Cristiano Ronaldo edges out Mohamed Salah and Lionel Messi in our top ten forwards in Europe

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah. It’s been a season of stunning performances from attacking players – not least from Salah, who broke the hegemony that Ronaldo, Messi, and Neymar had over the discussion of the best players in the world.

It’s those three who are the frontrunners for the Ballon d’Or, with Ronaldo and Salah just in front of Messi. But who are the other players who shined in attack this season?

Without further ado, here’s a look at our top ten forwards across Europe’s top five leagues.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid

How do you split a top three of Ronaldo, Salah, and Messi? Ronaldo’s performance since the turn of the year has been extraordinary. But what seals the deal is that he’s almost single-handedly taken a Real Madrid side that has visibly dipped to a third straight Champions League final.

Ronaldo's form since the turn of the year has made him the Ballon d'Or favourite.

Ronaldo’s form since the turn of the year has made him the Ballon d’Or favourite.

2. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

The remarkable thing about Salah is how unfair it seems to not have him at No 1 on this list when only a year ago, he probably wouldn’t even have made the top 20. A joyful, thrilling, stunning player to watch. Bring on Salah vs Ronaldo in the Champions League final.

Salah has been a revelation at Liverpool this season.

Salah has been a revelation at Liverpool this season.

3. Lionel Messi, Barcelona

Messi’s brilliance is so routine, it’s almost normal. He single-handedly kept Barcelona‘s bid for an unbeaten La Liga season alive (unsurprisingly, it ended in a game where he was rested). But European disappointment, including his own below-par display against Roma, has cost him a top-two spot.

Barcelona's unbeaten league season has almost solely been down to Messi.

Barcelona’s unbeaten league season has almost solely been down to Messi.

4. Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich

He’ll be disappointed with the way his Champions League campaign ended, but it’s been another stunning season for the striker – not least for the way he led Poland in the World Cup qualifiers.

Lewandowski led Poland to the World Cup and cruised to the Bundesliga Golden Boot.

Lewandowski led Poland to the World Cup and cruised to the Bundesliga Golden Boot.

5. Antoine Griezmann, Atlético Madrid

It’s been a strange season from Griezmann. In the first half he looked nothing like the player who had cemented his status as one of the best in the world. But he’s found form to lead Atlético to the Europa League final – and likely earned himself a move to Barcelona.

If this is Griezmann's final season, he's given Atlético a memorable send-off.

If this is Griezmann’s final season, he’s given Atlético a memorable send-off.

6. Neymar, PSG

The only reason Neymar is ranked this low is because his season’s been curtailed by injury. He was having a Ballon d’Or-calibre season before that – though the failure against Madrid in the Champions League, for which he was present for the first leg, goes against him as well.

Neymar was having a scintillating season until his injury.

Neymar was having a scintillating season until his injury.

7. Edinson Cavani, PSG

Most teams would miss a player like Neymar – just ask Barcelona how they felt at the start of this season. Most teams aren’t PSG playing in Ligue 1 with a striker in the form of his life. It was fitting that Cavani became the club’s all-time leading scorer after Neymar got injured.

Cavani become PSG's all-time leading scorer this season.

Cavani become PSG’s all-time leading scorer this season.

8. Roberto Firmino, Liverpool

Is there any team so defined by one player? Salah might be the sensation but Firmino is the one who makes Jurgen Klopp’s system work at Liverpool. His selflessness, in the way he leads Klopp’s press, is remarkable. And he scores some outrageous goals.

Firmino may be the most underrated player in the world at the moment.

Firmino may be the most underrated player in the world at the moment.

9. Ciro Immobile

The last Lazio player to win the Capocannoniere was Hernán Crespo in 2000-01. That Immobile is set to put his name alongside such a legendary figure in club history shows what he’s accomplished. Hopefully he’ll be doing it again in the Champions League next season.

Who saw Immobile's stunning season coming?

Who saw Immobile’s stunning season coming?

10. Harry Kane

Tottenham may have put the one-man team jibes to rest this season thanks to the form of Heung-min Son, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, and Mousa Dembele, but Kane is still the jewel in their crown.

Kane hit the 30-goal mark in a league season for the first time. One-season wonder?

Kane hit the 30-goal mark in a league season for the first time. One-season wonder?

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Lionel Messi tops list of Europe's best, Liverpool's Mohamed Salah is sixth behind three Man City stars

David Cooper 15/05/2018
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Lionel Messi taking his place at the top of a list is hardly surprising. This season as well, the Argentine has been integral to Barcelona‘s league and cup double.

As such, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner perhaps deserves to be regarded as the best player among the top five leagues in Europe this season according to a list compiled by the CIES Football Observatory.

The ranking takes into account players who have played more than 1,800 minutes this season and there are a few surprises.

Top 10.

Top 10.

For one, Liverpool talisman, Premier League Player of the Year and Golden Boot winner Mohamed Salah only takes sixth spot with three Manchester City players ahead of him in David Silva (second), Sergio Aguero (fourth) and Nicolas Otamendi (fifth).

Paulo Dybala, who has been rather hit and miss this season for Juventus, also ranks above the Egyptian, taking third place.

Fernandinho (sharing sixth place with Salah), Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling makes it six City players in the top 10.

Cristiano Ronaldo is in 16th place after an underwhelming La Liga campaign.

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Watch: Antonio Conte for FA Cup win over Man United to save Chelsea's season

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While Chelsea might have got a hammering at St James’ Park in their last game of the Premier League season, losing 3-0 to Newcastle United, Antonio Conte believes it is important to finish the season on a good note.

The Blues will be up against Jose Mourinho‘s Manchester United side in the FA Cup final on Saturday, May 19, and Conte believes having not finished inside the top-four, a win in their last game of the season becomes vital.

Find out what he had to say, after the loss against The Magpies.

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