- Marco Verratti was ranked above both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in CIES' list of in-form players
- The Paris-Saint-German attacking midfielder surprisingly came top with 92.3% efficiency ratio
- Liverpool's Joe Gomez and Vigil van Dijk secured third and fourth spots respectively with efficiency ratio of 90.5 and 89.4
Paris-Saint-Germain sensation, Marco Verratti, has surprisingly emerged the player with the most incredible form since the beginning of the season across Europe's top five leagues.
The Italian midfielder beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to top form with a legend-defining 92.3% efficiency ratio.
According to the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), Verratti's individual and collective level of pitch performance saw him beat Real Madrid's Toni Kroos into the second place.
Liverpool duo Joe Gomez and Vigil van Dijk secured third and fourth spots respectively with an efficiency ratio of 90.5 and 89.4.
Bayern Munich central defender David Alaba booked the fifth spot ahead of Man City's Kevin de Bruyne and PSG's Thiago Silva who are on 7th and 8th spots respectively.
PSG's Idrissa Gueye and Kylian Mabappe completed the ten-man list as Lionel Messi and Cristiano lost in the list dominated by players from the French league.
Despite being the leading contender for the Golden Boot award, Lazio star Ciro Immobile was ranked 11th behind Liverpool's Mo Salah.
Meanwhile, Juventus ace Ronaldo is the only Juventus player in the first 15, beating his Argentine rivals Messi to 15th position on the ranking with 86.9 efficiency ratio.
The list saw Neymar and Riyad Mahrez ranked above Messi who sit comfortably behind Atalanta's Josip Illicic on the 19th spot, while Dortmund star Jadon Sancho completed the 20-man list.
Veratti's being ranked above other top stars might be owed to his contributions to PSG's unbeaten run in the French League 1,
The French champions have amassed 58 points in 23 matches played and on the path of winning the league again.
Meanwhile Legit.ng had reported that Cristiano Ronaldo has overtaken Gerd Muller on the top goalscorers in the football history list, with the Portuguese beating the Germany legend to the fifth position after his goal-scoring run for Juventus.
Ronaldo's outstanding brilliance was brought into the discussion again after he singlehandedly inspired Juventus to a comfortable yet narrow 2-1 victory over Parma at the Allianz Stadium last weekend.
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