Charting Cristiano Ronaldo’s, Lionel Messi’s Ballon d’Or rankings

Karim Benzema won the 2022 Men’s Ballon d’Or, the most illustrious individual award in European football, for the Real Madrid striker’s herculean efforts in 2021-22. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, more (U.S.) The results of this year’s awards revealed at Monday’s gala also signalled something of a sea change as both Cristiano Ronaldo … Read more

Antonio Rudiger’s message to Real Madrid fans after collision

6:00 AM ET Alex KirklandESPN FC ‘Antonio Rudiger returned home bandaged and bruised after scoring a late leveller for Real Madrid. Instagram @toniruediger Antonio Rudiger spared Real Madrid‘s blushes with a late goal that qualified the reigning European champions for the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday, but his reward was a brutal collision that … Read more

Barcelona trouble, Brugge success, goals

Matchday three of the Champions League group stage is wrapped up, providing fans with plenty to talk about and more to look forward to. After an exciting third round of games, we asked our writers Sam Marsden, Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens to answer some of our burning questions. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, … Read more

Erling Haaland’s stunning strike for Man City ensures reunion with ex-side Dortmund was a memorable one

5:30 PM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent Erling Haaland‘s stunning strike completed a 2-1 comeback win for Manchester City against his former club Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday. The Bundesliga club went ahead through English midfielder Jude Bellingham but City equalised through John Stones and Haaland’s acrobatic finish won it late on. – Stream … Read more

Graham Potter’s Chelsea looked a lot like Thomas Tuchel’s, and that wasn’t a good thing in draw to Salzburg

New Chelsea coach Graham Potter gives instructions to Jorginho during Wednesday’s Champions League draw to Salzburg. Robin Jones/Getty Images LONDON — Graham Potter’s reign at Chelsea is now officially underway. In Chelsea’s first match since manager Thomas Tuchel was fired last week, the Blues settled for a 1-1 draw to Salzburg in the Champions League on … Read more

Bayern Munich fans protest match delays due to Queen Elizabeth II’s death

Fans at the Allianz Arena hold up a banner in protest of match delays due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Adam Pretty/Getty Images Bayern Munich fans protested against football supporters being impacted by the death of Queen Elizabeth II, unfurling a banner during the Champions League clash against Barcelona calling for the game’s authorities … Read more

Why Erik ten Hag, Manchester United’s Europa League journey is too important to ignore

3:39 PM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent For a tournament Erik ten Hag doesn’t really want to be in, the Europa League can offer the Manchester United manager everything he needs from his first season in charge. If the Dutchman hadn’t swapped jobs in the summer, he would have spent Wednesday preparing Ajax for their Champions League … Read more

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel blasts team for lack of hunger in loss to Zagreb

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel lambasted his squad for showing no hunger or determination in their 1-0 Champions League defeat at Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday, saying he did not see this performance coming after he thought they had turned a corner. The loss was Chelsea’s third in five games and the Premier League side looked poor … Read more

Champions League welcomes semi-automated VAR offside, but what’s it all about?

FIFA and UEFA have spent the past three years testing out a new Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based Semi-Automated Offside Technology (SAOT), and now it’s ready to be rolled out in the Champions League. Although SAOT was used by FIFA at the Club World Cup in February, and also by UEFA in the Super Cup between Real … Read more