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Chiquinho ‘inspired’ by Portuguese contingent after sealing Wolves switch
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Chiquinho ‘inspired’ by Portuguese contingent after sealing Wolves switch

  Wolves have signed Estoril and Portugal Under-21 winger Chiquinho for an initial £3m. The Sporting Lisbon academy product has signed a four-year contract with the Premier League club. And Chiquinho says he was inspired to link up with the massive Portuguese contingent at Molineux. He said: "I'm very excited, but I feel a lot of pressure because it's a big team, it's a big club, but it is more important that I come here and do my best. "It's a big stadium and I feel a lot of fears because it's a big team, but I will do my best for the club and enjoy playing here. "There's a lot of good Portuguese players in Wolves, and I have been inspired by them. I will also take a lot of advice from them, so it's good."
‘The pinnacle of individual achievements’ – Ronaldo reacts to winning FIFA Special Best award
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‘The pinnacle of individual achievements’ – Ronaldo reacts to winning FIFA Special Best award

The Portugal hero was honoured by the governing body after becoming the top scorer in international football Cristiano Ronaldo says it was a "tremendous honour" to win the FIFA Special Best Award on Monday. The Portugal star was handed the trophy in recognition of him becoming the highest-scoring men's player in international football history. Ronaldo broke the record set by former Iran hero Ali Daei in September when he scored his 110th goal for his country. He has since taken his tally up to 115.    
Afcon 2021: Afena-Gyan and Samed out of Ghana’s final squad amid Kudus surprise
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Afcon 2021: Afena-Gyan and Samed out of Ghana’s final squad amid Kudus surprise

The Black Stars have announced their final roster for the upcoming continental championship Roma starlet Felix Afena-Gyan and France-based Salis Abdul Samed have been dropped from Ghana’s final 28-man squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon but Ajax attacker Mohammed Kudus made the cut. Afena-Gyan and Samed are the only two players dropped from the preliminary 30-man roster announced in December. The former’s absence is a result of a request on his part to be excused from international football on the back of his recent rise to prominence. The attacker, who also turned down his first and only previous Ghana call-up for a 2018 World qualifying double-header in November, made his senior debut for Roma in late October, going on to score a sensational double in a 2...
FIFA rankings: Nigeria finish 2021 in 36th position while Belgium, Brazil occupy top 10
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FIFA rankings: Nigeria finish 2021 in 36th position while Belgium, Brazil occupy top 10

Nigeria’s senior national football team has ended the year 2021 as the 36th best team in the world.   The Super Eagles remain unmoved in December’s ranking published by FIFA on Thursday, December 23.   Nigeria amassed a total of 1478.78 points to stay as the fifth-best team on the continent behind Senegal, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.   Nigeria's 2021 AFCON Group D opponent, Pharoahs of Egypt did not change position also as they are in 45th place and sixth on the continent.   While Belgium finished number one in the world, followed by Brazil, France, England, Argentina, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, and the Netherlands, making the top 10.   The next FIFA rankings will be published in February 2022.  
FIFA rankings: Nigeria finish 2021 in 36th position, Belgium, Brazil occupy top 10 [Full list]
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FIFA rankings: Nigeria finish 2021 in 36th position, Belgium, Brazil occupy top 10 [Full list]

Nigeria’s senior national team has ended this year as the 36th best team in the world. The Super Eagles remain unmoved in December’s ranking published by FIFA on Thursday. The three-time African champions amassed a total of 1478.78 points to stay as the fifth-best team on the continent behind Senegal, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. Belgium finished number one in the world, followed by Brazil, France, England, Argentina, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, and the Netherlands, making the top 10. Others that made the list from 11-20 positions are the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, Croatia, Colombia, Uruguay, Sweden, Wales, and Senegal. The likes of Iran, Peru, Serbia, Chile, Ukraine, Japan, Poland, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Austria, Czech Republic, Korea Republic, Russia, ...
UEFA Nations League draw confirmed [Full fixtures
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UEFA Nations League draw confirmed [Full fixtures

The draw for the 2022/2021 UEFA Nations League was conducted on Thursday. England will face Hungary, Germany and European champions Italy. Nations League champions France take on Denmark, Croatia and Austria. Runners-up Spain will play Portugal, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Belgium, the number one ranked side in the world, will take on the Netherlands, Poland and Wales. The latest group stage will be wrapped up before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, while the semis and final for the top-tier League A will be played in June 2023. UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE 2022-23 DRAW Group A1: France, Denmark, Croatia, Austria Group A2: Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Czech Republic Group A3: Italy, Germany, England, Hungary Group A4: Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, Wales Group...
AC Milan move for Lille midfielder Sanches as Arsenal bid emerges
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AC Milan move for Lille midfielder Sanches as Arsenal bid emerges

AC Milan are ready to move for Lille midfielder Renato Sanches in January. The Portugal international is available from the French champions after coming close to leaving last summer. La Gazzetta dello Sport says Arsenal made a €35m offer for Sanches towards the end of last season, but the deal fell through after the midfielder was injured during the Euros. Milan are now making a move with Sanches returning to action. The midfielder is aware of Milan's interest and has let it be known he's open to a move. Sanches' €5.5m salary demands also falls within Milan's budget.  
Ronaldo, Portugal lose automatic 2022 World Cup ticket in shock defeat
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Ronaldo, Portugal lose automatic 2022 World Cup ticket in shock defeat

Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal on Sunday, lost the chance to qualify automatically for the 2020 World Cup. The former European champions gave away a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 to Serbia in a Group A qualifier. Renato Sanchez had opened the scoring for Portugal, but Dusan Tadic equalized in the 33rd minute of the game. Aleksandar Mitrovic then climbed off the bench to grab a 90th-minute winner and complete a remarkable comeback. The victory ensures Serbia takes top spot with 20 points. They have three more points than second-placed Portugal, who only needed a draw to finish on top on goal difference and qualify. Instead, Ronaldo and his team mates will head into the March playoffs with the other group-stage runners-up to try to reach Qatar 2022.
Wolves calm over Barcelona rumours for Trincao
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Wolves calm over Barcelona rumours for Trincao

Wolves are determined to keep hold of on-loan Barcelona winger Francisco Trincao. Express & Star says reports in Portugal and Spain yesterday claimed Barcelona's new boss Xavi Hernandez is keen to take the 21-year-old back to the Camp Nou as he looks to revive the fortunes of the struggling Catalan giants. But it is Wolves who currently hold all the cards. The deal which saw Trincao move to Molineux last summer did not contain a January recall clause, while Wolves have the option to buy the Portugal international next year for a fee of around £25million. That means Barcelona would need to negotiate his return and there is no suggestion at this stage Wolves would entertain such talks. Though he is yet to score in the top flight, he enjoyed perhaps his most impressive outing ...
UCL: Paul Merson makes U-turn over comment on Cristiano Ronaldo
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UCL: Paul Merson makes U-turn over comment on Cristiano Ronaldo

Former Arsenal star, Paul Merson, has made a U-turn on his criticism of Cristiano Ronaldo following the Red Devils’ Champions League 2-2 draw with Atalanta on Tuesday night. Ronaldo’s brace ensured Man United got a point against Atalanta in Italy. The Portugal captain has now scored nine goals in 11 appearances since returning to Man United from Juventus in the summer transfer window. Merson was among those to question Man United’s move for Ronaldo and claimed they instead should have signed Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane. But Merson has made a U-turn, insisting that he is ‘lost for words’ watching Ronaldo continue to perform exceptionally well for Man United at the age of 36. “It has got to be one of the best finishes of all-time; it’s just out of absolutely nothing,” Merso...
Cristiano Ronaldo wants to play in record 6th World Cup in 2026 with Portugal aged 41
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Cristiano Ronaldo wants to play in record 6th World Cup in 2026 with Portugal aged 41

Manchester United and Portugal superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo wants to keep playing for Portugal till the 2026 World Cup when he'll be aged 41. Ronaldo has already had a stellar international career with Portugal, winning Euro 2016, and is the all-time leading international scorer with Portugal. A new report by SunSport claims he is keen to play in the 2026 tournament, being hosted in the US, Canada and Mexico. Ronaldo and rival Lionel Messi are set to play in their fifth World Cup in Qatar next year.They will join German legend Lothar Matthaus and Mexican pair, Rafael Marquez and Antonio Carbajal, who did the same. If Ronaldo achieves the feat of playing in the 2026 world cup, it will add to a long list of records the former Juventus and Real Madrid superstar has broken.  
Planning to stop Ronaldo, advice from Ferdinand and learning from Benitez, Everton defender Godfrey reveals all
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Planning to stop Ronaldo, advice from Ferdinand and learning from Benitez, Everton defender Godfrey reveals all

Everton travel to Old Trafford in the Premier League and the Toffees centre-back is confident they can deal with the Red Devils' threat If the Everton back line manage to keep Cristiano Ronaldo quiet on Saturday it could be down to the influence of a former Manchester United defender. With Ronaldo scoring five goals in his first five games back at Old Trafford, Rafa Benitez’s side will know they have to be on their game to keep the Portugal international at bay but Toffees defender Ben Godfrey has some advice in his back pocket that might help him. The 23-year-old shares the same agency as Rio Ferdinand and the former United centre-back has been on hand with advice to help the Everton man whenever he needs it.
Ronaldo breaks Champions League appearance record after starting against Villarreal
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Ronaldo breaks Champions League appearance record after starting against Villarreal

The 36-year-old equalled the record earlier this month but is now out in front on his own Cristiano Ronaldo reached another milestone in his already glittering career by breaking the all-time Champions League appearance record. The Portugal forward was named in the Manchester United starting line-up for the group stage match against Villarreal at Old Trafford on Wednesday. In doing so he made his 178th appearance in the competition, moving ahead of former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas at the top of the standings.  
Serie A: Buffon explains why Ronaldo left Juventus for Man United
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Serie A: Buffon explains why Ronaldo left Juventus for Man United

Legendary goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, has reacted to the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus. Buffon and Ronaldo were teammates at Juventus and the Italian veteran goalkeeper appreciates why the superstar forward wanted a new challenge. Buffon said that Ronaldo “rightly thinks about himself a lot”, adding that he understands why the legendary forward sought a return to Manchester United. The Portugal captain has faced a lot of criticisms over his decision to depart Italian football after three seasons that failed to deliver Champions League glory. Buffon said he has no issue with an all-time great dictating where and when he does things. Buffon told Radio anch’io Sport: “I don’t think the fans should be surprised. He has the reputation of a great professional who ...
Ronaldo vs Messi: Greatest goalscorer of all time revealed
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Ronaldo vs Messi: Greatest goalscorer of all time revealed

Newly signed Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has been labelled the ‘greatest goalscorer of all time.’ Former England defender, Jason Cundy, hailed Ronaldo after the Portugal captain broke the international record on Wednesday night. Fresh off his Old Trafford return, the former Juventus star delivered a terrific performance in his country’s 2-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland in a World Cup qualifying game on Wednesday. Despite missing a penalty, Ronaldo equalised in the 88th-minute to become the leading international goalscorer in history, then bagged a dramatic winner minutes later. Cundy insisted that the record cements Ronaldo’s place as football’s greatest ever forward. “He is a joke. He defies belief. He’s a freak of nature,” Jason Cundy told the Spor...
Ronaldo breaks all-time men’s international scoring record with brace for Portugal in Republic of Ireland clash
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Ronaldo breaks all-time men’s international scoring record with brace for Portugal in Republic of Ireland clash

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner, who returned to Manchester United from Juventus in the summer transfer window, has made more history for his country Cristiano Ronaldo broke the all-time men's international scoring record by netting Portugal's opener in their World Cup qualifying clash with the Republic of Ireland. Ronaldo showed off his fabled scoring instincts as he netted in the 89th minute to tie the score at 1-1 at Estadio Algarve, making history in the process. He would add a stoppage-time winner for good measure as Portugal defeated the visitors 2-1. The 36-year-old has now scored 111 international goals, becoming the most prolific player to ever grace men's international football.
EPL: ‘He lacks class to manage Man United’ – Ronaldo after facing Mourinho’s 2018 team
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EPL: ‘He lacks class to manage Man United’ – Ronaldo after facing Mourinho’s 2018 team

It has emerged that Cristiano Ronaldo once angrily told his former Real Madrid boss, Jose Mourinho, that he lacks the ability to handle the affairs at Manchester United when he faced the Red Devils in a Champions League encounter at Old Trafford in October, 2018. Manchester United had in December 2018 announced that manager Mourinho had left the club with immediate effect. ESPN reports that Ronaldo was angry with Mourinho’s style of managing the club. ESPN also reports that the Portuguese forward was very unimpressed by Mourinho’s time at the club and took a swipe at the ‘Special One’. The sports site quoted a source as saying that “He walked past and said, ‘Mourinho doesn’t have the class to manage Manchester United.'” This particular comment was taken as a sign of how much...
‘Like a dream’ – De Gea delighted with Ronaldo return for Man Utd
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‘Like a dream’ – De Gea delighted with Ronaldo return for Man Utd

The ex-Juventus star is expected to finalise his move in the coming days and United's players have been reacting to his impending arrival   David de Gea said Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United is "like a dream" as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad prepare to welcome the Portugal international back to the club. Ronaldo is expected to be officially confirmed as a United player in the coming days after the final paperwork is sorted, and he’ll then head off on international duty before joining up with his team-mates at their Carrington training base. The transfer came out of the blue on Friday afternoon after Ronaldo departed Juventus, and the United dressing room can’t wait for him to arrive.
Piers Morgan names person who convinced Ronaldo to return to Man United
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Piers Morgan names person who convinced Ronaldo to return to Man United

Ace broadcaster Piers Morgan has revealed that it was actually Sir Alex Ferguson that convinced Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Old Trafford. As of yesterday the 36-year-old Portugal international was heading to the blue half of Manchester. However, there was a sudden development on Friday and the Portuguese now finds himself back at Old Trafford where he once spent six successful years. Morgan, who had an exclusive one-on-one interview with Ronaldo last year said that his return to the Red Devils did not shock him. The 56-year-old tweeted: “Not surprised that [Ronaldo] is returning to United after speaking to Sir Alex Ferguson. “When I interviewed him, his respect & admiration for ‘The Boss’ was off the charts. “He’s been like a second father to him, especially since ...
Ex-Chelsea star reveals why Guardiola dumped Cristiano Ronaldo deal
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Ex-Chelsea star reveals why Guardiola dumped Cristiano Ronaldo deal

Former Chelsea star Frank Leboeuf has suggested why Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, ended talks to sign Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo. Until Friday afternoon, Manchester City were in pole position to acquire the services of the Portugal international from Juventus. Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri had announced on Friday that Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving the Italian giants. Frank told ESPN that Ronaldo’s age and also being a Real Madrid legend, must have discouraged Guardiola from.going ahead with the deal. ‘My question mark is more tactically. I’m surprised Guardiola would want a player of this age and also a former player from Real Madrid. “But also he just signed Grealish. I think Ronaldo loves to go to the space on the left even if he can play as a stri...
‘It’s not business for the future’ – Liverpool boss Klopp takes aim over Ronaldo’s potential transfer
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‘It’s not business for the future’ – Liverpool boss Klopp takes aim over Ronaldo’s potential transfer

The Reds manager is watching with interest as the Portugal legend edges ever closer to a dramatic Premier League return Jurgen Klopp has had his say on Cristiano Ronaldo’s potential move, insisting it will not affect Liverpool’s chances of success this season. Ronaldo, 36, is edging closer to a dramatic return to the Premier League, having informed his current club, Juventus, of his desire to leave this week. City appeared to be favourites to land the Portugal legend, having failed in their summer-long efforts to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham, but that deal has now collapsed.  
Joe Cole lists Man City’s benefits in signing Cristiano Ronaldo
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Joe Cole lists Man City’s benefits in signing Cristiano Ronaldo

Former Chelsea winger, Joe Cole, has said that Cristiano Ronaldo is a better signing for Manchester City than Tottenham star, Harry Kane. Joe Cole pointed out that Ronaldo scored more goals than even Romelu Lukaku in the Serie A last season. He added that he cannot wait to see the Portugal superstar return to English football. “I’d love to see Ronaldo back in the Premier League, I’d love to see him back, what a player,” Cole told talkSPORT “I backed Chelsea for the title and I said the only way I’d stick asterisks on that is if Harry Kane went to Man City – but I think Ronaldo is an even better option for them. “Financially, commercially and most importantly you’ve got to remember he outscored Romelu Lukau in Serie A last year – he’s not a normal 36 years old! “I think he...
Cristiano Ronaldo in swap deal to Premier League side
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Cristiano Ronaldo in swap deal to Premier League side

Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo is currently trying to force Manchester City move with his agent, Jorge Mendes working on a potential swap deal, according to L’Equipe. The Portugal captain is said to be eager to force his way out of the Italian giant despite the club insisting that the 36-year-old has not asked to leave. Ronaldo, who has played for Manchester United, is currently in the final year of his contract with Juventus and has been persistently linked with a move away from Turin this summer. L’Equipe is reporting that the player is trying to engineer a return to the Premier League. The report stresses any deal will be very complicated and will hinge on whether City sign Harry Kane from Tottenham. But should the Premier League champions miss out on the England i...
Cristiano is a perfectionist’ – Carvalho explains why Ronaldo & Mbappe are so successful
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Cristiano is a perfectionist’ – Carvalho explains why Ronaldo & Mbappe are so successful

The former Portugal international defender played with an all-time great for his country and with a World Cup winner at Monaco Ricardo Carvalho has lifted the lid on why Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe have reached the very top of the game and maintained remarkable standards that few can hope to match. The former Portugal international defender spent many years playing with five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo, savouring Euro 2016 glory along the way, as well as spending three seasons together at Real Madrid. Carvalho has seen Ronaldo at the peak of his career, with there no sign of the 36-year-old icon allowing his powers to wane any time soon, and is not surprised to have seen the modern-day great retain a standing at the pinnacle of his profession.
“The 1917 visitation by a sprit purporting to be Mary actually happened” Reno Omokri says after doing research on the apparition at Fatima
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“The 1917 visitation by a sprit purporting to be Mary actually happened” Reno Omokri says after doing research on the apparition at Fatima

Reno Omokri has said that the 1917 apparition in Fatima, Portugal, actually happened. Reno, who was born to Catholic parents and attended Catholic Church as a child, said his Catholic upbringing "sparked a lifelong desire to investigate the Fatima sighting of Mary" and he did so in 2019. When followers asked what his findings uncovered, Reno wrote: "No matter what you think about Catholics, the 1917 visitation by a spirit being purporting to be Mary actually happened." He added: "There were just too many witnesses. Now, whether that being was actually Mary or not, is what I don't know. " Speaking on spirits, he said: "What I know is that scripture warns us of the possibility of other spirit beings passing themselves off as others." He continued: "But on the question ...
Michael Ballack’s son Emilio, killed in quad bike crash
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Michael Ballack’s son Emilio, killed in quad bike crash

  Emilio Ballack, the teenage son of former Germany and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack, has died after being crushed by a quad-bike near the family's holiday home in Portugal, according to reports. The 18-year-old was involved in the accident in the early hours of Thursday morning, where firefighters tried to rescue Emilio near the Villas do Mar estate. According to Portuguese TV channel TVI24, the tragedy happened in Troia, a peninsular off the coast of Setubal just south of Lisbon, close to the house of Ballack, who retired as a professional footballer in 2012. The quad-bike was designed to be used on public roads. Emilio is one of three children of Germany legend Ballack, who married long-term girlfriend Simone Lambe in 2008 before the couple divorced four years lat...
Ballon d’ Or: Countries with Most Awards in History emerge
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Ballon d’ Or: Countries with Most Awards in History emerge

Ahead of the 2021 Ballon d’ Or award later this year, below are countries with the most awards in history. Countries like Germany, Argentina and Portugal are just some of the nations which have produced some of the most winners of the Ballon d’ Or. Germany is one of only three countries to have won an incredible seven Ballon d’Or awards, according to GiveMeSport. However, Italy’s Jorginho, Argentina’s Lionel Messi are expected to rival each other for the 2021 Ballon d’ Or following their impressive displays for both club and country. Below are countries with most Ballon d’ Or in history; Germany – Franz Beckenbauer (1972, 1976), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (1980, 1981), Gerd Muller (1970), Lothar Matthaus (1990) and Matthias Sammer (1996) Netherlands – Johan Cruyff (1971, 1973,...
Ronaldo Makes Final decision that’ll see him leave Juventus for free
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Ronaldo Makes Final decision that’ll see him leave Juventus for free

  Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has reached a final decision on his future at the club that will see him leave the Serie A giants for free after entering the final 12 months of his deal with the Old Lady. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Ronaldo would leave Juventus for free next summer with no terms agreed for an extension. Juventus are expected to push for a new deal over the next 12 months, but the Portugal captain is also keen to return to Sporting Lisbon, where he started his senior career. Ronaldo has been heavily linked with returns to Real Madrid and Manchester United over the past 12 months. The 36-year-old was the top scorer in Serie A last season with 29 goals in 33 games. Meanwhile, Juventus Sporting director, Federico Cherubini, is adaman...
Ronaldo wins Euro 2020 Golden Boot on tie-breaker over Schick
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Ronaldo wins Euro 2020 Golden Boot on tie-breaker over Schick

The Portugal forward scored five goals in just four tournament matches Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Euro 2020 Golden Boot as no one on England or Italy duty managed to surpass his tally in the final on Sunday. The Portugal forward tallied five goals in the competition - the same as Czech Republic attacker Patrik Schick - and won via the tie-breaker of assists. Three of his goals came from the penalty spot, while the other two came from open play against Hungary and Germany. Despite Ronaldo's output, Portugal were eliminated in the last 16 through a 1-0 loss to Belgium.
Arsenal complete £7m signing of Nuno Tavares from Benfica
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Arsenal complete £7m signing of Nuno Tavares from Benfica

The 21-year-old defender becomes the Gunners' first signing of the summer Arsenal have signed Portugal Under-21 full-back Nuno Tavares from Benfica for £7m ($9.7m). The 21-year-old, a graduate of Benfica's youth system, has signed a long-term deal to become the Gunners' first signing of the summer. He is currently in quarantine to comply with UK government coronavirus regulations for international travellers, but is expected to link up with his new team-mates for their pre-season training camp in Scotland next week.
Euro 2020: Ronaldo, Schick tied in race for Golden Boot ahead of semi-final ties
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Euro 2020: Ronaldo, Schick tied in race for Golden Boot ahead of semi-final ties

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) and Patrik Schick (Czech Republic) are tied in the race to finish in top scorer at the ongoing European Championship. With both of their countries out, there is every chance that they could be overtaken, particularly in the England-Denmark semi-final match. Ronaldo and Schick both have five goals apiece. Romelu Lukaku’s Belgium, Karim Benzema of France and Emil Forsberg’s Sweden, who have all been eliminated too, all have four. England duo Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane have three each, the same with Denmark’s Kasper Dolberg, while there are nine players left on two goals. Four of those – Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne, Manuel Locatelli and Matteo Pessina – come from Italy and will go up against Spain’s Alvaro Morata, Ferran Torres and Pablo Sa...
Ronaldo’s 50th international goal: An oral history by Fatau Dauda
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Ronaldo’s 50th international goal: An oral history by Fatau Dauda

Cristiano Ronaldo’s European Championships may have ended prematurely as Portugal were defeated by Belgium in the Round of 16, but CR7 will always remember this tournament as the competition in which he equalled the record for men’s international goalscoring. Previously, the record was held by Ali Daei of Iran, who registered 109 goals for the Asian heavyweights between 1993 and 2006. Ronaldo matched that tally, albeit in 178 international outings to Daei’s 149, when he netted twice against France in Portugal’s final group game.  
‘We’ll have a look now’ – Gosens flattered by Barcelona transfer links
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‘We’ll have a look now’ – Gosens flattered by Barcelona transfer links

The left-back is willing to discuss a move this summer now that Germany have been knocked out of Euro 2020 Robin Gosens has suggested he is open to joining Barcelona after his impressive Euro 2020 performances with Germany. The Atalanta full-back became one of his country's heroes with a goal and two assists as they survived a group consisting of France, Portugal and Hungary. Barcelona are reportedly interested in signing him this summer and the 26-year-old says he will discuss his future with his dad, who is also his agent, now that Germany have been eliminated from the Euros.
‘Pogba had been player of the tournament’ – Man Utd star lit up Euro 2020 before France crashed out, says Rooney
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‘Pogba had been player of the tournament’ – Man Utd star lit up Euro 2020 before France crashed out, says Rooney

The midfielder could not add to his international haul after the World Cup winners were knocked out in the last 16, despite some electric performances Paul Pogba was the star of Euro 2020 before France were eliminated, says Wayne Rooney, who hopes that the midfielder can replicate his international form at Manchester United. Pogba was one of the most consistent performers for Didier Deschamps' side as they topped Group F against rivals Portugal and Germany in the tournament's early stages. But the World Cup holders were handed a shock exit in the last 16 by neighbours Switzerland in a dramatic penalty shootout finale, to leave Pogba high and dry - a departure that came far too soon for what Rooney considered a player of the tournament contender
Liverpool and Arsenal chasing deal for Lille midfielder Renato Sanches
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Liverpool and Arsenal chasing deal for Lille midfielder Renato Sanches

Liverpool and Arsenal are chasing a deal for Lille midfielder Renato Sanches. Onze Mundial says both Premier League giants are showing a “particular" interest in Sanches. The report goes on to say that both Liverpool and Arsenal are admirers of Sanches, and could make a move to sign the 23-year-old this summer. Sanches moved to Lille from Bayern Munich in 2019 in a 20m euro deal, and has impressed several clubs with his performances helping win the Ligue 1 title with the French club. He was part of Portugal's Euro 2020 squad and has previous Premier League experience with Swansea City.
Euro 2020: Why France and Germany’s elimination offers hope to ‘small’ nations – Kenya’s Mwendwa
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Euro 2020: Why France and Germany’s elimination offers hope to ‘small’ nations – Kenya’s Mwendwa

Kenya's FA official claims the surprising results against the traditional big teams show that football is a game for everyone Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa has claimed the elimination of some traditional 'big' teams from the European Championship provides hope to other countries. Mwendwa stated the surprise that came with the elimination of France, Portugal and Germany mean that even countries that are often viewed as outsiders in major tournaments can draw hope from those results. "Euro has shown why football is for every nation. You have seen how big teams have been eliminated and that means football is no longer a game for the elite nations. France, Portugal and Germany have all been eliminated and how many thought that was even possible?" Mwendwa told Standard...
Cristiano Ronaldo set to decide on his Juventus future after Portugal’s Euro 2020 exit with PSG and Man United’ in the race for his Signature
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Cristiano Ronaldo set to decide on his Juventus future after Portugal’s Euro 2020 exit with PSG and Man United’ in the race for his Signature

Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo is said to be set to make a decision on his future after his Portugal side were eliminated by Belgium in the round of 16. The 36-year-old Portuguese striker came under scrutiny last season after his club almost missed out on Champions League qualification. But that didn’t stop CR7 from topping the Serie A goalscoring charts with 29 goals in 33 appearances, as well as helping his team win both the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana. With the Italian club waiting for him to make a decision on his future, both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are interested in his signature. According to Italian news outlet Tuttosport, Ronaldo will tell Juventus his intentions this week, given he is in the final year of his deal, while PSG and Manche...
Arsenal in talks with Benfica over £7m Tavares
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Arsenal in talks with Benfica over £7m Tavares

The Gunners are hopeful of striking a deal to land the 21-year-old left-back Arsenal are in talks with Benfica over defender Nuno Tavares. Goal has been told that discussions for the left-back are ongoing, with sources in both Portugal and England confirming Arsenal's interest in the player. The 21-year-old made 19 appearances in all competitions for Benfica last season and is being viewed as back-up for Kieran Tierney, who signed a new long-term contract last week.
Belgium vs Italy: Roberto Martinez Gives Injury Update on De Bruyne, Hazard
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Belgium vs Italy: Roberto Martinez Gives Injury Update on De Bruyne, Hazard

Belgium coach, Roberto Martinez, has provided the latest injury update on Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard ahead of his side’s Euro 2020 quarter-final tie against Italy on Friday. Both De Bruyne and Hazard sustained injuries during Belgium’s 1-0 win over Portugal in the round of 16 encounter on Sunday night. Belgium eliminated Portugal from the European Championship in Seville, following a first-half belter from Thorgan Hazard. Providing an update on both players, Martinez said that De Bruyne sustained an ankle injury, while Hazard picked up a muscle injury. “It’s too early to say how they [De Bruyne and Hazard] are doing,” Martinez said at his post-match press conference. “With Kevin, it’s the ankle – he couldn’t really turn in the second half. With Eden, it is the muscl...
Cristiano Ronaldo Told Thibaut Courtois Belgium Were ‘Lucky’ At Full-Time Of Euro 2020 Fixture
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Cristiano Ronaldo Told Thibaut Courtois Belgium Were ‘Lucky’ At Full-Time Of Euro 2020 Fixture

  Cristiano Ronaldo told Thibaut Courtois that his Belgium side were lucky to emerge victorious in their 1-0 Euro 2020 round of 16 win over Portugal on Sunday night. A first-half screamer from Borussia Dortmund winger Thorgan Hazard proved to be the only goal of the game in Seville and set up a quarter-final showdown with Italy. Euro 2016 winners Portugal piled on the pressure in the second half but were wasteful in front of goal and could not find the equaliser. And at full-time, cameras picked up a frustrated Ronaldo having a conversation with Courtois. In footage posted by the official Euro 2020 twitter account, Ronaldo told the Real Madrid goalkeeper that Belgium were "lucky" and that "[the ball] didn't want to go in today!" before wishing Courtois "good luck" for t...
Hazard Stunner as Belgium Eliminate Holders Portugal
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Hazard Stunner as Belgium Eliminate Holders Portugal

A stunning strike from Thorgan Hazard gave Belgium a 1-0 win over holders Portugal to set up a Euro 2020 quarter-final against Italy. In a sometimes cagey and ill-tempered encounter in Seville, the younger of the two Hazard brothers in Belgium's starting line-up provided the game's only real moment of quality when he unleashed a swerving, long-range effort which flew past Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio late in the first half. Portugal had the better chances before that, with Diogo Jota firing wastefully wide and Euro 2020 top-scorer Cristiano Ronaldo forcing a diving save from Thibaut Courtois with a well-struck free-kick. But despite the introductions of Bruno Fernandes and Joao Felix in the second half, Fernando Santos' side were unable to muster an equaliser, with Raphael...
‘We’re f*cking strong, it’s amazing!’ – Desailly gushes over France squad
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‘We’re f*cking strong, it’s amazing!’ – Desailly gushes over France squad

The former star believes the current team can go one better than his generation by winning Euro 2020 and another World Cup title Marcel Desailly believes the France team cannot get any stronger than they currently are. Didier Deschamps' team are the favourites to win Euro 2020 to add to the World Cup title they claimed three years ago. Les Bleus finished top of Group F with five points from games against Germany, Portugal and Hungary and former star Desailly is confident following their recent performances.  
Euros last-16 fixtures revealed: England to face Germany, Belgium vs Portugal
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Euros last-16 fixtures revealed: England to face Germany, Belgium vs Portugal

The Euro 2020 knockout stages are set, with the first of the last-16 games starting on Saturday. The group stages games were concluded on Wednesday after Portugal played 2 - 2 with France, while Germany also played 2 - 2 with Hungary. who were sent home from the tournament after finishing fourth in Group F. For the last-16, England will face Germany in a huge clash at Wembley, while current champions Portugal will take on Belgium,   See the Euro 2020 last-16 knockout fixtures.   Saturday June 26 5pm: Wales vs Denmark, Amsterdam 8pm: Italy vs Austria, Wembley Sunday June 27 5pm: Netherlands vs Czech Republic, Budapest 8pm: Belgium vs Portugal, Seville Monday June 28 5pm: Croatia vs Spain, Copenhagen 8pm: France vs Switzerland, Bucharest ...
France vs Portugal: Four star Players to Watch Out for
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France vs Portugal: Four star Players to Watch Out for

France will tonight tackle Portugal in their final Group F fixture at the Ferenc Puskás Stadium in Hungary. Didier Deschamps’s men currently top Group F with 4 points from two games, while Germany is in the second position with 3 points, followed by Portugal with 3 points and Hungary with 1 point. The Les Bleus are through to the next round and will finish first if they beat Portugal or if they draw and Germany does not beat Hungary. If France loses and Hungary wins, second place will be decided on the overall goal difference. Portugal, on the other hand, will go through if they avoid defeat against France. Fernando Santos’s men will go through to the next round if they avoid defeat against France. Portugal will finish first if they beat France and Germany do not beat...
England would be ‘massive underdogs’ if they face France in Euros last 16 but have 50-50 chance against Germany or Portugal, says Neville
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England would be ‘massive underdogs’ if they face France in Euros last 16 but have 50-50 chance against Germany or Portugal, says Neville

The former Three Lions defender says it will take "something really special and spectacular" for Gareth Southgate's side to reach the last eight England would be "massive underdogs' if they face France in the last 16 of the European Championship, but would have a 50-50 chance against Germany or Portugal, according to Gary Neville. The Three Lions progressed to the Euro 2020 knockout stage as Group D winners after beating the Czech Republic 1-0 at Wembley on Tuesday night, with Raheem Sterling heading home the decisive goal after just 12 minutes. Gareth Southgate's men finished the pool with seven points and three clean sheets to their name, but will face a far tougher test in the next round, and Neville has warned that they will need to raise their game in order to get any further i...
Fernandes has ghosted for Portugal at Euro 2020 – Mourinho
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Fernandes has ghosted for Portugal at Euro 2020 – Mourinho

The midfielder has been accused of not showing up for his country amid a difficult start to the tournament Jose Mourinho has claimed Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes has ghosted at Euro 2020, taking up space on the pitch but "not playing". The Roma manager said Fernandes has "incredible potential" but isn't showing the same abilities he usually offers at club level with Manchester United. Still, Mourinho expressed hope that the player would turn up on Wednesday against France in Portugal's final group stage match.  
England top group as Sterling header sees off Czechs
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England top group as Sterling header sees off Czechs

Raheem Sterling was England's Wembley match-winner once again as his early header earned a 1-0 victory over Czech Republic, sealing top spot in Group D and setting up a last-16 tie next Tuesday with the runners-up of the pool containing France, Germany, Portugal and Hungary. Local lad Sterling (12) made the difference against Croatia in England's opening match of Euro 2020 and he doubled his tally for the tournament with a close-range header from Jack Grealish's excellent cross, after earlier hitting the post inside two minutes. England were without Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell, who had been forced to isolate after Scotland's Billy Gilmour tested positive for coronavirus, but played with an attacking freedom in the first half which had been missing from their first two group game...
Euro 2020: Kroos Reveals conversation with Cristiano Ronaldo after Portugal’s defeat
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Euro 2020: Kroos Reveals conversation with Cristiano Ronaldo after Portugal’s defeat

Germany midfielder, Toni Kroos has wished Cristiano Ronaldo all the best after his country defeated Portugal 4-2 at the Euro 2020 over the weekend. Kroos also said he asked Ronaldo how he was doing in Italy. The 31-year-old and Ronaldo were teammates at Real Madrid for four seasons before the forward left Santiago Bernabeu for Juventus. Recall that Ronaldo’s first-half goal was not enough as Germany defeated Portugal at Allianz Arena on Saturday, thanks to goals from Ruben Dias (OG), Raphael Guerreiro (OG), Kai Havertz and Robin Gosens. “I played with him [Ronaldo] for four seasons,” Kroos told the Einfach mal Luppen podcast. “We were neighbours in the dressing room, so of course, I was glad to see him again. “We spoke briefly about the game [Portugal vs Germany], of ...
France vs Portugal: Griezmann pays tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo
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France vs Portugal: Griezmann pays tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo

France forward, Antoine Griezmann, has paid tribute to Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, ahead of both sides’ final Group F game at Euro 2020 on Wednesday. Griezmann said Ronaldo is a “source of inspiration for everyone”, adding that the Juventus forward is a complete player. Both France and Portugal played on Saturday but fell short of the results they wanted. France drew 1-1 with Hungary in Budapest, while Portugal lost 4-2 against Germany. “He [Ronaldo] is a source of inspiration for everyone,” Griezmann told a pre-match press news conference. “It is extraordinary what he is doing at 36 years old. He and Messi, there will be no one like them, we are lucky to meet them on the field. “He is a complete player, an example for all young and old, he can show the way f...
Euro 2020: France suffer major injury blow ahead of Portugal clash
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Euro 2020: France suffer major injury blow ahead of Portugal clash

France have suffered a major injury blow ahead of their Euro 2020 clash with Portugal on Wednesday. France forward, Ousmane Dembélé, limped off with an injury during France’s frustrating 1-1 draw with Hungary at Euro 2020 on Saturday in Budapest. The Les Bleus were left stunned by Hungary and was forced to settle for a draw after Antione Griezmann cancelled out Atilla Fiola’s first-half goal. But, the draw wasn’t the only blow for the World champions, who lost Dembélé to injury despite the Barcelona star only coming on as a substitute. Dembélé came off the bench in the 57th minute during the encounter, replacing Adrien Rabiot as Didier Deschamps’s men searched for an equaliser at the time. But the 24-year-old had to be brought off with three minutes to go for Atletico Madrid...

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