Ziyech second best in Europe after Messi, reports CIES

Ziyech second best in Europe after Messi, reports CIES

The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) has published its latest report on the best-performing players across Europe’s top 35 leagues in 2019/20 season, using index from InStat, a sports performance analysis company based in Russia.

The report ranks Barcelona star Lionel Messi as No.1 with 401 index points, followed by Morocco international of Ajax Amsterdam, Hakim Ziyech with 377 points.

The 26-year-old, who has scored seven goals and provided 20 assists in all competitions so far this season, finishes ahead of PSG talisman Kylian Mbappe on 366 points, while Algerian winger of Manchester City, Riyad Mahrez, emerges on fourth spot with 362 points.

Sadio Mané narrowly missed the top 10, settling for the 11th position despite a fourth place Ballon d’Or ranking. His Liverpool club mates Joel Matip from Cameroon claims the 32nd spot, with the 40th position going to Mohamed Salah.

Moroccan Oussama Idrissi, who plays for Dutch side AZ Alkmaar, shares the 25th position with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Nigeria’s Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester places 66.

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