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Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi Football’s Greatest Rivalry?

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When two players emerge at the same point in history that both have an ability that sets them above their piers then a rivalry is bound to develop. Much like that of Bobby Charlton and Franz Beckenbauer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been thrown together as players of their generation and we take a look at the rivalry between them.

Statistically Comparing the Ballon d’Or Finalists

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Statistically Comparing the Ballon d'Or Finalists - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

2015 has come to a close, meaning that the Ballon d'Or is here. The most prestigious prize in world football will be announced later today. It has been an incredible calendar year for fans to enjoy with three players stealing the spotlight.

Stats Don’t Lie…Phil Jones Is The Best Young Defender In Europe

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Stats Don't Lie...Phil Jones Is The Best Young Defender In Europe - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The stats don't lie, and they say that Phil Jones is the best defender under the age of 23 in Europe, beating the likes of Raphael Varane and Marquinhos!

The CIES Football Observatory is a specialist research foundation based in Switzerland whose sole purpose is statistical research in football.

English Premier League

Chelsea star is playing at a level even Europe's best cannot match

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I’ve always thought defensive midfielders were a bit overrated, a useful but uninspiring insurance policy. N’Golo Kante has changed my mind in just two seasons, which have included a league title and the PFA Player of the Year 2017. But how does he actually compare to Europe’s best? What do the statistics say?

Man City have improved under Guardiola and will win the PL if they can keep up this statistic

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Manchester City made a flying start to the 2016/17 season under new manager Pep Guardiola, but their momentum seems to have stalled in recent weeks. After Celtic held them to a 3–3 draw in the Champions League, Guardiola’s City have gone on to lose at Tottenham Hotspur, draw at home against Everton, and get beaten 4–0 by Barcelona in the Champions League.

Manchester United v Crystal Palace, FA Cup Final: Live Score, Goalscorers & Match Centre

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Welcome to Soccerlens’ live coverage of the FA Cup final, Crystal Palace v Manchester United, featuring the very best from during the match including goal highlights and much more. Kickoff is at 17:30 in what will be a packed Wembley Stadium in London, with this the 135th FA Cup final in the history of the competition.

Francis Coquelin is proving he’s no one-hit wonder

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Francis Coquelin is proving he's no one-hit wonder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Francis Coquelin stormed onto the scene following an Arsenal injury crisis midway through the 2014-15 campaign, many fans and pundits alike assumed that the young Frenchman would be completely out of place and overrun by fellow Premier League caliber midfielders and forwards.

Why Jamie Vardy Is The Deadliest Striker In The Premier League

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Why Jamie Vardy Is The Deadliest Striker In The Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jamie Vardy is quickly turning into a phenomenal goalscorer for Leicester City. The former Fleetwood Town hitman, who until a little more than two years ago had never felt what it was like to be playing in the top flight, is now putting established top-flight defences to shame; he is the top scorer in the Premier League at the moment.

Arsenal Winning Streak: The Gunners Compared Across Europe

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Arsenal Winning Streak: The Gunners Compared Across Europe - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The base formula for winning a Premier League title isn't too complicated. Win games. Win as many as possible, more than your rivals, and with the points cascading in, soar into first place.

Champions elect Chelsea, sitting pretty at the top of the league, have 24 wins from 34 games.

Stats suggest Man United may dominate derby but Liverpool will win it

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Stats suggest Man United may dominate derby but Liverpool will win it - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As the top four race hots up, every point becomes more and more crucial. Liverpool against Manchester United is always special but on Sunday the game will move up a notch and Opta-powered fantasy football game Oulala have analysed the recent form of both teams in an attempt to discover how it may unfold.

Stats show Eden Hazard has Player of the Year sewn up

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Stats show Eden Hazard has Player of the Year sewn up - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Have the Player of the Year awards already been sewn up? The stats suggest so.

Gareth Bale was Tottenham's shining light in the 2012/13 campaign and his performances were rewarded handsomely.

Stats show Brendan Rodgers must not start Steven Gerrard

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Stats show Brendan Rodgers must not start Steven Gerrard - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers faces a difficult decision tonight as captain Steven Gerrard returns from a hamstring injury that has kept him out of the side for the last seven matches.

The Reds visit the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City in the Premier League with all three points crucial in the side's chase for Champions League qualification after both Arsenal and Manchester United picked up wins over the weekend.

Stats: Harry Kane is Wayne Rooney’s Perfect England Partner

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Stats: Harry Kane is Wayne Rooney's Perfect England Partner - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham face Manchester United on Sunday when they visit Old Trafford as both sides continue their race for Champions League qualification.

One of the hot topics this season has surrounded Harry Kane and his omission from the England senior squad despite the 21-year-old having enjoyed a highly impressive campaign.

Cesc Fabregas’ drop in form since Christmas in every key area!

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Cesc Fabregas' drop in form since Christmas in every key area! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After leaving Barcelona for Chelsea in a £27 million deal last summer, Cesc Fbregas hit the ground running on his return to the Premier League with 6 assists in his first four games. The 27-year-old was quickly labelled as the creative force that the West London club had previously been missing.

The 20-year-old defender outperforming Terry, Kompany, Skrtel and more!

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The 20-year-old defender outperforming Terry, Kompany, Skrtel and more! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Everton manager, Roberto Martinez, described John Stones "as good as it gets", also saying "He has the essence, the material and the responsibility", backing Stones to be the future captain at Goodison Park.

Arsenal Youngster Outperforming Chelsea Star in SEVEN Key Areas

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Arsenal Youngster Outperforming Chelsea Star in SEVEN Key Areas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Nemanja Matić is widely considered the best defensive midfielder in the Premier League and there has been no reason to doubt those suggestions until the recent emergence of a new star at Arsenal.

Are Daniel Levy and Spurs guilty of two major transfer blunders?

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Are Daniel Levy and Spurs guilty of two major transfer blunders? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In August 2013, Tottenham completed the signing of Erik Lamela from Italian side AS Roma for a club record £30m fee. His debut season for Spurs saw just 17 appearances in all competitions as the Argentine failed to live up to the big price-tag.

Chelsea or Manchester United – which is the best team in England in the last decade?

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Chelsea or Manchester United which is the best team in England in the last decade? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

talkSPORT has revealed the best team in England in the last decade, after taking into account the league table, history books and the number of trophies the team has won.

Stats show Dejan Lovren’s price-tag criticism unjustified

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Stats show Dejan Lovren's price-tag criticism unjustified - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Southampton defender Dejan Lovren moved to Liverpool for £20m last summer many questioned the hefty price-tag in the early stages of the season after the Croat failed to impress. Ex-Red Mark Wright labelled the fee 'excessive' while some went as far as calling the 25-year-old 'Liverpool's worst ever signing'.

How worried should Hull City fans be?

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How worried should Hull City fans be? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Steve Bruce's Hull City are in a precarious position. Yes, they sit in 15th position of the English Premier League, three places and four points above the relegation zone. Certainly, 15th whilst heading into March is not a disaster for a club of Hull City's size and ambition, whose end of season target ever since Brucepulled the club back into the big time in his first season (2012/13) must surely continue to be consolidation and consistency by avoiding relegation and remaining in the English Premier League.

Stats show John Terry is 10 times better this season than last

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Stats show John Terry is 10 times better this season than last - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

John Terry is showing exactly why he deserves a contract extension at Chelsea, analysis from Opta-powered fantasy football game Oulala has shown.

The 34-year-old put in a man of the match performance on Sunday and helped Chelsea claim the club's fifth League Cup title after their victory over Tottenham at Wembley with his first ever cup final goal.

[VIDEOGRAPHIC] Raheem Sterling vs David Silva Stat Focus

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[VIDEOGRAPHIC] Raheem Sterling vs David Silva Stat Focus - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The big match in the Premier League this weekend sees title chasing Manchester City travel to Anfield to play top four challengers Liverpool in a mouth watering clash.

As Chelsea are not in league action this weekend due to the League Cup final on Sunday, City have the opportunity in closing the West Londoners lead down to just 2 points.

Is Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet the Premier League’s best Goalkeeper?

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Is Liverpool's Simon Mignolet the Premier League's best Goalkeeper? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool's Simon Mignolet has now racked up 9 clean sheets in the Premier League, yet it is two other goalkeepers that have received the plaudits this season.

The Liverpool keeper's future had previously looked in doubt after he was dropped in December for Red's number 2 Brad Jones.

Flop Mesut Özil Outperforming Genius Philippe Coutinho in SEVEN key areas

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Flop Mesut Özil Outperforming Genius Philippe Coutinho in SEVEN key areas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal's Mesut Özil was labelled a flop by many last year. Philippe Coutinho has just won back-to-back player of the month awards at Liverpool and is being hailed as one of the Premier League's best players this season.

Kurt Zouma – The New Marcel Desailly?

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Kurt Zouma The New Marcel Desailly? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Zero fouls conceded in 597 minutes of football, for a centre-back... a young centre-back... is a very rare achievement, but it is something that 20-year-old Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has accomplished.

After racking up his sixth clean sheet in just nine appearances against Everton on Wednesday night, Opta powered fantasy football game Oulala decided it was time that they took a closer look at the young Frenchman's performance statistics, specifically in the Premier League and Champions League this season.

Costa Rica

Copa America Group A: What must they do to go through?

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Copa America’s Group A ends tonight. One ticket is already safe in the hands of the Colombian National team, so the three remaining things will have to fight for the remaining spot. By the end of the night, two teams will be gone for good. So, what do teams need to do to get that coveted ticket to the quarter-finals?

Copa America 2016 Statistics: Round-up before the last group matches

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Let’s take some time to look at what two weeks of Copa America has brought us, apart from the obvious results and emotions. Let’s talk statistics.

With one last set of matches to go before the knock-out phase starts, 4 teams have already secured their ticket for the next round.

Who’s Through?

UEFA Champions League

2016 Champions League Final: Live Score, Goalscorers & Result

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Welcome to Soccerlens’ live coverage of the Champions League final, Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid, featuring the very best from during the match including goal highlights and much more. Kickoff will be at 19:45 at a packed San Siro in Milan, with this the final European club match before the start of Euro 2016.

Champions League Final 2015: Barcelona v Juventus Preview

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Champions League Final 2015: Barcelona v Juventus Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 2014/15 domestic season is drawing to a close across Europe, withfootball fans everywhere facing three barren months of summer before the action comes around again. There is, however, one small matter to attend to before the long drought.

Arsenal face the impossible tonight

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Arsenal face the impossible tonight - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will need to score at least three goals tonight to have any chance of making it through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and against a goalkeeper that is making the world's best look decidedly ordinary.

Diego Costa vs Zlatan Ibrahimovic [Champions League Stats Infographic]

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Diego Costa vs Zlatan Ibrahimovic [Champions League Stats Infographic] - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Paris Saint-Germain need to score this evening to have any chance of making it through to the Champions League quarter-finals and they'll be turning to one man in particular for goals, striker Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Arsenal vs AS Monaco – Champions League (Group Stage Analysis)

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Arsenal vs AS Monaco Champions League (Group Stage Analysis) - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal host AS Monaco at the Emirates tonight in the 1st leg of their Champions League last 16 match-up. After exits from the competition at this stage in their previous four seasons against the likes of Barcelona, AC Milan and Bayern Munich and with the disadvantage of playing away in the second leg the pressure is on the London club to make it to the quarter-finals for the first time in five years.

Sergio Agüero vs Lionel Messi – Stats show it’s not as one sided as you may think

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Sergio Agüero vs Lionel Messi Stats show it's not as one sided as you may think - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to Barcelona's Javier Mascherano nobody compares to Lionel Messi. It's understandable why he thinks this, Messi is undoubtedly one of the best in the world ever!

PSG vs Chelsea – Champions League Last 16 (Group Stage Analysis)

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PSG vs Chelsea Champions League Last 16 (Group Stage Analysis) - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

December's Champions League last 16 draw in Nyon, Switzerland saw Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea as the first two clubs drawn. Two months on and the two team meet again for the second successive season after last year's epic quarter-final battle in which Chelsea came out on top on away goals after a last minute Demba Ba goal.

David Luiz outperforming Gary Cahill – Was Mourinho wrong?

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David Luiz outperforming Gary Cahill Was Mourinho wrong? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On Tuesday night David Luiz will face his old club Chelsea for the first time since leaving London to join Paris Saint-Germain for £50 million last summer.

It appeared Luiz was surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge when Jose Mourinho chose to cash in, opting for his preferred John Terry and Gary Cahill partnership.

General Football News

FA Cup – Time for the £100 million men to step up

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FA Cup Time for the £100 million men to step up - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Over £100 million was spent by Manchester United and Arsenal on ex-Real Madrid teammates Ángel Di María and Mesut Özil and on Monday the two players faces each other for the first time this season in the FA Cup.

Diego Costa vs Harry Kane – More than just a Cup Final

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Diego Costa vs Harry Kane More than just a Cup Final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Two of the Premier League's top strikers come face to face this Sunday in the Capital One Cup Final as Chelsea face bitter rivals Tottenham.

With both enjoying terrific campaigns this season, Opta-powered fantasy football game Oulala took a detailed look at forwards Diego Costa and Harry Kane in an attempt to identify the potential match-winner before Sunday's showdown.

The Rest

The Most Valuable Players of Euro 2016

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Utilizing a never before used point system, we as FanaticData, will calculate the value of each player’s effort in every goal scored and the value of each goal in order to determine the Most Valuable Players of Euro 2016.

We love soccer and tournaments like Euro 2016 because it has maintained its beauty through simplicity ever since it became a global phenomenon.

Top 10 England Goalscorers

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Top 10 England Goalscorers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England look to be finally performing on the national stage once again as they dominate through Group E, sitting on top of the group nine points clear of second-place Switzerland.

The Three Lions are yet to lose a game in their Euro qualifiers and will hope to keep their winning form going against Estonia on the 9th of October and Lithuania on the 12th of October.

The stats suggest that Martin Škrtel will keep Demba Ba quiet

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The stats suggest that Martin krtel will keep Demba Ba quiet - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Demba Ba has sent a warning out to Liverpool, he's in the mood to break their hearts once more on Thursday when Beşiktaş visit Anfield in the Europa League.

The Senegalese striker is enjoying an excellent campaign in the Turkish Super League since his move from Chelsea last summer.