Cesc Fabregas has played down the contribution of Cristiano Ronaldo at the World Cup and said that Argentina's struggles are not all Lionel Messi's fault.
Writing in a column for BBC Sport, Fabregas, who was left out of Spain's squad for this summer's tournament, said that Ronaldo's four goals in two games, including a hat trick against La Roja, "have come from set-pieces, penalties or mistakes."
Fabregas also praised former Barcelona teammate Messi and bemoaned Argentina's lack of quality as they...
VOLGOGRAD, Russia -- Both FIFA and sources close to World Cup referee Mark Geiger have denied accusations from Morocco's Nordin Amrabat that the American official asked for a Portugal player's shirt during the game he worked on Wednesday.
Morocco complained about Geiger's performance after losing to Portugal 1-0 in the match, which was his first on-field assignment at the 2018 event, and midfielder Amrabat raised the prospect of impartial behaviour by the referee in an interview with Dutch...
Have you ever wondered what it feels like to actually play with Cristiano Ronaldo? What you go through when the best player in the world is on your team? What you learn from training, playing or even just standing next to the guy who breaks records after records, the guy who is the reigning winner of the Ballon d'Or, the Champions League and the European Championship?
Everyone knows Ronaldo is one of the greatest ever. But expressing what it feels like to play with him is different.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia -- They say it exists only in our minds, and that's fine. They should say that. They should also say that it isn't anything more than a made-up teeter-totter wobbling back and forth in the collective brains of anyone who loves soccer.
Lionel Messi? Cristiano Ronaldo? Ronaldo? Messi?
To both players, the comparison is either contrived or silly (or both). But to us, it is the meat of what makes sports fascinating, the bedrock of conversation in bars or at concession stands...