Power Ranking Europe's Top 10 Players

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterAugust 27, 2013

Power Ranking Europe's Top 10 Players

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    Who impressed you this week?

    We take a look at the top 10 performances from the weekend's action, extracted from Opta's recognised top five leagues.

    Last week saw Guillermo Ochoa, Cesc Fabregas and Lionel Messi take top honours, but none of those three feature here—every weekend is a fresh slate.

    Enjoy the slideshow!  

Honourable Mentions

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    Nemanja Vidic

    Another sterling performance from the Serbian—has he put his injury concerns fully behind him?

    Olivier Giroud

    The Frenchman capped off a magnificent week with the first goal in Arsenal's win over Fulham, showing some outrageous touches, close control and buildup ability in the process.

    Jose Callejon

    Callejon was thought to be overpriced at circa €10 million, but his first performance in Napoli blue was sublime.

    Daniel Sturridge

    Every player who made the list performed brilliantly for the large majority of the match, but Sturridge provided more a spark of brilliance.

    Aaron Ramsey

    Ramsey controlled proceedings for Arsenal against Fulham, following up on his Man-of-the-Match performance against Fenerbahce last week.


    Adriano has had a fantastic start to the season and his thunderbolt from distance was the difference between Barcelona and Malaga. 

10. Stefan Kiessling, Bayer Leverkusen

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    Stefan Kiessling got himself on the scoresheet for the second time this season, firing in against Borussia Monchengladbach.

    His strike was a firmly hit penalty, to which the goalkeeper got fingers but couldn't keep out, while he also grabbed two assists (both for Sidney Sam) and struck the woodwork.

    He hasn't slowed since signing his new deal in the summer: One of the most underrated strikers in world football continues to notch on a consistent basis.  

9. Aymeric Laporte, Athletic Club

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    Athletic Club secured their second consecutive win of the campaign against rivals Osasuna.

    A big part of an excellent performance was Aymeric Laporte's dominance in defence. After being drafted in for the injured Borja Ekiza, he has continued to shine despite being so young.

    He was superb in the air, boasts a clever footballing brain and passed adequately from the back. 

8. Raul Garcia, Atletico Madrid

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    Atletico Madrid smashed Rayo Vallecano 5-0 at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday and Raul Garcia chipped in with two goals.

    The first was a deft header into the far corner, the second a strike from close range to seal a comprehensive scoreline.

    Since Radamel Falcao left, los Colchoneros have shared the goals out nicely and Garcia is one of several midfielders who is set to benefit from that with regards to goal tally. 

7. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

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    Wayne Rooney put in a hell of a performance against Chelsea when you consider the circumstances.

    The Blues have had two bids for the England international rejected and he could be the subject of a third approach, according to The Telegraph. However, despite potential split allegiances, Rooney was his usual self.

    Industrious, technically strong and extremely passionate to the cause, he defended his own six-yard box as effectively as he attacked his opponents'. 

6. John Terry, Chelsea

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    John Terry played like a man possessed against Manchester Unitedheading, tackling and blocking everything in his path.

    His judgement was top notch, knowing when to steam out and close the ball-player down, and when to drop in and head it clear. He was an aerial colossus and put his body where it hurts on several occasions.

    He was awarded the Barclay's Man of the Match—and the decision was spot on. 

5. Diego Costa, Atletico Madrid

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    Diego Costa has started the season fantastically, turning in consistently brilliant performances for Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid.

    He signed a new contract in the face of interest from Liverpool, and los Colchoneros' move to secure him on better terms looks a masterstroke now.

    He picked up a goal and an assist against Rayo Vallecano, tapping in from close range for an easy finish and working a nice interchange for Arda Turan to round the 'keeper and score. 

4. Marek Hamsik, Napoli

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    All the attention was on Napoli's new signings, but one of the old guard popped up to dominate Bologna at the Stadio San Paolo.

    Forget Gonzalo Higuain, Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon—take a look at Marek Hamsik's two-goal performance in the 3-0 win.

    Edinson Cavani may be gone, but the Partenopei's Slovakian saviour is still there to lead this side on a convincing title challenge. 

3. Sidney Sam, Bayer Leverkusen

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    Sidney Sam was all over Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday, collecting two goals and one assist in the 4-2 victory at the BayArena.

    Both goals were exquisitely placed finishes, the first from a clever cut-back and the second from outside the box, goalkeeper unsighted.

    He drifted in off the right to great effect and defenders simply cannot live with his positivity and pace. 

2. Arda Turan, Atletico Madrid

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    Arda Turan was the best player on the pitch at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday night and the Turk is our third and final player from Atletico Madrid's ranks to grace this list.

    Rayo Vallecano failed to stop Turan's mazy dribble down the left early on and he placed it on a silver platter for Diego Costa to net. He then scored his team's third by rounding the 'keeper and slotting home.

    In the second half, he sent in a delicious cross for Tiago to nod home and, at 4-0, his evening's work was done. 

1. Fraizer Campbell, Cardiff City

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    Cardiff City hosted Manchester City on Sunday in a game where very few expected the spectacular.

    The opening stages were dominated by the Citizens, but suddenly the Bluebirds sprang to life: Fraizer Campbell was at the centre of it all and his two-goal performance ensured the newly promoted side achieved their first three-point haul of the campaign.

    Against the 2012 Premier League champions, no less.