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The18’s top five Champions League goals of the week: UCL is back baby

After a two-month break the UEFA Champions League returned this week as the knockout stages kicked off. We at The18 are trying something new and we’re picking our favorites for the best Champions League goals of the week.

Of the four games played this week eight goals were scored. Let’s get into the list.

Top 5 best Champions League goals of the week

5. Kylian Mbappé attacks at the back post

USMNT takeover — These are the top 10 most valuable players in all of Concacaf

Concacaf players had a fantastic end to their years in Europe and their remarkable performances on the pitch, both for their clubs and national team, have started to reflect in their most recent market value updates. Especially the Americans.

The year is coming to an end and while the club seasons around the world are far from over, many Concacaf players’ stand-out ‘end-of-year grades’ have been determined by what they did at the end of the last 2022/23 campaign and the start of the current one.

Who will win the award? — FIFA announces three finalists for 2023 Puskás Award

FIFA announced the finalists for the Puskás Award, and the goals are nothing short of amazing.

FIFA announces finalists for the 2023 Puskás Award

It all comes down to this.

On Thursday, Dec. 14, FIFA officially announced the players chosen to stand on the nomination podium for the lead-up of their annual Puskás Award, given to the player with the best goal of the year. 

Julio Enciso (Brighton), Nuno Santos (Sporting CP) and Guilherme Madruga (Botafogo) will be in contention for the award during FIFA’s The Best ceremony held on January 15, 2024 in London.

ICYMI: Alejandro Garnacho hits Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘calma’ celebration against Galatasaray

It's no secret that Manchester United’s Alejandro Garnacho is one of, if not the biggest Cristiano Ronaldo fan amongst Europe’s most promising young players and the Argentine has continuously shown his admiration for the Portuguese by recreating some of his most iconic goal celebrations. This latest time in the Champions League against Galatasaray.

Watch: Garnacho hits Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘calma’ after scoring opener vs Galatasaray

The goals, as well as the Ronaldo celebrations, are here to stay.

Potential CONMEBOL opponents — Here’s how USMNT’s 2024 Copa América group could look

After the latest international break and their victory against Trinidad and Tobago in the Concacaf Nations League quarterfinals, the USMNT sealed their qualification for next year’s hosting of the 2024 Copa América. Eight years later, once again.

Cross-sport Dopplegängers — This is what Champions League team you would support based on the NBA team you watch

NBA and UEFA Champions League teams have some dopplegängers between the sport, and are more similar than you might think.

The NBA and the Champions League are some of the most competititive and watched leagues in the world. They're the team-scoring, net-hitting, ball-shooting cream-of-the-crop sports.

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Megan Rapinoe’s last competitive international and club games are straight out of a horror film

Megan Rapinoe had the worst ending to one of the best USWNT stories.

Megan Rapinoe’s last games for USWNT and OL Reign are straight out of a horror film

Megan Rapinoe has officially put an end to her marvelous career at both the international and club level. The 38-year-old closed an 18-year career full of international and club trophies, awards and recognitions.

Neymar likely won’t win a Ballon d’Or in his career but these five moments make him a legend

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are undoubtedly the two most popular players on Earth. When it comes to who the third most-known player is people will typically cast their vote for Brazilian star Neymar.

Critics love to discredit the Brazilian as he’s never won the Ballon d’Or nor reached the heights of Messi and Ronaldo. The highest Neymar ever finished in the Ballon d’Or rankings was two third place finishes in 2015 and 2017, behind Messi and Ronaldo both times.

The top 10 most expensive soccer trophies in the world and their values

World soccer’s trophies are worth dozens of 90 minute matches featuring blood, sweat, tears and a few million dollars.

Every other day we sit on the couch, turn on the TV and watch 22 men run around a field looking to come out on top and turn out victorious at the final whistle. It’s a simple cycle that turns for weeks, months and sometimes even years. 

However, teams, coaches and sometimes even fans’ efforts toward the beautiful game would not be the same without the most sought for reward at the end of a season: trophies.

Fútbol meets soccer — The best Mexican players playing in the 2023 MLS season

Major League Soccer and Mexican players have been synonymous with each other since the beginning of time and 2023 is not the exception.

Throughout history, multiple renowned Mexican players have graced the fields of Major League Soccer. Arriving as homeland legends, as former European stars with much left in the tank or whatever the case may be, players from México have always managed to deliver in the United States.

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