World Football: Ranking the Top 20 Player Performances in 2012-13

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World Football: Ranking the Top 20 Player Performances in 2012-13
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We all know football is a team game. The sum of a team's parts is generally more than the individual pieces. A great team will beat a team of great players. We know the cliches, but they are true.

Sometimes, however, you have to just sit back and marvel at individual performances. Great players can often drag their side out of trouble with important goals or immaculate saves. Those types of players and the performances they put in can make a huge impact on a team's destiny.

So with that in mind, I tried to recall the best 20 individual performances I've seen across Europe in club competition this season. The beauty of a topic like this is its subjectivity, I changed my mind on numerous occasions, and I have no doubt that you will all have your own opinions. What makes a performance "great" is different for us.

I have judged my selections on those moments which make you sit up and take notice as a lover of the game—players who can excite you.

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

But before my list, here are some honourable mentions:

Isco vs. Zenit St Petersburg

Joe Hart vs. Borrusia Dortmund

Leighton Baines vs. Newcastle United

Santi Cazorla vs. Tottenham 

Stephan El Shaarawy vs. Catania

Frank Lampard vs. Everton

Wayne Rooney vs. Manchester City

Oscar vs. Juventus

Marco Reus vs. Borrusia Monchengladbach

Thomas Muller vs. Stuttgart

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