Lionel Messi will reportedly sit out Argentina's remaining matches in 2018, which puts the onus on the country's federation to do what is necessary to optimize conditions for its superstar and a run at the 2019 Copa America title.
It may have only been the UEFA Super Cup, but Atletico Madrid's extra-time win over Real Madrid is early evidence that the reinforced Rojiblancos have every intention of being a player on multiple levels this season.
Wayne Rooney's 96th-minute actions vs. Orlando City on the field spoke volumes, but so have some of the lesser-highlighted actions off of it, where the veteran English great is earning D.C. United's armband.
There's no more Cristiano Ronaldo, but there is plenty of intrigue in La Liga this season, as Barcelona looks to repeat under a challenge from the usual suspects and eager clubs looking to crack the upper echelon.
In six iconic, jaw-dropping minutes, France showed what it's capable of when it loosened the shackles, something that it didn't do–or have to do–en route to capturing a deserved second World Cup title.
Cristiano Ronaldo is on the move to Juventus after nine seasons at Real Madrid in a move that drastically alters both clubs–and has a domino effect when it comes to who will replace him in the Spanish capital.
Until its unlikely run, scrappy Chapecoense was an afterthought in Brazilian soccer. But what should have been its magical moment turned into a national tragedy, and now the survivors are struggling to carry on.
Lizandro Claros Saravia was just keeping ICE apprised of his college soccer scholarship. Days later, he and his brother were deported to El Salvador and have continued picking up the pieces of their lives in Nicaragua.