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TFR PLAYERS 5Y ITALY
THIS IS A RANKING OF THE TOP 10 ITALIAN PLAYERS FOR THE LATEST FIVE YEARS. THE RANKING IS BASED ON TFR PLAYERS ANNUAL RANKINGS FROM 2012-13 TO 2016-17. A FIRST SPOT IN THE ANNUAL RANKINGS IS REWARDED BY 300 POINTS, A SECOND SPOT BY 299 AND SO ON.
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PTS.
1
BUFFON, Gianluigi
Juventus (ITA)
Italy
5
28
1,202
2
BONUCCI, Leonardo
Milan (ITA)
Italy
5
30
1,177
3
CHIELLINI, Giorgio
Juventus (ITA)
Italy
5
44
1,034
4
BARZAGLI, Andrea
Juventus (ITA)
Italy
4
103
662
5
CANDREVA, Antonio
Inter (ITA)
Italy
4
118
598
6
PIRLO, Andrea
New York City (USA)
Italy
3
119
597
7
MARCHISIO, Claudio
Juventus (ITA)
Italy
3
151
491
8
INSIGNE, Lorenzo
Napoli (ITA)
Italy
3
184
421
9
SIRIGU, Salvatore
Torino (ITA)
Italy
3
185
421
10
PELLÈ, Graziano
Shandong Luneng (CHN)
Italy
3
192
405
*) NUMBER OF TFR PLAYERS TOP 300 RANKINGS
**) TFR PLAYERS 5Y RANKING

NOVEMBER 12, 2017 - Italian football has for decades been famous for having some of the best defences in the world.

This is still true, and therefore it's no surprise, that a top 10 ranking of the best Italian players for the last five years is led by four defensive players with goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in the 1st spot.

The three other players in top 4 are two present and one former team mate of Buffon at Juventus: Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci.

In recent years the Italian Serie A hasn’t had the same level as in the 80’s and 90’s, and that has affected the rankings of those playing in the domestic league.

For the last five years between 13 and 16 Italians have made it to the annual TFR PLAYERS top 300 rankings with the World Cup year 2013-14 being the best.

A total of 35 Italians have made it to the top 300 in the period. That’s more players than from for instance the Netherlands or Portugal but far less than Spain (116).

Only Buffon, Bonucci and Chiellini have made it every single of the last five years, with Bonucci being the highest ranked, as he finished 15th in 2015-16.