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Ronaldo rejected offers elsewhere for top salary Saudi deal

Jan. 03, 2023 16:53 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was presented as the superstar new signing of Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr on Tuesday, with the team’s president saying the Portugal great deserves to be the highest paid player on the planet. Ronaldo said he turned down “many...

Portugal govt official quits, is 10th to leave in a year

Dec. 29, 2022 05:54 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Portuguese government’s chief official in charge of transportation, including the fate of the troubled national airline and a long-postponed plan for high-speed train lines, has resigned. Infrastructure and Housing Minister Pedro Nuno Santos quit late...

Portugal coach quits after World Cup exit in quarterfinals

Dec. 15, 2022 13:10 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal coach Fernando Santos has quit, the Portuguese soccer federation announced Thursday, after eight years in the job and five days after Portugal’s exit from the World Cup in the quarterfinals. The 68-year-old Santos reached an amicable agreement...

Storm batters Iberian peninsula, damages roads, buildings

Dec. 13, 2022 11:08 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — An Atlantic storm slammed into the Iberian peninsula Tuesday, dumping heavy rain on Portugal and Spain and drawing a line under the severe drought that gripped the two countries for most of the year. The storm caused widespread flooding, especially in...

Portugal prepares for post-Ronaldo era after World Cup exit

Dec. 11, 2022 12:04 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The fortunes of Portugal’s national team have been inextricably linked with Cristiano Ronaldo for nearly two decades. Is a new era upon us? Ronaldo was in tears as he made his way to the locker room following Portugal’s 1-0 loss to Morocco in...

Ronaldo says his dream of winning World Cup has 'ended'

Dec. 11, 2022 11:40 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo said in a cryptic social media post that his dream of winning the World Cup with Portugal has ended, while stopping short of announcing his retirement from international duty. The 37-year-old Ronaldo left the field in tears after Portugal lost...

Ronaldo fails again in likely last chance to win World Cup

Dec. 10, 2022 15:17 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo choked up with emotion as the tears ran down his cheeks. He momentarily covered his face with his hand, but couldn't hide his disappointment. This moment was too big. It was likely the last World Cup match for the 37-year-old...

'Our pride': Morocco keeps Africa's hope alive in World Cup

Dec. 09, 2022 13:05 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — For many in Africa, Morocco's underdog performance is the best story in the World Cup so far, with the hopes of the continent soaring ahead of the match on Saturday against Portugal. Across the continent of more than 1.3 billion people, African fans are...

Portugal coach: Ronaldo did not threaten to leave World Cup

Dec. 09, 2022 11:31 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo did not threaten to leave the World Cup after being dropped from the starting lineup to play Switzerland in the round of 16, Portugal coach Fernando Santos said Friday. Santos did acknowledge his star player was “not happy” to be told he was...

Portuguese lawmakers make 3rd attempt to allow euthanasia

Dec. 09, 2022 09:40 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament voted for the third time in almost two years Friday in favor of allowing euthanasia, though as happened in the previous attempts the country’s Constitutional Court or president could stop the bill becoming law. Lawmakers passed a...