tirsdag den 3. marts 2015

2014/15 Mid-Season Rankings: The 200 Best Attacking Midfielders/Wingers in the World (IN PROGRESS)

Before I get to the 300 best players in the world I'll be doing position rankings starting with attacking midfielders and wingers.

A rundown of the rankings can be followed on the Sporting Events forum starting HERE

(mind you there will be various minor changes from the forum writing and thinking about the individual placings to the official ranking here on the blog)

The 2014/15 Mid-Season Best 200 Attacking Midfielders/Wingers in the World


200 Giacomo Bonaventura - Italy - Milan
199 Juan Fernando Quintero - Colombia - FC Porto
198 Fabiano Orellana - Chile - Celta Vigo
197 Lucas Ocampos - Argentina - Monaco/Marseille
196 Dennis Praet - Belgium - Anderlecht
195 Lucas Piazon - Brazil - Chelsea/Eintracht Frankfurt 
194 89 78 Lewis Holtby - Germany - Hamburger SV 
193 Augusto Fernández - Argentina - Celta Vigo
192 Maximilian Arnold - Germany - Wolfsburg
191 Franco Vázquez - Argentina - Palermo

190 Shkelzen Gashi - Albania - FC Basel
189 Jordan Ibe - England - Derby/Liverpool
188 Admir Mehmedi - Switzerland - Freiburg 
187 Oleg Shatov - Russia - Zenit
186 Georgi Milanov - Bulgaria - CSKA Moscow
185 NR 71 68 Ibrahim Afellay - Netherlands - Barcelona/Olympiakos
184 137 Sidney Sam - Germany - Schalke 04
183 Paul-Georges Ntep - Cameroon/France - Rennes
182 Georgios Samaras - Greece - WBA
181 Morgan Amalfatino - France - West Ham

180 80 57 96 Hatem Ben Arfa - France - Newcastle/Hull
179 117 80 60 Andre Ayew - Ghana - Marseille
178 Vitolo - Spain - Sevilla
177 142 Valentin Stocker - Switzerland - Hertha Berlin
176 106 62 Giuliano - Brazil - Gremio
175 112 Andros Townsend - England - Tottenham 
174 Marko Arnautovic - Austria - Stoke
173 Stewart Downing - England - West Ham
172 111 73 72 Clint Dempsey - USA - Seattle
171 Talisca - Brazil - Benfica

170 Wellington Nem - Brazil - Shakhtar Donetsk
169 Victor Moses - Nigeria - Chelsea/Stoke
168 150 Salamon Kalou - Côte d'Ivoire - Hertha Berlin
167 Patrick Hermann - Germany - Mönchengladbach
166 Bruma - Portugal - Galatasaray
165 Riyad Mahrez - Algeria - Leicester
164 120 76 Christian Tello - Spain - Barcelona/FC Porto 
163 Alejandro Dominguez - Argentina - Olympiakos
162 Nolito - Spain - Celta Vigo
161 Munir El Haddadi - Spain - Barcelona

160 NR 64 Stéphane Sessegnon - Benin - WBA
159 Adam Johnson - England - Sunderland
158 NR 100 47 Ganso - Brazil - Santos
157 126 Diego Tardelli - Brazil- Atletico Mineiro/Shandong Luneng
156 148 99 62 Yoann Gourcuff - France - Lyon
155 135 NR 88 Dirk Kuyt - Netherlands - Fenerbahce
154 Steven Naismith - Scotland - Everton 
153 93 Nicolai Müller - Germany - Hamburger SV 
152 Ricardo Goulart - Brazil - Cruzerio/Guangzhou Evergrande
151 Fabio Borini - Italy - Liverpool

150 Bojan Krkic - Spain - Stoke
149 139 Gerard Deulofeu - Spain - Barcelona/Sevilla
148 85 Josue Pesqueira - Portugal - FC Porto/Bursaspor 
147 98 77 Jonas - Brazil – Benfica 
146 43 Bernard - Brazil - Shakhtar Donetsk 
145 131 Alessio Cerci - Italy - Atletico Madrid/Milan
144 101 89 Aaron Hunt - Germany - Wolfsburg
143 50 51 77 Michu - Spain – Napoli 
142 Quincy Promes - Netherlands - Spartak Moscow
141 Denis Suarez - Spain - Barcelona/Sevilla

140 Pablo Piatti - Argentina - Valencia
139 Juan Iturbe - Argentina - Roma
138 Thorgan Hazard - Belgium - Chelsea/Mönchengladbach
137 Sofiane Feghouli - Algeria - Valencia
136 Jose Ernesto Sosa - Argentina - Atletico Madrid/Besiktas
135 Aleix Vidal - Spain - Sevilla
134 Taison - Brazil - Shakhtar Donetsk
133 Nacer Chadli - Belgium - Tottenham
132 Douglas Costa - Brazil - Shakhtar Donetsk
131 Gylfi Sigurdsson - Iceland - Swansea
130 Moussa Sissoko - France - Newcastle

129 Fede Cartabia - Argentina - Valencia/Cordoba
128 102 Jermain Lens - Netherlands - PSV/Dynamo Kiev
127 149 Max Meyer - Germany - Schalke 04
126 Ivan Perisic - Croatia - Wolfsburg
125 Andre Hahn - Germany - Mönchengladbach
124 143 Everton Ribeiro - Brazil - Cruzeiro/Al Ahli 
123 140 Giovani Dos Santos - Mexico -Villarreal
122 97 38 46 Joaquin - Spain – Fiorentina
121 104 72 Rodrigo - Spain - Valencia

120 61 Clement Grenier - France - Lyon
119 94 NR 97 Thomas Rosicky - Czech Republic - Arsenal 
118 Stephan El Shaarawy - Italy - Milan 
117 84 Adem Ljajic - Serbia - Roma 
116 145 NR 94 Markel Susaeta - Spain - Athletic Bilbao
115 100 NR 91 Dries Mertens - Belgium - Napoli 
114 103 Lorenzo Insigne - Italy - Napoli 
113 Derlis González - Paraguay - FC Basel
112 Eric Choupo-Moting - Cameroun - Schalke 04
111  136 Kevin Volland - Germany - Hoffenheim 

110 Antonio Candreva - Italy - Lazio
109 Manolo Gabbiadini - Italy - Sampdoria/Napoli
108 115 Florian Thauvin - France - Marseille
107 Jefferson Montero - Ecuador - Morelia/Swansea
106 74 67 93 Jakub Blaszczykowski - Poland – Dortmund 
105 Denis Cheryshev - Russia - Real Madrid/Villarreal
104 91 49 53 Jefferson Farfan - Peru - Schalke 04
103 63 41 21 Antonio Valencia - Ecuador - Manchester United 
102 Rafinha Alcantara - Brazil - Celta Vigo/Barcelona
101 147 Adam Maher - Netherlands - PSV

100 116 96 Alex Teixeira - Brazil - Shakhtar Donetsk
99 Yannick Ferreira Carrasco - Belgium - Monaco
98 95 Dimitri Payet - France - Marseille
97 70 Rémy Cabella - France - Newcastle
96 75 Adam Lallana - England - Liverpool
95 Raffael - Brazil - Mönchengladbach
94 86 56 99 Eduardo Salvio - Argentina - Benfica
93 65 64 44 Danny - Portugal - Zenit
92 Felipe Anderson - Brazil - Lazio
91 64 52 31 Nicolas Gaitan - Argentina - Benfica

90 72 Lazar Markovic - Serbia - Benfica/Liverpool
89 83 98 49 Kevin Prince Boateng - Ghana - Schalke 04 
88 132 Gervinho - Cote d'ivoire - Roma
87 78 70 Lukas Podolski - Germany -Arsenal/Inter 
86 James Ward-Prowse - England - Southampton
85 Mateo Kovacic - Croatia - Inter
84 58 22 Erik Lamela - Argentina -Tottenham
83 121 Jay Rodriguez - England - Southampton 
82 92 Adnan Januzaj - Belgium - Manchester United 
81 123 NR 103 Oxlade Chamberlain - England - Arsenal 

80 55 47 Ezequiel Lavezzi - Argentina - PSG 
79 88 74 Kevin Mirallas - Belgium - Everton 
78 96 34 40 Jeremy Menez - France – Milan
77 Sadio Mané - Senegal - Southampton
76 71 Raul Garcia - Spain - Atletico Madrid 
75 37 Julian Draxler - Germany - Schalke 04
74 33 24 27 Diego - Brazil – Fenerbahce 
73 77 46 30 Ever Banega - Argentina - Sevilla
72 Dušan Tadić - Serbia - Twente/Southampton
71 68 42 24 Iker Muniain - Spain - Athletic Bilbao

70 42 33 56 Keisuke Honda - Japan - Milan
69 Yacine Brahimi - Algeria - FC Porto
68 73 75 Jose Callejon - Spain - Napoli 
67 87 66 100 Andriy Yarmolenko - Ukraine - Dynamo Kiev 
66 51 Carlos Vela - Mexico - Real Sociedad
65 39 36 Francesco Totti - Italy - Roma 
64 124 Mohamed Salah -Egypt - Chelsea/Fiorentina
63 32 20 08 Wesley Sneijder - Netherlands – Galatasaray 
62 66 68 54 Younès Belhanda - Morocco - Dynamo Kiev
61 36 43 37 Jesus Navas - Spain - Manchester City 

60 46 29 12 Nani - Portugal - Manchester United/Sporting Lisbon
59 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Gabon - Dortmund
58 Nabil Fekir - Algeria/France - Lyon
57 Kevin Kampl - Slovenia - Red Bull Salzburg/Dortmund
56 48 45 42 Andre Schürrle - Germany - Chelsea/Wolfsburg
55 130 Roberto Firmino - Brazil - Hoffenheim 
54 38 Ander Herrera - Spain - Manchester United 
53 59 84 Yevhen Konoplianka - Ukraine - Dnipro
52 Memphis Depay - Netherlands - PSV
51 35 59 59 Mathieu Valbuena - France - Dynamo Moscow

50 90 Alexandre Lacazette - France - Lyon
49 45 55 75 Theo Walcott - England – Arsenal
48 27 13 43 Willian - Brazil - Chelsea 
47 57 Ross Barkley - England - Everton 
46 47 37 23 Javier Pastore - Argentina - PSG
45 25 23 26 Hernanes - Brazil – Inter
44 29 32 Henrikh Mkhitaryan - Armenia - Dortmund
43 40 39 34 Pedro - Spain - Barcelona
42 82 Heung Min Son - South Korea - Bayer Leverkusen 
41 49 30 36 Xherdan Shaqiri - Switzerland - Bayern München/Inter

40 56 48 29 Samir Nasri - France - Manchester City 
39 Hakan Calhanoglu - Turkey - Bayer Leverkusen
38 26 27 35 Joao Moutinho - Portugal - Monaco
37 30 35 45 Arda Turan - Turkey - Atletico Madrid 
36 28 17 17 Shinji Kagawa - Japan - Manchester United/Dortmund
35 44 Coutinho – Brazil - Liverpool 
34 18 16 22 Marek Hamsik - Slovakia - Napoli 
33 54 61 82 Ivan Rakitić - Croatia - Barcelona 
32 Karim Bellarabi - Germany - Bayer Leverkusen
31 53 Antoine Griezmann - France - Atletico Madrid

30 Hulk - Brazil - Zenit
29 34 31 41 Lucas Moura - Brazil - PSG
28 24 85 Koke - Spain - Atletico Madrid 
27 41 44 39 Miralem Pjanic - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Roma
26 60 Juan Guillermo Cuadrado - Colombia - Fiorentina/Chelsea
25 Wayne Rooney - England - Manchester United
24 14 07 13 Juan Manuel Mata - Spain - Chelsea/Manchester United 
23 23 50 57 Christian Eriksen - Denmark – Tottenham 
22 19 11 10 Santi Cazorla - Spain -Arsenal
21 17 19 73 Oscar - Brazil - Chelsea 

20 20 18 20 Thomas Müller - Germany - Bayern München


 Follow HERE for updates.

fredag den 27. februar 2015

The End of 2012/13 - Mid 2013/14 Season: 300 BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD

Better late than never I suppose!

UPDATE: In the last few weeks I've been completing new positional rankings covering the 2014/15 season but before those will start getting posted the coming days, here is the previously unfinished 12/13 mid-13/14 300 best players in the world ranking exactly as I left them a long time ago now. Yes a lot of what is below definitely feels dated already and I don't believe its been messed with at all (and there are so many changes coming up with the 14/15 rankings) post- 2014 World Cup.

First here is the foundation of the overall ranking that's the individual position rankings:

Top 70 Central Defenders
Top 150 Attacking midfielders and Wingers
Top 70 left and right-backs
Top 150 Midfielders
Top 100 Forwards

The End of 2012/13  - Mid-2013/14 Season:

300 BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD:


300 NR 240 NR 197 Jon Obi Mikel - Nigeria - Chelsea
299 NR 179 187 141 Nigel De Jong - Netherlands – Milan
298 Alessandro Florenzi - Italy - Roma
297 Emanuele Giaccherini - Italy - Sunderland
296  NR 220 189 James Milner - England - Manchester City
295 Danilo - Brazil - FC Porto
294 240 188 180 104 Patrice Evra - France - Manchester United
293 237 277  Gael Clichy - France - Manchester City
292 Mamadou Sakho - France – Liverpool
291 177 151 110 84 Rio Ferdinand - England - Manchester United

290 211 215 262 Fabricio Coloccini - Argentina - Newcastle
289 231 218 225 Daniel Agger - Denmark – Liverpool
288 Daniel Parejo - Spain - Valencia
287 Sebastian Rode - Germany - Frankfurt
286 Adrien Rabiot - France - PSG
285 214  Leandro Castán - Brazil - Roma
284 Nicolas N'Koulou - Cameroon - Marseille
283 163 Etienne Capoue - France - Toulouse/Tottenham
282 Fernando - Brazil - Shakhtar
281 273 295 284 Rafael - Brazil - Manchester United

280 229 276 Jonny Evans - Northern Ireland - Manchester United
279 Sylvain Distin - France - Everton
278 102 96 104 Carlos Puyol - Spain – Barcelona
277 Aleksandar Kolarov - Serbia - Manchester City
276 Martin Montoya - Spain - Barcelona
275 178 187 179 Ashley Cole - England – Chelsea
274 125 95 95 Javier Zanetti - Argentina – Inter
273 291 238 Andrea Barzagli - Italy - Juventus
272 Elaquim Mangala - France - FC Porto
271 290 Phil Jagielka - England - Everton

270 Hugo Campagnaro - Argentina - Inter
269 285 285 Miguel Veloso - Portugal - Dynamo Kiev
268 Lorenzo Insigne - Italy - Napoli
267 Jermain Lens - Netherlands - PSV/Dynamo Kiev
266 247 168 178 254 Landon Donovan - USA - LA Galaxy
265 Marco Van Ginkel - Netherlands - Chelsea
264 281 Aaron Hunt - Germany - Werder Bremen
263 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - England - Arsenal
262 Morgan Schneiderlin - France - Southampton
261 162 125 108 Lass Diarra - France - Lokomotiv Moscow

260 256 91 85 27 Nuri Sahin - Turkey - Dortmund
259 186 Selçuk İnan - Turkey - Galatasaray
258 300 NR NR 280 Gonzalo Castro - Germany - Bayer Leverkusen
257 NR NR 267 267 Dries Mertens - Belgium - Napoli
256 202 NR NR 222 Alan Dzagoev – Russia – CSKA Moscow
255 235 190 206 Jonas - Brazil – Valencia
254 104 35 165 174 Joaquin - Spain - Fiorentina
253 99 120 150 171 Jeremy Menez - France – PSG
252 Dimitri Payet - France - Marseille
251 Nicolai Müller - Germany - Mainz

250 181 142 170 181 Bruno Soriano - Spain -Villarreal
249 146 225 217 153 Sandro - Brazil - Tottenham
248 NR 285 Tomas Rosicky - Czech Republic - Arsenal
247 Adnan Januzaj - Belgium - Manchester United
246 135 158 185 160 Jefferson Farfan - Peru - Schalke 04
245 Antonio Candreva - Italy - Lazio
244 Alexandre Lacazette - France - Lyon
243 241 NR NR 291 Lewis Holtby - Germany - Tottenham
242 222 Kevin Mirallas - Belgium – Everton
241 203 292 Andriy Yarmolenko - Ukraine - Dynamo Kiev

240 168 288 Eduardo Salvio - Argentina - Benfica
239 266 Leonardo Bonnucci - Italy - Juventus
238 Adem Ljajic - Serbia - Roma
237 Heung Min Son - South Korea - Bayer Leverkusen
236 107 61 48 33 Rafael Van der Vaart - Netherlands - Hamburger SV
235 156 200 289 Sebastian Giovinco - Italy - Juventus
234 263 Burak Yilmaz - Turkey -Galatasaray
233 221 Rodrigo – Spain – Benfica
232 Jay Rodriguez - England - Southampton
231 213 245 Lars  Bender - Germany - Leverkusen

230 145 135 154 Yann M'Vila - France – Rubin Kazan
229 250 143 147 Kevin Prince Boateng - Ghana - Milan/Schalke 04
228 Josue Pesqueira - Portugal - Porto
227 Emmanuel Emenike - Nigeria - Spartak Moscow/Fenerbahce
226 206 173 171 210 Oscar Cardozo - Paraguay - Benfica
225 Asamoah Gyan - Ghana - El Ain
224 120 127 133 207 Roberto Soldado - Spain - Valencia
223 148 167 151 123 Mirko Vucinic - Montenegro – Juventus
222 183 NR NR 274 Pablo Osvaldo - Italy - Roma/Southampton/Juventus
221 167 NR 294 Maxime Gonalons - France - Lyon

220 184 90 81 69 Esteban Cambiasso - Argentina – Inter
219 218 121 91 241 Lukas Podolski - Germany -Arsenal
218 Adam Lallana - England - Southampton
217 Marcos Rojo - Argentina - Sporting Lissabon
216 Daniel Carvajal - Spain - Real Madrid
215 Ricardo Rodriguez - Switzerland - Wolfsburg
214 Juanfran - Spain - Atletico Madrid
213 179 79 72 83 Bacary Sagna - France - Arsenal
212 Maxwell - Brazil - PSG
211 204 270 Jakub Blaszczykowski - Poland - Dortmund

210 233 Jose Callejon - Spain - Napoli
209 260 199 255 Rodrigo Palacio - Argentina – Inter
208 119 86 77 39 Antonio Di Natale - Italy – Udinese
207 232 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Gabon - Dortmund
206 158 Paulinho - Brazil – Tottenham
205 81 128 134 149 Marouane Fellaini - Belgium – Everton
204 145 81 44 89 Ever Banega - Argentina – Valencia/Newell's Old Boys
203 Matija Nastasic - Serbia - Manchester City
202 NR NR 290 Gary Cahill - England - Chelsea
201 NR 232 219 157 John Terry - England - Chelsea

200 173 184 197 273 Neven Subotic - Serbia - Dortmund
199 Dejan Lovren - Croatia - Southampton
198 271 Alex Sandro - Brazil - Porto
197 227 246 276 Kwadwo Asamoah - Ghana - Juventus
196 César Azpilicueta - Spain - Chelsea
195  Séamus Coleman - Ireland - Everton
194 224 248 231 Stephan Lichtsteiner - Switzerland - Juventus
193 141 117 87 94 Fabio Coentrao - Portugal - Real Madrid
192 225 283 Filipe Luís - Brazil - Atletico Madrid
191 126 169 183 246 Darijo Srna - Croatia - Shakthar Donetsk

190 217 NR 267 Leighton Baines - England - Everton
189 132 139 281 Łukasz Piszczek - Poland - Dortmund
188 Lazar Markovic - Serbia - Partizan Beograd/Benfica
187 Rémy Cabella - France - Montpellier
186 110 60 100 Iker Muniain - Spain - Athletic Bilbao
185 209 160 Younès Belhanda - Morocco - Montpellier/Dynamo Kiev
184 137 82 65 230 Nicolas Gaitan - Argentina – Benfica
183 109 46 41 68 Antonio Valencia - Ecuador - Manchester United
182 150 83 53 41 Kaka - Brazil - Real Madrid
181 169 284 Hatem Ben Arfa - France - Newcastle

180 Clement Grenier - France - Lyon
179 116 50 90 173 Klaas Jan Huntelaar - Netherlands - Schalke 04
178 189 80 62 70 Nemanja Vidic - Serbia - Manchester United
177 201 130 118 180 Danny - Portugal - Zenit
176 160 118 120 Axel Witsel - Belgium – Zenit
175 159 123 136 223 Jeremy Toulalan - France - Monaco
174 157 114 164 130 Gokhan Inler - Switzerland - Napoli
173 85 71 55 42  Javier Hernandez - Mexico - Manchester United
172 212 211 284 Roman Shirokov - Russia - Zenit
171 248 Yevhen Konoplianka - Ukraine - Dnipro

170 62 Erik Lamela – Argentina -Tottenham
169 134 77 70 21 Samir Nasri - France - Manchester City
168 124 119 140 Jordi Alba - Spain - Barcelona
167 264 Jerome Boateng - Germany - Bayern München
166 140 157 161 120 David Luiz - Brazil – Chelsea
165 174 281 Adriano - Brazil – Barcelona
164 Mehdi Benatia - Morocco - Roma
163 NR 198 175 201 Loic Remy - France – QPR/Newcastle
162 NR NR NR 226 Jordan Henderson - England - Liverpool
161 NR 289 Raul Garcia - Spain - Atletico Madrid

160 Raheem Sterling - England  - Liverpool
159 129 103 111 103 Gerard Pique - Spain – Barcelona
158 101 NR NR  271 Gonzalo Rodríguez-Argentina - Fiorentina
157 98 111 122 105 Giorgio Chiellini - Italy – Juventus
156 142 Dante - Brazil - Bayern München
155 95 87 101 169 Ezequiel Lavezzi - Argentina - PSG
154 172 134 163 136 Branislav Ivanovic - Serbia - Chelsea
153 Antoine Griezmann - France - Real Soceidad
152 Carlos Vela - Mexico - Real Sociedad
151 90 98 106 Xherdan Shaqiri - Switzerland - Bayern München

150 103 59 59 80 Javier Pastore - Argentina – PSG
149 72 31 27 29 Nani - Portugal - Manchester United
148 130 228 287 Michu - Spain – Swansea
147 106 222 182 88 David Pizarro - Chile - Fiorentina
146 191 148 176 268 Thiago Motta - Italy - PSG
145 Max Kruse - Germany - Mönchengladbach
144 128 133 143 92 Pepe - Portugal - Real Madrid
143 Enzo Perez - Argentina - Benfica
142 187 Fernando Reges - Brazil/Portugal - Porto
141 Asier Illarramendi  Spain - Real Sociedad/Real Madrid

140 79 76 97 132 Alex Song - Cameroun - Barcelona
139 80 178 NR 241 Moussa Dembélé - Belgium - Tottenham
138 60 94 82 38 Dimitar Berbatov - Bulgaria – Fulham/Monaco
137 117 110 139 271 Miroslav Klose - Germany - Lazio
136 126 132 77 Fernando Torres - Spain -Chelsea
135 196 NR NR 172 Stefan Kießling – Germany - Leverkusen
134 55 28 23 08 Samuel Eto'o - Cameroun -Anzhi/Chelsea
133 96 124 115 125 Andre Schürrle - Germany -Chelsea
132 Coutinho – Brazil - Liverpool
131 Bernard - Brazil - Atletico Mineiro/Shakhtar Donetsk

130 92 163 157 138 Keisuke Honda - Japan - CSKA Moscov/Milan
129 138 194 153 129 Borja Valero - Spain - Fiorentina
128 78 66 96 99 Sami Khedira - Germany - Real Madrid
127 86 78 75 60 Ramires - Brazil - Chelsea
126 83 109 123 116 Mikel Arteta - Spain - Arsenal
125 87 93 86 128: Lucas Leiva - Brazil - Liverpool
124 197 115 127 Danny Welbeck - England - Manchester United
123 139 108 103 106 Michael Carrick - England - Manchester United
122 77 101 112 110 Riccardo Montolivo - Italy - Milan
121 82 70 56 24 Frank Lampard - England – Chelsea

120 74 51 42 52 Mario Gomez - Germany - Fiorentina
119 88 132 155 159 Antonio Cassano – Italy - Inter/Parma
118 Carlos Bacca - Colombia - Sevilla
117 73 38 47 57 Fernando Llorente - Spain - Juventus
116 NR 88 78 23 Giuseppe Rossi - Italy - Fiorentina
115 89 53 37 20 David Villa - Spain - Atletico Madrid
114 Ross Barkley - England - Everton
113 NR 300 NR Julian Draxler - Germany - Schalke 04
112 49 33 33 36 Dani Alves - Brazil - Barcelona
111 Lima - Brazil- Benfica

110 Diego Godin - Uruguay - Atletico Madrid
109 175 Miranda - Brazil - Atletico Madrid
108 152 208 192 189 Theo Walcott - England – Arsenal
107 105 89 83 44 Pedro - Spain – Barcelona
106 100 196 186 191 Francesco Totti - Italy – Roma
105 113 65 54 108 Emmanuel Adebayor - Togo - Tottenham
104 205 Per Mertesacker - Germany - Arsenal
103 111 100 98 81 Jesus Navas - Spain - Manchester City
102 171 170 149 235 Mathieu Valbuena - France - Marseille
101 91 122 121 218 Lucas Moura - Brazil - PSG

100 64 64 80 96 Diego - Brazil – Wolfsburg/Atletico Madrid
99 51 21 16 13 Wesley Sneijder - Netherlands – Galatasaray
98 74 69 59 Hulk - Brazil - Zenit
97 165 Christian Benteke - Belgium - Aston Villa
96 52 152 125 87 Jack Wilshere - England - Arsenal
95 131 153 173 Olivier Giroud - France – Arsenal
94 149 116 93 163 Mario Balotelli - Italy - Milan
93 133 84 76 26 Steven Gerrard -England-Liverpool
92 161 280 Luiz Gustavo - Brazil - Bayern München/Wolfsburg
91 Raphael Varane  France - Real Madrid

90 97 209 210 Pablo Zabaleta - Argentina - Manchester City
89 55 60 90 Marcelo - Brazil - Real Madrid
88 170 Kevin De Bruyne - Belgium -Chelsea/Wolfsburg
87 61 85 79 50 Edin Dzeko - Bosnia/Herzegovina - Manchester City
86 42 75 74 117 Stevan Jovetic - Montenegro - Manchester City
85 123 192 229 165: Alvaro Negredo - Spain – Manchester City
84 122 Jackson Martinez - Colombia - Porto
83 57 Stephan El Shaarawy – Italy - Milan
82 93 131 119 249 Arda Turan - Turkey - Atletico Madrid
81 94 Henrik Mkhitaryan - Armenia - Dortmund

80 40 41 127 Shinji Kagawa - Japan - Manchester United
79 176 Ezequiel Garay - Argentina - Benfica
78 33 129 148 Willian - Brazil - Anzhi/Chelsea
77 280 Romelu Lukaku - Belgium - Everton
76 65 233 271 Isco - Spain - Real Madrid
75 127 286 233 Gabi - Spain - Atletico Madrid
74 63 40 40 58 Daniele De Rossi - Italy – Roma
73 45 62 57 48 Hernanes - Brazil - Lazio/Inter
72 54 113 142 170: Jan Vertonghen - Belgium - Tottenham
71 190 185 195 Kevin Strootman - Netherlands – Roma

70 155 159 168 Ander Herrera - Spain - Athletic Bilbao
69 121 107 117 167: Miralem Pjanic - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Roma
68 68 52 68 101: Vincent Kompany - Belgium - Manchester City
67 58 49 61 82 Sergio Ramos - Spain - Real Madrid
66 141 102 152 Laurent Koscielny - France – Arsenal
65 154 Blaise Matuidi – France - PSG
64 41 92 88 79 Joao Moutinho - Portugal - Monaco
63 75 99 107 148 Claudio Marchisio - Italy - Juventus
62 Juan Guillermo Cuadrado - Colombia - Fiorentina
61 53 47 45 86 Javier Mascherano - Argentina - Barcelona

60 NR 237 209 296 Daniel Sturridge - England - Liverpool
59 70 193 Mario Mandzukic - Croatia - Bayern München
58 84 140 David Alaba - Austria - Bayern München
57 56 162 174 278 James Rodriguez - Colombia - Monaco
56 24 27 35 53 Santi Cazorla - Spain -Arsenal
55 38 56 46 40 Marek Hamsik - Slovakia – Napoli
54 164 Marco Verratti - Italy - PSG
53 44 206 Oscar - Brazil - Chelsea
52 298 Paul Pogba - France - Juventus
51 43 54 63 119 Mats Hummels - Germany - Dortmund

50 46 183 201 Fernandinho - Brazil - Shakhtar Donetsk/Manchester City
49 Nemanja Matic - Serbia - Benfica/Chelsea
48 29 73 99 143 Javi Martinez - Spain - Bayern München
47 166 240 222 216 Ivan Rakitić - Croatia – Sevilla
46 36 45 30 35 Thomas Müller - Germany - Bayern München
45 34 21 28 47 Karim Benzema - France - Real Madrid
44 31 26 22 06 Carlos Tevez - Argentina - Juventus
43 39 23 31 25 Gonzalo Higuain - Argentina - Napoli
42 16 32 32 51 Juan Manuel Mata - Spain – Chelsea/Manchester United
41 136 164 137 244: Christian Eriksen - Denmark - Tottenham

40 71 43 39 64 Alexis Sanchez - Chile – Barcelona
39 15 35 24 56 Mario Götze - Germany – Bayern München
38 249 Koke - Spain - Atletico Madrid
37 NR 250 212 219 Aaron Ramsey - Wales – Arsenal
36 69 72 66 114 Yohan Cabaye - France - Newcastle/PSG
35 27 48 50 98 Thiago Silva - Brazil - PSG
34 26 36 36 45 Sergio Busquets - Spain – Barcelona
33 07 22 29 49 Radamel Falcao - Colombia - Monaco
32 17 05 05 05 Wayne Rooney - England - Manchester United
31 283 Diego Costa - Brazil/Spain - Atletico Madrid

30 18 19 26 30 Edinson Cavani - Uruguay – PSG
29 22 15 13 31 Bastian Schweinsteiger - Germany - Bayern München
28 76 63 49 184 Thiago Alcântara - Spain - Bayern München
27 48 290 Ilkay Gündogan - Germany - Dortmund
26 30 18 17 15 Luka Modric - Croatia –Real Madrid
25 19 14 12 10 Xabi Alonso - Spain - Real Madrid
24 32 44 138 283 Robert Lewandowski - Poland - Dortmund
23 06 10 10 34 Robin Van Persie - Netherlands - Manchester United
22 09 08 20 61 Andrea Pirlo - Italy – Juventus
21 04 03 03 02 Xavi - Spain - Barcelona

20 37 30 25 28 Angel Di Maria - Argentina - Real Madrid
19 20 12 11 12 Sergio Aguero - Argentina - Manchester City
18 66 25 16 09 Arjen Robben - Netherlands - Bayern München
17 35 37 51 126 Marco Reus – Germany – Dortmund
16 21 13 14 43 Eden Hazard - Belgium - Chelsea
15 25 34 34 46 Gareth Bale - Wales - Real Madrid
14 14 11 09 14 Mesut Özil - Germany - Arsenal
13 50 69 58 78 Philipp Lahm - Germany - Bayern München
12 23 17 19 22 Yaya Tore - Ivory Coast - Manchester City
11 47 57 73 54 Arturo Vidal - Chile - Juventus

10 10 09 08 17 David Silva - Spain - Manchester City
09 08 07  06 07 Cesc Fabregas - Spain – Barcelona
08 28 29 38 66 Neymar - Brazil - Barcelona
07 12 16 15 18 Franck Ribery - France - Bayern München
06 13 42 64 147 Toni Kroos - Germany - Bayern München
05 05 06 07 13 Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Sweden - PSG
04 03 04 04 04 Andrés Iniesta - Spain - Barcelona
03 11 24 18 11 Luis Suarez - Uruguay - Liverpool
02 02 02 02 03 Cristiano Ronaldo - Portugal - Real Madrid
01 01 01 01 01 Lionel Messi - Argentina - Barcelona

Previous Best 300 Players in the World:

2012/13 Mid-Season ranking
2011/2012 End of season ranking
2011/2012 Mid-season ranking
End of 2010/11 - Start of 2011/12 ranking
2010/2011 Mid-season ranking:

onsdag den 26. marts 2014

The End of 2012/13 - Mid-2013/14 Season Rankings: Top 150 Midfielders in the World

The following positional rankings have now been completed:

Top 150 Attacking midfielders and Wingers
Top 100 Forwards
Top 70 Central defenders
Top 70 Right and Left-bacs

The only thing left remaining before I can start the overall 300 ranking of the best players in the world, is the top 150 midfielders.

 A rundown containing thoughts on the ranked players as they appear can be followed from the Sporting Events Forum HERE


The final ranking:

The end of 2012/13 - Mid-2013/14 Top 150 Midfielders

150 Mehmet Topal - Turkey - Fenerbahce
149 Tom Huddlestone - England - Tottenham/Hull
148 Mark Noble - England - West Ham
147 David Zurutuza - Spain - Real Sociedad
146 121 Sebastian Kehl - Germany - Dortmund
145 82 Simon Rolfes - Germany - Bayer Leverkusen
144 Manuel Iturra - Chile - Malaga/Granada
143 Leon Britton - England - Swansea
142 Allan - Brazil – Udinese
141 Marco Parolo - Italy - Parma

140 59 Jordy Clasie - Netherlands - Feyenoord
139 105 Roman Neustädter - Germany - Schalke
138 Stefan Reinartz - Germany - Bayer Leverkusen
137 Charles Aránguiz - Chile -  Universidad Chile/Internacional
136 124 Ki Sung-Yueng - South Korea - Swansea/Sunderland
135 NR 78 Granit Xhaka - Switzerland - Borussia Mönchengladbach
134 Josuha Guilavogui - France - Saint-Étienne/Atletico Madrid
133 Phil Jones - England - Manchester United
132 101 Leon Osman - England - Everton
131  109 Hector Herrera - Mexico - Pachuca/FC Porto

130 William Carvalho - Portugal - Sporting Lissabon
129 72 74 Tom Cleverley - England - Manchester United
128 125 Ruben Pardo- Spain - Real Sociedad
127 Mateo Kovacic - Croatia - Inter
126 NR 77 Alberto Aquilani - Italy - Fiorentina
125 96 Tino Costa - Argentina - Valencia/Spartak Moscow
124 91 Victor Wanyama - Kenya - Celtic/Southampton
123 Blerim Dzemali - Switzerland - Napoli
122 Rodrigo Brana - Argentina - Estudiantes/Qilmes
121 Marcelo Diaz - Chile - FC Basel

120 99 Jean - Brazil - Fluminense
119 89 Lucas Biglia - Argentina - Anderlecht/Lazio
118 64 Moussa Sissoko - France - Newcastle
117 73 68 Kwadwo Asamoah - Ghana – Juventus
116 Jorginho Frello - Brazil - Verona/Napoli
115 Roberto Trashorras - Spain - Rayo Vallecano
114 Geoffrey Kondogbia - France - Sevilla/Monaco
113 68 48 Marvin Martin - France - Lille
112 116 Rio Mavuba - France - Lille
111 Leroy Fer - Netherlands - Norwich

110 Pedro Mba Obiang - Spain - Sampdoria
109 61 54 Javi García - Spain - Manchester City
108 81 51 Raul Meirelles - Portugal - Fenerbahce
107 119 Roman Eremenko - Finland - Rubin Kazan
106 97 Joe Allen – Wales – Liverpool
105 108 Fernando Gago - Argentina - Velez Sarsfield/Boca Juniors
104 86 61 Chiek Tiote - Ivory Coast - Newcastle
103 43 40 Lucho Gonzalez - Argentina - FC Porto/Al Rayyan
102  95 58 James Milner - England - Manchester City
101 103 Michael Bradley - USA - Roma/Toronto FC

100 85 81 Felipe Melo - Brazil - Galatasaray
99  79 83 Cristian Ledesma - Italy – Lazio
98 Emanuele Giaccherini - Italy - Juventus/Sunderland
97 69 82 Gary Medel - Chile - Sevilla/Cardiff
96 84 Mario Suárez - Spain - Atletico Madrid
95 92 Fredy Guarin - Colombia - Inter
94 34 80 Beñat Etxebarría - Spain - Real Betis/Athletic Bilbao
93 Tiago - Portugal - Atletico Madrid
92 74 Steven Pienaar - South Africa - Everton
91 NR 65 Jon Obi Mikel - Nigeria - Chelsea

90 122 60 Gareth Barry - England - Manchester City/Everton
89 77 Sven Bender - Germany - Dortmund
88 98 50 Nigel De Jong - Netherlands – Milan
87 Alessandro Florenzi - Italy - Roma
86 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain - England - Arsenal
85 87 85 Raúl García - Spain- Atletico Madrid
84 112 Antonio Candreva - Italy - Lazio
83 Radja Nainggolan - Belgium - Cagliari/Roma
82 Daniel Parejo - Spain - Valencia
81 110 Sebastian Rode - Germany - Frankfurt
80 Adrien Rabiot - France - PSG

79 53 Etienne Capoue - France - Toulouse/Tottenham
78 Fernando - Brazil - Gremio/Shakhtar
77 88 Miguel Veloso - Portugal - Dynamo Kiev
76 Marco Van Ginkel - Netherlands - Vitesse/Chelsea
75 118 Morgan Schneiderlin - France - Southampton
74 52 34 Lass Diarra - France -Anzhi/Lokomotiv Moscow
73 76 23 Nuri Sahin - Turkey - Real Madrid/Liverpool/Dortmund
72 56 26 Javier Zanetti - Argentina – Inter
71 62 Selçuk İnan - Turkey - Galatasaray

70 94 Gonzalo Castro - Germany - Bayer Leverkusen
69 58 38 Bruno Soriano - Spain -Villarreal
68 38 62 Sandro - Brazil - Tottenham
67 Josué - Portugal - Paços Ferreira/Porto
66 48 20 Ever Banega - Argentina – Valencia/Newell's Old Boys
65 Jordan Henderson - England - Liverpool
64 40 56 Lars Bender - Germany – Leverkusen
63 71 39 Yann M'Vila - France - Rubin Kazan
62 55 Maxime Gonalons - France – Lyon
61 60 22 Esteban Cambiasso - Argentina - Inter

60 46 Paulinho - Brazil - Corinthians/Tottenham
59
30 35 Marouane Fellaini - Belgium - Everton/Manchester United
58 49 32 Axel Witsel - Belgium - Zenit
57 47 33 Jeremy Toulalan - France – Malaga/Monaco
56 44 31 Gokhan Inler - Switzerland – Napoli
55 67 55 Roman Shirokov - Russia - Zenit
54 33 59 David Pizarro - Chile - Fiorentina
53 66 42 Thiago Motta - Italy – PSG
52 114 Enzo Perez - Argentina - Benfica
51 45 Borja Valero - Spain - Fiorentina

50 63 Fernando Reges - Brazil - FC Porto
49 Asier Illarramendi - Spain - Real Sociedad/Real Madrid
48 26 18 Alex Song - Cameroun - Barcelona
47 27 49 Moussa Dembélé - Belgium - Tottenham
46 25 14 Sami Khedira - Germany - Real Madrid
45 31 19 Ramires - Brazil - Chelsea
44 29 30 Mikel Arteta - Spain – Arsenal
43 32 25 Lucas Leiva - Brazil – Liverpool
42 37 29 Michael Carrick - England - Manchester United
41 24 28 Riccardo Montolivo - Italy - Milan

40 41 37 David Alaba - Austria - Bayern München
39 28 15 Frank Lampard - England - Chelsea
38 16 45 Jack Wilshere - England - Arsenal
37 36 21 Steven Gerrard - England – Liverpool
36 51 84 Luiz Gustavo - Brazil - Bayern München/Wolfsburg
35 21 Hernanes - Brazil - Lazio/Inter
34 19 11 Marek Hamsik - Slovakia - Napoli
33 39 46 Ander Herrera - Spain - Athletic Bilbao
32 35 79 Gabi - Spain - Atletico Madrid
31 18 08 Daniele De Rossi - Italy – Roma

30 65 53 Kevin Strootman - Netherlands - PSV/Roma
29 17 10 Javier Mascherano - Argentina - Barcelona
28 15 24 Joao Moutinho - Portugal - FC Porto/Monaco
27 50 47 Christian Eriksen - Denmark - Ajax/Tottenham
26 42 Blaise Matuidi - France - PSG
25 27 Claudio Marchisio - Italy - Juventus
24 54 Marco Verratti - Italy - PSG
23 57 64 Ivan Rakitić - Croatia – Sevilla
22 93 Paul Pogba - France - Juventus
21 Koke - Spain - Atletico Madrid

20 12 52 Fernandinho - Brazil - Shakhtar Donetsk/Manchester City
19 104 Nemanja Matic - Serbia - Benfica/Chelsea
18 10 17 Javi Martinez - Spain - Bayern München
17 NR 70 Aaron Ramsey - Wales – Arsenal
16 20 19 Yohan Cabaye - France - Newcastle/PSG
15 Phillipp Lahm - Germany - Bayern München
14 Angel Di Maria - Argentina - Real Madrid
13 09 07 Sergio Busquets - Spain – Barcelona
12 06 04 Bastian Schweinsteiger - Germany - Bayern München
11 23 13 Thiago Alcântara - Spain - Barcelona/Bayern München

10 14 86 Ilkay Gündogan - Germany - Dortmund
09 11 06 Luka Modric - Croatia - Real Madrid
08 05 03 Xabi Alonso - Spain - Real Madrid
07 04 02 Andrea Pirlo - Italy - Juventus
06 01 01 Xavi - Spain - Barcelona
05 08 05 Yaya Toure - Ivory Coast - Manchester City
04 13 12 Arturo Vidal - Chile - Juventus
03 03 Cesc Fabregas - Spain - Barcelona
02 07 09 Toni Kroos - Germany - Bayern München
01 02 Andres Iniesta - Spain - Barcelona

søndag den 5. januar 2014

The End of 2012/13 - Mid-2013/14 Season Rankings: Top 100 Forwards in the World

Previous End of 2012/13 - Mid-2013/14 Season Rankings:

Top 70 Central Defenders
Top 150 Attacking midfielders and Wingers
Top 70 left and right-backs

Now it's time for the top 100 Forwards but this is getting very late and well into mid-season so the rankings still appearing are significantly different from the first versions made before the 13/14 season even started.

As usual a rundown containing thoughts on the ranked players as they appear can be followed from the Sporting Events forum HERE.


The End of 2012/13 - Mid-2013/14 Top 100 Forwards in the World

100 Luis Muriel - Colombia - Udinese
99 45 48 Luis Fabiano - Brazil - Sao Paulo
98 NR 69 Ivica Olic - Croatia - Wolfsburg 
97 Wilfried Bony - Côte d'Ivoire - Vitesse/Swansea
96 Rickie Lambert - England - Southampton
95 Emmanuel Rivière - France - Monaco
94 Ciro Immobile - Italy - Genoa/Torino
93 91 Adam Szalai - Hungary - Mainz/Schalke 04
92 74 Bafétimbi Gomis - France - Lyon
91 Dieumerci Mbokani - Congo - Anderlecht/Dynamo Kiev

90 98 Luiz Adriano - Brazil - Shakhtar Donetsk  
89 60 Vedad Ibisevic - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Stuttgart 
88 Adrian Ramos - Colombia - Herha Berlin
87 92 Aritz Aduriz - Spain - Athletic Bilbao 
86 Mattia Destro - Italy - Roma 
85 83 André-Pierre Gignac - France - Marseille
84 Georgios Samaras - Greece - Celtic 
83 90 Wellington Nem - Brazil - Fluminense/Shakhtar Donetsk
82 Alvaro Morata - Spain - Real Madrid
81 Yura Movsisyan - Armenia - Spartak Moscow

80 Josip Drmic - Switzerland - FC Nürnberg
79 Jese - Spain - Real Madrid
78 67 55 Jonas - Brazil - Valencia
77 80 Jermain Defoe - England - Tottenham
76 Jo - Brazil - Atletico Mineiro 
75 Jay Rodriguez - England - Southampton
74 70 45 Diego Forlan - Uruguay - Internacional
73 97 Salomón Rondón - Venezuela - Rubin Kazan/Zenit
72 84 34 Alexandre Pato - Brazil - Corinthians
71 59 56 Alexandr Kerzhakov - Russia - Zenit 

70 55 61 Seydou Doumbia - Côte d'Ivoire - CSKA Moscow
69 50 Sebastian Giovinco - Italy - Juventus
68 76 53 Kevin Gameiro - France - PSG/Sevilla 
67 63 Oribe Peralta - Mexico - Santos Laguna
65 31 25 Diego Milito - Argentina - Inter
64 16 54 Leandro Damião - Brazil - Internacional/Santos
63 61 Iago Aspas - Spain - Celta Vigo/Liverpool
62 29 17 Didier Drogba - Côte d'Ivoire - Galatasaray
62 42 41 Andre Schürrle - Germany - Bayer Leverkusen/Chelsea
61 32 35 Demba Ba -Senegal - Newcastle/Chelsea

60 62 69 Fred - Brazil  - Fluminense 
59 94 Lima - Brazil- Benfica
58 71 Burak Yilmaz - Turkey - Galatasaray 
57 Emmanuel Emenike - Nigeria - Spartak Moscow/Fenerbahce 
56 Rodrigo Palacio - Argentina - Inter
55 57 51 Oscar Cardozo - Paraguay - Benfica 
54 100 Asamoah Gyan - Ghana - El Ain
53 38 43 Roberto Soldado - Spain - Valencia/Tottenham
52 64 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Gabon - Saint-Étienne/Dortmund
51 51 Theo Walcott - England - Arsenal  

50 58 38 Danny Welbeck - England - Manchester United
49 43 66 Michu - Spain - Swansea 
48 46 49 Mirko Vucinic - Montenegro - Juventus
47 49 Pablo Osvaldo - Italy - Roma/Southampton/Juventus
46 37 30 Antonio Di Natale - Italy - Udinese
45 34 20 Klaas Jan Huntelaar - Netherlands - Schalke 04 
44 26 26 Javier Hernandez - Mexico - Manchester United
43 87 62 Loic Remy - France – QPR/Newcastle
42 Max Kruse - Germany - Freiburg/Mönchengladbach
41 56 Stefan Kießling - Germany - Bayer Leverkusen  


40 19 33 Dimitar Berbatov - Bulgaria - Fulham/Monaco
39 35 37 Miroslav Klose - Germany - Lazio
38 53 42 Fernando Torres - Spain -Chelsea 
37 15 13 Samuel Eto'o - Cameroun -Anzhi/Chelsea 
36 25 21 Mario Gomez - Germany - Bayern München/Fiorentina 
35 27 45 Antonio Cassano – Italy - Inter/Parma 
34 Carlos Bacca - Colombia - Club Brügge/Sevilla  
33 24 16 Fernando Llorente - Spain - Athletic Bilbao/Juventus  
32 85 32 Giuseppe Rossi - Italy - Fiorentina
31 33 60 Francesco Totti - Italy - Roma  

30 28 22 David Villa - Spain - Barcelona/Atletico Madrid
29 36 27 Hulk - Brazil - Zenit

28 30 24 Emmanuel Adebayor - Togo - Tottenham
27 48 Christian Benteke - Belgium - Aston Villa
26 22 Stephan El Shaarawy - Italy - Milan
25 21 19 Thomas Müller - Germany - Bayern München 

24 41 47 Olivier Giroud - France - Arsenal
23 47 39 Mario Balotelli - Italy - Milan
22 20 29 Edin Dzeko - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Manchester City

21 
18 28 Stevan Jovetic - Montenegro - Fiorentina/Manchester City

20 40 57 Alvaro Negredo - Spain - Sevilla/Manchester City 
19 39 Jackson Martinez - Colombia - FC Porto
18 75 Romelu Lukaku - Belgium - WBA/Chelsea/Everton
17 86 67 Daniel Sturridge - England - Liverpool
16 23 58 Mario Mandzukic - Croatia - Bayern München 
15 12 08 Karim Benzema - France - Real Madrid 
14 
13 12 Carlos Tevez - Argentina - Manchester City/Juventus
13 14 10 Gonzalo Higuain - Argentina - Real Madrid/Napoli
12 
05 09 Radamel Falcao - Colombia - Atletico Madrid/Monaco
11 
08 03 Wayne Rooney - England - Manchester United 

10 78 Diego Costa - Brazil/Spain - Atletico Madrid 
09
07 07 Edinson Cavani - Uruguay - Napoli/PSG

08 10 18 Robert Lewandowski - Poland - Dortmund
07 11 14 Neymar - Brazil - Santos/Barcelona
06 04 05 Robin Van Persie - Netherlands - Manchester United
05 09 06 Sergio Aguero - Argentina - Manchester City
04 03 04 Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Sweden - PSG
03 06 11 Luis Suarez - Uruguay - Liverpool 

02 02 02 Cristiano Ronaldo - Portugal - Real Madrid
01 01 01 Lionel Messi - Argentina - Barcelona