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Real Madrid boss Santi Solari plays down supporters' whistles and boos

Karim Benzema's goal in the 13th minute was all Real Madrid needed to put away Rayo Vallecano at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and secure three points.

Real Madrid coach Santi Solari proclaimed himself very satisfied with his team's performance and form despite whistles from a frustrated Bernabeu crowd and anger from local media after Saturday's uninspiring 1-0 La Liga win at home to Rayo Vallecano.

Karim Benzema's well-taken early strike was enough for the three points versus a Rayo team struggling against relegation, with Madrid having just four shots on target all game, and Blancos goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois making a double save in added time...

Barcelona's Dembele, Coutinho dilemma an 'advantage' - Valverde

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop reveals his latest power rankings which see Barcelona edge Liverpool for the pole position.
Shaka Hislop's take on Ousmane Dembele is that his reliance on and preference for his childhood friends is part of the culture growing up in a disadvantaged neighborhood.
Alejandro Moreno and Alexis Nunes take a look at this weekend's upcoming fixtures in La Liga.
Through the Barca Foundation, FC Barcelona are changing the rules to make sure no child gets left offside.

Ernesto Valverde said it's not a problem finding room for both Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho as he finds ways to fit Barcelona's two most expensive signings into the same side.

The two were both regulars at the start of the season, but Valverde has preferred to use either one or the other since bringing midfielder Arthur Melo into the team against Tottenham in October.

Dembele was initially the player to drop out of the side, but it was Coutinho who lost his place for last week's derby win...

Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi Ballon d'Or absence criticised by winner Luka Modric

From the "Most Time Spent Horizontal" to "Nutritionist of the Year," the Exploding Heads present their quirky alternative Ballon d'Or awards.
Some people don't consider the Ballon d'Or a big deal, but Sid Lowe explains why Luka Modric winning the prize will resonate in Spain.
Croatia captain and Real Madrid star Luka Modric has been named the Best FIFA Men's Player in 2018 after winning the Golden Ball award at the World Cup.
The ESPN FC crew assess Luka Modric's credentials after he claimed The Best FIFA Men's Player award over Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has hit out at players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for not attending award ceremonies when they are not going to win.

Modric, who led Real to their third consecutive Champions League and reached the World Cup final with Croatia in the summer, ended the decade-long Ronaldo-Messi stranglehold on the Ballon d'Or when he won it earlier this month.

But Modric (also the No.1 central midfielder in the ESPN FC 100) was not happy that neither Ronaldo nor...