PSV Eindhoven vs AC Milan

A quick glance on the now beginning play-off between PSV Eindhoven and AC Milan.

Starting XI of Eindhoven:

Player GoalImpact Age
Goalkeeper
Jeroen Zoet 92,11 22,568
Defender
Karim Rekik 90,38 18,664
Joshua Brenet 89,94 19,367
Jetro Willems 129,31 19,34
Jeffrey Bruma 94,41 21,717
Midfielder
Ji-Sung Park 149,03 32,43
Stijn Schaars 122,21 29,555
Georginio Wijnaldum 124,28 22,721
Adam Maher 112,37 20,033
Forwards
Memphis Depay 120,12 19,463
Tim Matavz 124,04 24,547

Excellent Midfield and attack. Less convincing defense.

Starting XI of AC Milan:

Player GoalImpact Age
Goalkeeper
Christian Abbiati 127,6 36,1
Defender
Sulley Ali Muntari 123,1 28,9
Cristian Zapata 102,5 26,8
Philippe Mexes 125,2 31,3
Midfielder
Ignazio Abate 113,6 26,7
Riccardo Montolivo 119,5 28,5
Nigel de Jong 143,7 28,7
Urby Emanuelson 143,2 27,1
Kevin Prince Boateng 115,5 26,4
Forwards
Stephan El Shaarawy 114,9 20,8
Mario Balotelli 135,4 23,0

Excellent forward. Even stronger Midfield. Good defense.

This will be difficult for PSV.

Hall Of Fame - The Best Football Players of All Time

So far, only 65 players in history managed to have a Goalimpact of more than 160. Here is the full list in order of entry.

NumberDate of EntryNameTeam
104/1976Gerd MüllerBayern München
204/1976Franz BeckenbauerBayern München
312/1976Sepp MaierBayern München
404/1980Berti VogtsBor. Mönchengladbach
505/1981Paul BreitnerBayern München
605/1985Felix MagathHamburger SV
706/1985Bodo RudwaleitBFC Dynamo
804/1986Dieter HoeneßBayern München
906/1986Klaus AugenthalerBayern München
1012/1986Norbert TrieloffBFC Dynamo
1105/1987Erich ObermayerAustria Wien
1206/1987Manfred KaltzHamburger SV
1312/1987Uli SteinEintracht Frankfurt
1406/1988Herbert ProhaskaAustria Wien
1504/1990Hans PflüglerBayern München
1611/1993ZubizarretaFC Barcelona
1710/1994Bernd SchusterBayer Leverkusen
1806/1995Leo LainerRB Salzburg
1910/1997SanchisReal Madrid
2010/1998Lothar MatthäusBayern München
2104/2002Andreas MöllerFC Schalke 04
2203/2003Oliver KahnBayern München
2302/2006Patrick VieiraJuventus
2403/2006Ryan GiggsManchester United
2510/2006Claude MakeleleChelsea FC
2611/2006Paul ScholesManchester United
2712/2006Gary NevilleManchester United
2810/2007Luis FigoInter
2912/2008Thierry HenryFC Barcelona
3012/2008John TerryChelsea FC
3102/2009Edwin van der SarManchester United
3210/2009PuyolFC Barcelona
3310/2009XaviFC Barcelona
3411/2009Frank LampardChelsea FC
3503/2010Iker CasillasReal Madrid
3606/2010Ashley ColeChelsea FC
3706/2010Victor ValdesFC Barcelona
3806/2010Petr CechChelsea FC
3907/2010Lionel MessiFC Barcelona
4011/2010Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid
4112/2010Bastian SchweinsteigerBayern München
4203/2011Alessandro NestaAC Milan
4304/2011Ricardo CarvalhoReal Madrid
4405/2011Dani AlvesFC Barcelona
4507/2011Philipp LahmBayern München
4609/2011IniestaFC Barcelona
4710/2011Wayne RooneyManchester United
4810/2011Xabi AlonsoReal Madrid
4911/2011KakaReal Madrid
5011/2011BusquetsFC Barcelona
5112/2011Cesc FabregasFC Barcelona
5202/2012LucioInter
5303/2012Patrice EvraManchester United
5405/2012Mesut ÖzilReal Madrid
5505/2012PedroFC Barcelona
5606/2012ArbeloaReal Madrid
5708/2012PiqueFC Barcelona
5808/2012Sergio RamosReal Madrid
5910/2012Mark van BommelPSV Eindhoven
6012/2012Thomas MüllerBayern München
6112/2012AlexParis Saint-Germain
6212/2012Zlatan IbrahimovicParis Saint-Germain
6303/2013Arjen RobbenBayern München
6404/2013Javier MascheranoFC Barcelona
6505/2013Manuel NeuerBayern München


Goalimpact allows, in principle, for inter-temporal comparison. However, we can see that today more player per year enter the list than in the 1990s and before. One reason for this is the emergence of more leagues in my database and a resulting score inflation. Another reason is the higher amount of games played by a single player today as compared to the 'good old times'. This makes the job easier for the algorithm to differentiate between good and bad players and good players therefore can easier reach higher values.

I like historical analysis and if I come around data from the old times that are missing at the moment, I'll try to add them to my database and update this list. One league that comes to mind is the Dutch Eredivisie. I have it only from 2003 onward. Johan Cruyff was at his time in he top 30 of the players all along, but could never reach 160+ because I recorded too few minutes of him and his scored therefore suffered from the regression to the mean. I'd love to add his time at Ajax.