Top 100 players of 2016: Countdown continues with players ranked 60-41
By Pete Hall
Last Updated: 26/12/16 8:11pm
Sky Sports is counting down the top 100 players of 2016, as ranked by WhoScored.com in a five-part series. But who will come out on top?
After every game, WhoScored.com gives players competing in Europe's top five leagues a mark out of 10 based on a wide range of statistical data. Each player received an average score for 2016, and to qualify for our list, players had to have made at least 20 league appearances.
So will Lionel Messi retain his crown or can Cristiano Ronaldo clinch first place? Where do Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale place? And how do Premier League stars Philippe Coutinho, Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero compare?
In part three of our series, we continue our countdown by looking at the players ranked 60-41...
60. Jose Callejon - Napoli - 7.3636 WhoScored.com rating
A mainstay in the Napoli side since arriving three years ago, Callejon continues to get the better of Serie A defences with his intelligent movement, cutting in from the right flank.
59. Lucas Moura - PSG - 7.3651
Overlooked as a star of this PSG side, Lucas Moura has been a mainstay in the starting line-up since Unai Emery's arrival and Zlatan Ibrahimovic's departure, excelling in Ligue 1 and the Champions League.
58. Antoine Griezmann - Atletico Madrid - 7.3694
2016 will go down as a year of near misses for Antoine Griezmann, who lost out in both the Champions League and Euro 2016 finals but his star continues to rise, with 20 La Liga goals in the calendar year to his name as of 13 December.
57. Adrien Rabiot - PSG - 7.3736
Rabiot has gone from a hot prospect to a vital member of PSG's squad, looking certain to make a starting spot in midfield his own after a strong start to the campaign where others have faltered.
56. Edin Dzeko - Roma - 7.3766
While it's fair to say Dzeko didn't convince the Italian press following a move from City last summer, since the return of Luciano Spalletti the Bosnian has been in fine goalscoring form this calendar year.
55. Mohamed Salah - Roma - 7.3786
He may not have convinced at Chelsea but Salah has consistently been one of the top performers in Serie A, making his loan move to Roma permanent having had a direct hand in 20 league goals last season.
54. Sandro Wagner - Darmstadt and Hoffenheim - 7.382
Having effectively ensured Darmstadt's survival last season, netting 14 league goals, Wagner earned a move to Hoffenheim and has picked up where he left off in front of goal.
53. Saul Niguez - Atletico Madrid - 7.3866
It's been a year to remember for versatile Spain and Atletico midfielder Saul Niguez, with the highlight undoubtedly his superb solo goal in last season's Champions League semi-final against Bayern.
52. Christian Fuchs - Leicester - 7.4066
Christian Fuchs was one of Leicester's regulars during their Premier League title triumph, and only N'Golo Kante made more tackles and interceptions per game.
51. Benjamin Andre - Rennes - 7.4114
A key player in Rennes' excellent start to the campaign, versatile midfielder Andre has added greater attacking intent to his game this season to supplement superb defensive figures all year.
50. Luka Modric - Real Madrid - 7.4183
Real Madrid ace Luka Modric has played a key role in the centre of midfield for Zinedine Zidane's Champions League winners in 2016. He recorded a 90.5 per cent pass accuracy last season.
49. Rachid Ghezzal - Lyon - 7.4328
Despite falling out of favour this season following the return to fitness of Nabil Fekir, Ghezzal enjoyed a superb second half to the previous campaign, posting eight goals and eight assists.
48. Djibril Sidibe - Monaco - 7.4348
Monaco full-back Djibril Sidibe showed his ability to an English audience with a goal and an assist in his side's Champions League win over Spurs, but has been a consistent performer for the high-flying French side this season.
47. Mats Hummels - Bayern Munich - 7.4374
Mats Hummels made a controversial switch to Bayern Munich in the summer, but has maintained his Borussia Dortmund form. Bayern have conceded just nine times in 14 games this season.
46. Michail Antonio- West Ham - 7.4511
Not renowned for his goalscoring prowess, Michail Antonio has managed to find the net seven times this season, from a variety of positions. His versatility makes him a real asset to any squad.
45. Loic Perrin - Saint-Etienne - 7.4513
Saint-Etienne have one of the tightest defences in France's Ligue 1 across 2016 and that's in part down to captain Loic Perrin, who has kept the opposition out despite making just 0.3 fouls per game this season.
44. Danny Rose - Tottenham - 7.4538
Tottenham's full-back Danny Rose has established himself as a first-choice for club and country in 2016. This season he's recording career high figures for tackles (4.1) and clearances (4.3) per game.
43. Robert Lewandowski - Bayern Munich - 7.4567
Nobody got even close to matching Robert Lewandowski's 30 league goals in Germany last season, but 10 goals so far this season is only the third best. With all the natural talent in the world, expect plenty more from the Poland international.
42. Laurent Koscielny - Arsenal - 7.4621
It is Laurent Koscielny's reading of the game that sets him apart. No other player could match his 126 interceptions last season in the Premier League, and he remains as integral as ever to an Arsenal side who rely heavily on his reliability at the back.
41. Harry Kane - Tottenham - 7.4651
Harry Kane finished top of the scoring charts last season as Spurs mounted an unlikely title tilt, but injuries have hampered his progress this season. Perhaps a more pertinent test of Kane's influence is how Spurs struggle in front of goal when he is not in the team.