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Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo to get on the score sheet -- projection

Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo is the modern game's greatest individual rivalry.
Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo is the modern game's greatest individual rivalry.

Current goals total in La Liga: Ronaldo 8-3 Messi

A week after they went head-to-head in El ClasicoLionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are expected to be back in league action this weekend.

Messi and Barcelona play first, at home to Real Sociedad on Saturday. A day later, Ronaldo and Real Madrid visit Eibar.

According to ESPN's projection model, Ronaldo is the slight favourite to score a single tally, while the stats suggest that Messi is likelier to have a multigoal game...

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Tottenham or Chelsea -- who will finish higher this season?

The FC TV panel have their say but what do you think? Vote now!

London pride is on the line when Tottenham host Chelsea on Sunday.

The two sides have experienced contrasting fortunes so far this Premier League season, with Tottenham currently fifth and Chelsea languishing 15th in the table.

Which brings us to this week's question:

Who will finish higher this season?

The last time Tottenham finished above Chelsea in the league was in 2011-12 but even that was bittersweet for the White Hart Lane side, because Chelsea's Champions League win meant Spurs missed out on qualification to the following...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Man City plan Leo Messi, Guardiola reunion with £800,000-a-week deal

Lionel Messi started his first game since September against Roma and looked like he'd never been away.

The winter window draws closer with each passing day, and the transfer rumour mill is starting to pick up steam. As always, Transfer Talk has the latest and greatest. See all the summer deals here.

TOP STORY: Man City to break the bank for Messi

Financial figures at the pinnacle of world football continue to spiral away from reality like a golden rocket ship full of diamond-encrusted corner flags, with Manchester City the latest club to be linked with an astronomical bid for Barcelona star Lionel...

 By Shaka Hislop

In-form Barcelona replace Bayern Munich atop the Power Rankings

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop believe Barcelona are the best team in the Champions League.
The ESPN FC team debate which European power is in better form between Spanish side Barcelona or German side Bayern Munich.

Given what they achieved over the last week, there was only side who could top Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings!

1. Barcelona (+1)

Away to your biggest rivals without your best player? No worries, said Barcelona, who humiliated Real Madrid at the Bernabeu with a superb display of attacking football. Three days later, with Lionel Messi back in the starting XI, they beat Roma 6-1. Barcelona have scored 28 goals in their last nine games in all competitions. Wow.

2. Bayern Munich (-1)

It might seem...

 By Nick Ames

Modric, Pogba and Suarez shine in Champions League TOTW

Luis Suarez scored twice in Barcelona's 6-1 thrashing of Roma.
Luis Suarez scored twice in Barcelona's 6-1 thrashing of Roma.

With the penultimate Champions League group stage matches done and dusted, it's time to look at the best XI this week ...

Champions League Team of the Week
ESPN FC's Champions League Team of the Week.

Goalkeeper: Matz Sels, Gent

Group-stage debutants Gent are on the brink of a remarkable place in the last 16, an achievement made possible by Kalifa Coulibaly's dramatic goal with the very last action of the game in Lyon on Tuesday. That 2-1 victory was something of a smash and grab and owed plenty to the form of Sels, who reacted sharply to deny Alexandre Lacazette and Rachid...

 By Lee Roden

Neymar must continue inspiring Barcelona with Lionel Messi back fit

The ESPN FC crew look at whether anyone can match Barcelona right now.

When the dust had only just started to settle on Barcelona's 4-0 win over Real Madrid last weekend and with Luis Enrique in full flow in his postmatch news conference, one of the more light-hearted moments of the night occurred.

Attempting to find a worthwhile line of questioning amid constant praise for the away team's performance, one journalist asked the coach if he would have a problem reintroducing Lionel Messi to a side that was flying so high with Neymar as its central figure.

Before the...