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Katherine Peña, Digital Media Reporter

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    Hi I am back with Day 3! Today I am going to talk about the topic players right now.

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?

NO. 27 Wayne Rooney

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.

     NO. 26 Josef Martínez is a Venezuelan

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.

 

No. 25 Luis Suárez

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.

 

NO. 24 Harry Kane

An expert finisher, Kane began the season slowly — perhaps because of 2018 FIFA World Cup burnout — but continues to be Tottenham Hotspur’s most reliable asset. In the UEFA Champions League, he has scored four times including both goals in a crucial 2-1 win over PSV Eindhoven on November 6.

NO. 23 Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho is a player for the big occasion, particularly in the UEFA Champions League. His role in the 1-1 draw at Inter on November 6 was remarkable because he battered the Inter goal with eight shots, and provided the crucial assist that meant his team left Milan with a European point.

NO. 22 Edin Džeko

Džeko may have only scored twice in the current Serie A campaign, but the 32-year-old has been unstoppable for AS Roma in the Champions League (scoring five goals from four games) and for Bosnia and Herzegovina in the UEFA Nations League B (scoring three goals from four games).

NO. 21 Memphis Depay

With five goals and five assists from 10 starts in Ligue 1 this season, there are few players outside of Paris Saint-Germain who have been on as good a run as Depay. He was responsible for all four goals in his team’s 4-2 win at Guingamp on November 10 and Whoscored.com graded his performance a perfect 10.

 

NO. 20 Mathieu Debuchy

Debuchy has shown a natural ability to interrupt opposition attacks in Ligue 1 this season. His tackling, intercepting, and blocking has been on point, and he has also chipped in with two goals and two assists.

NO. 19 Sebastian Giovinco

Giovinco has been the MVP at Toronto FC for many a season, and the 2018 campaign was no different as he netted 13 times, providing an additional seven assists in 26 starts.

NO. 18 Alphonso Davies

Alphonso Davies is an 18-year-old

Davies is a promising player with an exciting future as he scored eight goals and provided nine assists from 27 starts in the MLS, despite playing most of the season as a 17-year-old. He is a boy amongst men, but has been holding his own.

NO. 17 Thorgan Hazard

Hazard has proven to be an effective forward on the left or right side of the central striker at Borussia Mönchengladbach, scoring seven goals and providing four assists in 11 Bundesliga starts. He is an effective crosser of the football, can play an excellent defence-splitting through ball, and often makes a game-changing play.

NO. 16 Suso

Suso is Milan’s most effective player in Serie A, contributing four goals and eight assists to his team’s cause in the Italian league.

NO. 15 Edinson Cavani

Because he scores goals, what else? Cavani has scored eight Ligue 1 goals for PSG so far this season, including a superb hat-trick in his team’s tonking 4-0 rout over AS Monaco on November 11.

NO. 14 Nicolas Pépé

Pépé has scored eight goals and created five assists for Lille so far this season. His rise to prominence in France’s top division has attracted  the attention of Arsenal FC and Bayern Munich, so he could be set for a mid-season transfer.

NO. 13 Sébastien Haller

Haller had been a player reliable for scoring one goal every two games in the three seasons leading up to the 2018-2019 campaign, but he has improved his hit rate dramatically and is currently the joint second top scorer in the entire Bundesliga with eight goals and five assists for Frankfurt.

NO. 12 David Silva

Silva rises to the biggest of occasions and even though he is a majestic player with the ball at his feet in the Premier League, he is equally as devastating in the UEFA Champions League, where he already has three goals from four appearances so far this season.

NO. 11 Ignacio Piatti

Piatti has been Montreal Impact’s best player throughout the MLS season, tallying 11 assists and scoring 16 goals

NO. 10 Nicolás Lodeiro

Lodeiro averaged 68 passes per game, produced 102 clear-cut goalscoring opportunities, provided 12 assists, and scored nine goals in the MLS this year. Lodeiro, the architect for many Seattle Sounders attacks, is his team’s best player — and one of the most dominant performers in the United States.

NO. 9 Kylian Mbappé

Mbappé is bamboozling opponents in Ligue 1 as the 19-year-old has been responsible for creating or scoring one goal for every 46 minutes he has been on the pitch so far this season. He is already one of the biggest stars in the sport, and is years removed from his prime age as a soccer player.

NO. 8 Téji Savanier, 26 years old

Savanier had been unheralded in France’s second division before the 2018-2019 season. But after promotion into Ligue 1, he’s playing like he’s been at that level all his life.

NO. 7 Carlos Vela

Vela provided an assist in his very first match for LA FC in March, scored his first goal a week later, and became the first goalscorer in the very first “El Tráfico” derby against local rivals LA Galaxy. One of the best players competing in the USA, Vela was named in the MLS Best XI of 2018 this month.

NO. 6 Cristiano Ronaldo

The soccer veteran left Real Madrid in a shock summer transfer to join Serie A team Juventus FC in Italy. He struggled at the start of the season but has scored five goals and added one assist in his last five outings in the Italian division.

NO. 5 Miguel Almirón

Almirón, 25, has consistently been excellent in the MLS with 13 goals and 11 assists from a number of positions in midfield and attack. With Almirón in the team, Atlanta United has a strong chance for MLS Cup success.

NO. 4 Zlatan

Ibrahimović has struck 22 times in 24 starts in the MLS, for the LA Galaxy. And some of those goals have been thumped in with as much power as a concussive karate kick. Kaboom.

NO. 3 Eden Hazard

The 27-year-old was one of the best players at the World Cup and maintained that elite form as the club season kicked off. Hazard has scored or created one goal for every 71 minutes he has been on a Premier League pitch this season. Impressive.

 

NO. 2 Neymar Jr.

Neymar is responsible for scoring or creating a goal once for every 65 minutes he has been on the pitch in Ligue 1, and he is just as prolific in the UEFA Champions League — a competition he will be hoping to win this season with PSG.

NO. 1 Lionel Messi

It may seem hard to trump nine goals and five assists from 10 appearances in Spain’s La Liga, but the 31-year-old has dominated in the UEFA Champions League with back-to-back 10/10 performances ranked by Messi is, like he tends to always be, unstoppable.

Well this is all for today I will be back tomorrow. I hope you enjoy it.

 

 

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