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Tue. 02 April 2013

Big-Five Weekly post - Issue 30

The CIES Football Observatory is pleased to inform you that the latest issue of the Big-5 Weekly Post is now available to download for free on our website. This issue presents the most productive players in the big-5 leagues during March.

Thanks to the data provided by Opta Pro, our analysis concerns five key areas of the game: shooting, chance creation, take on, distribution, and recovery. The general index is the weighted sum of all these specific indicators. In March, the most productive players overall were:

  • Wayne Rooney (Manchester United FC) in England
  • Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) in Spain
  • Yohan Mollo (AS St-Etienne) in France
  • Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München) in Germany
  • Rodrigo Palacio (Internazionale Milano FC) in Italy

Some players from middle or bottom ranked clubs also performed particularly well in specific areas of the game. For example, Antolín Alcáraz (Wigan Athletic FC) was the most productive player in recovery for England and Roberto Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano de Madrid) is at the top of the table in distribution in Spain.

The CIES Football Observatory academic team is at your disposal for more information.

About the CIES Football Observatory

The CIES Football Observatory was set up in 2005 under the name of the Professional Football Players Observatory (PFPO). Since 2011, it is one of the cornerstones of the vast CIES Observatory project, dedicated to the statistical analysis of sport in all its diversity. Click here for more information.

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