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Top 50 Power List: Luis Suarez is Europe’s most influential player

luis-suarez6The following list and analysis by Bloomberg Sports of every player and every game in the English, French, German, Italian and Spanish first divisions has produced the 2014 ‘Power 50’ rankings.

BLOOMBERG TOP 10 POWER LIST

1 Luis Suarez (Liverpool, 86.02)
2 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, 85.43)
3 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG, 84.91)
4 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, 84.59)
5 Kevin Strootman (Roma, 81.86)
6 Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid, 81.68)
7 Mehdi Benatia (Roma, 81.30)
8 Robert Lewandowski (Dortmund, 81.21)
9 Tiago (Atletico Madrid, 80.79)
10 David Silva (Manchester City, 80.79)

Bloomberg claim their evaluation of Europe’s leading five leagues is the most scientifically-advanced in the world and takes into consideration the defensive and attacking responsibilities of each player as well as the strength of the opposition.

It finds that Suarez topped the charts with an index of 86.02, beating Barcelona star Messi into second position (85.43) and Paris Saint-Germain talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic into third (84.91).

World Player of the Year Ronaldo, of Champions League finalists Real Madrid, came fourth with 84.59, while his possible adversary in Lisbon on Saturday night Diego Costa, of La Liga champions Atletico, was sixth (81.68).

Diego Simeone’s team, who smashed the hegemony of the Clasico teams in Spain by winning their first league title since 1996, have eight players in the Top 50.

Serie A champions Juventus have seven, as do runners-up Roma – including Manchester United target Kevin Strootman, who came fifth following an impressive campaign (81.86).

Premier League champions Manchester City fare best of the English clubs, with David Silva, Yaya Toure, Martin Demichelis and Joe Hart all making the Top 50.

Southampton have three players – Dejan Lovren, Jose Fonte and Rickie Lambert – on the list and all of them rank higher than Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney (48th).

It is a testament to Southampton’s good season that their trio puts them on a par with Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and PSG in the table.

Chelsea centre half Gary Cahill is the highest ranked of five English players, though he’s only 36th overall.

The ‘Power 50’ features a total of 13 players from the Premier League – one shy of Serie A – with Eden Hazard, Aaron Ramsey and Daniel Sturridge also included.

A total of 17 players from the list will not be competing in the World Cup and that includes half of the top 10 – Ibrahimovic, Strootman, Mehdi Benatia, Robert Lewandowski and Tiago.

Bloomberg analysed both the defensive and attacking qualities of each player in Europe’s big five leagues, taking into account strengths and weaknesses in passing, creativity, tackling, heading, shooting and scoring.

They also factored in the relative strength of the opposition and the performance of the team as a whole.

THE TOP 50 POWER RANKINGS IN FULL

50 Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim, 79.01); 49 Joe Hart (Manchester City, 79.02); 48 Wayne Rooney (Manchester United, 79.03); 47 Simon Kjaer (Lille, 79.04); 46 Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus, 79.05); 45 Rickie Lambert (Southampton, 79.05); 44 Andrea Pirlo (Juventus, 79.08); 43 Andrea Barzagli (Juventus, 79.10); 42 Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool, 79.13); 41 Loic Perrin (Saint-Etienne, 79.22); 40 Adrian Ramos (Hertha Berlin, 79.27); 39 Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, 79.28); 38 Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal, 79.29); 37 Paul Pogba (Juventus, 79.30); 36 Gary Cahill (Chelsea, 79.30); 35 Jose Fonte (Southampton) 79.34; 34 Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain, 79.39); 33 Morgan de Sanctis (Roma, 79.45); 32 Eden Hazard (Chelsea, 79.48); 31 Dejan Lovren (Southampton, 79.59): 30 Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund, 79.61); 29 Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, 79.63); 28 Koke (Atletico Madrid, 79.64); 27 Daniele de Rossi (Roma, 79.84); 26 Juanfran (Atletico Madrid, 79.92); 25 Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus, 79.94); 24 Gareth Bale (Real Madrid, 79.96); 23 Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid, 79.96); 22 Gabi (Atletico Madrid, 79.97); 21 Miralem Pjanic (Roma, 80.01); 20 Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain, 80.08); 19 Gervinho (Roma, 80.18); 18 Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid, 80.21); 17 Martin Demichelis (Manchester City, 80.27); 16 Leandro Castan (Roma, 80.28); 15 Carlos Tevez (Juventus, 80.30); 14 Yaya Toure (Manchester City, 80.31); 13 Miranda (Atletico Madrid, 80.36); 12 Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund, 80.66); 11 Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich, 80.78)

david-silva110 David Silva (Manchester City, 80.79)
City’s creative force as they wrestled the Premier League title back from neighbours United, the Spaniard scored seven goals and contributed 12 assists during their campaign.

9 Tiago (Atletico Madrid, 80.79)
Veteran Portuguese who has been Atletico’s central midfield heartbeat in a season of unprecedented success.
8 Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund, 81.21)
The Pole departed for Bayern Munich with 20 Bundesliga goals and 11 assists, though Dortmund fell well short of their rivals.
7 Mehdi Benatia (Roma, 81.30)
Morocco centre half helped Roma to a second-placed finish in Serie A after his £11.8m transfer from Udinese last summer.
6 Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid, 81.68)
The Spain striker has enjoyed an outstanding season, finding the net 36 times in all competitions as Atletico won the league and reached the final of the Champions League.
5 Kevin Strootman (Roma, 81.86)
Consistent performances in central midfield made Strootman Roma’s stand-out player and attracted interest from Manchester United among others until a cruciate ligament injury ruled Dutchman out of the World Cup.
4 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, 84.59)
The World Player of the Year maintained his stratospherically high standards this season, with a half-century of goals across all competitions, including a record 16 (and counting) in the Champions League.
cristiano-ronaldo43 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain, 84.91)
The world’s most extravagant player reached new heights in 2013-2014, scoring 41 goals in all competitions and setting up 18 more as PSG won Ligue 1 and reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
2 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, 85.43)
It may have been a season interrupted by injury, but Messi still managed to score 41 times as Barcelona took the La Liga title race to the final day.
1 Luis Suarez (Liverpool, 86.02)
Simply outstanding as Liverpool enjoyed their best season in years, the Uruguayan’s 31 goals took Liverpool within a whisker of ending their title drought in an incredible personal transformation from villain to hero.
Source: Daily Mail
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