Messi was the world’s best in 2017

JANUARY 6, 2018Lionel Messi finished 2017 as the TFR World’s best player ahead of his eternal rival, Cristiano Ronaldo with only 53 points separating the two.

Cristiano Ronaldo was by far the best in the first half of the year, being the key figure to Real Madrid’s impressive road to the Spanish Championship and the Champions League title.
In June he added even more points to his account when playing for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russia.

In the second half of the year though, he was a disappointment, and in November Messi took over his top spot in the TFR PLAYERS rankings and has kept it since.

The Barcelona striker hasn’t had his best year ever. He still delivers at world class level, but just like Cristiano Ronaldo he seems to be over the hill due to age.

In the top 10 as many as six players were also among the world’s 10 best in 2016. Apart from Messi and Ronaldo they are Robert Lewandowski (from 6th to 3rd), Neymar (repeats his 4th spot), Luis Suárez (from 3rd to 5th) and Antoine Griezmann (from 5th to 8th).

The four new players in the top 10 since the 2016 rankings are Barcelona keeper Marc-André ter Stegen (6th), Tottenham forward Harry Kane (7th), Napoli striker Dries Mertens (9th) and Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (10th). The latter returns to the top 10 after 25 months of absence.

The quartet replaces Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) and Paul Pogba (Manchester United).

Of these only Toni Kroos has been close to a top 10 ranking this year. Others on the brinks of top 10 were Casemiro (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Dele Alli (Tottenham) and Edinson Cavani (Paris St.-Germain).