GOAL 50 - POSITIONS 20-11

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.

#16 PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG | Borussia Dortmund & Gabon

Yaya Toure might not like it but the 27-year-old striker has usurped the Manchester City star as Africa's top talent. The former Saint-Etienne man was deservedly named the Bundesliga's Player of the Season for 2015-16, after hitting 25 goals in just 31 appearances, and the long-mooted move to Madrid is growing ever more likely. 

#15 PAUL POGBA | Manchester United & France

The game's most expensive ever player may be taking some time to settle back into his old surroundings but that, just like his underwhelming Euro 2016 campaign, has more to do with coaches playing him out of position than any perceived failings on the part of the €105m man. Indeed, Pogba was peerless in Serie A last season, contributing eight goals and 12 assists to Juve's double win.

#14 DIMITRI PAYET | West Ham United & France

Few could have predicted just how well the last year would go for the former Marseille man - least of all Payet, who was overcome with emotion after netting a stunning late winner for his country in their Euro 2016 opening-day win over Romania. By that point, though, nobody was in the least bit surprised by the attacking midfielder's heroics, with the 29-year-old having emerged as one of the best players in the Premier League during his debut campaign in the English top flight.

#13 N'GOLO KANTE | Chelsea & France

Not many Foxes fans had ever heard of the defensive midfielder when he joined from Caen in the summer of 2015. However, 12 months on, he had earned a big-money move to Chelsea and a place in France's Euro 2016 squad on the back of an incredible, title-winning campaign with Leicester in which he established himself as the ‘new Claude Makelele'.

#12 PEPE | Real Madrid & Portugal

The 33-year-old may not be a particularly popular player among neutrals but then, Pepe has only ever been concerned with winning trophies - not fans. The centre-half claimed another Champions League with Madrid before then proving himself to be Portugal's most important player at Euro 2016 with a man of the match-winning masterclass in the final victory over France. The highest ranked defender in the Goal 50.

#11 JAMIE VARDY | Leicester City & England

It is not in the least bit surprising that the 29-year-old's remarkable rise to the top is to be the subject of a Hollywood movie. Vardy is the personification of the Leicester fairy tale, with the striker having gone from plying his trade in the Conference Premier in 2012 to firing the Foxes to the most unlikely top-flight title triumph in football history with 24 goals in 36 matches. He also then netted for England at Euro 2016.