Sport Cristiano Ronaldo receiving medical attention for his knee in training

The Portuguese star is determined to lead his country to victory over the USA despite nursing a knee injury

When United and Liverpool lasy met again at Old Trafford, controversy followed as Suarez refused to shake Evra's hand before kick-off

Alex Ferguson hoping Manchester United clash with Liverpool passes without incident

United manager believes Luis Suarez incident is behind both clubs

Manchester City and Chelsea 'target' Radamel Falcao hints at future in Italy

The Colombian international has been strongly linked with a move away from Atletico Madrid

Spot the winner: Lionel Messi at this year's awards

The Ballon d'Or: Shimmering statuettes, simmering rivalries – but dodgier suits

The Ballon d'Or is the Oscars of the football world

The Ballon D'Or contenders

Are there any reasons why Lionel Messi shouldn't win the Fifa Ballon d'Or?

We profile the three contenders for tonight's award - Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta

Royal Ballet: Leaping beauties caught on camera

The Royal Ballet's top dancers wear quirky accessories and clothes by young British fashion designers in a new series of unconventional portraits.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi turns down £460,000-a-week after £205m release clause is triggered

Barcelona forward shuns offer from unknown Russian club

The Spain players after their 4-0 win over Italy in the European Championship final in Kiev in July

Magical memories of 2012 - Football: 'That night Spain played thrilling, bold, beautiful football'

1 July: Beautiful Spain smash Italy in the Euro 2012 final

McCammon axed over racism claim, says tribunal

Ian Herbert northern Football correspondent

Manchester United have massive global appeal, especially in countries like Japan

Manchester City eager to copy the United model, just as Barcelona did

Etihad club's turnover was less than half of their rivals' in the last financial year, but their chief executive, Ferran Soriano has overtaken them before

Falcao, the man they call “The Tiger”, will be a major threat to Real Madrid in his first appearance at the Santiago Bernabeu

Atletico ready 'The Tiger' Radamel Falcao as their big-game hunter

Falcao to play at Santiago Bernabeu for first time

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea in action for the Spain under-21s

Peter Schmeichel hails mental strength of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea

Peter Schmeichel has hailed the mental fortitude that has allowed David de Gea to recover from his nightmare start at Manchester United.

Sergio Aguero is denied by Iker Casillas

Manchester City v Real Madrid: Key battles

Manchester City take on Real Madrid on Wednesday in a Champions League Group D match they must win to stand any chance of reaching the knockout stages. Here, Press Association Sport looks at some likely key battles.

The Sports Matrix: Tuesday 20 November 2012

Mancini: Maybe the police can help us stop Ronaldo

Wilfried Zaha made his England debut in Sweden on Wednesday

Wilfried Zaha has been shocked by his rapid rise, claims Ian Holloway

Wilfried Zaha may have been proclaimed as the latest saviour of English football, but Ian Holloway is worried that being in the spotlight may damage his development.

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