90min’s Definitive European Player Power Rankings: Week 15

Football is a funny sport. Teams can be great one week and rubbish the next, and there were sides all over Europe living up to that.

However, there were still some elite performances from around the continent which were just crying out to be ranked using quotes from Fargo. Don’t worry, we’re here to help.

So, are you excited?

Just one word: yes or no.

15. Karim Benzema (Down 8)

Karim Benzema

Because some roads you shouldn’t go down. Because maps used to say, ‘there be dragons here.’ Now they don’t. But that don’t mean the dragons aren’t there.”

It was a quiet week for Benzema, who failed to get himself on the score sheet for ?Real Madrid. He’ll probably do it next week, but the dragon was missing this time around.

14. Gonzalo Higuaín (Down 10)

Gonzalo Higuain

“The shallow end of the pool is where the turds float.”

A tough day for everyone at ?Juventus when they were held by Sassuolo. Higuaín was one of many to disappoint, and his performance belonged down in the shallow end of the pool.

13. Carlos Vinícius (New Entry)

Carlos Vinicius

“Very good. You just added a zero to your salary.”

Vinícius (no, not that one) is tearing it up in Liga NOS. The 24-year-old fired two goals and two assists in Benfica’s 4-0 win over Marítimo, taking his tally for the season to 11 goals in 16 games.

That’s the kind of form which will earn him a tidy payday in the future.

12. Leon Bailey (New Entry)

Leon Bailey

“When it rains, it pours.”

“Sometimes it drizzles.”

Goals haven’t been pouring in for Bailey this season, but he chose a good time to get started. The winger struck twice against ?Bayern Munich to leave the champions stunned. 

Now, if he wants to stop getting injured and/or suspended, maybe things can really get going this year.

11. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Re-Entry)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

“Mister, it’s been a long day.”

“They’re all long. That’s the nature of existence. Life is suffering. I think you’re beginning to understand that.”


Poor Aubameyang. He’s really putting in a shift this season, but it’s like nobody wants to help him.

Yet again, his goals saved the day for ?Arsenal, but it can’t be fun constantly watching your teammates let you down.

10. Lautaro Martínez (New Entry)


“At some level, food knows it’s food.”

Martínez is flat-out feasting for ?Inter this year, and his two goals against SPAL to send Inter top of ?Serie A are all the proof you need. 

9. Virgil van Dijk (New Entry)

Virgil Van Dijk

?“Saint Lawrence. Patron saint of hard asses. Burned alive by the Romans. You know what he said? ‘Turn me over. I’m done on this side.’ That’s a goddamn saint.”

Van Dijk has been dominating attackers for years, but now he’s started dominating defenders too. Two goals for ?Liverpool made him their saviour against Brighton.

8. Son Heung-min (Up 5)

Heung-Min Son

“This is a community. People watch each other’s backs. Someone gets sick, someone dies, you bring a casserole, help.”

?Son isn’t here for personal glory. He just wants to win matches and have a good time doing so. 

The winger bagged two assists in ?Tottenham’s 3-2 win over Bournemouth, taking his tally to four in three games for José Mourinho. How helpful.

7. Dele Alli (New Entry)

Dele Alli

“The world is wrong. It looks like the world, but everything’s different.”

Something isn’t right here. Is ?Alli actually good again? 

Two goals against Bournemouth suggests he’s back to his best. Crazy what happens when he’s played in his favourite role.

6. Robert Lewandowski (Down 4)

Robert Lewandowski

“Look, you can’t…that’s just how it is, sometimes. Life. You know, you go to bed unsatisfied. They’re calling the lottery numbers on the TV and you get the first few and already in your mind you’re buying a jet or a fjord or whatever, but it’s just not meant to be. It’s just not meant to be.”

When this season started, Lewandowski had dreams of netting in every game of the campaign. He’s now goalless in his last two matches.

It was a shock to see him draw one blank, so two in a row is about as much of a reality check as you can imagine.

5. Timo Werner (Up 5)

Timo Werner

“See? Simple things. Cause and effect, crime and punishment. Mash a potato, you know what you get? Mashed potatoes.”

Another goal, another assist. That’s just what we’ve come to expect from Werner, who knows how to get the job done in front of goal.

4. Lionel Messi (Up 2)

Lionel Messi

“Kill the king, be the king. That’s the world. If you’re feeling sour about it, write a letter to Napoleon.”

The king of world football, ?Messi showed just how brilliant he is yet again as he fired ?Barcelona to a 1-0 win over Atlético Madrid.

It’s almost like he’s trying to win some funky individual prize. A ballon made of or, perhaps.

3. Jamie Vardy (Up 2)


“Look at me. Look at me. This a $200 suit. I’m wearing a second-hand tie. I fly coach. Not because I can’t afford first – because I’m smart. So look at you, look at me, and tell me who’s the richer?”

Vardy continues to be the most normal footballer around, despite smashing goals at an elite level.

That’s six consecutive games with at least one goal for Vardy, who has netted eight times across that period.

2. Hakim Ziyech (Up 1)

Hakim Ziyech

“There was a fella once. Running for a train. And he’s carrying a pair of gloves, this man. He drops a glove on the platform, but he doesn’t notice. And then later on, inside the train, he’s sitting by the window and he realises that he’s just got this one glove left. But the train’s already started pulling out of the station. So what does he do? He opens the window, and he drops the other glove onto the platform. That way, whoever finds the first glove, can just have the pair.”

You get the feeling that Ziyech would give you the shirt off his back just because you asked for it. The Ajax man is only here to help, and that’s what he has been doing for weeks.

Two more assists at the weekend takes his tally for the season to 20 already. 11 of those came in November alone, as he created at least one goal in all six of his games that month. Crazy.

1. Ciro Immobile (-)

SS Lazio v Udinese Calcio - Serie A

“Remember. Richest guy in the room is always the boss.”

Immobile is sitting pretty on the throne of world football. His run now sits at nine Serie A games in a row with at least a goal, having netted 13 across that period.

As far as strikers go, there is nobody doing the business quite like Immobile right now.

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