Chelsea stunning Manchester City and Liverpool thrashing Bournemouth to go top have made the Premier League title race exciting again. In Spain, Lionel Messi eviscerated Espanyol with a display of supreme skill, while in Italy, Juventus continued their remorseless march to an eighth straight scudetto with a 1-0 win over Inter. Here are the best numbers from an action-packed weekend of football.
Here's a ridiculous Messi stat: Messi has more free-kick goals over the last four La Liga seasons (15)...
Lionel Messi scored two spectacular free kicks as Barcelona thrashed local rivals Espanyol 4-0 in Saturday's Catalan derby to move three points clear at the top of La Liga.
The champions, who started the game level with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid on 28 points, swept to victory in Cornella as Messi put on a sublime show in the week he was ranked the fifth best player in the world at Monday's Ballon d'Or awards.
The Argentine whipped a free kick into the top right corner in the 17th minute before...
BARCELONA, Spain -- Ernesto Valverde has called for both sides to show each other respect when Barcelona travel to Espanyol in the Catalan derby on Saturday.
Last year's four meetings between the two sides were marred with spats on the pitch and mud-slinging off it.
Defender Gerard Pique referred to Barca's city rivals as "Espanyol from Cornella" after a Copa del Rey game between the two sides in reference to the area of Barcelona where they have played their home games since 2009.