The final pieces to the Attacker Rating Index (ARI) are shooting, passing and ball handling. The best attackers in these various categories are:


The most impactful shooters of the football amongst attackers. Our measure considers a mixture of accuracy and efficiency and, as usual, goes beyond what is the norm to tell it as it is.

PlayerClubRankingShooting Index
James RodriguezReal Madrid198.81
Franck Ribery Bayern Munich296.43
Lionel MessiBarcelona390.13
Pablo PiattiEspanyol487.68
Jérémy MenezBordeaux586.53
Mario GötzeBorussia Dortmund 684.27
Iago FalqueTorino782.67
Mohamed SalahRoma882.50
Grégoire DefrelSassuolo982.03
RaffaelMönchengladbach 1081.21
Eden HazardChelsea1180.69
Salomon KalouHertha Berlin1280.55
Neymar Da Silva Barcelona1380.32
Juan MataManchester United1480.01
Mesut ÖzilArsenal1578.89
Emil ForsbergRB Leipzig1676.10
IscoReal Madrid1775.97
Alexis SanchezArsenal1875.26
Andre AyewWest Ham1974.31
Son Heung-MinTottenham2074.11
Lucas PerezArsenal2172.59
Shinji KagawaBorussia Dortmund2272.18
Dries MertensNapoli2371.73
Marco ReusBorussia Dortmund2471.24
Riyad MahrezLeicester City2570.82

Pass Masters

Our comprehensive measure of passing for attackers which considers passing effectiveness, intent, accuracy, and involvement in play. Too often passing prowess is reduced to purely a measure of accuracy, ignoring the contextual factors that contribute to accuracy and the ultimate purpose of passing, creating meaningful chances.

PlayerClubRankingPassing Index
Mesut OzilArsenal190.18
Dimitri PayetMarseille289.28
Emil ForsbergRB Leipzig387.03
Angel di MariaPSG483.42
James RodriguezReal Madrid582.46
Kevin de BruyneManchester City680.72
Franck Ribery Bayern Munich780.34
David SilvaManchester City879.77
Christian EriksenTottenham976.45
Ryad BoudebouzMontpellier1073.41
Eden HazardChelsea1170.95
Marek HamšíkNapoli1270.20
Hakan ÇalhanoğluBayer Leverkusen1369.77
Dušan TadićSouthampton1469.10
Lionel MessiBarcelona1566.81
Neymar Da Silva Barcelona1666.78
Zlatko JunuzovićWerder Bremen1765.91
Arjen RobbenBayern Munich1864.80
Josip IličićFiorentina1964.17
Philippe CoutinhoLiverpool 2063.20
NolitoManchester City2162.82
Adem LjajićTorino2262.65
Henrikh MkhitaryanManchester United2362.45
Dries MertensNapoli2462.23
IscoReal Madrid2561.41

Ball Handlers

There is an art to keeping the ball. In the category of attackers, these are the most careful not to lose it, by hook or crook. Even better is being able to be safe in possession and a dynamic creator of chances.

PlayerClubRankingLosses of Possession
José CallejónNapoli11.62
Arjen RobbenBayern Munich22.12
Dries MertensNapoli32.28
Marek HamšíkNapoli42.36
Ivan PerišićInter Milan52.38
Gareth BaleReal Madrid62.44
Zlatko JunuzovićWerder Bremen72.49
Juan MataManchester United82.685
Raul GarciaAthletic Bilbao92.693
Iago Falque Torino102.70
James RodriguezReal Madrid112.75
Marco ReusBorussia Dortmund122.79
Gylfi SigurdssonSwansea City132.88
Franck RiberyBayern Munich142.90
Lionel MessiBarcelona162.97
Antonio CandrevaInter Milan173.02
Andre AyewWest Ham183.14
Pablo PiattiEspanyol193.20
ÉderInter Milan203.22
Marco ArnautovićStoke City213.26
Yunus MalliWolfsburg223.32
Lorenzo InsigneNapoli233.35
Mesut ÖzilArsenal243.37
Mario GötzeBorussia Dortmund253.57