The 25 most in-form players from Europe's top five leagues since the start of the 2019/20 season

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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.

It's closer in Spain, where Barcelona and Real Madrid are level on 25 points, just one ahead of third-placed Atletico Madrid. 

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? 

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. 

Liverpool have some in-form players right now

"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

David Silva has been in good form

21) Sadio Mane - Liverpool - 85.9
20) Joel Matip - Liverpool - 86.3
19) Andrew Robertson - Liverpool - 86.3
18) Lionel Messi - Barcelona - 86.3

Injury has affected Messi's rank

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 

Ciro Immobile comes in high

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 

Miralem Pjanic is the fifth most in-form player

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. 

Verratti is the most in-form player in Europe

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. 

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