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Mr. Indispensable, from Lionel Messi to Virgil Van Dijk: Which player can your team not live without?

Little known fact: When Beyonce sang, "I'll have another you by tomorrow, so don't you ever for a second get to thinking you're irreplaceable," she wasn't talking about Lionel Messi or Virgil van Dijk or anyone else on this list for that matter.

With what promises to be a busy summer transfer window, we decided to take a look at the "Mr. Indispensable" at 12 of the best (or biggest) clubs in the world. Who are the guys that make the biggest impact for their sides when they're on the field?

Barcelona:...

La Liga's Alternative Awards: Recognising Spain's best of the rest

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti shares his best solution for both Real Madrid and Gareth Bale to part ways following his underwhelming season.

This has been such an epic season, brimming over with drama, quality, tears, surprises, incompetence, confusion, sackings, fight backs and heroism that I've decided two trophies (La Liga and the Copa del Rey) simply aren't enough.

So here are a few medals and awards that acknowledge that the tapestry of a Spanish season is not woven by excellence alone, that the supporting cast, sometimes, keep us on the edge of our seat, laughing, despairing, roaring (with joy or anger) almost as often as the elite...

Real Madrid need to offload Bale, but they're low on options

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe and Ian Darke weigh in on the contentious relationship between Gareth Bale and Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.
Shaka Hislop says Gareth Bale is not getting back into Zinedine Zidane or Real Madrid's good graces by commenting on the sacrifices footballers make.
Real Madrid's season ended with a fizzle, allowing Real Betis to score twice and finish the year with away wins at both the Santiago Bernabeu and the Camp Nou.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti shares his best solution for both Real Madrid and Gareth Bale to part ways following his underwhelming season.
Julien Laurens explains why Chelsea and Real Madrid think they are in a position of leverage against the other in the potential sale of Eden Hazard.

How do you solve a problem like Gareth Bale? It's a question that nobody seems to have an answer for right now, and that includes the man himself, his Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and club president Florentino Perez.

After six years with the Spanish giants following his €100 million transfer from Tottenham in 2013, the Wales international has made himself the most successful British player over on the continent having won every major honour with Real, including four Champions Leagues....

Barcelona's Messi an 8/10 with brace to reach 50 goals once again

Two goals from Lionel Messi got him to 50 in all competitions for the sixth time in his career, but Barcelona ended the season with a draw at Eibar.

Lionel Messi scored twice as Spanish champions Barcelona ended the La Liga season with a 2-2 draw at Eibar on Sunday. Ernesto Valverde's side ended the campaign 11 clear of their nearest challengers, Atletico Madrid, in a season marred by a shocking Champions League exit to Liverpool in the semifinals that took some of the gloss off their runaway league title win.

Positives

There was nothing for either team to play for on the pitch, but Messi is still in a race for the European Golden Shoe. His...

Modric and Benzema 6/10 in Real Madrid defeat as Bale left out completely

Despite reports suggesting Real Madrid don't want Gareth Bale, the star's agent says he's not going anywhere. The FC boys discuss what it will take for Bale to move on.

Real Madrid's awful 2018-19 season came to a close in a fitting way with a limp 2-0 defeat at home to Real Betis.

Neither team played well in the first half, but the visitors upped their intensity after the break, with runners repeatedly carving open a static Madrid defence, leading to deserved goals from Loren Moron and ex-Blancos starlet Jese Rodriguez.

Positives

The only positive for Zinedine Zidane and his side is that they can put the last 12 months behind them completely now, and never speak...

La Liga's final day will complete the league's best story of the season

Alejandro Moreno sounds off on Ernesto Valverde for his part in Barcelona's UCL failures, after club president Josep Bartomeu gave the manager his vote of confidence.
Despite reports suggesting Real Madrid don't want Gareth Bale, the star's agent says he's not going anywhere. The FC boys discuss what it will take for Bale to move on.
The FC crew speculate on whether Barcelona or PSG are front-runners to land Antoine Griezmann after the Atleti star announced he'll depart this summer.

FC Barcelona's title is long gone, won three weeks back and buried under the laments from Liverpool. Zinedine Zidane gave up on winning anything ages ago now, and the maths deserted Real Madrid soon after. Atletico Madrid knew that second place was theirs, and that's confirmed now too. It's two weeks since Rayo Vallecano were relegated and Huesca joined them barely minutes later. Six days ago, Girona were gone, or as good as. And so here we are on the eve of the final day of the league with nothing...