Why does every club want to sign a left-footed centre-back?

In the football world, the left-footed player has long been considered aesthetically superior — more skilled, technically gifted and easier on the eye — as opposed to those relying on their right, despite the evidence being overwhelmingly anecdotal or unsupported by science. In bygone days this often resulted in the idea that the left-sided centre-back … Read more

Kylian Mbappe, PSG and Real Madrid: It’s complicated

Kylian Mbappe wants out at PSG and Real Madrid are keen, but what’s really going on? ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the latest. Jump to: Xabi Alonso tipped as potential Real Madrid manager | Man Utd wary of Barcelona’s Dalot interest | Man City identify key area to rebuild Kylian Mbappe’s complicated relationship with Real Madrid … Read more

Kylian Mbappe beats Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo to top Forbes rich list

Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has emerged as the world’s highest-paid football player, according to Forbes magazine, the first time a player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo has topped the list in eight years. Mbappe, 23, is estimated to earn $128 million for the 2022-23 season before agents’ fees, a record for Forbes’ … Read more

Must-see games in Premier League, LaLiga, Bundesliga before World Cup

Chelsea‘s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace last Saturday was the first of 13 matches the Blues will end up playing between October 1 and November 12. Most of their biggest English rivals will end up playing 12 matches in that span. 2 Related Borussia Dortmund will have crammed in a DFB-Pokal match, four huge Champions … Read more

Lionel Messi return to Barcelona financially possible next summer

9:23 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Barcelona vice president Eduard Romeu has said Lionel Messi‘s return to the club as a player would be financially possible next summer. Messi, 35, will be out of contract with Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season and could potentially move back to Barca on a free … Read more

Nice’s Jean-Clair Todibo sent off after just nine seconds

Jean-Clair Todibo joined Nice from Barcelona in February 2021. Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo was sent off after just nine seconds against Angers in Ligue 1 on Sunday. Angers kicked off the match at the Allianz Riviera and immediately pushed forward with the ball before Todibo brought down striker Abdallah Sima, which the referee … Read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marc Cucurella, Joe Bryan? The weird transfers from the summer window

The most recent transfer window saw records broken as, according to Transfermarkt, clubs in the Premier League spent a colossal €2.24 billion — including massive deals for Antony (€95m to Manchester United), Wesley Fofana (€80m to Chelsea) and Darwin Nunez (€75m to Liverpool). Meanwhile, Italy‘s Serie A (€749m), France‘s Ligue 1 (€557m), Spain‘s LaLiga (€505m) … Read more

Premier League pause, Real Madrid and Barcelona in form, VAR trips Juventus: Weekend review

The weekend in European football saw Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain take care of business in their respective league matches. Juventus, however, are looking off-kilter while Borussia Dortmund lost to RB Leipzig — led by a familiar face. Meanwhile, the Premier League postponed its weekend matches as a mark of respect after the death … Read more

PSG’s Messi, Neymar, Mbappe warned to accept bench role by coach Christophe Galtier

Paris Saint-Germain manager Christophe Galtier has warned the superstar trio of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar that they need to accept a role on the bench, whether they like it or not. While former manager Mauricio Pochettino would rarely make rotations, successor Galtier didn’t hesitate to put Neymar on the bench Saturday, three days … Read more

Odegaard, Haaland, Thiago, Pedri and more

It is an immense quirk that we get about 10% of the way through the soccer season before the rosters are actually locked into place. It’s difficult for an American sports fan to grasp, I’m sure. In college football, rosters are mostly set three months before the season starts. In professional sports, you’ve got a … Read more