Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery is celebrating Champions League success after the 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on Saturday, but the Frenchman has also been awarded the distinction of being the second-best performer behind Lionel Messi in the top five European leagues this season.
But Ribery has played himself into second place in the rankings after clinching the Bundesliga title and the Champions League so far this season, with the German Cup final against Stuttgart on the horizon at the weekend.
The CIES Football Observatory analysis concerns five key areas of the game: shooting, chance creation, take on, distribution and recovery, with the general index the weighted sum of all those specific indicators.
Messi finished above Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the "Shooting" section, while Barcelona dominated the "Distribution" category with Xavi Hernandez finishing top above teammates Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Cesc Fabregas.
In the overall standings, Messi was the winner ahead of Ribery, while Ronaldo came in third above Fabregas of Barcelona.
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