The Goal 50 counts down the world’s 50 best football players of 2016, featuring the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Below you can find the stars who were selected from positions 50 to 41.
Chief editors and correspondents from Goal‘s 38 editions across the globe all cast their votes. Players were judged on their level of consistency over the past year, their big-game performances, footballing legacy and the success of their team at both club and international level.
#50 LUCAS ALARIO | River Plate & Argentina
Having played a key role in River Plate's 2015 Copa Libertadores triumph, the new golden boy of Argentine football scored the decisive goal in this year's Recopa Sudamericana success. Unsurprisingly, the 23-year-old has now forced his way into the Albiceleste squad - ahead of the likes of Mauro Icardi - and is being courted by Premier League sides such as Liverpool and Tottenham.
#49 MARQUINHOS | Paris Saint-Germain & Brazil
It's been a fine year for the versatile defender, who has established himself as a first-choice centre-half for both club and country. Marquinhos also lifted another three domestic trophies with PSG but the undoubted highlight was winning gold with the Selecao at the Olympic Games in Rio, with the 22-year-old not only netting in the semis but also converting his spot-kick in the final shootout win over Germany.
#48 IVAN RAKITIC | Barcelona & Croatia
The midfielder may have been left bitterly frustrated by his country's Euro 2016 elimination at the hands of Portugal ("The better team is going home.") but he fared much better at club level, helping Barca record a Liga and Copa del Rey double. There was talk during the summer that the arrival of Andre Gomes at Camp Nou might precipitate Rakitic's departure but the Croat remains a player of the utmost importance to Luis Enrique's side.
#47 MAURO ICARDI | Inter & Argentina
Still strangely overlooked at international level but the Rosario native continues to score regularly for the maddeningly inconsistent Nerazzurri. Indeed, the 23-year-old, who turned in a sensational performance in September's win over Juventus, has now racked up more goals for Inter than the great Ronaldo and it should only be a matter of time before Edgardo Bauza belatedly comes calling for a player who is undoubtedly one of the best finishers in world football.