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Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to match his great rival Lionel Messi on December 07, 2017 by claiming a fifth Ballon d'Or as recognition for leading Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League double last season. / AFP PHOTO / Lluis GENE        (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

7 Best Players in the World Based on Stats From the Past Three Months

The CIES Football Observatory  has released their latest analysis on top players in specific playing positions from each of the five big European leagues.

Their analysis and ranking is based on specific player traits and performances which include rigour, recovery, distribution, take-ons, chance creation and shooting. The stat also took into consideration the results of their teams while finalising the ranking.

The below seven players presented by CIES are those who have played at least 45 minutes in each of a minimum of eight games that the observatory divides players in specific playing positions from matches in the last three months only.

The Rating is based as a number out of 100 points.

7. Best Goalkeeper - Hugo Lloris

The Tottenham Hotspur man received a rating of 84.1 points, beating the likes of Alisson Becker, Alphonse Areola and Ederson. 

Lloris has been tremendous for Spurs in terms of his technical ability, distribution and shot stopping heroics.

The Frenchman saves 2.3 goals every game for the Lillywhites across all competitions, which is more than his competitors. That coupled with his overall game play takes him ahead of all other top goalkeepers in Europe.

Final Rankings:

Hugo Lloris

Alisson Becker

Alpphonse Areola

Ederson Moraes

Pepe Reina

Marc-Andre ter-Stegen

Jan Oblak

Gianluigi Donnarumma

Loris Karius

Roman Burki

6. Box-to-Box Midfielders

Another Tottenham man, Christian Eriksen is the best box-to-box midfielder in the world as per the analysis by CIES with a rating of 89.9 points.

The Danish midfielder has been incredible for Spurs this season. In 42 appearances up till now, he has scored 12 goals and assisted another nine in all competitions. With his ability to find key passes as well as his skill at set-pieces makes him a worthy topper in the box-to-box midfielders' category.

Final Rankings:

Christian Eriksen

Marek Hamsik

Ilkay Gundogan

Julian Draxler

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Kevin de Bruyne

Dele Alli

Sami Khedira

Giacomo Bonaventura


5. Centre-Backs

With a rating of 90.4 points, Kalidou Koulibaly heads the list of the best performing centre-backs in Europe at the moment.

The Senegalese defender has made 37 appearances for Napoli in this campaign, scoring four goals and providing an assist.

On the defensive side, he averages 1.8 tackles and 3.3 defensive clearances per game.

Final Rankings:

Kalidou Koulibaly

Davinson Sanchez

Nicolas Otamendi

Thiago Silva

Raul Albiol

Gerard Pique

Joel Matip

Giorgio Chiellini

Medhi Benatia

Presnel Kimpembe

4. Full-Backs

Another Napoli man, this time at the full-back position also goes to justify the impeccable form the Naples based side is in at the moment.

Marco Rui has been tremendous his team this season as they still have a lot to play for in the Serie A. Napoli lie just two points behind league leaders Juventus.

Statistically speaking, Rui has made 23 appearances for Napoli this season, scoring two goals and providing two assists, which is quite impressive for a defender.

On the defensive performance side, Rui comes up with two key tackles and one crucial clearance per game on an average. Not only that, statistically, he also provides close to one key pass per game that leads to a goal.

Final Rankings:

Marco Rui

Daniel Carvajal

Kyle Walker

Jordi Alba

Ben Davies

Andrew Robertson

Dani Alves

Marcelo Vieira

Sergi Roberto

Djibril Sidibe

3. Defensive Midfielders

Real Madrid's star midfielder Toni Kroos leads the list of the best defensive midfielders in the world at the moment.

The German maestro has got a rating of 92.8 points, ahead of second placed Mousa Dembele from Tottenham who amassed 89 points.

Statistically speaking, Kroos has featured in 31 games for Real Madrid this season, scoring four goals and assisting seven goals.

However, his role in Zinedine Zidane's team is much more than what stats can describe. Kroos plays the anchor role in midfield for Madrid. He averages two tackles per game with a pretty low foul conceding percentage.

On the attacking side, Kroos comes up with 2.4 key passes per game, which is quite extraordinary.

Final Rankings:

Toni Kroos

Mousa Dembele

Ivan Rakitic

Andre-Franck Zambo

Lucas Biglia



Eric Dier

Sergio Busquets

Giovani Lo Celso

2. Wingers

Obvious choice here! Often termed the best footballer the game has ever seen, Lionel Messi tops the list of the best wingers in football at the moment as he has been for quite some time now.

With a score of 93.7 points, Messi's closest competitor is Liverpool's Mohamed Salah who scored 89.9 points.

This season, Messi has scored 37 goals and assisted 14 in 43 appearances for Barcelona. Apart from his goalscoring genius, Messi also provides 2.4 key passes on an average in every game. Additionally, the Argentinian maestro averages 4.9 dribbles per game and 5.4 shots on goal per game. Messi is dispossessed 3.2 times per game.  

Final Rankings:

Lionel Messi

Mohamed Salah

Hakan Calhanoglu

Heung-Min Son

Joaquin Suso

Philippe Coutinho

Goncalo Guedes

Cengiz Under

Jose Callejon

Angel Di Maria

1. Forwards

While Messi is the greatest player alive in what he does in his position on the field, Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest footballer of our time in the way he has improved himself season after season, despite facing lapses in form and issues with Real Madrid's inconsistency in the domestic season.

With a score of 90.8, Cristiano Ronaldo's closest competitor in terms of his position as a forward is Juventus star Gonzalo Higuain with a score of 87.4.

This season, Ronaldo has featured 37 times for the Los Blancos, scoring 38 goals and assisting seven times across all competitions.

From a detailed stat point of view, Ronaldo averages 6.9 shots on goal per game. He also provides 1.4 key passes to his teammates. He also performs 1.6 dribbles per game and is dispossessed 0.8 times on an average.

Final Rankings:

Cristiano Ronaldo

Gonzalo Higuain

Harry Kane

Antoine Griezmann

Sergio Aguero

Luis Suarez

Dries Mertens

Roberto Firmino

Eden Hazard

Josip Ilicic

P.S: Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has not made the list of goalkeepers in the top 10 since the stats are based on specific skill sets including distribution as well as chance creation from long-balls. 

De Gea has been exceptional in his stats relating to shots-saved however, that is not the only criteria for this piece.