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Pro Soccer Talk’s Top 100 World Cup players: The Top 25

May 30, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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It’s your last chance to let us know how combining individual votes to make a group vote makes us unworthy to vote altogether; We’ve reached the final 25!

Pro Soccer Talk asked each of our writers to submit a list of the 50 top players heading to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which would then be combined to make our Top 100 players for the tournament. The rationale was to be pretty broad, with neither limitation nor minimums placed on number of representatives per country or position. After the submitted lists, players were given weighted points for their position on individual lists. A bonus was given if a player was named by each of our writers.

Surely there will be some awful omissions, players placed higher or lower than expected and a bevy of other issues with the list… but that’s why we do lists. There’s much to be discussed. Are there really 51 players better than No. 52? Are English and American players being overvalued (probably and maybe)?

In the meantime, we promise not to make you click “next” 100 times. Just check back every day for the next 25 until we arrive at Friday’s thrilling finale.

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25. Neymar, Brazil

24. Radamel Falcao, Colombia

23. Sergio Ramos, Spain

22. Xavi, Spain

21. Toni Kroos, Germany

Analysis: It’s almost completely absurd at this point. Who would you rather have, Ramos or Xavi? Really? On a personal note (this is Nick), I’m proud of us for not posting Neymar up much higher. Show me something.


source: AP20. Luka Modric, Croatia

19. Wesley Sneijder, Netherlands

18. Andrea Pirlo, Italy

17. Mesut Ozil, Germany

16. Arturo Vidal, Chile

15. Thiago Silva, Brazil

14. Manuel Neuer, Germany

13. Edinson Cavani, Uruguay

12. Philipp Lahm, Germany

11. Vincent Kompany, Belgium

Analysis: Was surprised to see Modric place so high, but what a group this is: Thiago Silva, Vidal, Neuer, Lahm… wow. Is it June 12 yet?


source: Reuters10. Sergio Aguero, Argentina

9. Arjen Robben, Netherlands

8. Eden Hazard, Belgium

7. Wayne Rooney, England

6. Robin van Persie, Netherlands

5. Yaya Toure, Ivory Coast

4. Andres Iniesta, Spain

3. Luis Suarez, Uruguay

2. Lionel Messi, Argentina

1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

Analysis: Was it ever going to be any different than the Top 3? Oddly enough, each has something to prove for various reasons in World Cup play… and you could easily argue that Suarez has the international basis to demand higher ranking. Iniesta, as always, just hangs out on the periphery, being amazing. Should Yaya feel disrespected for being No. 5? Maybe, but at least we wished him a happy birthday.

  1. greej1938l - May 30, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Anyone else feel Toure is a tad high…pretty solid list in my opinion otherwise

    • drewvt6 - May 30, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      I don’t know about that. Toure is one of the most dominating players of the past few seasons. The Patrick Viera (but bigger, stronger) of our time. His physical presence combined with his finesse on the ball and technique striking the ball make him one of the most unique players I’ve ever seen.

  2. greej1938l - May 30, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    But in front of van persie? I know it’s only one spot.. But

    • lyleoross - May 30, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      It seems to me that technically, VP is better, but that in a whole picture kind of way, including robustness, YT gets the win.

  3. atxnole - May 30, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Just one more reminder that David Silva was 55th (!!!) on the list. Behind Neymar, lol.

  4. jucam1 - May 30, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Tim Howard as the 49th best player?… Is that a misprint?… And ahead of Bradley for US players?… I mean I know these are arbitrary lists that mean nothing, so it’s not a big deal. Still, in the context of the discussion, I think that is way off, the only US player on this list should be Bradley and def not in the top 75.

    • lyleoross - May 30, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      I’d have to agree with the ranking, but only because of the last months. A year ago, MB is better, but his performance is down. He looked less than solid this week for sure.

  5. obinnaezeajoku - May 30, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Where is Ribery?

    • mdac1012 - May 30, 2014 at 2:04 PM


  6. navyeoddavee9 - May 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Rooney at 7 is high, he has never performed well at the World Cup, also some good players not on the list like Baines, Barkley, Lambert

  7. navyeoddavee9 - May 30, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Lampard not Lambert , sorry

  8. happylars - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    To me, Toure should be hovering that 3/4 spot. I’m no City fan, but have respected and appreciated his work since seeing him in Barcelona. He has it all. But, I can see how others could be argued for.

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