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Top 10 footballers of 2017 according to The Guardian

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19.89K   //    02 Jan 2018, 13:53 IST

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There cannot be a better time to debate about the best players of 2017. Right now, we're up for anything that takes the attention away from Manchester City romping through the league, making it look boring, despite their beautiful brand of football. The Guardian recently released their list of top 100 footballers as the year draws to a close. 

In their sixth annual survey, they have drawn out a list based on the votes of the biggest panel they have assembled to date - 169 judges from 63 countries. The panel includes 27 current and former professionals along with various correspondents, reporters, players, coaches, broadcasters and editors. Ronaldo 'Il Fenomeno', Javier Zanetti and Hernan Crespo are some names in the panel. 

The judges were tasked with selecting 40 players from a list of 500 footballers from all over the globe. The no.1 was awarded 40 points, no.2 with 39 points and so on. The votes were added up to obtain a raw score that decided the ranks of the respective players.

Amongst the 100 top footballers, here are the ten best players according to the judges, who have been at their supreme best in 2017.


#10 Eden Hazard

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Eden Hazard is the best player at Chelsea right now

Rank in 2016: 35

Eden Hazard seems to be the worthy successor to Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge. Thanks to his impressive vision and dribbling ability, the Belgian playmaker is already one of the best players to have graced the Premier League.

He was an important piece of the jigsaw as Chelsea clinched the Premier League title last season and with Diego Costa's departure, it won't be wrong to say he is the main man at the club right now.

WhoScored.com has awarded him a 7.64 rating this season, more than anyone else in the squad, signifying his importance in the Blues line up. He has moved 25 places in the list this year, after being ranked 35th in 2016.

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Five days shalt thou labour, as the Bible says. The seventh day is the Lord thy God's. The sixth day is for football - Anthony Burgess In love with Manchester United and a student of the beautiful game, I believe football is more than just a sport. It's an art that soothes the soul. It's a charming way of life. I adore Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and revere Sir Alex Ferguson, Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola. I also write for SportsMonks.com and Playingfor90.com
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