Four Four Two’s Top 100 Players in the World

Four Four Two magazine have come out with their annual top 100 footballers in the world. The full table is as follows:

Position Player Nationality Club League
=99 Iker Casillas Spain Real Madrid Spain
=99 Diego López Spain Real Madrid Spain
98 Jackson Martínez Colombia FC Porto Portugal
97 Olivier Giroud France Arsenal England
96 Adem Ljajić Serbia Fiorentina Italy
95 Burak Yılmaz Turkey Galatasaray Turkey
94 Łukasz Piszczek Poland Borussia Dortmund Germany
93 Raphaël Varane France Real Madrid Spain
92 Branislav Ivanović Serbia Chelsea England
91 Mario Gómez Germany Fiorentina Italy
90 Roberto Soldado Spain Tottenham Hotspur England
89 Jesús Navas Spain Manchester City England
88 Ramires Brazil Chelsea England
87 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Gabon Borussia Dortmund Germany
86 Nemanja Vidić Serbia Manchester United England
85 Mathieu Valbuena France Olympique Marseille France
84 Stevan Jovetić Montenegro Manchester City England
83 Stefan Kießling Germany Bayer Leverkusen Germany
82 Jakub Błaszczykowski Poland Borussia Dortmund Germany
81 Andrea Barzagli Italy Juventus Italy
80 Hugo Lloris France Tottenham Hotspur England
79 Diego Costa Brazil Atlético Madrid Spain
78 Samir Handanović Slovenia Internazionale Italy
77 Leighton Baines England Everton England
76 David Villa Spain Atlético Madrid Spain
75 Álvaro Negredo Spain Manchester City England
74 Michael Carrick England Manchester United England
73 Mario Mandžukić Croatia Bayern Munich Germany
72 Jan Vertonghen Belgium Tottenham Hotspur England
71 Daniele De Rossi Italy AS Roma Italy
70 Blaise Matuidi France Paris Saint-Germain France
69 Víctor Valdés Spain Barcelona Spain
68 Mats Hummels Germany Borussia Dortmund Germany
67 Claudio Marchisio Italy Juventus Italy
66 Henrikh Mkhitaryan Armenia Borussia Dortmund Germany
65 Arda Turan Turkey Atlético Madrid Spain
64 Paul Pogba France Juventus Italy
63 Marcelo Brazil Real Madrid Spain
62 Francesco Totti Italy AS Roma Italy
61 João Moutinho Portugal AS Monaco France
60 Luka Modrić Croatia Real Madrid Spain
59 Giorgio Chiellini Italy Juventus Italy
58 Leonardo Bonucci Italy Juventus Italy
57 Karim Benzema France Real Madrid Spain
56 Marek Hamšík Slovakia Napoli Italy
55 Jordi Alba Spain Barcelona Spain
54 Eden Hazard Belgium Chelsea England
53 Gerard Piqué Spain Barcelona Spain
52 Carlos Tévez Argentina Juventus Italy
51 Mario Balotelli Italy AC Milan Italy
50 Thibaut Courtois Belgium Atlético Madrid Spain
49 Xabi Alonso Spain Real Madrid Spain
48 Oscar Brazil Chelsea England
47 Gianluigi Buffon Italy Juventus Italy
46 Ashley Cole England Chelsea England
45 Santi Cazorla Spain Arsenal England
44 David Alaba Austria Bayern Munich Germany
43 Ángel di María Argentina Real Madrid Spain
42 Daniel Alves Brazil Barcelona Spain
41 Antonio Di Natale Italy Udinese Italy
40 Mario Götze Germany Bayern Munich Germany
39 İlkay Gündoğan Germany Borussia Dortmund Germany
38 Toni Kroos Germany Bayern Munich Germany
37 David Silva Spain Manchester City England
36 Andrea Pirlo Italy Juventus Italy
35 Sergio Ramos Spain Real Madrid Spain
34 Arjen Robben Netherlands Bayern Munich Germany
33 Arturo Vidal Chile Juventus Italy
32 Gonzalo Higuaín Argentina Napoli Italy
31 Javi Martínez Spain Bayern Munich Germany
30 Vincent Kompany Belgium Manchester City England
29 Pedro Spain Barcelona Spain
28 Manuel Neuer Germany Bayern Munich Germany
27 Isco Spain Real Madrid Spain
26 Thomas Müller Germany Bayern Munich Germany
25 Juan Mata Spain Chelsea England
24 Dante Brazil Bayern Munich Germany
23 Wayne Rooney England Manchester United England
22 Marco Reus Germany Borussia Dortmund Germany
21 Bastian Schweinsteiger Germany Bayern Munich Germany
20 Sergio Agüero Argentina Manchester City England
19 Luis Suárez Uruguay Liverpool England
18 Neymar Brazil Barcelona Spain
17 Yaya Touré Ivory Coast Manchester City England
16 Mesut Özil Germany Arsenal England
15 Cesc Fàbregas Spain Barcelona Spain
14 Edinson Cavani Uruguay Paris Saint-Germain France
13 Xavi Spain Barcelona Spain
12 Robert Lewandowski Poland Borussia Dortmund Germany
11 Sergio Busquets Spain Barcelona Spain
10 Thiago Silva Brazil Paris Saint-Germain France
9 Robin van Persie Netherlands Manchester United England
8 Gareth Bale Wales Real Madrid Spain
7 Philipp Lahm Germany Bayern Munich Germany
6 Zlatan Ibrahimović Sweden Paris Saint-Germain France
5 Andrés Iniesta Spain Barcelona Spain
4 Radamel Falcao Colombia AS Monaco France
3 Franck Ribéry France Bayern Munich Germany
2 Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona Spain
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid Spain

A few numbers from this:

2 – There are 2 African players on the list
4 – There are only four English players amongst the 100 (Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole, Michael Carrick & Leighton Baines)
7 – Manchester City provide more players than any other Premier League side
12 – Bayern Munich and Real Madrid provide the most players
18 – There are 18 South American players on the list, from 5 different countries
21 – There are more Spanish players in the list than any other nationality
24 – There are 24 players from the Premier League (Thibaut Courtois is listed at Atlético Madrid)
27 – Spain’s La Liga provides the most players in the list
80 – There are 80 European players from 19 different countries
100 – All 100 players are plying their trade in Europe

Declines

1 – The Dutch Eredivisie lost their sole player in the list from 2012 (Ajax’s Christian Eriksen)
2 – Lazio had two players in the list last year but none this time around
3 – Brazil’s Serie A and Russia’s Premier League each had 3 players in the list last year but none in 2013
6 – Cameroon, Denmark, Ghana, Japan, Mexico and Russia all had a player each in the list in 2012 but none 12 months month later
11 – By losing 1 player in the top 100, Barcelona have dropped from the top club to the third in 2012
87 – Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has dropped the furthest since ranking #12 in 2012 to =99 in 2013

By nationality

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By league

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