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Ronaldo confirms retirement from football

Brazilian great Ronaldo tearfully announced his retirement today, admitting his body had finally succumbed to the crippling litany of injuries that have blighted his remarkable career.

Coyle urges Capello to consider Davies again

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The splashes contenders

It might not be an Ashes summer, but the England v Australia rivalry will be renewed in the Lake District today in "The Splashes", or the All England Stone Skimming Championship as it is better known.

No flair or style: Brazil head home for media mauling

The word "saudade" is one of the most distinctive and frequently used in the Portuguese language, a barely translatable term used to describe deep longing for something or someone that is gone. It is a sentiment which few will be feeling for Brazil's 2010 World Cup team.

The Big Picture: No fireworks on the pitch but fans bring colour to terraces

Despite the stellar cast list – Ronaldo, Luis Fabiano, Maicon, Simao – the much-anticipated Group G meeting of Brazil and Portugal in Durban yesterday was something of an anticlimax, finishing as it did in a goalless draw.

David Gill: 'Sir Alex is not restricted financially. I can look you in the eye and say that'

In his most detailed interview since the Glazers bought United, the chief executive explains why the Americans have his full support

Ronaldo has world at his feet – for now

The world's most expensive footballer casts a giant shadow in Portugal in the run-up to the World Cup, where he will captain the national side, but shoppers yesterday in a Lisbon mall looked generally unimpressed at the new 30ft statue of the £80m man.

Roberto Carlos may be recalled for World Cup

Roberto Carlos and his booming free kicks seemed to be a distant memory as far as Brazil were concerned but, on the eve of the World Cup, the former Real Madrid player's name is being mentioned again.

Brazilian great Ronaldo announces retirement

Former Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan striker Ronaldo has announced he will retire from football at the end of next year.

Ready to Wear: 'Steve jeans are old-school perfection with devil-may-care style'

Steve. I love Steve. My hips are hugged like they've never been hugged before. I feel warm and protected, inside and out. And, no, Steve isn't a man – he is my favourite-ever pair of jeans. You need him in your life.

Carlos reunited with Ronaldo at Corinthians

Former Real Madrid and Brazil team mates Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos will play together again for Corinthians next year after the defender said yesterday he had signed for the Sao Paulo-based club.

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