Here’s a challenge I like to call “lol unlucky Man City”.

The top 50 players in the world today, as decided by yours truly, completely removed from the footballing landscape. Let’s just assume they all fell down a well at the same time. It happens.


I’ve tried to be fair, I’ve tried to pick a realistic top 50 but just like the “Top 25 Managers” database I am sure I have missed out some really obvious players. Please do not attack me and claim I know nothing about football. I know that already. I’m filling the void with this website okay?!

I’m intrigued to hear who becomes your next in-game Ballon D’or winner. I want to see if the teams with removed players suffer as a result or if they simply purchase the best players to make up for it. Will South America and their endless amounts of wonderkids make a push for world domination? Give this database a try and let us know what happens!

Top 50 Players Removed

  1. Lionel Messi
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo
  3. Virgil van Dijk
  4. Kylian Mbappe
  5. Neymar
  6. Robert Lewandowski
  7. Kevin de Bruyne
  8. Jadon Sancho
  9. Paul Pogba
  10. N’Golo Kante
  11. Mohamed Salah
  12. Alisson
  13. Eden Hazard
  14. Jan Oblak
  15. David Silva
  16. Bernardo Silva
  17. Kalidou Koulibaly
  18. Roberto Firmino
  19. Luis Suarez
  20. Harry Kane
  21. Raheem Sterling
  22. Sadio Mane
  23. Trent Alexander Arnold
  24. Raphael Varane
  25. Antoine Griezmann
  26. Sergio Busquets
  27. Romelu Lukaku
  28. Leroy Sane
  29. Toni Kroos
  30. Miralem Pjanic
  31. Hakim Ziyech
  32. Sergio Aguero
  33. Matthijs de Ligt
  34. Marc-Andre ter Stegen
  35. Serge Gnabry
  36. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
  37. Gabriel Barbosa
  38. Ciro Immobile
  39. Paulo Dybala
  40. Marco Reus
  41. Sergio Ramos
  42. Dries Mertens
  43. Marco Verratti
  44. Gareth Bale
  45. Timo Werner
  46. Mats Hummels
  47. Wissam Ben Yedder
  48. Manuel Neuer
  49. Gerard Pique
  50. Joao Felix


Custom Database – Click here to Download
Link contains editor data. Place this in My Documents/Sports Interactive/Football manager 2020/editor data. Ensure this is selected when you start a new game.