FourFourTwo's Best 100 Footballers of 2018

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Anybody see this? I thought this could create some discussion.

This is their list as voted by FFT and their panel of experts around the globe.



1. Lionel Messi - Barcelona
2. Cristiano Ronaldo - Juventus
3. Kylian Mbappe - PSG
4. Luka Modric - Real Madrid
5. Antoine Greizmann - Atletico Madrid
6. Mohamed Salah - Liverpool
7. Eden Hazard - Chelsea
8. Neymar - PSG
9. Jan Oblak - Atletico Madrid
10. Harry Kane - Tottenham

11. David Silva - Man City
12. Sergio Aguro - Man City
13. N'Golo Kante - Chelsea
14. Kevin De Bruyne - Man City
15. Luis Suarez - Barcelona
16. David De Gea - Manchester United
17. Robert Lewandowski - Bayern Munich
18. Mauro Icardi - Inter Milan
19. Virgil Van Dijk - Liverpool
20. Marc Andre ter Stegen - Barcelona

21. Miralem Pjanic - Juventus
22. Jordi Alba - Barcelona
23. Edinson Cavani - PSG
24. Raheem Sterling - Man City
25. Marcelo - Real Madrid
26. Phillipe Coutinho - Barcelona
27. Diego Godin - Atletico Madrid
28. Roberto Firmino - Liverpool
29. Ederson - Man City
30. Marco Reus - BVB

31. Sadio Mane - Liverpool
32. Raphael Varane - Real Madrid
33. Paulo Dybala - Juventus
34. Jose Giminez - Atletico Madrid
35. Dries Mertens - Napoli
36. Casemiro - Real Madrid
37. Kalidou Koulibaly - Napoli
38. Ivan Rakitic - Barcelona
39. James Rodriguez - Bayern Munich
40. Samuel Umtiti - Barcelona

41. Dani Carvajal - Real Madrid
42. Allison - Liverpool
43. Sergio Ramos - Real Madrid
44. Cesar Azpilicueta - Chelsea
45. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Arsenal
46. Christian Eriksen - Tottenham
47. Thomas Meunier - PSG
48. Jan Vertonghen - Tottenham
49. Kyle Walker - Man City
50. Paul Pogba - Manchester United

51. Sergio Busquets - Barcelona
52. Bernardo Silva - Man City
53. Lorenzo Insigne - Napoli
54. Fernandinho - Man City
55. Joshua Kimmich - Bayern Munich
56. Mario Mandzukic - Juventus
57. Jorginho - Chelsea
58. Toni Kroos - Real Madrid
59. Lucas Hernandez - Atletico Madrid
60. Gareth Bale - Real Madrid

61. Niklas Sule - Bayern Munich
62. Ivan Perisic - Inter Milan
63. Angel Di Maria - PSG
64. Isco - Real Madrid
65. Koke - Atletico Madrid
66. Joao Cancelo - Juventus
67. Andrew Robertson - Liverpool
68. Ciro Immobile - Lazio
69. Gonzalo Higuain - AC Milan
70. Iago Aspas - Celta Vigo

71. Saul Niguez - Atletico Madrid
72. Riyad Mahrez - Man City
73. Toby Alderweireld - Tottenham
74. Axel Witsel - BVB
75. Gerard Pique - Barcelona
76. Thibaut Courtois - Real Madrid
77. Milan Skiniar - Inter Milan
78. Alexandre Lacazette - Arsenal
79. Leroy Sane - Man City
80. Dele Alli - Tottenham

81. Arjen Robben - Bayern Munich
82. Benjamin Mendy - Man City
83. Kepa Arrizabalaga - Chelsea
84. Thiago Alcantara - Bayern Munich
85. Keylor Navas - Real Madrid
86. Blaise Matuidi - Juventus
87. Giorgia Chillieni - Juventus
88. Hugo Lloris - Tottenham
89. Florian Thauvin - Marseille
90. Nabil Fekir - Lyon

91. Edin Dzeko - Roma
92. Timo Werner - RB Leipzig
93. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic - Lazio
94. Ante Rebic - Eintracht Frankfurt
95. Romelu Lukaku - Manchester United
96. Allesio Romagnoli - AC Milan
97. Gabriel Jesus - Man City
98. Memphis Depay - Lyon
99. Thorgan Hazard - Borussia Monchengladback
100. Hirving Lozano - PSV


Some thoughts, no players playing in England outside of the "big six" made the list. Also thought I would throw in a breakdown of how many players made the list from each of the big six sides in England.

Man City - 12 (Ederson, Mendy, Walker, Fernandinho, Jesus, Aguero, Sane, Sterling, Mahrez, B.Silva, D.Silva, KDB)
Liverpool - 6 (Robbo, VVD, Allison, Mane, Firmino, Salah)
Tottenham - 6 (Vertonghen, Alderwiereld, Lloris, Kane, Ali, Eriksen)
Chelsea - 5 (Kepa, Azpi, Jorginho, Kante, Hazard)
Man United - 3 (De Gea, Pogba, Lukaku)
Arsenal - 2 (Lacazette, PEA)


Amazing that City have double that of the next best in Liverpool and Spurs. I thought Son was unlucky, he'd be in my top 100 and he's welcome at Liverpool. Interesting that they rate VVD as the best CB on the planet. Nice that Robbo is being recognised.

Pretty good list all up.

Thoughts, feelings?

Oh and call me bias but I'd have Salah above Modric and Griezmann. I know they put a lot of stock into the World Cup but for me, despite it being the big stage, it's only 5-6 games and it heavily favours the traditional powerhouses of football so I stick more to club level stuff.

So for me Modric would be much lower (his Ballon D'Or win is hilarious) and Griezmann would still be up there but I'd have him behind Salah. The top three probably all good.
 

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Much better than the guardian list
 

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Better than some of the other lists going round.

Just quietly, Griezmann has to be one of the most overrated players in the world.

I’m also glad there’s no Alonso in this list. F*** he’s terrible.
 
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Surely Aubameyang and Firmino should swap spots. PEA has banged goals in all year
 

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i too must've missed griezmann's incredible year
 

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Feels like DeBruyne has been lowered because of injury. He should be top 10. At the same time, wasn’t Mendy out for the first half of the year?
 

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Eh Neymar, Mbappe and Griezmann based on last year probably too high?

Salah and Kane deserve top 5.
 

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World Cup medal bonus points for Griezmann even though he wasn’t the star of their campaign
 

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Pretty good list

Would've thought Ousmane Dembele would've snuck into a top 100 given how impressive he's been over the past 2-3 months. He was playing decent football before then as well.

Glad to see Bale ranked way down. Has been overrated for quite some time now.
 
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