Gunners' talisman Alexis Sanchez shocked viewers by not including Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo or any other Arsenal player as he picked his Ultimate XI, but Barcelona icon Lionel Messi made the cut.
AC Milan led the Serie A tributes to former defender and club legend Cesare Maldini, who died on Sunday at the age of 84.
Before Milan play hosts to Roma in Round 29 of Serie A, TheHardTackle takes you back to the epic Round 37 encounter of 2008-09 season between the two sides at San Siro; which was Maldini's last match in the red and black stripes.
Milan face a crisis at leftback position after Maldini's departure. Players have come and gone but none has been half as good as Paolo. TheHardTackle takes a look at the leftback position and analyzes the players who have played after his departure.
History is replete with anecdotes of mediocrity before someone rises up and claims his rightful place in the hallowed annals. AC Milan went from their nadir in history to become one of the powerhouses in the world through a similar channel. TheHardTackle's Guest Author Amlan Chaudhury takes a walk down memory lane.
Italy is not a place for the youth. Italy, considered a powerhouse in World football, are now on the wane, following a string of indifferent performances at the club and national level. TheHardTackle's Nikhil Taneja reckons that the current youth policy is one of the main reasons for this downfall, and explores why.