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Ballon d’Eurosport – No.8: Bastian Schweinsteiger


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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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Bastian Schweinsteiger, the Germany international, played a pivotal role in Bayern Munich’s historic treble-winning season and is one of European football’s most complete players.

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.

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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
11-Edinson Cavani
10-Luis Suarez
9-Franck Ribery

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