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Five reasons Real Madrid have fallen into crisis


Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid have fallen into crisis

Real Madrid’s 1-0 defeat by Villarreal in La Liga on Saturday was greeted by boos and jeers from the Santiago Bernabeu and plunged the Spanish champions further into crisis.

They are 19 points behind unbeaten leaders Barcelona at the halfway point of the season, fourth in the table and without a hope of defending their league title.

Here are five reasons why last season’s double winners have collapsed.

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Neymar's PSG move a backwards step:ex-Brazil star Ronaldo


Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain, PSG

According to ex-Brazil star Ronaldo, Neymar's world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona was a step backwards in his career.

"He's at PSG now, but sports-wise, this decision he's taken is a step backwards," the 2002 World Player of the Year said in an interview with former international Zico's youtube channel.

"He was at Barcelona and he left for PSG. I played at Barca, but I left for Inter Milan when the Italian league was a lot more competitive."

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Reunions and introductions for Coutinho at Barcelona


Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho met his new Barcelona team-mates for the first time on Tuesday following the completion of his 160 million-euro ($192 million) move to the Camp Nou.

"WELCOME my friend @Phil_Coutinho how nice is to share team with you again," wrote Luis Suarez in English on Twitter alongside a photo of the two together at Barcelona's Sant-Joan Despi training ground.

The duo were photographed smiling with their thumbs up in Barca training kit.

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Gareth Bale scores double but champions held:Celta Vigo 2-2 Real Madrid


Celta Vigo 2-2 Real Madrid, Gareth Bale scores double

Gareth Bale scored twice but Real Marid fell further behind runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona after Maxi Gomez scored late on to claim a 2-2 draw for Celta Vigo.

Bale's first-half double looked to have sealed the points for Real at the Balaidos when he struck twice in two minutes to cancel out Daniel Wass's sublime lob, and Celta's luck looked to be out when Keylor Navas saved Iago Aspas's second-half penalty.

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Gerard Pique keen on Pep Guardiola reunion in Champions League final


Gerard Pique keen on Pep Guardiola reunion in Champions League final

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says his former boss Pep Guardiola is achieving “amazing” things at Manchester City and would like the two sides to meet in the Champions League final.

Guardiola, who won 14 titles in four seasons at Barcelona, has led City on a 15-game Premier League winning streak and opened up an 11-point gap at the top, as well as reaching the Champions League last 16 as group winners.

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Protesters rally against Catalan independence in Barcelona


Protesters rally against Catalan independence in Barcelona

Catalans calling themselves a "silent majority" opposed to leaving Spain broke their silence after a week of mounting anxiety over the country's worst political crisis in a generation.

The crowd waved both Spanish and Catalan flags and chanted "Viva Espana! Viva Catalonia!" as they made their way through the streets of Barcelona under a clear blue sky.

"We have perhaps been silent too long," Alejandro Marcos, 44, told AFP.

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People March Against Catalonia's Independence Vote in Barcelona


People March Against Catalonia

Opponents of Catalonia's strive for sovereignty, underscored by a referendum on October 1, have taken to the streets of Barcelona.

A week ago more than 90 percent of voters cast their ballots in favor of proclaiming independence from Spain. Madrid has rejected the legitimacy of the plebiscite. Spanish King Felipe VI has described the referendum as "illegal and undemocratic," which "could have put at risk the economy of Catalonia and even of Spain."

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Total of 844 People Wounded in Clashes With Police in Catalonia


Total of 844 People Wounded in Clashes With Police in Catalonia

The Health Ministry reports that 844 people were injured in clashes with police in Catalonia.

The number of injured in clashes with police during the referendum on Catalonia's independence from Spain has climbed to 844 people, according to the region's Health Ministry.

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Violence erupts as Catalans vote on split from Spain: video,pic


Violence erupts as Catalans vote

Spanish riot police burst into polling stations across Catalonia on Sunday, seizing ballot boxes and voting papers to prevent a banned referendum on a split from Spain in a show of force aimed at asserting Madrid’s authority over the rebel region.

Police hit people with batons, fired rubber bullets into crowds and forcibly removed would-be voters from polling stations in actions that were condemned internationally but described by the government as “proportionate”.

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Barcelona Attack : Spanish Police Track Down, Shoot Dead Barcelona Attacker


Barcelona Attack

Spanish police on Monday shot dead an Islamist terrorist who killed 13 people with a van in Barcelona last week, ending a five-day manhunt for the perpetrator of Spain's deadliest attack in over a decade.

Police said they tracked 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub to a rural area near Barcelona and shot him after he held up what looked like an explosives belt and shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest). The bomb squad used a robot to approach his body.

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