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Madonna insists she’s staying put in Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal | AFP | Pop icon Madonna marked the release of her 14th album Friday by denying rumours she is looking to leave Portugal, her home of two years. “I am not going to leave Lisbon,” the 60-year-old queen of pop insisted as her latest disc hit the stores. Earlier …

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Portugal climb to fifth in FIFA rankings as Belgium remain top

Lausanne, Switzerland | AFP | Portugal climbed two places to fifth in the latest FIFA rankings on Friday after adding the inaugural Nations League title to their European Championship crown. Fernando Santos’ side leapfrogged Croatia and Uruguay. Portugal beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the final in Porto thanks to a second-half …

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Wijnaldum backs Van Dijk for Ballon d’Or recognition

Porto, Portugal | AFP | Virgil van Dijk deserves to win the Ballon d’Or should the Netherlands beat hosts Portugal to lift the first ever Nations League on Sunday, according to his club and international teammate Georginio Wijnaldum. Van Dijk was named man of the match as Liverpool claimed the Champions …

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Portugal rely on Ronaldo to get better of Van Dijk

Porto, Portugal | AFP | Portugal’s meeting with the Netherlands to decide the first ever winners of the Nations League on Sunday sees the unstoppable force of Cristiano Ronaldo face the immovable object in Virgil van Dijk. Ronaldo sat out the early stages of UEFA’s new competition to save his 34-year-old …

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Ronaldo hat-trick sends Portugal into Nations League final

Porto, Portugal | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick as Portugal withstood a huge moment of VAR controversy to beat Switzerland 3-1 and reach the Nations League final on home soil in Porto. Ronaldo’s free-kick opened the scoring midway through the first half, but the Swiss levelled when the referee …

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Ronaldo included in Portugal squad for Nations League finals

Lisbon, Portugal,  | AFP |  Captain Cristiano Ronaldo was included in Portugal’s squad for next month’s Nations League semi-final against Switzerland, head coach Fernando Santos announced on Thursday. Ronaldo, 34, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner missed the group stages preferring to try and adapt to life in Juventus since moving …

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Angola president fights ‘wasp nest’ of corruption in country

Lisbon, Portugal | AFP |  Angolan President Joao Lourenco on Thursday compared the fight against corruption in his country to “touching a wasps nest”, a day after his predecessor Jose Eduardo dos Santos refuted allegations he emptied the state’s finances. Dos Santos, who stepped down in September 2017 following 38 …

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Ronaldo’s last-gasp two-goal show steals Salah limelight

Zurich, Switzerland | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo hit two goals in stoppage time as European champions Portugal defeated Egypt 2-1 in a friendly international on Friday, winning his personal duel with Mohamed Salah who had put the seven-time African champions ahead. Ronaldo, appearing in his 900th career match, made his mark …

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