Cristiano Ronaldo, Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Dijk have all been shortlisted for this year's Ballon d'Or, as France Football announces its 30-man shortlist for the prestigious award. The trio have been joined by Frenkie de Jong and Dusan Tadic, both of whom enjoyed impressive seasons with Ajax last term. Mane and Aguero were joined by their Premier League counterparts Trent Alexander-Arnold and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
LIVE: Sheffield United vs Arsenal... Monday Night Football from Bramall Lane as Gunners look to move up to third
Sheffield United and Arsenal bring the Premier League's matchday eight to a conclusion as they clash at Bramall Lane, with the Gunners looking to move up to third in the table. The Gunners are in a good run of form and will be confident they can leave the top flight new boys with all three points to keep their ambitions of a top four finish well on course. For Chris Wilder's side, they hope to maintain their steady start to the season as they aim to pull clear of the relegation zone by as much as four points. Follow the action as it happens with DAN RIPLEY.
After his 'banana skin' pop at the media, Jurgen Klopp ranted and snarled his way through Liverpool's draw at Old Trafford. So is the pressure to deliver a league title to Anfield taking its toll on 'The Normal One'?
His summer holiday plans? The merits of salt popcorn over sweet? His thoughts on whether the Letwin amendment really has derailed Boris Johnson's plans to push through his Brexit deal by the end of the month? We'll never know exactly what Jurgen Klopp was shouting in the ear of Jon Moss (pictured centre) during Liverpool's draw with Manchester United on Sunday. Given the ear-bashing he gave the fourth official throughout the 90 minutes, though, it's safe to assume they went beyond typical small talk. The German cut a frustrated figure on the Old Trafford touchline (right) and appeared bemused in his press conference thereafter (above, left).
Jadon Sancho was fined £86k, dropped and made to jog laps in the pouring rain by Borussia Dortmund for reporting back late from England duty... surely the winger's prodigious talents won't go to waste because of repeated shoddy time-keeping?
Now that his tardiness has cost him £86,000, you'd imagine Jadon Sancho will invest a few quid in a decent clock. That was the enormous fine handed to the 19-year-old England winger by his club Borussia Dortmund as punishment for reporting back late from international duty last week. Sancho was also dropped from the Dortmund squad that faced Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga on Saturday afternoon as manager Lucien Favre acted decisively to maintain discipline.
'This is his final': Spanish newspapers ramp up pressure on Eden Hazard to deliver on the big stage as Real Madrid's injury-hit side travel to Galatasaray for Champions League clash
Eden Hazard is facing huge pressure to deliver a performance in Real Madrid's Champions League group game against Galatasaray. The Spanish newspapers are already appearing to run out of patience with Hazard following his slow start to life in Madrid. Marca claim the club brought Hazard to help them win trophies and have dubbed Tuesday night's fixture in Turkey the Belgian's 'final' with Madrid staring down the barrel.
What's wrong with Nicolas Pepe? The £72m winger filled Arsenal fans with so much hope when he became the club's record signing... but he has scored just one goal and looks a shadow of the player he was at Lille
The news that Arsenal had agreed a club-record fee for Nicolas Pepe (left) in July was met with nothing short of pandemonium from a fan-base little expectations for the summer. In truth, the majority knew fairly little about the Ivory Coast forward but a quick look at his Lille numbers and a visit to YouTube had the Gunners faithful believing they had acquired a real game-changer. However, we're now two months into the new season and it's safe to say the excitement surrounding the signing has well and truly died down. Arsenal boss Unai Emery (right) has to decide whether to give Pepe time to recapture the form he showed at Lille (inset).
Daniel James needs to bulk up or get bullied, Marcus Rashford can't just be a big-game player and Liverpool must buy to replace Divock Origi - 10 things we learned from United 1-1 Liverpool
Liverpool were denied a record-equalling 18th straight Premier League win by rivals Manchester United on Sunday. The Anfield giants needed a late equaliser from Adam Lallana to rescue a point after Marcus Rashford (left) had opened the scoring in a game dominated by VAR controversy. Here Sportsmail runs through 10 things we learned from the stalemate at Old Trafford, including United youngster Daniel James (centre left) needing to bulk up to avoid getting bullied, why Jurgen Klopp (right) seems to struggle at Old Trafford, and how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (inset) must be praised for bravely mixing up his tactics when so much was at stake.
Andy Ruiz Jr believes 'slimmer' Anthony Joshua will target points victory in rematch... as Mexican fighter shows devastating hand speed in public workout
Joshua has been seen boasting a trimmer physique in recent weeks ahead of his rematch against Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia on December 7. But the 30-year-old Mexican-American puncher believes that his opponent has unintentionally revealed his tactic for 'Clash on the Dunes', and is prepared for a gruelling encounter in the ring.
Agony and the ecstasy! Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville can't contain themselves when their old sides score, as they commentate for Sky Sports on Manchester United's draw with fierce rivals Liverpool
Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville made it very clear where their loyalties lie in a hilarious clip filmed in the commentary box at Old Trafford. The outspoken pair - famous for their time at Liverpool and Manchester United respectively - were both on commentary duty as their old clubs met on Sunday. During the match, Sky Sports was not only filming the action on the pitch but also the reaction of their pundits off it, and the reaction was certainly entertaining.
World Rugby investigating photo of referee Jaco Peyper mocking France's Sebastien Vahaamahina by mimicking his elbow on Aaron Wainwright with group of Wales fans
World Rugby are investigating after a photograph emerged of referee Jaco Peyper appearing to mimic the elbow by France's Sebastien Vahaamahina on Wales' Aaron Wainwright in Sunday's World Cup quarter-final. Peyper sent Vahaamahina off for his actions and the moment of madness proved costly for France, who were leading Wales 19-10 at the time before going on to lose 20-19. A photograph later emerged on social media of Peyper apparently re-enacting the elbow in mockery of Vahaamahina with a group of Wales supporters.
Ex-footballers who headed heavy leather balls are THREE TIMES more likely to die of dementia and are at increased risk of motor neurone disease and Alzheimer's, reveals study into 8,000 former players
Former footballers are approximately three and a half times more likely to die from neurodegenerative disease than the general population, according to a new study. The report, released on Monday and commissioned by the Football Association and the Professional Footballers' Association, assessed the medical records of 7,676 men who played professional football in Scotland between 1900 and 1976. Their records were matched against more than 23,000 individuals from the general population, with the study led by consultant neuropathologist Dr Willie Stewart of Glasgow University.
Real Madrid face the embarrassment of playing in the Europa League unless they beat Galatasaray in a huge Champions League clash… the knives are out for Zinedine Zidane and he needs Hazard, Benzema and Co to silence the critics NOW
The inevitable 'Welcome to Hell' references that surround Real Madrid's visit to Galatasaray's Ali Sami Yen Spor stadium on Tuesday night won't worry Zinedine Zidane and his players. They know what would really be hell for the club that has won the European Cup 13-times - having to play in the Europa League. After losing to the team with the smallest wage bill in La Liga at the weekend they go to Turkey knowing nothing less than a win will do.
'When you need your bro to train free-kicks but he trusts you': Marcos Alonso shows off his free-kick prowess in training by scoring into top corner with Willy Cabellero used as a target
Alonso, 28, managed to convince the goalkeeper to climb onto the goal frame and leave a space in the top right corner for him to place the ball from outside the penalty area - and to Cabellero's relief, Alonso managed exactly that. The Chelsea wing-back posted the video to his Instagram account with the caption 'When you need your bro to train free-kicks but he trusts you'.
'He can forget the Euros... the season is over': Bayern Munich chief Uli Hoeness reveals Niklas Sule is facing lengthy spell on sidelines after tearing cruciate ligament in Augsburg draw
Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule will miss the rest of the season and this summer's European Championships, according to Uli Hoeness. The Germany international tore the cruciate ligament in his left knee during Bayern's 2-2 draw with Augsburg on Saturday. Sule underwent surgery on the problem over the weekend and is expected to be out for several months.
Mass crowd violence in Mexico top-flight clash between Atletico San Luis and Queretaro fans sees game suspended with dozens injured
WARNING - GRAPHIC CONTENT: With just five minutes left to play at the Estadio Alfonso Lastras, fighting broke out in the crowd with Queretaro leading their fierce rivals 2-0. Graphic TV images showed metal objects were thrown by both sets of fans, and a number of individuals were savagely beaten while security struggled to restore order.
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Barcelona's search for the next Lionel Messi: Behind-the-scenes footage lifts lid on La Masia and how La Liga giants have achieved their academy success
EXCLUSIVE: Barcelona have lifted the lid on the inner workings of their famous La Masia academy and their search to find the next Lionel Messi in revealing behind-the-scenes footage. In the final episode of a four-part series, first shown by Sportsmail, the cameras delve deep into the club to see how they develop their young stars and prepare them for life in the first team. The likes of Pep Guardiola, Carles Puyol, Andres Iniesta and Xavi were all residents at La Masia at the start of their careers, going on to great things in the club's first team.