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Top player stats of 2014

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ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

Top player stats of 2014 and the 2014-15 season so far

NB: Europe refers to the top five leagues -- English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1

PASSING

Most touches of the ball in Premier League this season:
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) 1859
Yaya Toure (Man City) 1655
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) 1472

Most touches of the ball in top Euro leagues this season:
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) 1859
Xabi Alonso (Bayern) 1803
Yaya Toure (Man City) 1655

Most touches of the ball in top Euro leagues per game this season:
Xabi...





ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

Top club stats of 2014 and the 2014-15 Premier League and Euro season so far

NB: Europe refers to the top five leagues -- English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1.

Player stats will be published on Dec. 31.

POINTS

Most points in Premier League in 2014:
Man City 88 (plus-56 GD)
Chelsea 88 (plus-55 GD)
Liverpool 76
Arsenal 70

Most points per game in top Euro leagues in 2014:
Bayern Munich 2.6
Juventus 2.6
Real Madrid 2.4

Fewest points in Premier League in 2014:
Hull 30
West Brom 35
Aston Villa 39
Newcastle 42

Fewest points...











Breaking down the Ballon d'Or shortlist: Messi, Ronaldo and Neuer

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Alexis Nunes weigh in on the Ballon d'Or and FIFPro Top Forwards shortlists.

The three finalists for the FIFA Ballon d'Or were announced on Monday: Lionel Messi, Manuel Neuer and Cristiano Ronaldo. Here's a look at the stats that made them great in 2014 and the possible accomplishments that lie before them...

* After one goal in eight previous World Cup games, Lionel Messi scored four times at the 2014 World Cup and won the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player. He's had 52 goals in 62 games for club and country this year, also adding the La Liga and Champions League...

Five Aside: Messi sets second scoring record in a week with hat trick

Barcelona's Lionel Messi becomes the Champions League all-time goals leader with 72.

Lionel Messi scored his 72nd, 73rd and 74th Champions League goals Tuesday against APOEL Nicosia in Cyprus, breaking Raul's all-time record of 71 goals in the tournament.

Here are five stats on the Argentine's scoring record.

* The hat trick scored against APOEL was Messi's fifth career Champions League hat trick, two more than any other player in tournament history.

* In the 47 Champions League games where Messi has scored at least one goal, Barcelona is 38-2-7, losing to Celtic in 2012...

Five Aside: Smaller nations improve Euro 2016 qualifying chances

The ESPN FC crew look at Miroslav Stoch's dramatic late winner as Slovakia claimed a shock 2-1 victory over Spain in their Euro 2016 qualifier.

The Euro 2016 qualifying week has already seen two huge upsets and the fastest hat trick in competition history. Here are five notes on the highlights so far:

* Saturday in Warsaw, Poland defeated Germany for the first time. The 2-0 win was its first victory in 19 games in the series. Germany had won 13 straight away qualifiers (World Cup and Euros), last losing to Turkey in 1998. The world champions' streak ends one shy of Spain's record of 14 straight road qualifying wins.

* Spain's record run...

Five Aside: Capping off Landon Donovan's U.S. career

Landon Donovan ended his career with the United States national team by playing 41 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Ecuador on Friday night. Here's a look at the end of a legendary career and the notes you need to know from the draw:

• This was Landon Donovan's 157th cap with the national team, second only to Cobi Jones (162) in United States men's team history. It was also his 142nd start with the national team, most all time and 18 ahead of Jeff Agoos who is second all time with 124. His 41 minutes...