Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Franck Ribery, to the Inaugural analytic rankings of Bloomberg Sports.
Bloomberg is more known for business analytics and news, but they are also run sports analytics technology. Today Bloomberg used their tools to create their first analytical ranking of European football players. Sports Power Football 50 is aimed at providing the most advanced data-driven ranking of individual performances throughout Europe’s top leagues.
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The rankings provide an objective analysis that relates players to their respective positions and takes into account the context of player performance relative to others at this position.
"We continue to look at new ways to use analytics that will be interesting to fans, and are pleased today to unveil what we believe will be a game-changer in the way professional football is looked at in the future with the ‘Power Football 50,’” said Bill Squadron, President of Bloomberg Sports. "Analytics is becoming more and more prevalent in both the minds of the fans and in the decision making power of the clubs, and we are confident this index will help both stir healthy debate and be a great measuring stick for player evaluation going forward."
Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona topped the list with a score of 91.25, edging out Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid (91.16). Franck Ribery of Champions League winner Bayern Munich came in third with a rating of (89.27). Ribery was one of five Bayern players to make the top 50 list, along with Bastian Schweinsteiger (14th), Thomas Muller (19th), Toni Kroos (22nd), Dante (31st) and Philipp Lahm (38th). Juventus had four players on the list (led by Andrea Pirlo, 5th at 88.62), while Champions League runner-up Borussia Dortmund (led by Marco Reus, 4rd overall at 89.10), Barcelona (led by Messi), Manchester United (led by Robin van Persie 6th at 88.14) and Napoli (led by Marek Hamsik 8th at 87.01) also placed three players on the list.
Check out the Bloomberg Top 50 Football Player ranking here.