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Ballon d’Eurosport – No.11: Edinson Cavani


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This summer Eurosport is counting down the world's greatest footballers, as voted by our international network of journalists. We will reveal one player per day, culminating in the election of the first Ballon d'Eurosport on July 19.

The Ballon d'Eurosport explained.

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Edinson Cavani is one of Europe’s most sought-after strikers. A dominant figure up front for Napoli, strong in the air and comfortable holding up play.

The Uruguayan is equally impressive in front of goal netting 29 league times in 34 games to finish the season as Serie A’s leading scorer and secure Champions League football next season for Napoli.

Signed from Palermo for 12 million euros in 2010, he has been the key figure in making Napoli contenders for the Scudetto. He has shone equally bright on the international stage, helping Uruguay win the Copa America in 2011.

The recently-appointed Napoli manager Rafa Benitez will be hoping to hold onto the club’s star man. With a reported release clause in the region of £55m, however, Europe’s elite clubs may be tempted to splash the cash on Cavani.

Indeed, he is being touted as a possible signing for Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City and would bring power, pace and goals. He is also very good on the counter attack, and a real team player who is only too happy to help out in defence.

The Spain office provided the striker with 19 points, hinting at how highly-rated he is in Madrid. But perhaps more surprising is that despite his stellar season in Serie A, our colleagues in Italy only just voted him into their top 10.

How Eurosport voted

We asked the editorial teams of 10 countries/areas around the Eurosport network to compile their list of the world's 25 best players.

Then we did the sums, Eurovision-style. It's simple: a first-place vote is worth 25 points, second place is 24... all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.

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The Ballon d'Eurosport so far
30-Sergio Aguero
29-Sergio Ramos
28-Wayne Rooney
27-Yaya Toure
26-Arjen Robben
25-Mario Balotelli
24-Juan Mata
23-Manuel Neuer
22-Thomas Mueller
21-Marco Reus
20-Mesut Ozil
18-Arturo Vidal
17-Mario Goetze
16-Thiago Silva
15-Philipp Lahm
13-Andrea Pirlo
12-Robert Lewandowski

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