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Real to play Al Jazira in Club World Cup semis

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Abu Dhabi (AFP) – Al Jazira set up a Club World Cup semi-final against Real Madrid after an Ali Mabkhout goal saw the Emiratis past Japan’s Urawa Reds 1-0 on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real will take on the local side on Wednesday.

The other semi-final, on Tuesday, will pitch Pachuca from Mexico against Copa Libertadores winners Gremio of Brazil.

Portugal producing the world’s best footballers on grass, sand, concrete

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Madrid (AFP) – Portugal’s favourite son Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to collect a record-equalling fifth Ballon d’Or on Thursday, but the Real Madrid star is not the only Portuguese footballer to be crowned the best in the world.

The lesser known Ricardinho and Madjer have dominated their respective disciplines of futsal, an indoor five-a-side version of football, and beach soccer thanks to the same mixture of talent and dedication that has made Ronaldo a worldwide phenomenon.

Messi’s Argentina on collision course with Spain

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Moscow (AFP) – Lionel Messi’s quest to deliver World Cup glory for Argentina could pit the two-time champions against a handful of familiar faces in a potential quarter-final showdown with Spain.

But neither 2010 World Cup winners Spain, who finished above Italy in qualifying, nor Argentina, indebted to a Messi hat-trick in the thin air of Quito as they scraped through the South American section, will have it easy in the group stage in Russia.

Messi’s Argentina on collision course with Spain

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Moscow (AFP) – Lionel Messi’s quest to deliver World Cup glory for Argentina could pit the two-time champions against a handful of familiar faces in a potential quarter-final showdown with Spain.

But neither 2010 World Cup winners Spain, who finished above Italy in qualifying, nor Argentina, indebted to a Messi hat-trick in the thin air of Quito as they scraped through the South American section, will have it easy in the group stage in Russia.

World Cup draw throws up Spain, Portugal showdown

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Moscow (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will come up against Spain in the standout fixture of the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, while England were handed an encounter with a dangerous Belgium side in Friday’s draw.

Spain, the 2010 World Cup winners, have been revitalised under Julen Lopetegui after underperforming in recent years and were seen as the team to avoid after missing out on a place among the top seeds.

World Cup draw throws up Spain, Portugal showdown

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Moscow (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will come up against Spain in the standout fixture of the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, while England were handed an encounter with a dangerous Belgium side in Friday’s draw.

Spain, the 2010 World Cup winners, have been revitalised under Julen Lopetegui after underperforming in recent years and were seen as the team to avoid after missing out on a place among the top seeds.

Spain and Portugal thrown together in 2018 World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – The 2010 World Cup winners Spain were placed in the same group as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, while England will face a talented Belgium side.

Spain’s clash with reigning European champions Portugal in Sochi on June 15 was an early highlight thrown up by the glitzy draw in the Kremlin.

Spain and Portugal thrown together in 2018 World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – The 2010 World Cup winners Spain were placed in the same group as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, while England will face a talented Belgium side.

Spain’s clash with reigning European champions Portugal in Sochi on June 15 was an early highlight thrown up by the glitzy draw in the Kremlin.

Real Madrid cruise into last 16, Liverpool blow three-goal lead

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Paris (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as holders Real Madrid thrashed APOEL 6-0 in Cyprus to reach the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, while Liverpool blew a three-goal lead in a thriller at Sevilla.

Zinedine Zidane’s Real bounced back from their 3-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur last time out by crushing APOEL, with four of the goals coming before half-time.

Real Madrid cruise into last 16, Liverpool blow three-goal lead

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Paris (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as holders Real Madrid thrashed APOEL 6-0 in Cyprus to reach the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, while Liverpool blew a three-goal lead in a thriller at Sevilla.

Zinedine Zidane’s Real bounced back from their 3-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur last time out by crushing APOEL, with four of the goals coming before half-time.

Derby stalemate leaves Real 10 points behind Barca

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid slipped 10 points behind Barcelona at the top of La Liga as a Madrid derby short on chances finished 0-0 at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

Earlier, Barca also weren’t at their best but Luis Suarez’s double ended a five-game goal drought for the Uruguayan and Paulinho’s late strike helped see off a determined Leganes 3-0.

No Ramos-Ronaldo rift at Real, insists Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane shrugged off reports of a dressing room rift between captain Sergio Ramos and World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of vital derby clash at Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Both sides from the capital already trail La Liga leaders Barcelona by eight points with Ronaldo complaining earlier this month that the departures of Alvaro Morata, Pepe and James Rodriguez had left Real’s squad lacking experience compared to the one that claimed a La Liga and Champions League double last season.

No Ramos-Ronaldo rift at Real, insists Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane shrugged off reports of a dressing room rift between captain Sergio Ramos and World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of vital derby clash at Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Both sides from the capital already trail La Liga leaders Barcelona by eight points with Ronaldo complaining earlier this month that the departures of Alvaro Morata, Pepe and James Rodriguez had left Real’s squad lacking experience compared to the one that claimed a La Liga and Champions League double last season.

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes father for fourth time

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo announced on Sunday that he had become a father for the fourth time after girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez gave birth to a baby girl, Alana Martina.

“Alana Martina has just been born! Both Geo and Alana are doing great. We are all very happy,” the beaming 32-year-old footballer wrote on Twitter, posting a photo of himself, Rodriguez, his seven-year-old son Cristiano Junior and the new arrival.

Ronaldo to miss Portugal friendlies

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Lisbon (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo was surprisingly left out of the Portugal squad announced on Friday by coach Fernando Santos, who suggested it was merely to give his superstar a break.

Santos denied the omission was due to the four-time Ballon d’Or winner’s relatively meagre goal-scoring start to the Spanish league season.

Ronaldo to miss Portugal friendlies

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Lisbon (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo was surprisingly left out of the Portugal squad announced on Friday by coach Fernando Santos, who suggested it was merely to give his superstar a break.

Santos denied the omission was due to the four-time Ballon d’Or winner’s relatively meagre goal-scoring start to the Spanish league season.

Spurs stun Madrid, join Manchester City in Champions League last 16

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Paris (AFP) – Brilliant Tottenham Hotspur took Real Madrid apart in a 3-1 win over the reigning champions on Wednesday as they clinched their place in the Champions League last 16 along with Manchester City.

Dele Alli starred with a brace for Tottenham with Christian Eriksen also scoring before Cristiano Ronaldo’s late consolation.

Spurs stun Madrid, join Manchester City in Champions League last 16

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Paris (AFP) – Brilliant Tottenham Hotspur took Real Madrid apart in a 3-1 win over the reigning champions on Wednesday as they clinched their place in the Champions League last 16 along with Manchester City.

Dele Alli starred with a brace for Tottenham with Christian Eriksen also scoring before Cristiano Ronaldo’s late consolation.

Real’s reserves make Fuenlabrada pay penalty in Cup win

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid needed two second-half penalties converted by Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez to open their Copa del Rey campaign with a 2-0 last 32, first leg win at third-tier Fuenlabrada on Thursday.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane gave most of his star names the night off with Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco and Sergio Ramos among those not even included in the squad.

Assistant Sarachan to coach US team at Portugal friendly

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Chicago (AFP) – US national team assistant coach Dave Sarachan will guide an American squad still reeling after missing out on the World Cup in a November friendly in Portugal, US Soccer announced Tuesday.

Bruce Arena resigned as coach on October 13 after the Americans lost 2-1 at Trinidad and Tobago in their qualifying finale and failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

Assistant Sarachan to coach US team at Portugal friendly

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Chicago (AFP) – US national team assistant coach Dave Sarachan will guide an American squad still reeling after missing out on the World Cup in a November friendly in Portugal, US Soccer announced Tuesday.

Bruce Arena resigned as coach on October 13 after the Americans lost 2-1 at Trinidad and Tobago in their qualifying finale and failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

Routine win keeps Real Madrid pressure on Barcelona

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid moved back to within five points of La Liga leaders Barcelona with a hassle free 3-0 victory over Eibar on Sunday.

Madrid have struggled at the Santiago Bernabeu this season, dropping points in four of their previous six home games.

However, Eibar did most of the damage for them as Paulo Oliveira’s own goal and a goalkeeping mistake from Marko Dmitrovic to allow Marco Asensio’s shot through his grasp handed the European champions a 2-0 half-time lead.

Routine win keeps Real Madrid pressure on Barcelona

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid moved back to within five points of La Liga leaders Barcelona with a hassle free 3-0 victory over Eibar on Sunday.

Madrid have struggled at the Santiago Bernabeu this season, dropping points in four of their previous six home games.

However, Eibar did most of the damage for them as Paulo Oliveira’s own goal and a goalkeeping mistake from Marko Dmitrovic to allow Marco Asensio’s shot through his grasp handed the European champions a 2-0 half-time lead.

Marcelo accused of half a million euro tax fraud

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish prosecutors have accused Real Madrid’s Brazilian left-back Marcelo of tax fraud totalling nearly half a million euros, a judicial source confirmed on Tuesday.

The tax authorities believe Marcelo hid 490,917 euros ($578,000) earned from his image rights using a network of shell companies outside of Spain.

Marcelo accused of half a million euro tax fraud

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish prosecutors have accused Real Madrid’s Brazilian left-back Marcelo of tax fraud totalling nearly half a million euros, a judicial source confirmed on Tuesday.

The tax authorities believe Marcelo hid 490,917 euros ($578,000) earned from his image rights using a network of shell companies outside of Spain.

Chelsea star Hazard aims to seize Champions League spotlight

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London (AFP) – Frustrated by his past failures, Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been urged to finally stamp his mark on the Champions League.

While Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar have cemented their legendary status with headline-stealing performances in Europe’s elite club competition, Hazard remains one of the tournament’s biggest enigmas.

Chelsea star Hazard aims to seize Champions League spotlight

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London (AFP) – Frustrated by his past failures, Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been urged to finally stamp his mark on the Champions League.

While Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar have cemented their legendary status with headline-stealing performances in Europe’s elite club competition, Hazard remains one of the tournament’s biggest enigmas.

Zidane wary of ‘complete’ Kane

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane highlighted the threat posed by Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane as the English side travel to the European champions on Tuesday battling for top spot in Champions League Group H.

Kane has scored as many goals (43) this year for club and country as Cristiano Ronaldo but in fewer games, sparking rumours Real could try to poach another rising star from Spurs after taking Luka Modric and Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu in recent years.

Kane’s Champions League rise faces Real acid test

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Madrid (AFP) – Harry Kane is an admitted follower of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stratospheric stats as he pursues the Portuguese’s status as the best in the world, but for once it is Ronaldo who trails in the race to be the Champions League’s top marksman.

An inspired Kane has transformed Tottenham Hotspur’s European form from last season’s failure to a flying start with five of Spurs’ six goals in victories over Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia.

Late Ronaldo winner rescues Real at Getafe

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo struck his first La Liga goal of the season five minutes from time to save Real Madrid from losing more ground in the title race with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Getafe on Saturday.

Real looked on course for a comfortable three points when Karim Benzema fired the visitors into a deserved half-time lead.

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‘Nobody Can Do What I Do, I’m The Best Player In History’ – Cristiano Ronaldo Celebrates Fifth Ballon d’Or Win By Positively Drowning Himself With Praise

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Cristiano Ronaldo kept his obsessive quest to win seven Ballon d'Ors and sire seven children before he's put out to pasture (yes, he actually admitted this out loud) by winning trinket number five in Paris last night.

The Real Madrid man beat Lionel Messi and Neymar into second and third place respectively to win the award for the second year in a row.

Ballon d’Or: Nike May Have Let Proverbial Cat Out Of The Bag With New Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Fifth Triumph’ Mercurial Boots (Leaked Photos)

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Depending on how much you're willing to read into it, a set of leaked images appear to show that Nike may have let the cat out of the bag regarding this year's Ballon d'Or recipient.

It would seem that Cristiano Ronaldo is set to draw level with Lionel Messi by winning his fifth award if his latest batch of custom-made Mercurial boots are anything to go by.

Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi Football’s Greatest Rivalry?

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When two players emerge at the same point in history that both have an ability that sets them above their piers then a rivalry is bound to develop. Much like that of Bobby Charlton and Franz Beckenbauer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been thrown together as players of their generation and we take a look at the rivalry between them.

Cristiano Ronaldo Crowned Best Male Player In The World, Women’s Football Pitifully Underrepresented At Latest FIFA Award Thing (Photos)

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It's no Ballon d'Or, but Cristiano Ronaldo was ordained as the best male player in the world at the 2017 Best FIFA Football Awards back-slapping buffet in London last night.

By virtue of winning the double with Real Madrid last season, Ronaldo pipped Lionel Messi and Neymar into second and third place, while Zinedine Zidane took first prize in the male coaching stakes.

THE BEST FIFA FOOTBALL AWARDS 2017 | CRISTIANO RONALDO | SPANISH FOOTBALL

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USA vs. Portugal, live stream: Start time, TV channel, and how to watch International Friendly online

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The memory of Couva is still raw, but it's time to turn over the roster. Watch the youth of the USMNT take on the reigning European Champions.

Author's Note: Yes, we are really doing a gamethread for the Portugal friendly. As much as your author wanted to type {This Space Intentionally Left Blank} under all Three Big Storylines, at some point we need to move on from the disaster that was Couva, Trinidad on October 10th.

Cristiano Ronaldo left off Portugal's roster for USMNT friendly

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Portugal released their roster for their upcoming block of friendlies, including one against the U.S. Men's National Team, and one notable name is absent.

What should be a young USMNT squad will not face Cristiano Ronaldo, as the international superstar will not suit up with his national team next weekend.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Mercurial Superfly CR7 Quinto Triunfo Boots

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Cristiano Ronaldo has once again been recognized as the best player in the world of soccer by winning the Ballon d'Or 2017 title. In celebration of his continued achievements, Nike has presented him with special Mercurial Superfly CR7 Quinto Triunfo boots. As with his previous award-themed boots, gold is prominently featured.

Lukaku: I was born to score

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Romelu Lukaku became the joint all-time top scorer for Belgium at the weekend when scoring in his team's draw against Mexico. To have scored 30 international goals by 24-years-old is quite a feat and the striker correctly points out that not many players of his age group would have done the same.

Tuesday Kickoff: Cristiano Ronaldo recognized, Real Madrid denies interest in Harry Kane and more

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One current Real Madrid star won an award on Monday while one reported Real Madrid target likely won't be joining the Spanish club any time soon.

For the second year in a row, Cristiano Ronaldo was recognized as the Best FIFA Men's Player, beating out Lionel Messi and Neymar. (REPORT)

Real Madrid president Fiorentino Perez says the club does not currently have interest in Harry Kane.