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Harry Kane's rise to No. 1 in FC 100 a testament to his peerless versatility

It started with a twist. Swivelling on the edge of the area, Harry Kane drifted away from Nemanja Matic and rolled the ball beyond the reach of Thibaut Courtois. In one seamless sequence, he eluded both an elite defensive midfielder and the man who was then arguably the world's leading goalkeeper, scoring Tottenham's fourth goal in an eventual 5-3 victory over Chelsea.

But Kane had done much more than that. On that evening, New Year's Day 2015, Kane had announced himself to the planet as one...

 By Shaka Hislop

Power Rankings: Juventus, Man City, Barcelona 1-2-3; Liverpool, Arsenal in

Giorgio Chiellini talked up the rivalry between Juventus and Inter Milan, insisting there's more than just three points at stake.
Sebastian Salazar and Alejandro Moreno debate whether or not Juventus has assembled enough talent to live up to lofty expectations this season.

The top three stay the same this week, but there's movement down below. Liverpool make their return to the top 10, as do Arsenal.

Dropping out: Paris Saint-Germain, Tottenham, Sevilla.

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

Neymar, Mohamed Salah lead football's new power position: the wide forward

Steve Nicol raises concerns about Liverpool's star-powered front three after substitute Divock Origi came on to score the winner against Everton.

There was a time when the most glamourous positions in world football were the central ones, both in defence and attack. If you were a defender growing up in the early 1990s, you were likeliest to admire Franco Baresi; if you were a young forward late in the same decade, the chances are that you idolised the original Ronaldo. Yet those times have changed. The central players, more often than not, are reliable and steady figures; there, the attackers are hardworking, chasing down opponents whenever...

 By Simon Kuper

Inside the Ballon d'Or: No Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, tears for Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric's 'stage fright'

From the "Most Time Spent Horizontal" to "Nutritionist of the Year," the Exploding Heads present their quirky alternative Ballon d'Or awards.

PARIS -- You almost felt sorry for Luka Modric, receiving the Ballon d'Or ("Golden Ball") for player of the year on stage in Paris' Grand Palais. It looked as if the French were punishing him Monday for depriving one of their world champions of the prize.

There, on a table beside the stage, taunting him, stood the World Cup trophy itself, the one that his Croatia team lost in the final in Moscow this past July. On stage, David Ginola, the former France winger turned moderator, was throwing fatuous...


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's derby day heroics leads Power Rankings ahead of Timo Werner

Check out all the action from around Europe this weekend, from Arsenal's dramatic win over Tottenham to Liverpool's last-gasp triumph against Everton.

When you jump-start an Arsenal North London derby win with a pair of goals vs. Spurs, you can count on topping the week's Player Power Rankings. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend.

Also receiving votes: Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Jimmy Briand (Bordeaux), Jordan Torunarigha (Hertha Berlin), Rade Krunic (Empoli).

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

 By Shaka Hislop

Power Rankings: Juventus overtake Manchester City at the top as Dutch duo fall

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop reveals his latest power rankings, which see Juventus ascend the top 10 summit.

Juventus have won three straight matches, and as a result have climbed into the top spot in this week's edition of Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings.

Dropping out: PSV Eindhoven, Ajax.

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