Zinedine Zidane launched an impassioned defence of Karim Benzema before Real Madrid's home clash with Eibar, branding the French striker's critics ``a disgrace''.
The long-serving Real forward, now 29, has only scored one LaLiga goal thus far this season, drawing conjecture from the press about his value to the reigning Spanish champions.
But head coach Zidane, who is urging Real to respond well to Tuesday's Champions League draw with Tottenham, threw a supportive arm around his countryman.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says former England striker Gary Lineker's criticism of Karim Benzema is "embarrassing" coming from someone within the game.
After Benzema had missed three relatively simple chances in Tuesday's 1-1 Champions League game against Tottenham at the Bernabeu, ex-Tottenham and Barcelona star Lineker wrote on Twitter that the Madrid striker might be "overrated" and could be seen to be "rescued" by teammate Cristiano Ronaldo's goal-scoring feats.
Meanwhile, reports in...
Beaten finalists Juventus topped the Champions League prize money table in receiving €110.4 million from UEFA last season.
Leicester City edged title-winning Real Madrid for second place in the list that UEFA published on Friday because the English champion banked a bigger share of broadcasting rights money.
British and Italian TV deals were more valuable than the Spanish rights, and were shared between fewer clubs than Spain's five in the competition.
Leicester, eliminated in the quarterfinals,...