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Lionel Messi Named The Best Footballer In Europe, Ronaldo Not In Top 10

Lionel Messi Named The Best Footballer In Europe, Ronaldo Not In Top 10

Lionel Messi has been named the world's best footballer while Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't feature in the top 10.

CIES Football Observatory have ranked the world's best players based on their performances this year.

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Messi tops the list as he did at the Ballon d'Or earlier this month, while Virgil van Dijk only just cracks the top 10.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

Check out the full list below.

Europe's top 25. Image: CIES
Europe's top 25. Image: CIES

Neymar and Hakim Ziyech are surprise picks for the two spots behind Messi.

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The Brazilian hasn't had his best year and while there's no doubting Ziyech's talent, he's not the third best player in the world.

Ronaldo on the other hand finds himself down in 12th, tied with Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez.

The list is quite a controversial one when matched up with the Ballon d'Or rankings.

Ronaldo came third in the Ballon d'Or voting and doesn't feature on the list while Mo Salah who came four also isn't included.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

2019 hasn't been a strong year for the Juventus forward.

Despite winning Serie A and the Nations League with Portugal, he only scored 21 goals in the league last season and has nine so far this campaign.

"The Ballon d'Or to Messi? For me it's an injustice.

"Cristiano is the best in the history of football. Before him Portugal had not won anything, with him the [2016] European Championship and the Nations League."

"He has transformed world football, in Portugal, at Real Madrid. It's impossible to compare him to anyone."

It's certainly an interesting topic to debate.

Who do you think is the best player in the world?

Sound off in the comments below.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football News, Football, Lionel Messi, Ballon d'Or, Cristiano Ronaldo

Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelancer journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.

 

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