Five players to watch at the Confederations Cup

Ronaldo was making the headlines on Friday, two days before Portugal's Confederations Cup debut in Russian Federation, because of a report that said he wants to leave Real Madrid and Spain following allegations that he defrauded the country's tax authorities. The personalised touches with the boots, the hairstyle and whatever else he has planned, merely sprinkle a little more stardust in his wake. The most experienced players received me with open arms and made me feel welcomed.

Ronaldo has scored 11 goals in five games with Portugal this season. His presence on the touchline in the final, urging his teammates on with a heavily bandaged knee, highlighted the significance of the success for the Real Madrid forward.

Ronaldo scored twice and set up Silva's goal in the team's 3-0 win at Latvia in European World Cup qualifying last week, the team's last match before Sunday's Group A opener against Mexico at Kazan Arena.

France 2016 may have quenched Ronaldo's thirst for worldwide success, but Russian Federation gives him the opportunity to claim yet another trophy and further embellish his status as one of the world's greatest players.

A good Confederations Cup would boost Ochoa's chances in the transfer market and the 31-year-old has his goals fixed high for El Tri at the competition.

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Portugal is making its debut in the Confederations Cup, while Mexico is playing in the intercontinental competition for the seventh time.

Portugal earned a place in the finals in Russian Federation after winning Euro 2016 past year, and with world champions Germany having left out a number of star players for their campaign, many have backed Santos' side as favourites for the trophy.

"It would be a lovely thing to have on the CV. Obviously we will do our best and our objective is to win", said the Sporting CP keeper. "But in football, everything is possible".

The duo scored goals in the same match three other times - World Cup qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra and the Faroe Islands.

That has prompted speculation linking him with Paris St Germain and Manchester United amongst others, but Silva, who completed a big-money switch to AC Milan from Porto earlier this month, insists the four-time Champions League victor remains focused on his country's upcoming matches.

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That was Ronaldo's first European Cup; he now has four after inspiring Real to victory over Juventus in the Champions League final in Cardiff, Wales, earlier this month. "I arrived at a good point in time, when the team had just won the (European) title".

Messi has suffered plenty of global heartache with Argentina, losing the World Cup final in Brazil three years ago and also emerging as a runner-up in three of the last four Copa America tournaments.

This season has already been a glorious one for Ronaldo, with Real's success in La Liga and the Champions League adding to his personal victory over Messi in the Ballon d'Or.

The 32-year-old Portugal global is coming into the Confederations Cup in form and on a high having led Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League double last season, but Mexico won't have a specific man-marker for Ronaldo.

Brooks Koepka wins, ties record at 16 under par
The deadlock was broken when Harman's tee-shot on the 12th landed into the deep fescue, forcing him to hack out onto the fairway. While thumping wind made its first appearance of the week in the final round, it stayed around for just four hours of play.

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