Friday, June 10, 2011

Castrol Rankings: Top 10 by Confederation 2010/2011

The top 10 players sorted by Confederation in the final Castrol Ranking of this season. (from June 3). The Castrol rankings take the past 12 months into account and only include the top 5 European leagues + UEFA Champions League. Castrol Rankings Explained

South America
1 - Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
9 - Sergio Agüero (Atletico Madrid)
16 - Dani Alves (Barcelona)
21 - Maxi Rodriguez (Liverpool)
25 - Marcelo (Real Madrid)
29 - Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid)
33 - Lucas Barrios (Borussia Dortmund)
37 - Nenê (PSG)
42 - Robinho (AC Milan)
44 - Carlos Tevez (Manchester City)

2 - Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
3 - Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
4 - Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich)
5 - Robin van Persie (Arsenal)
6 - Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund)
7 - Gerard Pique (Barcelona)
8 - Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United)
10 - David Villa (Barcelona)
10 - Florent Malouda (Chelsea)
12 - Carlos Puyol (Barcelona)

27 - Javier Hernandez (Manchester United)
82 - Clint Dempsey (Fulham)
301 - Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers)
375 - Kenwyne Jones (Stoke City)
634 - Jermaine Jones (Blackburn Rovers)
678 - Carlos Bocanegra (St Etienne)
689 - Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96)
740 - Carlos Salcido (Fulham)
761 - Tim Howard (Everton)
761 - Brad Friedel (Aston Villa)

28 - Gervinho (Lille)
38 - Samuel Eto'o (Inter Milan)
43 - Moussa Sow (Lille)
65 - Andre Ayew (Marseille)
72 - Carlos Kameni (Espanyol)
80 - Michael Essien (Chelsea)
83 - Didier Drogba (Chelsea)
109 - Demba Ba (West Ham United)
111 - Steven Pienaar (Tottenham Hotspur)
114 - Papiss Cissé (SC Freiburg)

93 - Tim Cahill (Everton)
126 - Ali Al-Habsi (Bolton Wanderers)
143 - Park Ji-Sung (Manchester United)
301 - Mark Schwarzer (Fulham)
325 - Jevad Nekounam (Osasuna)
492 - Atsuto Uchida (Schalke 04)
504 - Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers)
571 - Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund)
585 - Brett Emerton (Blackburn Rovers)
678 - Park Chu-Young (Monaco)

797 - Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn Rovers)
1913 - Winston Reid (West Ham United)
2346 - Chris Wood (West Bromwich Albion)


  1. The Castrol Rankings are really garbage. You find me someone who will say Maxi Rodriguez is the 21st best player in the world and I'll show you someone who is absolutely clueless.

  2. Well said Jeff...

    Jeff said...
    The Castrol Rankings are really garbage. You find me someone who will say Maxi Rodriguez is the 21st best player in the world and I'll show you someone who is absolutely clueless...

  3. If you look at the Castrol Rankings as a black and white list of the best individual players ranked in order then I agree with you.

    However, that's not how I personally look at the rankings.

    Here is some of what they're based on:

    "Based on their every touch of the ball on the pitch and assess whether it has a positive or negative impact on a teams ability to score or concede a goal."

    "Players gain and lose points for completed and incomplete passes. The number of points added/deducted depends on which zone the ball is passed from and received in."

    Also, Champions League games are weighted more than league games so it's not a level playing field for non-CL players.

    Based on this I don't think the rankings are meant to say "Maxi Rodriguez is the 21st best individual player in the world (top 5 UEFA leagues only actually)"

    More like "Maxi Rodriguez is currently the 21st best player in the top 5 European leagues at getting in to dangerous spots on the field, completing passes and contributing to his team scoring a goal."

    Considering every player is ranked the exact same way, I think the rankings are reasonably accurate but only if you base them purely on the statistical criteria that Castrol has set and not from a personal perception of where a player should be ranked on a "best player" list.

    I don't know if what I just said makes any sense, but at least I know what I'm trying to say...

  4. How can you place Benzema at # 2.... ? Ahead of CR7 and players like Van Persie or David Villa. This shows that there is something wrong with the rankings. Clearly.