France Football have finally moved their glittering Golden Ball award to a sensible position in the football calendar – given out after the season is over, rather than trying to piece together two separate ones in an annual award. It might be in the one year it made sense to keep it in December (hello Winter World Cup) but ultimately, we’re fans of progress, however it comes. Sam ranks the top five players in the running for the award right now, from a Frenchman lighting it up in Germany and an old-timer with a vengeance mission, to an Egyptian King and a smooth Los Blancos vintage.
Things We Love sees Dean talking about Aaron Ramsdale, and a discussion around whether or not he takes England’s No. 1 shirt ahead of the World Cup later this year; Sam discussing the impact of Torino’s Gleison Bremer and where his next steps are; and Jack seeing the live emergence of a new Octopus at Real Betis this weekend – shouts out Paul Akouokou.
There’s also room for Melon of the Week and a slightly heated debate about the scenes that went down at the Parc des Princes this weekend, whilst in the Gibberish, Jack goes completely off piste about his favourite food. It’s Ranks!