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 20 to 11.
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.
#20 DIEGO GODIN | Atletico Madrid & Uruguay
There is nothing remotely surprising about the reports that AC Milan's new Chinese investors are willing to pay €30m for a 30-year-old centre-half, as Godin remains the most reliable defender in the game today. Indeed, after playing a pivotal role in the Rojiblancos' run to last season's Champions League final, the Uruguayan has been just as integral to Atleti's strong start to the new Liga season.
#19 LEONARDO BONUCCI | Juventus & Italy
Everything one needs to know about the 29-year-old was embodied in the sublime pass from which Emanuele Giaccherini opened the scoring against Belgium at Euro 2016. As that most rare of breeds - a ball-playing centre-half that can actually defend - it's easy to understand why Bonucci, who won a double with Juve last season, is one of Pep Guardiola's favourite players and why Antonio Conte was so desperate to lure him to Chelsea.
#18 GIANLUIGI BUFFON | Juventus & Italy
In 2001, the Carrara native became the most expensive goalkeeper in the world because he was the best goalkeeper in the world. Fifteen years on, nothing has changed, with the 38-year-old Buffon still the standard by which all other shot-stoppers are judged, the leader of a defence that propelled Juve to a league-and-cup double last season - and Italy to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. The highest ranked goalkeeper in the Goal 50.
#17 SERGIO RAMOS | Real Madrid & Spain
When Iker Casillas left the Santiago Bernabeu in 2015, there really was only one legitimate candidate to succeed him as captain. Sergio Ramos has been at Madrid since 2005 yet continues to lead the team from the back, with the 30-year-old scoring crucial goals in man of the match-winning displays in this year's Champions League and UEFA Super Cup.