Kylian Mbappé: faster than Ronaldo? Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

The most common comparison that has been made these past few weeks has been with one Brazilian great, Ronaldo, but there have been messages from the g(...)

Harry Kane leads England’s celebrations after their win over Sweden. Photograph: Getty Images

England are in the World Cup semi-finals and the question remains: how did they get there? Gareth Southgate’s men have undoubtedly benefited from good(...)

Real Madrid’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Italian Serie A side Juventus FC in a deal worth €100 million. Photograph: PA

Cristiano Ronaldo described it in matter-of-fact terms as “the moment to begin a new cycle”. In Italy the headline writers went a little bigger as the(...)

Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane train ahead of England’s World Cup semi-final clash with Croatia. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

THE MATCHES Semi-finals: Croatia v England (7.0, Luzhniki Stadium, ITV/RTÉ2) Betting: Croatia 13-5, England 27-20, Draw 21-10 ONE TO WATCH England’(...)

A picture taken in Turin shows a Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus T-shirt in a stand near the Allianz Stadium as his move from Real Madrid is finalised. Photo: Isabella Bonotto/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo is joining Juventus after the Italian club agreed a €100m (£88.3m) fee for the Portuguese forward with Real Madrid. The 33-year-ol(...)

 A news conference  at  Spartak Stadium in Moscow. World Cup press conferences are a daily piece of amateur theatre where the questions are often repetitive, the players are generally bored, and the managers find 50 ways to say nothing. Photograph: James Hill/The New York Times

No one expects scintillating Socratic dialogue or even normal reportorial discourse at a World Cup press conference. But even by the tournament’s rela(...)

   Kylian Mbappe:  has really impressed at this World Cup with his pace, control and dribbling skills that combine to give France  a cutting edge in attack. Photograph: Kirill Dudravatsev/AFP/Getty

So, here we are in the semi-finals. This was the target set for Didier Deschamps by the French Federation, so he can take a bow and say the job’s done(...)

Jesse Lingard trains ahead of England’s World Cup quarter-final clash with Sweden. Photograph: Anatoly Maltsev/EPA

THE MATCHES QUARTER-FINALS Sweden v England, (3.0, Samara, RTÉ2/BBC) Betting: Sweden 19-5, England 19-20, Draw 8-5 Russia v Croatia (7.0, Sochi, RTÉ2(...)

Roger Federer, it emerged, has signed one of the most lucrative sports sponsorship deals in history, with Uniqlo paying roughly $300 million over 10 years for the tie-up

As Roger Federer stepped on to Centre Court at the Wimbledon tennis championships this week, scores of fans in the crowd wore hats and shirts emblazon(...)

Juventus are reportedly confident of signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. Photograph: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters

Juventus are increasingly confident of signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, with the Portugal forward having agreed terms on a four-year contra(...)

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