Barcelona’s newest striker has scored five of Spain’s seven goals in South Africa, and every one has been example of his fantastic talent. One more this Sunday will draw him level with Raul for Spain’s all time lead. Paul Pogba sits in the dressing room as he prepares to lead out a France team at an Under-16 tournament. The reigning world champions have paid homage to a previous tournament where they came out on top – the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Ronaldo’s hat-trick, which included two late goals, sent Portugal to the final where they beat the Netherlands to become the first team to win the tournament. The Egyptian has made himself a household name in the last 12 months following a stunning debut campaign at Anfield in which he scored 44 goals in 52 games as the Reds reached the Champions League final. Over at Juventus, the 10th richest club in world football, Cristiano Ronaldo and Co will take a wage cut for the next four months as the Italian champions strive to make savings of about 90 million euros (£80m). Before the vote for 2010 host, Warner traveled to Morocco and was offered a $1 million payment by a representative of its bid committee in exchange for his vote.
But with Alisson being snapped up by Liverpool and Kepa staying put at Athletic Bilbao for the time being, Real only had a few days to make an official bid for Courtois while Chelsea remained reluctant to sell one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Back in July 2011, the Belgian shot-stopper refused to play in a pre-season game for Genk in order to secure a £7m switch to Chelsea. The Belgian has consistently been linked with a move to Real Madrid but nothing has materialised and he continues to light up the English game. While there was nothing wrong with earning first-team minutes elsewhere, then Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was left infuriated when Courtois decided to play against his parent club – a Champions League semi-final no less. Chelsea understood the situation. And for good reason – if you ask the Chelsea contingent. “When you’re feeling good mentally, physically, those plays just are instincts and it just happens. Unfortunately his kids are living with the mother in Madrid. But going back to his Chelsea arrival, his time at the club was marred by disloyalty again after he was sent out on loan to Atletico Madrid. Barcelona overtook their rivals Real Madrid to become the world’s richest football club when Deloitte released their Money League back in January.
But really this has shone a light on the bloated wages paid to the world’s leading footballers. Here, Sportsmail has gone back in time and assembled some fascinating pictures of the world’s greatest footballers when they were at the beginning of their glittering careers. MOSCOW (AP) – The World Cup semifinal stage is beginning with the all-European lineup being celebrated by soccer’s governing body on the continent. MELBOURNE, Sept 8 (Reuters) – The Wallabies will have Indigenous design on their primary jerseys starting from the South Africa test on Sunday to “celebrate and recognise First Nations peoples” in Australian rugby, the sport’s governing body said on Wednesday. Brazil midfielder Casemiro, left, and United States midfielder Weston McKennie compete for the ball during the first half of an international soccer friendly match, Friday, Sept. Brazil forward Roberto Firmino, front, goes up for the ball against United States midfielder Wil Trapp during the first half of an international soccer friendly match, Friday, Sept.
Brazil defender Marquinhos (13) deflects a pass from the United States near the net during the first half of an international soccer friendly match, Friday, Sept. Brazil defender Thiago Silva, left, goes up for the ball against United States defender Matt Miazga during the first half of an international soccer friendly match, Friday, Sept. Brazil went ahead when Costa beat Robinson, and Firmino split defenders Matt Miazga and Brooks and with his right foot directed the ball past goalkeeper Zack Steffen for his eighth goal in 26 international appearances. In its first match since a quarterfinal loss to Belgium at the World Cup, Brazil improved to 18-1 against the U.S. The U.S. also plays England. Played a pivotal role as England made the World Cup semi-finals this summer. Panama and Trinidad and Tobago also have qualified for the Gold Cup because they were among the final six nations in regional qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. TENNIS – Roger Federer returns the ball to Jarkko Nieminen of Finland during their BMW Tennis Open final match in Munich. All U.S. starters were 25 and under and the average of 23 years 117 days was under 24 for the fifth straight match.