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Top 20 highest rated players of Euro 2012 group stage

Eight teams have advanced to the quarterfinals of what has been an enthralling tournament so far and we take a look at the best in show according to our ratings index.

There has been no shortage of intriguing moments at the 2012 European Championship after an exhilarating group stage which did not produce a single goalless draw.

Defending champion Spain won its group despite some anxious moments while Euro 2008 runner-up Germany finished the round with a perfect record - in the Group of Death no less.

Czech Republic surprised many by winning its section despite a horror start, and England proved its naysayers wrong by topping Group D ahead of a France side which had been in fine form before the tournament.

Now that the dust has settled in the opening round of the tournament, we take a closer look at the top 20 players who have featured in at least 40 percent of their country's games in the tournament based on our ratings index.

TOP 20 PLAYERS
RANK PLAYER AVERAGE RATING
1
Andres Iniesta   ANDRES INIESTA Ukraine

2
  BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER
3
  MICHAEL KROHN-DEHLI
4
  PEPE
5
  NICKLAS BENDTNER
6
  MATS HUMMELS
7
  ANDREA PIRLO
8
  ANDRIY SHEVCHENKO
9
  XAVI
10
  ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC
11
  PHILIPP LAHM
12
  MARIO GOMEZ
13
  CESC FABREGAS
14
  FRANCK RIBERY
15
  JOAO MOUTINHO
16
  DAVID SILVA
17
  STEPHAN ANDERSEN
18
  LUKA MODRIC
19
  MESUT OZIL
20
  SAMI KHEDIRA

The top 20 is filled with the usual suspects as Germany has six players in the upper echelon while Spain can boast four. Andres Iniesta shares top spot with Bastian Schweinsteiger after their heroics for their respective countries in the group stage.

Denmark has two players in the top five despite failing to qualify for the knockout round after losses to Portugal and Germany.

Pepe and Mats Hummels have been solid in defense while midfield metronomes Xavi and Andrea Pirlo take their place near the top of the pile.

Andriy Shevchenko and Zlatan Ibrahimovic grace the top 10 even though their magic wasn't enough to seal a berth in the last eight.

Franck Ribery is the only Frenchman to make the top 20 index while there are no English players at all despite the Three Lions winning their group.

Mario Gomez, who leads the tournament's scoring charts with three goals takes 12th spot and Luka Modric is Croatia's sole representative.

Denmark's Stephan Andersen is the only goalkeeper to make the list while 13 midfielders make the top 20.

Goal.com has provided player ratings for every match in the group stage and will continue to do so until the tournament ends on July 1.


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