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Fifa 14: Top 50 Players

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The list of the top 50 highest-rated players on Fifa 14 has been released by EA Sports, and Gareth Bale, who is on the front cover of the game, is only the 17th best in the world.

The number one spot is held once again by Lionel Messi, who is rated as being two points better than Christiano Ronaldo, and four points better than Frank Ribery, who is the third best player on Fifa 14.

There are some surprise inclusions on the list, but it won’t shock Fifa fans to know that Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich players make up a significant percentage of the top 50.

Chelsea have four players in the top 50, with benchwarmer Juan Mata being their highest-rated player, and Arsenal have two players in the top 50 with Cazorla and Mesut Ozil both figuring in the list.

The Premier League team with the most Fifa 14 top 50 rated players is Manchester City, with five players on the list. Aguero is the club’s highest-rated player, followed by David Silva, Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany and Jesus Navas, respectively.

The Top 50 Rated Players

50. Thomas Müller 85

49. Sergio Busquets 85

48. Pedro 85

47. Marco Reus 85

46. Eden Hazard 85

45. Arturo Vidal 85

44. Mats Hummels 85

43. Luka Modri? 85

42. Karim Benzema 85

41. Ezequiel Lavezzi 85

40. Santi Cazorla 85

39. Jesús Navas 85

38. Petr ?ech 85

37. Xabi Alonso 85

36. Ashley Cole 85

35. Robert Lewandowski 86

34. Ángel Di María 86

33. Luis Suárez 86

32. Manuel Neuer 86

31. Cesc Fàbregas 86

30. Sergio Ramos 86

29. Gerard Piqué 86

28. Mario Gomez 86

27. Carlos Tévez 86

26. Vincent Kompany 86

25. Giorgio Chiellini 86

24. Yaya Touré 86

23. Andrea Pirlo 86

22. Iker Casillas 86

21. Gianluigi Buffon 86

20. Edinson Cavani 87

19. Juan Mata 87

18. Mesut Özil 87

17. Gareth Bale 87

16. Thiago Silva 87

15. Nemanja Vidi? 87

14. Philipp Lahm 87

13. Wayne Rooney 87

12. David Silva 88

11. Sergio Agüero 88

10. Bastian Schweinsteiger 88

9. Arjen Robben 88

8. Zlatan Ibrahimovi? 89

7. Xavi 89

6. Robin van Persie 89

5. Andres Iniesta 89

4. Falcao 90

3. Franck Ribéry 90

2. Cristiano Ronaldo 92

1. Lionel Messi 94

Chris is the founder of The Boot Room. He is a Swindon Town supporter, having lived in Wiltshire for most of his years. His work has also featured on Squawka, Bleacher Report and Eurosport.

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Tottenham’s Harry Kane deserves to be included in the Player of the Year conversation

The England international outscored any other player in 2017.

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Following the announcement of the PFA Player of the Year nominations this week, the conversation has been centred around Kevin de Bruyne versus Mohamed Salah.

Yet Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane deserves a spot in the debate, as his superb 2017/18 is being unfairly overshadowed by his Manchester City and Liverpool counterparts.

The England international has scored a stunning 36 goals in 41 appearances this season, including 25 in the Premier League.

Those 25 goals are even the more impressive when considering the elite company Kane joined when bagging them. Only four players have scored 20-plus goals in four consecutive seasons: Kane, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, and Sergio Aguero.

In addition, Kane has achieved this impressive feat despite a serious ankle injury he suffered against Bournemouth in March. His quick return from the sidelines is commendable and demonstrates how important the England international is to Spurs.

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This importance to his club is also illustrated by his remarkable goal contribution to Tottenham’s total. Kane has scored 25 of Spurs’ 65 goals, or 38 percent. This number is remarkably the exact same as Salah’s contribution to Liverpool’s total.

Furthermore, given Kane’s tender age, his feats are arguably even more laudable than de Bruyne’s or Salah’s. Kane is the youngest member of the trio at 24 years of age, and also qualified for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

Although de Bruyne and Salah will dominate the headlines, it would be a grave mistake to leave out Harry Kane when discussing the league’s best players. His consistency and goal-scoring threat are qualities that few in England can match.

And one should not forget that Kane scored more goals than anyone else in the world – Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo included – in 2017. Leave out the Spurs frontman from the POTY debate at your own risk.

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Leeds United youngsters on steep learning curve in Spain

The Leeds youngsters have been taking part in the Real Sociedad Torneo Internacional.

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It has been a fairly miserable few months for Leeds United fans. The first-team’s promotion push faded away rapidly and they now look set for a mid-table finish. But whilst the seniors have disappointed there is always hope given to the Leeds faithful from their youth-teams.

Several young players such as Kun Temenuzhkov, Ryan Edmondson and Jack Clarke are currently getting Leeds fans excited for the future and those three are just outstanding examples.

LA CORUNA, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 22: A Real Sociedad de Futbol fan holding a Club’s flag smiles as he waits for his team’s arrival before the La Liga match between RC Deportivo La Coruna and Real Sociedad de Futbol at Riazor Stadium outdoors on November 22, 2014 in La Coruna, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Leeds have revamped their youth teams under the new chairman Andrea Radrizzani and director of football Victor Orta. Plenty of young recruits have been brought into the club, both from home and abroad. They have also been participating in some interesting tournaments, such as the tri-series in Qatar with the Aspire Academy.

This week they sent the club’s under-13s and under-17’s to Spain for a tournament that will have been a brilliant learning experience.

Leeds under-17s took part in the Torneo Internacional Real Sociedad. They faced the likes of Sporting Lisbon, Celta Vigo, Osasuna, Valencia and host club Real Sociedad. The hosts won the competition, beating Valencia in the final. Leeds came fifth overall.

A supporter of Sporting waves his club’s flag at half-time during the UEFA Champions League football match Sporting CP vs NK Maribor at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon on November 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

The under-13s faced the same teams apart from Valencia, who were replaced by the juniors from Real Madrid. Los Blancos’ youngsters won the competition with Leeds coming last.

But despite the mixed results playing against youngsters from some of the best academies in Spain and the sensational system at Sporting would have been an incredible learning curve for the Leeds youngsters.

A lot of what is going on at Leeds right now is not pleasing fans of the club. But in regards to the youth system, Radrizzani and Orta clearly have a vision which is being implemented with success.

The recent participation in such a prestigious tournament is just another sign of that success.

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Pontus Jansson’s brother suggests Filip Helander move, should Leeds swoop?

The pair teamed up for Sweden in international duty this week.

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This week saw Leeds United centre-back Pontus Jansson receive the honour of captaining his nation. He led Sweden out against Romania in a 1-0 friendly defeat this week. Whilst the result was not what Jansson would have wanted, it was still a proud occasion for the Leeds defender, and his family.

His brother in particular shared his pride on Twitter. Peter Jansson is often in contact with Leeds fans on social media and he shared this message on his account:

Not only was he proud of his brother, but he was also suggesting options for Leeds United to buy. He pointed out that Jansson had developed a good working partnership with Swedish compatriot Filip Helander:

The pair have similar backgrounds. Helander, like Jansson, came through the youth ranks at Malmo before moving to Italy with Hellas Verona. Jansson’s move from Malmo also took him to Italy, joining Torino.

Helander, a natural left-footer, certainly would add some balance to the Leeds back-line alongside Jansson. Undoubtedly he is a more talented player than current incumbent Liam Cooper and Leeds would be lucky to have him in.

So should they move for Helander?

A deal to sign the 24-year-old would be brilliant for Leeds. But here lies the main problem, and the main difference between Helander and Jansson. Whilst the Leeds man struggled in Italian football with Torino, Helander has not.

Jansson joined Leeds as he was not playing regularly with the Italian side. Helander on the other hand has been a regular for Bologna this season, helping them to a mid-table position in Serie A.

For Helander to swap that for Championship football is not beyond the realms of possibility. However, it certainly looks an unlikely proposition.

If only Leeds could convince Helander, because he and Jansson at the back would form quite the pair in the Championship.

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