Despite awards like the Ballon d'Or debate will always rage each season about which player deserves recognition above all others, for both their individual excellence and overall contribution to the team.
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and relative newcomer Franck Ribery vied for that particular prize in January, but who has been the best player in Europe this season so far?
Stats haven WhoScored has attempted to provide us with an answer by using their comprehensive stream of data to rank the top 100 performers on the continent so far this term, taking into account each and every aspect of performance possible.
Here GMS will bring you that countdown, complete with more than a few surprises in terms of star performers quite possibly not getting the full credit they deserve.
Who do you think is currently the most in-form player on the planet? Feel free to share your thoughts on the poll in our comment box below!