Cristiano Ronaldo made no secret Wednesday of his ambition to notch up another world record -- for the number of international caps -- a day before Portugal face Liechtenstein in Euro 2024 qualifiers.Ronaldo already holds the world record for men's international goals, with 118, and the European men's record of 196 caps, a tally that also equals the world landmark with Kuwait's Bader Al-Mutawa.
World Cup winner Mesut Ozil announced his retirement from football on Wednesday after an illustrious international career with Germany and club spells with Real Madrid and Arsenal."After thoughtful consideration, I'm announcing my immediate retirement from professional football," the attacking midfielder said.
Lionel Messi and his Argentina teammates will make a triumphant return in their homeland on Thursday when they play their first match since winning the World Cup in Qatar.After Thursday's match, Argentina will play the island of Curacao on Match 28 in Santiago del Estero. dm/ma/bc/pb
The former Real Madrid star retired from football in January having scored a record 41 goals for his country.