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French Ligue 1

PSG coy on Alves link

 By Ian Holyman

Paris Saint-Germain lining up feeder club - report

Laurent Blanc's PSG are currently one point clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table.

L'Equipe reports Paris Saint-Germain are seeking to purchase a feeder club in Spain or the Netherlands with a view to developing their best youth academy talent.

Though PSG's owners, Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), have brought almost immediate success by purchasing established stars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and David Luiz for high fees, they have also sought to secure sustained long-term achievement.

Promising youngsters such as Marco Verratti, Marquinhos and Lucas have also been...

PSG's Digne must make move before it's too late

ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti discusses this weekend's results in Ligue 1, where Paris Saint-Germain took the lead in the league table.

There have been more familiar faces than usual at Paris Saint-Germain's Ooredoo Training Centre during the recent international break. Brazilian trio Marquinhos, David Luiz and Lucas Moura all remained with coach Laurent Blanc and his depleted squad because of injury.

The Italian national team left Thiago Motta at home once again and Yohan Cabaye missed France duty because of fitness concerns. Lucas Digne was another Les Bleus star to not feature in Didier Deschamps' squad for the friendly games...

 By PA Sport

Lyon defender Christophe Jallet suffers shoulder injury

Christophe Jallet sustained an injury during France's victory over Denmark.

Lyon defender Christophe Jallet looks set to miss at least this weekend's Ligue 1 trip to Guingamp after suffering a reported dislocated shoulder during France's 2-0 friendly win over Denmark on Sunday evening.

The 31-year-old was forced off the pitch late on at St Etienne's Stade Geoffroy-Guichard after hurting his right shoulder, and now looks set for a spell on the sidelines.

OL president Jean-Michel Aulas tweeted: "It's sad news for Jaja, to whom we wish a speedy recovery."

Lyon are currently...

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Lionel Messi ranks top in 2015, Cristiano Ronaldo 29th - CIES study

Argentine football star Lionel Messi and his teammates were spotted today at the Pacers vs Wizards NBA game.
Lionel Messi and the Argentina national squad train at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. ahead of the friendly internationals against El Salvador and Ecuador.
Cristiano Ronaldo has some work to do to catch up.

Lionel Messi has been the best performing forward in Europe's elite leagues in 2015, according to a CIES Football Observatory study, while it ranked Cristiano Ronaldo only 29th among forwards.

The CIES study assessed players in La Liga, the Premier League, the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A according to six Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) -- shooting, chance creation, take-ons, distribution, recovery and rigour.


1. Lionel Messi - 75 (94 games) - Barcelona
1. Cristiano Ronaldo - 75 (111) - Man Utd, Real Madrid
3. Raul - 71 (142) - Real Madrid, Schalke 04
4. Ruud van Nistelrooy - 56 (73) - PSV, Man Utd, Real Madrid
5. Thierry Henry - 50 (112) - Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona

Barcelona star Messi, who has scored 17 goals in La Liga since Jan. 1, rated as...

 By Ian Holyman

Leonardo uneasy about Paris Saint-Germain comeback

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says controversies won't bring him down, and he will stay at the top.
Leonardo was PSG's sporting director between 2011 and 2013.

Leonardo has told RMC it will be "difficult to return to Paris Saint-Germain" as he ponders his future in football.

Leonardo, 45, helped bring a number of high-profile names to PSG, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani, during his two-year posting as the club's sporting director between 2011 and 2013.

He left the job shortly after the signing of Cavani as a result of a lengthy suspension imposed on him by the French Football League after he was accused of barging into a...