When the conversation turns to who the best player in the world is, invariably the same names keep cropping up. It appears that you’re either pro-Cristiano Ronaldo or pro-Lionel Messi, but that’s to discount Robert Lewandowski’s credentials. The Bayern Munich striker is the most recent recipient of the best player in the world award, and no one can say that it wasn’t well deserved.
However, be it Ballon d’Or or FIFA’s The Best, the manner in which the winner is arrived at is still subjective.
To that end, there’s a stat that definitively identifies Lionel Messi as the best player in the world at present.
Sport cites the CIES Football Observatory and their unique methodology developed to analyze and compare the performance of footballers regardless of their position in national leagues.
Messi has 92.5 points out of 100 and is the undisputed leader on the list.
Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho have the same score (89.5) whilst Cristiano Ronaldo is slightly below the trio with 89.3 points.
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