There are two kinds of football lovers: those who follow the real game and those who actually love football’s virtual format, like football video games. As the years have passed, the virtual format has redefined its image and become more realistic and up to date than ever. The most popular of all the football video games has consistently been FIFA, released in its latest “2015” version last month. The game can be played on all the major video game consoles – PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo – and even on your smartphone.
Here, at the BundesligaFanatic, we take a look at the Bundesliga Players who featured in the Top 50 player rankings in FIFA 2015.
|Ranking in Top 50||Player||Country||Club||League||Overall Points|
|3||Arjen Robben||Netherlands||Bayern Munich||Bundesliga||90|
|5||Manuel Neuer||Germany||Bayern Munich||Bundesliga||90|
|8||Bastian Schweinsteiger||Germany||Bayern Munich||Bundesliga||88|
|9||Franck Ribéry||France||Bayern Munich||Bundesliga||88|
|13||Philipp Lahm||Germany||Bayern Munich||Bundesliga||87|
|19||Robert Lewandowski||Poland||Bayern Munich||Bundesliga||87|
|27||Thomas Muller||Germany||Bayern Munich||Bundesliga||86|
|38||Mario Götze||Germany||Bayern Munich||Bundesliga||85|
|42||Jerome Boateng||Germany||Bayern Munich||Bundesliga||85|
|44||Javi Martinez||Spain||Bayern Munich||Bundesliga||85|
|48||Xabi Alonso||Spain||Bayern Munich||Bundesliga||84|
Bayern Dominates Top 10:
The top 10 consists of 4 Bundesliga Players (all from Bayern Munich), 4 from La Liga ( 2 each from Real Madrid and Barcelona) and one each from Chelsea (England) and PSG (France).
While over the last half a decade we are somewhat tired of the debate of who’s is best player in world, the answer has always been Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. What can be a more interesting debate is who the next best player after them. With his performance in the last two years, Arjen Robben moved into third in the FIFA 2015 rankings, a very right choice indeed.
Robben had a turbulent 2011-12 season where he missed a crucial penalty in the Champions League Final against Chelsea in Munich. His devastating period continued as Netherlands lost of their three group games in Euro 2012 (against Denmark, Germany and Portugal). Nobody imagined Robben would comeback so strongly. In the following season, Robben was the one of the heroes in the treble winning season, scoring and assisting goals in the Champions League Final against Dortmund in Wembley. Robben’s development continued under Pep Guardiola as Bayern completed domestic double in 2013-14. Robben also was of the star of World Cup 2014 in Brazil as Netherlands finished third in the World Cup.
Gamers would just love to play in Bayern or Netherlands with Robben in the team. Infamous for going down easily in the penalty area, Robben diving skills are something that hard to copy in the game. That, along with other more admirable skills, can only be demonstrated by the Dutch superstar.
Germany’s sweeper keeper Manuel Neuer is the fifth spot, Zlatan Ibrahimovic standing in between Robben and Neuer. After his superb display in the World Cup, there is little doubt that, Manuel Neuer is currently the best goalkeeper in the world. The World Cup Golden Glove winner has taken the art of goalkeeping to a whole new level as he acts like a fifth defender for the team. While his goalkeeping compatriots in the Top 50 are well below the ranking.
Manuer Neuer (5)
Thibaut Courtois (31)
Petr Čech (34)
Hugo Lloris (45)
Iker Casillas (47)
The new Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger is placed at eight spot behind Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez. Schweinsteiger in the best placed central midfielder ahead of Modric (18), Xavi (21), Yaya Toure (22), Arturo Vidal (35) and fellow World Cup winner Toni Kroos (36) in the FIFA 2015 ranking. Similar to his skill, Schweinsteiger is like a machine in the game with high level energy, ruthless tackles and blistering shots.
Schweinsteger’s Bayern teammate, Franck Ribéry is placed in the ninth spot, which is a bit disappointing for the Frenchman as he was one the three best player in 2013 (with Ronaldo and Messi) in the race of Ballon D’or. Ribery has been sidelined for a significant period in 2014, he even missed the World Cup in Brazil due to injury.
The others in top 50
Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm occupies the 13th spot behind Eden Hazard, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao, which is quite surprising. The world cup winning captain is one of the most complete full back of ages and one of the versatile players in world football. Pep Guardiola points Lahm as the most clever player he has ever managed. While he is ahead of other central defenders and full backs, Philipp Lahm would have been a worthy choice ahead of Ribery or Hazard in the top 10 players in ranking.
The deadliest striker in the world football, Robert Lewandowski, is placed in 19. Meanwhile, Marco Reus, Germany’s best player until the build up to the World Cup this year, when he was forced out of the team due to injury, is 26 in the rankings, Thomas Müller is 27 and Mats Hummels is 29.
I disagree with their standings in this list. While Lewandowski’s position in the list somewhat understandable as the players from rank 13 to rank 19 are given 87 points, it is difficult to understand why Wayne Rooney has higher position in the ranking than Müller, Reus, Di Maria and Neymar. Furthermore, Hummels should be in the top 20 with top Central Defenders Sergio Ramos (15), Thiago Silva (16) and Vincent Kompany (20).
The other 4 Bundesliga stars in the top 50 are Mario Götze (38), Jerome Boateng (42), Javi Martinez (44) and Xabi Alanso (48).
Götze’s first season in Bayern Munich was average by his high standards. This season, however, he looks well-settled in the team and with the arrival of Robert Lewandowski, Götze is settling in his preferred position, in the attacking midfield rather than as a false nine. Jerome Boateng has improved a lot over the last few years and his inclusion in the top 50 is no surprise. Boateng and Hummels pairing in the heart of the Germany defense was one of their strengths at Germany’s World Cup triumph.
The two Spaniards in Bayern Munich, Javi Martinez, who is currently injured, and Xabi Alanso, who is continuously winning Man of the match awards in Bundesliga, are in the some bracket as some class players, Sergio Busquets (43), Cesc Fabregas (46) and Andrea Pirlo (49).
Players in the top 50 by league:
|English Premier League||16|
Players in the top 50 by club:
|Manchester United and Chelsea||5|
|Manchester City and Juventus||4|
|Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur||1|
Players in the top 50 by nationality
|Belgium and France||3|
|Brazil, Colombia, Italy, Netherlands and Uruguay||2|
|Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Ivory Coast, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and Wales|
Overall, there are 13 Bundesliga Players (third highest representation by league) in the Top 50, and Bayern Munich have the highest number of players (11) ahead of European rivals Real Madrid (8) and Barcelona (6). Even though Bundesliga can be very proud of having 13 players, Bayern’s dominance is very clear as 11 of the 13 Bundesliga players are from Bayern Munich.