Ligue 1

Ligue 1's highest-rated players in 19/20, per team - Part I

With French football postponed until September, we look at the best performing players from the top half of the table in the now-finished season

9:00am on Monday 4th May 2020
By
Dan Tracey

With the French Government banning all competitive sport until September 1st, it has meant that the top two divisions have ended their seasons early and with PSG unsurprisingly being crowned champions, it means we can now take a retrospective look at player performance.

Using our expansive database, we will now highlight the highest-rated players for each of the 20 Ligue 1 outfits and in this article, we will focus on the teams that finished in the top half of the table (after PPG rankings)

PSG – Neymar and Kylian Mbappe (Both rated – 99)

21 yrs - F (CL) - PSG
99
Defending
Creative
Passing
Attacking
Shooting
Decisive
Aerials
Physical
JavaScript chart by amChartsLDefendingCreativePassingAttackingShootingDecisiveAerialsPhysical10-10-5051015100%
1515
Played matches
20
18
5
Shots P90
5.23
Shots On target P90
2.91
Blocked scoring attempts
0.53
Dribbles P90
3.03

In terms of trying to decide which is the better player, it is an almost impossible task and even with reams of data to back us up, we still could not find the answer. Therefore, the Brazilian wizard and the French prince will have to share this accolade, after another dominant domestic campaign.

MarseilleValentin Rongier (Rating – 85)

Marseille have seemingly given something of a renaissance to maligned manager Andre Villas-Boas and that redemption will have been assisted by the efforts of Rongier in central midfield. The 25-year-old was a key component for Marseille this season, as they finished Ligue 1 runners-up.

Stade Rennais – Damien De Silva and Eduardo Camavinga (Both rated – 80)

A third-place finish for the Rennes-based outfit and it is fair to say that contributions of both De Silva and Camavinga cannot be understated. The former earned himself a steady 6.8 average for the Ligue 1 season, while the latter played 2112 league minutes and provided a solitary league goal.

Lille – Jose Fonte (Rating – 79)

The former Southampton defender has proved to be a rather steady hand for Lille and by helping them to a fourth-place finish in Ligue 1 this season, it seems as if the 36-year-old is proving to be a rather evergreen central defender.

Ligue 1 Highest Rated, 19/20
May 1, 2020
  Name TeamAge Position
1Neymar Jr.PSG28AM (LC)99
2Kylian MbappéPSG22F (C), W (L)99
3Memphis DepayLyon26S, AM (C)92
4Marco VerrattiPSG28M, DM (C)91
5Pablo SarabiaPSG28AM, W (R)90

Nice – Pierre Lees Melou (Rating – 82)

Primarily a central midfielder, although he can drop slightly deeper, Melou has been a key figure for Nice and with five goals and five assists to his name, it is almost fitting that Nice ended up finishing Ligue 1 in fifth place.

Reims – Hassane Kamara (Rating – 84)

Although 25-year-old left-back Kamara may have only made 18 starts in the league this season, he was certainly effective during his limited minutes on the pitch. With two goals to his name, he is certainly not shy of getting forward and could garner some attraction when the transfer window reopens.

LyonMemphis Depay (Rating – 92)

26 yrs - S, AM (C) - Lyon
92
Defending
Creative
Passing
Attacking
Shooting
Decisive
Aerials
Physical
JavaScript chart by amChartsLDefendingCreativePassingAttackingShootingDecisiveAerialsPhysical10-10-5051015100%
1022
Played matches
13
9
2
Shots P90
4.23
Shots On target P90
1.85
Dribbles P90
2.03
Final third passes P90
17.98

Even as the highest-rated non-PSG player in our Ligue 1 section of the database, it has been a rather frustrating season for the Dutch international, with just league 12 starts to his name. However, he did not waste any time, as that relative handful of outings still served up an impressive nine goals.

Montpellier – Teji Savanier and Geronimo Rulli (Both rated – 83)

Another joint prize on offer and one which sees Montpellier’s Savanier share this accolade with the joint highest-rated goalkeeper in our Ligue 1 database. The former chipped in with half a dozen goals from central midfield, while the latter managed to keep a commendable eight clean sheets.

MonacoWissam Ben Yedder (Rating – 86)

The King of Monte Carlo was perhaps one of the only shining lights in an indifferent season for Monaco. Undoubtedly, Ben Yedder’s 18 league goals dragged Monaco away from the drop zone, although whether he is still at the principality next season, remains to be seen.

Strasbourg – Alexander Djiku (Rating – 83)

The versatile defender who can play both centrally and left-sided, was almost a permanent mainstay for Strasbourg this season. At 25-year-old, you get the feeling there is still more to come from Djiku and his current employers may struggle to hold down his services long-term.

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