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Cristiano Ronaldo swapping Real Madrid for Juventus? Not so fast

ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein explains how both Juventus and Real Madrid are benefitting from having Cristiano Ronaldo linked with a move to Turin.

Cristiano Ronaldo flew home from Russia and the World Cup on Monday, but he didn't stay out of the headlines for long, as evidenced by the massive headlines Tuesday linking him with a move to Juventus.

As with all things involving Cristiano and Real Madrid, nothing is quite straightforward. Here's an attempt to make sense of it.

Q: So Juventus have made an offer, have they?

A: Easy there. Juventus haven't confirmed anything, and it's worth noting who pushed this story initially: Marca, the...

 By Tom Kundert

Pepe stars, Ricardo Pereira struggles as Portugal come up short vs. Uruguay

The World Cup is over for Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after round of 16 defeats to Uruguay and France.

Portugal's World Cup campaign came to an end in Sochi on Saturday as they were beaten by a brilliant brace from Uruguay centre-forward Edinson Cavani. For all the possession that Fernando Santos' team enjoyed throughout the last-16 match, there was little end product. Pepe's equaliser gave Portugal hope and the Selecao for a brief period looked the likelier team to progress, but Cavani soon restored Uruguay's lead and with a record of just one win in four matches, Portugal will look back on this...

Cristiano Ronaldo's ambition means he could play at Qatar 2022

SOCHI, Russia -- The "will he or won't he?" debate about whether Cristiano Ronaldo will attempt to play in a fifth World Cup in four years' time can start in earnest following Portugal's elimination from Russia 2018 at the round-of-16 stage by Uruguay.

It has already begun for Lionel Messi, who was also given his boarding pass for a flight home on Saturday when Argentina fell to a 4-3 defeat vs. France in Kazan -- but the two superstars have wholly different issues to consider before making a decision...

Edinson Cavani outshines Ronaldo but injury could dampen Uruguay's long-term hopes

The World Cup is over for Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after round of 16 defeats to Uruguay and France.

SOCHI, Russia -- Three points from Uruguay's 2-1 win over Portugal in the round of 16 at the World Cup:

1. Cavani delivers as Uruguay send Portugal home

Edinson Cavani produced the most impressive international performance of his career with two stunning goals to send Uruguay into the World Cup quarterfinals --but a second-half calf injury against Portugal has now left the Paris Saint-Germain striker facing a battle to be fit for Friday's last-eight matchup against France.

In another pulsating World...

By the numbers: Messi and Ronaldo's knockout ducks; Kylian Mbappe emulates Pele

France's Kylian Mbappe outshone Lionel Messi in the round of 16 as France beat Argentina 4-3 in episode 18 of Project Russia.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop thinks Lionel Messi will walk away from Argentina after their 4-3 World Cup defeat to France.

Messi and Argentina out. Ronaldo and Portugal out. Who's next? Here are the most notable numbers from the first day of the knockout games.


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Lionel Messi is yet to score from eight knockout games in World Cup history. Interestingly, his 23 shots in these matches without scoring are the second highest since 1966, behind Brazilian left-back Roberto Carlos, who had 29. He did register his fifth World Cup assist in the match, though, thus becoming only the third player alongside Thomas Muller and...

Portugal vs. Uruguay set to be a 'Battle by the Black Sea' as both teams play hard

SOCHI, Russia -- "The Battle by the Black Sea" has a certain ring to it, or maybe "Slugfest in Sochi," but however Uruguay vs. Portugal turns out at the Fisht Stadium on Saturday, it is unlikely to pass off peacefully.

No World Cup is truly a World Cup without a bruising, cynical encounter between two teams who will not give an inch, so welcome to the No. 1 contender for Russia 2018's most belligerent game.

Perhaps it is unfair on both teams to predict a kicking match, but let us just consider the...