Player Power Rankings (Cup Final Edition): May 26th, 2016

Each season different players will rise to the occasion and provide a real bump to their team’s chances. This list is not a measure of talent, as much as it is a list of the most impactful players this season. Season results, combined with “what have you done for me lately”, are just a couple of the factors taken into account on our Player Power Rankings

1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

What a way to go out, with a brace and another trophy. Zlatan played his final match in a PSG shirt — and did not disappoint. His brace gave him an even 50 goals on the year. For four seasons, Zlatan has consistently put up goals, and this year was no exception. Throw the French Cup trophy in for the cherry on top, and you have a pretty perfect end to his chapter at PSG.

2. David De Gea

It is hard to imagine how far Manchester United would have fallen if not for De Gea. The shot stopper was the man between the pipes as he carried United to the FA Cup. He helped capture the final trophy of the season through a full 90 minutes and extra time. Who knows if he will be back next year, but if this was his last hurrah, it was a good one.

3. Bradley Wright-Phillips

You could pick multiple players from the NYCFC-NY Red Bulls derby to feature on this list. The Red Bulls just ran roughshod all over their cross town rivals. 7-0 was the scoreline, but it could have been a double digit win if they pressed in the 2nd half. Wright-Phillips led the way with 2 goals, but the wealth was spread around, with 5 different players scoring goals.

4. Cyle Larin

The Orlando City front man has been one of the most exciting young talents in the league, scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory over Vancouver. Larin has an extremely bright future, as he is already producing at a very high level in the MLS. Another 3 points help Orlando City in the table, and another 2 goals put Larin in the race for the Golden Boot.

5. Manuel Neuer

The German Cup came down to penalties, and Neuer was once again there to deny Dortmund a trophy. Neuer has won multiple goalkeeper of the year awards, proving just how good he is. That was on full display in the penalty shootout, giving Bayern Munich another trophy to add to the case.

6. Haris Seferovic

Some leagues have relegation playoffs, and Seferovic was the hero of said playoff. Eintracht Frankfurt stayed up to the tune of a 2-1 aggregate win over Nurnberg. Seferovic’s winner was the only goal in the 2nd leg of the playoff, keeping fans on the edge of their seat throughout the entire match. Fans will be singing their hero’s name next year as the waltz back to the Bundesliga.

7. Ross Wallace

The Sheffield Wednesday winger scored 2 goals in the Football League Championship promotion semi-finals. His two goals were enough on aggregate to send Sheffield Wednesday to the Promotion Play-off Final this week. With a Premier League spot on the line, look for Wallace to shine again and carry his club to the top division.

8. Marc-Andre ter Stegen

The Barcelona keeper was the one keeping his side in the game until extra time, when the field players finally began to take over. He kept the goose egg on the board through the final whistle, securing the 2-0 victory. The 24-year-old German has risen quickly since his 2014 move to the Spanish giant super club. Keepers usually age like fine wine, but ter Stegen is way ahead of schedule.

9. Bobby Wood

No US player has seen their stock rise more than Bobby Wood in the past year than maybe Christian Pulisic. Wood though has become not only a consistent starter and scorer in Germany, but also on the international squad. He scored a well-earned goal against Puerto Rico, and has likely become the prime starter for the Copa America this summer. His Puerto Rico performance was hopefully a sign of more to come from the youngster.

10. Alvaro Morato

A goal every 12 minutes is a pretty good rate. Sure, Morato was only on the pitch for 12 minutes, but he made the difference for Juventus. If he continues that 7.5 goals per game rate next year, he will become a legend. We are tempering our expectations, but it was quite a performance by Morato.

 

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About the author: Dominic Habjan

 

I am a contributor to SoccerPro’s blogs, and truly enjoy writing about the World’s Game. I support Sporting KC, US National Team, and Slovenian National Team. I follow the Premier League but don’t necessarily have a favorite club. I am an avid sports fan, but prefer college to professional leagues in every sport with exception to soccer. I love the Mizzou Tigers, KC Royals, and KC Chiefs. Outside sports I enjoy movies, music, and musical theatre.

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