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Top 10: Players of the Season

Lahm has been one of this season's best performers (©GettyImages)
Lahm has been one of this season's best performers (©GettyImages).

This season was one of the most straight-forward as many league titles were wrapped up extremely early.

Bayern Munich were clearly the stand-out side this season, winning the treble, but many players performed well this season making a name for themselves in football.

It's hard to make a list of the ten best players this term as many were excellent but unfortunately some really good players have been left out of the list. 

10. Edinson Cavani | Napoli and Uruguay

The South American has made an incredible impact for Napoli, similar to Diego Maradona.

This season he has somewhat carried Napoli to second place in Serie A and it will be hard for the side from Naples to retain the services of their star striker.

Cavani scored 40 goals for club and country this season in just 45 games proving he is extremely efficient in front of goal. 

9. Mats Hummels | Borussia Dortmund and Germany

Hummels has emerged into arguably the best defender in the world. An outcast at Bayern, Hummels moved to Dortmund and has achieved unprecedented success there.

Hummels has been rock solid at the back, helping Dortmund to the Champions League final. His defensive performances have been lauded by pundits and fellow colleagues. 

8. Arturo Vidal | Juventus and Chile

A solid defensive midfielder, Vidal is one of the unsung heroes in the modern game. Juventus's joint top scorer despite operating in a defensive position, Vidal is extremely prolific and has the ability to break up play. Vidal makes the most successful tackles per game for a midfielder and has also amassed 14 goals and 11 assists for club and country this season. 

7. Manuel Neuer | Bayern Munich and Germany

Arguably the best goalkeeper in the world right now, Neuer is a crucial component of Bayern's defensive unit. Neuer's 136 saves this term are one of the reasons why Bayern have the best defense in Europe. Neuer has kept 20 clean sheets in the Bundesliga this season which is higher than any other keeper in Europe. 

6. Andres Iniesta | Barcelona and Spain

The little magician was at it again, dribbling past defenders with ease and setting up chances for his teammates. Lately, Iniesta is getting the recognition he so rightly deserves and he is the heartbeat of the current Barcelona side. Iniesta scored seven goals and made 22 assists for club and country this season, assisting many of his team-mates in the process. 

5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic | PSG and Sweden

Wherever Zlatan goes, he ends up winning the league. He has proved that again at PSG as he has been the main man in their title pursuit scoring most of their goals. He set up plenty of PSG's goals in the UCL and is the most complete striker around.

His four-goal haul against England was one of the best individual performances this term. With 47 goals and 18 assists for club and country, only Messi and Ronaldo have scored more than him this season. 

4. Franck Ribery | Bayern Munich and France

The French winger has been one of the best and most consistent performers in Bayern's treble winning side. Ribery's trickery and skill is a nightmare for defenders. Ribery is arguably the best dribbler in the world right now and he can set up and score goals. Sixteen goals and 23 assists this season, Ribery played a huge role in Bayern winning the treble. 

3. Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid and Portugal

A trophy-less season for the Portuguese but Ronaldo hasn't failed to disappoint when it came to his goalscoring record. Ronaldo's tremendous pace and power is the reason why he is almost impossible to stop.

The top scorer in this year's Champions League, Ronaldo should be proud of his goal record scoring 62 this term. He can create chances for team-mates too and his 14 assists this season suggest just that. 

2. Lionel Messi | Barcelona and Argentina

Messi has again scored an incredible amount of goals this term, breaking records almost every week.

He is arguably the most skilled player on the planet and maybe the best player this decade but this season Messi wasn't able to lead Barca to European glory, scoring just eight Champions League goals - which is low compared to his high standards. Nonetheless, Messi has recorded 74 goals and 16 assists this term and no one has scored more than him this season. 

1. Philipp Lahm | Bayern Munich and Germany

Probably the unsung hero of Bayern's treble-winning side, Lahm is one of the most underrated players on the planet.

Lahm has always done his job defensively and he hasn't had even one poor game this season. His high levels of consistency should be acknowledged and he captained the Bayern side to a treble proving that his performances heaped brilliant results.

Lahm is a threat going forward too and is one of the best crossers of the ball. Nineteen assist this term suggest that Lahm is a potent threat going forward and he has also played an integral part in making Bayern the best defence in Europe. 

 

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