Trending: Ronaldo returns to Sporting, Klinsmann fired by U.S., Zlatan to MLS

ESPN FC’s Mark Ogden previews Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Sporting Lisbon as Real Madrid look to stay unbeaten in the UCL.

Here are the latest stories for Tuesday.

REAL MADRID: Zinedine Zidane has paid tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo’s physical endurance by claiming that the Real Madrid forward is able to deliver decisive moments beyond his own capabilities as a player.

– Fresh from his hat trick in the Madrid derby last weekend, Cristiano Ronaldo landed another blow by revealing what French forward Antoine Griezmann said to him after the Euro 2016 final.

– Sporting Lisbon coach Jorge Jesus has raised the prospect of Cristiano Ronaldo playing again for the club “at the age of 37 or 38” ahead of the Real Madrid forward’s return to Estadio Jose Alvalade in the Champions League on Tuesday.

– Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says that Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo deserve respect but they are not guaranteed to start every game.

MAN UNITED: Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has described a future move to Major League Soccer as “a huge option” but insists he has no regrets about reuniting with manager Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford this season.

– Jose Mourinho has reiterated that he believes the media hold him to higher standards than Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

– Two Manchester United supporters slept overnight undetected at Old Trafford in an attempt to watch the game against Arsenal — but they were not considered a security threat, a source close to the club has told ESPN FC.

– Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to be handed the chance to prove his worth at Manchester United this week with manager Jose Mourinho confirming that the out-of-favour Armenian will face Feyenoord in Thursday’s crucial Europa League tie at Old Trafford.

– Ibrahimovic says it is an “unreal” feeling after it was revealed the Swedish Football Association have commissioned a statue to be built in his homeland.

UNITED STATES: LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena will succeed Jurgen Klinsmann as coach of the U.S. men’s national team, sources have told ESPN’s Taylor Twellman.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Clashes between supporters of Juventus and Sevilla on Monday night left one Italian fan seriously hurt after he was stabbed and at least three others injured, according to the Spanish media.

– UEFA named a 40-man list for the 2016 Team of the Year, encouraging fans to select their favourites online from a group that includes 12 Premier League nominees as well as La Liga stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Andres Iniesta.

LEICESTER: Riyad Mahrez says Leicester City’s impressive form in the Champions League is easing any fears of relegation from the Premier League.

LIVERPOOL: Steven Gerrard could rejoin Liverpool as an academy coach after he rejected the chance to manage Milton Keynes Dons, according to widespread reports.

– Liverpool’s makeshift left-back James Milner wants to cement that spot in the starting XI to ensure that manager Jurgen Klopp does not have to strengthen his options in the position during the January transfer window.

CHELSEA: Antonio Conte admits he finds it “incredible” that Victor Moses was cast aside during Jose Mourinho’s time at Chelsea, and insists he recognised the Nigerian’s potential from the moment he arrived at Stamford Bridge.

– John Terry played for 70 minutes as Chelsea’s development squad beat Southampton on Monday afternoon.

– Conte says his former club Juventus have outgrown Serie A and should be aiming to win the Champions League given the squad they have got.

ARGENTINA: Head coach Edgardo Bauza refuted claims that Lionel Messi has a strong hand in the Argentina national team selection.

– Messi is happy at Barcelona but not in Argentina, former Barcelona coach and fellow Argentinean Cesar Luis Menotti said on Monday.

– Diego Maradona has come out in support of Lionel Messi and the Argentina players over their decision to boycott the media.

PSG: Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria has singled out “world class” Mesut Ozil as the Arsenal player most capable of hurting Unai Emery’s men in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League clash at Emirates Stadium.

TOTTENHAM: Danny Rose has revealed Tottenham players were in tears when they lost the Premier League title last season and says they are desperate to avoid similar disappointment in the Champions League.

– Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is willing to put his desire for a new contract on the backburner in order to concentrate on a vital run of fixtures.

CRYSTAL PALACE: Former England manager Sam Allardyce is in the frame for the Crystal Palace job should they sack under-pressure boss Alan Pardew, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC.

WEST BROM: Salomon Rondon hailed a “perfect” West Brom display after they thumped Burnley 4-0 at the Hawthorns.

MLS: The addition of promotion and relegation in the top professional leagues in the United States could be a major boon for the sport on several fronts, according to a business study by Deloitte, though Major League Soccer expressed concerns about the report’s credibility.

– Toronto FC midfielder Will Johnson is ready to explore free agency at the end of the 2016 MLS season, after spending much of his first season with the club as a substitute and reserve player.

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