FourFourTwo's Top 100 Players in the World 2013: 30-21
30. VINCENT KOMPANY
Senza di lui, il Manchester City vince solo una gara su due mentre con Kompany la percentuale arriva al 63,3% delle gare vinte (Opta).
The exemplar of the modern top-class centre-back - bulky but agile, tall but lithe, an economic migrant but settled enough to captain his team - Kompany has been a roaring success in the Premier League.
He should be looking forward to 2014, considering the Belgium side he skippers are off to their first finals since 2002, but he will be concerned that injuries are taking longer to shrug off these days. His club side Manchester City are certainly the poorer without his calming presence.
Pedro è stato il giocatore più offensivo della nazionale spagnola nelle qualificazioni ai mondiali: 4 reti e 18 tiri verso la porta avversaria (Opta).
The 26-year-old’s habit of scoring important goals continued into 2013, with crucial strikes against PSG and France towards the business end of last season.
28. MANUEL NEUER
Manuel Neuer, nel periodo che va dal novembre 2012 all'ottobre 2013, ha una percentuale di parate pari al 78,02%: il migliore di tutta la Bundesliga (Opta).
"No matter how many shots you save, we will never accept you in our shirt." So claimed the banner unfurled by Bayern fans after Neuer's move from Schalke in summer 2011.
All Neuer can do is keep saving shots, and he does it well: last season Bayern broke dozens of Bundesliga records at both ends of the field, including most clean sheets (21 in 34 games), fewest goals conceded (18) and fewest away goals conceded (7). Neuer was in goal for 31 of those 34 games, and is Germany's undisputed No.1. Accept it.
Agli Europei Under 21 è stato il giocatore che ha costruito il maggior numero di occasioni da gol: 19 (Opta).
Nine league goals and a starring role in Malaga’s surprise run to the Champions League quarter-finals inspired Carlo Ancelotti to make the former Valencia trainee his first summer signing at Real Madrid.
The €30 million man hit the ground running at Santiago Bernabeu with three goals in his first three outings, keeping Mesut Ozil out of the side and forcing the German to seek regular football elsewhere, much to Arsenal’s gain.
26. THOMAS MULLER
Muller ha contribuito alla realizzazione di 19 reti in 30 presenze in Bundesliga: 10 gol e 9 assist (Opta).
Muller’s 23 goals and 17 assists were a major contributing factor to Bayern’s unprecedented treble last season, as the 24-year-old brilliant Bavarian consolidated his position as one of the world’s top players.
25. JUAN MATA
Mata ha realizzato 8 assist tra Champions ed Europa League: nessuno come lui (Opta).
Sensational in a Chelsea side anything but last season, Mata’s creativity saw him top the charts for Premier League assists - and net 12 goals.
Solo Alaba ha giocato più partite senza subire gol rispetto al brasiliano: 18 a 17 (Opta).
The centre-back’s late blooming was worth the wait where Bayern are concerned. “He’s one of the best defenders I've ever played with,” glowed Philipp Lahm shortly after his team-mate’s arrival.
23. WAYNE ROONEY
Il numero 10 dello United ha realizzato 14 gol e 8 assist, diventando così protagonista di 22 reti nelle 29 presenze nell'ultima Premier League (Opta).
Yes, yes, we know. And no, he shouldn’t be higher. Not when you consider the last 12 months haven’t been the best for the Manchester United forward.
22. MARCO REUS
Marco Reus ha contribuito alla realizzazione di 25 gol in 33 gare tra reti e assist, meglio di lui solo Lewandowski (31) e Kiessling (35) (Opta).
Returning to his boyhood club last season couldn’t have gone any better for the 24-year-old, who took to Jürgen Klopp’s adventurous brand of attacking football like a duck to water.
21. BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER
Negli ultimi 12 mesi, Schweinsteiger è stato il giocatore che ha realizzato più passaggi in Bundesliga: 1959 (Opta).
Long gone is the scamp found with females in training ground hot tubs. So much so, in fact, that former Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes went as far to name him “the world’s best midfielder” alongside Sergio Busquets.