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Sorry MLS fans, Cristiano Ronaldo wants to retire at Real Madrid

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Rumors have swirled for years that Cristiano Ronaldo would play in Major League Soccer before his career ended, and he's said that he'd consider playing in America. But don't get your hopes up about that -- in an interview after he was awarded the European golden shoe, Ronaldo said he'd prefer to retire at Real Madrid.

"I'm 30 now and I'd like to keep playing for another five or six years. I know that it gets harder with age, but I believe it's possible. As I've said several times before, my dream is to end my career at Real Madrid."

David Beckham better freshen up that sales pitch.

Goal of the day

Robin van Persie's own goal, which summarizes Netherlands' qualifying campaign. (r/soccer)

In the news

Sergio Aguero thinks he might be out for a month. (Guardian)

The new No. 1 team in the FIFA rankings is Belgium. (@BelgianRedDevils)

Prince Ali, unsurprisingly, doesn't want the FIFA presidential election delayed. (BBC)

Mario Balotelli is likely out this weekend. (Football Italia)

The English FA is pretty surprised they got charged for their fans getting attacked at an away game. (Telegraph)

Huge blow for Arsenal as Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are available for selection again. (Mirror)

You should be reading

Billy Haisley on the two kinds of Barcelona fans and their argument over La Masia stars. (Deadspin)

Johann Olafur Sigurdsson on Lars Lagerbäck, the coach that turned Iceland into a top team in Europe. (These Football Times)

Dustin Ward on chance maps and how each big league European team likes to set up their scoring opportunities. (Stats Bomb)

What happened in Tuesday's games

You can find recaps of Tuesday's Euro qualifiers here. (

Here are the seeded and unseeded teams for the playoff draw. (

What to watch on Wednesday (click for listings, all times ET)

MLS: Three games (from 7 p.m.) -- Sebastian Giovinco played for Italy on Tuesday and he asked to make TFC's 18 on Wednesday.


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