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Cristiano Ronaldo tops ESPN World Fame 100

To find the 100 most famous athletes in the world, we started with 600 of the biggest names in sports, drawn from 68 countries. Real Madrid and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is No. 1.

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33 Reasons to love and hate Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is top of the ESPN World Fame 100 list. Here are 33 reasons to love or hate the 33-year-old Real Madrid superstar.

Portugal destined for edgy and nervous World Cup

While Portugal shocked at Euro 2016, Ian Darke and company feel Cristiano Ronaldo's aging side may not be able to punch above their weight


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Christian Pulisic addresses being linked to Liverpool


Pulisic: Focus to blame for U.S. WC failure

Christian Pulisic has put part of the United States' failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup down to a lack of focus.

Ream: Klinsmann-Arena debate 'moot point'

U.S. international Tim Ream believes the debate over whether the team was better off with Jurgen Klinsmann or Bruce Arena is a "moot point."




Emery can improve Arsenal overnight

Tom Adams: Pulses might not race at Arsenal's pending appointment of Unai Emery, but he possesses precisely what the Gunners lacked under Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal to appoint Emery as new manager - sources

Arsenal are close to announcing Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger's successor as manager, according to sources. Mikel Arteta had also been in the running.

Five qualities Arsenal are looking for in Emery

Arsenal's decision to pursue former PSG boss Unai Emery is based on a specific set of qualities the manager can bring to the Emirates.

Major League Soccer

All is not well with Ibrahimovic and the Galaxy

Ibrahimovic's impulsive act of retaliation to get his first red card shows his frustration with life at the LA Galaxy has been building.

USA Today

Power Rankings: NYRB usurp Atlanta

The New York Red Bulls are now Major League Soccer's team to beat, while things took a turn for the better at D.C. United.

MLS: 40 goals in 90 seconds

From a pair of stunning goals in Portland to Bradley Wright-Phillips' double in Atlanta, check out all 40 goals from Week 12 in MLS.


Montreal 0-1 LA Galaxy: Ibra sent off in win - Via MLS

Ola Kamara rescued LA Galaxy with a decisive goal at Montreal after a Zlatan Ibrahimovic red card reduced the visitors to 10 men.


Atlanta 1-3 New York: BWP brace caps dramatic night - Via MLS

Sunday's clash between two of the top teams in the East had just about everything, as the New York Red Bulls inflicted a second straight home defeat for Atlanta United.


Chicago 2-3 Houston: Dynamo fight back - Via MLS

Alberth Elis struck twice in the second half to turn the tide for Houston Dynamo in a comeback win at Chicago.


Minnesota 1-1 Sporting KC: Loons hold West's best - Via MLS

Darwin Quintero equalized shortly after Khiry Shelton's early goal to ensure a point for Minnesota against Western Conference leaders Sporting KC.


Portland 2-1 LAFC: Timbers slow down LAFC - Via MLS

Samuel Armenteros scored his first career MLS goal to lead Portland to three points and end LAFC's six-match unbeaten run.


Toronto 2-1 Orlando: Reds tame Lions - Via MLS

Toronto picked up just their third league win of the season, behind goals from local boys Jay Chapman and Ryan Telfer.


NYCFC 4-0 Colorado: David Villa Day - Via MLS

On a day dubbed David Villa Day in New York City, the newest member of the 400-goals club scored two more to lead NYCFC past Colorado.


New England 0-1 Columbus: Abubakar seals Crew win - Via MLS

Lalas Abubakar headed in the late winner to give the Columbus Crew an away victory against the New England Revolution.


FC Dallas 2-2 Vancouver: Whitecaps scrape late draw - Via MLS

Kei Kamara slotted home a penalty deep into injury time to help the Vancouver Whitecaps claw back a 2-2 draw against FC Dallas.


San Jose 1-3 D.C. United: Acosta sets the tone - Via MLS

Luciano Acosta's first multi-assist game in almost two years paved the way for D.C. United, who came away 3-1 victors in San Jose.



LIVE Transfer Talk: Martial set for Tottenham?

Anthony Martial looks set to leave Man United, but will Tottenham sign him? Chelsea are tracking Robert Lewandowski. Follow Transfer Talk LIVE.


Transfer Rater: Neymar to Real Madrid

Neymar to Real Madrid and Jamaal Lascelles to Liverpool are some of the latest hot rumours, courtesy of Football Whispers.

Is this the window Eden Hazard leaves Chelsea?

With Man City reportedly ready to bid big for Eden Hazard, Paul Mariner analyses the Belgian's situation at Chelsea and whether he needs a fresh challenge.




Inside Liverpool's Champions League final preparations


Robertson's progression reminds of Liverpool legend Kennedy

Andy Robertson started slow at Liverpool but like former left-back Alan Kennedy has become a cult figure. Can he mimic Kennedy's exploits vs Madrid?

Liverpool boosted by fan power in Kiev

Fan power has propelled Liverpool to the Champions League final, with the force of Anfield and the club's raucous support powering the Reds to Kiev.


A sneak peek at 'Messi and Me'

Matt Eliason's dream of playing professionally appeared to be over, until a chance appearance in a friendly with Lionel Messi changed his life.


18 things you may have forgotten from this season

The 2017-18 season is over. But here are 18 things from across Europe you might have forgotten happened.

How Arsenal decided on Unai Emery as manager

The FC crew react to reports Arsenal are set to replace Arsene Wenger with former PSG boss Unai Emery, rather than former Gunner Mikel Arteta.


Owen: Salah should win the Ballon d'Or

Former Liverpool forward Michael Owen believes that if his former club win the UEFA Champions League, Mohamed Salah will deserve to win the Ballon d'Or award.


Assessing Mourinho's tenure at Man United

The ESPN FC panel rate the success of Jose Mourinho's time at Manchester United and discuss his relationship with Paul Pogba.


Why Sanchez has struggled to adapt at Man United

Paul Mariner pinpoints the reasons why Alexis Sanchez has found it difficult to adjust to life at Man United since leaving Arsenal in January.



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Pranks, fails, dodgy statues ... and of course, Zlatan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mohamed Salah's doppelganger, dodgy statues (and good ones), penalty fails and top pranks: It's the Toe Poke awards 2018!


The Exploding Heads' End of Season Awards


Will Smith to sing 2018 World Cup song

Will Smith and Nicky Jam have been locked in to perform the official 2018 World Cup song, according to multiple reports.

Marcotti's Musings: Mourinho, Conte, Serie A drama and more

Jose Mourinho may not be bothered about losing the FA Cup final but he has to fix how Man United play, writes Gab Marcotti. PLUS: Andres Iniesta's place in Spain's best-ever discussion, Lazio vs. Inter delivers drama and Chelsea must be careful as to how they replace Antonio Conte.

European Football

The Final Word on La Liga: Messi shines

Barcelona were runaway winners as Lionel Messi shone like never before, while Atletico and Valencia offered hope for more than a two-horse race.

The Final Word on Serie A: Dybala leads Juve

Juventus continued their title dominance but it was a close call. It's been a stunning Serie A season. Next year has a lot to live up to.

The Final World on Ligue 1: Neymar attitude poor

It was an eventful Ligue 1 season as the Neymar era kicked off. While he impressed with his skill, his attitude was poor. Here's a look back ...

German Bundesliga

Dortmund's fan connection makes them special

As Borussia Dortmund prepare for their first trip to the United States, we look at what makes the club so special after years of upheaval.

Is U.S. teenager Tyler Adams ready for the Bundesliga?

With Tyler Adams being linked to RB Leipzig, Alejandro Moreno explains why the American international is ready to make the move from MLS.


What you need to know about Niko Kovac

From his Berlin roots to the Bayern hot seat, get the lowdown on incoming boss and 2018 DFB Pokal winner Niko Kovac.



Moreno: Morata's Chelsea form left Lopetegui no choice

Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop believe Alvaro Morata's regression in a Chelsea uniform cost him his chance at making Spain's World Cup team.


Will Argentina regret Mauro Icardi snub?

After Mauro Icardi's big season for Inter, the FC crew question his omission from Argentina's 23-man squad for the World Cup.


Mariner: Belgium stupid to omit Nainggolan

Paul Mariner says the World Cup will be a sadder place without Radja Nainggolan, after the midfielder was left out of Belgium's provisional squad.


Marcotti: Inter's summer gamble pays off with top 4

Gab Marcotti explains how Inter's big decision in the summer proved decisive to securing Champions League football for the first time since 2012.


Why FA Cup win changes nothing for Conte and Chelsea

Despite winning the FA Cup this season, the FC crew agree Antonio Conte has likely coached his final match for Chelsea.


How success is being redefined at Man United

Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop question Jose Mourinho's positive outlook after Man United's loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup final.


Is criticism of Robert Lewandowski justified?

With former Bayern Munich stars lining up to criticise Robert Lewandowski's impact, the FC crew assess whether such comments are necessary.


ESPN FC Best of the Week

Check out the best moments from the week on the ESPN FC set, including Steve Nicol's dancing skills and Sebastian Salazar's wedding.


Manchester United


Mourinho at United: If he's not winning, what's he good for?

It's Louis van Gaal football with added paranoia. Two seasons in at Manchester United and Jose Mourinho's style and manner is beginning to grate.

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Man United, football need break from each other

The players need a break from their manager; supporters need respite from the dull fare that was served up after April's Manchester derby.

Man United's complacency allowing rivals to close to gap

Man United are confident that they don't need to win trophies to remain football's dominant commercial force, but could that arrogance cost them?

English Premier League

Club kits for 2018-19

Arsenal's new kit: red pin stripes on white sleeves

Arsenal announced their new home kit for next season on Tuesday with a new sleeve design that has divided opinion among fans.

Lukaku, Pogba, Martial model new United kit

After securing second spot in the Premier League with a goalless draw, Manchester United celebrated by treating themselves to a brand new third kit.

Manchester City unveil new kit ahead of new season

After wrapping up the Premier League title, Man City have treated themselves to a brand new kit for the 2018-19 season.

The Toe Poke

Grant Holt: The Wrestler

Former Norwich City striker Grant Holt is to follow Tim Weise's lead and make the late-career move from football into the world of wrestling.

Louis Vuitton produces World Cup case

Louis Vuitton will provide a custom trophy case designed to carry the World Cup, as has launched a full range of tournament-themed leather luggage.

Salah's boots enter British Museum

Mohamed Salah has seen his football boots enter the British Museum as part of their collection of priceless Egyptian artefacts.

Ream: Fulham's season nice distraction from U.S. failure

Tim Ream revisits the USMNT's World Cup failure with ESPN's Alison Bender and explains how it has helped him in Fulham's fight for promotion.


Championship playoff winners to get £160m

Prize on offer in the winner-takes-all clash between Fulham and Villa at Wembley remains the biggest in world football.

Sessegnon compared to Bale, but more like Salah or Sterling

He's a left-back turned winger with a striker's instincts. It's easy to see why Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon is so highly-rated.



Chelsea owner Abramovich's visa issues explained

The delay by UK authorities in processing Roman Abramovich's visa renewal application won't stop him owning Chelsea, but it could cause some issues.


Chelsea would get better of Willian-Martial swap

If a deal for Martial is possible, reuniting Willian with his favourite manager would be a bitter pill well worth swallowing for Chelsea.

Can Chelsea's season be considered a success?

Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes debate whether Chelsea's FA Cup triumph makes it a successful season and what it means for Eden Hazard's future.


Real Madrid


Isco at Real Madrid pre Champions League final media open day "I've seen some Liverpool games this season, I like how the play, with good football."

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Zidane: No team with 'more hunger' than Madrid

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said his players have shown they are motivated to win the Champions League again after a difficult season.

Real Madrid players training at open day ahead if Saturday's Champions League final against Liverpool. Speaking beforehand Zidane suggested Gareth Bale's recent form could see him start.

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Will experience be the deciding factor in the UCL final?

The ESPN FC crew discuss Jurgen Klopp's comments on the role experience will play in the Champions League final.


Giggs backs 'impact' player Bale in UCL final

Ryan Giggs has warned Liverpool that Gareth Bale is ready to make the difference in the Champions League final.

Champions League headache for supporters in Kiev

Picking Kiev for the Champions League final has raised all manner of problems for fans. Dermot Corrigan details the problems Real Madrid are having.

FIFA World Cup

32 teams in 32 days: Team Previews

World Cup 2018: Previews of all 32 teams

The 2018 World Cup won't have Italy or the U.S. but all the big hitters like Brazil, Germany and Argentina will battle. Get the info you need here.


Iran: Jahanbakhsh, Azmoun the key men

Iran's qualifying campaign was serene, and winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh and striker Sardar Azmoun may catch the eye for the potential dark horses.

Australia big underdogs in tough Group C

Australia are not fancied to get out of Group C, but if Aaron Mooy & Co. can gel quickly under new boss Bert van Marwijk, progress is possible.

Santos' Liga MX title signals end of big-budget era

The idea of a team with a small budget and no marketable stars winning Liga MX seemed impossible. Now, Santos have given hope to all Mexican sides.

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Santos ensures the best playoff team wins Liga MX

Some may say Toluca was the best team in Liga MX, but Santos Laguna -- behind Julio Furch and Jonathan Orozco -- was the best playoff team.

Villafana: Liga MX title more important than stolen money

ESPN FC's Tom Marshall catches up with Jorge Villafana, who helped Santos win the Liga MX title two days after being robbed at gunpoint.


United States


More comments, no accountability after USMNT failure


U.S. not all about Pulisic as McKennie, Miazga get their chance

Christian Pulisic is the star of the latest U.S. squad but players like Weston McKennie, who is gaining minutes at club level, will also form the core.

U.S.-led World Cup bid nears vote that's too close to call

With geopolitical interest and a rival bid from Morocco, the U.S.-led United Bid for the right to host the 2026 World Cup is going down to the wire.

Reading between the emojis of Willian's Instagram post

The FC crew interpret what Willian's now-deleted Instagram post says about Chelsea players' relationship with Antonio Conte and Conte's future.


Why is Conte headed for exit but Mourinho not?

Mark Ogden: One is disliked but secure, the other has won trophies but is heading for the exit. Saturday's FA Cup final showed the irony of Mourinho and Conte's respective positions.

Hazard punishes toothless United in FA Cup final

Mark Ogden: If this is goodbye Antonio Conte, he will leave with the FA Cup after Eden Hazard struck against a Manchester United side lacking bite in attack.



Sampaoli must build around Messi, address defence

Argentina's latest coach faces an age-old problem. Will Sampaoli's playing style suit a suspect defence and allow his star to shine?

Messi: Inside the life of the world’s most private superstar

Sam Borden: Lionel Messi only seems like the least interesting man in the world. Listen closely and his silence speaks louder than most athletes' shouts.

Pavon ready to be Argentina's secret weapon

Cristian Pavon has always been confident in his abilities but has always delivered. Now he stands to be Argentina's secret weapon in Russia.

The story of Barcelona's rocky but successful season

Ernesto Valverde and Barcelona have emerged from a tough season with a Liga-record unbeaten run and two trophies, but it still feels insufficient.

Is Iniesta the best Spanish player of all time?

After Andres Iniesta's last game for Barca, the FC crew assess his place among Spain's greats and whether he can go out on top at the World Cup.


Iniesta's Barcelona goodbye in pictures

Sunday saw Andres Iniesta play his 670th and final game for Barcelona as the Spanish champions closed out their season vs. Real Sociedad.

Iniesta bids farewell to Barcelona faithful

After 22 years with Barcelona, an emotional Andres Iniesta exits the Camp Nou pitch for the final time.


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Kompany reveals how Man City can improve in 2018-19

Man City's Vincent Kompany tells Alexis Nunes how their record-breaking season came together, what it's like working under Pep Guardiola and more.


Kompany: Pep 'intensity' can see City retain title

Vincent Kompany said Pep Guardiola has laid the foundation for Manchester City to achieve prolonged success in the Premier League.

Can Pep keep Man City at the top for another two seasons?

Alexis Nunes and Paul Mariner react to Pep Guardiola signing a two-year extension and debate whether he can take Man City to the next level.


European Football

Aves win Portuguese Cup, cap miserable season for Sporting

Desportivo das Aves' stunning cup final victory over Sporting capped a remarkable season for the minnows and the hardest week in Sporting's history.

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Croatia's Rebic is finally proving his worth

Ante Revic shone the brightest as Eintracht Frankfurt stunned Bayern in the cup final. Though he's had a tough career, he will be at the World Cup.

Mexicans in Europe grades: A+ Lozano shines, Chicharito a C+

The European season has now drawn to a close. We grade how the most prominent Europeos performed in their 2017-18 tournaments.


Wolfsburg beat Holstein Kiel to stay in Bundesliga

Robin Knoche's goal 15 minutes from time ensured Wolfsburg kept their place in the Bundesliga after beating Holstein Kiel 4-1 on aggregate.

Tiny Huesca earn historic La Liga promotion

Huesca will play in La Liga for the first time in the club's history next season after beating Lugo 2-0 in the Segunda division.

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Italian Serie A

Buffon a perfect 10 in Juventus finale

For his immaculate performances over the years, stellar career and his graciousness, Gigi Buffon got a perfect 10 in his final Juve outing.


Marcotti: Inter's summer gamble pays off with top 4

Gab Marcotti explains how Inter's big decision in the summer proved decisive to securing Champions League football for the first time since 2012.


Buffon's Juventus goodbye: In pictures

Gianluigi Buffon bid farewell to Juventus on Saturday as the Serie A champions took on Verona. Here's a look at how the emotional day went down.


Last Train to Russia: Kaliningrad


Last Train to Russia: Sochi

Martin Ainstein's tour of World Cup host cities arrives at Sochi's Fisht Stadium, which will host six World Cup matches this summer.


Last Train to Russia: Rostov-on-Don

Martin Ainstein's train pulls up at World Cup host city Rostov-on-Don, home of the historic Museum of Railways.


Last Train to Russia: Volgograd

Martin Ainstein's tour of Russian World Cup host cities arrives at the scene of the Battle of Stalingrad, the largest and bloodiest of World War II.


Last Train to Russia: Ekaterinburg

Martin Ainstein's latest stop on his tour of World Cup host cities takes him to Ekaterinburg, located on the border of Europe and Asia.


Last Train to Russia: Kazan

Martin Ainstein visits World Cup host city Kazan, home to one of the largest and most historic mosques in Europe.


Last Train to Russia: Samara

The fourth leg of Martin Ainstein's trip through Russia takes him to World Cup host city Samara, home of Stalin's bunker.


Last Train to Russia: Saransk

Episode 3 of Last Train to Russia sees Martin Ainstein alight at World Cup host city Saransk to examine one of the country's national obsessions - ice hockey.


Last Train to Russia: Nizhny Novgorod

A sneak peak of episode 2 of Martin Ainstein's Russian odyssey takes him to World Cup host city Nizhny Novgorod, famous for its Matryoshka dolls.


Last Train to Russia: St. Petersburg

Join Martin Ainstein on his trip to St. Petersburg in an extract from episode 1 of Last Train to Russia, airing on ESPN networks throughout this week ahead of the World Cup.


FIFA World Cup

Gazza, Suarez feature in infamous World Cup bans

We take a look at those whose World Cup was cut short for a range of misdemeanours. Here's 10 of the "best".

Was the 1998 World Cup fixed?

Michel Platini has said France influenced the 1998 World Cup group stage draw. We take a look at the background.

Tensions escalating between FIFA and UEFA

The battle lines have been drawn. UEFA's rejection of FIFA's proposed $25bn remodelling of world football have tensions at an all-time high.

Atletico Madrid fans unveil Torres tribute tifo

Atletico Madrid fans produced a touching tribute to Fernando Torres before his final game at the Wanda Metropolitano.


Torres scores fairy-tale double in Atleti farewell

Fernando Torres bid farewell to his boyhood club by scoring twice in his final match for Atletico Madrid in Sunday's 2-2 draw vs. Eibar.

Torres scores twice on Atletico farewell

Fernando Torres scored twice on his final appearance for 10-man Atletico Madrid in Sunday's 2-2 draw against Eibar.

What you need to know about Niko Kovac

From his Berlin roots to the Bayern hot seat, get the lowdown on incoming boss and 2018 DFB Pokal winner Niko Kovac.


Eintracht Frankfurt shock Bayern to win DFB Pokal

Eintracht Frankfurt pulled off a shock 3-1 upset over Bayern Munich in the final to win their first DFB Pokal since 1998 and end Jupp Heynckes' career on a losing note.

Hummels, Sule too slow in Bayern's shock cup loss

Bayern's coach-in-waiting, Niko Kovac, exposed the German champions' lack of pace in the DFB Pokal final -- something he'll need to fix next season.

Transfer window

Premier League opens May 17

Transfer lookahead: Who stays and who goes?

The season is over, but the transfer business is only just beginning for the Premier League's top clubs. ESPN FC's club correspondents discuss.

World Cup, new transfer window will impact deals

With Premier League clubs electing to open the transfer window May 17 to Aug. 9, there will be an almighty scramble for new players this summer.

Transfer Talk: Manchester United

ESPN's Manchester United correspondent Rob Dawson discussed how he feels Jose Mourinho can create a side to rival Manchester City.


Transfer Talk: Arsenal

ESPN's Arsenal correspondent Mattias Karen feels Arsenal need to bring in several key defenders if the club is to challenge for sivlerware.


Transfer Talk: Chelsea

ESPN's Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey discusses the transfer business needed to turn the club into title contenders again.


Transfer Talk: Liverpool

ESPN's Liverpool correspondent Glenn Price shares his view on where Jurgen Klopp can add strength to his squad and become title contenders.


Transfer Talk: Manchester City

ESPN's Manchester City correspondent Jonathon Smith discusses what the club need to do to defend the Premier League title.


Transfer Talk: Tottenham

ESPN's Tottenham correspondent Dan Kilpatrick reveals the transfers he feels will help the club win silverware in the coming season.


Premier League

Report Cards: City top of the class, Chelsea flops

ESPN FC's club correspondents hand out their end of season reports for the top clubs in the Premier League. Manchester City are top of the class, but what of the others?

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Man City have 10-year plan to dominate - chief

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak has warned their rivals that they expect the club to get even stronger over the next decade.

Manchester City 2017/18 Season Review

ESPN's Manchester City correspondent Jonathan Smith shares his view on a season where Manchester City finished champions 19 points ahead of Manchester United.


Manchester United 2017/18 Season Review

ESPN's Manchester United correspondent Rob Dawson gives his view on the club's second place finish to rivals Manchester City.


Tottenham 2017/18 Season Review

ESPN's Tottenham correspondent Dan Kilpatirck shares his thoughts on a season where Mauricio Pochettino secured Champions League football during their spell at Wembley.


Liverpool 2017/18 Season Review

ESPN's Glenn Price reviews Liverpool's season in which Mohamed Salah won the golden boot with the club also making the Champions League Final.


Chelsea 2017/18 Season Review

ESPN's Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey shares his thoughts on the club's frustrating season where they missed out on a Champions League spot.


Arsenal 2017/18 Season Review

ESPN's Arsenal correspondent Mattias Karen talks through Arsene Wenger's last season in charge of the club which ended without any silverware.




Two on Tri: Who makes Mexico's final roster?

After Mexico's preliminary World Cup roster was announced, Herc Gomez talks about which players he wouldn't take to Russia.


Marquez trains without Mexico sponsor logos

Rafa Marquez may be heading to his fifth World Cup, but it appears he'll do it without Mexico sponsor logos on his gear.

"Gallito" not letting Mexico snub slow him down

Jose Juan "Gallito" Vazquez has had a superb Clausura for Santos Laguna as it preps for the Liga MX final. It's a shame he'll miss the World Cup.

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