Cristiano Ronaldo Came 23rd On La Liga's Greatest Footballers (See Full List)
In what might surprise many football fans, a list of La Liga's greatest footballers has been compiled and Cristiano Ronaldo's name doesn't appear on the first 10, neither the first 20 - He appeared as the 23rd greatest footballer in the Spanish La Liga.
The findings of the study depended on the performance analysis of the 9,117 La Liga players from the season of 1928-29 until 2015-16.
The survey's analysts believe that the performance of football players can be assessed with the same criteria used in basketball, including scored points, rebounds, assists and fouls.
On the other hand, 0.40 point is subtracted for each goal mistakenly scored by the player in his own team and 1.50 points are subtracted for each red card.
Thus, Raul Gonzalez, Real Madrid player between 1994 and 2010, topped the list with 528 points, four points ahead of Cesar Rodriguez, former player of Barcelona between 1942 and 1955.
Telmo Zarra, former player of Athletic Bilbao from 1940 to 1957, came third with 493 points, followed by Barcelona current star Messi, who started at the Catalan club in 2004, with 490 points.
Quini, former player of Sporting Gijon and Barcelona from 1968 to 1987, came fifth with 488 points.
The remaining top 10 positions were occupied by Juan Arza, Alfredo Di Stefano, Francisco Gento, Carlos Alonso 'Santillana' and Guillermo Gorostiza respectively.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo held the 23rd position.
The study was conducted by the Centre for Research on Spanish Football History and Statistics.
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