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AC Milan defender Ivan Strinic sidelined by heart condition

AC Milan and Croatia defender Ivan Strinic will take an unspecified break from football after he was diagnosed with a heart condition.

Milan said in a statement on Saturday that weekly routine tests, which all professional athletes have to undergo in Italy, revealed a heart problem "which merits further investigation after a period of rest.

"For this reason the player must temporarily suspend sporting activity until the tests have been completed."

Strinic was part of the Croatia team that reached...

Danijel Subasic becomes third Croatia player to retire after World Cup

Danijel Subasic celebrates Croatia's victory over England in the World Cup semifinals.
Danijel Subasic was Croatia's goalkeeper during their run to the World Cup final.

Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic is retiring from international competition, becoming the third Croatia player to leave the national team since reaching the World Cup final.

Subasic, 33, joined forward Mario Mandzukic and defender Vedran Corluka in announcing their retirements after Croatia lost 4-2 to France in July in their first international final.

"The time has come for me to say farewell to our favourite jersey after 10 years in the national team," Subasic wrote in an open letter published...

Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic retires from Croatia national team

Mario Manduzkic has confirmed his retirement from the Croatia national team with a letter posted via his Twitter account.

The Juventus striker is second only to Davor Suker in his country's all-time leading goal scorers list with 33 from 89 appearances. This summer, his three goals -- scored in the round of 16, semifinals and final -- helped Croatia reach their first-ever World Cup final, where they were beaten 4-2 by France in Russia.

"Dear fans," he wrote. "I always preferred to do my talking...

Atletico Madrid's Nikola Kalinic explains Croatia World Cup medal snub

Croatia fell short in their first World Cup final, but the FC crew explain what made the Vatreni's run so impressive.
Lautaro Martinez's acrobatic volley, along with a late save from Samir Handanovic, gave Inter a one-goal victory over Atletico Madrid.

New Atletico Madrid forward Nikola Kalinic has said he did not accept a World Cup runners-up medal this summer as he did not feel he contributed anything to Croatia's surprise run to the final.

Kalinic, who was still an AC Milan player at the time, was sent home by national coach Zlatko Dalic after refusing to come on as a substitute during the team's opening game against Nigeria, meaning he then missed the team's run to the final.

"What happened at the World Cup happened," Kalinic said. "The coach...

FIFA Best Men's Player award shortlist: Mbappe, Modric up against Ronaldo, Messi; no Neymar

The FC crew take a gander at the short list released for FIFA's Best Men's Player award and debate whether Neymar should've been among the nominees.
ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes speaks to Paolo Maldini about Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus and Italy's hopes for the future.
Neymar believes Cristiano Ronaldo's move from Real Madrid to Juventus will change the face of Italian football.

World Cup stars Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric are among the contenders to end Cristiano Ronaldo's hold on FIFA's The Best Men's Player award after the shortlist was announced on Tuesday, but Neymar was not among the nominees.

Ronaldo, who has won this honour in both years of its existence, is once again nominated, but faces arguably his toughest challenge yet, following so many impressive performances in Russia.

The award, created in 2016 following FIFA's split with the Ballon d'Or, will this year...