With Manchester United havign signed Fred, here are five things to know about the 25-year-old Brazilian international midfielder:
1. He scored his first goal against his hero Ronaldinho
Fred is a holding midfielder nowadays, but started out as a left-back at Atletico Mineiro in his home town of Belo Horizonte. Upon moving to Internacional of Porto Allegre at the age of 16 in 2009, he was used as a winger and playmaker at the academy, and unsurprisingly Ronaldinho was his ultimate idol.
The temptation is to assume that Bastian Schweinsteiger entered decline the moment the final whistle blew in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014. Actually, it probably began earlier. It made it all the more remarkable that he ran 15 kilometres in 120 minutes, staving off decline and resisting Argentina alike. In the history of the planet's most popular sport, only 20 people can say they have been the best player on the pitch in a World Cup final. Schweinsteiger is one of them.
SOCHI, RUSSIA -- Three points from Portugal and Spain's remarkable 3-3 draw at Fisht Stadium in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored a sublime hat-trick.
1. Ronaldo's three goals earn Portugal a point
For a guy whose deeds are so often defined by numbers, whether it's the fact that he has more goals than games for Real Madrid or the fact that nobody has more Ballon d'Or awards stashed away in his trophy cabinet, there was one that seemed out of sync before this World Cup began: three, as in the number...
SOCHI, RUSSIA -- Spain captain Sergio Ramos and his freshly installed coach, Fernando Hierro, looked like they'd rather have been in the dentist's chair than facing questions ahead of Friday's Group B opener against Portugal.
"I think I'd like this to be over now..." joked Ramos at the end. "Come on, it feels like a funeral. It's a World Cup. We're supposed to be happy."
Yet there was no escaping the heavy, suffocating mood and not just because they faced the press in an overstuffed room in...