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

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo pictured in October's El Clasico

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World Cup play-offs: Romania seek to spark national revival in Brazil

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Real Madrid winger has been at odds with Fifa and Sepp Blatter recently

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Steven Gerrard votes for Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez to win the Ballon d'Or

Franck Ribery is the favourite to win the prestigious award

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The Argentina international is not expected to play again this year

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates with Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale

Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat-trick in Real Madrid rout of Real Sociedad

With Gareth Bale in the side, Carlo Ancelotti's team won 5-1

Louie Theophanous, of Staines (left), and Cristiano Ronaldo, of Real Madrid

Meet the Staines striker with a sideline as Cristiano Ronaldo's body double

It is no surprise that Louie Theophanous wants to use this weekend's FA Cup first round as a platform to finally seize his moment in the spotlight. For a few hours, every three months, he stands alongside Cristiano Ronaldo as a footballing equal. That is until the cameras stop rolling.

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Gareth Bale celebrates scoring Real Madrid’s second goal

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Gareth Bale scored his first goal in the Champions League for Real Madrid, but the Spanish side still lost their 100 per cent record in Group B as they were held 2-2 by Juventus.

Gareth Bale celebrates after providing the assist for one of Cristiano Ronaldo's goals against Galatasaray

Roberto Carlos bucks the trend by claiming Gareth Bale IS worth £86m

Former defender says Real Madrid were right to break the world record transfer fee to sign the Welshman

Redknapp has claimed that Bale needed toughening up to become the success he is today

Harry Redknapp claims Gareth Bale was 'too soft to be a defender' and that he was more concerned with his hair when he joined Tottenham

Now the world's most expensive player, Redknapp has spoken of the transformation that got him to where he is today

Two-goal hero Adnan Januzaj is subbed off

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria

Champions League: Angel Di Maria refuses to give up place as he and Cristiano Ronaldo score doubles for Real Madrid

The Spanish side beat FC Copenhagen 4-0 at the Bernabeu

FIFA 14's player ratings: How do the top fives stack up?

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Fifa 14 launches on Xbox 360, PC and PS3 - player ratings scrutinized

Latest update to the long-running franchise met with excitement from fans and players alike

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