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PSG's Neymar not among 30 nominees for Ballon d'Or; Ronaldo, Messi head list

On Lionel Messi's 15th anniversary of his La Liga debut, Steve Nicol waxes lyrical on his career to date.
Frank Leboeuf is not concerned about Neymar's latest injury having a negative impact on PSG's season.

Lionel Messi will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk as rivals for the 2019 Ballon d'Or award, but not Neymar.

When the long list of 30 candidates was announced Monday in the city where Neymar has played for more than two years at Paris Saint-Germain, the Brazil star's name was missing from the nominations by a global voting panel of journalists.

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Messi and Ronaldo's 10-year grip on the...

Numbers: Man United stop Liverpool one short of two records

Another fantastic weekend of football brings with it another great bunch of numbers to sift through. ESPN brings you the best of the lot: 

Premier League

Manchester City, Chelsea, and Leicester won, Tottenham eked out a draw, but the headline match of the weekend in England was between the nation's two most successful teams. Manchester United may not be the force they once were, but their game against Liverpool lived up to the billing.

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In their 1-1 draw, United ended Liverpool's PL winning...

Toe Poke Daily: Did Barca's 'MSG' all score in same match quicker than 'MSN,' 'BBC'?

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti provides the latest on the Catalonia protests and how they might affect La Liga.
Shaka Hislop reacts to reports that Barcelona are interested in Marcus Rashford over Roberto Firmino.

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Barcelona's 3-0 win at Eibar on Saturday was, on the face of it, as regulation a result as you could expect for a game involving one of La Liga's two giant clubs against... well, against most other teams in the division.

However, the match at the Ipurua stadium did create a bit of history as it was the first match in which Barcelona's...

Messi: Some at Barcelona against Neymar return, Clasico less special without Ronaldo

Lionel Messi feels Neymar knows he made a mistake going to PSG.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti provides the latest on the Catalonia protests and how they might affect La Liga.
Ale Moreno feels international duty will bring a huge deal of confidence for Antoine Griezmann.
Alejandro Moreno breaks down Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's impact on El Clasico.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has said some club members at Camp Nou were against re-signing Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

The Catalan side made public their desire to bring Neymar back from PSG this summer, with the French champions keen to let the Brazil international go.

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Messi had also made it clear he wanted...


Lionel Messi's Barcelona debut: Oral history of those who saw him first, 15 years ago, vs. Espanyol

Oct. 16, 2004 will forever be remembered as a seminal moment in the history of Barcelona. That was the day that Lionel Messi, a floppy-haired and relatively unknown teenager at the time, made his professional debut for the club in a league game against local rivals Espanyol.

Messi only came on for the final seven minutes, replacing goal scorer Deco as Barca won 1-0 at the Olympic Stadium in the hills of Montjuic. He had little real impact on the game but would go on to make a huge impact on...

Barcelona forward Messi presented with Golden Shoe for record sixth time

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti provides the latest on the Catalonia protests and how they might affect La Liga.
Shaka Hislop reacts to reports that Barcelona are interested in Marcus Rashford over Roberto Firmino.
Ale Moreno feels international duty will bring a huge deal of confidence for Antoine Griezmann.
Alejandro Moreno breaks down Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's impact on El Clasico.

Lionel Messi was presented with the European Golden Shoe on Wednesday for a record-breaking sixth time after holding off a challenge from Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe.

Messi, 32, scored 36 league goals for Barcelona last season to finish ahead of Mbappe, who scored 33 in France, and Sampdoria's Fabio Quagliarella, who netted 26 times in Italy's Serie A.

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It was the third successive season that the Barca forward has...