Goal 50: Positions 30-21

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 30 to 21.

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.

#30 JEROME BOATENG | Bayern Munich & Germany

It is remarkable to think that Manchester City were more than happy to let the Berlin native move to the Allianz Arena in 2011, given Boateng is now considered one of the best defenders in the world. The 28-year-old was a shoo-in for the Bundesliga team of the 2015-16 season and one of the stars of Germany's Euro 2016 campaign, with Boateng even breaking his international duck with a fine strike in the last-16 rout of Slovakia.

#29 JAN OBLAK | Atletico Madrid & Slovenia

Rojiblancos fans feared that it would be impossible to find a worthy replacement for Thibaut Courtois when the Belgium international returned to Chelsea in 2014 but in Oblak they are arguably now in possession of an even better goalkeeper. The Slovenian won the Ricardo Zamora award last season, after conceding just 18 goals in 38 games (equalling the Liga record), and also excelled during Atleti's run to the Champions League final, with his penalty save from Thomas Muller in the semis probably the highlight of his campaign.

#28 PAULO DYBALA | Juventus & Argentina

It's not often that €32m can be considered a bargain but it is most certainly true in the case of the 22-year-old Argentine, who has gone to another level since arriving in Turin from Palermo in 2015. Dybala was the outstanding attacker in Juve's fifth consecutive Scudetto success, hitting 19 goals in just 34 games, and is now in the process of forming what looks set to become a formidable front-line with compatriot Gonzalo Higuain.

#27 TONI KROOS | Real Madrid & Germany

The criminally under-rated 26-year-old has only reinforced his reputation as one of the finest midfielders of his generation with a stellar 2016. After boasting a 95% pass completion rate during Madrid's Champions League win, Kroos then earned a place in the Euro 2016 Team of the Tournament by dictating Germany's midfield on their run to the semi-finals in France.

#26 THOMAS MULLER | Bayern Munich & Germany

While Euro 2016 may have been a personal disaster for the 27-year-old forward as he failed to find the next in six outings, his club campaign was the complete opposite. Muller was coming off his most prolific season to date, with the Bayern ace racking up 32 goals in all competitions as the Bavarians roared to a league and cup double.

#25 SERGIO AGUERO | Manchester City & Argentina

The most talented striker in the Premier League by some distance, the former Atletico Madrid man finished just one goal behind Golden Boot winner Harry Kane - despite playing eight fewer games than the Tottenham forward. He was also on the scoresheet at the Copa America, and found the net in the shootout as Argentina lost on penalties to Chile in the final.

#24 KEVIN DE BRUYNE | Manchester City & Belgium

Rejected by Jose Mourinho yet embraced by Manuel Pellegrini and now adored by Pep Guardiola, the 25-year-old has established himself as the most creative player in the Premier League over the past 12 months. So important has he become that City struggle to cope with any injury-enforced absence, as evidenced by the fact that they lost four of the seven league games he missed with a knee problem earlier this year.

#23 ALEXIS SANCHEZ | Arsenal & Chile

After a slow start to the year, the former Barcelona man finished the 2015-16 Premier League season with a flourish, scoring seven times in his final 10 games. Alexis then took that fine form into the centenary edition of the Copa America, with the 27-year-old winning the Golden Ball after firing his country to victory in the United States, and is now excelling in a more central role at the Emirates.

#22 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.

#21 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.