Adrien Rabiot was supposed to become a shining example for Paris Saint-Germain. The Paris born-and-bred academy graduate who spent his whole career at the club, became a record breaking captain and won trophy after trophy while bleeding red and blue for the cause.
But things have turned ugly between the French champions and the 23-year-old midfielder.
Thierry Henry has hardly enjoyed a dream return to Monaco having kicked off his managerial career at his former club with just two wins from his first 10 games.
Henry's side may be mired in the Ligue 1 relgation zone, but at least the ex-Arsenal striker is attempting to instil a bit of fatherly discipline amongst his young squad, if footage caught by Canal+ at the end of a news conference ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund is anything to go by.
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)...
Paris Saint-Germain dropped Ligue 1 points for the second time in consecutive matches with a 1-1 draw away at Strasbourg on Wednesday, with Edinson Cavani scoring from the penalty spot 19 minutes from time to cancel out Kenny Lala's first-half opener at Stade de la Meinau.
The performance was as dull as the result suggests -- two goals, both from penalties -- but at least Thomas Tuchel was able to rotate his players ahead of next week's decisive Champions League Group C clash away at Red...
Editor's note: The scheduled game between Monaco and Nice that this article previewed was postponed on Thursday, Dec. 6 on police advice due to unrest and protests in France.
While teammates at Arsenal, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira would sometimes talk about what they would do when their playing careers ended. Henry always knew he wanted to be a manager one day; Vieira was more indecisive and happy to explore different routes before deciding what was best for him.