Emmanuel Adebayor jumps ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in latest Castrol EDGE Rankings

The Tottenham striker's impressive run of form sees him jump from 40th to fifth in the latest list encompassing the top five leagues in Europe, with Lionel Messi leading the way
Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor is the most notable riser in the latest Castrol EDGE Rankings, jumping 40 places into the top five and ahead of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

The rankings incorporate player performance per appearance over the past 12 months, and while Adebayor's goals tally of 14 pales in comparison to Ronaldo's 48, but the Portuguese icon has played twice as much as the Togolese forward.

Lionel Messi continues to lead the way at No.1 in the rankings, the Barcelona forward ahead of Mario Gomez of Bayern Munich, whose goal tally of 32 in the past 12 months is behind only Messi and Ronaldo. Gomez is also the hottest striker in terms of chance conversion rate, weighing in at an impressive 35%, the most of any player to have scored more than 20 goals in Europe's top five leagues.

Mario Gomez vs Napoli

The Castrol EDGE Strongest Performance of the Month for November came from Mario Gomez, who continues to hold onto 2nd place in the table. The German forward scored a hat trick against Napoli – his third of the season – during the first half of their Champions League clash.

In total, he had six shots, including five on target and helped his team out defensively, winning both of the tackles he attempted. His all-round strong performance earned him 2,502 Castrol EDGE Rankings points.

Karim Benzema remains third in the rankings, thanks to a strong Champions League goal ratio, scoring once every 67 minutes in the past 12 months. He has scored nine Champions League goals in as many appearances during that period, boasting a 60% shooting accuracy and has netted seven goals in only 622 minutes of action in La Liga this season.

Robin van Persie stays in fourth place having scored 31 league goals in 30 appearances in 2011, leaving him one month to score five goals if he is to match Alan Shearer’s record of 36 Premier League goals in a calendar year, achieved in 1995.

Ronaldo, now lying sixth in the rankings, has failed to reproduce his domestic form at continental level in the past 12 months: his minutes-per-goal ratio in the Champions League (one goal every 155 minutes) is nowhere near his Liga form (68).

In Serie A, Zlatan Ibrahimovic moved up 30 places to 69th overall in November after scoring six goals in his last five league appearances for AC Milan, also making one assist.

Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge has climbed 960 places to 55th this season alone. Over the last 12 months, he has scored every 117 minutes on average in the Premier League. Among the players with at least 10 goals since December 1, 2010, only four have a better rate: Sergio Aguero (21st), van Persie (4th), Javier Hernandez (18th), and Demba Ba (7th).

Ahead of Saturday's first Clasico match of the La Liga season, Barcelona and Real Madrid are the most represented sides in the top 100 of the Castrol EDGE Rankings. The Catalans have the edge though with a record 13 players, while the Merengues have 10.

Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich is the best Bundesliga shot-stopper having made 135 saves over the last 12 months, more than any other goalkeeper in the German top-flight, stopping 74% of the shots he faced and keeping eight clean sheets to move him up to 214th in the overall rankings.

In Ligue 1, Loïc Remy has scored more headed goals than any other player in the top five European leagues in the last 12 months, moving him to 35th overall in the rankings. His 10 headed goals surpass the likes of Ba, Ronaldo and Fernando Llorente.

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What are the Castrol EDGE Rankings?

Combining the expertise used to develop their superior performing oils with their passion for
performance, Castrol EDGE has created the Castrol EDGE Rankings – an innovative football ranking system that rates players on fact not opinion.

Monitoring every single touch from over 2,000 players in every match from the world's top five leagues, the Castrol EDGE Rankings use cutting edge technology and objective analysis to rate player performances over a rolling 12 month period, giving fans the most accurate view of who are the world’s top performing players.

The Castrol EDGE Rankings will be next be updated to include performances from December on January 4th 2012.