World Soccer Power Rankings Liverpool up to No ; Messis Barcelona and Ronaldos Juventus not r behind

World Soccer Power Rankings Liverpool up to No ; Messis Barcelona and Ronaldos Juventus not r behindHuge comeback against PSG and blanked Southampton. Flying high. This team just keeps getting better and has a chance to win the Premier League and the Champions League.

Another team that had to bounce back after a midweek defeat in the Champions League. Unfortunate against Inter, but this once again feels like a Spurs team that is good, just not good enough.

The Reds had a fine week and take over the top spot

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There is no question that in the sport of soccer, you usually need eslished superstars to reach the pinnacle of the sport, especially in Europe. And while every team simply doesnt have the likes of a Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, its just as important to have role players who dont get nearly as much recognition as the stars but are equally important. Just look at the Argentina national team from the last World Cup. It was Lionel Messi and more, and we all know how that went down without the proper support around Messi to help the team gel.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored again and this team is undefeated on the season without even a draw. Wojciech Szczesny has been better than most thought.

Marc Albrighton, Leicester CityThe player Chelsea should have signed instead of Danny Drinkwater. Marc Albrighton isnt the most agile or stylish player you will ever see, but he is a rock in the middle of the field and has been so important to Leicester City from even before winning the Premier League in . He can play on either side of the midfield but is the man in the middle, possessing the patience and ball control needed to get the attack going and prevent the opposing the team from doing so. Hell never be one of those he has to be in the national team guys, but he has had a ntastic career and helped create one of the greatest stories in Premier League history with the Foxes improbable run to the title.

Stringing together some wins in league play and beating rival Boca Juniors will make every n of the club happy. Have to finish the job against Independiente in Copa Libertadores.

Those underrated, perhaps undervalued from the outside players are really the key to creating consistency and securing results in close games. Be it a clinical forward who comes up in big moments to a midfielder who can help control the pace of the match and keep the ball away from an opposing team. Every club has players who ll short of superstar status but deserve to be included among the best players on the globe. Here are three players in the Premier League who arent viewed as stars by most but at this point, they deserve to be up there with the best players in the league.

A win and a draw this week but the play hasnt been impressive. Fortunate to beat Club Brugge on Christian Pulisics fluke goal, but the creativity in attack just isnt there lately.

Biggest moversInter Milan and Internacional .

Teams knocked out of the top this weekBorussia Monchengladbach GER, Bournemouth ENG

Honorable mentionsDeportivo Alaves ESP, Watford ENG, Toluca MEX, America MEX, Atletico Tucuman ARG, Celta Vigo ESP

Previous rankingsSept. Sept. Aug. Aug. Aug. Preseason rankings

Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolWe could just change his name to Johnny on the spot. What an unselfish, talented player who has blown up at Anfield. The yearold Brazilian gets better with each year, and following his play at Hoffenheim, he has become an important part of the Reds attack alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. No season was better than last when he scored a careerhigh goals, of which came in the Champions League. He always puts his team first. Just look back at this summers World Cup when Brazil beat Costa Rica in the group stage. It was a goal from Philippe Coutinho that won it in added time, and it was Firmino who created it with his teamfirst header into the heart of the box. Instead of going for the inidual glory, he put his team in the best position to win, and it is that unselfishness that makes him so great.

Jose Mourinho hopes to get the Red Devils back on track

They get a pass for getting destroyed at Barcelona, because this team is killing it domestically. in the Ereisie and just crushed rival Ajax .

The yearold joined Tottenham from Bayer Leverkusen in and has repaid the team with goals in games. Hes ster than you think, smarter than you think and can put the ball away from any spot. He may not be as renowned as a guy like Harry Kane, but he is crucial to the Spurs success and consistency.

Los Blancos are in a bit of a funk and hope to get out of it

World Soccer Power Rankings Liverpool up to No. ; Messis Barcelona and Ronaldos Juventus not r behind

Juventus is in league with goals and five conceded

Drawing Girona at home wasnt pretty, but a firsthalf red card always makes something like that possible. A rough showing but not enough to slip.

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There have been some rumors about Bayern Munich wanting Son to help improve their exposure in Asia, and that would be a smart move. He is the continents best player and is simply world class.

It was an easy win over Mexico that puts the team a step closer to qualifying

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Losing to rival River Plate on Sunday wasnt good, but they won the one that mattered most this week vs. Cruzeiro in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores quarterfinal.

Two straight wins via the stop time gamewinning goal. That will get confidence going and keep belief there for a while that no result is out of reach.

HeungMin Son, TottenhamAnother player who is similar to Firmino when it comes to just seemingly always an impact. Son is Asias biggest soccer star in years and blows you away when you watch him play. South Korea isnt considered a hotbed for top soccer talent, but over the years the country has produced some fine, worldclass players like Park Jisung. Son is as good as any.

World Soccer Power Rankings Liverpool up to No. ; Messis Barcelona and Ronaldos Juventus not r behind

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