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90min's Definitive European Player Power Rankings 2020/21: Week 17

Tom Gott
Feb 19, 2021, 6:50 PM GMT
Kylian Mbappe put in the performance of the week
Kylian Mbappe put in the performance of the week | LLUIS GENE/Getty Images
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It was Champions League week this week, and it's safe to say that we had one or two exciting performances to sink our teeth into.

We had records broken and legacies created, and we were even served a timely reminder that Liverpool are actually pretty good at football. Crazy!

You know the drill, it's time to rank the top 15 players in Europe. This week, we're calling on the movies of 1997 for a little inspiration.

15. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (down 3)

Ibrahimovic spent the Europa League game on the bench
Ibrahimovic spent the Europa League game on the bench | Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images

“There's no news like bad news.” (Tomorrow Never Dies)

It was a rough week for Ibrahimovic, who drew a blank in a shock 2-0 defeat to minnows Spezia Calcio, before sitting on the bench to watch AC Milan draw with Red Star in the Europa League.

Things took an ugly turn during the Red Star game when he was targeted by ethnic-related slurs by a group of fans in the stadium, but in typical Ibrahimovic fashion, he sat there unmoved and shrugged it all off. What a guy.

14. Jadon Sancho (new entry)

Sancho has found form again
Sancho has found form again | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

"What's your plan?"
"First, I plan to soil myself. Then I'm going to regroup and come up with a new plan. Any thoughts?” (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery)


What took you so long?

Having spent the first part of the season soiling himself after a summer of links to Manchester United, Sancho has really started to find his groove again this season.

The Borussia Dortmund winger bagged a goal and an assist this week, and he's slowly starting to look like the player who nearly bagged top spot in the 2019/20 Power Rankings.

13. Joshua Kimmich (down 8)

Kimmich spent most of the game on the bench
Kimmich spent most of the game on the bench | Adam Pretty/Getty Images

“The misery! The exquisite tragedy! The Susan Hayward of it all!” (My Best Friend's Wedding)

Having starred at the Club World Cup, Kimmich was handed a rest this week, and Bayern Munich didn't look like the same team without him.

By the time he came off the bench, Bayern had already conceded three at the hands of Arminia Bielefeld, but they did manage to walk away with a frustrating point when all was said and done.

12. Ciro Immobile (down 8)

Lazio's winning streak is over
Lazio's winning streak is over | Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

"I thought you were going to be the all time champ, not the all time chump." (Hercules)

Lazio and Immobile's hot streak came to an abrupt end this week and they were comprehensively put to the sword by Inter.

Immobile struggled during the game and was hauled off with 20 minutes to go, leaving him to watch the rest of his side's 3-1 loss from the stands.

11. Georgios Giakoumakis (re-entry)

Giakoumakis is in the form of his life
Giakoumakis is in the form of his life | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

"Folks don't laugh so loud when you've a grand in your back pocket." (The Full Monty)

Giakoumakis might have get a grand or two in his pocket next summer if he continues scoring at this rate.

The VVV-Venlo man netted two goals and added another assist this week, so he now sits on 25 goals in just 23 games. Teams around Europe will be watching.

10. Cristiano Ronaldo (down 7)

Ronaldo struggled this week
Ronaldo struggled this week | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

“The best thing you have going for you is your willingness to humiliate yourself.” (As Good As It Gets)

A humiliating week for Juventus, who are staring Champions League elimination in the face after falling to a 2-1 loss to Porto.

Ronaldo drew a blank in that game, having already underwhelmed in the 1-0 loss to Napoli earlier in the week. Not what you like to see.

9. Erling Haaland (up 6)

Haaland had an outstanding week
Haaland had an outstanding week | Fran Santiago/Getty Images

"Predators don't hunt when they're not hungry."
"No, only humans do.” (The Lost World: Jurassic Park)


After a few weeks without too many goals, Haaland went hunting this week.

The Norwegian cyborg bagged one against Hoffenheim before thumping Sevilla with two goals and an assist. His record - 41 goals in 42 Dortmund games - looks as mad as ever.

8. Ilkay Gundogan (up 2)

Gundogan is steamrolling through the Premier League
Gundogan is steamrolling through the Premier League | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

“Nail them while they're vulnerable, that's my motto.” (Good Will Hunting)

Tottenham are definitely vulnerable these days, and Gundogan definitely took advantage of that.

Two goals and an assist in a 3-0 win for Manchester City continued Gundogan's recent dominance, although a groin injury in that game spoiled things a little bit.

7. Luis Suarez (down 5)

Suarez was not at his best
Suarez was not at his best | Eric Alonso/Getty Images

“You're a bit of a puzzlement to me these days, Wendell. You don't seem to be your old cruel self anymore. And I had such grand plans for your future.” (L.A. Confidential)

Suarez did not look like the striker who has terrorised La Liga this week.

The Atletico man failed to net against either Granada or Levante this week, and will hope to find his shooting boots by the time they face Chelsea next week.

6. Lionel Messi (up 2)

Messi is still among the goals
Messi is still among the goals | David Ramos/Getty Images

“What President wants to be in office when it comes crashing down around him?” (Amistad)

It's all crashing down at Barcelona.

Being thumped 4-1 at home by PSG was hugely embarrassing, but it would have been worse had Messi not scored his penalty.

The Argentine is trying his hardest, bagging two goals and an assist in a 5-1 win over Alaves, but it's just not enough anymore.

5. Andre Silva (up 1)

Silva is one of Europe's hottest strikers
Silva is one of Europe's hottest strikers | Alex Grimm/Getty Images

“AK-47. The very best there is. When you absolutely, positively got to kill every motherf****r in the room, accept no substitutes.” (Jackie Brown)

One more goal this week for Silva, who now sits on 18 goals from just 20 Bundesliga games.

The Frankfurt striker is now the second top scorer in Europe's top five leagues, behind a certain someone who might feature later in this list.

4. Romelu Lukaku (up 3)

Lukaku made history this week
Lukaku made history this week | BSR Agency/Getty Images

“I am calm. I am heartless. I have no fear whatsoever.” (Anastasia)

Ice-cold Lukaku bagged his 300th career goal this week, earning him a place in the record books alongside some all-time greats.

His 300th strike was one of two he netted in Inter's 3-1 win over Lazio, in which he also bagged the assist for the third goal as well. Overall, not a bad day.

3. Bruno Fernandes (up 3)

Fernandes has some outrageous stats
Fernandes has some outrageous stats | Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

"If you want something done, do it yourself!" (The Fifth Element)

Fernandes is doing his best to single-handedly drag United to success this season.

He netted his side's equaliser against West Brom before running the show against Real Sociedad, offering up two of United's four goals in an emphatic victory.

2. Kylian Mbappe (up 11)

Mbappe humiliated Barcelona
Mbappe humiliated Barcelona | David Ramos/Getty Images

“I'm the king of the world!” (Titanic)

PSG's 4-1 win over Barcelona felt like a real passing-of-the-torch moment. Messi scored a penalty, but Mbappe ran the show and banged in a hat-trick on enemy lines.

On the biggest stage, Mbappe proved he is one of football's elite talents. The future is now.

1. Robert Lewandowski (-)

Lewandowski was back among the goals
Lewandowski was back among the goals | ADAM PRETTY/Getty Images

“You idiots! You don't get it - I've won! It's over! You're milksuckers! You don't matter! In fact, in just a few seconds you won't even be matter!” (Men in Black)

Had Lewandowski not scored this week, he might have lost his top spot, but he did. Of course he did.

His run of nine straight games with a goal may well have ended, but now a new streak has started. How long will this one last?

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