As the third way mark for most of the European Leagues draws near, the type of year the top players in the world are going to have becomes more apparent. There are a few notable snubs that need to be mentioned before SBDS current top 10 rankings are released. Ramires (Brazil, Chelsea) has really come into his own in the holding midfield in Chelsea Blue. His runs create havic and his defensive effort is second to none. Robin Van Persie (The Netherlands, Manchester United) is having a sensational year scoring 7 goals in 10 games and becoming the all time leading scorer in Dutch history. Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Borussia Dortmund) continues to look dangerous in Dortmund colors even though his world cup campaign has come to an end. The dual Liverpool threat of Sturridge (England) and Suarez (Uruguay) also have an argument to make the list. However, the top 10 list has a component of not just who the top goal scorers are but their importance to both their national and club teams.
10. Wayne Rooney (England, Manchester United)
There was a significant percentage of the population that would’ve guessed that Rooney would be in anything but Manchester Red during the summer. There hasn’t been a single player more important to their club and country then Wayne this year. He is a pure footballer who has the ability to succeed at almost every position on the pitch and his defensive effort cannot be underestimated. Rooney’s technical ability is severely underestimated due to his workmen’s mentality on the pitch. However United’s Number 10 is the lynchpin for both United’s season and England’s World Cup hopes.
9. Philipp Lahm (Germany, Bayern Munich)
Lahm is another player whose importance to both the top club and national side cannot be underestimated. In German colors Lahm connects the backline to the midfield and is crucial to Germany’s counterattack ability. It is funny to think of a right back being the quarterback for a top national side that includes the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mesut Ozil, but Lahm manages this roll well. Lahm has accepted a distributing roll in Bayern’s adopted 4-1-4-1 system and has been called the best pound for pound footballer by Pep Guardiola.
8. Ramadel Falcao (Columbia, Monaco)
Falcao was the main acquisition for Dmitry Rybolovlev’s spending spree this summer, snatching him from the likes of Real Madrid and Chelsea. The Columbian front man hasn’t disappointed this year scoring 9 goals in 13 games in Ligue 1 so far this season. Falcao’s mere presence is enough to make the most competent back line in the world feel self conscience. His ability to score goals out of nothing and to turn the momentum of a game completely around is a skill that very few players in the world possess.
Aguero has been by far the best player in the Premier League this year. Scoring 8 goals in 10 games in England and 5 goals in 4 games in Champions League, the Argentine is trying to will his team to greatness. This is not a new roll for Aguero. Two years ago it was his late goal against QPR that secured the title for the rowdy neighbors and left their cross town rivals in absolute shock. His importance to his team can be seen when he is just slightly out of form. When Aguero doesn’t score City have lost twice and have drawn once. The Powder Blues will definitely need him to keep up his current form if they wish to challenge for a title.
6. Edinson Cavani (Uruguay, Paris St. Germain)
Cavani is one of the most dangerous players on the planet. His skill on the ball, combined with his ability to pick out the right run almost every time, makes the Uruguayan a threat both on and off the ball. There is a reason the PSG were so keen to spend a large amount of money to bring Cavani from Napoli to Paris. The addition of PSG’s new number 9 takes PSG from quarterfinal contenders in the Champions League to title favorites. Currently Cavani is tied with Falcao with 9 goals on top of Ligue 1. However, unlike Falcao, who stepped immediately into the roll, Cavani had to adapt to the presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. This forced PSG manager Laurent Blanc to bring Cavani on as a substitute early in the year, which makes his goal scoring record that much more impressive.