The best player in each position in Europe can now be revealed.A study conducted by the CIES Football Observatory measures the individual technical performances of players who have clocked up over 900 minutes of match action in 2016/17, scoring them out of 100.READ MORE: The 13 best full-backs in Europe – including Liverpool’s James Milner, Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia and Chelsea’s Marcos AlonsoThere are some surprise inclusions – and some less surprising, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi vying for the forwared role [the winner is the highest scorer in the whole study, obviously].The research provides information on goalkeepers, full-backs, centre-backs, defensive midfielders, attacking midfielders and forwards.Click the right arrow, above, to see who is the best in their position this term… 6 6 6 Best full-back: Alex Sandro (Juventus), score: 89 – Closely followed by James Milner and David Alaba (88). Best centre-back: Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), score: 88 – Closely followed by Giorgio Chiellini and Javi Martinez (87). Best attacking midfielder: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)/Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), score: 89 – Closely followed by Dimitri Payet, Mesut Ozil, Ryad Boudebouz and Emil Forsberg (88). 6 6 Best defensive/deep-lying midfielder: Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich)/Paul Pogba (Manchester United), score: 90 – Closely followed by Ander Herrera (89). 6 Best goalkeeper: Stephane Ruffier (St Etienne)/Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)/Yoan Cardinale (OGC Nice), all score 84 out of 100 (see below for an explanation of the scoring system, and click the arrow above to see which players have been rated best in their respective positions) – Closely followed by Lee Grant of Stoke City (83). Best forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), score: 94 – Closely followed by Lionel Messi (93).
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