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 By Shaka Hislop

Power Rankings: Barcelona top, Liverpool climb; Juventus, Man City drop

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop reveals his latest power rankings which see Barcelona edge Liverpool for the pole position.
The FC panel wax lyrical about Lionel Messi's latest performance and say he no longer places any stock in individual awards such as the Ballon d'Or.
The FC panel assess if Manchester City deserve to be ahead of Barcelona and Juventus as the oddsmakers' favourites to win the Champions League.

All change! After last week's top two suffered shock defeats, the latest countdown has a new leader.

Dropping out: Napoli, Ajax.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV.

For Torino, beating Juventus in the derby 'would be the best Christmas present of all'

For Torino and striker Andrea Belotti, right, facing Juventus is always the biggest game on the schedule. This weekend's derby is a good chance for them to ruin Juve's unbeaten season.
For Torino and striker Andrea Belotti, right, facing Juventus is always the biggest game on the schedule. This weekend's derby is a good chance for them to ruin Juve's unbeaten season.

The Alps in the background are snowcapped. A chill is in the air. It's the time of year when sitting outside for a coffee isn't for the faint-hearted in Turin. Most will stand at the bar. But a bicerin, the local speciality layering whole milk on top of an espresso and hot chocolate, is the perfect companion at this time of year, a winter warmer for those who fancy sitting outside Caffe Torino in Piazza San Carlo, watching the world go by and seeing how many people follow a little superstition...

Weekend numbers: Lionel Messi's free-kick record, Romelu Lukaku ends home rut

Craig Burley was surprised to not see a reaction from Manchester City to N'Golo Kanté's first-half goal, in Chelsea's 2-0 win over the title-holders.
Gabriele Marcotti outlines Lucien Favre's tactics in Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 win over Schalke.
Craig Burley and Adrian Healy breakdown Manchester United's thrashing of Fulham and Jose Mourinho's cryptic comments after the match.
Pep Guardiola insists anyone can win the Premier League title and there is no favourite after Man City's loss to Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho praised Paul Pogba and outlined what he needs to do to get back into the starting XI.
Jurgen Klopp insists he isn't surprised by Mohamed Salah's desire to score after he stayed on his feet during Liverpool's second goal.
Mauricio Pochettino has immediately switched his focus to Barcelona after Tottenham's 2-0 win in the Premier League over Leicester.
Niko Kovac admits Borussia Dortmund would have to make mistakes in order for Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga title.
Jose Mourinho feels Man United fans cannot point the finger at any of his players following their 4-1 win over Fulham.
Maurizio Sarri was quick to rule out Chelsea's title chances after their victory over Manchester City.
Jose Mourinho jokingly suggested Man United were trying to save money for January after he found no water at his press conference.

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.


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Here's a ridiculous Messi stat: Messi has more free-kick goals over the last four La Liga seasons (15)...

 By Shaka Hislop

Power Rankings: Juventus, Man City, Barcelona 1-2-3; Liverpool, Arsenal in

Giorgio Chiellini talked up the rivalry between Juventus and Inter Milan, insisting there's more than just three points at stake.
Sebastian Salazar and Alejandro Moreno debate whether or not Juventus has assembled enough talent to live up to lofty expectations this season.

The top three stay the same this week, but there's movement down below. Liverpool make their return to the top 10, as do Arsenal.

Dropping out: Paris Saint-Germain, Tottenham, Sevilla.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV.

Late goals, controversial calls and bad blood: Why you should watch Juventus vs. Inter

Juventus have won seven straight Serie A titles and appear well-placed for an eighth, but on Friday they welcome rivals Inter Milan to town for what promises to be an intense battle. Inter are back on the right track after years of midtable difficulties and are currently third. The Derby d'Italia is one of Italy's biggest rivalries and Gab Marcotti explains why you should enjoy Friday's edition (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

1. These two clubs are Italy's Hatfields and McCoys

Juventus are the...

Ballon d'Or absentees: What did Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar do instead?

Some people don't consider the Ballon d'Or a big deal, but Sid Lowe explains why Luka Modric winning the prize will resonate in Spain.
DJ Martin Solveig made an apology on Twitter apology for asking Women's Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg to twerk whilst she accepted her award at the ceremony.
Real Madrid's Luka Modric insists that although Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are exceptional talents, his Ballon d'Or win was for those players like Xavi who missed out because of their domination of the trophy.
Real Madrid star Luka Modric has won the 2018 Ballon d'Or, with Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg becoming the first female winner and PSG's Kylian Mbappe claiming the inaugural Kopa Trophy for best under-21 player.
Antoine Griezmann was disappointed to finish third in Ballon d'Or voting but insists Luka Modric 'earned' the trophy.

For the first time in a decade, the Ballon d'Or was not won by either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, the twin giants of the modern footballing epoch.

While Ronaldo finished runner-up, Messi was not even included in the final three for the first time since 2006 and neither player -- nor fellow global icon Neymar -- was in attendance in Paris to see Luka Modric being bestowed with the prestigious award at the ever-gaudy gala evening.

But what were they up to instead?

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar were all absent from the 2018 Ballon d'Or ceremony in Paris
Neymar, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo made their own plans during the 2018 Ballon d'Or ceremony.

Lionel Messi

Roughly...