Trio named on Ballon d'Or shortlist

Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Neymar have been named on the three-man shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d'Or alongside Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Neymar: I deserve Ballon d'Or nomination

Barcelona forward Neymar believes he deserves to be alongside teammates Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi on the FIFA Ballon d'Or shortlist.

Ballon d'Or three-man shortlist announced

FIFA have announced the three-man shortlist for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or, with current holder Cristiano Ronaldo joined by Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Sunday's La Liga round-up

Real Madrid closed the gap to table-topping Barcelona with a comfortable 2-0 win over Eibar, while Athletic Bilbao were too strong for Vallecano in Sunday night's La Liga action.

Benitez refuses to criticise Ronaldo

Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez has said he was pleased with Cristiano Ronaldo's performance in the 2-0 win over Eibar on Sunday even though the forward squandered numerous opportunities to score.

Tiago suffers broken leg

Atletico Madrid have been dealt a major blow after it was confirmed that midfielder Tiago Mendes suffered a broken leg during his side's 1-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday.

Varane facing three weeks out

Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane is facing a three-week spell on the treatment table after suffering a thigh injury against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

Simeone approves of 'annoying' Atleti

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone is happy with how his team gets under the skin of opponents, and wants more of the same against Espanyol on Saturday.

Enrique keen to bolster Barca

Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique is "in favour of improving" his squad in January as he looks to maintain their challenge domestically and in Europe.

Valverde critical despite win

Athletic Bilbao manager Ernesto Valverde was happy, although not completely satisfied, with his team's 3-2 win over Augsburg in the Europa League at WWK Arena on Thursday.

Emery: We wanted more

Sevilla manager Unai Emery admits their Champions League campaign has been a disappointment after losing 4-2 to Borussia MG at Borussia-Park on Wednesday.

Benitz staying positive

Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez focused on the positive aspects of his team's 4-3 win over Shakhtar Donetsk at Lviv Arena on Wednesday.

New injury setback for Roberto

Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto is set for another stint on the sidelines after spraining his ankle in the 6-1 win over Roma on Tuesday.

Simeone happy with Atleti growth

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone was happy with the signs of improvement in their 1-0 win over Real Betis at Estadio Benito Villamarín on Sunday.

Crushed Benitez calls for Real unity

Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez has called for a united front after his side were consummately dispatched 4-0 by Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday night.

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