Performance analysis of 2019 Ballon d’Or nominees for the period Jan to Oct' 19, Part 3: Defenders
The 30 nominees for the 2019 Ballon d'Or award, announced by the French football magazine French Football, comprise players from 12 different clubs and 15 different nationalities.
Continuing on from the first part of the 2019 Ballon d'Or nominee player report card which dealt with strikers, and the second part which analyses the performance of the midfielders, this third part deals with the performance of the defenders.
Similar to the evaluation for strikers and midfielders, the evaluation for defenders also considers 2 points for each goal scored, 1 point for assists, and 5 points for any title won for club or country.
Let us meet the defenders who have been nominated for the prestigious 2019 Ballon d'Or.
#5 Kalidou Koulibaly (SSC Napoli, Senegal)
Koulibaly's ability to play the ball out from defence makes him an integral part of coach Maurizio Sarri's possession-based footballing philosophy at Napoli. The 28-year-old Senegalese's versatility is exploited in a variety of defensive roles such as centre-back, full-back and even in defensive midfield.
Kouilbaly has also contributed upfront during the calendar year, scoring two Serie A goals in 17 games.