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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both fail to score

ESPN FC's Brian McBride and Mark Donaldson assess this week's performance of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi in La Liga.
The ESPN FC crew discuss what's been causing Cristiano Ronaldo to under-perform against the big and small teams.

Each week, ESPN FC projects and reviews the scoring battle between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga.

Current goals total in La Liga: Ronaldo 19-12 Messi

It's as you were in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's Spanish league scoring battle after both men failed to find the net on Sunday, despite being projected to score.

Ronaldo was off-target with each of the three shots he took in Real Madrid's 2-1 win at Granada.

Meanwhile, Messi had a goal disallowed as Barcelona won 2-0 at Levante...

Luis Enrique and Fernando Torres hit 100, Ronaldo struggles away

The ESPN FC crew discuss Barcelona's underwhelming 2-0 victory over Levante.

Five thoughts from another weekend of La Liga action as Atletico won, while Barcelona and Real Madrid did not convince in their victories.

1. Ton up for Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique's 100th game in charge of Barcelona was not their most flowing performance, but it did bring a 2-0 win at Levante on Sunday lunchtime to keep the Blaugrana in control of the title race.

Twelve of those 100 have come in six weeks since the winter break and Barca did look a team low on energy, but they did enough to win via...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

FC Talking Points: Guardiola move, Mou to United, Neymar leaving Barca

Bayern fans in Munich reacted to Pep Guardiola's decision to move to Manchester City.

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five burning questions on the ESPN FC radar.

Vote and comment below or on Twitter using the hashtag #FCtalkingpoints.

The biggest news on transfer deadline day involved a manager, not a player. Manchester City announced they'd reached a deal for Pep Guardiola to take over for Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad at the end of this season.

Will Guardiola be a success with Man City?

Across town in Manchester, the reports that United were closing on a deal to bring Jose...

 By Lee Roden

Dani Alves awful and Neymar average for sub-standard Barcelona at Levante

The ESPN FC crew discuss Barcelona's underwhelming 2-0 victory over Levante.

A sub-standard Barcelona side could thank Levante's wayward shooting for Sunday's 2-0 win that was not representative of the true differences between the two teams in Valencia.

Dani Alves had an awful game at right-back, beaten in sprints, losing individual battles and even repeatedly giving away possession before he was withdrawn by Luis Enrique.

Fortunately for the Brazilian, both Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano were on hand to bail him out with some impressive last ditch defending. When the...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Neymar, Sergio Busquets top Pep Guardiola's Manchester City wishlist

The ESPN FC crew discusses whether or not Neymar will eclipse Cristiano Ronaldo and become a better footballer.

The winter window might have shut, but the rumour mill rolls on! As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest rumours and gossip. See the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Pep after Barca duo

ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein says that Bayern Munich won't let any of their players follow Pep Guardiola to Manchester City in the summer, but that doesn't mean the Spaniard won't pillage another one of his former teams!

According to the Mail, the soon-to-be Etihad boss plans...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Manchester City ready to enter Neymar race, Terry's Chelsea saga

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe says Manchester United's recent pursuit of big name players has left them looking a bit desperate.
The ESPN FC panel discuss the recent reports of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho becoming the highest paid manager in the world of football, and whether or not Pep Guardiola should be ranked higher.

The winter window might have shut, but the rumour mill rolls on! As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest rumours and gossip. See the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: City to Pep things up with Neymar?

Pep Guardiola's impending arrival at Manchester City continues to spark a veritable whirl of speculation about which players he might want to sign (as well as those he might be keen to move on) when he gets there.

According to the Mirror, the fanfare that heralded...