Salah, Benzema, Haaland: The 30 best players in Europe right now

Mohamed Salah has been sensational for Liverpool in 2021/22

The final Premier League game before the October international break saw Mohamed Salah continue the fine form he’s shown throughout 2021/22.

Liverpool‘s main man in attack scored and assisted in the team’s 2-2 draw with title rivals Manchester City at Anfield.

Salah’s goal that put the Reds 2-1 up late in the second half was also extraordinary, a solo effort that few players in history could have pulled off in such a big game.

The Egyptian icon’s latest masterclass has resulted in football fans debating whether he is actually the best footballer in Europe right now.

There’s certainly a case to be made that Salah is worthy of that label, especially with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo not quite hitting their best form just yet in 2021/22.

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But according to Sky Sports‘ Power Rankings, the Liverpool man has only been the second-best player in Europe’s top five leagues this season.

So how are players’ positions on the list actually worked out? Well, the publication state: “The algorithm applies a fixed formula to rank players’ form based on starting positions and awards points for 35 matchday statistics – not just goals and assists.”

Now that’s cleared up, let’s check out the top 30 players in Sky Sports’ Power Rankings at the time of writing.

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30. Andros Townsend (Everton) – 14,326 points

29. Lorenzo Pellegrini (AS Roma) – 14,336 points

28. Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) – 14,407 points

27. Andrei Girotto (Nantes) – 14,512 points

26. Inigo Martinez (Athletic Bilbao) – 14,665 points

25. Fabian Ruiz (Napoli) – 15,077 points

Ruiz in action

24. Jonathan Clauss (Lens) – 15,087 points

23. Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig) – 15,105 points

22. Gaetan Laborde (Rennes) – 15,209 points

21. Jimmy Cabot (Angers) – 15,553 points

20. Ander Herrera (Paris Saint-Germain) – 15,609 points

19. Idrissa Gana Gueye (Paris Saint-Germain) – 15,758 points

Gueye with PSG

18. Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen) – 15,761 points

17. Matias Dituro (Celta Vigo) – 15,808 points

16. Michail Antonio (West Ham) – 15,846 points

15. Amine Gouiri (Nice) – 15,889 points

14. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) – 15,978 points

13. Lucas Paqueta (Lyon) – 15,987 points

Paqueta in action

12. Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid) – 16,232 points

11. Andy Delort (Nice) – 16,318 points

10. Dimitri Payet (Marseille) – 16,335 points

9. Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen) – 16,630 points

8. Teji Savanier (Montpellier) – 16,664 points

7. Achraf Hakimi (Paris Saint-Germain) – 16,801 points

Hakimi with PSG

6. Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad) – 17,193 points

5. Edin Dzeko (Inter Milan) – 17,323 points

4. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – 18,781 points

3. Erling Braut Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) – 19,164 points

2. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 20,640 points

1. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – 22,881 points

Benzema with Real Madrid

Benzema pips Salah to top spot, which is understandable given that the Frenchman has basically carried Real Madrid so far in 2021/22.

There are some seriously big names missing in the top 30, though. Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski is oddly as far back as 43rd in the Power Rankings, despite his impressive start to the campaign.

Messi and Ronaldo don’t even make the top 100…

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