Champions League Player Rankings: Ronaldo Reigns, Lahm Falls

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterApril 3, 2014

Champions League Player Rankings: Ronaldo Reigns, Lahm Falls

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    Welcome to the latest edition of our UEFA Champions League player rankings, where we sort the top players left in the competition based on production, performances and form in the competition.

    Over the course of the round of 16 fixtures, we split our rankings into two based on the schedule of matchweeks, but for the quarterfinals, we're merging them into one.

    That means heightened competition for places and tougher calls to make.

    All statistics courtesy of

Previous Rankings/Honourable Mentions

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    Matchweek 1 (MW1)Matchweek 2 (MW2)
    1. Dani Alves1. Cristiano Ronaldo
    2. Diego Godin2. Gareth Bale
    3. Manuel Neuer 3. Gary Cahill
    4. Philipp Lahm4. Marcel Schmelzer
    5. Diego Costa 5. Sergio Ramos
    6. Toni Kroos6. Cesar Azpilicueta
    7. Thibaut Courtois7. Robin van Persie
    8. Gabi8. Eden Hazard
    9. Lionel Messi9. Robert Lewandowski
    10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic10. Lukasz Piszczek


    Honourable Mentions

    • Karim Benzema, Real Madrid
    • Juanfran, Atletico Madrid
    • Gary Cahill, Chelsea
    • Gabi, Atletico Madrid
    • Thiago Silva, Paris Saint-Germain

10. Philipp Lahm, Bayern Munich

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    Previous Rank: 4th (MW1)

    As with almost every other Bayern Munich player, Philipp Lahm disappointed Tuesday night.

    He was slotted back into midfield—a role he now looks more comfortable in than his original position of right-back—and, despite seeing lots of the ball (106 touches, 97 percent pass accuracy), he wasn't able to create or force much in an attacking sense.

    Defensively, Bayern were suspect too, with Danny Welbeck finding tonnes of room to work with in both halves.

9. Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid

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    Previous Rank: 5th (MW2)

    Sergio Ramos hasn't been tested too sternly in the Champions League as yet, but when he's asked to step in and act, he does so superbly.

    He was strong on the ball against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, helping recycle possession with ease and dominate proceedings. When required to tackle, he did so with aplomb.

8. Thibaut Courtois, Atletico Madrid

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    Previous Rank: 7th (MW1)

    Thibaut Courtois had a pretty busy night on Tuesday, making five saves in the Atletico Madrid goal to deny Barcelona's star-studded attacking lineup.

    He eventually yielded after a slew of last-ditch tackles caused by overwhelming pressure, but he can at least claim he has now faced Lionel Messi five times and shut him out in every game.

7. Ezequiel Lavezzi, Paris Saint-Germain

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    Previous Rank: None (New!)

    Ezequiel Lavezzi put in a masterful display against Chelsea on Wednesday night, scoring in the opening stages and proceeding to torment Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic.

    He's a new arrival in our top 10, despite playing well against Bayer Leverkusen and grabbing a goal there too. If he can replicate his performance at Stamford Bridge, he'll be soaring in our estimations soon enough.

6. Manuel Neuer, Bayern Munich

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    Jon Super

    Previous Rank: 3rd (MW1)

    Manuel Neuer made one absolutely outstanding save on Danny Welbeck with the score 0-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

    The significance of the save cannot be underestimated, as had Bayern Munich conceded earlier, they could well have lost the first leg to a surprisingly pumped Manchester United outfit.

    Neuer, in truth, has been excellent in every Champions League game this season.

5. Dani Alves, Barcelona

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    Previous Rank: 1st (MW1)

    Dani Alves' performance level dropped a little from the standard set against Manchester City, but that's to be expected: He wasn't going to score a goal in each leg again.

    Atletico Madrid worked hard to deny him space, acknowledging him as a major part of how Barcelona set up attacks and planning to cut off Xavi's balls to him in advanced areas.

    Still, it was a solid showing from the Brazilian.

4. Andres Iniesta, Barcelona

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    Emilio Morenatti

    Previous Rank: None (New!)

    Andres Iniesta sparked Barcelona's game into life Tuesday night, preventing his club from drawing a rare home blank.

    In the second half, he was able to change the tempo of Barca's play and spark a succession of attacks, linking with Lionel Messi to manipulate space and drift inside.

    After a stellar showing against Manchester City in the round of 16 second leg, he enters our list high up.

3. Diego Godin, Atletico Madrid

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    Emilio Morenatti

    Previous Rank: 2nd (MW1)

    Atletico Madrid came under a lot of pressure at the Camp Nou, but they only yielded one goal to give themselves an excellent chance of progressing to the semifinals.

    Some last-ditch defending was required, as Andres Iniesta ran riot, and Diego Godin put in yet another typically excellent performance at the heart of the line.

2. Gareth Bale, Real Madrid

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    Previous Rank: 2nd (MW2)

    Gareth Bale retains his place at No. 2 in our condensed rankings after another excellent performance in the Champions League.

    Real Madrid ripped Borussia Dortmund to shreds, and he scored the opening goal, collecting a Dani Carvajal pass, weaving his way inside the box and poking the ball past Roman Weidenfeller.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid

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    Previous Rank: 1st (MW2)

    Cristiano Ronaldo remains king of the mountain after scoring his 14th goal of the current Champions League campaign.

    With Zlatan Ibrahimovic drawing a blank in a poor performance and injuring himself in the process, the top scorer crown looks as good as sealed this season.

    His strike sealed a comfortable 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund, slotting home after a delightful Isco run and pass.