Tottenham Hotspur
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Borussia Monchengladbach
VfB Stuttgart
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Sparta Rotterdam
PSV Eindhoven
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2:00 AM UTC Oct 26, 2016
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Cerro Porteño
Independiente Medellín
12:00 AM UTC Oct 26, 2016
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 By Michael Cox

Why do stars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo take the penalties?

Lionel Messi converted a crucial penalty at the weekend but hasn't had the best spot-kick record.

On Saturday afternoon, Lionel Messi buried a 94th-minute penalty past Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves at the Mestalla. It was a hugely significant goal that meant Barcelona travelled back up the coast with three points after a 3-2 victory. In a wider context, though, it might have a significant impact upon Messi's overall goalscoring record at the end of his career.

For all Messi's superhuman talents -- and there's an argument that the Argentine is, or has been, the world's best dribbler, creator...

Gerard Pique in the form of his career, merits a Ballon d'Or nomination

A look at some of the players who could challenge Messi and Ronaldo for the 2016 Ballon d'Or.

With what has since turned out to be exquisite timing, Gerard Pique announced earlier this month that he is rated higher when he keeps quiet. He made those comments after what, by his standards, had been a silent few months. Since then, though, he's done plenty of talking.

The Barcelona centre-back was the centre of the Spanish media's attention just days later when he was wrongly accused of cutting the country's colours off the national team shirt. He had to talk after that. And when he did, he...

Lionel Messi could cost Barcelona a shot at La Liga, Champions League

Andres Iniesta suffered a brutal injury early, while Messi saved the day scoring the game-winning penalty at the death.

Lionel Messi's performance at Valencia was one of those which magicians have been using for centuries. Some marvellous passing, another of his goals from a rasping daisy-cutter shot, a spell of neat penalty box interplay to create the chance of an added-time winner, a firm left-footed shot past "Mr. Penalty Stopper" Diego Alves, and then the belligerence of a street fighter in the face of being targeted with missiles from some neanderthals among the Mestalla faithful.

Sleight of boot instead...

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Trending: Jose Mourinho open to selling Man United's Wayne Rooney

Steve Nicol says that if Wayne Rooney can't perform with United, he won't be able to do it at a lesser club in the Prem.
Craig Burley steams up at the wretched state Jose Mourinho and Manchester United currently find themselves in.
Jose Mourinho refused to comment on Martin Atkinson's decision regarding David Luiz's high challenge.
City may be better off with a pile of stones in defence and Mourinho still knows how to motivate Chelsea in The Sweeper.
Despite recent criticism of Wayne Rooney, Jurgen Klopp is not downplaying his ability.

Here are the latest stories for Tuesday.

MAN UNITED: Jose Mourinho is open to selling Wayne Rooney, sources have told ESPN FC, as the Manchester United manager plans to continue an overhaul of the squad in the wake of a chaotic start to the season.

- Injured defender Eric Bailly says he hopes to return to action "before two months" following the knee injury he suffered against Chelsea.

Mourinho has warned his players there is "no way to hide" and challenged them to show they are "men''...

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Ozil, Benzema, Coutinho among stars overlooked for Ballon d'Or nomination

The ESPN FC guys discuss the front-runners for the Ballon d'Or, making a case for Luis Suarez to be among the top three.
Take a look back at Lionel Messi's season that sees him on the 2016 Ballon d'Or shortlist.
After a stellar year full of personal bests, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the top contenders to take home the coveted award.
A look at some of the players who could challenge Messi and Ronaldo for the 2016 Ballon d'Or.
The guys answer your tweets on the best manager in the world, the top Ballon d'Or candidates, and Conte's celebrations.

Jamie Vardy's inclusion aside, France Football's 30-man list of nominees for the 2016 Ballon d'Or had a familiar look to it.

Cristiano Ronaldo and five-time winner Lionel Messi, the current holder, will once again be in the final reckoning with Luis Suarez, Neymar and Antoine Griezmann among the other candidates hoping to make the final three-man shortlist for January's award ceremony.

But there were several star names and big achievers of the current calendar year who were conspicuous by their...

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Lionel Messi orchestrates Barcelona comeback, tops Player Power Rankings

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Ross Dyer break down this week's Player Power Rankings.

Also receiving votes: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Mohamed Salah (Roma), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Cyril Thereau (Udinese), Samir Nasri (Sevilla), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt).

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