West Ham’s Payet ranked 14th in world by Goal.com
PUBLISHED: 14:41 11 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:41 11 November 2016
French playmaker included in annual list of best players on the planet
Dimitri Payet’s show-stealing performances at the Euro 2016 finals, coupled with him being one of last season’s Premier League surprise packages, has seen the West Ham playmaker ranked the 14th best player in the world by Goal.com.
Payet’s position is the highest achieved by a West Ham player in the history of the Goal top 50 list, with top spot this year going to Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, with Barcelona’s Luis Suarez second and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Greizemann coming in third.
Last year’s winner, Lionel Messi, finished fourth in the Goal 50 list, which is compiled by over 500 of Goal.com’s journalists from around the globe.
Goal’s football experts have given a thorough examination of players in every territory, judging them on their level of consistency, their big-game performances, footballing legacy and the success of their team at club and international level.
James Marley, global editor-in-chief at Goal.com said: “Payet’s ability to be provide standout individual moments of brilliance, as well as being the engine room for both West Ham and the French national team has endeared him not just to the Goal 50 panel, but football fans across the world.
“We’re sure there’s much more to come from him and expect to see him place even higher next year.”
The majority of the players in the Goal 50 list play their football in Europe’s five biggest leagues, with 19 playing in La Liga, 14 in England’s Premier League, nine in Germany’s Bundesliga, six in Italy’s Serie A and one in France’s Ligue 1.
Outside of Europe, River Plate’s Lucas Alario makes the list by placing at number 50.
Leicester City’s surprising Premier League title win helped Riyad Mahrez make his first appearance in the annual countdown at number seven and England’s Jamie Vardy was just outside the top 10 in 11th place, with Harry Kane (35th) the only other Englishman listed.
Full Goal 50 2016 list:
1 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
2 Luis Suarez (Barcelona)
3 Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
4 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
5 Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
6 Neymar (Barcelona)
7 Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
8 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
9 Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus)
10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)
11 Jamie Vardy (Leciester City)
12 Pepe (Real Madrid)
13 N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
14 Dimitri Payet (West Ham)
15 Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
16 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)
17 Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich)
18 Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
19 Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
20 Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
21 Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
22 Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)
23 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
24 Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
25 Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
26 Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)
27 Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
28 Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
29 Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)
30 Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich)
31 Marcelo (Real Madrid)
32 Koke (Atletico Madrid)
33 Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
34 Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)
35 Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspurs)
36 Henrik Mkhitaryan (Manchester United)
37 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
38 Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
39 Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
40 Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid)
41 Casemiro (Real Madrid)
42 David Alaba (Bayern Munich)
43 Andrea Barzagli (Juventus)
44 Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich)
45 David De Gea (Manchester United)
46 Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich)
47 Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan)
48 Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona)
49 Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain)
50 Lucas Alario (River Plate)
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