The Top 20 Players of the 2022-23 Season

The Top 20 Players of the 2022-23 Season | Setanta Sports

Setanta Sports and its team are starting to summarize the season, including the top 20 players, 10 best transfers, top 10 goals, and 5 outstanding matches of the season.

Setanta Sports broadcasts in 15 countries across Europe and Asia through channels and the OTT platform setantasports.com. Our team has made its own selection in each category, and here are the results.

Top 20 Players of 2022-23

In this introductory article, we’ll present players ranked from 20th to 6th place. The top five players will be revealed later.

The results cover the period from June 2022 to June 2023, taking into account the players’ performances at both club and national levels. Factors such as impact, role, team and individual results, as well as the difficulty of the competition, were considered in the selection process. Let’s dive into the rankings:

20. Kim Min Jae

Kim Min Jae won the Serie A championship with Napoli after moving to Italy from Fenerbahce. In his debut season at the top level, the South Korean defender showcased magnificent performances.

As the leader of Napoli’s defence, he contributed significantly to their successful season. Kim was named the best defender of the season in Serie A, and the fact that he achieved this recognition in only his second season in Europe adds brighness to his remarkable achievement. His outstanding performances have attracted serious interest from Bayern Munich and Manchester United.

19. Bukayo Saka

Despite Arsenal’s failure to win the Premier League title, English versatile winger Bukayo Saka had an exceptional season. He scored 15 goals and provided 11 assists in 48 matches across all tournaments, establishing himself as one of the key players in Mikel Arteta’s team.

Bukayo Saka made a name for himself in the Premier League during the 2022–23 season, making it impossible to forget. His goal involvement equates to 0.7 per 90 minutes.

This season saw Saka become the sixth-youngest player in Premier League history to record 50 goals and assists, behind only Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney, Robbie Fowler, Cesc Fabregas and Chris Sutton.

18. Ronald Araujo

Ronald Araujo made a significant impact on the pitch despite his limited appearances due to two injuries. The Uruguayan central defender had a 94% duel-winning rate and consistently made a difference for his team.

Although he played in only 29 matches in all competitions this season, his performances earned him a spot in the top 20 players.

17. Nicolò Barella

Nicolo Barella had a successful season with Inter Milan, winning the Coppa Italia and Super Coppa Italiana.

Although his team fell just short of triumph in the Champions League final against Manchester City, Barella played a crucial role in Simone Inzaghi’s tactics.

He consistently performed at a high level throughout the season and was recognised as the best midfielder of the season, earning a place among the top 20 players. This is the fifth consecutive time he has been included in the Serie A team of the season.

16. Marc-André ter Stegen

Ter Stegen played a vital role in Barcelona’s successful La Liga campaign. The goalkeeper of the German national team deservedly received the La Liga MVP award, keeping 26 clean sheets in 38 matches and conceding only 18 goals in total.

15. Lautaro Martínez

Lautaro Martínez was among the best 15 players of the season in Serie A, nominated as a substitute.

The Argentine World Cup champion scored 28 goals and provided 11 assists in 57 matches across all competitions.

Although he had the opportunity to win both the World Cup and the league in the same season, a defeat in Istanbul final prevented him from achieving this unique feat.

14. Jude Bellingham

Jude Bellingham was named the best player of the Bundesliga season. As the second vice-captain of Borussia Dortmund and the youngest captain in Schwarzgelben’s history, he achieved remarkable milestones.

Despite Dortmund losing their grip on the top of the table, Bellingham had an amazing season, scoring 14 goals and providing 7 assists in 42 matches across all competitions.

He will join Real Madrid next season, wearing shirt number 5.

13. Rodri

Best defensive midfielder in current season? Undoubtedly! Rodri made history for Manchester City, scoring the winning goal in the Champions League final against Inter Milan.

Although it took him 44 matches to score his debut goal in the Champions League, it was a memorable one. UEFA named him the best player of the Champions League season, solidifying his place among the top 20 players.

12. Robert Lewandowski

“I think the path to Ballod d’Or is shorter from Barcelona than from Bayern,” – said briefly Polish striker who joined Blaugrana from Munich side at the start of the season.

Despite not winning the Ballon d’Or, he won the La Liga title with Barcelona. His performances earned him the Pichichi award, finishing as the league’s top scorer with 23 goals.

Robert Lewandowski had a notable season with Barcelona, scoring 33 goals and providing 8 assists in 46 matches across all competitions.

11. Ilkay Gündogan

Ilkay Gündogan played a crucial role in Pep Guardiola’s system at Manchester City. With 51 matches played, he scored 11 goals and provided 7 assists, demonstrating his impact on the team.

Gündogan was instrumental in Manchester City’s treble-winning season, and there is significant interest in him from Barcelona, Arsenal, and Saudi Arabian teams.

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10. Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann had a successful season, finishing as the vice-champion of the world and securing third place in La Liga.

The French forward scored 16 goals and provided 19 assists in 48 matches. He displayed exceptional performances for both the national team and his club, nearing the legendary Luis Aragonés’ who holds all-time club record of 172 goals. Griezmann is a 15 goal-shy from the legendary sricker.

9. Martin Ødegaard

Martin Ødegaard emerged as a leader for Arsenal and the best player of the season, playing 45 matches in the season, with 37 of them in the Premier League. He was named the best player of the month in December.

Ødegaard’s contributions extended beyond numbers, as he controlled the pace of the game and dictated the flow. He ended the Premier League season with 15 goals and 8 assists.

Despite Norway’s underwhelming performance as a national team, Ødegaard stood out with strong individual performance.

8. Harry Kane

Harry Kane participated in all 38 Premier League matches, scoring 30 goals and providing 3 assists. His remarkable performances placed him among the top goal scorers in the league.

Despite missing the key penalty against France, he still excelled at the World Cup, scoring 2 goals and providing 3 assists. Kane scored a total of 37 goals and made 8 assists in 58 matches.

7. Victor Osimhen

Victor Osimhen had an outstanding season, winning the Serie A Golden Boot with 26 goals. He played a pivotal role in Napoli’s title-winning campaign and was recognized as the best striker of the Serie A season. Osimhen played 39 matches, scoring 31 goals and providing 5 assists.

6. Khvicha Kvaratskhelia

Georgian footballer Khvicha Kvaratskhelia had a remarkable season, making a strong impression in his debut year at Napoli.

He was named the best player of the season and received the best player of the month award in Serie A three times. Kvaratskhelia scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists, cementing his position as the best assistant in the league.

With his remarkable effort Napoli ended 33-year-drought period and won third Scudetto in the entire history.

He also made significant contributions in the Champions League, ending the tournament with 2 goals and 4 assists.

In Georgian national team, Kvaratskhelia scored 5 goals and provided 3 assists in six official matches giving opportunity his country to participate back to back Nations League semifinals.

That concludes our rankings for today. Stay tuned for the upcoming days as Setanta Sports reveals the top five players of the season individually.

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About The Author
Irakli Imedadze
Irakli Imedadze
I'm a sports writer and football commentator at Setanta Sports with five years of experience. The view, moreover, axiom that sport is more than just physical activity or something like that involves me from head to toe in this industry and becomes an inseparable part of my life. I'm a specialist in international affairs, with a concentration in the middle east. In my opinion, that knowledge of orientalism helps me to orientate well in sports also.

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