The concept of a Most Valuable Player award is a much more subjective one in football than it is in American sports.
The broken-up nature of American football, baseball and basketball lend themselves far more easily to statistical breakdowns than the far more fluid play of soccer.
That sport has always gone for the far less scientific Man of the Match award, based more on viewer perception and delivering at key moments rather than hard number-crunching of a 90-minute performance.
The major end-of-season prizes are handed out based on polls, again without a great deal of thought given to percentages and ratios.
However, advances in the way statistics are gathered and logged mean that footballers' performances can now be analysed in greater detail than ever before. But things such as distance covered and touches of the ball still don't always tell the whole story.
With that in mind, here is a ranking of the 15 footballers who could be in the running for this season's Premier League MVP, if such an award existed. The list includes by default the six nominees for this season's PFA Player of the Year award—Sergio Aguero, Joe Hart, Scott Parker, Wayne Rooney, David Silva and Robin van Persie.
The likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Papiss Cisse, who have been brilliant since arriving in January, are ineligible as they have only played half the season.
Remember, this is a ranking of individual players and does not necessarily reflect how their respective clubs have done this season. Then again, it is perhaps no coincidence that both Manchester United and Manchester City have three players each on the list.
As there is sure to be a great deal of disagreement, feel free to add your own nominees below.