World Soccer reveal top 25 players in the world

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World Soccer have revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo is their World Player of the Year for 2013. 

The Portuguese star has had an epic 2013 giving some quite sensational individual performances. Arguably his greatest performance of the year came for his country when he struck a hat-trick as Portugal beat Sweden in a World Cup play-off to book their place at next year's tournament. 

Just behind Ronaldo in second place is last year's winner Lionel Messi, who once again has had a wonderful year in 2013. In at third is treble winner Franck Ribery after the French star helped Bayern Munich to a quite incredible campaign. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Arjen Robben complete the top five after both stars impressed throughout 2013. 

Ibrahimovic helped French giants PSG to the Ligue 1 title and put in a number of world class displays for the side, whilst Robben was a key member of Bayern's treble-winning side.

The highest ranked Premier League player on the list is Robin van Persie who just about makes the top 10 and sits in eighth place. Liverpool's controversial Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez comes in at 14th place, whilst Arsenal's recent major signing Mesut Ozil in 18th spot. 

There are no English players in the top 25, with the highest ranked English star being Wayne Rooney, who takes joint 34th spot on the list. 

Gareth Bale sneaks into the top 10 and will be hoping to move his way up the rankings next year whilst starring in Spain at Real Madrid. 

The awards were chosen from a panel of journalists and pundits around the world in which the members had to pick their top 10 stars in world football.

Do you agree with the outcome? How would you rank the best players in world football? 

25 Juan Mata (Chelsea & Spain) 21

24 Arturo Vidal (Juventus & Chile) 25

23 Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain & Brazil) 26

22 Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund & Germany) 35

21 Yaya Toure (Manchester City & Ivory Coast) 40

20 Sergio Aguero (Manchester City & Argentina) 48

19 Edinson Cavani (Napoli/Paris Saint-Germain & Uruguay) 65

18 Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid/Arsenal & Germany) 78

17 Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich & Germany) 86

16 Andrea Pirlo (Juventus & Italy) 94

15 Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich & Germany) 100

14 Luis Suarez (Liverpool & Uruguay) 101

13 Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich & Germany) 123

12 Andres Iniesta (Barcelona & Spain) 157

11 Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid/Monaco & Colombia) 158

10 Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur/Real Madrid & Wales) 187

9 Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund & Poland) 250

8 Robin Van Persie (Manchester United & Holland) 251

7 Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich & Germany) 255

6 Neymar (Santos/Barcelona & Brazil) 286

5 Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich & Holland) 324

4 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain & Sweden) 658

3 Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich & France) 870

2 Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina) 926

1 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal) 1075

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