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

The viral shows Cristiano Ronaldo strapped to train track

Pepsi forced to apologise after image of Cristiano Ronaldo 'voodoo doll' tied to a railway track and poked by needles is posted on Facebook page

Soft drink giant's official Facebook page in Sweden contained the pictures

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be going to the World Cup
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after his hat-trick took Portugal to the World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo showed 'I am here' after stunning hat-trick for Portugal in World Cup play-off against Sweden

Stunning hat-trick steals show from Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Sweden v Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal team-mates given early wake-up call by radio prankster

Station blared out euro-pop in attempt to wake the Portuguese players up

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo will collide again in the second leg

Sweden (0) v Portugal (1): World Cup play-off match preview

A look ahead to tonight's World Cup 2014 qualifying match in Solna

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo smiles during the match Portugal against Sweden at the Luz stadium in Lisbon

Portugal 1 Sweden 0 match report: Cristiano Ronaldo deals first blow in personal duel with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Cristiano Ronaldo struck the first blow in his personal duel with Zlatan Ibrahimovic when his late flying header gave Portugal a 1-0 win over Sweden in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff on Friday.

Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic show their respect after their one international
encounter in 2008

World Cup 2014 play-off: Portugal v Sweden match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s World Cup qualifier at the Estadio da Luz

Didier Deschamps' France side face a tricky first leg in Ukraine

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

The clash of giant egos is in Lisbon, the romance in Reykjavik, and the only previous winner under threat plays in Kiev, but perhaps the most intriguing European World Cup play-off begins on Friday night in Athens.

Only one of Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will appear at next year's World Cup finals
Jose Mourinho gives Cristiano Ronaldo instructions in Real Madrid's 2-1 victory at Manchester United last season

Jose Mourinho: 'Coaching Cristiano Ronaldo was the highlight of my career'

Portuguese pair worked together at Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013

Hector Herrera’s (centre) transfer from Pachuca in Mexico to Porto may have earned Nicky Blair around $1m

Hector Herrera deal could see Nicholas Blair, son of former PM Tony Blair, join top flight of football agents

The midfielder's transfer from Pachuca in Mexico to Porto may have earned former British PM's son around $1m

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has been frustrated with his role at left-back

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen frustrated with left-back role but accepts sacrifice claims Andre Villas-Boas

Vertonghen has played the last three games out wide in Danny Rose's absence after he picked up a toe injury

E-fit images of the suspect, and the McCanns in a BBC 'Crimewatch' reconstruction
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