James Rodríguez, Benzema, Müller & Messi Atop Bloomberg World Cup Power Rankings

La Liga, Bundesliga Place Most Players; Surprising Costa Rica Leads All Countries In First-Ever Comprehensive Analytic Look At The World's Largest Sports Spectacle

LONDON--()--Bloomberg Sports (BSports), the world’s leaders in sports analytic technology, today unveiled a World Cup edition of their ‘Power’ rankings, the most advanced data-driven ranking of individual player performances in the World Cup. The index provides a purely objective analysis of players in their respective positions and considers the context of opponent strength in each game throughout World Cup. The top 25 players can be found at www.bsports.com/Power25 along with a more detailed explanation of the methodology and a visual breakdown of the list. The index will also be updated after the World Cup final.

As one of the most memorable World Cups in history comes to a close, we are pleased today to unveil a special edition of our ‘Power’ rankings”, said Bill Squadron, President of Bloomberg Sports. “Building on our second end-of-season ‘Power 50’, this World Cup index evaluates players purely from the data to identify the best performers at this year’s World Cup.”

James Rodríguez (Colombia) topped the index with a BSports Rating (BSR) of 83.84. Karim Benzema (France - 83.24) beat World Cup finalist Thomas Müller (Germany - 82.82) into second place, while Argentina’s Lionel Messi (82.25) ranks fourth. The comprehensive index covers the entire World Cup, highlighting the performances of players in the most successful teams, along with some top performers in teams who crashed out earlier in the competition.

  • TOP 5: James Rodríguez, Karim Benzema, Thomas Müller, Lionel Messi, Xherdan Shaqiri
  • LEAGUES: La Liga (6), Bundesliga (6), Serie A (4), Premier League (2), Ligue 1 (1), Other (6)
  • CLUBS: Bayern Munich (4), FC Barcelona (3), AS Roma (2)

The index has many sub-plots, notably the inclusion of seven players from Costa Rica. They conceded the fewest goals in the competition having played against Uruguay, Italy, England, Greece and the Netherlands, only to be defeated on penalties at the quarter-final stage.

The BSports rankings provide the most scientifically-based analysis of player performance relevant to their respective positions. The system evaluates the thousands of data points collected during every match and analyses players based on their core responsibilities on the field to produce a BSports Rating (BSR). This BSR includes evaluations on the defensive performance of a player, such as the effectiveness and efficiency of the player in key metrics, as well as the performance of the defensive unit as a whole against BSports’ team rankings. This element of the algorithm, driven by BSports’ proven match forecasting accuracy, goes some way to support the ratings of many players. On the attacking side, there is an emphasis on a player’s effectiveness and efficiency in passing, creativity, shooting and scoring, among other more granular areas. Only players who have played a minimum of 225 minutes are included in the list.

Finalists Germany see both Thomas Müller and Tony Kroos on the list whilst their Argentinian opponents on Sunday only boast Messi (who trailed only Luis Suarez in the European leagues Power 50 ‘13/’14). Excluding Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell (on loan from Arsenal to Olympiacos), the Premier League placed just one player on the list (Tim Howard of USA).

About Bloomberg Sports

Launched in 2010, Bloomberg Sports (BSports) takes the technology developed by Bloomberg, the leading global provider in data and analytics, and applies it to the vast data analysis opportunities in sports. BSports delivers services for teams, broadcasters and athletes and boasts a consumer tool for European football, “Match Analysis,”; a powerful predictive and analytic tool forecasting game results and scores to help bettors ‘beat the bookie’. BSports has also developed pre and post-game commentary packs along with on-air graphics for broadcasters including Sky Sports, Channel 4, Turner and Fox in a number of sports. Bloomberg Sports was named by SportsPro (2014) as one of “50 Companies Shaping World Sport”, by Fast Company (2013/14) as Finalist for the “Most Innovative Technology Companies in Sport”, and by Mashable as one of the “Five Most Innovative Sports Brands for 2012”. For more information go to bsports.com









1     James Rodríguez   Colombia   Ligue 1   83.84
2     Karim Benzema   France   La Liga   83.24
3     Thomas Müller   Germany   Bundesliga   82.82
4     Lionel Messi   Argentina   La Liga   82.25
5     Xherdan Shaqiri   Switzerland   Bundesliga   81.50
6     Arjen Robben   Netherlands   Bundesliga   80.87
7     Bryan Ruiz   Costa Rica   The Championship   80.58
8     Keylor Navas   Costa Rica   La Liga   80.31
9     Alexis Sánchez   Chile   La Liga   80.06
10     Neymar   Brazil   La Liga   79.94
11     Tim Howard   USA   Premier League   79.76
12     Enner Valencia   Ecuador   Liga MX   79.69
13     Christian Bolaños   Costa Rica   Superliga   79.63
14     Gervinho   Côte d'Ivoire   Serie A   79.63
15     Joel Campbell   Costa Rica   Premier League / Superleague Greece   79.51
16     Asamoah Gyan   Ghana   Arabian Gulf League   79.47
17     Oscar Duarte   Costa Rica   Belgian Pro League   79.39
18     Ivan Perisic   Croatia   Bundesliga   79.34
19     Sofiane Feghouli   Algeria   La Liga   79.15
20     Toni Kroos   Germany   Bundesliga   79.10
21     Júnior Díaz   Costa Rica   Bundesliga   78.94
22     Keisuke Honda   Japan   Serie A   78.71
23     Miralem Pjanic   Bosnia and Herzegovina   Serie A   78.60
24     Juan Cuadrado   Colombia   Serie A   78.54
25     Giancarlo Gonzalez   Costa Rica   MLS   78.48


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