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Sancho ranked best forward in the world!

By Henrik Petersen

Jadon Sancho has been ranked best forward in the world in the last three months by CIES.

Jadon Sancho.
Jadon Sancho.Photo: Marco Verch, CC BY-SA 2.0

The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) is an independent study centre located in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. It was created in 1995 as a joint venture between the FIFA, the University of Neuchâtel, the City and State of Neuchatel.

They have developed a unique approach to rate players on a match-by-match basis by taking into account the pitch production and efficiency at both individual and collective level.

According to the CIES ranking, for the last 3 months prior to the coronavirus, Sancho is ranked fourth on the list of all players, regardless of age, trailing Thiago Alcântara (91.1, FC Bayern München) who is ranked third.

And, perhaps even more impressing, he is ranked first among forwards, regardless of age, across all the five biggest leagues in Europe.

For players born in 2000, Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) outranks his English countryman Ryan Sessegnon (Tottenham) and the Dutchman Kik Pierie (AFC Ajax).

The second highest figure outside of the big-5 European leagues was measured for the Danish Mikkel Damsgaard (Nordsjælland), while that for footballers playing outside of Europe was recorded for the Venezuelan Cristian Casséres (New York Red Bulls).

Top 20 performance score in the Bundesliga, last 3 months
1. Thiago Alcântara 91.1 (FC Bayern München)
2. Jadon Sancho 90.7 (Borussia Dortmund)
3. Moussa Diaby 90.3 (Bayer Leverkusen)
- Jérôme Boateng 90.3 (Bayern München)
5. Lukasz Piszczek 90.0 (Borussia Dortmund)
6. Joshua Kimmich 89.9 (Bayern München)
7. Axel Witsel 89.8 (Borussia Dortmund)
8. David Alaba 89.4 (Bayern München)
9. Kai Havertz 89.0 (Bayer Leverkusen)
- Mats Hummels 89.0 (Borussia Dortmund)
- Benjamin Pavard 89.0 (Bayern München)
12. Raphaël Guerreiro 88.5 (Borussia Dortmund)
13. Thomas Müller 88.3 (Bayern München)
14. Jonathan Tah 87.4 (Bayer Leverkusen)
15. Christopher Nkunku 86.6 (RB Leipzig)
16. Robert Lewandowski 86.0 (Bayern München)
- Achraf Hakimi 86.0 (Borussia Dortmund)
18. Sven Bender 84.9 (Bayer Leverkusen)
19. Mark Uth 83.0 (Köln)
20. Manuel Neuer 82.9 (Bayern München)

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