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 KOKE | Atletico Madrid & Spain
Only Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez created more goals in La Liga last term than the 24-year-old midfielder, who racked up 12 assists as the Rojiblancos finished third in the table. Koke also made the Champions League squad of the season after helping Atleti reach the final, with his fine form earning him a place in the Spain panel for Euro 2016.
#29 MARCELO | Real Madrid & Brazil
The best attacking full-back in La Liga, the Brazilian had a hand in five goals and created 50 chances during los Blancos' 2015-16 campaign. However, what is often overlooked is that Marcelo is also a fine defender, as he proved time and time again during his club's Champions League triumph.
#28 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.
#27 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.