For the first time – an objective measure of player achievement based on career honour and performance metrics!This ranking is not based on subjective opinion or polls, but is an objective data-driven computed assessment based on actual career achievements.
At number 5 Lionel Messi (Argentina) is the highest still playing. Only 27 now, on current form he stands a good chance of topping a future edition of the 11v11 World Player Ranking.
Where’s my favourite superstar then?
Because this ranking measures actual achievements: trophies and international appearances are what count most.
Who dominates?Although Brazilians take the top three spots, the nation with the most players in the top 100 is Germany with 14, followed closely by Spain and the Netherlands with 12 each. France and Brazil both have 11, Italy 9 and England just 6.
The list is dominated by South America and Europe, but Africa have 3 players (Ivory Coast’s Drogba, Etoo from Cameroon and Kanu of Nigeria), CONCACAF 2 (Landon Donovan of USA and Mexican Rafael Marquez) and Asia one (Ali Daei of Iran).