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Monday Kickoff: Ronaldo, Messi, van Persie and more

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One big star has signed a new deal to remain with his current club, while another shined over the weekend to earn the praise of the opposing manager.

Cristiano Ronaldo signed an extension that will keep him at Real Madrid until 2021. (REPORT)

Following his side’s 1-0 loss to Barcelona, Sevilla coach Jose Castro said “the difference is that they had Messi and we didn’t”. (READ)

Robin van Persie suffered a gruesome eye injury over the weekend, but Fenerbahce doctors say the Dutch forward is in “good” condition. (REPORT)

Wolfsburg have hired former Bayern Munich player Valerien Ismael as their new head coach. (REPORT)

Jerome Boateng withdrew from the Germany squad due to a knee and hamstring problem. (REPORT)

Claudio Marchisio was called in to the Italy squad for the first time since an ACL tear, but the Juventus star was forced to withdraw from the team as an injury precaution. (REPORT)

Patrice Evra replaced Layvin Kurzawa in the latest France squad. (REPORT)

WEEKEND REWIND

Cameron Carter-Vickers, Christian Pulisic and Julian Green headline the young options on the latest USMNT squad. (READ)

SBI takes a look at how the USMNT can handle the absence of Geoff Cameron. (READ)

Sebastian Giovinco provided a hat-trick to lead Toronto FC to a lopsided win over NYCFC. (READ)

Ignacio Piatti’s brace helped push the Montreal Impact past the New York Red Bulls and into the Eastern Conference finals. (READ)

The Seattle Sounders held off FC Dallas to seal a berth in the Western Conference final. (READ)

Shkelzen Gashi sent the match to penalty kicks, where Tim Howard stood tall to help the Colorado Rapids earn a win over the LA Galaxy. (READ)

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