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The Top 5 in the Castrol Rankings: Surprising Players Top Best Midfielder List

Conner GordonContributor IIIFebruary 9, 2012

The Top 5 in the Castrol Rankings: Surprising Players Top Best Midfielder List

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    The Castrol Rankings is an index which gives points to players based on every facet of the game.

    Each player's performance is measured, giving them a Castrol Index Score.

    Then, the player's index score is multiplied by a predetermined weighting based on the importance of the match. (An EPL game is less weighted than a Champions League semi-final match).

     

    Castrol Index Score x Weighting = Castrol Rankings points.

    The points total is then added to the previous points over the past 12 months. This is divided by the total minutes the player played over those 12 months and multiplied by 90 in order to derive an average 90-minute score for every player. 

     

    (Cumulative Castrol Rankings Points Total / Total Minutes played) x 90

    This culminates to each players point total, provided in the following slides.

5. Arjen Robben

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    Castrol Points: 793

     

    Arjen Robben's inclusion into Castrol's top five, despite being an incredible talent, highlights the fragility of the Castrol ranking system.

    In the 2011 and 2012 season, the mercurial Dutchman has scored an unimpressive five goals in a measly thirteen appearances, missing many games due to injury.

    He barely makes the cut due of his sound passing, goal scoring ability and build up play.  His five goals have come against some of the more competitive teams in Bundesliga including Hamburg, Bayern Leverkusen, Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg.

    Regardless of his ability and sound performances, it still seems criminal for a player who has missed countless games to rank higher than midfield wizards Xavi and Ozil.

    If you do doubt Robben's ability, check out a highlight reel.  His unique talent is unparalleled.

4. Frank Ribery

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    Castrol Points: 797

     

    Frank Ribery is known for his quick, smart and precise skill on the ball.  This season he has amassed 10 goals in 26 appearances, coming mostly from the left wing.

    His defensive ability also shoots him up in the rankings.  His tough tackling and work rate has earned him four yellow cards and a red card.

    Consistently one of the top players in the world, Ribery deservedly takes the fourth spot due to his impact displays for the German powerhouse.

3. Frank Lampard

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    Castrol Points: 799

     

    Frank Lampard has turned out for Chelsea in 29 games, scoring 12 goals and picking up five yellow cards.

    The veteran Brit has enjoyed a career in the limelight, but recent seasons have seen him suffer through turbulent form. 

    His displays have been more lively as of late, but to no avail as Chelsea sit in fourth place at 14 adrift from leaders Manchester City.

    Regardless, scoring goals from a central midfield position is an important threat for any team and Lampard has been bagging them consistently.

2. Angel Di Maria

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    Castrol Points: 800

     

    Angel Di Maria has 20 appearances for the Spanish capital, tucking away five goals. 

    The left-footed Argentine is explosive coming in from the right wing. He's always a threat to score goals or play a dangerous ball into the penalty area.

    For a while, he was considered one of the most important players to Madrid.  Still though, it is questionable to afford him the No. 2 spot in the world's top ranked midfielders. 

    On a technical level, he might not even be in the top three midfielders on Madrid. Xabi Alonso, Ozil and Kaka might all make a case.

    Even Barcelona's deadly trio of Xavi, Iniesta and Fabregas deservedly would push him out of any other ranking system.

    Maybe stats do lie.

1. Florent Malouda

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    Castrol Points: 803 


    What?!

    Look in the mirror, see the look of surprise.  Trust me, I had the same look on my face.

    Florent Malouda has only one goal in 28 appearances. His performances have been consistent and he remains an important player to this lackluster Chelsea side. 

    But more must be asked for the world's "best" midfielder.

    This is the year of the striker, due to the lack of world class midfielders and the lack of superstar defenders. Once great players such as Sneijder, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri have been unable to play the spectacular football in which they were capable.

    Still, where is Xavi, Fabregas, Iniesta? Where is Ozil and Xabi Alonso? Where is David Silva?

    Wilshere?

    Pirlo?

    Malouda, count yourself lucky to be here.  Trust me, not many fans think you deserve it. Take a look at Castrolfootball.com top 5 forwards.



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