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Ever wondered what would be in the shopping trolley of Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldo?

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Everton striker Romelu Lukaku pictured receiving treatment during the Merseyside derby

Everton relief with news Romelu Lukaku injury will keep him out for 'weeks rather than months'

The on-loan striker was taken off during the 4-0 drubbing being dished out by Liverpool

Premier League dominates international transfer market

English sides paid out over $1bn in 2013

Hugo Lloris

Transfer news: Hugo Lloris could leave Tottenham Hotspur if they fail to finish inside top four - reports

French keeper could quit the club if they fail to reach Champions League

Heurelho Gomes

Transfer news: Heurelho Gomes would welcome Tottenham exit - but move is not imminent

The goalkeeper is keen on a switch to PSV

People help a family out of a burning car after it drove over a barricade of fire started by protesters, during demonstrations against the staging of the upcoming 2014 World Cup

Over 100 arrested in Brazil as anti-World Cup protesters clash with police

Sao Paulo demonstration billed as the year’s first action against the summer tournament ended in tear gas and rubber bullets after cars were torched and bank windows smashed

Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull are collaborating the the World Cup 2014 song,

World Cup 2014: Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte team up for official song

"We Are One (Ole Ola)" will debut at the opening ceremony in Sao Paulo in June

Falcao set to miss World Cup finals in Brazil after damaging his knee in a French Cup match

World Cup 2014: Radamel Falcao could join growing list of major absentees at Brazil

Colombia striker set to miss finals in Brazil after damaging his knee in a French Cup match

A porcupine fell onto the head of a woman and left over 250 quills in her scalp

Ouch! Porcupine embeds over 200 spikes in Brazilian woman's head

Housewife left with 272 quills stuck in her scalp after prickly animal falls on her while she's walking the dog

Footage posted online showed the extraordinary moment this woman and child were mown down by an out-of-control car - and jumped straight back up

Brazil crash escape: Out-of-control car runs over woman and her five-year-old grandson's head - yet they get up unscathed

Incredible footage shown on local TV was captured by street-side security camera

Manchester United are reportedly set to overcome fervent efforts from Atlético Madrid to hijack their £40m-plus move for Juan Mata

Transfer news round up: Manchester United close in on Mata; Rooney fancied by Real Madrid; Arsenal rejoin the hunt for Rodrigo

Your guide to the biggest stories of the day as the transfer window slowly hots up

Bayern Munich defender Dante

Transfer news: Manchester United monitoring Dante, with the Bayern Munich defender interested in switch, reveals agent

Reports in Brazil suggested the 30-year-old centre-back had already signed for the Premier League champions

Lucas Leiva

Lucas Leiva injury latest: Liverpool midfielder out for two months with knee ligament damage

The Brazilian midfielder hurt himself in the recent 2-2 draw with Aston Villa

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