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Forget Messi and Ronaldo: Piatek leads top leagues in goals

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Forget Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo: Krzysztof Piatek leads Europe's top five leagues in goals

Krzysztof Piatek now has eight goals in six games, after scoring twice against Frosinone at Stadio Benito Stirpe to earn three points for Genoa.
Maurizio Sarri feels Eden Hazard is the best player in Europe following his hat trick display against Cardiff City.

Forget Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi -- there are some new names challenging for the European Golden Boot this season.

Three of Europe's top five leagues -- La Liga, the Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 -- have leading marksmen that few would have predicted at the beginning of the campaign. And while there are some familiar names topping the scoring charts in France, most of the chasing pack may not be as recognizable.

Last season, household names led the scoring charts...

Ben Thornley, Man United's Class of '92 star, not bitter about lost career

Ben Thornley's career didn't go the way many expected but the Class of 92 member isn't sanguine about the way things turned out.
Ben Thornley, pictured at a 2017 Manchester United Legends match, was one of the big prospects of the 'Class of 92'.

Ben Thornley was in the Nou Camp on May 26, 1999. He should have been on the pitch. He should have been among those lifting the Champions League trophy, the final part of Manchester United's remarkable Treble. But while his peers, friends and a group of players who at one time he was regarded as better than celebrated their own glory, Thornley was in the stands.

Of the "Class of '92," the extraordinary generation that formed the core of Manchester United's great side of the 1990s and early 2000s,...

 By Shaka Hislop

Power Rankings: Juventus stay No. 1 ahead of PSG; Atletico up, Barcelona down

Cristiano Ronaldo scored with a powerful first-time strike to help guide Juventus past Udinese at the Stadio Friuli.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop unveils his latest power rankings, which see Juventus maintaining their top spot while Barcelona gain ground.

The top two remain the same. Below Juve and PSG, though, Atleti have made a move up, while Barca and Man City go in the opposite direction.

Dropping out: Liverpool.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV!

International W2W4: England, Italy face relegation; Brazil, Argentina meet again

Club football takes another break as the eyes of the world turn to the international game. Among the highlights are a pair of tough away tests for England and the renewal of a fierce rivalry in an unlikely venue. Watch the UEFA Nations League in the U.S. on ESPN+.

England need points from away games

Friday's clash between Croatia and England is not simply about settling scores from July's World Cup semifinal, which the Croats won 2-1 after extra-time. There are UEFA Nations League points to...

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Kylian Mbappe tops Player Power Rankings; Paco Alcacer, Eden Hazard included

Kylian Mbappe had a monstrous second half, netting four goals in a mere 14 minutes for Paris Saint-Germain against Lyon.
Check out all the action from around Europe this weekend, from Man United's win against Newcastle to Kylian Mbappe's monster second half against Lyon.
Kylian Mbappe found his scoring touch in the second half, scoring four goals in 14 minutes to lead PSG to victory over rivals Lyon.

Four goals in 13 minutes? Yeah, that'll get you a No. 1 spot! Our global editorial desks to pick their top 10 performers from the weekend action.

Also receiving votes: Suso (Milan), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Pablo Sarabia (Sevilla), Lacazette (Arsenal), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Lars Stindl (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting below or on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.

 By Shaka Hislop

Power Rankings: Juventus stay top; Barcelona make big climb, Liverpool slip

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop unveils his latest power rankings, which see Juventus maintaining their top spot while Barcelona gain ground.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley recaps Juventus' comfortable win over Young Boys, powered by Paulo Dybala's hat trick.
From the pre-match build-up to the post-match celebrations, ESPN FC takes you inside Juventus' big win over rivals and Scudetto challengers Napoli.

There is no change at the top after the Italian champions' two-win week. Below them, Lionel Messi inspires Barca's jump and there are two newcomers.

Dropping out: Bayern Munich, Lyon.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV!