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Real Madrid thrashed at home by Barcelona

Barcelona embarrassed their great rivals. Credit: Reuters

Real Madrid suffered El Clasico humiliation after crumbling to a 4-0 thrashing at home against Barcelona.

Neymar and Andres Iniesta scored goals sandwiched in between a Luis Suarez double that moved the Catalans six points clear of their great rivals.

Following the result, Madrid manager Rafael Benitez's odds of being dismissed during the current campaign dropped to just 10/11, as the home fans waved white handkerchiefs at disgust with what they were witnessing.

Barcelona, for whom Lionel Messi returned from injury as a second half substitute, have now won their last five league matches on the spin and remain strong favourites to win La Liga this season.


Barcelona keen on Nolito signing in January

Barcelona have set their sights on trying to sign Celta Vigo forward Nolito during the winter transfer window.

Nolito remains Barca's top target, with the Blaugrana keen to strengthen their attacking line-up.

The Spain international has been in scintillating form, scoring seven goals and setting up four more in 11 La Liga start for Celta this season.

Nolito has impressed this morning. Credit: PA

When asked about Barca's potential move for Nolito, Blaugrana technical director Robert Fernandez said to Catalan radio station RAC1: "There is a real possibility.

"We have the option to bring in reinforcements in the winter transfer window and we are working towards making some signings.

"We know what Nolito's situation is.

"Nolito is a good player, he is going through a good spell and he is in he national team, which is an important factor."


Barcelona star Lionel Messi cleared over tax fraud case

Prosecutors have dropped their tax fraud case against Lionel Messi. Credit: PA

Spanish prosecutors have cleared Barcelona star Lionel Messi of wrongdoing in a tax fraud case, but have called for the arrest of his father.

The Argentine footballer had been expected to stand trial in relation to unpaid taxes totalling more than €4 million (£3m).

A Spanish judge recently rejected an appeal filed by the player's lawyers to drop the Barcelona star from the case.

Prosecutors are still seeking an 18-month prison sentence for his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, for allegedly defrauding Spain's tax office in unpaid taxes from 2007 to 2009.

In the documents made public on Tuesday, prosecutors also called for a fine of €2 million (£1.5m) for the father of the Argentina playmaker.

Barcelona want Neymar for life

Neymar. Credit: PA

Brazilian forward Neymar will remain at Barcelona "for life" – so wishes the club's technical director Roberto Fernandez.

The 23-year-old underlined his status as one of the best players in his team last season when he scored 43 goals in all competitions as Barcelona won a Primera Division, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble.

Neymar is tied to the European champions until June 2018 and Barca recently expressed their intention to reward the Brazil star with a new deal that would make him the second highest paid player at the club behind Lionel Messi.

"We are currently working on Neymar's contract extension and I don't think there will be any type of problem," Fernandez said, as reported in Marca.

"I have no doubt in my mind that Neymar will spend the rest of his life at Barcelona."

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