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Transfer Rater: Monreal to Barcelona

Football Whispers

Lionel Messi votes for Cristiano Ronaldo at The Best FIFA awards, doesn't get one back

Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic believes Luka Modric has been the best player in every competition he played in last season and was more consistent than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric broke a decade long dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi by winning FIFA's best player award for the 2017-18 season.
The ESPN FC crew assess Luka Modric's credentials after he claimed The Best FIFA Men's Player award over Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.
Croatia captain and Real Madrid star Luka Modric has been named the Best FIFA Men's Player in 2018 after winning the Golden Ball award at the World Cup.
Real Madrid and Belgium's Thibaut Courtois has been named the Best FIFA Men's Goalkeeper in 2018 after winning the Golden Glove award at World Cup in Russia.
After leading France to World Cup glory in Russia, Didier Deschamps has been named the Best FIFA Men's Coach for 2018.

FIFA have published the full breakdown of just who voted for who in The Best FIFA Men's Player award polling and the Toe Poke has rooted through the data so you don't have to.

The votes were cast by all international captains and coaches, as well as selected media representatives from each FIFA member nation, with everybody asked to pick their top three players from a 10-man shortlist.

Luka Modric won the award after helping Real Madrid win a third consecutive Champions League crown and captaining...

Transfer Rater: Ander Herrera to Barcelona, Leroy Sane to Juventus

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper.

Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.

Ander Herrera to Barcelona

La Liga champions Barcelona are hoping to take advantage of Herrera's contract impasse at Manchester United by making an approach for the Spain...

Barcelona's Gerard Pique makes up for errors on defence with goal

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno explains how Ernesto Valverde's player selection played a major role in Barcelona's 2-2 draw against Girona.
Playing a man down for most of the match, Barcelona only manage a 2-2 draw with Catalan rivals Girona at home.

BARCELONA -- Gerard Pique rescued Barcelona against Girona as the La Liga champions were held to a 2-2 draw on Sunday, dropping points for the first time this season.

Lionel Messi gave Barca the lead in the first half but the game swung on Clement's Lenglet's red card in the 35th minute. The French defender was dismissed after VAR was used to determine that he'd caught Pere Pons with his elbow.

With a numerical advantage, Cristhian Stuani scored twice after two Pique errors to give Girona the lead...

Barcelona no longer perfect, but draw continues unbeaten start to La Liga season

BARCELONA, Spain -- Three thoughts from Barcelona's 2-2 La Liga draw with Girona at the Camp Nou on Sunday.

1. Ten-man Barca fight back to remain unbeaten

A Gerard Pique header salvaged a draw for Barcelona against Girona as Ernesto Valverde's team came unstuck in La Liga for the first time this season.

Lionel Messi's first-half strike had given Barca the advantage, but the game changed when Clement Lenglet was controversially sent off for an elbow. Two Cristhian Stuani goals manoeuvred Girona...

 By Shaka Hislop

Power Rankings: Barcelona claim No. 1, Liverpool climb as Real Madrid slide

The ESPN FC panel struggle to find a flaw in Shaka's Rankings which see Barcelona top the list.
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner gives his plaudits to PSV for their efforts, but says Lionel Messi's class shone through once again in Barcelona's UCL opener.
Barcelona's Ernesto Valverde insists they are focused on winning the Champions League whilst Philippe Coutinho admits he is anxious to play against PSV.

It's all change as Barcelona rise to the top, while their great rivals Real Madrid pay the price for dropped points in La Liga.

Dropping out: Watford, PSV Eindhoven, Hertha Berlin.

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

Champions League: Paul Pogba, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale in team of the week

The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on the best and worst performers from UCL matchday one, if Arsenal were wise to pass on Mikel Arteta and more.
Cristiano Ronaldo is sent off in controversial circumstances while Lyon take advantage of a sloppy Manchester City performance.
Real Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui prefers to talk about his whole team after their win over Roma.
Manchester United's Jose Mourinho insists his side have played phenomenally in their last three matches and is hoping they can take it into their match against Wolves at Old Trafford.
With a goal for Real Madrid in every competitive game, the FC crew examine what's led to Gareth Bale's sublime start to the season.

The Champions League is back with a bang, but who were the stars? Here's the best XI from Matchday 1.

GK - Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus)

Juve performed heroically for an hour with 10 men to win 2-0 at Valencia after Cristiano Ronaldo's red card. They may have had to suffer a few flutters near the end had Szczesny, who is making their No. 1 spot his own after Gianluigi Buffon's departure, not saved Daniel Parejo's late penalty -- ensuring a continuation of their superb away form was guaranteed.