A new list of Europe’s “Top 50” players is claiming to be the most accurate list yet of grading how players in different positions and from different countries compare to one another.
Bloomberg Sports have used what they claim to be “the most advanced data-driven ranking of individual performances throughout Europe’s top leagues” to compile a top 50.
Players are essentially assessed by a success rate in areas specific to their respective positions before being compared with the other players of the same position in Europe’s leading five leagues – you should not need telling what they are.
You can see the BSports method of calculation here and, although the identity of the top two isn’t a great surprise, their methodology has thrown up one or two unexpected results.
AS Monaco’s £50million striker Radamel Falcao gets a rating of 80.78 and is once place behind star striker at Premier League relegation candidates Aston Villa, Christian Benteke.
As far as the Premier League is concerned the highest ranked star is Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, though his Old Trafford teammates Rafael and Wayne Rooney come in at 21st and 26th respectively.
Man of the moment Gareth Bale is at number nine, the sole representative for Tottenham Hotspur, closely followed by playmaker at local rivals Arsenal, Santo Cazorla.
The Gunners also have Mikel Arteta representing Emirates Stadium in 45th place, while Chelsea have only one player present with Juan Mata in 21st place.
Jose Mourinho’s side do not fair as badly as deposed Premier League champions Manchester City, however, as Yaya Toure at 42 is the best the Etihad Stadium outfit can do.
Champions League winners Bayern Munich, perhaps understandably, have the highest number of players in the Top 50 with six in all, Serie A champions Juventus have the second most players in the list, while Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, Manchester United and Napoli all have three.
Click here to see the full BSportsPower Football 50 and click on to see the top ten gallery…