The 8 best players of European football Gameweek 36 - ranked

  • Luka Modric starred in Real Madrid's win over Cadiz
  • Marco Reus rolled back the years against Augsburg
  • The eight best players of the European gameweek
Golden oldies
Golden oldies / Ralf Ibing - firo sportphoto/Contributor and Daniel Kopatsch / Contributor

Gameweek 36 of the European footballing season saw plenty of young and old stars alike put in pretty impressive performances.

Over in Spain, 38-year-old Luka Modric helped Real Madrid win their 36th La Liga title, while in Germany 21-year-old Adam Hlozek and 19-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko helped their respective teams (Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund) to thumping 5-1 victories.

And after all that fun, here's the best performing players in Europe in Gameweek 36.

8. Luka Modric

Modric ran the show / OSCAR DEL POZO/GettyImages

Back in the Real Madrid starting lineup at the weekend, Luka Modric was typically brilliant in the comfortable win over Cadiz.

The veteran midfielder bagged an assist, completed a ridiculous 123 out of 127 attempted passes, created four chances and won 100% of his tackles.

The fact he's still doing this despite being around 1,000 years old is genuinely perplexing. He's an all-time great.

7. Inaki Williams

Inaki Williams
Williams bagged a brace / Denis Doyle/GettyImages

Athletic Club's star man was utterly deadly in front of goal in the weekend success over Getafe.

Inaki Williams converted his team's only two shots on target in the game to secure a 2-0 win, with his first goal being a particularly eye-catching curling effort from just outside the box.

6. Youssoufa Moukoko

Borussia Dortmund v FC Augsburg - Bundesliga
Moukoko played well / Ralf Ibing - firo sportphoto/GettyImages

The former Football Manager wonderkid seems to be finally finding his feet in the real world.

Youssoufa Moukoko was afforded just his third Bundesliga start of the 2023/24 season at the weekend and more than made the most of it, bagging a brace in a 5-1 thumping of Augsburg.

5. Wissam Ben Yedder

Wissam Ben Yedder
Monaco's star man / Eurasia Sport Images/GettyImages

Monaco couldn't prevent Paris Saint-Germain from winning yet another Ligue 1 title, but that wasn't because star striker Wissam Ben Yedder wasn't doing his job.

The veteran forward followed up a brace in the harrowing defeat to Lyon with another in a less harrowing 4-1 win over Clermont Foot this past weekend.

4. Brahim Diaz

Brahim Diaz
Brahim usually impresses / Denis Doyle/GettyImages

It seems like every single time Brahim Diaz starts for Real Madrid he puts in a match-winning performance.

And this past weekend was no different, with the creative midfielder scoring one and assisting another in the victory over Cadiz. Nice one.

3. Portu

Cristian Portugues 'Portu'
Portu was Girona's match winner / Alex Caparros/GettyImages

The man who won the 2023/24 La Liga title for Real Madrid and also secured a top-four berth for Girona, it's fair to say Portu had quite the weekend.

After coming off the bench with his side 2-1 down to Barcelona, the 31-year-old put in an inspired performance to completely turn the game on its head.

His brace and assist proved to be enough to secure a famous win for Michel's men.

2. Adam Hlozek

Adam Hlozek, Manuel Gulde
Hlozek bagged a hat-trick of assists / Alex Grimm/GettyImages

Another week and yet another game unbeaten for Bayer Leverkusen.

One of the main reasons for their remarkable unbeaten run was explicitly exemplified over the weekend through Adam Hlozek's performance.

The attacking midfielder, drafted in for Florian Wirtz, showed off Leverkusen's quality in depth in the thumping 5-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt by setting up a hat-trick of goals.

1. Marco Reus

Borussia Dortmund v FC Augsburg - Bundesliga
Impressive outing / Ralf Ibing - firo sportphoto/GettyImages

In the week during which he announced he's set to leave Borussia Dortmund, Marco Reus also put in one of his best performances in recent memory.

The veteran midfielder was back to electric best in the win over Augsburg, bagging a brace of assists and dinking the ball over Tomas Koubek to net a goal of his own.