We reveal the ten Most Valuable Players currently in Europe’s premier club competition as determined by percentage of goals they have scored for their team so far this season ….
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10) Gareth Bale (Real Madrid): 4/26 goals – 15%
In what is his debut campaign with los Blancos, the pacy Wales international has well and truly hit the ground running, with the wide man’s contribution in the Uefa Champions League currently standing at four goals, which includes his brilliant brace at Schalke 04 in the first leg of the La Liga giants’ comprehensive 6-1 win in the round-of-16 last month.
9) Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich): 4/19 goals – 21%
The ever-reliable Germany international forward has a very happy knack of being in the right place at the right time, which Muller has managed to do on four occasions to date for the Uefa Champions League holders, meaning the player has been responsible for over 20 per cent of all of the Bavarian giants’ goals as they look to make history by becoming the first side ever to win the modern Champions League two years in a row.
8) Alvaro Negredo (Manchester City): 5/18 goals: 28%
What a brilliant debut campaign at Eastlands the powerful Spain international is currently enjoying after his big-money switch from La Liga outfit Sevilla last summer, with the attacker having managed to net plenty of goals both in the Premier League and the Uefa Champions League too, the latter of which has seen the Beast notch up five strikes to date out of a team total of 18.
7) Diego Costa (Atletico de Madrid): 5/16 goals: 31%
The Brazil-born marksman is in red-hot form in front of goal for the high-flying La Liga outfit so far in this campaign, with the recently capped Spain international’s prolific strike-rate helping to keep Diego Simeone’s side in contention both at home and in Europe’s premier club competition as well, as his five strikes in the Uefa Champions League demonstrate.
6) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City): 6/18 goals: 33%
Despite having picked up a number of little niggles throughout the campaign, the diminutive Argentina international has still managed to hit the back of the net with great regularity in whatever competition the mega-rich Premier League club have been competing in, with the 25-year-old’s six goals out of a team total of 18 representing 33 per cent of all of his team’s strikes in the Uefa Champions League so far in this campaign.
5) Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona): 7/18 goals: 39%
No real surprise to find the name of the brilliant four-time Fifa World Player of the Year appearing in this top-10 list, although one may have expected to see the Argentina international’s name appearing a bit higher, however, injuries have restricted his goals output to ‘just’ seven so far in the Uefa Champions League, although that still represents 39 per cent of all of Barca’s strikes in the competition to date.
4) Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund): 6/14 goals: 40%
You can see just why the Bundesliga and Uefa Champions League holders Bayern Munich were so desperate to get their hands on the prolific Poland international next season, with the tall striker once again enjoying another outstanding campaign in front of goal for Jurgen Klopp’s Bundesliga side as they look to make up for the heartbreak of losing last year’s final at Wembley stadium to arch-rivals Bayern Munich.
3) Cristano Ronaldo (Real Madrid): 11/26 goals – 42%
Currently the competition’s leading scorer, the Portugal international has so far managed to net 11 goals for los Blancos, who as a team have only managed to score 26 in total, meaning the recently crowned Ballon d’Or winner has contributed a whopping 42 per cent of all of the Spanish giants’ goals scored in the Uefa Champions League this season.
2) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain): 10/20 goals: 50%
The world-class Swede is perhaps in the midst of the best-ever campaign of his entire glittering career, especially in Europe’s premier club competition, where the attacker has managed to net exactly half of all of the Ligue 1 champions’ strikes so far, which is quite some feat when you think about it.
1) Arturo Vidal (Juventus): 5/9 goals: 56%
A surprise winner as the Most Valuable Attacking Player in the Uefa Champions League so far this season, however, the highly rated Chile international did score five of the Serie A champions’ total of nine goals that they netted during the group phase, which works out at 56 per cent of all of Juve’s strikes in the competition.