CIES: Tonali, Bennacer, Leao and Theo among the best U25 players in respective roles

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan fans and pundits who watch already know that there are some special talents at the club, but seeing this recognised on a wider scale is always nice.

According to a ranking drawn up by the CIES Football Observatory (via MilanNews), Sandro Tonali is the best under 25 player in the world in the ‘playmaker creator’ category. He earned a score of 89.3 on their index for his ability to build play out through the base of the midfield.

Ismael Bennacer is 2nd in the ‘Ground blocker’ category with a score of 91.5, which measures the ability to break up play through duels and interventions.

Theo Hernandez is third in the ranking of ‘Infiltrator creator’ with a score of 94.8 and the illustrious company of the likes of Vinicius Junior and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Finally, Rafael Leao is top of the ‘Shooter infiltrator’ category with a remarkable score of 98.4, ranking above Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain.

Tags AC Milan Ismaël Bennacer Rafael Leao Sandro Tonali theo hernandez


  1. Junk ranking…just making lists as clickbait… apparently Locatelli was second in the “impactful filter man playmaker” … whatever that means.

    and where would someone like Tchouaméni be in these type of lists. It is in 4th place in blocker playmakers, in the same list that also has Tomori in 10th place, Bastoni in 1st place, and Milenkovic in 5th place

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