Josh RosenUCLA Baker MayfieldOklahoma Sam DarnoldUSC Jake BrowningWashington Trace McSorleyPenn State James WashingtonOklahoma State Luke FalkWashington State Barry Sanders is the only Cowboy to ever win the award when he took home pretty much every award he was eligible for in 1988.Ten semifinalists will be announced mid-way through the season and the winner will be announced on December 7. The winner is determined by FBS head coaches and sports information directors from all 128 schools. Lamar JacksonLouisville Josh AllenWyoming JT BarrettOhio State Quarterbacks Team Mitch WishnowskyUtah Jalen HurtsAlabama Mason RudolphOklahoma State Brett RypienBoise State Billy PriceOhio State Mason Rudolph and James Washington can each add another watch list to their summer résumés. The Big 12’s most dynamic returning duo are candidates for the 2017 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield was the only other Big 12 player included.Rudolph enters his senior season with legitimate Heisman hopes and Washington is the FBS’ leading returning receiver. Along with Freshman All-American Justice Hill, the three made Oklahoma State one of just two programs to boast a 4,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard receiver and 1,000-yard rusher. The other team was Clemson (you know, the team that won the natty.)Here are the quarterbacks Rudolph will be up against.AdChoices广告 Wide ReceiversTeam Mike WhiteWestern Kentucky And here are the wide receiver candidates. Daniel CarlsonAuburn Calvin RidleyAlabama Deondre FrancoisFlorida State Quadree HendersonPittsburgh While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Quinton FlowersUSF
Barcelona v Chelsea ‘Chelsea can surprise Barcelona’ – Zola backing Conte’s Champions League cause Dom Farrell 17:23 13/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Barcelona v Chelsea UEFA Champions League Chelsea Barcelona The Blues legend suffered heartache at Camp Nou during his playing career, but he believes the class of 2018 have every chance of prevailing Chelsea great Gianfranco Zola is backing his former club to spring a surprise against Barcelona in the Champions League.Antonio Conte’s side travel to Camp Nou with their last-16 tie all square at 1-1 – Lionel Messi having levelled matters at Stamford Bridge after Willian put the Premier League champions in front.Zola scored in a 3-1 win over Barcelona in the quarter-finals back in 2000 before the Catalan giants matched that score line in the second leg and prevailed on home turf in extra time. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp This time around, Zola is hopeful Chelsea will not suffer Camp Nou misery and believes Conte and his players can make life difficult for Ernesto Valverde’s La Liga leaders.”It’s not going to be easy. Playing in Barcelona is a tough game. But Chelsea are a strong team, with good players,” Zola told Omnisport .”I think they can go there and surprise Barcelona, they have the ability to do that. Chelsea have the type of players Barcelona don’t like very much, so in my opinion, it’s still an open game.”They will have to defend well. The first leg was 1-1, Barcelona will want to try to win the game [and not rely on the away goal advantage].”I’m sure they will want to be safe. If Chelsea defend well first, then they can use the counter as they can do really well. I think they stand a very good chance.”Gianfranco Zola was speaking at the Geneva International Motor Show, on behalf of Yokohama Tyres, the principal partner of Chelsea Football Club. For more information, visit: http://www.yokohama-online.com
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. That flow. It’s ready. #okstate pic.twitter.com/SKSn5yYiEu— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) July 15, 2019• And would it really be Media Day without a story or two from the farm?Knew Mike Gundy had a farm but didn’t know this … #OKState pic.twitter.com/MG0BV9C2tN— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) July 15, 2019• Note: The time for OSU’s Oct. 5 trip to Lubbock is TBD.Gary Patterson said there’s one major difference between playing Texas Tech in Lubbock in the daytime and at nighttime:“They throw tortillas at us in the daytime, and they throw frozen water bottles at us at night.” #Big12MediaDays— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 15, 2019• Either the date on the trophy is wrong, or OSU has resigned itself to/is predicting back-to-back Liberty Bowl championships.OSU’s Liberty Bowl trophy on display. #okstate pic.twitter.com/ImfEYXnTJu— Phillip (@OKTXARPoke) July 15, 2019PFB Takes on ArlingtonKyle Boone and Marshall Scott were on hand covering the event and each came out with some great stories. There’s much more coming as the week goes on, but here’s what we learned on Monday.• Boone on why Mike Gundy has a pep in his step heading into the fall.• Gundy on the ongoing QB race, “We haven’t had anybody go ahead and take the reins at this point.”• Check out the jersey digits for OSU’s newcomers. Langston Anderson’s is 👌.• Marshall’s Notebook will cover anything else you might have missed.Other OSU Bullets• Mike Gundy got some good news on his way back from Texas when Bixby athlete — and OBJ impersonator — Brennan Presley committed for the 2020 class.• 2020 linebacker commit Jeff Roberson came in at No. 8 on The Oklahoman‘s Super 30. This from Scott Wright’s story should get you excited about what the Choctaw product will bring to OSU.Roberson’s speed sets him apart, making him an ideal fit in Knowles’ 4-2-5 defense, where linebackers are asked to be versatile playmakers in the box and in the secondary.“He’s a freakishly athletic kid who plays extremely hard,” Choctaw coach Jake Corbin said. “He’s very fast, physical, and he’ll deliver a punch when he gets there. [NewsOK]Non-OSU Bullets• Guard yourself with a little self control so that Amazon doesn’t take advantage of you.• A fictional (for now) look at what effects censorship and regulation could have on online media. Arkansas Waterfall + 5 o’clock shadow = guaranteed 10 wins. #OKState pic.twitter.com/8SOKM7HDBo— Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) July 15, 2019 Mike Gundy showed up to Big 12 Media Days awfully calm for someone without a starting quarterback established and with plenty of other questions about his team. His mullet was full and his buzz words were fitting (discipline and toughness).Bullets Rundown• Gundy didn’t name his starting QB (duh)• Les Miles is still a walking sound bite• Gundy feeling rejuvenated• OSU adds under-the-radar freakBig 12 Media Day Bullets• The biggest question facing OSU is the one nobody expected to be answered on Monday. According to Gundy, Spencer Sanders and Dru Brown are 1a and 1b (or rather 1x and 1x) with neither having taken the reins of the offense yet.Bill Haisten recalled another QB competition including a highly-touted Texas passer. (For the record, Bill’s sticking with his prediction that Sanders starts the entire year).“We had to put the guy out there who gave us the best chance to make plays,” Gundy recalled. “Bobby wasn’t very healthy at times, and the other guy was making plays. Bobby had every chance to play, and to make plays. I don’t remember it being that stressful.”My memory of that time is totally different. I sensed a ton of stress, and it was my belief Gundy felt great pressure in having to bench a big-time Texas recruit like Reid. [Tulsa World]On Monday, Gundy looked anything but stressed. Hopefully that’s a good sign for OSU.• Tylan Wallace says Sean Gleeson brings something that has been missing from OSU’s offense, intensity and aggression. [heart eyes emoji]Stud WR @OfficialTylan2 stopped by the desk to talk about the expectations for the @CowboyFB offense.#Big12FB | #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/RSbSrimTbo— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) July 15, 2019• At the podium Les Miles was asked how the talent he inherits at Kansas compares to the what he had when he showed up in Stillwater. If he’s picking sides, he says going with the 2019 Jayhawks. Think I’m with OKC Dave on this one.FieldsBellRashaunBajemaD. WilliamsI’d take ’em against KU https://t.co/hrM8FAe5Ww— Dave Hudson (@okc_dave) July 15, 2019• Shots fired. At least the Mad Hatter is confident in the league.Here’s how @CoachLesMiles would rank the Power 5 conferences. “Pac-12 would not be an issue.” “It’s us and the @SEC.” #Big12MediaDays pic.twitter.com/7m3oP0pZeA— Heartland College Sports (@Heartland_CS) July 15, 2019• As is the yearly tradition, Mike Gundy’s elongated locks stole the show.🎷🎷🎷 pic.twitter.com/303LfxsygZ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) July 15, 2019
Here’s to hoping you got a good night’s rest and brought an extra K-Cup to work to hold you over throughout the day. You’re probably going to need it.Oklahoma State kicks its season off in Corvallis, Oregon this evening, and it’s going to be a late one. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. on the west coast, which means us Okies are stuck with a 9:30 p.m. central time start. Based off recent game-length studies, we could be still up and kicking until 1:00 a.m. local time.So yeah — treat yourself to an extra shot of espresso with that Pumpkin Spice Latte!Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game.Viewing Information• Kick time: Friday, 9:30 p.m. CT• TV: FS1• Streaming: Fox Sports Go• Odds: Oklahoma State -14• Radio: Cowboy Radio Network or TuneInBroadcast informationOn the call for FS1 will be Justin Kutcher, Petros Papadakis and Shane Vereen. On radio, Dave Hunziker will handle play-by-play, John Holcomb will provide analysis, and Robert Allen will do reporting from the sideline.Oregon State preview• PFB podcast with Kyle Porter and Carson Cunningham• PFB predictions for OSU-OSU• Feature story on OSU corner A.J. Green, his rise to prominence, and how a horrendous game helped him reach a new level• Kyle Porter: Ranking the 20 most important figures to OSU football’s 2019 seasonPFB CoverageWe’ll have a gameday forum (BY THE WAY, YES, WE HAVE FORUMS!) cranking all day and throughout the game. All the Kyles will be there, and Marshall will surely make an appearance too. As for other content you can expect, here’s just a sample:• Live blog (PFB+)• 10 Thoughts from Kyle Porter• Game story• Notebook While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Oklahoma State picked up a huge win on the football field Saturday night, then a big win on the recruiting trail less than 24 hours later. Class of 2022 offensive line prospect Kelvin Banks Jr. committed to the Cowboys on Sunday afternoon, pledging his allegiance to the Pokes over offers from Texas, Arizona State, Florida State and Houston.Banks is a 6-foot-4, 285-pound recruit from Humble, Texas and Summer Creek High School — a mammoth prospect for just a sophomore. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. COMMITTED ‼️ pic.twitter.com/0da5FsEDL0— Kelvin (@Kelvinbanksjr12) September 29, 2019Banks is huge for OSU as it lays the foundation for the future of the program. The Cowboys don’t even have a commitment in the 2021 class yet, but already have Banks to build on for 2022. Getting him to commit early could certainly help in OSU’s early pursuit of skill talent in the class with five-star running back Raleek Brown and other blue-chippers at quarterback likely to emerge in the near future.
Last week, I heard the best presentation on marketing that I’ve ever heard in recent memory. I was listening to Frank Luntz, the famous former Republican message strategist who brought us terms like the “death tax.” He talked about how nonprofits can express themselves in more compellng terms, drawing heavily from his book, Words that Work. He was presenting right after me at Spitfire’s Communications Leadership Institute. Thank goodness I went first — following that session would have been like being a grad student sharing the stage with Stephen Hawking. I’m going to blog about what Luntz said all this week, because he understands better than anyone how to cut through the communications clutter, speak to an audience’s values, and seize people’s attention.One of the questions posed to Luntz was how to get young people interested in environmental causes. He said if they were not paying attention with awareness of global warming at such a high, they probably wouldn’t ever care. What is needed now, he said, is a clear call to action. A few days later, a lot of well-intentioned but poorly positioned Earth Day email was clogging my inbox. Most of it lacked a clear, Luntz-style call to action. He was right.There was one notable exception. My friends at Care2 sent me a link to their petition page. Nice, vivid video (I’ll never forget the five arms). Simple action (sign the petition). Room for user-driven content. 10,000 signatures and thousands of personal notes in a few days. Well done.Remember: Ask for something simple, clear and compelling or don’t ask at all.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 4, 2009November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Launching the Maternal Health Task Force: Reaching Consensus on the Draft Terms of Reference, February 17 & 18, Washington, DC I am pleased to report that the launch phase of the Maternal Health Task Force is complete and its work is now underway. You can now download a report of our launch meeting(PDF, 60kb) held two weeks ago in Washington, D.C. and the participant list (PDF, 28kb). More information will come soon as the Terms of Reference are finalized, our team is recruited, the website is constructed, and projects are activated. We look forward to working with you to improve the health of women, families and communities around the world. Again, many thanks.– AnaShare this:
World Cup Why Carlos Vela’s World Cup form should earn MLS some respect Ives Galarcep 01:47 6/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Clive Brunskill World Cup Mexico Los Angeles MLS The Los Angeles FC star has been one of Mexico’s best players during its strong World Cup run, and that form is making Major League Soccer look good Carlos Vela has been one of the key contributors in Mexico’s impressive start to the 2018 World Cup, with his strong showing against South Korea on Sunday following up a pivotal performance in the 1-0 upset of Germany.Vela’s efforts have made it easy to forget that it wasn’t too long ago that there were real questions about what sort of form he would be in after making the surprising decision to leave Spanish side Real Sociedad to sign with Major League Soccer expansion team Los Angeles FC.The move was seen as a step back for Vela, who at 29 could have still found plenty of teams in top European leagues to play for. Would the quality of play in MLS slow him down and maybe even cost him a starting role at the World Cup? Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Among those concerned was Mexican national team coach Juan Carlos Osorio, who has made no secret of his preference to have El Tri’s best players playing in top European leagues over moves to MLS and Liga MX. Though he didn’t criticize Vela’s MLS move publicly when it happened, Osorio expressed real concerns privately about what the move might mean for the form of a player who was supposed to be an important piece in the El Tri attack.Those fears were put to rest once Osorio had Vela in camp and saw a player not only brimming with confidence, but also one who was in peak physical condition, something that was vital to the plans Osorio had for his team in Russia.”You can see the improvement in his condition and it is a testament to the physical demands of the MLS,” Osorio told Goal before the start of the World Cup. “Playing for a good coach like Bob Bradley has clearly helped him adapt and you can tell he is enjoying his football.”That much has been clear to anyone who has seen Vela’s World Cup performances. On the ball, the forward has been clinical and effective. Defensively, he has been relentless, as evidenced by his outstanding work to help neutralize Toni Kroos in the win against Germany.That performance caught the attention of many, including former Arsenal teammate Cesc Fabregas, who pointed out that fears about MLS hurting Vela’s game appear to have been misguided.”In terms of the individual players who have impressed me the most, Vela deserves a mention for what he did against Kroos,” Fabregas wrote in a recent column for the BBC . “Vela left Real Sociedad to join Los Angeles FC at the start of the year and people seem to think that when you go to the MLS, or that type of league, your level drops.”That was not the case when he played against Germany, because Kroos could not shake him off. He tried but he could not influence the game.”Vela was at his best again on Saturday, working both ends of the field, putting in the effort defensively while also delivering dangerous passes. His converted penalty kick capped another strong showing to pull Mexico to the brink of the knockout rounds.In the process, he has provided some pretty convincing evidence that moving to MLS doesn’t have to mean a player will see their impact diminish on the international level. It is a stigma that has existed for some time, and one that continued to circulate as U.S. national team stars like Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley returned to MLS.The reality is that there have been several foreign players who have been able to maintain or boost their international careers after moving to MLS. Four years ago, Costa Rican defender Giancarlo Gonzalez joined the Columbus Crew before going on to star for the Ticos during their impressive run to the 2014 World Cup quarterfinals. His form earned him a summer move to Italian side Sampdoria that same year. This time around, Seattle Sounders defender Gustav Svensson is part of Sweden’s World Cup team and played a role in Sweden’s successful qualifying campaign. Vela’s LAFC teammate Laurent Ciman is in his fourth season in MLS and was the final cut from Belgium’s stacked World Cup squad.That doesn’t mean there haven’t been MLS players whose international careers were hurt by the stigma surrounding MLS’ quality. Toronto FC’s Italian star Sebastian Giovinco is a prime example of a player who has thrived in MLS but hasn’t been able to translate that into a return to the Italian national team, though given Vela’s success at the World Cup you can’t help but wonder if some in Italy aren’t looking at Giovinco’s absence from the Azzurri’s failed World Cup qualifying campaign through a different lens now.Vela’s form in Russia should help foreign MLS players generate a bit more respect and consideration from their national teams, and should serve as evidence to players considering moves to MLS that they don’t necessarily have to see their international careers wane or end because they decide to play in the league. It should also help the league make that very case to prospective players as teams continue to scour the international market for higher-level talent, as the money being spent on MLS salaries continues to grow.
Alexei Smertin ‘This is the best World Cup ever’ – Smertin lauds success of Russia 2018 Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:05 6/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Russia Spain v Russia Spain World Cup The former Chelsea and Bordeaux midfielder says that his homeland has smashed up preconceptions by hosting the tournament so smoothly Former Russia international star Alexei Smertin believes that World Cup 2018, hosted by his home country, has been so good that it is the greatest in history.The Chelsea and Fulham midfielder turned his hand to politics after his playing days, leaving him in the position to become the Russian Football Union’s anti-racism and discrimination inspector at their showpiece event.Many media outlets had raised fears around Russia’s ability to organise an international event of this magnitude. Particular focus had been on racism, which is in Smertin’s remit, along with logistics around the tournament and hooliganism. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Smertin believes that Russia has helped to kill off some of the negative stereotypes around the country and is keen to celebrate the success of the tournament so far.”Before the World Cup, there were so many fears on the part of foreign media, and we are glad that after arriving here all the negative stereotypes were destroyed,” Smertin told Goal. “Everyone has seen the diversity of Russia and our hospitality.”The FAN ID system in practice received the highest ratings, the cities perfectly prepared all infrastructure for the championship. Most importantly, this holiday has been a success. We receive exceptional reviews about this World Cup – from teams, from fans, from officials – everyone is happy that this holiday of football is here, in Russia.”For me personally this is the best World Cup in history. In all cities, an incredible atmosphere has been created, the whole country is living this football all this month. I am sure that this is the best legacy and the most pleasant thing is that we have two whole weeks to enjoy this holiday. The most interesting part of the tournament is yet to come.”Russia surprised some by being the first team to qualify for the last 16 after beating both Saudi Arabia and Egypt. However, their group stage ended in a 3-0 defeat to Uruguay and they have drawn Spain in the knockout phase. Smertin said he is not surprised with Russia’s qualification and he thinks work rate will, once again, underpin any further success in the tournament.”The Russian team did not surprise me with the results so far,” he added. “I was waiting for the team going to the knockouts from the very beginning. There was confidence in the actions on the field, they seemed at ease, especially in the first two games.“The team was able to cope with the pressure. In any case, we eventually went to knockout stage for the first time in the history of Russian national team [after the Soviet era]. Of course, Spain is the favourite on paper, but Russia have our own style which can help us to win.”I’m sure that our guys will lay out without rest on the field and will be able to surprise the opponent. Yes, we have never beat Spain at this level, but once we have to start!”
World Cup Neymar mocks Mexico after win: They talked too much and they’re going home Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:02 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(17) Getty Images World Cup Brazil Brazil v Mexico Mexico A stamp from Mexico’s Miguel Layun was not happily received by the PSG star, who revelled in the Selecao’s latest victory in Russia Brazil star Neymar could not resist twisting the knife with some choice comments directed at Mexico after ending El Tri’s World Cup hopes on Monday. The Paris Saint-Germain forward broke the deadlock shortly after half-time in the last-16 clash by poking home from close range. He was also heavily involved in the late strike that finally put the game out of reach at 2-0, setting up Roberto Firmino. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar And after a tetchy match that saw Neymar put on the floor on more than one occasion by some ferocious marking, he gleefully celebrated Brazil’s passage into the quarterfinal. “They talked too much, and they are going home,” he said to reporters after the final whistle.”I want to congratulate the whole team. There are times in any game where you have to suffer, these are tough games and Mexico are a great side, but we showed lots of class. “Us attackers have to score the goals because we know that we are very strong at the back.” Despite his praise for Mexico, Neymar was put out by a stamp suffered at the feet of Miguel Layun. “It was unfair. The ball was not in play and we were off the pitch,” he signalled. Neymar now has two goals at the 2018 World Cup and will look to add to his tally in the last-eight match on Friday when they will meet the winner of Belgium’s clash against Japan.
Transfers Ronaldo at Juventus would be just great – Matuidi Peter Hanson Last updated 1 year ago 21:41 7/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Transfers Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Juventus Serie A Primera División The Real Madrid superstar has been heavily linked with a potential move to the Italian giants and the midfielder wants to see it happen Blaise Matuidi would relish the chance to work with “one of the best players in the world” if Cristiano Ronaldo were to join Juventus, but is focusing on France’s World Cup bid.Ronaldo’s future at Real Madrid has been shrouded in doubt ever since Los Blancos defeated Liverpool 3-1 to win a third straight Champions League in May.The Portugal superstar spoke about the club in the past tense after that game when he said: “We will talk in the future. It’s been really beautiful to play for Real Madrid. I’ll give a response in the coming days.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Speculation has mounted this week that Serie A champions Juve are preparing a lucrative €120 million bid (£105m/$139m) for Ronaldo, with a salary package of €30m a year.Matuidi, who was on media duties in Russia on Wednesday ahead of Friday’s quarter-final tie with Uruguay, was quizzed on the possibility of playing with the 33-year-old at the Allianz Stadium next season.”I’m not going to lie it would be just great,” he said. “It would be great to have one of the best players in the world with Juventus in the same club that I am. “It would be great for the club and for the Juventus players. “However, today I’m a player of the French national team and we have bigger fish to fry, no?”Ronaldo enjoyed a successful personal World Cup, scoring four goals as Portugal advanced from the group stages, facing Uruguay in the last 16. He was shackled, however, and failed to score as Uruguay won 2-1.Matuidi, of course, is still competing in the tournament, and will take on Ronaldo’s conquerors after Les Bleus beat Argentina in the last 16.A win over Uruguay would book France a semi-final clash with either Brazil or Belgium, and were they to be successful, they would face one of England, Sweden, Croatia or Russia in the final.