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Modric wins FIFA The Best award; Messi fifth

Luka Modric becomes the first Croatian player to win the award after an outstanding year for club and country.

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Ronaldo, Messi The Best snub 'a lack of respect'

Fabio Capello says Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's absence at FIFA's The Best awards showed a lack of respect from the pair.

Salah wins 2018 Puskas Award: Seriously?

Craig Burley says football fans made a "pig's ear" of the vote for the Puskas Award, which was won by Mohamed Salah's goal against Everton.


FIFPro World XI: What were they thinking?

The FC guys air their grievances with the FIFPro World XI selections, noting that Dani Alves and Eden Hazard were especially confounding choices.


Was Modric the most deserving of FIFA's The Best award?

The ESPN FC crew assess Luka Modric's credentials after he claimed The Best FIFA Men's Player award over Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.


Best FIFA Men's Player: Luka Modric

Croatia captain and Real Madrid star Luka Modric has been named the Best FIFA Men's Player in 2018 after winning the Golden Ball award at the World Cup.


Best FIFA Men's Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois

Real Madrid and Belgium's Thibaut Courtois has been named the Best FIFA Men's Goalkeeper in 2018 after winning the Golden Glove award at World Cup in Russia.


Womens Ballon dOr announced for 2018

A women's Ballon d'Or will be won for the first time in its history this year to recognise a player's exceptional talents at club and international level.


Editor's Picks

Marcotti's Musings: Man United's Sanchez headache

What should Jose Mourinho do about his under-performing forward? Plus, Juventus got the best of Paulo Dybala, La Liga has a problem with its U.S. game plan and Barcelona dropped points.

Premier League in 90 seconds: Don't hug Harry Kane so hard

All the happenings from the Premier League weekend, brought to you by the Exploding Heads in a convenient 90-second (plus stoppages) package.


Ogden: Mourinho not showing he can turn things around

Mark Ogden reflects on Jose Mourinho's comments following Man United's draw against Wolves, raising his concerns about the manager's belief in his squad.


Pogba acting like a leader off the pitch, not on it

ESPN FC's Mark Ogden has some sobering words for Paul Pogba, urging the midfielder to talk less and do more for Manchester United.


So, you think you're Ronaldo's biggest fan?

Tensions are mounting between the Exploding Heads as they argue over which one of them is Cristiano Ronaldo's biggest fan.


Extra Time: Happy birthday, Craig Burley!

The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets and celebrate Craig Burley's birthday.


Premier League Team of the Weekend: Week 6

Steve Nicol breaks down his best XI from the sixth week of Premier League action and defends his inclusion of Pablo Zabaleta.


Premier League

Is Pogba the Premier League's most frustrating player?

Another Prem weekend is in the books, and again we've seen proof that Paul Pogba can be both inspirational and careless -- often at the same time. It's all in the weekend review.

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Lampard reunion highlights what Mourinho is missing

Frank Lampard turns up at Manchester United as a manager on Tuesday, giving Jose Mourinho a reminder of a midfielder who once helped win him titles.



Transfer Talk: Real, Chelsea join race for Nabil Fekir

Liverpool's move for Nabil Fekir may have fallen through, but that hasn't stopped Real Madrid from taking an interest. Transfer Talk has the latest.

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Transfer Rater: Herrera to Barcelona, Sane to Juve

Ander Herrera to Barcelona and Leroy Sane to Juventus are two of today's hot rumours, according to Football Whispers.

English Premier League

Premier League: 25 goals in 90 seconds

Check out all 25 goals from week 6 of the Premier League, including a five-star performance from Man City against Cardiff.


Prem: Top saves from Week 6

Relive the top stops from Week 6 of the 2018-19 Premier League season, including a diving save from Lukasz Fabianski against Chelsea.


Prem: Top goals from Week 6

Relive the top strikes from Week 6 of the 2018-19 Premier League season, including a top-corner finish from Alexandre Lacazette against Everton.


West Ham 0-0 Chelsea: Hammers waste golden opportunity

Andriy Yarmolenko had a painful miss in front of goal which could have given Manuel Pellegrini's West Ham their statement win of the young Premier League season.


Brighton 1-2 Tottenham: Spurs hold on

Tottenham Hotspur bounced back from a string of poor results to secure a hard-fought 1-2 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.


Man United 1-1 Wolves: Moutinho strike frustrates United

Joao Moutinho's fantastic second-half goal was enough to give his Wolves side a deserved point at Old Trafford.


Sir Alex Ferguson makes Old Trafford return

Sir Alex Ferguson was honoured by the club after returning to Old Trafford for the first time since having emergency brain surgery in May.


Liverpool 3-0 Southampton: Reds maintain 100% record

Liverpool cantered past a limp Southampton at Anfield to stay perfect in the Premier League this season.


Cardiff City 0-5 Manchester City: Mahrez at the double

Man City rebounded after their Champions League defeat by putting five goals past Cardiff City.


Burnley 4-0 Bournemouth: Clarets' misery fades away

Burnley picked themselves up off the bottom of the Premier League against Bournemouth, showing signs of their 2017-18 form in a rout at Turf Moor.


Major League Soccer

Ale's 'You Know It, You Love It' MLS Awards


Power Rankings: FC Dallas and LAFC moving up

Atlanta United remain top, but it's FC Dallas and LAFC who are making the right moves at the business end of the MLS season.

Red Bulls' Robles & Davis showcase FIFA 19 skills

New York Red Bulls' Luis Robles and Sean Davis stopped by ESPN to square off in FIFA 19 and see how accurate their player ratings are in the game.


Luis Robles: Red Bulls continuing to grow in confidence

Goalkeeper Luis Robles joins ESPN FC to discuss the Supporters' Shield race, the New York Red Bulls' coaching transition and much more.


Can D.C. or New England steal a playoff spot?

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LA Galaxy 3-0 Seattle Sounders: Galaxy shine in 'must-win' game

The Galaxy put some pressure on Seattle for the final playoff spot in the west by beating them 3-0 on Sunday. - Via MLS


Vancouver 1-2 FC Dallas: Dallas reclaim top spot

FC Dallas' 2-1 victory over Vancouver saw them reclaim the top spot in the Western Conference while dealing the Whitecaps a critical blow in their hunt for a playoff spot. - Via MLS


Philadelphia 2-0 Sporting KC: Simpson seizes his moment

Philadelphia's rotation ahead of the U.S. Open Cup final gave Jay Simpson his chance to break an 18-month scoring drought in a win over Sporting KC.


New York 2-0 Toronto: Red Bulls keep eyes on Shield - Via MLS

New York took care of business against Toronto FC, keeping pace with Atlanta United ahead of a crucial clash in the race for the Supporters' Shield.


Atlanta 2-0 RSL: Gressel lifts Atlanta - Via MLS

Julian Gressel scored a goal and assisted Hector Villalba, as he led the Five Stripes to an easy victory over an overmatched Real Salt Lake.


Minnesota 3-2 Portland: Loons strike early - Via MLS

A brace by Romario Ibarra and a goal from Michael Boxall in the first half was enough for Minnesota to hold off the Portland Timbers for a 3-2 home win.


LAFC 2-0 San Jose: Defense the best offense


Montreal 1-1 NYCFC: Pigeons settle for draw - Via MLS

Micheal Azira's first MLS goal spoiled NYCFC's chance to clinch a playoff birth, as Montreal earned a point to keep postseason hopes alive.



The Latest from Liga MX and El Tri

The night the Clasico Regio lost its innocence

The 177th Clasico Regio was overshadowed by the critical injury of a Tigres fan in Monterrey. How can this be prevented in the future?


Tigres close door on Ferretti exit to El Tri

Tigres coach Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti will not be allowed to join the Mexican national team on a permanent basis, the coach said on Monday.

Liga MX Power Rankings: Cruz Azull still top

Cruz Azul racked up another victory to remain on top of our Liga MX Power Rankings, but Santos Laguna dropped out of the top three.

The Toe Poke

The Best Awards: Who dressed to impress?

Where there's an award ceremony, there's a red carpet to show off footballers' sense of style. We round up the best of the ... The Best Awards.

Feyenoord's Berghuis dives after pat on the head

Feyenoord's Steve Berghuis collapsed to the ground following a gentle pat on the head from Utrecht's Willem Janssen during their 1-0 win in Rotterdam.


So, you think you're Ronaldo's biggest fan?

Tensions are mounting between the Exploding Heads as they argue over which one of them is Cristiano Ronaldo's biggest fan.


Neymar comforts young crying fan

Neymar gave a hug and his jersey to a young fan who entered the field in tears as Neymar was subbed out of the game in the 91st minute.


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