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Aduana takes charge as title race gathers steam


Dembele will never be 100% after surgery

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Cristiano Ronaldo motivated by success of Barcelona's Messi, Neymar

Cristiano Ronaldo sits down with Marty Smith to explain what drives him at this point of his career.
Marty Smith continues the all-access look at Cristiano Ronaldo in China's capital city, where the soccer star gives us a look into his Nike photo shoot.
Cristiano Ronaldo explains why he wanted to take a tour of China and meet his fans there.
On a record 105-degree day, Marty Smith follows Cristiano Ronaldo during his first stop in China, where he's met by throngs of adoring fans.
Marty Smith reports the latest on Cristiano Ronaldo's trip to China and just popular the Real Madrid superstar is there.

Cristiano Ronaldo has told ESPN that competition with players like Lionel Messi and Neymar is what keeps him motivated to stay at the highest level.

Ronaldo, 32, ended last season by winning La Liga and retaining the Champions League, a feat that has made him favourite to land the Ballon d'Or for a record-equalling fifth time.

The Portugal international says that "healthy" competition with the Barcelona duo and other elite players is what makes him strive for more.

The Real Madrid forward said when...

Aduana takes charge as title race gathers steam

Aduana Stars are the new leaders of the Ghana Premier League after earning a point against Medeama on the weekend, raising Stars one point above WAFA in the standings.  

This season has effectively been a race between the two sides, and the Dormaa club piled on the pressure as WAFA sat out the weekend's round of matches after their game against Kumasi Asante Kotoko was postponed.  

It meant Aduana's point away at Tarkwa against Medeama proved crucial, but WAFA have two games in hand.  


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Man City complete signing of left-back Benjamin Mendy from Monaco

Pep Guardiola reveals Aleksandar Kolarov is close to moving to Roma and admits Manchester City need full-backs.

Manchester City have signed Monaco full-back Benjamin Mendy from Monaco, both clubs have confirmed.

Neither club disclosed the fee, but sources told ESPN FC at the weekend that the deal could be worth up to £52 million.

"I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester City," Mendy told City's official website. "They are one of Europe's leading clubs and in Pep Guardiola they have a manager committed to playing attacking football.

"I am sure that over the next few years we will be successful."


Tottenham's Mousa Dembele positive on fitness after successful foot op

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists midfielder Moussa Sissoko is still in the club's plans for the upcoming season.

ORLANDO -- Mousa Dembele says he will never be 100 percent again, despite successful foot surgery, but that his fitness is improving all the time.

Dembele delayed an operation on his left foot to help Tottenham's pursuit of the FA Cup and league title last season, but he featured in just one of their final five games because of the long-standing issue.

The Belgium international went under the knife in May after Spurs' season finale at Hull City, and he returned in Saturday's 4-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain...

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Chelsea's Pedro suffered multiple fractures in collision - Antonio Conte

Michy Batshuayi's brace led the way for Chelsea's rout of Arsenal in their friendly in China.

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has said the injury suffered by Pedro during the preseason friendly victory over Arsenal is more serious than he thought.

Pedro, 29, was taken off in the first half of the 3-0 win in Beijing after a heavy collision with goalkeeper David Ospina, with the club later announcing that he had spent the night in hospital having sustained a concussion and facial injuries.

Conte, speaking at a news conference ahead of Chelsea's clash with German champions Bayern Munich...

Barcelona's Neymar has 'massive headache' over PSG move - Andre

Gab Marcotti reacts to Gerard Pique's tweet which suggests Neymar is set for a Barcelona stay amid PSG links.
Amid increasing transfer rumours, Neymar scored a brace to lead the way for Barcelona's ICC win over Juventus.
ESPN's Herculez Gomez responds to the latest reports of Neymar agreeing to terms with PSG on a contract.
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu is adamant that the club has every intention of retaining Neymar amid transfer rumours.
ESPN FC Ligue 1 correspondent Julien Laurens breaks down the latest on the links between Paris Saint-Germain and Neymar.

Neymar has a "massive headache" because of Paris Saint-Germain's bid to sign him from Barcelona in a world-record transfer deal, according to former Santos teammate Andre.

Andre Felipe Ribeiro de Souza -- more commonly known as Andre -- currently plays in attack for Sport Club do Recife but came through the youth ranks at Santos alongside Neymar and the two have remained close despite their careers going in different directions.

The 26-year-old spent a short period on loan in France with Bordeaux...