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Messi Best Player In Europe, CR7 Only 16th!

Lionel Messi Best Player In Europe, Cristiano Ronaldo Only 16th!

By David Kappel - May 17, 2018 07:15 PM @kappilinho

FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was named the best performer in Europe this season, while Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo only appears in 16th spot and Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah is outside the top five.

Click through the gallery above to see the best performers in Europe's top five leagues this season, according to CIES.

The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), a Swiss-based football statistics institute, recently analysed the top-performing players in Europe's top five leagues.

They categorised "technical gestures" employed by players in six different areas of the game, namely: shooting, take-ons, recoveries, rigour, distribution and chance creation, and analysed them on whether they positively correlate to the results of the team.

Only players who have played more than 1 800 minutes in 2017/18 were taken into consideration, which means that Ligue 1 Player of the Season Neymar just missed out as he played only 1 797 minutes of league football.

Based on this, Messi’s performance level was calculated to be 92.12 points out of a potential 100. The Argentine, who has scored 34 goals and assisted another 12 strikes in LaLiga this season, was rated the top performer in Europe, ahead of Manchester City's David Silva.

The Spaniard's performances were measured at 91.69 points, while Juventus forward Paulo Dybala completes the podium with a rating of 91.37 points.

Sergio Aguero (90.48 points) and Nicolas Otamendi (90.47 points) are two more City players in the top five, before Mohamed Salah follows in sixth position with 90.45 points.

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Cristiano Ronaldo, who has missed 11 LaLiga games this campaign, sits in 16th with a performance rating of 88.58 points. 

You can view the complete list of the 17 top performers in Europe this season in our gallery above. Let us know, in the comments section below, who you think was the best performer in Europe this season!


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Ltido@kby May 19, 2018 08:29 PM
Man city on fire
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Byron777 May 19, 2018 01:20 PM
Messi? The best this season in Europe? And don't get me wrong, I'm not anti-Messi by any stretch of the imagination. But I'm sure that majority of football fans would agree that title should be contested between Salah and C. Ronaldo.
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Schakos May 18, 2018 09:36 PM
Meaning Man City have top performers
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Schakos May 18, 2018 09:35 PM
Dominated by Man City players
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barca-baccaneers May 18, 2018 06:12 PM
@Soni_JX hahahahaha you are dying my man he is in every stats on top doesnt gives some worries about ballon dor hahahaha in Europe where do you get best players to contest for ballon dor
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Soni_JX May 18, 2018 04:58 PM
Selecting world best players out of stupid statistics draw from domestic league games......what a wet dream??
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Soni_JX May 18, 2018 04:57 PM
Stop with this hallucinations and delusions nina siss-messi groupies.......the best in Europe are playing in the Real Deal next week saturday night. In Europe and global club football, its Ronaldo and can kick your heels for what ever you like.
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nazzi the second May 18, 2018 11:13 AM
im a messi fan , and i agree messi is the best but the rest i don't know how they even made it to the list before ronaldo
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Thobz10 May 18, 2018 10:19 AM
@Piedpiper so now soccerladuma's editor works at the CIES?
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Faysal May 18, 2018 10:03 AM
Where is that bet of penaldo?
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Piedpiper May 18, 2018 08:56 AM
I can help but observe dat the editor is pro Messi rather dan CR7
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vijjox May 18, 2018 08:15 AM
Neyma should have been called best if their rules of 1800 minutes were not included and remember some players played very few games so if the game also counted on this matter it would be a different story
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mbheduyajika May 18, 2018 07:09 AM
We dont care about journalists who try to make Messi relevant even though Barca go knocked out of the Champions League early. CR7 is still a better player. He never left his Portugese teammates unlike Messi who quit Arg lol
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jujunation May 18, 2018 05:20 AM
Crazy list
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fanist May 17, 2018 10:51 PM
Ok. Above all he remains my king CR7
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KK-kELLS May 17, 2018 09:14 PM
King Messi...the worlds greatest.
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Thobz10 May 17, 2018 08:42 PM
This is the way Balon D'or winners should be selected.
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He is the King
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