Cristiano Ronaldo

Neymar is better than Messi and Ronaldo - Romario

Neymar has played a starring role for Brazil, scoring six goals in CONMEBOL qualifying to help the South American giants become the first nation to book a spot at next year's World Cup.

The 25-year-old has also been in good form for LaLiga titleholders Barca this season, netting 15 goals in all competitions as he bagged his 100th goal for the Spaniards last week.

And Brazilian icon Romario feels Neymar has surpassed Messi and Ronaldo, who have shared the past nine Ballon d'Or awards.

Brazil coach Tite lauds Neymar as world best on recent form

The 25-year-old Barcelona forward has scored six goals so far in qualifying to help Brazil become the first team to qualify behind host Russia, which gets an automatic berth.

Neymar also inspired Barcelona to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League, scoring twice and setting up another in a 6-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain.

This came after Barcelona lost the first leg 4-0 and was counted out by most.

"In the last four months, the best is Neymar," Brazil coach Tite said in an interview Friday on Sao Paulo-based Radio Bandeirantes.

Odd-looking Ronaldo bust steals the show at airport ceremony

The player's bronze bust, which was unveiled to much fanfare by Portugal's president and prime minister on the island of Madeira, hardly does the handsome footballer justice. 

It squashes his eyes close together, and the cheeky raised-eyebrow smile more resembles a leer. The face is also unusually chubby, in contrast to Ronaldo's chiseled looks. 

Dozens of guests and hundreds of fans were at the unveiling of the bust in Ronaldo's native Madeira Islands. It was part of an official ceremony to rename the local airport as Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Ronaldo out of Madrid squad for Sevilla clash

Ronaldo also missed the first leg of the round of 16 tie, with Madrid cruising to a 3-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu without their star attacker.

He then returned to the starting XI for the 5-0 win over Granada at the weekend, but will be allowed to sit out Thursday's clash again.

Modric, meanwhile, has featured for the full 90 minutes in Madrid's first two games of 2017, but Zidane does not need the Croatia international at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Ronaldo crowned The Best FIFA Men's Player

The Real Madrid and Portugal forward was announced as the winner at Monday's ceremony in Zurich.

Ronaldo beat fellow finalists Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to the new FIFA honour, the trio having topped a shortlist of 23 global stars.

The triumph adds to the Ballon d'Or crown the 31-year-old picked up last month, which was the fourth of his career.

"Wow, wow, wow – it is incredible," Ronaldo said after being presented with the award by FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

Suarez urges Messi to sign Barcelona renewal

The LaLiga champions announced on Thursday that they have agreed terms with the Uruguay international over a contract extension until 2021 and Suarez hopes Messi will be next to agree a renewal, with the Argentine's existing deal due to expire in 2018.

"My happiness will be complete only if Messi renews his contract as well," Suarez told reporters.

"But my renewal is not a message to Messi. He is old enough to know what is good for him."

Zidane lavishes praise on Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo

Ronaldo earned his fourth Ballon d'Or prize on Monday, and is now targeting a third title at the Club World Cup.

"It is very rare that one player wins so many awards," Zidane said Wednesday. "His fourth Ballon d'Or is a great achievement. It is not something you can easily achieve. Maybe he deserves a fifth Ballon d'Or."

Another trophy would move Ronaldo level with Lionel Messi.

Zidane's Madrid on cusp of setting new unbeaten record

When Zidane replaced Rafa Benitez midway through last season, the inexperienced former midfield standout got off to an auspicious start with a 5-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna.

Eleven months and one Champions League title later, Madrid faces Deportivo again at home on Saturday with the chance of surpassing its longest unbeaten run since the club was founded in 1902.

On Wednesday, Madrid equaled a club record of 34 games without a loss set in 1989 under coach Leo Beenhakker when it drew 2-2 with Borussia Dortmund.

Real Madrid favourite to add Club World Cup title to honours

Madrid has a shot at becoming the first team to win the Champions League, Spanish league, Spain's Copa del Rey, and the Club World Cup in the same season. It leads the Spanish league, is through to the knockout stage of the Champions League, and is alive in the Copa del Rey.

The tournament kicks off on Thursday in Yokohama with newly crowned J-League champion Kashima Antlers facing Oceania champion Auckland City for a chance to advance to the second round.

Barca wins again but Messi falls short of Ronaldo's record

Messi struck his 10th group-stage goal this season, one less than the 11 netted by Ronaldo with Real Madrid last season to set the record.

Arda Turan scored a hat trick for Barcelona, which had already secured first place in Group C. Moenchengladbach finished third and will play in the Europa League next season. All positions had already been decided ahead of Tuesday's final round.