NEW EXCLUSIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo was soaking up the Greek sun when his incredible £100million transfer to Juventus became a reality, after club president Andrea Agnelli pulled out all the stops and flew in to get the deal done. Ronaldo has been on holiday since Portugal's departure from the Russia World Cup, and it was at his exotic Greece getaway when the deal of the summer was pushed over the line. Bronzing himself on the sandy breaches along with his mother, sister and girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, Ronaldo had left it up to his representatives to sort out his future.
Pickford's cheat sheet: Croatia have had TWO shootouts on way to of World Cup semi-final... so, what can England learn if they make it a hat-trick tonight?
It may have been widely considered as the 'easier' side of the World Cup draw but for Croatia, it has been an arduous journey to the semi-final to face England. Both knock-out matches, against Denmark and Russia, have gone all the way to penalties - a mentally draining experience, as much as it is physically. It counts as part of crucial research for England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, though. Sportsmail recounts each spot-kick Croatia have had in the knock-out.
'You're f****** s***!': The astonishing moment Liverpool-supporting Tranmere player taunts Karius after latest gaffe in friendly
Tranmere player Ben Tollitt (right) has been caught on camera shouting 'you're f****** s***' at Loris Karius after the Liverpool goalkeeper made another blunder in a pre-season friendly last night. Liverpool emerged as 3-2 victors but in his second appearance since the Champions League final — when his two mistakes cost Jurgen Klopp's side — Karius made a big error when he dropped a shot allowing them to score. Tollitt is a huge Liverpool fan and tweeted his support (inset) for the Reds before the Champions League final.
Arsenal unveil £8m French teenager Guendouzi... and he's straight down to training under new boss Emery
The 19-year-old French midfielder, who made 20 appearances last season for Lorient, has joined the Gunners just a day after Uruguay international Lucas Torreira signed for £25million. Guendouzi posed for a series of photos on Wednesday as Arsenal supporters caught first glimpse of their new signing, who bears a striking resemblance to Chelsea's David Luiz.
Wild for waistcoats! England fans dress like style icon Southgate as 10,000 pour into Moscow for tonight's World Cup showdown
With just hours to go until tonight's World Cup showdown with Croatia, England fans have started gathering in Moscow - and many of them are wearing waistcoats in tribute to manager Gareth Southgate (right). England take part in the biggest match in a generation tonight night as they play in a World Cup semi-final for the first time since 1990.
One last briefing before the real thing! Southgate leads England stars out of Moscow hotel for final session ahead of tonight's World Cup semi-final
England stars (including Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, left) have left their Moscow hotel with manager Gareth Southgate (right) as the countdown to tonight's World Cup semi-final with Croatia begins.
England's military man: How Southgate's own experience of gruelling 6am bootcamps inspired him to toughen up England on mission for World Cup glory
Resurfaced images, classic football shirts and tales of Italia 90 have swept the nation over the past five days. It has served as a reminder of just how far football — and the world — has moved on since England last reached the semi-final of the World Cup. At that time, now England manager Gareth Southgate was plotting his way up the ranks at Crystal Palace – he made his league debut the following season.
They may be about to come up against each other during England's semi-final with Croatia, but Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren put their World Cup rivalry briefly aside on Tuesday. Liverpool stars Henderson and Lovren warmly greeted each other at the Luzhniki Stadium on the eve of the crunch clash as they attended their respective press conferences.
From mullets and cakes in the face to faded trims and plastic chickens, how today's pictures compare with Italia 90 when England were last in a World Cup semi-final
Ahead of England's first World Cup semi-final since 1990, it's time to take a look back at how football has changed over the last 28 years. England's famous run to the semi-finals under Bobby Robson saw oversized shirts, custard pies in training and more than a few awful hair-cuts, but has anything really changed between then and now? From the TV studios to the England kit, Sportsmail compares what things were like back then to how they are now, ahead of the Three Lions' showdown with Croatia...
Meanwhile at Trent Bridge... Stokes enjoys his very own Pickford moment as England cricket stars take part in shootout
Ben Stokes basked in the glory of a penalty shootout triumph after pulling off his very own Jordan-Pickford moment in England training on Wednesday. Understandably engulfed by the World Cup like the rest of the nation, Stokes and Co thought they would give penalties a go during their training session at Trent Bridge ahead of this evening's semi-final with Croatia. In a Jumpers for Goalposts-esque set up, England's cricket side split up into two teams - bibs vs non bibs - to see what this nerve-racking penalty business was all about before their net session.
REVEALED: As England face Croatia 11 years on from McClaren's defining moment, the secret of that 'wally with a brolly' headline
Even now, 11 years on, the image leaves you dumbfounded. There is Steve McClaren, gazing out onto Wembley's sodden turf. In one hand, he has a cup of coffee. In the other, he holds an umbrella.
Bossing it at the World Cup! Deschamps becomes only the fourth legend to reach the final as both player AND manager
Didier Deschamps has become the fourth manager to lead his team to a World Cup final after playing in one as a player. Deschamps was known as the water carrier as France reached and eventually won the 1998 World Cup on home soil. And on Tuesday he managed his nation to a 1-0 win against Belgium. That means his side will take on either Croatia or England in Sunday's final in Moscow.
Henry congratulates Deschamps and France stars as Belgium assistant suffers World Cup heartbreak on night of mixed emotion
It was a night of very mixed emotions for Thierry Henry as the nation of his birth reached the World Cup final - and the country he coaches were eliminated. Henry, World Cup winner in 1998 with Les Bleus, is assistant coach to Roberto Martinez, manager of Belgium. France beat Belgium 1-0 in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday evening to reach their third World Cup final in the past six tournaments.
Ronaldo v Messi... farewell to football's greatest rivalry: Clasico clashes took game to uncharted heights with spellbinding battles between Real Madrid and Barcelona
PETE JENSON IN SPAIN: For nine years it was the greatest show on earth – the two best players of their generation in a season-long slog of 'anything you can do I can do better'. We will miss their battle to be the best, and Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will miss each other in the way all great sporting rivals end up longing for the once sworn enemy.
'There may not be anyone like you': Ronaldo hailed by Spanish and Italian press as he's called 'Serie A Killer'
Despite a World Cup final being on the horizon, the talk of football this week has been about one man and one man only... Cristiano Ronaldo. The living legend has sensationally called time on his Real Madrid career after nine trophy-laden seasons in Spain, sealing a £100million move to Juventus and beginning what is sure to be a new era. As the European media had chance to digest the news after Tuesday's shock announcement, the front pages quickly ranged from tribute to excitement.
Manchester United's players arrive for first day of pre-season training as Mourinho's non-World Cup stars begin hard work
Alexis Sanchez and the rest of Manchester United's World Cup absentees have arrived at Carrington for their first day of pre-season training. Sanchez, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw and Andreas Pereira were among the players pictured driving into the club's training ground as the hard work started. Jose Mourinho will have been waiting for them as preparations begin for the start of the Premier League season and the resumption of their battle with Manchester City.
Buffon trains with Timothy Weah during his first session at PSG... having faced his father George on Parma debut in 1995
Gianluigi Buffon was gave a timely reminder of his age in just his first Paris Saint-Germain training session when he lined up alongside team-mate Timothy Weah. The veteran goalkeeper was pictured next to 18-year-old Weah at PSG's training ground, a player whose father he made his professional debut on the same pitch as. Buffon was just 17 years old when he made his first appearance for Parma against eventual Serie A champions AC Milan in November 1995.
Finally... Mahrez gets to meet Guardiola! Manchester City's £60m man gets down to business under new boss
Riyad Mahrez met his new manager Pep Guardiola on Wednesday morning after finally completing his £60million move from Leicester earlier this week. Mahrez was also given the opportunity to meet some of his new team-mates as he took part in his first training session for the club. The majority of Guardiola's squad are still away on holiday due to their World Cup involvement so there was a low head count at the Etihad Campus.
'Trying to explode while staying calm... love it!': Cipriani's underwater weights workout as he beefs up for Gloucester debut
Danny Cipriani is pulling out all the stops as he looks to beef up ahead of his debut season for Gloucester. The 30-year-old posted a video on Instagram of him taking part in an underwater weights session on Tuesday afternoon. Cipriani was filmed as he swam to the bottom of the pool and propelled himself upwards with a heavy dumbbell in either hand.
Gaviria out-sprints Sagan to win bloody fourth stage of the Tour de France as Cavendish suffers further frustration and several riders are injured in nasty crash
Tour de France debutant Fernando Gaviria claimed his second stage win on Tuesday when he out-sprinted his rivals in a punishing fourth stage that included a nasty crash near the end of the 195km stretch from La Baule to Sarzeau. Belgium's Tiesj Benoot was left with blood pouring down his face and arms after being caught up in the collision just a few minutes from the end of the stage. A number of riders were left on the tarmac, with France's Axel Domont requiring medical attention on the roadside.
Serena Williams overcame the toughest test of her Wimbledon comeback yet to advance to the semi-finals. The seven-time champion, who missed the tournament last year, was outplayed by Italian Camila Giorgi in the first set, but rallied to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court. Having lifted the title in the last two years she played here in 2015 and 2016, this quarter-final success takes Williams' winning streak at the All England Club to 19 matches.
Celtic take control of Champions League qualifier against Alashkert as Edouard nets on first European start in Armenia
JOHN MCGARRY IN ARMENIA: If Odsonne Edouard is feeling the pressure of becoming the most expensive signing in Celtic's history, he's certainly hiding it well. On a balmy night in Armenia, the man whose signature cost the Scottish champions £9million this summer suggested a handsome return on that investment may not be long in coming to fruition. This may only have been the first of four assignments Brendan Rodgers' side must negotiate if they are to reach a group stage reputedly now worth £40m. Theoretically, the job may only be half done.
Arsenal new boys Papastathopoulos and Leno put through the wringer by Emery as they join team-mates for training
Arsenal trained on Tuesday as they continue their preparations for the new season under Unai Emery. Emery was appointed at the start of the summer to replace Arsene Wenger, who called time on his 22-year spell as Arsenal boss at the end of a disappointing campaign.
World Cup dream is over... so let's kick off the holidays! Matic, Jesus and Sigurdsson among stars relaxing with their loved ones
Gylfi Sigurdsson got over his World Cup disappointment with Iceland in the best way possible, getting engaged to Alexandra Helga while in the Bahamas. The Everton midfielder shared the great news on Instagram, captioning the upload: 'She said YES', accompanied with an engagement ring and love heart.
Manny Pacquiao is applying the final touches to his preparations ahead of his 12th world title fight against Lucas Matthysse this weekend. The Filipino has his eyes firmly fixated on the job at hand and cut a focused figure as he worked out at his gym in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Wednesday morning. The 39-year-old gave the media a glimpse of what is to come, as he practised his footwork and hit the pads with ferocity.
It's official. LeBron is a Laker. The Los Angeles Lakers announced the signing of LeBron James as a free agent on Monday night, confirming the seismic shift created by the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player's decision to leave Cleveland for the 16-time champion franchise on the West Coast. James' representatives at Klutch Sports Group tweeted a photo of James signing his contract with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and agent Rich Paul.
It promises to be another big spending summer among the Premier League clubs, especially those wishing to haul in champions Manchester City over the course of the campaign. But of course there are bargains to be had too and also the opportunity to grab a star from the World Cup in Russia. Keep track of all the major transfers involving senior players in the Premier League (those making at least one club appearance), as Sportsmail brings you all the summer deals right the way through to transfer deadline day.
England's last World Cup semi-final was 28 years ago at Italia 90... but how do Gazza, Lineker and Co compare to today's stars?
The opportunity of a lifetime awaits Gareth Southgate's team on Wednesday against Croatia and the England players who will line up in Moscow are at their peak. Everton keeper Jordan Pickford's form has been faultless; Leicester defender Harry Maguire is blossoming, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has come of age and Harry Kane – the Tottenham striker and team leader – is showing he belongs on the world stage. But how did the 1990 team that faced West Germany compare? Sportsmail goes back in time to look at that XI against the current line-up.