90min’s Definitive European Player Power Rankings: Week 21 – Breaking Bad Special

Yeah, Mr White! ​Yeah, rankings!

It’s been a pretty busy week in the world of football. There have been plenty of goals and just as much drama to go alongside, and we’ve got some ranking to do. If only we had a science teacher from Albuquerque to help us out with some quotes…

What’s that? We’ve got the cast of Breaking Bad here? Well that’s fantastic news.

Let’s get cooking, baybee.

15. Alex Telles (New Entry)

Alex Telles

“It’s over. We’re safe.”

“What happened?”

“I won.”

With two goals in his last two games, Alex Telles has been getting the job done for Porto from left-back.

His goal this week saw Porto pick up a 3-2 win over rivals Benfica, and there doesn’t seem to be anyone who can stop him right now.

14. Fabio Quagliarella (New Entry)

UC Sampdoria v Brescia Calcio - Serie A

“Ah, like I came to you, begging to cook meth. Oh, hey, nerdiest old dude I know, you wanna come cook crystal? Please. I’d ask my diaper-wearing granny, but her wheelchair wouldn’t fit in the RV.”

It’s not easy to bag a goal and an assist in each of your last two games, and it’s even harder when you’re 1,000 years old.

13. Alexander Isak (New Entry)

Alexander Isak

“There is gold in the streets just waiting for someone to come and scoop it up.”

Real Sociedad pulled off the heist of the century by bringing Isak in from ​Borussia Dortmund in the summer for around €10m. 

Still just 20 years old, he’s really getting his groove on these days.

12. Alexander Sörloth (-)

Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig"Trabzonspor AS v Besiktas AS"

“The moral of the story is…I chose a half measure, when I should have gone all the way. I’ll never make that mistake again. No more half measures, Walter.”

Sörloth isn’t doing anything by half measures these days.

He bagged another assist against Gençlerbirliği, before being sent off in the 93rd minute for slamming a guy to the floor. Busy day.

11. Josip Iličić (-)

Josip Ilicic

You know I, I just think, that ah, things have a way of working themselves out.”

Iličić wasn’t at his best against Fiorentina, but Atalanta still managed to come out on the winning side. How nice.

10. Erling Haaland (Down 2)

Erling Haaland

“Just because you shot Jesse James, don’t make you Jesse James.”

After spending a few weeks on top of the world, Haaland has now realised that it’s not actually possible to score every five minutes.

9. Timo Werner (Down 3)

Timo Werner

​”That’s what the kids call ‘epic fail’.”

Who are you and what have you done with the real Werner? 

No goals in three games is almost unheard of for the RB Leipzig man, who blew the chance to topple ​Bayern Munich this week.

8. Robert Lewandowski (Down 1)

Robert Lewandowski

“I’m not saying it’s not bad. It’s bad. But it could be worse.”

Like Werner, Lewandowski also failed to find the back of the net in Sunday’s 0-0 draw, bringing his three-game streak to an abrupt end.

7. Ciro Immobile (Down 5)

Parma Calcio v SS Lazio - Serie A

“Look, Skyler, I just haven’t quite been myself lately. I haven’t been myself lately, but I love you.”

Next up on the list of electric strikers who weren’t so electric this week is Immobile.

He drew blanks in both of Lazio’s games this week, which means he is currently on his joint-longest dry streak of the season.

At two games, that’s not really an issue. But, y’know, should probably start scoring again soon.

6. Romelu Lukaku (Up 9)

“I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really – I was alive.”

Proving the doubters wrong? Good.

Winning the Milan derby? Great.

Rinsing Zlatan Ibrahimović after the game? Perfect.

5. Kylian Mbappé (Up 5)


“This is my own private domicile and I will not be harassed!”

The king of Paris didn’t get subbed this week, so there were no temper tantrums. He even scored, so that’s nice.

4. Carlos Vinícius (Up 5)

Carlos Vinicius

“If you don’t know who I am, then maybe your best course would be to tread lightly.”

Here we are again, another week in which Vinícius stole the show for Benfica. This is getting silly.

Seriously, this guy is on fire.

3. Lionel Messi (Up 1)

Lionel Messi

“You know. You all know exactly who I am. Say my name.”

Just the three assists for ​Messi this week. That’s five in his last two games.

He’s just floating around and doing whatever he wants on a pitch, like he always does.

2. Jadon Sancho (Up 1)

Jadon Sancho

“Jesse, you asked me if I was in the meth business, or the money business…Neither. I’m in the empire business.”

The Empire of Sancho is about as powerful as it has ever been.

The Dortmund winger is doing it all these days, and he’s putting up the kind of numbers which most players can’t even manage in video games.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (-)

Cristiano Ronaldo

“You clearly don’t know who you’re talking to, so let me clue you in. I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger. A guy opens his door and gets shot, and you think that of me? No! I am the one who knocks!”

What’s the point? Let’s all just go home. Why would you bother trying to stop ​Ronaldo when he’s in this form?

That’s ten games in a row with a goal for the ​Juventus man, who is terrorising defences all over Italy.

There’s a record on the horizon. Can he score in yet another game? See you next week.

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