Top 100 players of 2017: Cesc Fabregas and Riyad Mahrez among those ranked 80-61
Last Updated: 19/12/17 3:30pm
Sky Sports is counting down the top 100 players of 2017 - here we reveal those ranked 80-61.
Using the Sky Sports Power Rankings, we have crunched the numbers to calculate which players have enjoyed a stellar year across Europe's top five leagues.
But who makes places 80 to 61 in our countdown? Find out below...
80. Willian - Chelsea
The Brazilian's versatility meant he was not always a starter in Chelsea's Premier League-winning season but he made a consistent impact off the bench when called upon by Antonio Conte.
79. Andrea Belotti - Torino
Belotti has been heavily linked with a move away from Torino throughout 2017 and heading into the upcoming January window but, so far, he has stuck with the Serie A side. His stay has paid off for the Italian club too, with 21 goals in 35 appearances across all competitions this year.
78. Aritz Aduriz - Athletic Bilbao
The Basque striker is getting better with age as he continues to spearhead an Athletic side who would struggle without his goals. Aduriz already has 11 to his name in 2017/18 even though he is not starting every game, as his 36-year-old body cannot take the rigours of two games a week. He is still a serious contender for the Spain squad in Russia next summer.
77. Thomas Lemar - Monaco
One of the many stars of Monaco's Champions League semi-finalists. He scored twice and created four goals in nine European games, bringing his quality to attention thanks to his attacking prowess and link-up play in a formidable side.
76. Bernardo Silva - Monaco/Man City
Silva was a vital cog in the Monaco machine that won their final 12 Ligue 1 games of the 2016-17 season to win the title. The club also reached the Champions League semi-final, but their stellar campaign ultimately saw the team ripped apart, and Silva was one of the first to depart, joining Manchester City in May for £43m.
75. Lars Stindl - Borussia Monchengladbach
During the Confederations Cup the 29-year-old striker was pivotal in Germany lifting the trophy, scoring in three of the four games he appeared in, including the winner in the final against Chile.
74. Joshua Kimmich - Bayern Munich
A Confederations Cup winner in the summer, the versatile Germany international has proven himself to be equally adept at right-back or midfield for both club and country.
73. Cesc Fabregas - Chelsea
The Chelsea midfielder has enjoyed a new lease of life under Antonio Conte, with only Kevin De Bruyne creating more chances in the Premier League this season. It had appeared that the Spain international's days were numbered at Stamford Bridge with the arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko providing more competition for places, but his form this season means he remains a key figure down the King's Road.
72. Ben Davies - Tottenham
When Kyle Walker departed and Danny Rose was forced out with injury, it looked like Tottenham were about to lose a dynamic creative full-back duo, but Ben Davies, along with Kieran Trippier, have stepped up to the plate with impressive aplomb this season. No defender has created more chances for the team-mates than Davies this season, even though he has had to play in a back three on occasion this campaign.
71. Riyad Mahrez - Leicester
A man reborn under Claude Puel? Mahrez is back to his best at Leicester, and five goals and four assists so far this campaign means he has already matched his combined total for the whole of last season. The 2015/16 PFA Player of the Year is clearly enjoying his football once more at the King Power.
70. Naby Keita - RB Leipzig
The midfielder earned his move to Liverpool (to go through in 2018) thanks to a string of impressive performances which helped RB Leipzig to Champions League qualification. In the 2016/17 season he averaged 2.6 interceptions per game, more than even N'Golo Kante.
69. Arturo Vidal - Bayern Munich
Failing to qualify for the World Cup and losing the Confederations Cup final was a cruel blow for Vidal but he shone personally, enjoying an average of 107 touches a game in the Bundesliga and helping Bayern to another league title.
68. Emre Can - Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp has become reliant on the midfielder to bring calm to his team, an attribute which was key in helping the Reds to the Champions League, not to mention winning Goal of the Season with his overhead kick at Watford.
67. Kamil Glik - Monaco
The Poland international has remained a rock at the back for Monaco during a transition period for the club, helping them stay in contention with the chasing pack behind PSG, while also helping his country to the 2018 World Cup as group winners.
66. Koke - Atletico Madrid
Koke has been a regular fixture for Atletico for seven seasons now, and the 25-year-old continues to improve year on year. The midfielder came in the top 10 last season for both assists (joint-seventh with eight), key passes (ninth with two per game) and dribbles (fifth with two per game) in La Liga, outlining his importance to Diego Simeone's side going forward.
65. Wilfred Ndidi - Leicester
Ndidi cannot shake off the comparisons to N'Golo Kante, given that he was tasked with filling the Frenchman's boots when the latter left for Chelsea in 2016. However, the midfielder is proving to be a rock in midfield for the Foxes - an average of 4.3 tackles per game this season is comfortably the highest rate in the Premier League.
64. Timo Werner - RB Leipzig
Werner's 21 league goals in 2016/17 played a huge role in RB Leipzig's second-place finish in the Bundesliga table. He has continued that fine scoring form into this season, netting eight times in the league and a further three in the Champions League. He has 30 goals this calendar year for club and country, having made his debut for Germany at the Confederations Cup.
63. Emil Forsberg - RB Leipzig
The Swedish midfielder was the fulcrum for club and country as he led RB Leipzig to the Champions League and Sweden to a World Cup place thanks to their play-off victory over Italy.
62. Fabinho - Monaco
Fabinho was part of the breakout Monaco squad that reached the Champions League semi-finals last season, and was one of the few to stay over the summer as the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Benjamin Mendy headed for pastures new. That breakup of the team has meant that Fabinho hasn't quite reached the heights of the second half of last season, but has still been a key component of their side.
61. Corentin Tolisso - Lyon/Bayern Munich
The Frenchman showed his capabilities for Lyon, which resulted in an international debut under Didier Deschamps and in the summer he had the pick of top European clubs, eventually plumping for Bayern Munich where he has thrived early on.