Messi Best Player In Europe, CR7 Only 16th!
Lionel Messi Best Player In Europe, Cristiano Ronaldo Only 16th!
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.
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!