Emirates Stadium

Next Game

Arsenal v A Villa

Sunday, 01 February 2015, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Villa Park

Last Game

A Villa 2 - 1 B'mouth

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 15:00

The FA Cup Fourth Round

Ribery in Bloomberg top three

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were joined by Franck Ribery in the top three of a new list of Europe's top 50 players.

Last Updated: 12/06/13 at 17:20 Post Comment

Lionel Messi & Franck Ribery: Named in Bloomberg List's top three player

Lionel Messi & Franck Ribery: Named in Bloomberg List's top three player

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Bloomberg Sports list says it uses scientifically based analysis to evaluate players on skills relevant to their position.

Barcelona's Messi is ranked top ahead of Real Madrid's Ronaldo, echoing the top two in the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the last two years.

But, while Barca midfielders Andres Iniesta and Xavi are the only players to have joined the pair on that podium in the last three years, Bayern Munich's France winger Ribery took third place in the new list.

Bill Squadron, president of Bloomberg Sports, said: "We continue to look at new ways to use analytics that will be interesting to fans, and are pleased today to unveil what we believe will be a game-changer in the way professional football is looked at in the future.

"Analytics is becoming more and more prevalent in both the minds of the fans and in the decision making power of the clubs, and we are confident this index will help both stir healthy debate and be a great measuring stick for player evaluation going forward."

Only two English players featured in the top 50 - Everton left-back Leighton Baines at 16 and Manchester United's Wayne Rooney in 26th position.

Tottenham's Gareth Bale was the only other British player - the Welshman in ninth spot - while United's Holland striker Robin van Persie was ranked sixth and was the leading Premier League player.

Aston Villa's Belgium striker Christian Benteke was ranked 29th - a place ahead of Radamel Falcao, the Colombia striker who has just joined Monaco in a £50million deal.

1 Lionel Messi Barcelona 91.25, 2 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 91.16, 3 Franck Ribery Bayern Munich 89.27, 4 Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund 89.10, 5 Andrea Pirlo Juventus 88.62, 6 Robin van Persie Manchester United 88.14, 7 Giorgio Chiellini Juventus 87.46, 8 Marek Hamsik Napoli 87.01, 9 Gareth Bale Tottenham 87.01, 10 Santiago Cazorla Arsenal 86.37, 11 Arturo Vidal Juventus 86.19, 12 Marouane Fellaini Everton 85.92, 13 Maxime Gonalons Lyon 85.89, 14 Bastian Schweinsteiger Bayern Munich 85.88, 15 Luis Suarez Liverpool 85.49, 16 Leighton Baines Everton 85.11, 17 Mesut Ozil Real Madrid 84.75, 18 Jan Vertonghen Tottenham 84.25, 19 Thomas Muller Bayern Munich 83.96, 20 Edinson Cavani Napoli 83.78, 21 Rafael Manchester United 83.33, 22 Toni Kroos Bayern Munich 83.19, 23 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Paris Saint-Germain 82.91, 24 Juan Mata Chelsea 82.26, 25 Xavi Barcelona 81.97, 26 Wayne Rooney Manchester United 81.95, 27 Kwadwo Asamoah Juventus 81.51, 28 Christian Abbiati AC Milan 81.27, 29 Christian Benteke Aston Villa 81.03, 30 Falcao Atletico Madrid 80.78, 31 Dante Bayern Munich 80.52, 32 Mario Gotze Borussia Dortmund 80.39, 33 Hugo Campagnaro Napoli 80.10, 34 Jefferson Farfan Schalke 79.89, 35 Oliver Sorg Freiburg 79.72, 36 Erik Lamela Roma 79.56, 37 Robert Lewandowski Borussia Dortmund 79.11, 38 Phillipp Lahm Bayern Munich 78.54, 39 Gonzalo Higuain Real Madrid 78.52, 40 Dani Alves Barcelona 78.15, 41 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Saint Etienne 77.98, 42 Yaya Toure Manchester City 77.86, 43 Kevin Constant AC Milan 77.81, 44 Stefan Kiessling Bayer Leverkusen 77.42, 45 Mikel Arteta Arsenal 77.26, 46 Simon Mignolet Sunderland 76.87, 47 Antonio Di Natale Udinese 76.55, 48 Alexander Meier Eintracht Frankfurt, 76.21, 49 Mathieu Valbuena Marseille 76.06, 50 Ron-Robert Zieler Hannover 75.88.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

he thing is, footballers are role models, and children are influenced by them. I watched the Chelsea game with my 6 year old, and at school the next day she stamped on Emre Can.

megabrow (cufc)
Diego Costa: The Patron Saint Of S**thousery

Y

et again Barcelona try to convince the world that they only play the most virtuous of football. I've never seen a team so willing and able to dish out lumps but feel so self-righteous that no opposition player should ever have the audacity to tackle them.

charsmatcengma
Enrique hauls Neymar to safety

I

d love to see a United v Liverpool FA cup final. It would certainly fit the narrative. Obv I'd want the ending to be one of an O.G. and tears as he collects his runner-up medal.

GVMUFC
Gerrard Constantly Searching For That Final Hurrah

Footer 365

Premier League: Nigel Pearson insists his players must forget about their win against Manchester United

Nigel Pearson has been trying to make Leicester forget about their Manchester United win ever since they beat them 5-3.

Transfer news: Andre Schurrle nears Chelsea exit after agreeing personal terms with Wolfsburg

Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle is closing on a move back to Germany after agreeing to personal terms with Wolfsburg.

Premier League: Roberto Mancini could make a return to English football

Roberto Mancini has not ruled out a return to Manchester City in the future.

Mail Box

It's A Massive, Big, Brilliant Mailbox

And we left lots of Suarez/Costa mails unopened. What we do have is a video of some rotten Suarez tackles and views on the future of football, Spurs, Liverpool and...

But Biting Doesn't Hurt Like Stamping...

There are Liverpool fans arguing that Luis Suarez is nowhere near Diego Costa's sh*t-house league but we have plenty of love for the agitator too. Oh and Spurs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company