We're three months into the 2019/20 season and things are starting to take shape across Europe.
In the Premier League, Liverpool have pulled eight points clear at the top, while Paris Saint-Germain also have the same lead in Ligue 1.
In Italy, Juventus are currently shading Inter Milan at the top of Serie A, while Borussia Monchengladbach are four points clear of RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.
Just looking at the tables, we know which teams are the most in-form in Europe right now, but what about players?
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That's a little harder to work out, but thanks to data crunching from the CIES Football Observatory, we can create a list of the top 25 most in-form footballers in the continents top five leagues.
It's important to note that they have used a specific methodology:
"The CIES Football Observatory has conceived a unique approach to rate players on a match-by-match basis.
"It takes into account the pitch production and efficiency at both individual and collective levels and to be included in the rankings, players must have been rated for a sufficient number of games."
So, with that in mind, check out the top 25 players of the season so far:
25) Robert Lewandowski - Bayern Munich - 85.5
24) Robin Le Normand - Real Sociedad - 85.7
23) Fabinho - Liverpool - 85.8
22) David Silva - Manchester City - 85.9
21) Sadio Mane - Liverpool - 85.9
20) Joel Matip - Liverpool - 86.3
19) Andrew Robertson - Liverpool - 86.3
18) Lionel Messi - Barcelona - 86.3
17) Sergio Aguero - Manchester City - 86.4
16) Paulo Dybala - Juventus - 86.6
15) Marquinhos - PSG - 86.8
14) Sergio Busquets - Barcelona - 87.0
13) Jordi Alba - Barcelona - 87.2
12) Ciro Immobile - Lazio - 87.2
11) Cristiano Ronaldo - Juventus - 87.3
10) Fernandinho - Manchester City - 87.4
9) Bernardo Silva - Manchester City - 88.0
8) Virgil van Dijk - Liverpool - 88.8
7) Rodri - Manchester City - 89.1
6) Thiago Silva - PSG - 89.9
5) Miralem Pjanic - Juventus - 90.3
4) Toni Kroos - 90.4
3) Idrissa Gueye - PSG - 91.0
2) Kevin De Bruyne - Manchester City - 92.4
1) Marco Verratti - PSG - 92.9
There we have it. CIES name Europe's most in-form player as Verratti and it's hard to argue with that.
The data has thrown up some interesting rankings though - Messi should really be placed higher than joint-18th, but injury has affected his ranking, while Mohamed Salah hasn't made the top 25 despite impressive stats since the beginning of the season.News Now - Sport News