Between Euro 2016, the UEFA Champions League, and domestic play around the world, there has been far too many competitions this year to keep track of. These are just some of the names that could not crack into The Mastermind’s Top 100 Footballers in the World List for 2016.
One of the best fullbacks in Ligue 1 with Lorient in 2015-16, then had a spectacular campaign with Portugal at Euro 2016 as the best left-back at the tournament. He then capped it all off by starting life at Dortmund in stunning fashion by switching to central midfield and scoring 3 goals with 3 assists in 11 matches between league and European games before getting injured. However, all this wonderfulness has not been enough to earn Guerreiro a place on the list as he sits outside at #105.
Was superb for Arsenal towards the end of the 2015-16 season and had a fine Euro 2016 campaign with France. However, he’s spent almost the entire first half of the 2016-17 season out injured, falling horribly down the ranks.
Navas was integral to Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League campaign in 2015-16 with 9 clean sheets and only 3 goals conceded in 11 matches the entire tournament. However, that hasn’t been enough to earn him a spot inside the top 100 as he just misses out.
Koulibaly has been one of Serie A’s best defenders this year but he is still too unknown and unestablished to earn a place on the list. The Senegalese defender has however been a revelation for Napoli this year and has quickly become an established leader in the side as Gli Azzurri finished 2nd in Serie A 2015-16 and currently sit in 4th in 2016-17. Typical of a good Serie A defender, he is exceptional in all areas of the game. For example, this season Koulibaly has completed 66.9 passes per game, 89.9% of those that he has attempted, has won 2.3 duels in the air per game and in the UEFA Champions League 18 tackles in just 6 games.
Was pivotal to Sevilla’s 2015-16 UEFA Europa League campaign in helping them win the tournament and has started off life at Inter Milan pretty fantastically well despite the club’s slow start to the season Banega still hasn’t made enough of an impact in enough areas of the pitch this year to be considered. He was however selected in both FourFourTwo and the Guardian’s list
Cazorla has been integral to Arsenal when he’s played but has unfortuntely spent almost the entire year out with injury. It’s actually a bit ludicrous that The Guardian included him in their list given how few games he’s played in 2016.
Lallana has arguably been England’s best player in 2016. He was critical to Liverpool’s UEFA Europa League campaign in 2015-16 in which the Reds made it to the final, has starred in every England international he’s played in outside of Euro 2016 and has been in flying form this season under Jurgen Klopp, scoring 7 goals with 6 assists in 16 matches! However his late run of form for the Reds wasn’t enough to crack the top 100, finishing just outside at 101.
So there it is! 7 noteworthy players who missed out on The Mastermind’s Top 100 Footballers in the World List for 2016. For more lists and articles like this every week, click the follow button below.