Euro 2016 top 100 players: Aaron Ramsey and Andres Iniesta feature between 60-41
In the build-up to Euro 2016, we’re counting down the top 100 players to watch at the tournament.
WhoScored.com use a range of statistical criteria to give each player a rating out of 10 for their performances for their clubs throughout the season. We’ve used the average mark of players to have made over 20 league appearances for their clubs in 2015/16 to rank the top 100 at Euro 2016.
Next up, we look at players ranked 60-41, including Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey and Spain maestro Andres Iniesta.
60 Jonny Evans, Northern Ireland (7.199)
Former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has enjoyed an impressive debut season at West Brom following his switch from Old Trafford, playing both at left-back and in central defence. Will be a key player for Northern Ireland as they attempt to progress from a group featuring Germany, Poland and Ukraine.
59 Hakan Calhanoglu, Turkey (7.209)
One of Turkey’s most promising young players who will be hoping to play a key role in steering his country out of a tricky group also featuring Spain, Croatia and Czech Republic. Hakan Calhanoglu has already netted six times in 18 caps at the age of just 22.
58 James Milner (7.210)
England midfielder James Milner played a key role in Liverpool’s run to the Europa League final to cap off an impressive debut season at Anfield. Although he may not be a guaranteed starter in France, he remains a favourite of boss Roy Hodgson and will likely see some game time.
57 Artem Dzyuba (7.216)
Zenit St Petersburg striker Artem Dzyuba is set to lead the line for Russia at Euro 2016 after netting 23 times for his club in all competitions. He will hope to fire his country out of a group stage at a major tournament for the first time since Euro 2008.
56 Aaron Ramsey (7.217)
A difficult season saw Aaron Ramsey manage just six goals in 40 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal in 2015/16 as they finished second in the Premier League and fell in the last-16 of the Champions League. He will play a key role in support of Gareth Bale as Wales prepare for their first major tournament since 1958.
55 Lucas Vazquez (7.218)
Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez enjoyed an impressive breakout season at the Bernabeu, filling in regularly in the injury absences of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. He came on with 13 minutes to go in the Champions League final against Atletico and scored the first penalty as Real won the shootout.
54 Piotr Zielinski (7.222)
Polish international Piotr Zielinski enjoyed an impressive season on loan at Empoli from parent club Udinese as they finished 10th in Serie A. The midfielder scored five times in 35 appearances.
53 Yohan Cabaye, France (7.23)
Yohan Cabaye marked his return to English football with an impressive season at Crystal Palace. The midfielder, who left Paris Saint-Germain in 2015, caught the eye with his passing, crossing and set-pieces for Palace. Cabaye experienced the disappointment of losing the FA Cup final to Manchester United and won’t want a repeat of that losing feeling when he plays for his native France on home soil.
52 Grzegorz Krychowiak, Poland (7.23)
Polish midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak has been linked with a move to the Premier League for some time, with claims Manchester United are willing to match his £34m release clause to bring him to Old Trafford this summer. The 26-year-old made 42 appearances in all competitions for Sevilla last season, scoring one goal and providing five assists.
51 Andres Iniesta, Spain (7.24)
Winning titles has become second nature to Barcelona’s club captain. The 32-year-old has won 28 trophies with the Spanish giants since making his senior debut in 2002, adding to his two European Championships and a World Cup with Spain. Will the 2016 European Championship be the cherry on Iniesta’s multi-tier cake?
50 Lorenzo Insigne, Italy (7.25)
The talented winger enjoyed one of his best seasons with 12 goals and eight assists to help Napoli challenge Juventus for the Serie A title, though they ultimately finished second in the league. Insigne has made nine senior international appearances for Italy and has two goals to his name.
49 Danny Rose, England (7.25)
Spurs left-back Danny Rose is thriving under the management of Mauricio Pochettino, playing a key part in their defence last season with his consistently strong performances. He played 29 times for England’s Under 21s before earning his first cap in the stunning 3-2 comeback victory over Germany in March.
48 Oleg Shatov, Russia (7.26)
FC Zenit Saint Petersburg winger Oleg Shatov has been part of the Russia national set-up since 2010, scoring three goals from 15 appearances for the Under 21s before his introduction to the senior team in 2013.
47 Oleg Ivanov, Russia (7.27)
The midfielder moved to FC Terek Grozny in January 2012 and has scored nine goals from 120 appearances for the Russian team. He’s a relatively new addition to Russia’s national side, making his international debut in June 2015.
46 Aleksandr Samedov, Russia (7.27)
Russian winger Aleksandr Samedov has been involved with the senior international team since 2011, scoring three goals in 27 appearances. He was selected for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and, with his Lokomotiv Moscow contract up at the end of June, he’ll be hoping to impress in France.
45 Pepe, Portugal (7.27)
Portuguese defender Pepe is never far from controversy on the pitch, as witnessed in Real Madrid’s Champions League final against Atletico Madrid. He is a serial winner, with two Champions League medals, a Club World Cup and several Spanish trophies to his name.
44 Arkadiusz Milik, Poland (7.27)
The 22-year-old striker has scored 47 goals in 76 appearances for Dutch giants Ajax, attracting attention from a host of top European clubs. He’s netted 24 goals this season – 21 in the league – and already has 10 international goals from 22 appearances.
43 David Silva, Spain (7.28)
The Manchester City playmaker is closing in on 100 caps for Spain. A difficult season saw him play just 24 league games in 2015/16 due to ankle and hamstring injuries, but the Spaniard is hopeful he’ll be fit for the Euros.
42 Sergio Busquets, Spain (7.28)
Busquets was a key part of Spain’s side as they won the last European Championships, and will be the heartbeat of their midfield again as they attempt to defend their title. The 27-year-old has won it all at club and international level and recently signed a new long-term deal with Barcelona.
41 Andreas Granqvist, Sweden (7.29)
Granqvist has featured at the last two European Championships for Sweden, and has more than 50 caps for his country. Has been at Russian side Krasnodar in 2013, and had a brief spell at Wigan Athletic in 2007/08, but managed just 15 appearances.