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.