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Ronaldo and Messi at the 2022 World Cup? Don't bet against them

Ronaldo and Messi return to international duty, and it's not unthinkable that their eternal rivalry will stretch to the 2022 World Cup.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are back on Friday. It's been two-hundred and sixty-five days since we last saw them, each bowing out on the same day, at the same stage of the World Cup, likely with the same heartache.

Lionel Messi was in Kazan, where his Argentina side had let a 2-1 second-half lead slip in a wild, drunken shootout of a knockout game that saw France advance 4-3. Cristiano Ronaldo was in Sochi, a thousand miles away on the banks of the Black Sea, yet shoulder-to-shoulder with...

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

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.

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Ballin! 🤣

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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...

UEFA Nations League finals: Don't write off England but Portugal are favourites

The last time Portugal hosted a major tournament, a teenage Cristiano Ronaldo ended up in tears after the hosts fell to a shock defeat against Greece in the final of Euro 2004. It has pretty much been an upward curve since then for the Juventus forward in terms of his club career, with Manchester United and then Real Madrid -- with five Champions League winners' medals -- but on the international stage, even Portugal's surprise success at Euro 2016 was tarnished for Ronaldo due to the player being...

If the 2022 World Cup started today: Looking at the major nations

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on the team most likely to win the World Cup if it were to take place tomorrow.
Gianni Infantino believes Russia 2018 is the benchmark for Qatar to live up to at the 2022 World Cup.
Watch E:60's eye-opening segment on the migrant worker issues in Qatar.

The next World Cup is four years away, but if the tournament began today, how would the biggest countries line up? Further, what do they need to do between now and kickoff on Nov. 21, 2022?

We asked our writers to look into the future. Click on the flags below to see that nation.

ARGENTINA

Starting XI if the World Cup began today
Sergio Romero; Renzo Saravia, Juan Foyth, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico; Giovani Lo Celso, Leandro Paredes, Exequiel Palacios; Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala,...


How Bernardo Silva went from 'Messizinho' to one of Manchester City's best players

As a youngster coming through the ranks at Benfica, Bernardo Silva had two nicknames. One was rather more generous than the other, but both captured something about him and they still do now.

The first was "O Messizinho do Seixal" (Seixal being the neighbourhood were Benfica's academy is based) -- Messizinho meaning "Little Messi" because of similarities between the two players in style.

Indeed, from the moment he first turned up for a trial, Bernardo was a sensation, capable of producing...

Cristiano Ronaldo swapping Real Madrid for Juventus? Not so fast

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...