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Cristiano Ronaldo earned FIFA award for big moments, not a brilliant year

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed his rivalry with Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi is just starting.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo explains what it means to win the 2017 Best FIFA Men's Player Award for a fifth time.
Craig Burley and Alexis Nunes sift through Cristiano Ronaldo's stats from 2017 as he claimed the Best FIFA Men's Player award.
As FIFA announce the three candidates for awards including best player and best manger, see who's being tipped for success.
Ballon d'Or candidate Isco fancies Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo to retain the trophy next January.

Cristiano Ronaldo claimed The Best FIFA Men's Player award for a second straight year on Monday night, beating his regular rivals for the top prizes -- Lionel Messi and Neymar -- in the process.

The Real Madrid forward is once again regarded as the world's greatest footballer by the world game's governing body and he is also the favourite claim a fifth Ballon d'Or award, which would draw him level with long-time Barcelona rival Messi.

ESPN FC's club correspondents give their verdict on the final...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Kane rips Liverpool defence apart to top Player Power Rankings

Craig Burley evaluates this week's player power rankings, providing a list of omitted players who stood out at the weekend.
Harry Kane's brace capped off Tottenham's big win over Liverpool at Wembley.
Harry Kane speaks after Tottenham thump Liverpool 4-1, days after an impressive draw against Real Madrid in the Champions League.

ESPN FC's worldwide editorial desks nominate their top performers from the weekend's action. Tottenham's talisman Harry Kane is this week's No. 1.

1. Harry Kane | Tottenham Hotspur

Why he's here: The Premier League's leading scorer added two goals and an assist to his season totals as Spurs throttled Liverpool 4-1 at Wembley on Sunday.

2. Sami Khedira | Juventus

Why he's here: The 30-year-old midfielder scored his first senior hat trick -- with two of the goals coming after Juve had been reduced...

 By Nick Miller

Sergio Aguero's best and most memorable Manchester City goals

English Premier League: Sergio Aguero (30') Man City 1-0 Burnley
Layla Anna-Lee believes Manchester City's Sergio Aguero is a better striker than Spurs' Harry Kane. Is she wrong?
The FC crew decide whether they would rather have Harry Kane or Sergio Aguero as the striker in their team.

With 177 goals, Sergio Aguero has equalled Eric Brook's Manchester City's scoring record. We ranked the 10 best and most memorable from the dynamic Argentine striker.

10. vs. Sunderland, December 2014

Sometimes the most thrilling goals are when you think the scorer has made a mess of things but then recovers. When Aguero stabbed the ball past Sebastian Coates in this game against Sunderland, he looked as if he'd ceded possession before an opportunity to shoot came up. But no. A combination of his...

 By Shaka Hislop

Power Rankings: Barcelona stay on top as Tottenham move into the top five

The top four remain unchanged in Shaka Hislop's latest Power Rankings -- but Tottenham continue to rise up the charts into fifth.

Dropping out: Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea.

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

Shaka Hislop played for over 10 years in the Premier League and represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2006 World Cup. Watch him on ESPN FC TV!

Scouting Spotlight: Aaron Martin, Leon Goretzka, Hirving Lozano

Manchester United have reportedly scouted Aaron Martin.

Which players are attracting attention in Europe's biggest leagues? Scouting Spotlight looks at three players each week whose performances are making headlines ...

Aaron Martin -- Espanyol

After making his debut in October 2016, Martin has earned a regular starting spot at Espanyol and attracted admirers across Europe with his impressive performances. The left-back has won three caps for Spain Under-21s but was overlooked for the European Championship squad in the summer.

Playing style

An agile,...

 By Chris Jones

Father versus son highlights magic of FA Cup

The FA Cup is the greatest tournament in the world because it's about the sport, not the teams.

LONDON -- Martin Ling, Leyton Orient's newly installed director of football, found a quiet gap between the filling stands at Victoria Road. His O's had made the short bus trip to visit Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday, two National League sides drawn to begin their pivotal FA Cup campaigns against each other. For Ling, the prospects were twice nervy. His son, Sam, was starting for the Daggers.

Sam, only 20, still lives at home, and it had been a little quiet around the house before the East...