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Sergio Aguero tops first Player Power Rankings of 2018-19

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno examines this week's Player Power Rankings, which see Sergio Aguero top the list following his hat trick against Huddersfield.

Who were the star performers from the weekend's action? We asked our global editorial desks to pick their top 10 and collated the results to produce our final list.

Also receiving votes: Jose Luis Morales (Levante), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Hirving Lozano (PSV), Joelinton (TSG Hoffenheim), Alassane Plea (Borussia Monchengladbach), Andrea Consigli (Sassuolo).

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Arsenal summer transfer activity shows clear move from Arsene Wenger's thinking

FC's Paul Mariner sifts through all the latest rumours surrounding Paul Pogba, Luka Modric, Ousmane Dembele and many more in Rumour Rater.
Former Arsenal player Paul Mariner assesses the various reactions to the news of Stan Kroenke's possible takeover of Arsenal's ownership.

There could have been more symbolic ways of marking the end of Arsene Wenger's 22-year reign at Arsenal. Burning the coat with the faulty zipper, for instance, or banning broccoli from the Emirates Stadium. Maybe signing Andy Carroll or inviting Tony Pulis to become their next manager. But in the absence of such extreme measures, Wenger's successor, Unai Emery -- along with head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, and head of football relations, Raul Sanllehi -- nevertheless managed to signal a definitive...

Meet the new class: Europe's new managers have a point to prove

Niko Kovac, Julen Lopetegui and many more have changed jobs this summer. FC's Paul Mariner delves into how each will fare at their new clubs.
Julen Lopetegui says there is a buoyant mood at Real Madrid ahead of the new season.

This summer, a host of top European clubs have changed their manager. Some by choice, while others were forced into it. Here's what we can expect from the new arrivals. Illustrations by Rafa Alvarez.

REAL MADRID: JULEN LOPETEGUI -- Move past Spain and Cristiano Ronaldo issues

Sometimes a picture paints a thousand words. The look on Real Madrid president Florentino Perez's face as Zinedine Zidane announced his decision to leave on a high after winning the Champions League three years running...

Gareth Bale is ready to be the leader at Real Madrid

International Champions Cup: Gareth Bale (15') Real Madrid 2-0 Roma
International Champions Cup: Marco Asensio (2') Real Madrid 1-0 Roma

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It's always hard to divine much from preseason, especially one that's truncated by players away on post-World Cup vacations, extreme amounts of air travel and the need to be mindful about easing back into action after weeks away. Young talent often gets the bulk of the playing time to show whether they belong in the first-team squad or out on loan for the season. Endless subs make it dizzying to track who's playing, and how well.

But one player who's very much been central...

 By Ian Darke

Manchester City the Premier League's team to beat; Liverpool can challenge

Check out all the new Premier League kits for the 2018-19 season.
After a record-breaking campaign in 2017-18, the FC crew assess the expectations for Manchester City in the Premier League this season.
The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on Man City's Champions League chances, Milan's top-four hopes and Herc's questionable wardrobe selection.

The Premier League is back! Who better than Ian Darke to run the rule over all 20 clubs?

Arsenal: Expect a tougher, better-drilled team under Unai Emery, although even a top-four place would spell success.

Bournemouth: With exciting youngster David Brooks and the addition of Colombian Jefferson Lerma, they are good enough to stay out of trouble again.

Brighton: Excellent defending kept them afloat last season, but Chris Hughton needs more goals to sleep easier and will hope Iranian international...


Cristiano Ronaldo tops preseason Player Power Rankings

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini sits down with ESPN FC to discuss Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival, Leonardo Bonucci's potential return and more.
Juventus boss Massimo Allegri had some peculiar quotes regarding Cristiano Ronaldo. The FC guys break down what he means.

Ahead of the new European campaign, ESPN FC presents our preseason Player Power Rankings. Our global editorial desks nominated their best performers ahead of the new season, and we collated their picks into the 10 best players of the preseason.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus

Why he's here: His Portugal couldn't go any further than the round of 16, but Ronaldo bettered his goal total from the three previous World Cups put together (3), with four goals in four games in Russia. He followed that...