Ronaldo, Coutinho and the best of the Champions League with Goal+

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All you need know about the UCL is at the touch of a Samsung device and Goal have used that data to bring you a breakdown of the top performers so far

A thrilling UEFA Champions League group stage drew to an end this week.

Football fans from across the globe tuned in to see the giants march on and some of Europe’s heavy hitters bow out.

Now the game’s elite competition, they come to see the very best the modern game has to offer – including Cristiano Ronaldo, of course, who already has an incredible nine goals and we’ve not even made it to the knockout stages.

And for many, all the action was digested with the help of Goal+, the ultimate live scores and football stats app exclusive to Samsung devices, such as the groundbreaking Samsung S8. 

Loaded with live football data, Goal+ includes features like live 3D shot maps and even a FIFA-style player comparison tool, giving you everything you need know about the Champions League.

Goal has used that data to bring you a breakdown of the best players in the competition so far.

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    BEST GOALKEEPER: MARC-ANDRE TER STEGEN

    The Germany international is staking a real claim to be regarded as the world’s greatest goalkeeper and Goal+ data tells us he was the standout custodian during a group stage that saw his side go unbeaten en route to the knockout rounds.

    The 25-year-old was beaten just once in his five appearances, leaving him way out in front of the group-stage average among goalkeepers of six goals conceded. Ter Stegan made 13 stops, securing a save percentage of 93% - a return matched only by Manchester United’s David De Gea, who made one appearance fewer.

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    BEST DEFENDER: JOHN STONES

    He was the world’s second-most expensive defender in history when he joined Man City from Everton last season, and yet there were those doubting his ability to actually defend. Well those concerns appear to have all but disappeared as the England international has found the form of his life under coach Pep Guardiola.

    The 23-year-old ended the group stage with an almost unrivalled duel success rate of 87% (of 13 faced) and won all nine of his aerial battles. An impressive 21 clearances were made too, and all that while making almost 100 passes per game – twice the average for defenders in the competition.

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    BEST MIDFIELDER: PHILIPPE COUTINHO

    A stunning hat-trick on the final matchday may well have played a major role in the Liverpool’s Champions League stats so far this term, but it was also the culmination of a group stage that saw the Brazilian reinforce his status as one of the world’s best.

    The 25-year-old’s return of five goals dwarfed the competition average for midfielders (0.3) as did his 100% shot accuracy. Two assists and 13 chances created also left him head and shoulders above the overwhelming majority of his contemporaries behind the forward line.

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    BEST FORWARD: CRISTIANO RONALDO

    If Alfredo Di Stefano wrote the history of the UEFA Champions League, then Cristiano Ronaldo is penning a quite remarkable sequel. The reigning Ballon d'Or winner is now well out in front of Lionel Messi, with an astonishing 114 goals to his name in the competition.

    And his complete dominance has continued this term. The Portuguese ended the group stage with a quite ridiculous nine goals in six matches – seven times the average for forwards over that period. The 32-year-old did take a competition-high 45 shots (16 more than the next highest) but also created six chances for this team-mates and grabbed an assist.

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