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Ronaldo presents fifth Ballon d’Or to Bernabeu

Cristiano Ronaldo paraded his record-equalling fifth Ballon d'Or to an adoring Santiago Bernabeu before Real Madrid's clash with Sevilla on Saturday. Ronaldo pulled level on Thursday with Barcelona rival Lionel Messi as the only two men to have won the annual award for the best player in the world five times. It is the fourth time in five years Ronaldo
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Bale and Varane to travel to Club World Cup: Zidane

Gareth Bale and Raphaël Varane. Photo: AFP Gareth Bale and France international Raphaël Varane will travel with the Real Madrid squad to the Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday. Zidane made the announcement after injury-plagued Bale returned to training on Friday morning, but despite being available for the Club
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Valencia’s ‘lion king’ passes away

The 19-year-old lion Keops' health had been deteriorating. The large cat was euthanized this month, according to a statement released by BIOPARC Valencia. Valencia's 100,000 square-metre park aims to reproduce the "natural wildernesses of the African continent: equatorial forests, Madagascar, the great wetlands and savannah," according to its website.
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Catalan impasse damaging tourism prospects for 2018

Tourists enjoy the sunset at Cafe del Mar on Ibiza Island on July 10, 2015. AFP Photo/Jaime Reina Hotel reservations in Barcelona are down by 10 percent in the first quarter of 2018 over the same time last year due to Catalonia's separatist crisis, which could lead to job losses in the sector, industry lobby group Exceltur said Tuesday. If the trend
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Supporters of Catalan independence protest in Brussels

People carry banners and wave flags during a pro-independence demonstration on December 7, 2017 in Brussels. Photo: Dirk Waem/Belga/AFP. Protesters began gathering in Brussels on Thursday to show support for deposed president Carles Puigdemont and urge the EU to support their drive for independence from Spain. Chanting "Wake up Europe!" and waving