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A look at Cristiano Ronaldo, now aged 33

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Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the greatest players of all-time, is celebrating a birthday on Monday.

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The Real Madrid and Portugal legend is now 33 years old, and has accomplished more than so many other players.

That’s easy to forget as his club suffers through one of its worst seasons of the century. Real Madrid has only finished outside of La Liga’s top two on four occasions since Y2K turned out to be a dud, but sits 19 points behind Barcelona after a weekend draw.

Ronaldo has 20 goals in 27 matches this year, but just eight of them have come in La Liga play. He’s added three assists, and it’s worth noting that Ronaldo picked up four of those goals in the two league matches prior to Saturday’s draw with Levante.

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With a maximum of 24 matches remaining in Real’s campaigns — 17 league, seven Champions League — Ronaldo is on pace to miss reaching the 40-goal mark since 2010. Not a lot of players score 40 goals a season, so it’s not the end of the world, but this is Ronaldo we’re talking about: the five-time Ballon d’Or winner who can lead a team to three-straight Champions League titles for the first time since 1976.

What else does he have in his locker on his 33rd birthday?

— Four Champions League titles (three with Real, one for Man Utd)

— Five league titles (three Premier League, two La Liga)

— Five domestic cups (two Copa del Rey, two League Cup, one FA Cup)

— EURO 2016 winner

— Four European Golden shoes

— Eleven FIFA FIFPro World XI inclusions

— Best Portuguese athlete abroad, 2007-09, 2011-13, 2014-17

— Records for: most Ballon d’Or awards, most FIFPro World XI awards, most consecutive 50-goal seasons, most career goals in Europe’s Top Six leagues, most career goals in UEFA competitions, first to score 100 in the Champions League, and about 50 more.

— First player to score in every minute, 1-90, of a career.

— Only player to win the League title, Domestic Cup, Domestic Supercup, Champions League, Club World Cup, League Player of the Year, Golden Shoe and Ballon d’Or at two different clubs

Silva finally debuts for Leicester City

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Adrien Silva‘s been with Leicester City for some time, but neither Craig Shakespeare nor Claude Puel had been able to deploy the Portuguese metronome until Monday.

Silva, 28, played just a minute in a 3-0 rout of Huddersfield Town, but it was a sweet minute after his $30 million move from Sporting CP was axed thanks to paperwork being filed seconds late.


How did it feel to be eligible for duty? Pretty darn good, says Silva.

“It’s been very frustrating, but now the difficult times are past me and now I’m very happy to be close to my goal. I’ve been working hard every day to arrive at this moment and I’m in good shape.

“It’s been very important to keep training because it’s a long time not playing and of course I can work and train more than normal, but there is nothing better than the game.”

Silva wasn’t even allowed to train with the Foxes at the start of the transfer hullaballoo, and the same post claims all of his training for three weeks was done in a hotel fitness center.

Now the EURO-winning Portuguese midfielder can join Wilfried Ndidi in a potent center midfield. Watch out for Leicester if Silva quickly gets his Premier League feet under him.

Source: LAFC finalizing deal to make Sporting CP’s Geraldes third DP

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Los Angeles FC has been wheeling and dealing over the last several days, and Bob Bradley‘s side looks to be close to making another significant splash.

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An MLS league source has confirmed to Pro Soccer Talk that Sporting CP’s Francisco Geraldes is close to becoming LAFC’s third and final Designated Player signing ahead of the club’s inaugural 2018 season.

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PST has learned that LAFC is in the final stages of acquiring Geraldes, who is currently on loan from Sporting with fellow Portuguese side Rio Ave.

LAFC announced the signing of Diego Rossi on Thursday, with the 19-year-old Uruguayan becoming the second-youngest DP in league history. Meanwhile, Carlos Vela occupies the club’s other DP slot, after an agreement was struck back in August to be the team’s first signing.

Geraldes has started 11 matches this season for Rio, and scored one goal in league play.

The 22-year-old came up through Sporting’s academy system, and made his professional debut with Sporting B in 2013, before signing a contract with senior side Sporting CP two years later.

The young Portuguese midfielder has worked his way up the international ladder over recent years, making appearances with the Under-18, U-20 and U-21 national teams.

Sporting wins late, stays perfect in Portuguese league

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LISBON, Portugal (AP) Dutch striker Bas Dost converted a 90th-minute penalty and Sporting Lisbon defeated Feirense 3-2 on Friday for its fifth straight victory to start the Portuguese league.

Sporting took a 2-0 lead with goals by Sebastian Coates in the 62nd and Bruno Fernandes in the 64th, but the hosts equalized with Joao Silva in the 69th and Etebo in the 80th.

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The late victory left Sporting two points in front of defending champion Benfica, which edged Portimonense 2-1 after the referee used video review to annul an 88th-minute equalizer for the visitors.

Sporting is three points in front of FC Porto, which hosts Chaves on Saturday.

Porto is the only other team to have won all of its matches.

West Ham may sue Sporting CP over Carvalho transfer

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West Ham has called baloney on Sporting CP’s claims that bids for William Carvalho were manufactured in the press.

The Portuguese powers took shots at West Ham for what it feels was play-acting in terms of interest in the combative Portuguese center midfielder.

Carvalho, 25, has been a transfer rumor mill fixture for some time, and perhaps this story shows us why he hasn’t made the move to West Ham, or Newcastle, or Everton, or Arsenal…

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Anyway, Sky Sports has published photos of emails that Sullivan sent to Sporting, making a $30 million bid on Aug. 11. The bid is shy of Carvalho’s $52 million release clause, but further emails promised bonuses and other add-ons.

Now West Ham is saying it will pursue legal action against Sporting, whose communications director Nuno Saraiva took some adult and below the belt jabs at the Irons’ hierarchy.

Late last week, Sky reported that Sporting called West Ham on transfer deadline day to try and revive the deal, but the Irons said it was too late.