Ronaldo forced to exit Portugal training early

The Real Madrid star left his team's session an hour before it ended on Wednesday, sparking fresh fears over his fitness

Brazil’s poster boy failed to get the better of Mexico’s dirty tactics

Brazil’s poster boy was his all-action self against Mexico in Fortaleza’s Estadio Castelao but the opposition’s dirty tactics minimised his impact as Brazil struggled to battle their way past their stubborn fellow group leaders.

Van Persie: Spain header my best ever goal

The Netherlands forward believes his "brilliant" diving effort that levelled their opening World Cup game and set up a stunning victory over the world champions was his greatest

Ronaldo helpless as Portugal & Pepe implode

The Real Madrid star cut a frustrated figure as his team turned in a woeful performance against Germany

Messi’s got his groove back

The flashbulbs burst. The Argentina fans chanted with such gusto and energy that it fit the occasion of World Cup football returning to the Maracana. But for a while, it was all a bit sterile.

Neymar takes selfie with his girlfriend Gabriella Lenzi on his Superman phone

Neymar made a blistering start to his World Cup on Thursday night with a double against Croatia - but UK broadcaster ITV have been forced to apologise after their online service stopped as the 22-year-old scored his second goal from the penalty spot.

Cristiano Ronaldo lifts 16 Toyota Prius cars to get his muscle-bound body

Cristiano Ronaldo is at the peak of physical fitness, something which was highlighted by his Champions League final celebration.

Chaos over France goal-line call

Didier Deschamps' men scored a second goal against Honduras after goal-line technology decided the ball had crossed the line, prompting much confusion

Messi fooled by Ronaldinho lookalike

The Argentina attacker was met by a pitch invader he momentarily took for his former Barcelona team-mate in the Albiceleste's training session on Wednesday

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