Real Madrid's £100m wonder Gareth Bale has praised the standard of football in Spain compared with England's long-ball game
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Gareth Bale is struggling with a leg injury and will sit out Real Madrid's Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg with Espanyol on Tuesday night, coach Carlo Ancelotti has announced.
– Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti
He doesn't have a problem with his genitals, Bale.
He tried to train but had discomfort in his left leg. We prefer that he recovers and he will not play tomorrow.
Newly crowned Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo proved why he's special on Saturday with this stunning strike at Real Betis.
The 5-0 victory also saw Gareth Bale get on the scoreboard and lifted Madrid level on points with Barcelona and Atletico.
Man United target Fabio Coentrao was shown a second yellow card in the 85th minute of a rare start for Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey tonight.
Cristiano Ronaldo was again on target as Madrid recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory at Osasuna to progress into the quarter-finals.
It could prove to be a disappointing final game in Madrid colours for Coentrao, who is heavily linked with a January move to Old Trafford.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez hailed Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portugal superstar won the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or, saying "justice has been done."
He said on his club's website: "Justice has been done because he's the best player in the world.
"He's an example to everyone.
"We Real Madrid fans are very happy and it's a special day for us all. When the best player is chosen once a year, it's an honour to have him in our team.
"I don't want to exaggerate, but this is not just about the Ballon d'Or but also about the recognition for a leader in football who always want to achieve more."