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The 18 Clubs Who Spent The Most This Decade

There are many ways to define a club’s ambition. Perhaps the easiest is a straightforward look at which club spends the most money.

As the 2010s come to a close, we at The18 looked at which 18 clubs spent the most money over the last decade. No surprise, Manchester City is at the top having spent $1.71 billion. (Note: All numbers used in this article are from TransferMarkt.com.)

Sergio Ramos Wants Another Ballon d’Or Award That Can’t Be Won By Messi Or Ronaldo

Sergio Ramos has had his best idea since deciding to pull a Panenka on Rui Patrício at Euro 2012. The Real Madrid captain said he believes there should be two Ballon d’Or trophies, thus eliminating that tiresome argument over whether the award should simply be given to the best overall player on the planet (always Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo) or to the player who performed most influentially over the strictly defined duration of a season (usually Messi or Ronaldo, but sometimes a little less clear).

The 18 Best Gifts For Soccer Players And Fans

If you're like us, perhaps you're not the most on-top-of-it gift giver in the world. Perhaps it's a few days before the holidays. Perhaps your nephew's birthday is coming up in a hurry and you need something – anything – for him. Well, don't worry. We've got you covered. So long as what you're looking for is a list of the best soccer gifts money can buy. If not you've come to the wrong place, friend, and we wish you the best of luck in your search.

The 18 Best Soccer Gifts For Kids (2019-2020 Guide)

Soccer is increasingly a young person’s game. More and more focus is being put on youth soccer to create the next Lionel Messi, Christian Pulisic or Mallory Pugh. So what do you give as a gift for the budding soccer star in your life? We here at The18 have put together a list of the 18 best soccer gifts for kids to answer just that question.

The 10 Biggest MLS Transfer Rumors Of The 2020 Offseason

For fans of Major League Soccer, the offseason is entirely too long. It’s a point that Vancouver Whitecaps manager Marc Dos Santos was recently fined for expressing with some decidely colorful language.

“Players at the top level, they have three weeks, one month maximum, on break,” Dos Santos said. “I’m telling you, three months and a half of a break in a soccer season is Mickey Mouse. It’s amateur. It doesn’t happen in the world.”

Baby Yoda Reacts To The 18 Best Goals Of The Decade

The 2010s has been a decade. I can’t say it was great nor will I say it was bad. It was 10 years and as I write this it’s almost over. 

In 10 years, the soccer world saw Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo absolutely dominate the Ballon d’Or, winning all but one since 2008. Real Madrid won a bunch of big-eared trophies, Spain finally won a World Cup and few teams played more beautifully than Barcelona. Perhaps most shocking, England actually fielded a decent team at a World Cup, but Liverpool still hasn’t won a Premier League title. 

25 Historically Overlooked Badges From Yesteryear

The biggest news of the Major League Soccer offseason so far has been the Chicago Fire’s new logo. For many, it was a bigger shock to the system than seeing Giovani dos Santos score goals for Club América.  

The 5 Best Goals Of The 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

The 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup came to a close on Sunday with Portugal lifting the trophy following a 6-4 victory over Italy in the final. The Azzurri’s Gabriele Gori finished as top scorer for the second-straight tournament with 16 goals in six games, but it was Japan’s Ozu Moreira who received the Golden Ball award as the World Cup’s best player. 

What If Every MLS Team Was A Piece Of Candy?

Most Major League Soccer teams have been busy negotiating contracts and striking deals across the league . . . but not D.C. United.

Instead, this MLS original has decided to assign every MLS team a type of candy, and well, it's pretty amusing.

Here are some of the best:

Can You Name The Five Teenagers To Have Scored Hat-Tricks In The Champions League?

Scoring a hat-trick in Europe’s premier club competition is no mean feat, especially so as an adolescent teenager between the ages of 13 and 19. The list of players to have accomplished the goalscoring achievement reads like a who’s who of the world’s greatest talent since the tournament’s adoption in 1992. 

In fact, only 19 players have multiple Champions League hat-tricks to their name, with both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo having accomplished the task a staggering eight times. Nobody else has recorded more than three.

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