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5 most influential players across Europe's top 5 leagues this season

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3.71K   //    08 Feb 2019, 21:01 IST

Lionel Messi has been in scintillating form this season
Lionel Messi has been in scintillating form this season

The race to the top in all of Europe's top 5 leagues has been nothing short of enthralling this season. From Paris Saint-Germain getting knocked out of the French league cup by minnows Guingamp, to fan favorites Juventus being shown the exit door at the Coppa Italia by Atalanta, there has been no dearth of suspense or surprise.

Smaller clubs have been playing a fearless brand of football against table toppers, and in many cases have pulled off the upset.

The LaLiga has been as competitive as ever, with the table being open for anyone to suddenly surge up. Whilst Real Madrid are slowly recovering from the shocking departure of their talisman, Barcelona haven't had things easy either.

On the other hand, minnows like Deportivo Alaves and Real Betis are showing huge signs of promise.

The Bundesliga has been equally captivating, with Borussia Dortmund exceeding expectations to trump over Bayern Munich. While Bayern are still plotting a highly unlikely return to the top, their aging squad isn't permitting them to do so.

The Premier League too has been interesting, with favorites Manchester City facing a tight race against Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, who squandered a 9 point lead due to a sudden set of disappointing results.

Given the high competition all across Europe, let's have a look at the 5 players who have been the most influential for their clubs at the domestic level so far:

5) Marco Reus

Borussia Dortmund v Hannover 96 - Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund v Hannover 96 - Bundesliga

Borrusia Dortmund have been in fiery form this season, and one of the main factors for this sudden success is their skipper, Marco Reus. The German international has suddenly found a rejuvenated role under Lucien Favre at the attacking midfield position, one that he himself considers his favorite.

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Reus has led from the front, scoring 13 goals and assisting 6 times in just 19 appearances in the league. He has also been one of the creators-in-chief for Dortmund, with an average of 1.4 key passes and 2.7 shots per game.

Reus has also helped out defensively, with an average of 1.4 tackles and clearances per game. As the captain, he seems to be leading Dortmund to a 9th German League title.

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