Silva, Messi; Europe’s best performers in recent months

| 1st Feb 2018

Silva, Messi; Europe’s best performers in recent months

Manchester City’s David Silva has been the best performer in Europe in recent times, according to the “brand new” CIES Football Observatory research group’s “performance rankings” widget.

This exclusive tool allows users to assess the level of big-5 league players over four different time periods: last week, last month, last three months and last six months. Footballers are ranked according to their pitch production in domestic league matches using the unique statistics produced by the leading data company OptaPro.

While Silva seats atop the European rankings for the last six and three months, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi tops the table for the last month.

Among the players who obtained the highest possible mark for last week matches are established stars such as Ángel Di Maria (Paris St-Germain), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), as well as promising talents such as Álex Berenguer (Torino), Amine Harit (Schalke 04) and Moise Kean (Verona).

Two other widgets are available on the CIES Football Observatory website. They allow users comparing the technical profile of big-5 league players and monitoring trends in their transfer values. More information on the performance algorithms developed by the CIES Football Observatory is available here. This research note presents the approach used to estimate the transfer value of professional footballers.