Spain's La Liga is the last of Europe's top leagues still to be decided. Taking the honors will be either Lionel Messi's Barcelona or Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid. Barça can take its sixth title in eight years, but Real trails by only one point.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the best male player of 2017, beating Lionel Messi to the top spot. Other notable winners were Zinedine Zidane, as coach of the year, and Lieke Martens, winner of the top female prize.
European Union leaders have declined to help mediate in the crisis over Catalonia, saying it was for Madrid and Barcelona to resolve. A Spanish cabinet meeting to decide on measures, and rallies in Barcelona come next.
Around 200,000 people rallied in Barcelona calling for two pro-independence leaders to be released from jail. A court in Madrid said they implemented a "complex strategy" to push Catalonia towards independence.
Madrid and Barcelona have hardened their stances ahead of a deadline to retract Catalonia's independence bid. PM Mariano Rajoy has threatened direct rule, but Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said he wouldn't back down.
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