Teemu Pukki ranked as 84th best player in the world, above Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Philippe Coutinho

PUBLISHED: 13:13 18 December 2019 | UPDATED: 13:18 18 December 2019

Teemu Pukki has been ranked as the 84th best footballer in the world by a national newspaper, higher than Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Philippe Coutinho. 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Teemu Pukki has been ranked as the 84th best footballer in the world by a national newspaper, higher than Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Philippe Coutinho. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Teemu Pukki has been ranked as the 84th best player in the world by a national newspaper, putting the Finn above Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United’s David de Gea and Bayern Munich’s Philippe Coutinho.

Pukki's inspirational form for Norwich City domestically and the Finland national team internationally has seen his profile rise dramatically, especially after impressive performances in the Premier League.

A year ago, Pukki was unknown to the mainstream masses, remembered on these shores merely for an ill-fated spell with Celtic. Pukki was looking to rebuild his reputation with the Canaries following a period of improvement in Denmark.

Now, he is a Finnish hero after firing them to their first-ever major tournament, and his goal-scoring talents haven't diminished in the top-flight for City.

It has been an emergence few anticipated given Pukki was signed as a riskier option for the Championship alongside the reliable Jordan Rhodes.

Teemu Pukki has become a national hero in his native Finland after firing them to Euro 2020. Picture: Martti Kainuleinen/Lehtikuva via APTeemu Pukki has become a national hero in his native Finland after firing them to Euro 2020. Picture: Martti Kainuleinen/Lehtikuva via AP

Pukki has netted 22 times in 33 games so far this season for the Canaries and Finland, as well as being handed the Championship golden boot for 29 league goals last season.

That form has seen The Guardian name him among their picks for their 'best players in the world' countdown, with the Finn graded above some big names including Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli and Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette.

A judging panel of 239, which includes former players such as Javier Zanetti, Zico and Quinton Fortune, used a points-based voting system with their top pick receiving 40 points. A player needed to win votes from at least five judges to make the grade.

The Guardian's best male footballers in the world 2019:

100 - Philippe Coutinho, Bayern Munich

99 - Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal

98 - Samir Handanovic, Inter

97 - Santi Cazorla, Villarreal

96 - Zlatan Ibrahimovic, LA Galaxy

95 - Idrissa Gueye, PSG

94 - Fabio Quagliarella, Sampdoria

93 - David de Gea, Manchester United

92 - Everton, Gremio

91 - Leroy Sane, Manchester City

90 - Achraf Hakimi, Borussia Dortmund

89 - Dele Alli, Tottenham Hotspur

88 - Hugo Lloris, Tottenham Hotspur

87 - Tammy Abraham, Chelsea

86 - Kai Havertz, Bayer Leverkusen

85 - Diego Godin, Inter

84 - TEEMU PUKKI, Norwich City

83 - Jose Maria Gimenez, Atletico Madrid

82 - Gerard Pique, Barcelona

81 - Marco Verratti, PSG

80 - Marco Reus, Borussia Dortmund

79 - Sergio Busquets, Barcelona

78 - Dries Mertens, Napoli

77 - Arthur, Barcelona

76 - Memphis Depay, Lyon

75 - Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City

74 - Jordan Henderson, Liverpool

73 - Raphael Varane, Real Madrid

72 - Marcus Rashford, Manchester United

71 - Marquinhos, PSG

70 - Giorgio Chellini, Juventus

69 - Bruno Fernandes, Sporting Lisbon

68 - Thiago Silva, PSG

67 - Lucas Moura, Tottenham Hotspur

66 - Bruno Henrique, Flamengo

65 - Jordi Alba, Barcelona

64 - Duvan Zapata, Atalanta

63 - Ciro Immobile, Lazio

62 - Jorginho, Chelsea

61 - Casemiro, Real Madrid

60 - Mauro Icardi, Inter

59 - Timo Werner, RB Leipzig

58 - Fernandinho, Manchester City

57 - Dani Alves, Sao Paulo FC

56 - Edinson Cavani, PSG

55 - Paul Pogba, Manchester United

54 - Aymeric Laporte, Manchester City

53 - Erling Braut Haaland, RB Salzburg

52 - Gabriel Barbosa, Flamengo

51 - Romelu Lukaku, Inter

50 - Miralem Pjanic, Juventus

49 - Riyad Mahrez, Manchester City

48 - Jamie Vardy, Leicester City

47 - Lautaro Martinez, Inter

46 - David Silva, Manchester City

45 - Luka Modric, Real Madrid

44 - Toni Kroos, Real Madrid

43 - Georginio Wijnaldum, Liverpool

42 - Paulo Dybala , Juventus

41 - Christian Eriken, Tottenham Hotspur

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