Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 6/12/13
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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were joined by Franck Ribery in the top three of a new list of Europe's top 50 players. The Bloomberg Sports list says it uses scientifically based analysis to evaluate players on skills relevant to their position. Barcelona's Messi is ranked top ahead of Real Madrid's Ronaldo, echoing the top two in the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the last two years. But, while Barca midfielders Andres Iniesta and Xavi are the only players to have joined the pair on that podium in the last three years, Bayern Munich's France winger Ribery took third place in the new list. Bill Squadron, president of Bloomberg Sports, said: "We continue to look at new ways to use analytics that will be interesting to fans, and are pleased today to unveil what we believe will be a game-changer in the way professional football is looked at in the future. "Analytics is becoming more and more prevalent in both the minds of the fans and in the decision making power of the clubs, and...
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