Five matchdays down, one to go. With the penultimate round of Champions League group stage fixtures out the way, Europe's elite club competition has already delivered in terms of excitement and entertainment this year.

An abundance of great goals, shock results, and superb individual performances, proves once again why the tournament remains the holy grail for clubs right across the continent.

And, as we approach the knockout phase, where the 32-teams will be whittled down to the last-16 - all of whom will be confident they have what it takes to lift the trophy at Wembley in May - GiveMeFootball has decided to bring you the top ten standout performers so far.

With the help of stats collated by WhoScored.com, Messrs Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo unsurprisingly feature, but also included are a number of players whose efficient roles in their respective teams often go unnoticed, and fail to get the individual credit they deserve.

Each player has been given an average rating based on the five games (of which they have to have played in order to qualify for the list), with a breakdown of their goals, assists, shots, tackles, key passes and man of the match awards, in a bid to separate the best from the rest.

So, in descending order, here are the Champions League's top ten:

10: Joao Moutinho | Porto | Avg rating: 7.69

Games: 5 Goals: 1 Assists: 2 Shots: 9 Key passes: 19 Tackles: 13 Man of Match: 2


9: Oscar | Chelsea | Avg rating: 7.70

Games: 5 Goals: 4 Assists: 1 Shots: 8 Key passes: 7 Tackles: 12 Man of Match: 1


8: Zlatan Ibrahimovic | PSG | Avg rating: 7.78

Games: 5 Goals: 2 Assists: 5 Shots: 23 Key passes: 12 Tackles: 3 Man of Match: 1

 

7: Blaise Matuidi | PSG | Avg rating: 7.83

Games: 5 Goals: 1 Assists: 1 Shots: 2 Key passes: 4 Tackles: 21 Man of Match: 0


6: Andrea Pirlo | Juventus | Avg rating: 7.84

Games: 5 Goals: 0 Assists: 3 Shots: 11 Key passes: 21 Tackles: 8 Man of Match: 0


5: Fernandinho | Shakhtar Donetsk | Avg rating: 7.97

Games: 5 Goals: 1 Assists: 0 Shots: 12 Key passes: 9 Tackles: 15 Man of Match: 1


4: Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid | Avg rating: 8.07

Games: 5 Goals: 5 Assists: 0 Shots: 32 Key passes: 14 Tackles: 1 Man of Match: 3


3: Arturo Vidal | Juventus | Avg rating: 8.15

Games: 5 Goals: 3 Assists: 1 Shots: 16 Key passes: 10 Tackles: 23  Man of Match: 2


2: Willian | Shakhtar Donetsk | Avg rating: 8.41

Games: 5 Goals: 4 Assists: 2 Shots: 15 Key passes: 10 Tackles: 7  Man of Match: 2

 

1: Lionel Messi | Barcelona | Avg rating: 8.59

Games: 5 Goals: 5 Assists: 2 Shots: 26 Key passes: 14 Tackles: 1  Man of Match: 4

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#UEFA Champions League