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 By Simon Kuper

Frenkie De Jong is joining Barcelona but it's nothing he can't handle

With Barcelona's coup for Frenkie de Jong complete, check out what the budding Dutch star brings to the Camp Nou.

Frenkie de Jong receives a back-pass standing still in the Ajax half. Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior and Luka Modric charge at him, but the Dutch playmaker, who seems to have all the time in the world, turns full circle and then accelerates away, leaving Modric chasing helplessly behind him. Vinicius, who has missed him by meters, falls over. The scene is a thing of beauty, like Charlie Chaplin escaping a posse of cops. Ajax won 4-1 in the Bernabeu on March 5.

There are supposedly no secrets...

ESPN FC  By ESPN

Alaba's title-winning showing tops Player Power Rankings ahead of Sterling

Following a fairy tale ending to their Bayern Munich careers, ESPN FC's Steve Nicol chimes on the departing Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley can't hold in his excitement after watching Manchester City's dominant FA Cup victory over Watford.

David Alaba excelled in Bayern's title-winning victory, while Raheem Sterling's performance in Man City's FA Cup triumph fell short with our panel. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend.

Also receiving votes: Jean-Paul Boetius (Mainz).

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

 By Shaka Hislop

Power Rankings: Liverpool and Tottenham continue to lead the way

ESPN FC's Craig Burley explains why Liverpool shouldn't be considered failures after they came up short in the title race.
Craig Burley says Manchester City justified his past declaration that they're the best team in club football after they edged Liverpool to the title.
Relive the best moments of a title race for the ages, as Man City edged Liverpool to the Premier League title, winning by a single point.

The Champions League finalists still set the standard, while newly crowned Premier League champions Manchester City have moved up.

Dropping out: None

Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV, which airs daily on ESPN+.

Premier League way-too-early 2019-20 predictions

Craig Burley makes his very premature prediction of Premier League's top six next season one day after Manchester City secured the 2018-19 title.

Man City were only crowned 2018-19 Premier League champions yesterday, but it is never to early to start looking ahead to next season. Will City repeat? Which club will surprise? Who is in trouble? And finally which top-six club is headed for a transition season?

Nick Ames takes a way too early peak at the 2019-20 campaign and makes a few projections regarding the next edition of the Premier League.

- When are the Premier League fixtures published?
- When does the transfer window open?

Manchester...

ESPN FC  By ESPN

Mane tops Player Power Rankings as Silva, Mahrez split Man City vote

ESPN FC's Craig Burley explains why Liverpool shouldn't be considered failures after they came up short in the title race.
Steve Nicol shares his candid thoughts on Liverpool's second place finish, as their 97 points set a record for the most ever by the runners-up.
Relive the best moments of a title race for the ages, as Man City edged Liverpool to the Premier League title, winning by a single point.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol praises Manchester City's mentality and defensive superiority during their run-in to a second straight Premier league title.

Sadio Mane earned a share of the Golden Boot to top the Player Power Rankings, as our allegiances were split between a pair of Man City champions. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend.

Also receiving votes: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Dusan Tadic (Ajax), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain).

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

Has the USL found the way forward in soccer's concussion problem?

Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur reacts before going off injured.
Jan Vertonghen's injury was the latest flash point to call attention to football's treatment of head injuries.

The issue of head injuries in soccer -- and how to diagnose them -- has received more attention in recent weeks. The handling of an incident involving Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen, who returned to the field in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal against Ajax after suffering a head injury, was criticized in some quarters after the player nearly collapsed shortly after being cleared for play.

Now, a league is prepared to take the on-field diagnosis of head injuries to...