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De Ligt laughs off Ronaldo's Juventus 'offer'

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop explain how Portugal won the tactical battle in the Nations League final over the Netherlands.
Goncalo Guedes netted the winner as reigning European champions Portugal defeated the Netherlands to win their second title in three years.

Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt, who is widely expected to leave Ajax Amsterdam in the coming weeks, said he was asked about a move to Italian champions Juventus by Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of Sunday's Nations League final.

Ronaldo's Portugal triumphed 1-0 in the showpiece match leaving the 19-year-old defender De Ligt, linked with several top European clubs, disappointed.

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But television images showed Juve...

Spain and Portugal to assess 2030 World Cup bid

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Spain and Portugal will undertake 'an in-depth analysis' of a possible joint bid.

Spain and Portugal will start an analysis of whether to bid for the 2030 World Cup, the countries' football federations said on Saturday.

They did not make any mention of Morocco, who were previously also said to have been involved.

"After holding several meetings, the football federations of Spain and Portugal can confirm that they are set to begin an in-depth analysis of the possibility of presenting a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup," a joint statement said.

"Both federations would like...

Pepe to miss Nations final with shoulder injury

The FC crew discuss Cristiano Ronaldo's impactful return for Portugal after he netted three goals to send them to the UEFA Nations League final.
Cristiano Ronaldo came to the rescue with a treble for Portugal after a spirited Switzerland had equalized following a lengthy VAR inquest.

Portugal defender Pepe will miss the Nations League final because of a shoulder injury.

The Portuguese fooball federation says Pepe will not play Sunday's final against the Netherlands after tests showed he fractured his right shoulder in the semifinal against Switzerland on Wednesday.

Pepe had to be substituted about 15 minutes into the second half of Portugal's 3-1 win at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto.

For the final, Portugal coach Fernando Santos is expected to replace the 36-year-old veteran...