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The top four positions are all occupied by Spanish defenders...

Spain have not conceded a single goal since the 2010 World Cup has entered the knockout phase and their defensive solidity has been key to their good results so far. Their superb backline not only led them to a spot in Sunday's final against Netherlands though, as the Spanish defenders also dominate the 2010 World Cup Castrol Rankings.

Full-back Sergio Ramos climbed to first spot in the rankings following his strong performance in the semi-final against Germany, while Carles Puyol is the new number two following his goalscoring heroics against the Nationalelf.

Fellow centre-back Gerard Pique occupies third spot after the semi-final, with Villarreal full-back Joan Capdevila the number four in the rankings with only one more match to go. Striker David Villa also finds himself back in the top 10, but the former Valencia star will have to be satisfied with sixth spot.

Germany defender Philipp Lahm, who topped the rankings after the quarter-finals, has dropped to fifth spot. The top 10 is completed by Netherlands playmaker Wesley Sneijder (7), Brazil defender Juan (8), Paraguay's Paulo da Silva (9) and Uruguay star Luis Suarez.


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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