13:14 | Madrid, Oct. 29 (ANDINA).
Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro, who plays for German outfit Werder Bremen, was listed the world's 10th best football player in the inaugural Castrol Rankings, which acknowledges the best players of 2009 according to their real performances on the pitch.
The Peru international obtained 866 points, behind other European stars like Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Samuel Eto’o, as published on Castrol Football website.
The French striker, Thierry Henry, leads the ranking with 978 points, followed by Lionel Messi with 964 points and Cristiano Ronaldo with 914 points. This last one was in charge of the event's presentation held in Madrid on Thursday.
Kaka is one of the biggest names not to feature towards the top of the Castrol Rankings with the Real Madrid star languishing in 85th place.
The rankings are based on an exhaustive analysis of every move every player makes in every game covering the top five leagues in Europe and the Champions League, updated monthly, and they point to a possible shift in the balance of power across Europe.
Castrol Global Ambassador Cristiano Ronaldo admitted he is now gunning for Henry and determined to claim top spot for himself soon.
“The Castrol Rankings is the ranking that every player wants to top,” said the Portuguese winger.
“If you can be number one on the Castrol Rankings there can be no arguments, as it is based on fact, not opinion. That’s why I’m aiming for the number one spot – to prove I’m the best!”, he added.
For more information on how this ranking works, click here.