Euro 2016's Top 50 Players: Five most controversial picks, Premier League ace better than Ozil?

Kevin De Bruyne celebrates scoring the second goal for Manchester City

Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne features above Arsenal's Mesut Ozil in our list, while Tottenham's Dele Alli is rated above Cesc Fabregas, and no Liverpool players feature at all.

Spain's Andres Iniesta kisses the trophy after winning the World Cup FinalSpain's Andres Iniesta kisses the trophy after winning the World Cup Final

Whittling down and ranking the top 50 players in order at a major tournament before it kicks off is no simple task.

We at HITC Sport have attempted to do so ahead of Euro 2016, but there are a few controversial results to crop up along the way. 

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Looking back at the top 50, here are five controversial selections or non-selections...

Paul Pogba over Andres Iniesta and no Spain players in top 10

Ageing maestro Andres Iniesta was voted in at number 11, meaning no Spain players featured in a top 10 they perhaps once would have dominated.

La Roja still possess more players in the list than any other nation other than Belgium, both with nine.

Above Iniesta is central midfield star Paul Pogba who is an outstanding talent and three time Serie A winner at Juventus, but is yet to achieve the feats the Spaniard has done. Euro 2016 perhaps is his big chance to shine.

Gerard Pique over Sergio Ramos

Barcelona and Real Madrid fans will row about this one all day, with Gerard Pique voted in at number 19 and Sergio Ramos one place lower at number 20.

Barcelona's Gerard PiqueBarcelona's Gerard Pique

Ramos and Pique are expected to line up with each other in central defence and put club rivalry aside, with the former hoping to enter the tournament as a Champions League winner once again.

Dele Alli over Cesc Fabregas

Dele Alli narrowly edged Cesc Fabregas into 30th place, with the Chelsea star at 31.

The Spaniard has won the lot but is coming off of a truly underwhelming season, skewing results against him in our voting process.

Dele Alli celebrates after scoring the first goal for TottenhamDele Alli celebrates after scoring the first goal for Tottenham

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli's rise to superstardom shows no sign of slowing down, expected to start for England just 12 months after finishing the season in League One.

Kevin de Bruyne over Mesut Ozil

Former Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil is not the highest voted Premier League player at number 13.

Instead that accolade goes to Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne at number 7, after a dazzling individual campaign which was only stifled by injury.

Kevin De Bruyne celebrates scoring the second goal for Manchester CityKevin De Bruyne celebrates scoring the second goal for Manchester City

The Belgian is his country's brightest hope thanks to Eden Hazard's disappointing campaign and a lot will be expected from him.

No Liverpool players

Despite reaching the Europa League final not a single Liverpool player made our list.

There was no room for Christian Benteke or Jordan Henderson, while Daniel Sturridge's injury problems have left him right on the edge of England's squad for the tournament.


 

The full top 50

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates a goal against the U.S. by teammate Nani (unseen)Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates a goal against the U.S. by teammate Nani (unseen)

1 Cristiano Ronaldo, 2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 3 Robert Lewandowski, 4 Gareth Bale, 5 Paul Pogba

6 Thomas Muller, 7 Kevin de Bruyne, 8 Antoine Griezmann, 9 Luka Modric, 10 Marco Reus

11 Andres Iniesta, 12 Manuel Neuer, 13 Mesut Ozil, 14 Toni Kroos, 15 Harry Kane

16 Eden Hazard, 17 David Alaba, 18 Sergio Busquets, 19 Gerard Pique, 20 Sergio Ramos

21 David de Gea, 22 Dimitri Payet, 23 Ivan Rakitic, 24 Gianluigi Buffon, 25 Mats Hummels

26 Toby Alderweireld, 27 David Silva, 28 Romelu Lukaku, 29 Anthony Martial, 30 Dele Alli

31 Cesc Fabregas, 32 Jerome Boateng, 33 Arda Turan, 34 Thibaut Courtois, 35 Giorgio Chiellini

36 Hugo Lloris, 37 NGolo Kante, 38 Jamie Vardy, 39 Jordi Alba, 40 Leonardo Bonucci,

41 Marek Hamsik, 42 Petr Cech, 43 Koke, 44 Blaise Matuidi, 45 Andriy Yarmolenko

46 Jan Vertonghen, 47 Michy Batshuayi, 48 Radja Nainggolan, 49 Wayne Rooney, 50 Mousa Dembele

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