Player Power Rankings: December 18th, 2015

1. Abby Wambach

Abby Wambach's last game

Bye Bye Abby. The US legend just competed in her last match for US Soccer. The prolific goalscorer has been a mainstay on the national team, playing an integral part in winning the World Cup last summer. She has been a vocal leader for over a decade, and has been a very large piece of the successful puzzle that has been the USWNT. A standing ovation for Abby as she ends her illustrious career.

2. Petr Cech

The Czech goalkeeper has been an absolute rock for the Gunners. He posted a couple of big clean sheets, including one to put Arsenal through to the next round of the Champions League. He turned around and posted another clean sheet against Aston Villa that briefly put Arsene Wenger’s side tops of the Premier League. Well deserved praise for Cech.

3. Olivier Giroud

With their Champions League hopes hanging by a thread, Giroud sure picked a good time to play his best game in a Gunners shirt. The striker put up a hat trick at Olympiacos that sealed the Round of 16 place for Arsenal. Giroud has gotten a lot of criticism in the past, but he is now putting those to bed with recent performances.

4. Willian

If there has been a bright spot in the debacle that has been Chelsea’s season, it has been Willian. The Brazilian has been all over the place, scoring from free kicks, and setting up plenty of others as well. It is crazy that Chelsea have gone from winning the league title to a relegation battle, but here we are. Willian will be a key player if they are going to get back to their winning ways.

5. Vardy/Mahrez

Like the legendary basketball duo of John Stockton and Karl Malone, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy have been building an incredible reputation as the greatest 1-2 punch since “Stockton to Malone”. They each got a goal over Chelsea as Leicester City reclaimed the top of the table. The Foxes are a Cinderella story straight out a fairytale, but they are definitely no joke.

READ: The Unlikely Dominance of Leicester’s Vardy and Mahrez

6. Robert Lewandowski

Just when you thought that the machine that is Bayern Munich couldn’t get any stronger, it adds Lewandowski. The striker has been on fire since making the switch, and shows no signs of slowing down. He is making a very strong case to be named one of the best players in the world. Lewandowski should see his star continue to shine while at Bayern.

7. Luis Suarez

When there is a trio like Barcelona have, sometimes it is difficult to spotlight all three, but Suarez has stood out recently. Another hat trick over the weekend added to his goal tally, while Barcelona look like one of the best teams in the world. Suarez has really embraced the culture and team in Spain, and the hard work is paying off.

8. Ayoze Perez

Injury time winners are awesome, especially when you are in a relegation battle. For Newcastle, Perez’s goal might just be the difference between staying up for next season. The win put them 2 points clear of the relegation zone.

9. Jordan Morris

The young US star has been under intense pressure over the past year, including multiple call-ups and US caps. He led Stanford to the NCAA title with a brace, setting off questions where he would sign, or if he will even go pro. This young prospect has an exciting future ahead, with everything pointing to great success.

10. Jose Mourinho

The Special One is done at Chelsea. Less than a calendar year after winning the Premier League, Mourinho and Chelsea have agreed to part ways. The club has struggled this year, and are near the relegation zone. Where he goes next, there is no indication, but history will remember his incredible run at Chelsea.

 

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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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