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Flashback to Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United debut vs. Bolton

In his first appearance in a Juventus shirt, Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring during the club's annual intra-squad friendly in Villar Perosa.

This week marks 15 years since Cristiano Ronaldo made his Manchester United debut. On Aug. 16, 2003, Sir Alex Ferguson introduced a scrawny 18-year-old as a second-half substitute against Bolton Wanderers on the opening day of the Premier League season.

Few of the 67,647 fans inside Old Trafford knew who he was. But by the time he left the club six years later, he was regarded as one of the best players on the planet and commanded a world-record transfer fee of £80 million for his move to...

Arsenal still a laughingstock but signs show they won't be a punchline forever

ESPN's Stewart Robson shares his analysis on where Unai Emery's Arsenal side fell short in their 2-0 loss to Manchester City at the Emirates.

Oh, Arsenal. With your wide eyes so full of hope. With your hearts aflutter and your smiles so broad. A new epoch begins, the world seems so bright and fresh ... and then Manchester City tear you open like a bag of chips and your goalkeeper smashes one past his own far post.

Arsenal's enduring commitment to slapstick should be one of the key selling points in the Premier League's international TV rights brochure. Arms outstretched, an upturned tin of paint on their heads, they stumble blindly toward...


Transfer Tracker: Signings, departures for Europe's largest clubs

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson breaks down the latest transfer rumours surrounding Paul Pogba, Rafinha and more in Rumour Rater.

With the transfer window open across Europe, clubs are now able to finalise the signings of players they have monitored and negotiated with for months.

The transfer window is shorter this summer but that does not mean it will be any less busy. Check out when all the major windows will close here and view all completed transfers.

See who has left which club, where they are headed and the terms of the moves with our transfer tracker below:



In: Bernd Leno (from Bayer Leverkusen),...

Jurgen Klopp clash with Sergio Ramos highlights wider Liverpool issue with depth

Craig Burley defends Sergio Ramos' latest response to Jurgen Klopp's comments about the defender's actions in the Champions League final.
Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos believes Jurgen Klopps comments about his collision with Mo Salah were out of frustration because Liverpool lost the Champions League final.

It's been almost three months since Liverpool lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid, yet it clearly still plays on the minds of all concerned. 

Jurgen Klopp still speaks with a little bitterness about one of the major turning points in the game -- Mohamed Salah's shoulder injury.

For the Real player involved in the incident, Sergio Ramos, the implication is obvious. He was a winner by default, by cheating almost, and nobody would let any hint of that slip by without a retort.


Mattia Perin out to prove worthy heir to Gianluigi Buffon for Juventus and Italy

Watch Cristiano Ronaldo and the stars of Serie A all season long, with every match from the Italian top flight available on ESPN and ESPN+.
Stewart Robson reveals his projected Juventus XI as Cristiano Ronaldo gets set to make his Serie A debut against Chievo.

The journey has been longer than predicted, but the real adventure for Mattia Perin is about to start. More than seven years after making his Serie A debut, Perin finally has an opportunity to become the true heir to one of the league's greatest, in Gianluigi Buffon. Signed by Juventus from Genoa for €12 million in the summer, the 25-year-old has a chance to live up to the "next Buffon" hype for club and country which has followed him his entire life.

Perin's talent was easy to spot early...

Transfer Rater: Simon Mignolet to Napoli, Miralem Pjanic to Real Madrid

The latest transfer rumours from around the world.
The latest transfer rumours from around the world.

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper.

Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.

Simon Mignolet to Napoli

With the Belgian goalkeeper falling to third choice at Liverpool following the arrival of Alisson and Jurgen Klopp's enduring faith in Loris Karius,...