Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has been left off the shortlist for the Fifa Player of the Year for the first time since 2006. Photo: Lluis Gene/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo could claim a record sixth Fifa men’s player of the year prize after Lionel Messi was omitted from the shortlist for the first time (...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to receiving a yellow card. Photograph: Getty Images

Iran 1 Portugal 1 A late penalty earned a draw for Iran against Portugal in a bad-tempered group decider in Saransk that was dominated by VAR decisio(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo will be featuring in his fourth World Cup this summer. Photograph: Robert Hradil/Getty

Portugal (25-1) Who are they? Not many people will fancy the champions of Europe to repeat the trick on the world stage this summer – but then again(...)

Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo vies with Mexico’s defender Hector Moreno  during the  Confederations Cup  match in Kazan on Sunday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Anybody looking for answers to the thorny issue of Cristiano Ronaldo’s future will have found few clues here, but if Portugal needed reassurance of hi(...)

Besiktas’ Vincent Aboubakar celebrates after scoring a late equaliser in his side’s 3-3 draw with Benfica in Istanbul. Photo: Sedat Suna/EPA

Besiktas 3 Benfica 3 Besiktas produced a stunning comeback to keep their Champions League hopes alive with a 3-3 home draw against Benfica. The P(...)

 Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann  celebrates with his team-mate Diego Godin  after scoring the winning goal during the  Champions League Group D against  FK Rostov at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Paris St Germain joined Arsenal in progressing from Group A, while Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich also took three points to seal the top two spots(...)

Portugal celebrate their Euro 2016 victory. Photograph: Reuters

Dare one say it? The key to Portugal’s remarkable triumph over France in last night’s Euro 2016 final was the clear sensation that the winners Portuga(...)

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo will go toe-to-toe in Wednesday’s Euro 2016 semi-final between Wales and Portugal. Photo: Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo versus Gareth Bale, CR7 against Team GB, top dog against top-knot. In the days leading up to Portugal against Wales an outsider migh(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Ricardo Quaresma’ after his winning penalty against Poland in Marseille. Photograph: Reuters

Poland 1 Portugal 1 (Portugal win 5-3 on penalties) It has become increasingly possible to imagine Portugal with their name on the Euro 2016 trophy(...)

Poland’s Jakub Blaszczykowski celebrates opening the scoring against Switzerland in the last 16 of the competition.Photograph: Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images

As Poland wait in hope for Robert Lewandowski to find the sort of form he was expected to show at these European Championships, the nation has been em(...)

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