that he regularly broke goalscoring records in Spain. However, a game against Hallfredsson's Frosinone, who have taken just one point from a possible 12 this season, offers a chance for Ronaldo to boost his numbers. Hallfredsson, though, has spent 11 years in Serie A and believes that both Ronaldo and Messi would find it difficult to hit the net with their superhuman regularity in Italy, given the defensive nature of the game. “Since he has been in Italy, he has had a big impact just on the image of Serie A alone,” Hallfredsson told Goal. “Serie A is more valuable with him in it. I think for many years, Serie A has been underrated. “In Italy, it is difficult to score. If Messi or Ronaldo come to Italy, it is almost impossible to score 50 goals like they do in Spain because it is more defensive. I think now though more people will watch Serie A and see how strong the league is. “I think his arrival is so positive for Serie A. I think it is going to be sold out [for Juventus]. There are going to be so many people and it will be crowded outside the stadium. It gives a lot to a city like that to see a big player come here. “He is maybe one of the best players of all time and it will give a lot to the people. We look forward to it." The Iceland international came up against Ronaldo at Euro 2016, in a game that ended 1-1, and he accepts that there is simply "no tactic" that can stop him. "I have faced him in the Euros in France, in the first game, so it will be the same as that," he added. “There are no tactics to stop him, we just hope he has a bad day, but he has so few bad days. We will just try our best.” Hallfredsson is battling to keep Frosinone in the top-flight, but says he was too old to remain at Udinese, after spending over two years with the club. “To be honest, after two and a half years in Udinese, I needed to move,” He added. “Udinese wants to play with a lot of young players. The director of the club came to me and said if I want I could change teams because I would not get the playing time I would want. "They said that to me and Danilo, the captain and we are the same age. Why Frosinone? Well, they were just so interested, you know.  They have the ambition to try and be in Serie A. I have been there with Verona. I have had some difficult seasons and I know what it is like to fight for your life. “I like the project. The president is a really good person, when I met the director and president I thought they were good with their ambitions. They want to do things the right way and I came here to be a key player. “I came here to give my best to stay in Serie A. For my own ambitions, I want to play all the games and to get the team to stay in Serie A. That was the project and I thought, why not?” Hallfredsson has carved out a career in Serie A, after leaving Tottenham as a youngster. He took the risk of joining Hellas Verona in Serie C, but helped the team return to Serie A and survive relegation in their first season after a series of promotions. His form earned him regular call ups for Iceland and he has played at the World Cup and the European Championships, with mixed success. In Russia in the summer, Iceland failed to get out of their group, while they reached the quarter-finals of the Euros in 2016. He admits that he is a little bit disappointed about the country’s showing in the World Cup, but he believes that there’s more to come from Iceland. "I think it was a little bit disappointing to be honest because we had a really good game against Argentina. We got a great point, but in the second game against Nigeria, we weren’t on our day to be honest. “Maybe if we got a draw in that game it would be different. Then against Croatia, we had so many chances to score. They had already won the group, which made it easier, maybe. We had created so many chances in that game. “We were fighting at 1-1, then they got this 2-1 goal which just killed us. Our aim was to go through the group and be second in the group. It was a little bit of a failure but we need to stay proud of our achievement. “I think a small country of just 300,000 people like Iceland to go to a World Cup is just incredible. When I was younger, I didn’t even imagine I would go to a World Cup. I played in the first and the third games. I remember them both like yesterday. “The tension was so high and the atmosphere was unbelievable. Even talking about it, gives me the feeling in my stomach. Just these two games alone live with me forever. I enjoy going to the national team, I have a lot of friends. “I am still playing at the highest level and we have a new coach. If he picks me, which I think he will, I will continue. As long as I keep enjoying it this much, I will go to. Why would you stop? After a few years you could regret quitting to early. I will enjoy it while I can. “I think that we can still do it. We showed that we can do it. We have the right mentality to keep going. There will be more players coming in. With respect to how few we are, we have produced a lot of players. "Now, I think we will aim to go to the Euros and I think we can do it. We have almost the same team. There are not too many players who are too old to play. I even think we can improve with this team. Our aim is to go to this tournament.”

  • Modric backed to beat Ronaldo to awards ...

    Luka Modric has been backed for the Ballon d'Or and FIFA's The Best award by Julen Lopetegui, despite his manager's disinterest in individual prizes. Modric played a major role in Madrid's third successive Champions League success and Croatia's journey to the World Cup final in ...

    Modric backed to beat Ronaldo to awards by Madrid coach Lopetegui

    Luka Modric has been backed for the Ballon d'Or and FIFA's The Best award by Julen Lopetegui, despite his manager's disinterest in individual prizes. Modric played a major role in Madrid's third successive Champions League success and Croatia's journey to the World Cup final in Russia, winning the Golden Ball in the process. The 33-year-old is one of the three final nominees for FIFA's award along with former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, with Lionel Messi a shock absentee. Modric is the favourite in the eyes of many, despite some highlighting that Ronaldo's haul of 15 goals was vital in their European success, and his manager hopes that a Real Madrid player can snap up the award. When asked who he thinks deserves to be called the best player in the world, Lopetegui told reporters: "You said it yourself, I don't believe much in individual prizes. "Football is a team game, but if you have to recognise great players, then I'd like it to go to our club. "Modric had a great season, but that's about all I can say. It's a team game and I hope the team wins tomorrow [Saturday, against Espanyol]." Madrid spent a reported €40 million (£35.9m/$47m) on Thibaut Courtois in pre-season, yet the Belgian has been unable to nail down a first-team spot. Courtois and Keylor Navas have been rotating between the posts, each playing two La Liga games so far this term and Lopetegui insists it is a system which is working well. "They're training well, competing well," Lopetegui said. "I can't tell you much more than that. "It's a normal situation for them, perhaps more normal inside the club than from outside. "They're very professional and they want to prove that to everyone and, in respect to the work of the three goalkeepers we have, there are no problems.  They're working very well." Navas started on Wednesday in the 3-0 Champions League victory against Roma, so Courtois is expected to get the nod for Saturday's match against Espanyol.

  • 'Real Madrid have other players who can ...

    Real Madrid have not lost their attacking threat since Cristiano Ronaldo's departure, according to Espanyol's Borja Iglesias. Ronaldo ended his record-breaking nine-year spell at Madrid in the summer when the Portugal international decided to join Serie A champions Juventus. Ho...

    'Real Madrid have other players who can do what Ronaldo does' - Espanyol's Iglesias

    Real Madrid have not lost their attacking threat since Cristiano Ronaldo's departure, according to Espanyol's Borja Iglesias. Ronaldo ended his record-breaking nine-year spell at Madrid in the summer when the Portugal international decided to join Serie A champions Juventus. However, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have stepped up following Ronaldo’s exit, and Iglesias does not feel Madrid are suffering without their former talisman. "Cristiano Ronaldo has shown that he can score goals. I don't think Real Madrid have lost that," the forward, whose Espanyol side travel to the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, told Marca. "That's the truth. There are others who do that very well and who are capable of doing what he does. "They can be beaten. Any team can be beaten. "However, it obviously requires a lot to take a match like this and we are aware of that. But, why can't we beat Real Madrid?" Iglesias joined Espanyol in the summer in a €10 million (£8.9m/$11.8m) transfer from Celta Vigo, and has had an impressive start to his career under new manager Rubi, helping his side to reach fourth in the table with one assist and one goal. "For me, it was relatively simple," he explained. "When this option was proposed to me, with the style of play here and the project at the club, it all motivated me a lot. "This was a place where it seemed like it had what I needed at this time. It was very simple." Since making the move, Iglesias has been impressed with the club's young manager and the effect that his competitiveness has on his players. "I think that for somebody who competes, it is important to have this mentality and to see that you have a chance and to believe you can grab your chances. "I believe that being ambitious is good, as long as you are also respectful. Bravery and boldness are adjectives that describe this Espanyol team and I think that'll also be true when we play against Real Madrid."

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