Marco Rose hailed Erling Haaland ahead of Borussia Dortmund's Champions League clash with Ajax.
Eden Hazard has endured a frustrating time with Real Madrid as injuries have plagued his spell in the Spanish capital.
Karim Benzema is a frontrunner for the Ballon d'or, according to Luka Modric, who was also refreshingly honest about World Cup proposals.
Neymar and Leandro Paredes joined Sergio Ramos and Angel Di Maria in being unavailable for Paris Saint-Germain's clash with RB Leipzig.
In an interview with Stats Perform, Juliano Belletti insisted the transitional period Barcelona are going through is nothing new.
Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati marked his first start in 11 months with a goal against Valencia and earned praise from Sergio Aguero.
Sevilla paid tribute to former captain Marcelo Campanal before the game, and goals from Lucas Ocampos and Fernando delivered a derby win.