Here are the latest stories for Wednesday.
WORLD CUP CONMEBOL: Barcelona teammates Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Neymar flew into Belo Horizonte together on Tuesday on Neymar’s private jet ahead of becoming rivals in this week’s key World Cup qualifier between Argentina and Brazil.
– Dani Alves and his fellow Brazil players have made it clear they will not fear Argentina’s Lionel Messi when the two sides meet.
– Chile forward Alexis Sanchez has a light muscle strain and his participation for La Roja against Uruguay is under medical evaluation, the Chile federation said on Tuesday.
CHELSEA: The record for the longest penalty shootout in England was broken on Tuesday as Chelsea’s under-23 side defeated Oxford United after 34 total spot kicks in the EFL Trophy.
REAL MADRID: Former Real Madrid stars Ronaldo and Luis Figo have both backed Cristiano Ronaldo to win the 2016 Ballon d’Or.
– Nike and Cristiano Ronaldo have extended their long-term sponsorship deal.
– Toni Kroos faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after the club confirmed he has broken a bone in his right foot.
BELGIUM: Roberto Martinez has said Eden Hazard will continue to captain Belgium despite the return of Vincent Kompany.
– Martinez has hinted that Kevin De Bruyne may have to settle for a place on the bench on his return to the squad after missing last month’s World Cup qualifying matches against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Gibraltar with a hamstring injury.
ARSENAL: Olivier Giroud still sees his future at Arsenal despite losing his starting role to Alexis Sanchez, but admitted he is “not happy” with his current situation.
– Goalkeeper Petr Cech thinks the Gunners’ squad depth could finally help them end their Premier League title drought this season.
BARCELONA: Samuel Umtiti has said that training alongside Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar on a regular basis has seen his game grow by leaps and bounds.
ENGLAND: Jack Wilshere has credited his loan move to Bournemouth from Arsenal as a key factor in his return to the England squad.
LIVERPOOL: Daniel Sturridge says manager Jurgen Klopp has put a heavy focus on tactical training at Liverpool.
MAN UNITED: Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s former international teammate Jimmy Durmaz has backed the Manchester United forward to prove his worth in the Premier League before retiring.
– Ibrahimovic has apologised for the suspension that will rule him out of the Premier League game against Arsenal on Nov. 19.
– Ibrahimovic has said that Manchester has been the best city he has lived in so far — beating the likes of Paris, Milan and Barcelona.
MEXICO: Mexico’s Rafa Marquez has forgotten about the disappointments of the past and is focusing on helping El Tri to achieve a historic result in Friday’s World Cup qualifier against the United States.
UNITED STATES: Tottenham teenager Cameron Carter-Vickers was “over the moon” to get a personal call from U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann to inform him of his first senior call-up.
MLS: Sebastian Giovinco’s agent Andrea D’Amico has accused Italy coach Giampiero Ventura of showing ignorance in leaving the Toronto FC forward out of his latest squad selection because he plays in Major League Soccer.
– Colorado Rapids striker Kevin Doyle says his teammates were backing keeper Tim Howard to emerge as a match-winning hero before a ball was kicked in Sunday’s dramatic MLS Cup playoff second leg against the LA Galaxy
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