Football - English players lacking on new top 50 list

Only two English players have made it into a list of Europe's top 50 players ranked according to new performance statistics.

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Leighton Baines is the highest-ranked English player

The Bloomberg Sports list says it uses scientifically-based analysis to evaluate players on skills relevant to their position.

Everton left-back Leighton Baines is the top English player at 16, while Manchester United's Wayne Rooney is in 26th position.

Tottenham's Gareth Bale is the only other British player - the Welshman is in ninth spot - while United striker Robin van Persie is ranked sixth as the leading Premier League player.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi is ranked top just above Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, while Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery is third.

Interestingly, Aston Villa's Belgium striker Christian Benteke is ranked 29th - a place ahead of Radamel Falcao, the Colombia striker who has just joined Monaco in a £50 million deal.

Bill Squadron, president of Bloomberg Sports, said: "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.

"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."

The top 50 and their Bloomberg rating

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 91.25

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 91.16

3. Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich) 89.27

4. Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) 89.10

5. Andrea Pirlo (Juventus) 88.62

6. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) 88.14

7 Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) 87.46

8. Marek Hamsik (Napoli) 87.01

9. Gareth Bale (Tottenham) 87.01

10. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) 86.37

11. Arturo Vidal (Juventus) 86.19

12. Marouane Fellaini (Everton) 85.92

13. Maxime Gonalons (Lyon) 85.89

14. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich) 85.88

15. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 85.49

16. Leighton Baines (Everton) 85.11

17. Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid) 84.75

18. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) 84.25

19. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich) 83.96

20. Edinson Cavani (Napoli) 83.78

21. Rafael (Manchester United) 83.33

22. Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich) 83.19

23. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain) 82.91

24. Juan Mata (Chelsea) 82.26

25. Xavi (Barcelona) 81.97

26. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) 81.95

27. Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus) 81.51

28. Christian Abbiati (AC Milan) 81.27

29. Christian Benteke Aston Villa 81.03

30. Falcao (Atletico Madrid) 80.78

31. Dante (Bayern Munich) 80.52

32. Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) 80.39

33. Hugo Campagnaro (Napoli) 80.10

34. Jefferson Farfan (Schalke) 79.89

35. Oliver Sorg (Freiburg) 79.72

36. Erik Lamela (Roma) 79.56

37. Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund) 79.11

38. Phillipp Lahm (Bayern Munich) 78.54

39. Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid) 78.52

40. Dani Alves (Barcelona) 78.15

41. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Saint Etienne) 77.98

42. Yaya Toure (Manchester City) 77.86

43. Kevin Constant (AC Milan) 77.81

44. Stefan Kiessling (Bayer Leverkusen) 77.42

45. Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) 77.26

46. Simon Mignolet (Sunderland) 76.87

47. Antonio Di Natale (Udinese) 76.55

48. Alexander Meier (Eintracht Frankfurt) 76.21

49. Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille) 76.06

50. Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover) 75.88

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