The Roma captain had a debt to repay after last season; he will now lead his club into the last 16 as group winners.
Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup has cost Gian Piero Ventura his job. Which is fair enough.
We'll never again see Buffon belting out the anthem at the World Cup, or Robben cutting inside...
"Why the f*** would I come on? We need a win not a draw." Player was lecturing manager.
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"Here I have my friends: my friends in the stands and people that I never knew," says The Gladiator.
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