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Kylian Mbappe, Christian Pulisic and Frenkie de Jong lead soccer's 30 best players under 21

It's 2019. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the dominant forces in soccer, winning nearly every individual award and leading their clubs to title after title. Yet both are in the twilights of their careers, at 31 and 34 years old respectively, and previous heirs to the throne such as Neymar and Gareth Bale haven't come close to filling their boots.

It's the same story for a slew of defensive talent, as Vincent Kompany, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini are approaching...

Transfer window grades: Tracking every big signing from Europe's top clubs

Welcome to summer transfer window -- open on May 16 for the Premier League and a bit later in Europe. We are grading the most notable signings below from the top clubs across Europe, so come back throughout the month for updates as deals are completed.

The most recent grades and write-ups are at the top, and the first grade goes back to July 1 when the moves from the offseason are officially complete. Each day is in order of highest price.

If you don't see a grade for a deal that has been completed,...

Africans Abroad: Mahrez makes his mark as City clinch title

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may have ended the Premier League season sharing the Golden Boot, but the final day belonged to Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez.

After a frustrating maiden season at City, Algeria's Mahrez made his mark on the campaign with a stunning strike against Brighton and Hove Albion, as Pep Guardiola's side clinched the Premier League title.

Mahrez, City's most expensive signing, was handed a rare - and surprising -- start as the league leaders...

Conte's potential return hangs over Roma and Juve, two clubs submerged in uncertainty

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Ross Dyer predict a few notable fixtures from Serie A this weekend with the race for top four at fever pitch.

Sunday's showdown between Roma and Juventus (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) will be played in an unusual atmosphere of uncertainty. In fact, we know only a couple of things for sure. The most obvious one is Juventus are champions. The other relates to Roma. On Friday, Claudio Ranieri confirmed he will leave at the end of the season. The veteran custodian has bought Roma time to identify the right successor to Eusebio Di Francesco and hopes to leave the club in the Champions League.

Everything else is up...

The Premier League's title chase with Man City, Liverpool has been amazing. But are tight races a thing of the past?

None of this is supposed to happen anymore.

Liverpool and Manchester City have traded uppercuts for eight grueling months. Neither one has missed a punch, and now we're left with two of the best teams in Premier League history separated by just one point with just one game to go. It's the closest title race since Sergio AGUEROOOOOO's 94-minute winner against Queens Park Rangers on matchday 38 in 2012; it's also worth noting that both of this year's championship chasers surpassed that City side's...

Juventus vs. Torino: Why the Turin derby means so much in Serie A

In December, a Ronaldo penalty gave Juve a contentious derby win over Torino. What will happen this time around?

The timing of the 198th Derby della Mole between Juventus and Torino promises to be particularly poignant.

Initially scheduled for this Saturday night by the league's fixture algorithm, Torino protested on the basis that it clashed with the 70th anniversary of Superga, the tragedy that wiped out the greatest team in the history of Italian football. Torino president Urbano Cairo called it "a sacred day" dedicated to the remembrance of "our fallen." Thankfully, common sense prevailed and the game...