ESPN FC release their top 100 players
ESPN FC release their top 100 players

ESPN FC have released their annual rankings of the top ten male players in every position (and the top ten managers) and they are … interesting.

Ranking individuals in a team sport such as football is obviously an imperfect science but that didn’t deter the panel of 60 voters from around the world.

The list features players and managers from La Liga, the Bundesliga, the Premier League, Serie A and Ligue 1, as well as one international manager in Joachim Löw.

Unsurprisingly, given their success last season, Real Madrid players take the top spot in four positions and the manager rankings.

If you disagree with some of the selections (as we ourselves certainly do), please direct all complaints to our colleagues over at ESPN FC.

Again, to be clear: Onefootball did not create this list, so don’t be mad at us.

Goalkeeper
1. Manuel Neuer
2. David de Gea
3. Gianluigi Buffon
4. Thibaut Courtois
5. Jan Oblak
6. Hugo Lloris
7. Keylor Navas
8. Marc-André ter Stegen
9. Gianluigi Donnarumma
10. Petr Cech

Right-back
1. Dani Carvajal
2. Dani Alves
3. Kyle Walker
4. Antonio Valencia
5. Juanfran
6. Fabinho
7. Hector Bellerín
8. Serge Aurier
9. Nelson Semedo
10. Victor Moses

Centre-back
1. Sergio Ramos
2. Leonardo Bonucci
3. Giorgio Chiellini
4. Diego Godín
5. Mats Hummels
6. Gerard Piqué
7. Jérôme Boateng
8. Toby Alderweireld
9. Thiago Silva
10. Raphael Varane

Left-back
1. Marcelo
2. David Alaba
3. Jordi Alba
4. Alex Sandro
5. César Azpilicueta
6. Benjamin Mendy
7. Filipe Luís
8. Danny Rose
9. Ricardo Rodriguez
10. Raphaël Guerreiro

Central midfielder
1. Luka Modric
2. Toni Kroos
3. N’Golo Kanté
4. Paul Pogba
5. Marek Hamsik
6. Sergio Busquets
7. Arturo Vidal
8. Casemiro
9. Thiago Alcântara
10. Ivan Rakitic

Attacking midfielder
1. Kevin De Bruyne
2. Isco
3. David Silva
4. Andrés Iniesta
5. Philippe Coutinho
6. Dele Alli
7. Christian Eriksen
8. Marco Asensio
9. Henrikh Mkhitaryan
10. Koke

Wide forward
1. Alexis Sánchez
2. Sadio Mané
3. Dries Mertens
4. Ousmane Dembélé
5. Marco Reus
6. Leroy Sané
7. Mohamed Salah
8. Willian
9. Ángel Di María
10. Frank Ribéry

Forward
1. Lionel Messi
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
3. Neymar
4. Eden Hazard
5. Kylian Mbappé
6. Gareth Bale
7. Arjen Robben
8. Gabriel Jesus
9. Thomas Müller
10. Marcus Rashford

Striker
1. Robert Lewandowski
2. Luis Suárez
3. Sergio Agüero
4. Harry Kane
5. Antoine Griezmann
6. Paulo Dybala
7. Romelu Lukaku
8. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
9. Karim Benzema
10. Edinson Cavani

Manager
1. Zinédine Zidane
2. Antonio Conte
3. Pep Guardiola
4. Diego Simeone
5. José Mourinho
6. Massimiliano Allegri
7. Joachim Löw
8. Mauricio Pochettino
9. Carlo Ancelotti
10. Leonardo Jardim