It’s anyone’s guess when the domestic calendar will return across Europe.
Even in the circumstances, it would be a spectacular waste to see the campaign declared null and void – especially for those players who have excelled individually.
Thanks to WhoScored statistics, an XI has been assembled revealing exactly who can stake a claim as the best player in Europe in their respective positions this season.
From the usual suspects to some unexpected names, the database’s rating system has allowed us a look at the best team in the top five leagues.
GK – Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus) – 7.14
Szczesny has had to share the black and white gloves with Gianluigi Buffon but the Polish stopper has played a much bigger part in the Old Lady’s title charge than envisaged. With a save success rate of 77.9% and an average of 3.5 saves per game, Szczesny is finally making a reputation for himself as a safe pair of hands.
RB – Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) – 7.5
Flying the flag for the underdogs, Ricardo Pereira has had a fantastic season at Leicester, sadly curtailed by a cruciate ligament injury. The Portuguese defender won Player of the Year for the Foxes last season and it’s possible he’ll regain his crown this season despite his lay-off.
CB – Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – 7.4
It’s hard to believe the Dutchman is the only Liverpool player to feature with the Reds 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League. Not only do Jurgen Klopp’s side have the second best defence in Europe after Real Madrid, Van Dijk has only been dribbled past six times in 29 league games.
CB – Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig) – 7.29
You might expect to see his partner Dayot Upamecano partnering Van Dijk but it could well be Halstenberg’s five goal contributions that have pushed him up the pecking order.
LB – Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich) – 7.54
Davies has lit up the Champions League with his extraordinary speed. The 19-year-old, who was initially a winger but moved back into defence after landing in the Bundesliga from the MLS, has an average of 3.6 successful dribbles per game.
RW – Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 8.61
Supposedly in decline, the magnificent Argentine has either scored or assisted 31 goals for Barcelona this season. The forward has scored 19 goals – eight of which came from outside the box – and picked up six 10/10 ratings. What a *terrible* season, eh?
CM – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – 7.92
Despite City’s shortcomings, their Belgian playmaker is in the midst of one of his best seasons yet with eight league goals and 16 assists.
CM – Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain) – 7.75
Di Maria has created more clear-cut chances, and completed more through balls, than any other player in Europe. PSG’s unsung hero has also chipped in with eight goals and 14 assists.
LW – Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – 7.9
Rumours of his imminent departure never go away, but nor do they seem to put the England international off his stride. The Borussia Dortmund winger was the first player in the top European leagues to hit double figures for goals and assists this season – yes, ahead of Messi. He’s now scored 14 and assisted 15 in 23 games.
ST – Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – 8.14
Even in an injury-hit campaign for the 21-year-old, he’s scored 18 times and recorded five assists. Perhaps that’s down to the brilliance of Di Maria alongside him, or perhaps we just take Mbappe for granted.
ST – Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 8.16
It comes as no surprise whatsoever to see Bayern’s ever-consistent frontman leading the line. Lewandowski has now scored 20+ goals in four successive seasons. Only Lazio’s Ciro Immobile (27) has scored more than his tally of 25 this term. The Polish striker’s 2.1 successful dribbles and three assists are what sets him apart.
The mind can’t help but wonder what this XI could achieve.
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