6, 2018 – Lionel
Messi finished 2017 as the TFR World’s
best player ahead of his eternal rival, Cristiano
Ronaldo with only 53 points separating the
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.
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.
Barcelona striker hasn’t had his best
year ever. He still delivers at world class
level, but just like Cristiano
he seems to be over the hill due to age.
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
De Bruyne (10th). The latter returns to
the top 10 after 25 months of absence.
quartet replaces Toni
Kroos and Gareth
Bale (Real Madrid), Alexis
Sánchez (Arsenal) and Paul
Pogba (Manchester United).
these only Toni
Kroos has been close to a top 10 ranking
this year. Others on the brinks of top 10 were
(Real Madrid), Ivan
Rakitic (Barcelona), Joshua
Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Dele
Alli (Tottenham) and Edinson
Cavani (Paris St.-Germain).