Castrol Performance Index

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The Castrol Performance Index is a ranking system created by Castrol for men's club association football as part of a sponsorship package with FIFA. The system uses mathematical formulas which evaluate various player performance in terms of how individual actions either assist or prevent goals. The system takes into account the strength of the opposition and the time in a game the player's actions occurred.

Castrol publish several rankings: players in top five Euporean leagues monthly during a season, MLS player ranking and international tournament rankings. Castrol became the official oil lubricant of FIFA in 2008. It published a ranking in UEFA Euro 2008. It was an official sponsor the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and an index measuring World Cup player performance was updated after each round of matches.[1] Castrol made a ranking in UEFA Euro 2012[2] and 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.[3]

Castrol Index Ranking[edit]

The Castrol Index is a rolling ranking system that measures performance of every football player across Europe's top five leagues during the course of a 12 month period. Rankings are published monthly.

To get Castrol Index Ranking, first "Castrol Index Score" is calculated for every player in every league and Champions league match, then the score weighted to get "Castrol Ranking points", and lastly, cumulative points from every match during the 12 month peried are multiplied with 90 and divided by total minutes played.[4]

Weightings are different in every league and are adjusted after every season by strength of every league. For example, Champions league knock-out stage has biggest weight.[4]


Top rated players[edit]

Since the beginning of the ranking, September 2009,[5] there have been three players in the top position.

First Last Months Player Country Club Ref
September 2009 November 2009 3 Thierry Henry  FRA Spain Barcelona [6][7]
December 2009 December 2009 1 Cristiano Ronaldo  POR Spain Real Madrid [5]
January 2010 March 2013 39 Lionel Messi  ARG Spain Barcelona [8][9][10]
April 2013 April 2013 1 Cristiano Ronaldo  POR Spain Real Madrid [11]
May 2013 May 2013
Incumbent
1 Lionel Messi  ARG Spain Barcelona [12]

EDGE Performance of the Month[edit]

Castrol awards every month an "EDGE Performance of the Month" title for a player who gets most performance points in a match during the month. Also, after every season, the top performing player (the top player in the ranking at the end of the season) is announced.[4]

Month Player Points Club Against Date Reference
Season 2009–10
October 2009 Didier Drogba 2300 Chelsea Bolton Wanderers 31 October [13]
November 2009 Jermain Defoe 2575 Tottenham Hotspur Wigan Athletic 22 November [14]
December 2009 Michael Owen 1962 Manchester United Wolfsburg 8 December [15]
January 2010 Wayne Rooney 2532 Manchester United Hull City 23 January [16]
February 2010 Cristiano Ronaldo 2163 Real Madrid Xerez 13 February [17]
March 2010 Mevlüt Erdinç 2307 Paris Saint-Germain Sochaux 13 March [18]
Performance of
the Season 2010
Lionel Messi 2828 Barcelona Arsenal 6 April [19]
Player of the season Lionel Messi Barcelona [20]
Season 2010–11
August 2010 Andy Carroll 1426 Newcastle United Aston Villa 22 August [21]
September 2010 Lionel Messi 2790 Barcelona Panathinaikos 14 September [22]
October 2010 Cristiano Ronaldo 2279 Real Madrid Racing de Santander 23 October [23]
November 2010 Dimitar Berbatov 2593 Manchester United Blackburn Rovers 27 November [24]
December 2010 Raúl 2198 Schalke 04 Köln 18 December [25]
January 2011 Dimitar Berbatov 2251 Manchester United Birmingham City 22 January [26]
February 2011 Alexis Sánchez 2809 Udinese Palermo 27 February [27]
March 2011 Karim Benzema 2072 Real Madrid Málaga 3 March [28]
April 2011 Maxi Rodríguez 2212 Liverpool Birmingham City 23 April [29]
May 2011 Cristiano Ronaldo 2480 Real Madrid Sevilla 7 May [30]
Player of the season Lionel Messi Barcelona [31]
Season 2011–12
August 2011 Edin Džeko 2435 Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur 28 August [32]
September 2011 Lionel Messi 2674 Barcelona Osasuna 17 September [33]
October 2011 André Ayew 2086 Marseille Ajaccio 22 October [34]
November 2011 Mario Gómez 2502 Bayern Munich Napoli 2 November [35]
December 2011 Bafétimbi Gomis 2502 Lyon Dinamo Zagreb 7 December [36]
January 2012 Lionel Messi 2388 Barcelona Málaga 22 January [37]
February 2012 Lionel Messi 2766 Barcelona Valencia 19 February [38]
March 2012 Mario Gómez 3551 Bayern Munich FC Basel 13 March [39]
April 2012 Danny Welbeck 1950 Manchester United Aston Villa 15 April [40]
May 2012 Robin van Persie 2223 Arsenal Norwich City 5 May [41]
Player of the season Lionel Messi Barcelona [42]
Season 2012–13
August 2012 Falcao 2126 Atlético Madrid Athletic Bilbao 27 August [43]
September 2012 Thomas Müller 2240 Bayern Munich VfB Stuttgart 2 September [44]
October 2012 Negredo 2126 Sevilla RCD Mallorca 22 October [45]
November 2012 Jordi Gómez 2205 Wigan Athletic F.C. Reading F.C. 24 November [46]
December 2012 Gareth Bale 2525 Tottenham Aston Villa 26 December [47]
January 2013 Nelson Valdez 2144 Valencia Deportivo de La Coruña 26 January [48]
February 2013 Joel Matip 1849 Schalke 04 Fortuna Dusseldorf 23 February [49]
March 2013 Claudio Pizarro 2145 Bayern Munich Hamburger SV 30 March [50]
April 2013 Robert Lewandowski 2737 Borussia Dortmund Real Madrid 24 April [51]
May 2013 Miroslav Klose 2737 Lazio Bologna 5 May [52]
Player of the season Lionel Messi Barcelona [12]

UEFA Euro 2008[edit]

Spain Xavi was awarded with the Castrol Player of the Tournament trophy in UEFA Euro 2008. He was selected by UEFA Technical Team taking into account public votes of the top ten of Castrol Performance Index.[53]

FIFA World Cup 2010[edit]

The top 10 players in 2010 FIFA World Cup were selected from players who advanced to round of 16.[54]

Rank Player Position Country
1. Sergio Ramos Defender  ESP
2. Joan Capdevila Defender  ESP
3. Carles Puyol Defender  ESP
4. Philipp Lahm Defender  GER
5. Gerard Piqué Defender  ESP
6. David Villa Forward  ESP
7. Wesley Sneijder Midfielder  NED
8. Luis Suárez Forward  URU
9. Thomas Müller Midfielder  GER
10. Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper  GER

Top 11 team with best one goalkeeper, four defenders, four midfielders, and two forwards included also midfielders Mark van Bommel ( NED) and Sergio Busquets ( ESP) (and excluded Gerard Piqué as he was fifth best defender).[55]

UEFA Euro 2012[edit]

The ranking was first used in Euro 2008 qualifications and main tournament and was used in UEFA Euro 2012 as well.[56][57] Castrol predicted Spain and Netherlands to play in the final and Spain to win it.[58] The top 10 players were:[59]

Rank Player Position Country
1. Sergio Ramos Defender  ESP
2. Cristiano Ronaldo Forward  POR
3. Gerard Piqué Defender  ESP
4. Xabi Alonso Midfielder  ESP
5. Andrés Iniesta Midfielder  ESP
6. Jordi Alba Defender  ESP
7. Álvaro Arbeloa Defender  ESP
8. Pepe Defender  POR
9. Sergio Busquets Midfielder  ESP
10. Claudio Marchisio Midfielder  ITA

2013 FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

The top 10 was:[60]

Rank Player Position Country
1. Fred Forward  BRA
2. Sergio Ramos Defender  ESP
3. Jordi Alba Defender  ESP
4. David Luiz Defender  BRA
5. Thiago Silva Defender  BRA
6. Andrés Iniesta Midfielder  ESP
7. Marcelo Vieira Defender  BRA
8. Gerard Piqué Defender  ESP
9. Luiz Gustavo Midfielder  BRA
10. Neymar Forward  BRA

Castrol Index Top 11 had 2 forwards, 4 midfielders, 4 defenders and a goalkeeper. In addition to above, best goalkeeper was Júlio César ( BRA), and next two best midfielders were Daniele De Rossi ( ITA) and Paulinho ( BRA). Defenders Vieira and Piqué weren't included.[61]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Castrol joins forces with FIFA World Cup until 2014". 2008-06-30. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  2. ^ UEFA.com: Full ranking.
  3. ^ FIFA.com: Castrol Index Ranking
  4. ^ a b c "Castrol EDGE Rankings FAQ". 14 October 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
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  6. ^ Castrol: Thierry Henry is top of the Castrol Rankings
  7. ^ Castrol: Ibrahimovic makes his mark in the Castrol Rankings.
  8. ^ Castrol: Messi tops January 2010 Castrol Rankings.
  9. ^ Castrol: Messi and Ronaldo still lead the way.
  10. ^ Goal.com: Cristiano Ronaldo drops down in Castrol EDGE Rankings as Mario Gomez closes in on Lionel Messi. 18 November 2011.
  11. ^ Castrol: Ronaldo overtakes Messi at the top of the Castrol EDGE Rankings. 22 June 2013.
  12. ^ a b Castrol Football: Messi ends 2012-13 at the top of the Castrol EDGE Rankings
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  33. ^ Castrol Football: Messi wins Castrol EDGE Performance of the Month. 14 October 2011.
  34. ^ Castrol Football: Ayew wins Castrol EDGE Performance of the Month. 17 November 2011.
  35. ^ Castrol Football: Gomez wins Castrol EDGE Performance of the Month. 7 December 2011.
  36. ^ Castrol Football: Gomis wins Castrol EDGE Performance of the Month. 11 January 2012.
  37. ^ Castrol Football: Messi wins Castrol EDGE Performance of the Month. 8 February 2012.
  38. ^ Castrol Football: Messi wins Castrol EDGE Strongest Performance of the Month. 8 March 2012.
  39. ^ Castrol Football: Gomez wins Castrol EDGE Strongest Performance of the Month. 10 April 2012.
  40. ^ Castrol Football: Welbeck wins Castrol EDGE Strongest Performance of the Month. 8 May 2012.
  41. ^ Castrol Football: Van Persie wins Castrol EDGE Strongest Performance of the Month
  42. ^ Castrol Football: Messi is the player of the season
  43. ^ Falcao wins Castrol EDGE Strongest Performance of the Month
  44. ^ Müller wins Castrol EDGE Strongest Performance of the Month
  45. ^ Negredo wins Castrol EDGE Strongest Performance of the Month
  46. ^ Gómez wins Castrol EDGE Strongest Performance of the Month
  47. ^ Much admired Bale wins Castrol EDGE Performance of the Month
  48. ^ Valencia’s Valdez wins Castrol EDGE Performance of the Month
  49. ^ Schalke's Matip wins Castrol EDGE Performance of the Month
  50. ^ Bayern’s Pizarro wins Castrol EDGE Performance of the Month
  51. ^ Lewandowski wins Castrol EDGE Performance of the Month
  52. ^ Klose wins Castrol EDGE Performance of the Month
  53. ^ UEFA.com: Xavi picks up UEFA EURO 2008™ award. 9 September 2008.
  54. ^ FIFA: Castrol Index
  55. ^ Fifa: Castrol Index Top 11
  56. ^ Castrol to provide new perspective. 2 December 2007.
  57. ^ Castrol signs up for UEFA EURO 2012. 28 January 2010.
  58. ^ Spain & the Netherlands set to meet in the Euro 2012 final, according to the Castrol EDGE Calculator. 3 December 2011
  59. ^ UEFA.com: Castrol EDGE Index ranking in Euro 2012.
  60. ^ Fifa: Castrol Index Ranking. 12 September 2013.
  61. ^ Fifa: Castrol Index Top 11. 12 September 2013.

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