A FIRST FOR FOOTBALL: Castrol launches World's first player rankings system
But Henry beats him to the Top Spot
It’s a question that always evokes passionate debate from football fans and pundits around the globe. Now they can find the definitive answer to the much-disputed question as Castrol global ambassador Cristiano Ronaldo today unveiled the inaugural Castrol Rankings, the world’s first truly objective football rankings system, based on the actual performance of every football player across Europe’s top five leagues.
While other football rankings are based on opinion, Castrol has applied the same expertise they apply to the development of their oils to create the Castrol Rankings – using objective analysis and highly advanced technology to measure every pass, every tackle and every single move of over 2000 players and games every year. It will, at last, draw a line under the age-old debate about who are the best performing players.
Marcel Desailly, Henry’s former international team-mate and Castrol Ambassador, said: “Thierry Henry has been one of the most consistent strikers in European football for a long time and I am not surprised he is at the head of the Castrol Rankings. Of course he is excellent in front of goal, but what makes him such an outstanding player is his overall contribution to Barcelona’s attacking play and that’s what makes him such an important part of that team.”
Castrol Senior Vice-President Mike Johnson added: “We saw a golden opportunity for Castrol to harness our expertise in analysis, technology and innovation in oil and apply it to the world of ranking football performances. The Castrol Rankings has been 12 months in the making and we’re thrilled to now launch it. We are in no doubt that the Castrol Rankings will drive debate around who is the best player and we’re excited to be fuelling this. We think football fans will love it.”
Commenting on the Castrol Rankings, Thierry Weil, Director, Marketing at FIFA, said: “FIFA is delighted to have a committed football supporter like Castrol in our select group of commercial affiliates and we are excited to be working together with them. The Castrol Rankings is a new and unique way of rating player performances and we look forward to seeing the debate it encourages over the next year."
To see the full Castrol Rankings and register for monthly updates, please go to www.castrolfootball.com
How the Castrol Rankings work:
- Measure the performance
- Weight the Performance
- Create the Ranking Score
Castrol Index Score - Castrol performance analysts award a Castrol Index score for every league and UEFA Championship league match a footballer from one of the top five European Leagues plays in. For details on how the Castrol Index is calculated, please go to www.castrolfootball.com
Castrol Index Score x Weighting = Castrol Ranking Points - The Primary Castrol index score is multiplied by a pre-determined weighting. The weighting is based on the type of game played so the more important the match, the higher the weighing. For example, a UEFA Championship League semi-final will be weighted higher than a Serie A game. The result is a Castrol Rankings points total awarded for every player in every match.
Cumulative Castrol Rankings points total x 90 / Total minutes played - The points total is then added to all previous points to provide a cumulative Castrol Rankings points total for the past 12 months and multiplied by 90 to give an average 90 minute score for every player,resulting in the player's new Castrol Rankings points total.