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CIES Football Observatory have released their survey to determine the best players based on the position they play in, starting the 1stof January t ...

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CIES Football Observatory have released their survey to determine the best players based on the position they play in, starting the 1st of January this year. The rankings consider the relevant statistics for different positions. 

Among the centre backs, the list mostly comprises players from England and Germany with the mentions of a few players from France. The Bundesliga once again rules the roost in case of fullbacks while the Premier League takes a sizeable chunk in case of attacking midfielders. However, the biggest shock comes in the forwards category where one big name doesn't find himself in the top 10.

The key factors taken into consideration while churning down the list are:

  • Shooting: ability to take advantage of goal opportunities through accurate shooting
  • Chance creation: ability to put teammates in a good position to score
  • Take on: ability to create dangerous situations by successfully challenging opponents
  • Distribution: ability to keep a hold on the game through efficient passing
  • Recovery: ability to minimise goal opportunities for opponents through proficient interception work
  • Rigour: ability to minimise goal opportunities for opponents through robust duelling

Here is a full breakdown of the survey with the top 10 players in respect to their playing positions:

#1 Centrebacks

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The study reveals that among the centrebacks, Bayer Leverkusen’s Emir Spahic is at the top, followed by Manchester City’s Martin Demichelis. Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels followed by Manchester United’s Chris Smalling.

Former Brazil captain and Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Silva finds himself at the number 5 spot. The sixth place is a tie between David Luiz of PSG and Stefan di Vrij of Lazio. United make another appearance at 8 with Marco Rojo. The ninth spot is once again shared by Konstantinos Manolas of AS Roma and Hummels teammate at Dortmund, Neven Subotić.

Interestingly, the list doesn't see the likes of Sergio Ramos among others make it even to the top 15, let alone the top 10.

No. Player Name Club  League Points
1. Emir Spahic Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 100
2. Martin Demichelis Manchester City Premier League 89
3. Mats Hummels Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga 79
4. Chris Smalling Manchester United Premier League 76
5. Thiago Silva Paris Saint Germain Ligue 1 71
6. David Luiz Paris Saint Germain Ligue 1 69
  Stefan de Vrij Lazio Serie A  69
8. Marco Rojo Manchester United Premier League 68
9. Konstantinos Manolas AS Roma  Serie A  64
  Neven Subotić Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga 64
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