The best football players in the world right now

The game has turned out some real great in the 21st century, these super talented athletes are leading their respective teams to championships with some of the richest football clubs in the world, winning numerous awards and are fan favourites across the globe.

 

Lionel Messi

The football god, Messi has continued to shine over and over again for the past decade. The Argentine born star has proven to be a goal-scoring machine at Camp Nou most of the time single-handedly carrying the whole club past major tournaments. The Barcelona striker has managed to scoop various awards, one being recently where he claimed his 6th Ballon dOr title.  In terms of great rivalries in sport, it doesn’t get any better than Messi V Ronaldo!

Lionel Messi is the second highest goal scorer in the Champions League and has scored 114 goal for Barcelona.

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Cristiano Ronaldo

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For years now, Ronaldo has been an inspiration for many. During his time at Manchester United, football fans witnesses the teams success in winning several premier league titles and one Champions League. Cristiano then moved to Real Madrid where he earned several titles and also won himself his Ballon dOr. So far he has managed to scoop five Ballon dOr titles.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the top Champions League goal scorers of all time, and has scored 128 goals in his time at Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus

Virgil Van Dijk

Virgil was signed by Liverpool from Southampton for a fee of over £75m which is to date the world record fee for a defender.  Since his arrival at Liverpool, Van Dijk has brought with him a new dawn in the English team, he led Liverpool to the Champions League final where they won the title after defeating their English counterpart, Tottenham.  The  super defender was named the UEFAs player of the year for 2018-2019 and finished runner-up for the Ballon d’Or and The Best FIFA Men’s Player.  He has played for his country Holland since 2015 and captained the team in 2018/19.

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Mohammed Salah

Another top-tier football player in the world is Egyptian football star, Mohammed Salah. This is one player who delivers no matter the circumstances.  He signed for Liverpool for a then club-record fee of £36.9 million  His consistency in scoring goals has helped him earn international recognition and generally uplifted Liverpool as a team,  helping the team win the UEFA Champions League, while earned himself a Premier League Golden Boot after netting 32 goals in 36 league games.

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Kylian Mbappe

This young star has broken so many records in his career so far. Since his arrival in the French league, the number seven Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) forward has proven to be unstoppable when it comes to scoring goals.

Mbappé made his senior debut for France in 2017, at age 18. At the 2018 World Cup, he became the youngest French player to score at a World Cup, and became the second teenager, after Pelé, to score in a World Cup Final.

Playing for French giantParis Saint-Germain, Mbappé has won three Ligue 1 titles, a Coupe de France, has finished as Ligue 1 top scorer twice, won Ligue 1 Player of the Year, and is the seventh-highest goalscorer in the club’s history.

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Neymar

Neymar broke all transfer records when we was signed to PSG for ‚¬220!  Play for PSG in France, Neymar has won three league titles, a Coupe de France, and a Coupe de la Ligue, which included a domestic treble and being voted Ligue 1 Player of the Year, in his debut season.

With 61 goals in 101 matches for Brazil since debuting at age 18, Neymar is the third highest goalscorer for his national team, trailing only the legends, Pelé and Ronaldo.

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Kevin De Bruyne

De Bruyne made his full international debut for Belguim in 2010, and he has since earned 74 caps and scored 19 goals for Belgium, he currently plays midfield for Manchester City.

He holds a ridiculous amount of accolades – Part of the EEFA team of the year twice, Champions League squad of the season twice,  the Bundesliga Team of the Year. Individual ones include – inaugural Premier League Playmaker of the Season, the Manchester City’s Player of the Year twice, the Bundesliga Player of the Year, the Footballer of the Year in Germany, and the Belgian Sportsman of the Year.

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Sadio Mane

Since his arrival at Anfield, number ten Sadio Mane has been able to score several dozens of goals for Liverpool FC. As well as playing for the Liverpool club, he is also part of the Senegal national team too. During his career so far, he has achieved many honours such as the African Footballer of the Year and the Premier League Golden Boot in 2019.

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David De Gea

Arguably the worlds best goalkeeper, De Gea plays for the famous Manchester United as number one and is currently part of the Manchester United squad for the 2019/20 Premier League season. De Gea also plays for the Spanish national team, and even played for them in Spain U15, and more, in his youth. This player is very promising in the world of football and, as of September last year, has signed a four year contract renewal with Manchester United.

 

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