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Messi and Ronaldo are legends. Why do their fans throw so much hate online?

In an age of metrics and audience engagement, some see Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the lowest of low-hanging fruit. They are box-office talents because they generally turn the incredible into routine. Most of us understand and appreciate them. Perhaps not equally, but with a massive underlying respect for what they do in the football sphere, and they rightly generate more conversation than just about anybody in sport.

But there's a part of that conversation that is dark, vicious and...

Maurizio Sarri did well at Chelsea but managing Juventus was simply more appealing

Sometimes things take a 180-degree turn. Up becomes down. White is now black. Thor turns out to be Loki. Your certainties end up being replaced by what you thought was heresy.

Welcome to the Maurizio Sarri managerial experience at Chelsea, which officially came to an end on Sunday. It's hard to tell what would have seemed more absurd this time a year ago: that Sarri would leave Chelsea to join Juventus, or that his biggest shortcoming at Stamford Bridge would be playing a style of football that...

Arsenal keep or dump: What should Unai Emery do about Mesut Ozil & Co. this summer?

The post-Arsene Wenger rebuild is likely to continue at Arsenal following a season that saw them reach the Europa League final and narrowly finish fifth, albeit without hitting any particular heights in the Premier League. For most of the season, they were outside the top four, save for a brief run at the end.

One of the tricky things for Unai Emery to deal with is now that he inherited a club that had made very serious financial commitments to a quartet of players all in or close to their 30s:...

Rocco Commisso Q&A: Fiorentina's new owner on why he's investing in Serie A and his fight with US Soccer

Rocco Commisso believes in the resurgence of Serie A and as the new owner of Fiorentina, he's ready to dive in.

Rocco Commisso was 12 years old when he emigrated from his native Calabria, located in the toe of the Italian boot, to New York City. His quickly became an immigrant success story: academic excellence in Catholic high school, a full academic scholarship to Columbia University and then a blazing career in finance and telecommunications that saw him become a billionaire several times over.

He has long been passionate about soccer -- he was an all-American in college and Columbia's stadium is named...

Will the big clubs get the Champions League revamp they crave?

Andrea Agnelli, president of the ECA and chairman of Juventus, is hoping to get his way over time regarding big reforms and guarantees for big clubs in European competitions.

SAINT JULIAN, MALTA -- The European Clubs Association (ECA) met in Malta over two days to discuss what is bound to be one of the most impactful topics of the next few years: reform of European competitions. It's going to be a long process, involving the ECA, the leagues, the federations and, of course, UEFA who ultimately get to decide.

Here's a Q&A to assess where we are.

Q: Wait ... reform? It's that souped up crazy pro/rel Champions' League proposal that you wrote about and didn't like,...

Bayern Munich keep or dump: What will the German champions look like next season?

Bayern may have finished the season with a Bundesliga/DFB Pokal Double, but that hasn't quite lifted the skepticism surrounding manager Niko Kovac. This team looks headed for a rebuild and a revamp in the summer, and there are plenty of resources available.

Rafinha, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are all leaving, freeing up space on the wage bill, and so is James Rodriguez, whose loan won't be renewed. Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard are already on their way, but there is clearly more work...