Ranking the 25 best players left in the 2021/22 Champions League

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 28: Real Madrid, Champions League (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid, Thibaut Courtois
Real Madrid, Thibaut Courtois (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images) /

15. Liverpool RB Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold has returned to his best this season. His defensive capabilities may be questionable sometimes yet he is an offensive juggernaut. He perfectly fits the Klopp style of football. Oppositions will be wary of the young and energetic right back.

14. Real Madrid GK Thibaut Courtois

After a disastrous start to his Real Madrid career, Thibaut Courtois can lay claim to being the best goalkeeper in the world for the past 2 seasons. He is currently one of the best shot-stoppers, and his ball distribution has grown leaps and bounds. Real Madrid would require similar rearguard action from Courtois if they are to proceed deep into the competition.

13.  Chelsea CM N’Golo Kante

Kante was sublime during the business end of the season for Chelsea last year. He put in monstrous performances against Real Madrid in the semi-finals. He has not been able to replicate the performances this year owing to a lack of continuity. However, he is a player who shines on the biggest of the stages.

12. Manchester City FW Bernardo Silva

Bernardo Silva is a fascinating player. He can play in different positions to create a nuisance for the opposition. He perfectly suits Pep Guardiola’s style of play with his ability to hold onto possession and be creative. He is a highly underrated player and will be crucial to City’s chances.

11. Real Madrid CM Toni Kroos

An unassuming personality, Toni Kroos is the personification of perfection on the football field. He directs the pace of the game. Every Real Madrid attack starts at the feet of Kroos. He has won it all. Combined with Modric and Casemiro, he is still regarded as one of the best midfielders. The Sniper will be expected to keep up the consistency in the knockout stages.