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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...

Paris Saint-Germain on a roll but form of 4/10 Edinson Cavani is cause for concern

Paris Saint-Germain secured their second successive five-goal win at the Parc des Princes, this time against SC Amiens.

Paris Saint-Germain are one match away from equalling Tottenham Hotspur's record of 11 consecutive wins at the start of a season (in the top five European leagues) after beating Amiens 5-0 in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Marquinhos, Adrien Rabiot, Julian Draxler, Kylian Mbappe and Moussa Diaby all scored at Parc des Princes, while Angel Di Maria provided two assists for Thomas Tuchel's under-strength side.

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Despite the absence of Neymar and Thiago Silva, PSG still managed to win convincingly and...

Transfer Rater: Neymar to Barcelona, Marcus Rashford to Juventus

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper.

Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.

Alberto Moreno to Arsenal

The Liverpool left-back has indicated that he is not going to sign a new deal at the club and will leave when his contract expires at the end of...

PSG's Kylian Mbappe further eclipses Neymar with Time magazine cover

With the names of the 30 nominees for the men's Ballon d'Or trophy now revealed, the FC panel share their current front-runners for the award.

Kylian Mbappe's inexorable rise as one of world football's biggest stars has been nicely summed up by his appearance on the cover of Time magazine.

The 19-year-old (NINETEEN!) having his image on the front of the iconic publication as one of it's "Next Generation Leaders" for 2018 is the latest example of his star eclipsing that of Paris Saint-Germain teammate Neymar.

The France international won the World Cup with Les Bleus this summer and has been received jubilantly in his home country since...

 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!

Kylian Mbappe driven by Didier Deschamps and desire to get better

Kylian Mbappe had a monstrous second half, netting four goals in a mere 14 minutes for Paris Saint-Germain against Lyon.
Kylian Mbappe found his scoring touch in the second half, scoring four goals in 14 minutes to lead PSG to victory over rivals Lyon.

Comparisons are probably made too frequently in football. They are easy, after all: The Mohamed Salah of last season and the one of this season is one example; the win rates of Jose Mourinho and Alex Ferguson at Manchester United is another.

Stats are measured against other stats, records against records, regardless of context, situation, time and era. Comparing one thing or person against another thing or person appears to be the go-to way of defining greatness or otherwise.

As such, when Kylian...