Top-50 Football Players December 2016

It has been a long time since we last time published the top players according to Goalimpact. The list below contains the 50 active players worldwide that have the highest current Goalimpact rating.

The algorithm changed August this year so the time passed is not the only reason why the list changed. Main change was an improved correction for league quality. This not longer bases only on games between teams in different leagues, but also evaluates transfers between leagues.

However, the list still contains Stefan Ilsanker. When we listed him in October 2015 it raised some eyebrows, because he was an unknown player in the second German division. Now his club leads Bundesliga ahead of Bayern München and he maybe is a bit less controversial though still not on the list of many. Like as if to keep one very controversial player in the list, we now list André Ramalho from 1. FSV Mainz 05.

Rank Player Team Goalimpact Player Age PeakGI Nationality Previous
Rank
1 Mario Götze Borussia Dortmund 216,51 24,50 221,74 Deutschland 3
2 Thomas Müller Bayern München 212,59 27,25 215,05 Deutschland 1
3 Busquets FC Barcelona 207,43 28,42 212,11 Spanien 10
4 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona 203,50 29,42 209,97 Argentinien, Spanien 8
5 Piqué FC Barcelona 199,92 29,83 207,05 Spanien 15
6 Pedro Chelsea FC 199,34 29,33 205,66 Spanien 11
7 Manuel Neuer Bayern München 198,81 30,67 210,94 Deutschland 9
8 Toni Kroos Real Madrid 197,03 26,92 198,87 Deutschland 20
9 Karim Benzema Real Madrid 195,17 28,92 200,82 Frankreich 5
10 Mesut Özil Arsenal FC 193,66 28,17 197,91 Deutschland 2
11 Cesc Fàbregas Chelsea FC 193,65 29,58 200,36 Spanien 6
12 Robert Lewandowski Bayern München 193,29 28,25 197,79 Polen 4
13 David Alaba Bayern München 192,70 24,42 198,13 Österreich 42
14 Marcelo Real Madrid 192,14 28,58 197,12 Brasilien 14
15 Theo Walcott Arsenal FC 192,10 27,75 195,56 England, Barbados 7
16 James Rodríguez Real Madrid 192,00 25,42 194,12 Kolumbien 46
17 Thiago Bayern München 191,19 25,67 192,43 Spanien, Brasilien 172
18 Martin Hinteregger FC Augsburg 190,77 24,25 196,92 Österreich 24
19 Neymar FC Barcelona 190,51 24,83 194,61 Brasilien 47
20 Víctor Valdés Middlesbrough FC 190,20 34,92 199,67 Spanien 31
21 Toby Alderweireld Tottenham Hotspur 189,54 27,75 193,07 Belgien 13
22 Jérôme Boateng Bayern München 189,53 28,25 193,97 Deutschland 52
23 Mats Hummels Bayern München 188,09 28,00 192,04 Deutschland 18
24 Holger Badstuber Bayern München 186,01 27,75 189,48 Deutschland 175
25 Kevin Kampl Bayer Leverkusen 184,73 26,17 185,02 Slowenien,
Deutschland
29
26 Gianluigi Buffon Juventus 184,24 38,83 184,61 Italien 102
27 Bartra Borussia Dortmund 184,10 25,92 184,51 Spanien 246
28 Dani Carvajal Real Madrid 183,88 24,92 187,74 Spanien 221
29 Koke Atletico Madrid 183,69 24,92 187,52 Spanien 198
30 Ángel Di María Paris Saint-Germain 183,49 28,83 188,87 Argentinien 40
31 Eden Hazard Chelsea FC 183,46 25,92 183,80 Belgien 41
32 Iker Casillas FC Porto 183,16 35,50 191,28 Spanien 55
33 Yaroslav Rakitskiy Shakhtar Donetsk 182,95 27,33 185,63 Ukraine 54
34 Gregory van der Wiel Fenerbahce 182,88 28,83 188,32 Niederlande, Curaçao 44
35 Henrikh Mkhitaryan Manchester United 182,71 27,83 186,47 Armenien 35
36 Alex Teixeira Jiangsu Sainty 182,54 26,92 184,36 Brasilien 264
37 Luis Suárez FC Barcelona 182,02 29,83 189,19 Uruguay 59
38 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 181,92 31,83 200,52 Portugal 17
39 Siem de Jong PSV Eindhoven 181,08 27,83 184,80 Niederlande 75
40 İlkay Gündoğan Manchester City 180,64 26,08 180,86 Deutschland 150
41 Xherdan Shaqiri Stoke City 180,58 25,17 183,56 Schweiz 284
42 Arturo Vidal Bayern München 180,57 29,50 187,19 Chile 23
43 Petr Čech Arsenal FC 180,11 34,50 189,85 Tschechien 32
44 Luuk de Jong PSV Eindhoven 179,64 26,25 180,18 Niederlande 130
45 Jeremain Lens Fenerbahce 179,12 29,00 184,88 Niederlande, Suriname 43
46 André Ramalho 1. FSV Mainz 05 178,82 24,83 183,03 Brasilien 259
47 Bastian
Schweinsteiger
Manchester United 178,74 32,33 199,90 Deutschland 25
48 Isco Real Madrid 178,35 24,58 183,17 Spanien 302
49 Marcel Schmelzer Borussia Dortmund 178,22 28,83 183,71 Deutschland 100
50 Stefan Ilsanker RB Leipzig 178,13 27,58 181,24 Österreich 12