Gone after nine seasons, 450 goals, four Champions League titles and four Ballon d'Or awards.
Cristiano Ronaldo's move from Real Madrid to Juventus isn't just the second-biggest transfer in history -- the deal, once you factor in wages, transfer fee and commissions, will be comfortably north of $350 million, surpassed only by Neymar -- it's also an enormous gamble for everyone involved.
Real Madrid lose their talisman, their alpha and omega, capable of...
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...
MOSCOW -- The coach as chef-assembling-ingredients metaphor is about as old as the game itself, but it remains hugely apt, particularly at World Cups. Bigger nations, naturally, have more depth and high-quality options to choose from: Germany's Jogi Low and Brazil's Tite shop at Whole Foods (or whatever local, high-end market with the individually wrapped clementines applies to you), whereas Panama coach Hernan Gomez makes do at the corner bodega, where selection is more limited.
SOCHI, Russia -- That chin-stroking celebration? It's a reference to a goat. Or, rather a GOAT: greatest of all time. And while some will rightly debate his status in the farmyard, nights like these remind you that his place in the conversation ought not be doubted.
Sergio Ramos had said it a little over 24 hours earlier, when asked how he would stop Cristiano Ronaldo. "I don't know ... I just hope he doesn't have one of his best games against us."
SOCHI, RUSSIA -- Three points from Portugal and Spain's remarkable 3-3 draw at Fisht Stadium in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored a sublime hat-trick.
1. Ronaldo's three goals earn Portugal a point
For a guy whose deeds are so often defined by numbers, whether it's the fact that he has more goals than games for Real Madrid or the fact that nobody has more Ballon d'Or awards stashed away in his trophy cabinet, there was one that seemed out of sync before this World Cup began: three, as in the number...