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November 06, 2009 06:13 ET

A First for Football: Castrol Launches World's First Player Rankings System

Ronaldo Reveals the Inaugural Castrol Rankings... But Henry Beats Him to the Top Spot

MADRID, SPAIN--(Marketwire - November 6, 2009) - Who is the greatest current footballer? 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.

The Castrol Rankings are updated on a rolling monthly basis so, from now on, for the first time ever, football fans can regularly check whether Kaká is really out-performing Gerrard, or whether Messi is proving more effective than Thierry Henry, by visiting Fans can also customise the Castrol Rankings by player nationality, position or club, allowing them to compare the players or teams they support.

Speaking at today's launch, Ronaldo, placed third, vowed that he will close the gap on Lionel Messi and leader Thierry Henry, after the Barcelona forward took the top spot: "The Castrol Rankings is the ranking that every player wants to top. 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!"

To see the full Castrol Rankings and register for monthly updates, please go to You can join the debate by becoming a fan on Castrol Football Facebook or follow us on Castrol Football twitter.

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