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The German defender has taken over the top position in the rankings from Spain's Joan Capdevila...

Germany put in an impressive performance against Argentina in Saturday's 2010 World Cup quarter-final and defender Philipp Lahm played an important role in the Nationalelf's 4-0 win against the South Americans.

The full-back was never really troubled in his defensive duties and led by example in Germany's outstanding win. Lahm's good individual performance has resulted in the defender taking over the top position in the 2010 World Cup Castrol Index.

Previous number one Joan Capdevila has dropped to fourth spot in the rankings, despite Spain's 1-0 win against Paraguay. Compatriot Sergio Ramos climbed to second position, while Gerard Pique is the number three after the quarter-finals. David Villa is the best attacker on the list and now sits fifth in the Castrol Index after scoring the winner against Paraguay.

Wesley Sneijder and Thomas Mueller also find themselves back in the top ten following their impresive performances in the quarter-finals, while Uruguay hero Luis Suarez is the number nine on the list.

Brazilian duo Juan and Gilberto Silva are the numbers eight and ten respectively, but the defender and holding midfielder were eliminated by Netherlands in the quarter-final and won't be too happy at the moment.


The Castrol Index uses objective analysis and highly advanced technology to measure every pass, tackle and move on the field and assess whether it has a positive or negative impact on a team's ability to score or concede a goal.

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