Who are the 50 best footballers in the world?

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Southampton, Manchester City and Manchester United are all featured.

The mathematical and analytical sporting gurus at Bloomberg have studied performance data from all the major football leagues in Europe and listed a "power 50" - a top 50 list of the best footballers who competed in the most recent domestic season in their respective leagues.

A statement on BSports explained how they compile their rankings: "The [Power 50] provide a scientifically-calculated assessment of a player’s all round contribution to the team using metrics unique to BSports.

"An objective analysis that creates a performance rating for players [has been developed] and is compared to others in every other club in the big five European leagues… core responsibilities on the field produce a BSports Rating."

Defensive attributes for efficiency in performance were measured in key areas such as tackles and interceptions, whilst also evaluating the defensive performance as a unit. Similarly, for attackers, goals, shots and creativity were skills that would score well, as were passing, dribbling and turnovers.

Other factors like keeping clean sheets when concessions were expected, or scoring hat-tricks against defensively-stringent sides would also, presumably, increase a BSports Rating.

Due to their methodology, which omits players who do not compete in 50% or more of the total available minutes in a domestic season "players such as Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (he would have placed ninth) and Neven Subotic (25th) of Borussia Dortmund fail to make the list of the Top 50 players in Europe’s big five leagues this season after their campaigns were disrupted due to injury."

Premier League representatives outside of the top ten consisted of Joe Hart (49), of Manchester City; Wayne Rooney (48) of Manchester United; Rickie Lambert (45) of Southampton; Daniel Sturridge (42) of Liverpool; Aaron Ramsey (38), of Arsenal; Gary Cahill (36), of Chelsea; Jose Fonte (35) of Southampton; Eden Hazard (32), of Chelsea; Dejan Lovren (31), of Southampton; Martin Demichelis (17), of Manchester City and Yaya Toure (14) of Manchester City.

The top ten is as follows: David Silva (10), of Manchester City; Tiago (9), of Atletico Madrid; Robert Lewandowski (8), of Borussia Dortmund; Mehdi Benatia (7), of AS Roma; Diego Costa (6), of Atletico Madrid; Kevin Strootman (5), of AS Roma; Cristiano Ronaldo (4), of Real Madrid; Zlatan Ibrahimovic (3), of PSG; Lionel Messi (2), of Barcelona and… Luis Suarez (1), of Liverpool.

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