Goal 50: Positions 50-41

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 50 to 41.

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.

#50 LUCAS ALARIO | River Plate & Argentina

Having played a key role in River Plate's 2015 Copa Libertadores triumph, the new golden boy of Argentine football scored the decisive goal in this year's Recopa Sudamericana success. Unsurprisingly, the 23-year-old has now forced his way into the Albiceleste squad - ahead of the likes of Mauro Icardi - and is being courted by Premier League sides such as Liverpool and Tottenham.

#49 MARQUINHOS | Paris Saint-Germain & Brazil

It's been a fine year for the versatile defender, who has established himself as a first-choice centre-half for both club and country. Marquinhos also lifted another three domestic trophies with PSG but the undoubted highlight was winning gold with the Selecao at the Olympic Games in Rio, with the 22-year-old not only netting in the semis but also converting his spot-kick in the final shootout win over Germany.

#48 IVAN RAKITIC | Barcelona & Croatia

The midfielder may have been left bitterly frustrated by his country's Euro 2016 elimination at the hands of Portugal ("The better team is going home.") but he fared much better at club level, helping Barca record a Liga and Copa del Rey double. There was talk during the summer that the arrival of Andre Gomes at Camp Nou might precipitate Rakitic's departure but the Croat remains a player of the utmost importance to Luis Enrique's side.

#47 MAURO ICARDI | Inter & Argentina

Still strangely overlooked at international level but the Rosario native continues to score regularly for the maddeningly inconsistent Nerazzurri. Indeed, the 23-year-old, who turned in a sensational performance in September's win over Juventus, has now racked up more goals for Inter than the great Ronaldo and it should only be a matter of time before Edgardo Bauza belatedly comes calling for a player who is undoubtedly one of the best finishers in world football.

#46 DOUGLAS COSTA | Bayern Munich & Brazil

The winger's first season at the Allianz Arena could not have gone much better, with the former Shakhtar Donetsk flier capping an excellent campaign by converting the decisive spot-kick in the DFB-Pokal final win over Borussia Dortmund that sealed a double for his Bavarian employers. Costa's hopes of representing his country at the Copa America were dashed by injury but he has already underlined his importance to the Selecao's bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup with two goals in his first four matches.

#45 DAVID DE GEA | Manchester United & Spain

The Red Devils may have only finished fifth in last season's Premier League but they would have been a lot lower had it not been for their No.1, who made the PFA Team of the Year for the second consecutive season. Spain's attempt to retain their European crown did not go according to plan but, again, that was hardly De Gea's fault, with the 25-year-old having pulled off a string of sensational saves in the last-16 loss to Italy.

#44 RENATO SANCHES | Bayern Munich & Portugal

The teenager may be taking a while to settle at new club Bayern Munich but 2016 will undoubtedly be remembered as Sanches' breakout year. After establishing himself as a first-team regular in the Benfica side that would go on to claim two domestic trophies, the midfielder then picked up the Young Player of Tournament award at Euro 2016 thanks to a string of dynamic displays for surprise champions Portugal.

#43 ANDREA BARZAGLI | Juventus & Italy

Now 35, yet still one of the finest defenders on the planet. Indeed, nobody was in the least bit surprised that Juventus renewed his contract for a further two years on May 11 or that new Italy boss Giampiero Ventura persuaded Barzagli to reverse his decision to retire after an impeccable Euro 2016 campaign in France. That tournament ended with a wonderfully emotional interview that perfectly illustrated his enduring passion for the game.

#42 DAVID ALABA | Bayern Munich & Austria

The 24-year-old's hopes of establishing himself as one of the best midfielders in the world ended in failure, with Alaba unable to save his country from a shock first-round exit at Euro 2016. However, the Vienna native only strengthened his claims on the title of the game's best left-back during Bayern's double-winning campaign in Germany - and was thus a shoo-in for the Bundesliga's Team of the Season. 

#41 CASEMIRO | Real Madrid & Brazil

Upon taking the helm at the Santiago Bernabeu, coach Zinedine Zidane did what his predecessor was, for whatever reason, always reluctant to do: play Casemiro as a starter. The Brazilian completely vindicated the Frenchman's faith in him by providing the steel upon which Madrid's Champions League triumph was founded, with his fantastically destructive performance in the final a terrific case in point.