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Santos bemused by Nani's exit

Portugal Nov 17, 2014
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Messi and Ronaldo: The view from home

Argentina vs. Portugal Nov 16, 2014
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5 days ago

Pepe: Cristiano Ronaldo not winning Ballon d'Or would be a scandal

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes breaks down what Luka Modric's injury will do to the Real Madrid midfield.

Pepe believes it would be a disgrace if his Portugal and Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo does not win the FIFA Ballon d'Or for the second successive year.

Ronaldo, 29, is the hot favourite to land the award for the third time in his career, having also won it in 2008, when it is presented at a gala dinner in Zurich on Jan. 12.

Pepe has told national newspaper A Bola that "it would be a scandal if they did not give the Ballon d'Or to Cristiano Ronaldo this year."

The defender was asked: "Can...

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7 days ago

Santos: We overcame a poor start

Portugal manager Fernando Santos was pleased at how his side overcame a poor start to beat Argentina 1-0.

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7 days ago

Raphael Guerreiro secures victory for Portugal against Argentina

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Argentina head coach Tata Martino believes his side did not deserve to lose 1-0 to Portugal after having the majority of the game's chances.

Lionel Messi outshone his Ballon d'Or rival Cristiano Ronaldo but the latter's team took the spoils as a late header from substitute Raphael Guerreiro snatched a 1-0 win for Portugal over Argentina from a disappointing friendly at Old Trafford.

The fixture had been billed pre-match as an unmissable showdown between Messi and Ronaldo - a spectacle that turned out only to last until half-time, when both players were substituted in somewhat anti-climactic circumstances.

Certainly, it was the Argentinian...

7 days ago

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo meet again

Are Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo friends? The two best players in the world went head-to-head again on Tuesday when Argentina met Portugal in a friendly and, naturally, the amateur body language experts were out in force to analyse their interactions.

In that spirit, let's take a look at the couple ourselves. First, in the Old Trafford tunnel, there appeared to be genuine affection between the two. 

Once they...

7 days ago

Ronaldo and Lionel Messi face off in Portugal's 1-0 win over Argentina

Argentina head coach Tata Martino believes his side did not deserve to lose 1-0 to Portugal after having the majority of the game's chances.

MANCHESTER, England -- Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo faced off at Old Trafford, a friendly in which Raphael Guerreiro gave Portugal the 1-0 win over Argentina at the death. Here are three points from the match. 

1. Messi and Ronaldo draw a rare blank

They are forever together, much as it may irritate both. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, men who have taken their games to a greater height because of competition from the other, players whose trophy...