- Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar Jr all make the top 10 in this list of the most dominant soccer players in world football.
- The ranking considers recent form from six of the sport’s biggest leagues, including the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and MLS.
- Keep scrolling to find out who the current number one player in world soccer is.
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar Jr have all begun the 2018-2019 world soccer season in fine fashion, but who has performed the best?
Business Insider studied data from soccer statistics website Whoscored.com to deliver a power ranking of the most dominant 27 players in the sport right now.
Whoscored.com configures its player rankings based on position-specific metrics that include blocks, interceptions, and tackles for defenders, total passes and pass completion for midfielders, and goal creation, shots on goal, and goals for attackers. With this in mind, each athlete in this ranking has been given a score for form, with the 27th best player averaging 7.46/10.
The ranking only considers recent performances, and therefore credits a consistent ability to continually dominate regardless of which league the player competes in.
Who are the most dominant footballers in world soccer right now? Keep scrolling to find out — and check back to see how the ranking changes.
=T26: DC United striker Wayne Rooney — 7.46.
Who is he: He’s Wayne Rooney, how could you forget his name?
Why is he here: Rooney swapped life at Everton FC for a career swansong in the MLS and single-handedly rescued DC United from the bottom of the league into the playoffs. His impact cannot be underestimated.
=T26: Atlanta United striker Josef Martínez — 7.46.
Who is he: Josef Martínez is a Venezuelan goal machine.
Why is he here: Martínez is the only player in the entire MLS to have outscored Zlatan Ibrahimović this season, and he did so with ease, breaking the MLS scoring record. Martínez has scored 33 goals in total, with five assists to boot, and will likely be Atlanta United’s key man in the team’s quest for the MLS Cup.
=T24: FC Barcelona and Uruguay striker Luis Suárez — 7.47.
Who is he: A tenacious striker, Luis Suárez is the type of player who will not rest until he’s scored a goal by nutmegging the keeper.
Why is he here: Suárez is the best FC Barcelona forward not named Lionel Messi. He already has nine goals and four assists from 11 starts (that’s a goal scored or created every 77 minutes), and his best game of the season was his remarkable three-goal display in the 5-1 battering of Real Madrid in October’s El Clásico.