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 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.
#19 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.
#18 LUKA MODRIC | Real Madrid & Croatia
Like Xavi, the former Tottenham midfielder is unlikely to ever win a Ballon d'Or but that does not diminish his brilliance or influence in any way, shape or form. Modric is the man who makes both Madrid and Croatia tick, as he proved once again in Real's Champions League win and in his country's thrilling showings in the group stage of Euro 2016.
#17 ARTURO VIDAL | Bayern Munich & Chile
The best box-to-box midfielder in the world, the 29-year-old drove his Bavarian employers to a league-and-cup double last term, averaging a 90 per cent pass completion in the Bundesliga and popping up with two crucial goals in the Champions League quarter-final against Benfica. Vidal also delivered once again for his country, earning a place in the Copa America Team of the Tournament after helping Chile successfully defend the title they won on home soil last year.