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Cristiano Ronaldo plays in 'ball pit' for new underwear advert

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 02:47:00 GMT

As a Christmas treat for his legion of Instagram followers, Cristiano Ronaldo has shared a little behind the scenes footage from one of his more memorable underwear photoshoots. View this post on Instagram Ballin! ># A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Dec 17, 2018 at 10:29am PST The "ball pit" advert was first revealed a month or so ago, but the footage of Ronaldo larking about, lounging around and pretending his hand is a beak is all brand new, A-grade stuff. The Juventus star is launching the Autumn/Winter line of his eponymous CR7 Underwear brand and obviously leapt at the chance to strip down...

Transfer window: Man United, Arsenal, Real Madrid need defenders; Man City, PSG to wait?

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 12:01:00 GMT

The transfer window is nearly upon us, but clubs across Europe are already planning for their January business. Who will come in? Who will depart? ESPN FC's club correspondents delve into the deals which may be on the cards. Premier League MAN CITY: In need of a holding midfielder Transfers How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, we show you a step-by-step guide to a transfer. What's a medical like? Can a 44-year-old man cut it in the Premier League? Our writer suffers -- and suffers some more -- through a medical at Everton. Watch live games, ESPN FC TV and MLS Rewind on ESPN+ in the U.S. FC Exclusives - Arsenal want Bailly, Cahill - Pogba not for sale; Juve keen - Steffen on brink of Man City transfer - Under eyed by City, Arsenal, Chelsea - Real Madrid interested in Diaz What does the team need in January? Manchester City have two quality players for every position, with the exception of defensive midfield and left-back. The holding role in the centre of midfield is a crucial...

Weekend numbers: Messi's 43rd hat trick for Barcelona; Ronaldo gets Juve's 5000th

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 04:08:00 GMT

The FC crew answer your tweets on Liverpool's chances of winning the Premier League, Jose Mourinho's ability to manage a top side again and more. Are too many Liverpool stars excluded from Gab Marcotti's Premier League team of the weekend after their win over Manchester United? Gab Marcotti believes the personality issue between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho is merely the Man United manager's attempt to create a scapegoat. Manchester United's Jose Mourinho believes he can still reach the top four in the second half of the season despite trailing fourth-placed Chelsea by 11 points. Following Manchester United's resounding defeat at Liverpool, Craig Burley slams the club's lack of leadership, from the boardroom to the pitch. Jose Mourinho was happy with his team selection and has no regrets about not playing Paul Pogba Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp rated the 3-1 win over Manchester United as one of the best performances he has seen since he has been at the club as he reflected on what he called a perfect night. Jose Mourinho did not appreciate getting asked if he has the backing of the dressing room following Manchester United's loss to Liverpool. Chelsea's Mauricio Sarri admitted that Eden Hazard's injury is not a serious one and that he was substituted as a precaution during their win over Brighton. With Liverpool getting their first league win over Manchester United since 2014, FC's Shaka Hislop examines the gulf in class between the two sides. Alexis Nunes and Shaka Hislop break down Arsenal's surprising loss to Southampton, and determine if more defensive struggles are on the horizon for the Gunners. Liverpool went back to the top of the Premier League table with an emphatic 3-1 win over Manchester United, while Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus to yet another milestone with a goal in their 1-0 derby win against Torino. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi did Lionel Messi things (scored three, assisted two) as Barcelona thrashed Levante 5-0. Here are the best numbers from the weekend's action: 1 Lionel Messi is the first player to reach double figures for both goals (14) and assists (10) in the top...

Transfer Talk: Liverpool snub last straw for Paul Pogba, Juventus return likely

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 06:15:00 GMT

Liverpool beat Manchester United for the first time since 2013/14 as they reclaim the top spot in the Premier League from Manchester City. Liverpool beat Manchester United for the first time since 2013-14 as they reclaim the top spot in the Premier League from Manchester City. Liverpool beat Manchester United for the first time since 2013-14 as they reclaim the top spot in the Premier League from Manchester City. Following Manchester United's resounding defeat at Liverpool, Craig Burley slams the club's lack of leadership, from the boardroom to the pitch. With Liverpool getting their first league win over Manchester United since 2014, FC's Shaka Hislop examines the gulf in class between the two sides. With Liverpool getting their first league win over Manchester United since 2014, FC's Shaka Hislop examines the gulf in class between the two sides. The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs might be closed, but they are still working tirelessly behind the scenes to line up the arrivals of their next stars. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world's media to see who could be heading to your club when Jan. 1 arrives. TOP STORY: Pogba's Juve return moves closer after latest snub Transfers How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, we show you a step-by-step guide to a transfer. What's a medical like? Can a 44-year-old man cut it in the Premier League? Our writer suffers -- and suffers some more -- through a medical at Everton. Watch live games, ESPN FC TV and MLS Rewind on ESPN+ in the U.S. FC Exclusives - Arsenal want Bailly, Cahill - Pogba not for sale; Juve keen - Steffen on brink of Man City transfer - Under eyed by City, Arsenal, Chelsea - Real Madrid interested in Diaz It has been talked about for a while, but the back page of Monday's Tuttosport suggests Juventus are ready to make their move for Paul Pogba after he was left out...

Power Rankings: Barcelona top, Liverpool climb; Juventus, Man City drop

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 02:18:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop reveals his latest power rankings which see Barcelona edge Liverpool for the pole position. The FC panel wax lyrical about Lionel Messi's latest performance and say he no longer places any stock in individual awards such as the Ballon d'Or. The FC panel assess if Manchester City deserve to be ahead of Barcelona and Juventus as the oddsmakers' favourites to win the Champions League. All change! After last week's top two suffered shock defeats, the latest countdown has a new leader. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='https://embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); Dropping out: Napoli, Ajax. Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV.

For Torino, beating Juventus in the derby 'would be the best Christmas present of all'

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 10:12:00 GMT

For Torino and striker Andrea Belotti, right, facing Juventus is always the biggest game on the schedule. This weekend's derby is a good chance for them to ruin Juve's unbeaten season. The Alps in the background are snowcapped. A chill is in the air. It's the time of year when sitting outside for a coffee isn't for the faint-hearted in Turin. Most will stand at the bar. But a bicerin, the local speciality layering whole milk on top of an espresso and hot chocolate, is the perfect companion at this time of year, a winter warmer for those who fancy sitting outside Caffe Torino in Piazza San Carlo, watching the world go by and seeing how many people follow a little superstition...

Weekend numbers: Lionel Messi's free-kick record, Romelu Lukaku ends home rut

Sun, 9 Dec 2018 10:05:00 GMT

Craig Burley was surprised to not see a reaction from Manchester City to N'Golo Kanté's first-half goal, in Chelsea's 2-0 win over the title-holders. Gabriele Marcotti outlines Lucien Favre's tactics in Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 win over Schalke. Craig Burley and Adrian Healy breakdown Manchester United's thrashing of Fulham and Jose Mourinho's cryptic comments after the match. Pep Guardiola insists anyone can win the Premier League title and there is no favourite after Man City's loss to Chelsea. Jose Mourinho praised Paul Pogba and outlined what he needs to do to get back into the starting XI. Jurgen Klopp insists he isn't surprised by Mohamed Salah's desire to score after he stayed on his feet during Liverpool's second goal. Mauricio Pochettino has immediately switched his focus to Barcelona after Tottenham's 2-0 win in the Premier League over Leicester. Niko Kovac admits Borussia Dortmund would have to make mistakes in order for Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga title. Jose Mourinho feels Man United fans cannot point the finger at any of his players following their 4-1 win over Fulham. Maurizio Sarri was quick to rule out Chelsea's title chances after their victory over Manchester City. Jose Mourinho jokingly suggested Man United were trying to save money for January after he found no water at his press conference. Chelsea stunning Manchester City and Liverpool thrashing Bournemouth to go top have made the Premier League title race exciting again. In Spain, Lionel Messi eviscerated Espanyol with a display of supreme skill, while in Italy, Juventus continued their remorseless march to an eighth straight scudetto with a 1-0 win over Inter. Here are the best numbers from an action-packed weekend of football. 15 Here's a ridiculous Messi stat: Messi has more free-kick goals over the last four La Liga seasons (15)...

Power Rankings: Juventus, Man City, Barcelona 1-2-3; Liverpool, Arsenal in

Thu, 6 Dec 2018 02:26:00 GMT

Giorgio Chiellini talked up the rivalry between Juventus and Inter Milan, insisting there's more than just three points at stake. Sebastian Salazar and Alejandro Moreno debate whether or not Juventus has assembled enough talent to live up to lofty expectations this season. The top three stay the same this week, but there's movement down below. Liverpool make their return to the top 10, as do Arsenal. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='https://embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); Dropping out: Paris Saint-Germain, Tottenham, Sevilla. Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV.

Late goals, controversial calls and bad blood: Why you should watch Juventus vs. Inter

Thu, 6 Dec 2018 01:51:00 GMT

Juventus have won seven straight Serie A titles and appear well-placed for an eighth, but on Friday they welcome rivals Inter Milan to town for what promises to be an intense battle. Inter are back on the right track after years of midtable difficulties and are currently third. The Derby d'Italia is one of Italy's biggest rivalries and Gab Marcotti explains why you should enjoy Friday's edition (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2). 1. These two clubs are Italy's Hatfields and McCoys Juventus are the...

Ballon d'Or absentees: What did Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar do instead?

Tue, 4 Dec 2018 05:45:00 GMT

Some people don't consider the Ballon d'Or a big deal, but Sid Lowe explains why Luka Modric winning the prize will resonate in Spain. DJ Martin Solveig made an apology on Twitter apology for asking Women's Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg to twerk whilst she accepted her award at the ceremony. Real Madrid's Luka Modric insists that although Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are exceptional talents, his Ballon d'Or win was for those players like Xavi who missed out because of their domination of the trophy. Real Madrid star Luka Modric has won the 2018 Ballon d'Or, with Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg becoming the first female winner and PSG's Kylian Mbappe claiming the inaugural Kopa Trophy for best under-21 player. Antoine Griezmann was disappointed to finish third in Ballon d'Or voting but insists Luka Modric 'earned' the trophy. For the first time in a decade, the Ballon d'Or was not won by either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, the twin giants of the modern footballing epoch. While Ronaldo finished runner-up, Messi was not even included in the final three for the first time since 2006 and neither player -- nor fellow global icon Neymar -- was in attendance in Paris to see Luka Modric being bestowed with the prestigious award at the ever-gaudy gala evening. But what were they up to instead? Neymar, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo made their own plans during the 2018 Ballon d'Or ceremony. Lionel Messi Roughly...

By the numbers: Ronaldo equals 51-year-old record, Lukaku ends drought

Mon, 3 Dec 2018 02:00:00 GMT

The FC crew answer your tweets on where Divock Origi's goal ranks among the luckiest of all time, Kane vs. Aubameyang and much more. Arsenal's Unai Emery admits he 'didn't know' if Mesut Ozil attended the north London derby win over Tottenham, with the German missing due to back problem. Steve Nicol raises concerns about Liverpool's star-powered front three after substitute Divock Origi came on to score the winner against Everton. Everton manager Marco Silva admitted he didn't see Jurgen Klopp run onto the pitch to celebrate Liverpool's late winner in the Merseyside Derby, nor did he receive an apology from Klopp. Goals from Neymar and Kylian Mbappe were spoiled by Bordeaux, who stormed back to end PSG's 14-game win streak to start the season. Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino believes his side were mentally and physically tired from their Champions League win over Inter Milan during their 4-2 defeat to Arsenal. Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri admitted it wasn't easy for his players to bounce back in the Premier League so quickly following a defeat to Tottenham and a midweek victory in the Europa League. PSG manager Thomas Tuchel insists Neymar is ruled out of their midweek game with Strasbourg after being taken off against Bordeaux with an injury. The guys respond to your tweets about Sebastian Salazar's notepads, Jose Mourinho's future at Man United and who replaces him if he leaves. A feisty North London derby, a tepid Manchester United performance, a "rare" Real Madrid win, a ruthless Manchester City performance, a milestone for Cristiano Ronaldo, a madcap finish to the Merseyside derby, a first league draw for PSG... this weekend had it all. Here are the best numbers from this weekend's football. 5 Liverpool have scored more 90 (+) minute winners vs. Everton than any side has vs. another in Premier League history. They are now unbeaten in their last 21 games vs Everton...

Power Rankings: Juventus overtake Manchester City at the top as Dutch duo fall

Thu, 29 Nov 2018 04:21:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop reveals his latest power rankings, which see Juventus ascend the top 10 summit. Juventus have won three straight matches, and as a result have climbed into the top spot in this week's edition of Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='https://embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); Dropping out: PSV Eindhoven, Ajax. Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV!

Man United's leopard print leads FIFA 19 shirts that will never be worn by players

Thu, 29 Nov 2018 08:02:00 GMT

Manchester United fans now have the opportunity to part with real money in exchange for a new kit that doesn't technically exist. To clarify, Adidas have released a range of limited edition "digital fourth kits" for United -- as well Juventus, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid -- that will only be worn by the teams in FIFA 19. From <® to =U.Introducing the all new limited-edition @FCBayern, @juventusfc, @ManUtd and @realmadrid @EA SPORTS Jerseys, available in game and in store now: https://t.co/4HAIVfvhBY. pic.twitter.com/WblmNWLpsL&mdash; adidas Football (@adidasfootball) November 29, 2018 Created in collaboration with EA Sports, the exclusive shirts are rendered in various lurid designs, with United's a neon yellow leopard print effort -- supposedly a tribute to...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Juventus could see AC Milan loanee Gonzalo Higuain return

Sat, 24 Nov 2018 03:59:00 GMT

With the winter window opening soon, the rumour mill is beginning to gather pace. Who will be moving where come January? Transfer Talk has the latest. TOP STORY: Higuain back to Juventus? AC Milan could send Gonzalo Higuain back to Juventus at season's end, according to Corriere dello Sport. Transfers How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, we show you a step-by-step guide to a transfer. What's a medical like? Can a 44-year-old man cut it in the Premier League? Our writer suffers -- and suffers some more -- through a medical at Everton. Watch live games, ESPN FC TV and MLS Rewind on ESPN+ in the U.S. FC Exclusives - Arsenal want Bailly, Cahill - Pogba not for sale; Juve keen - Steffen on brink of Man City transfer - Under eyed by City, Arsenal, Chelsea - Real Madrid interested in Diaz The Argentina striker was loaned to the San Siro side for &#8364;18 million -- with a &#8364;36m option to buy -- at the start of the 2019-20 campaign. However, budget concerns at the San Siro could see the...

Goalkeeper in midfield, only two defenders: Thiago Motta's 2-7-2 formation is the future of football

Wed, 21 Nov 2018 06:10:00 GMT

Four at the back? That's kids' stuff. Having retired at the end of last season, Thiago Motta is currently employed as coach of the Paris Saint-Germain under-19 side, where he is charged with nurturing the club's stars of tomorrow. In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport this week, the former Italy international was quizzed about his transition into management, and on the kind of tactical philosophy he has adopted as a coach. Perhaps unsurprisingly as a former defensive midfielder, he admits he favours a "compact team" with a good...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Juventus target Manchester United's Marcus Rashford

Tue, 20 Nov 2018 03:59:00 GMT

With the winter window opening soon, the rumour mill is beginning to gather pace. Who will be moving where come January? Transfer Talk has the latest. TOP STORY: Juventus ready to move for United star Rashford Transfers How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, we show you a step-by-step guide to a transfer. What's a medical like? Can a 44-year-old man cut it in the Premier League? Our writer suffers -- and suffers some more -- through a medical at Everton. Watch live games, ESPN FC TV and MLS Rewind on ESPN+ in the U.S. FC Exclusives - Arsenal want Bailly, Cahill - Pogba not for sale; Juve keen - Steffen on brink of Man City transfer - Under eyed by City, Arsenal, Chelsea - Real Madrid interested in Diaz Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is a major target for Italian champions Juventus, according to the Times. It reports that Juve "are compiling a dossier on Rashford as they firm up their interest" in the 21-year-old. The England international has been watched by the Serie A giants,...

Transfer Talk: Juventus want Jadon Sancho to learn from Cristiano Ronaldo

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 03:59:00 GMT

Paul Mariner assesses the latest transfer rumours, including the chances Alexis Sanchez, Robert Lewandowski and Patrik Schick make moves in January. With the winter window opening soon, the rumour mill is beginning to gather pace. Who will be moving where come January? Transfer Talk has the latest. TOP STORY: Juventus want Sancho to learn from Ronaldo Transfers How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, we show you a step-by-step guide to a transfer. What's a medical like? Can a 44-year-old man cut it in the Premier League? Our writer suffers -- and suffers some more -- through a medical at Everton. Watch live games, ESPN FC TV and MLS Rewind on ESPN+ in the U.S. FC Exclusives - Arsenal want Bailly, Cahill - Pogba not for sale; Juve keen - Steffen on brink of Man City transfer - Under eyed by City, Arsenal, Chelsea - Real Madrid interested in Diaz Juventus only signed Cristiano Ronaldo this summer but the Italian club are already seemingly looking for his future replacement, with Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho on their radar according to Calciomercato. Ronaldo is 33 years old but has stated that he wants to keep playing until he's 40,...

Cristiano Ronaldo at the ATP Tennis Finals: Can he catch it? No he can't!

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 02:45:00 GMT

Cristiano Ronaldo is far more skilled with his feet than his hands if footage of his attempted catch is anything to go by. With club football on the back-burner for a week or two, Cristiano Ronaldo ventured to London to watch a little tennis for the ATP Tour finals at the O2 Arena. With the family in tow, Ronaldo had prime seats to watch Novak Djokovic take on John Isner -- the former ultimately trouncing the latter in straight sets to keep his quest for a record-equalling sixth Finals title on track. Things didn't go quite as smoothly for the Juventus star, who at one point attempted to catch an errant ball only to...

Juventus win battle of the exes as Gonzalo Higuain's rage shows why Allegri left out Leonardo Bonucci

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 03:55:00 GMT

As the announcer read out the line-ups at San Siro on Sunday, the Milan Ultras whistled Juventus' starting XI. When he listed off the substitutes, all you could hear was an "ooooooooooh" from the Curva Sud which became louder and louder until climaxing with Leonardo Bonucci's name and a shout of "S---." It was the first time Bonucci had returned to the stadium since ditching Milan in the summer "to go home" to Juventus after only one season. But he was not named in the starting XI. Realising the...

Paul Pogba future far from sure at Manchester United but where could he go?

Sat, 10 Nov 2018 01:16:00 GMT

Stewart Robson takes a look at the tactics that Jose Mourinho could deploy against City in the Manchester derby. ESPN FC's Mark Ogden sits down with Man City's David Silva to discuss how the Manchester derby has evolved and his favourite moments in the rivalry. Paul Pogba's performances in his past two games, which ended in late, late wins for Manchester United over Bournemouth and Juventus, are a microcosm of his time at the club. Over the course of those matches, he was pivotal yet peripheral, inspirational yet underwhelming. When United looked to him against Bournemouth, he was often sublime, floating past the challenges of desperate opponents and conjuring an assist for Marcus Rashford's winning goal. Yet against Juventus, whose supporters raucously...

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