Thursday, 12 January 2012

European "Rangliste" - Recap

For some time I thought about how useful it would be to have a Kicker style ranking of all the players based in Europe. You can read the background to it here, but in essence it boils down to putting Europe's top players by position into one of three categories.


World Class *** – Performing consistently to an exceptional standard. Among the finest players in the world and performing at a level comparable with the very best in your position. (Guideline – 15-20 players a season)

International class ** – Performing consistently to an excellent or sporadically to an exceptional standard. (Guideline – 20-30 players a season)

National class * – Performing consistently to a very high standard or sporadically to an exceptional or excellent standard. (Guideline – 50-70 players a season)

For the full profiles of each player, click on the category heading to read the basis of my rating. 
Samir Handanovic (Udinese and Slovenia) **
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich and Germany) **
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus and Italy) **
Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain and Italy) **
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Borussia Moenchenglabach and Germany) *
Michel Vorm (Swansea and Holland) *
Victor Valdes (Barcelona and Spain) *
Joe Hart (Manchester City and England) *
Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen and Germany) *
Roberto (Granada and Spain) *
Tim Krul (Newcastle United and Holland) *
Alexis Thebaux (Caen and France) *
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid and Spain) *
Artur (Benfica and Brazil) *
Javi Varas (Sevilla and Spain) *
Dani Alves (Barcelona and Brazil) ***
Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich and Germany) **
Marcelo (Real Madrid and Brazil) **
Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus and Italy) **
Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur and England) *
Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus and Switzerland) *
Lukasz Piszczek (Borrusia Dortmund and Poland) *
Micah Richards (Manchester City and England) *
Mathieu Debuchy (Lille and France) *
Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund and Germany) *
Jordi Alba (Valencia and Spain)  *
Yuto Nagatomo (Internazionale and Japan) *
Henri Bedimo (Montpellier and Cameroon)  *
Jose Enrique (Liverpool and Spain) *
Christian Fuchs (Schalke and Austria) *
Thiago Silva (AC Milan and Brazil) ***
Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund and Germany) ***
Vincent Kompany (Manchester City and Belgium) ***
Lucio (Internazionale and Brazil) **
Ledley King (Tottenham Hotspur and England) **
Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munich and Belgium) **
Javier Mascherano (Barcelona and Argentina) **
Andrea Barzagli (Juventus and Italy) **
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid and Spain) *
Holger Badstuber (Bayern Munich and Germany) *
Joleon Lescott (Manchester City and England) *
Mehdi Benatia (Udinese and Morocco) *
Adil Rami (Valencia and France) *
Hugo Campagnaro (Napoli and Argentina) *
Jonathan Zebina (Brest and France) *
Sergio Ballesteros (Levante and Spain) *
Nicolas N’Koulou (Marseille and Cameroon) *
Dante (Borussia Moenchengladbach and Brazil) *
Javi Martinez (Atletic Bilbao and Spain) *
Ezequiel Garay (Benfica and Argentina) *
Jan Vertonghen (Ajax and Belgium) *
Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur and England) **
Daniele De Rossi (Roma and Italy) **
Sergio Busquets (Barcelona and Spain) **
Jeremy Toulalan (Malaga and France) *
Lucas Leiva (Liverpool and Brazil) *
Alex Song (Arsenal and Cameroon) *
Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund and Germany) *
Phil Jones (Manchester United and England) *
Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen and Germany) *
Xavi (Barcelona and Spain) ***
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich and Germany) ***
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus and Italy) **
Luka Modric (Tottenham Hotspur and Croatia) **
Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid and Spain) **
Claudio Marchisio (Juventus and Italy) *
Yaya Toure (Manchester City and Ivory Coast) *
Gokhan Inler (Napoli and Switzerland) *
Rasmus Elm (AZ Alkmaar and Sweden) *
Yoann Cabaye (Newcastle United and France) *
Antonio Nocerino (AC Milan and Italy) *
Alain Traore (Auxerre and Burkina Faso) *
Stijn Schaars (Sporting Lisbon and Holland) *
David Silva (Manchester City and Spain) ***
Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona and Spain) ***
Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich and Germany) **
Mario Goetze (Borussia Dortmund and Germany) *
Miralem Pjanic (Roma and Bosnia and Herzegovina) *
Kevin-Prince Boateng (AC Milan and Ghana) *
Christian Eriksen (Ajax and Denmark) *
Mikel Arteta (Arsenal and Spain) *
Andre Ayew (Marseille and Ghana) *
Pablo Aimar (Benfica and Argentina) *
Andres Iniesta (Barcelona and Spain) *
Rafael Van der Vaart (Tottenham Hotspur and Holland) *
Frank Lampard (Chelsea and England) *
Javier Pastore (Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina) *
Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich and France) ***
Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur and Wales) **
Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid and Argentina) **
Eden Hazard (Lille and Belgium) *
Juan Mata (Chelsea and Spain) *
Dries Mertens (PSV Eindhoven and Belgium) *
Nani (Manchester United and Portugal) *
Santi Cazorla (Malaga and Spain) *
Nene (Paris-Saint Germain and Brazil) *
Juan Arango (Borussia Moenchengladbach and Venezuela) *
Cedric Barbosa (Evian and France) *
Jonathan Biabiany (Parma and France) *
Arda Turan (Atletico Madrid and Turkey) *
Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille and France) *
Alessio Cerci (Fiorentina and Italy) *
Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina) ***
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal) ***
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United and England) ***
Marco Reus (Borussia Moenchengladbach and Germany) ***
Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina and Montenegro) **
Raul (Schalke and Spain) *
Hulk (Porto and Brazil) *
Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea and England) *
Luis Suarez (Liverpool and Uruguay) *
Andriy Voronin (Dynamo Moscow and Ukraine) *
Maxi Moralez (Atalanta and Argentina) *
Robin Van Persie (Arsenal and Holland) ***
Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich and Germany) ***
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan and Sweden) ***
Edinson Cavani (Napoli and Uruguay) **
Roberto Soldado (Valencia and Spain) **
Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow and Ivory Coast) **
Demba Ba (Newcastle United and Senegal) *
Klaas Jan-Huntelaar (Schalke and Holland) *
Olivier Giroud (Montpellier and France) *
Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen and Peru) *
Lukas Podolski (Cologne and Germany) *
Antonio Di Natale (Udinese and Italy) *
Yakubu (Blackburn Rovers and Nigeria) *
Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund and Poland) *
German Denis (Atalanta and Argentina) *
Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid and Argentina) *
Alexander Frei (Basel and Switzerland) *
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City and Argentina) *
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid and France) *
Jeremy Perbet (Mons and France) *

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