French International Karim Benzema Leads FIFA Official Player Index

Karim Benzema
Despite not scoring in his last three games at the 2014 World Cup, France forward, Karim Benzema, is leading FIFA’s official player index ahead of top scorer James Rodriguez and a host of other big names.

Benzema couldn’t stop his country crashing out of the Brazil 2014 World Cup at the quarter-final stage as he had a last-minute effort well saved by goalkeeeper, Manuel Neuer, in their 1-0 defeat by Germany at the Maracana.

However, the Real Madrid striker is still ahead of the rest according to the Castrol Index, which uses FIFA tracking technology to capture data on each player.

That data is then analysed by a team of performance analysts, with every pass, tackle and move on the pitch measured and assessed to see if it has a positive or negative effect when it comes to scoring and conceding.

Each player is then given a score out of 10, with Benzema’s impressive 9.79 total leaving him 0.05 ahead of Colombia hotshot Rodriguez in second.

Benzema started the tournament in impressive style, scoring twice in his country’s opening 3-0 win against Honduras before netting another goal in the 5-2 demolition of Switzerland.

However, his formed dipped as Didier Deschamps’ side progressed to the knockout stages and he failed to score against Ecuador, Nigeria and Germany.

In contrast, Rodriguez managed to score at least once in all of Colombia’s games as they eventually went down to Brazil in the last eight.

The Monaco forward finished with six goals in five appearances and was the inspiration behind Jose Pekerman’s side gliding into the quarter-finals with four consecutive victories.

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