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Transfer Rater: Mesut Ozil to Real Madrid

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

When are 2016 Ballon d'Or and FIFA Best Men's Player awards announced?

Real Madrid and Barcelona have always dominated the Ballon D'or, but who has won more in their history?

The Ballon d'Or and FIFA Best Men's Player awards are now separate. Find out all the information about them below.

When are the award ceremonies?

- The Ballon d'Or award will be announced on Dec. 12, 2016 (8 p.m CET), with a progressive revelation of the list from 17.30 CET on and L'Equipe.

- The FIFA Best Men's Player award, Best Women's Player and FIFA Puskas award (for the best goal of 2016) will be presented at the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony on Jan. 9, 2017...

Cristiano Ronaldo court date likely over tax arrangement - Gestha chief

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses the reports that Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of tax avoidance.

The president of the union at Spain's tax authority says he expects Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo to face charges in court over his financial arrangements, just as Lionel Messi had in the summer.

A group of European media outlets have reported that Portugal captain Ronaldo has directed at least €150 million in income through the British Virgin Islands tax haven since 2009, and that the Spanish tax authorities have been investigating his affairs for 12 months already.

The reports have...

Gelson Martins to stay at Sporting despite Madrid, Barcelona talk - agent

Gelson Martins is attracting links with Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Gelson Martins' agent has told potential suitors that his client will not be leaving Sporting Lisbon next month despite links with Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Marca recently reported that Madrid have been monitoring 21-year-old Portugal winger Martins since he impressed during their Champions League group-stage opener at the Bernabeu on Sept. 15, which the Spanish giants won 2-1.

Barca's international director of sports, Ariedo Braida, also confirmed in October that his club were scouting Martins.


 By Rob Train

Zidane has forged a genuine spirit at Real Madrid by challenging status quo

Despite not creating enough scoring chances in El Clasico, Zinedine Zidane says he's still pleased with his team's showing.
Sergio Ramos headed home a last-gasp equaliser to preserve Real Madrid's six-point advantage in La Liga.

Florentino Perez said recently that appointing Zinedine Zidane was an easy option for the club. "He has an authority with the players because he was a great player himself ... He has that recognition."

As he approaches his one-year anniversary as Real Madrid boss, Zidane has displayed an ability to bring together a squad traditionally riven by warring dressing-room factions. His side have been pulling results out of adversity and have taken their coach to within one game of the club record of 34...