This summer Eurosport is counting down the world's greatest footballers, as voted by our international network of journalists. We will reveal one player per day, culminating in the election of the first Ballon d'Eurosport on July 19.
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Comfortable in possession, Schweinsteiger is an energetic player who has accurate delivery from set pieces as well as posing a goalscoring threat from distance.
Having missed the vital penalty in Bayern’s shoot-out loss to Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League final, Schweinsteiger responded in fine fashion this season.
He scored a career best seven goals in the league whilst also providing five assists. Still only 28 years of age, his performances, alongside Javi Martinez and Toni Kroos in midfield, have set a solid platform which could allow Bayern to set the standard in Europe for years to come.
In his own country Schweinsteiger was the highest ranked player, a clear indication of the regard in which he is held - like Andrea Pirlo, he is the beating heart of both club and national sides.
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How Eurosport voted
We asked the editorial teams of 10 countries/areas around the Eurosport network to compile their list of the world's 25 best players.
Then we did the sums, Eurovision-style. It's simple: a first-place vote is worth 25 points, second place is 24... all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.
The Ballon d'Eurosport so far