Paul Macdonald

Paul Macdonald • paulmacdfc Chief Content Officer SFM
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Former Goal editor, FootballCritic and Football Transfers founder with over a decade of experience covering domestic and international football, with particular focus on Barcelona.

Articles written by Paul Macdonald

Player Rating

Neymar: Player Rating and Performance v Dijon

The Brazilian was in scintillating form in the easy victory over Ligue 1's bottom club

  • 1 hour
La Liga

Real Madrid and Ramos expose Barcelona's glaring deficiencies

The return of the captain from injury led to an inspirational performance that showed Ronald Koeman much work is needed

  • 2 hours
La Liga

Ronald Koeman furious: 'Why is VAR only against Barcelona?'

The Dutch coach was not pleased with the penalty given to Real Madrid against his side and flagged other decisions from this season

  • 19 hours

Relentless Ajax score THIRTEEN times against hapless VVV

The Eredivisie giants showed now mercy to their rivals, who were down to 10 men for much of the second half

  • 20 hours
La Liga

Griezmann and Ramos out? How Barcelona & Real Madrid could line up in Clasico

Both Ronald Koeman and Zinedine Zidane have selection headaches ahead of what is already shaping up as a key game

  • 1 day

Jens Hauge: Eye-catching statistics of AC Milan's Norwegian wonderkid

The 20-year-old has had a breakout season at Bodo Glimt and there's high hopes that he can become a top player in Serie A

  • 2 days
La Liga

Barcelona and Real Madrid are vulnerable - this is the Crisis Clasico

Los Blancos are in a mini-crisis while Ronald Koeman's men are lacking consistency - both him and Zidane will want this out of the way

  • 2 days
Job Security

Real Madrid consider Raul as Zinedine Zidane replacement

The Frenchman faces a massive week and if things don't work out Florentino Perez has already identified the successor

  • 3 days

European Super League plan 'ignorant' and 'drawn up in a bar at 5am'

The controversial proposals which could change the shape of football have been met with stinging criticism

  • 4 days
European Super League

Five reasons why a European Premier League might not happen - yet

Football's biggest clubs are converging to push through a breakaway but for the moment at least their threats may be empty

  • 4 days

Barcelona announce new contracts for four key first-team stars

In the wake of their sound beating of Ferencvaros in the Champions League, they tied down an important quartet

  • 4 days

Is this now Barcelona's best starting XI?

Ronald Koeman may have unlocked his new ideal system for the players he has available to him

  • 4 days

Barcelona have found Antoine Griezmann's ideal position - on the bench

The Frenchman is an exceptional footballer but as long as Lionel Messi is at the club he will not fit in the system

  • 4 days
Player Rating

Lionel Messi: Player Rating and Performance v Ferencvaros

Barcelona produced an excellent, controlled display against the Hungarians, and the Argentine was central to all good things

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VAR more interested than offside than tackles like Pickford on Van Dijk

The game has become such a warped version of itself that diving and horror tackles sail through, while dots on a screen take precedence

  • 5 days
Lionel Messi

Messi could be playing better, says Ronald Koeman

The Dutchman suffered his first defeat as Barcelona coach and believes his Argentine playmaker is not at the top of his game

  • 5 days

VAR represents the first regressive change to offside in football history

As the Ayew incident shows the technology isn't good enough to give a definitive conclusion on a 150-year-old doctrine

  • 6 days
La Liga

Barcelona & Real Madrid both lose before Clasico for first time in 17 years

It was also two years to the round since both teams lost on the same day as they struggled against Cadiz and Getafe

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'The game has gone mad' - players and coaches attack 'nonsensical' VAR

Another day of disgraceful decisions has led to increased criticism of the totally out-of-sync system that simply isn't working

  • 6 days
As It Happened

Tottenham 3-3 West Ham: Spurs throw away three-goal lead in last 10 minutes

The imperious Harry Kane had pushed the home side into a lead that they somehow squandered in the closing stages

  • 6 days
Player Rating

Harry Kane: Player Rating and Performance v West Ham

The brilliant England man should have put the match to bed with a thrilling two goals and assist in the first 17 minutes of the match

  • 6 days

Confirmed: Van Dijk requires surgery on ACL injury and likely out for season

The challenge suffered by the Liverpool defender at the hands of Jordan Pickford has potentially ruined his campaign

  • 6 days

Crocked Sergio Ramos faces race to be fit for Barcelona clash

The Spain defender hobbled off in the defeat to Cadiz and faces a week-long fight to line up in the Clasico

  • 6 days

Barcelona face revolt as senior players reject 30% pay cut

The Catalan giants had made a request to the squad but a group of first-team stars are thought to have rejected the notion

  • 6 days
Player Rating

Bruno Fernandes: Player Rating and Performance v Newcastle

Despite missing a penalty the Portuguese turned the game in Manchester United's favour to clinch a crucial three points

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