Man City star ranked as fourth best player in Europe during 2021 - leading Cristiano Ronaldo, Erling Haaland, and Kylian Mbappe

Manchester City centre-back Ruben Dias has been ranked as the best-performing player in Pep Guardiola's squad during the first trimester of the new calendar year, according to a unique methodology carried out by the CIES Football Observatory.
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Manchester City centre-back Ruben Dias has been ranked as the best-performing player in Pep Guardiola's squad during the first trimester of the new calendar year, according to a unique methodology carried out by the CIES Football Observatory.

In the latest weekly post revealed by popular football statistics website and blog CIES, a unique methodology has been developed in order to compare the performance of players, irrespective of their position.

The latest issue is described as highlighting outfield footballers with the highest score for domestic league matches played since the 1st of January 2021 for each of the 98 big-five league clubs. CIES clarify that only players fielded for at least two thirds of minutes during this period were included in the rankings.

According to CIES' methodology, the greatest value overall recorded among Manchester City players from the 1st of January 2021 came from Ruben Dias - who continues to be a mainstay in Pep Guardiola's starting XI, after playing a significant role in his team's continued pursuit of an unprecedented quadruple.

When compared to the other scores for the leading players within Europe's big-five league clubs, the Portuguese international defender ranked fourth; behind only Lionel Messi of Barcelona, Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich, and Jorginho of Chelsea.

The top 10 highest performers in each club from the start of 2021 within Europe's top five league clubs ranked in descending order based on the CIES methodology were:

1. Lionel Messi

2. Robert Lewandowski

3. Jorginho

4. Ruben Dias

5. Cristiano Ronaldo

6. Nabil Fekir

7. Toni Kroos

8. Andre Silva

9. Lorenzo Insigne

10. Jadon Sancho


As for where Ruben Dias ranked among the best performers per club in the Premier League, the former Benfica man ranked second. Here's how the top 10 looked in the English top-flight:

1. Jorginho

2. Ruben Dias

3. Wilfred Ndidi

4. Luke Shaw

5. Harry Kane

6. Thiago Alcantara

7. Granit Xhaka

8. Pascal Gross

9. Ruben Neves

10. Raphinha Dias


You can view the full CIES ranking here.


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