David Cooper here with our key sports headlines on Saturday.
The countdown is on in Italy with Cristiano Ronaldo set to make his competitive debut with Juventus on the opening day of the Serie A season. The Italian champions travel to Chievo (20:00 UAE start) with all eyes on the Portuguese superstar as he begins his next chapter of his career.
Read an in-depth analysis ahead of his debut here.
Over in Spain, Lionel Messi will lead Barcelona out for the first time as their permanent captain when they begin their La Liga title defence against Alaves later tonight (00:15am UAE start). Read Andy West’s talking points here.
Meanwhile in England, it’s the London derby at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea welcome Arsenal in the Premier League. The hosts are looking to make it two wins out of two while the Gunners aim to bounce back following their defeat to Manchester City.
Ben Stokes returns to the England team for today’s third Test against India at Trent Bridge. Having won at Edgbaston and Lord’s, a victory in Nottingham will all but seal the Test series for the hosts.
Al Wasl have reiterated that Fabio de Lima is not for sale, amid interest from Saudi Arabian clubs for the Brazilian striker. Read more on that story here.
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The French midfielder was unveiled to the media on Thursday and is relishing the opportunity of testing himself in the Italian top-flight.
Watch below on what the 29-year-old World Cup winner said:
The row over the Champions League final just won’t die, with Sergio Ramos landing the latest blow.
“Maybe (Klopp) wants to justify himself after losing that final because it was not the first one that he lost,” Ramos said.
See Ramos’ full comments in the video below.