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Comfortable in possession, Schweinsteiger is an energetic player who has accurate delivery from set pieces as well as posing a goalscoring threat from distance.
Having missed the vital penalty in Bayern’s shoot-out loss to Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League final, Schweinsteiger responded in fine fashion this season.
He scored a career best seven goals in the league whilst also providing five assists. Still only 28 years of age, his performances, alongside Javi Martinez and Toni Kroos in midfield, have set a solid platform which could allow Bayern to set the standard in Europe for years to come.
In his own country Schweinsteiger was the highest ranked player, a clear indication of the regard in which he is held - like Andrea Pirlo, he is the beating heart of both club and national sides.
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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.
The Ballon d'Eurosport so far
- Sports & Recreation
- Bastian Schweinsteiger
- Bayern Munich