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Cristiano Ronaldo swapping Real for Juventus? Not so fast

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UEFA Nations League finals: Don't write off England but Portugal are favourites

The last time Portugal hosted a major tournament, a teenage Cristiano Ronaldo ended up in tears after the hosts fell to a shock defeat against Greece in the final of Euro 2004. It has pretty much been an upward curve since then for the Juventus forward in terms of his club career, with Manchester United and then Real Madrid -- with five Champions League winners' medals -- but on the international stage, even Portugal's surprise success at Euro 2016 was tarnished for Ronaldo due to the player being...

If the 2022 World Cup started today: Looking at the major nations

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on the team most likely to win the World Cup if it were to take place tomorrow.
Gianni Infantino believes Russia 2018 is the benchmark for Qatar to live up to at the 2022 World Cup.
Watch E:60's eye-opening segment on the migrant worker issues in Qatar.

The next World Cup is four years away, but if the tournament began today, how would the biggest countries line up? Further, what do they need to do between now and kickoff on Nov. 21, 2022?

We asked our writers to look into the future. Click on the flags below to see that nation.

ARGENTINA

Starting XI if the World Cup began today
Sergio Romero; Renzo Saravia, Juan Foyth, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico; Giovani Lo Celso, Leandro Paredes, Exequiel Palacios; Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala,...


How Bernardo Silva went from 'Messizinho' to one of Manchester City's best players

As a youngster coming through the ranks at Benfica, Bernardo Silva had two nicknames. One was rather more generous than the other, but both captured something about him and they still do now.

The first was "O Messizinho do Seixal" (Seixal being the neighbourhood were Benfica's academy is based) -- Messizinho meaning "Little Messi" because of similarities between the two players in style.

Indeed, from the moment he first turned up for a trial, Bernardo was a sensation, capable of producing...

Cristiano Ronaldo swapping Real Madrid for Juventus? Not so fast

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

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...