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‘Modric the best player in the world’ – are these the top 25 footballers of 2017?

Luka Modric the No.1 player in the world in 2017, Lionel Messi only seventh best and not a single Juventus player among the top 25 – those are the controversial views of Goal’s Peter Staunton. As ever, the Goal 50 is already provoking plenty of debate – despite the fact …

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Ronaldo, Messi, Drogba and Gerrard make Liverpool striker Sturridge’s Ultimate XI

Daniel Sturridge has pieced together an iconic Ultimate XI made up of star turns from past and present, although he admits his team would “probably lose”. Over the course of his career, the 28-year-old has been fortunate to play with and against some of the finest talent in world football, …

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Liverpool return unlikely as Mascherano airs River Plate ambition

Javier Mascherano has been linked with a return to Liverpool, but is hoping to head back to his roots at River Plate if he leaves Barcelona. The experienced Argentina international remains under contract at Camp Nou until the summer of 2019. He has, however, slipped behind Gerard Pique and Samuel …

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Betting: Barcelona aiming for third La Liga title in four years as Real Madrid pay for poor start

The opening three months of the La Liga season have seen Barcelona build up a lead over arch rivals Real Madrid that few thought possible at the start of the campaign. Back in August, Los Blancos beat the Catalans 5-1 on aggregate in the Spanish Super Cup, and with the …

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Dani Alves digs Arsenal: Barcelona loved playing against them!

Dani Alves says Barcelona enjoyed facing Arsenal in the Champions League during his time at Camp Nou because they “dominated” the Gunners. Barcelona eliminated the Premier League side from the knockout rounds of the competition twice in a row during Pep Guardiola’s spell in charge before a 5-1 aggregate win …

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How Barcelona & Real Madrid missed out on Mbappe

First it was Neymar, then Kylian Mbappe. Paris Saint-Germain shocked the football world in August by signing not one, but two of the world’s most exciting forwards. All the while, Barcelona and Real Madrid stood and watched. On Monday, Mbappe won the FIFA Golden Boy award for the world’s best …

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Barcelona deserve defensive recognition – Digne

Barcelona defender Lucas Digne has paid tribute to the outstanding start his side have made to the campaign, and in particular defensively. The Catalan side have stormed to the top of La Liga and their Champions League group, with the likes of Lionel Messi in sparkling form in attack, but …

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Barcelona vs Malaga: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

Barcelona will have the chance to continue their excellent league form when they take on lowly Malaga on Saturday night. The Blaugrana have dropped just two points in La Liga so far this season and made it three wins out of three in the Champions League by beating Olympiacos in …

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Barcelona star Suarez granted rest by Uruguay

Luis Suarez has been left out of the Uruguay squad for friendlies against Poland and Austria in November to help his rehabilitation from a knee injury. The striker was expected to miss over a month when he sustained the problem in the second leg of Barcelona’s Supercopa de Espana defeat to …

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Valverde: I hope Messi scores 200th European goal this season

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde joked that he hopes Lionel Messi will reach 200 European goals this season. Messi 7/10 to score 2+ Saturday Messi scored his 100th goal in European competition on Wednesday, netting in Barca’s 3-1 Champions League victory over Olympiacos. Related Valverde is already hoping for more from Messi, saying …

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‘I would give him all the prizes’ – Bartomeu claims nobody is equal to Messi

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu lauded Lionel Messi for maintaining his “sublime level” after bringing up 100 European goals. Messi 2/1 for hat-trick v Malaga Messi scored in Barca’s 3-1 Champions League win over Olympiacos on Wednesday for what was his 100th goal in European competition. Related The five-time Ballon …

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Ballon d’Or? We all know Messi is best, says Valverde

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde believes Lionel Messi is the world’s best player, regardless of who wins the Ballon d’Or. Messi is a record five-time winner of the individual honour, but he is expected to be joined on that tally by Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo this year. The duo have …

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‘I’ve got my white heart’ – Madrid boss Zidane not interested in Barca job

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane said his heart belongs to the Spanish and European champions after he was asked about coaching bitter rivals Barcelona. Zidane will celebrate his 100th match in charge of Madrid in all competitions when the La Liga titleholders travel to Getafe on Saturday. Real Madrid -1 …

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Iniesta set to return for Barcelona to face Atletico after overcoming injury

Captain Andres Iniesta has been deemed fit enough for La Liga leaders Barcelona’s trip to meet Atletico Madrid. Iniesta sustained a hamstring injury in Barca’s 3-0 win over Las Palmas prior to the international break, which ruled him out of Spain’s World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Israel. However, the …

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Ronaldo, Messi, Zidane, Pirlo and Baggio – Buffon struggles to pick five-a-side teams

Gianluigi Buffon has attempted to draw up various five-a-side teams, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Andrea Pirlo making the grade. The legendary Juventus goalkeeper has been fortunate enough to have played with and against some iconic figures down the years. With so much talent from which …

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Ballon d’Or 2017: Neymar, Messi & Griezmann among nominees

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi lead an illustrious list of 30 players nominated for the 2017 Ballon d’Or award. The full list of top footballers was revealed across Monday by organisers France Football, with Champions League and La Liga winners Real Madrid dominating with seven nominees. Following unprecedented back-to-back Champions League wins, Real Madrid …

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Messi asked me to join Barca during Brazil vs Argentina – Paulinho

Paulinho has revealed how an in-game conversation with Lionel Messi helped pave the way for his surprise move to Barcelona. The former Tottenham midfielder signed for the Catalan club in August, completing a €40 million deal to depart Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao. Barcelona 18/1 to beat Las Palmas 1-0 Related However, …

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Own goals & clean sheets: Valverde’s pragmatism proving to be perfect tonic for Barcelona

Yet more momentum for Barcelona. The Catalan club won their eighth match in a row with victory away to Sporting CP in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Since losing the Spanish Supercopa to Real Madrid in August, it has been a spectacular start to the season for Ernesto Valverde’s …

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Five times the money! Dembele’s massive Barcelona contract reportedly leaked

The massive contract that Barcelona handed to 20-year-old Ousmane Demebele this summer has reportedly been seen by German outlet Spiegel, and the numbers involved in the deal make it easy to understand why the youngster decided to make the move, and why Borussia Dortmund were willing to sell.  According to the …

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