6, 2017 - Few European football fans
knew him, when he was loaned by Real Madrid
in January 2013. Now Casemiro
has established himself as a key player for
the Spanish champions and in the Brazilian national
This month he underlines his status as a world
class midfielder by entering the TFR PLAYERS
top 10 for the first time ever replacing his
Barcelona colleague, Sergio
Busquets. The Blaugrana midfielder drops
to the 13th spot after only one month among
the top 10 best players in the world.
Apart from this change the December rankings
are very similar to November’s except
from a spot swap between Dries
Mertens and Marc
André ter-Stegen. Mertens has taken
over from the German goalkeeper in the 6th spot.
Just outside top 10 the Tottenham duo, Dele
Alli and Christian
Eriksen, are the highest ranked players
in the 11th and 12th spot respectively.
Although players like Cristiano
Griezmann and Neymar
more or less are in the same spots as by the
end of 2016-17, their scores reveal another
story: 2017-18 has so far been a disappointing
Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann and Luis
Suárez have performed way below the level
of last season.
Suárez has lost 342 points, Ronaldo 232
and Griezmann 110. Neymar has been successful
in his new job at Paris St.-Germain but has
lost 272 points, mainly because the French Ligue
1 is less competitive than Primera Division
Since the 2016-17 rankings Toni
Sánchez and Koke
have been replaced in the top 10 by Marc-André
ter Stegen, Harry
Kane and Casemiro.