Cristiano Ronaldo is still pivotal to Portugal side battling Father Time

The Portuguese believes the Liverpool forward can break his and Lionel Messi's grip on the annual prize following his form this season

Cristiano Ronaldo admits that with the rise of Mo Salah, the Ballon d'Or is no longer a two-horse race between himself and Lionel Messi.

There has been intense speculation over Ronaldo's future after the 33-year-old suggested he could have played his last game for Real following their 3-1 victory over Liverpool in last month's Champions League final.

Salah, 25, netted 44 goals in all competitions under Jurgen Klopp this season.

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Lopetegui has today been sacked as the Spain manager just a day before the World Cup after taking the Real Madrid job.

A perfectly legitimate opinion to hold, but one that could create tension in the dressing room when he takes over as Real Madrid boss after the World Cup.

Lopetegui considers the Argentina team "an extraordinary squad with extraordinary players" and, according to him, are one of the teams which have a genuine chance of winning the World Cup.

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Salah finished the season with 43 goals in all competitions after the Egypt global netted 10 times to help Liverpool FC reach the Champions League showpiece.

"I hope his injury in the final in Kiev doesn't keep him out". We are becoming more independent of great players'.

Portugal are ranked fourth by Federation Internationale de Football Association and won nine of their 10 European qualifying group matches.

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Nacho highlighted his versatility in Spain's friendly win against Tunisia on Saturday by filling in on the left flank, and he now hopes to be handed a starting spot for La Roja's massive showdown with Portugal in five days' time.

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