The players are listed based on their performance over the course of the year; if you disagree, please leave a comment below. Soccer has produced some incredible players to the elegance of the beautiful game since its inception. We have been fortunate to witness some of the world's best football players, whether it was Pele, Di Stefano, Garrincha, and Puskas in the 1950s, Maradona in the 1980s, or Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho, Messi, and Ronaldo in the last 20 years.
Choosing a top ten list is difficult because there are so many deserving players on the planet right now. Without further ado, here is a list of the world's best football players. Soccer players are ranked based on their performance statistics from the previous season.
There can never be an end to the debate among football fans about who is the best player in the world.
Every soccer fan has their own list, and the debate among them is always about who is the best. Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? To put an end to all the debates and fan squabbles, here is our list based on stats and performance.
10. Mohamed Salah — Liverpool FC/Egypt
The Egyptian professional footballer currently plays for Premier League club Liverpool as well as the Egypt national team.
Since moving to Liverpool in 2017, he has been regarded as one of the best male football players in the world. He is well-known for his poise, finishing, dribbling, and speed.
9. Erling Haaland — Borussia/Norway
The striker for Borussia Dortmund is known for his speed, flexibility, and strength. With his incredible move on the field, he enthralled everyone. He is currently one of the best young footballers in the world.
In the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup, he won the Golden Boot after scoring nine goals in a single game. In the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League, Haaland scored his first international hat-trick against Romania.
8. Sadio Mane — Liverpool FC/Senegal
Mané is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays for Liverpool in the Premier League and for the Senegal national team. He is also regarded as one of the best footballers in the world, having won the Premier League Golden Boot in 2018-19.
7. Virgil van Dijk — Liverpool FC/Netherlands
Virgil van Dijk is a Dutch professional footballer who plays for Liverpool in the English Premier League and captains the Netherlands national team.
His contribution to Liverpool's Champions League and Premier League titles helped him win the Best FIFA Men's Player award. One of the world's best defenders failed to win the Ballon d'Or.
6. Kylian Mbappe — Paris Saint Germain/France
The French professional footballer is currently playing for the Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain as well as the France national team.
He is well-known for his finishing, dribbling, and quickness. He scored over 100 goals in 100 games for PSG, narrowly missing out on becoming Europe's top goalscorer.
5. Neymar — Paris Saint-Germain/Brazil
Neymar, one of the best players in the world, currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1. With 64 goals in 103 matches, Neymar is the country's second-highest goalscorer, trailing only Pelé.
Neymar's 72nd goal, his first against Angers, moved him into the top ten goal scorers in PSG history.
He was the leading goalscorer in the 2011 South American Youth Championship and played an important role in the team's victory. He has received a slew of well-known and prestigious honors.
He is the world's fourth-most famous athlete and one of the world's most influential people. He earns a lot of money after joining PSG and ranks third among the highest-paid athletes.
4. Kevin De Bruyne — Manchester City/Belgian
The Belgian footballer impressed everyone while playing for Manchester City in the Premier League. He is regarded as one of the best players in the world, with the potential to be the best midfielder in the world.
He has received several prestigious awards, including the IFFHS Men's World Team, the UEFA Team of the Year, the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season, and the ESM Team.
He has won the IFFHS World's Best Playmaker award, the Premier League Playmaker of the Season award, the UEFA Champions League Midfielder of the Season award, the Bundesliga Player of the Year award, and the Footballer of the Year award.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus/Portuguese
Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese forward for Serie A club Juventus, ex-ManU and Real Madrid, is the only player to have competed with Messi over the last decade, the Ballon d'Or winner this year, the goal-machine, the beauty, yep, it's him. Currently, he is regarded as being even better than his rival, which is impressive.
This incredible player is a combination of electrifying pace, imposing physic, incredibly quick feet, and one of the best finishers according to spectator expectations. Last season, he won the Scudetto, the Serie A MVP award, and the Nations League trophy.
2. Lionel Messi — FC Barcelona/Argentina
This Barcelona striker from Argentina is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. The only player in history to have won five Ballon d'Ors. This 5'9" dribbler is one of the best of all time. His playmaking ability, passing quality, finishing ability, and scoring capacity make him a joy to watch with a bowl of popcorn.
Considered to be one of the best football players in the world, he failed to lead Argentina to the Copa America'16 title, but that does not diminish his talent.
The GOAT is now officially ex-Barcelona, and we must wait to see where he will play in the 2021-22 season, but there is no doubt that the football legend held the well-deserved title of best footballer for a decade.
1. Robert Lewandowski — FC Bayern Munich/Poland
The Polish professional footballer is currently the captain of the Poland national team and plays for Bayern Munich. He is well-liked by fans due to his positioning, technique, and finishing.
They were regarded as one of the best strikers in the world, winning the Polish Player of the Year award an unprecedented eight times. In 2020, he was named the IFFHS World's Best Top Goal Scorer.
Lewandowski won the Best FIFA Men's Player Award and the UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award this year.
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