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Forget Messi and Ronaldo: Piatek leads top leagues in goals

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Luka Jovic's five-goal outburst tops Player Power Rankings ahead of Anthony Martial

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop weighs in on this week's Player Power Rankings which saw Anthony Martial miss the top spot to Luka Jovic.

Scoring five goals will earn you the No. 1 spot in our Player Power Rankings. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend.

Also receiving votes: Oier Olazabal (Levante), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Reiss Nelson (Hoffenheim), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City), James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich).

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

By the numbers - Ronaldo celebrates 400 league goals, Real Madrid bemoan 480-minute goal drought

The guys respond to your tweets about Mauro Icardi, Gigio Donnarumma, why some people allegedly hate Inter and reacting to exuberant celebrations.
The FC guys look ahead to Barcelona's schedule during the three weeks Lionel Messi is expected to be out after he fractured his arm against Sevilla.
Both Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop felt Jose Mourinho reacted appropriately to the taunts from Chelsea's assistant coach in the weekend's draw.
With Julen Lopetegui in the hot seat, the FC panel examine Real Madrid's options internally for a new manager.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were both on the scoresheet, while Real Madrid created an unwanted record. ESPN brings you the best numbers from Europe's top leagues.


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The 2-2 draw on Saturday meant Manchester United picked up only their second point at Stamford Bridge since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013. United have made six visits to the Bridge since then, and the only other time they did not come home empty-handed was a 1-1 draw in February 2016, when Jesse Lingard's strike...

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...