The job of every attacker is to earn points for her/his team in football. And the only way to do that is to score goals or assist them. With that in mind, here are the 10 most valuable players in Europe in terms of percentage of points won by scoring goals or assisting them…
All the data has been provided by whoscored.com.
#10 Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus
Surprised to see him here and not some places above? We are, too! Cristiano Ronaldo has been absolutely incredible for the Old Lady and has earned 18 points for the Turin outfit, who are at 75 points and 15 points above second-placed Napoli.
The Portuguese phenom has had a hand in 23 per cent of Juventus’s total points tally.
=8 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal
Next up in the list is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Arsenal forward has won 18 points for his team – just like Ronaldo – but his contribution in terms of percentage is higher as he has earned 28 per cent of Arsenal’s 60 points.
=8 Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund
Jadon Sancho has earned the same amount of points for his team – 18 – as Aubameyang and also has the same percentage contribution as the former Dortmund star. However, the youngster has made more impact in fewer matches and is quickly becoming one of Europe’s hottest properties.
=6 Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid
The first entrant from La Liga is Antoine Griezmann. Atletico Madrid have 56 points to their name and Griezmann helped earn 18 of those points. In terms of percentage, he has a 30 per cent contribution.
=6 Lionel Messi – Barcelona
Another shocker, given that Barcelona are heavily-reliant on this man. The Argentine has earned 20 points for his team, who are leading La Liga with 66 points. His contribution is at 30 per cent of his team’s total goals!
#5 Paul Pogba – Manchester United
The Manchester United star is the next on this list as Paul Pogba is – spoiler alert – the only midfielder on this list. The Frenchman has undergone a renaissance at Old Trafford since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been highly influential for his side.
Pogba has earned 19 points for his team via a winning goal or assist, which stands at 33 per cent of his team’s total points.
#4 Eden Hazard – Chelsea
Chelsea star Eden Hazard might be criticized for his lack goals but he has helped his team earn 20 big points. The Belgian has turned up slightly better figures since the arrival of Maurizio Sarri and remains on track to record his best goal tally ever.
Hazard’s contribution rate is at 35 per cent, which is quite impressive for someone who is accused of not scoring much.
#3 Duvan Zapata – Atalanta
Duvan Zapata has taken the Serie A by storm. Atalanta have 45 points to their name and Zapata has helped score 17 of them, which takes his contribution to a whopping 38 per cent. He might not be at his current club next season if he continues like this.
#2 Wissam Ben Yedder – Sevilla
Not Messi, not Griezmann. The highest-placed player from La Liga is Sevilla’s French striker Wissam Ben Yedder!
Sevilla have 43 points to their name in La Liga and Ben Yedder helped them earn 17 of them, putting his percentage at 40 per cent.
#1 Nicolas Pepe – Lille
And the number one player on this list is Nicolas Pepe. The Lille star is being chased by a plethora of top European clubs and rightfully so. He has helped his team earn 25 points, which is a contribution of a staggering 44 per cent, the highest in Europe.