Best Soccer Players in the World August 14, 2015

m88 from the moment he came onto the scene with Barca, it was clear that he could hold his own with Messi and together, the two form a nearly unstoppable offensive alliance. Here are my top 10 picks for the best footballers in the game today.

Lionel Messi

National Team: Argentina

Manchester City Player of the Year, 2014

Neymar

National Team: Brazil

Position: Striker

Club Team: Bayern Munich

Club Team: Manchester City

Neymar is quickly building a name for himself as one of the best footballers in the game today.

Positions: Center Back/ Midfielder/ Defense

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

National Team: Sweden (captain)

Premier League Player of the Year: 2013-14

Club Team: Bayern Munich

Awards include: FIFA World Cup Golden Boot: 2010

He has scored 286 goals in 315 appearances for Barcelona and 46 goals in 100 appearances for Barca, leading many, including Diego Maradona himself, to compare Messi to Maradona’s legend.

Positions: striker, attacking midfielder or winger

There are several outstanding goalies in the world of professional soccer, but only one makes this list. Whether you follow baseball, football, soccer, basketball or another sport, the possibilities for the most talented athlete at any position seem endless. He has scored 28 goals in 86 appearance for the Netherlands as of 2014 and 73 goals for Bayern Munich in 127 appearances. Other accolades include:

Toure has been a very versatile player with skill on both sides of the ball. Perhaps you rely on a player’s finesse on the field, or their off-field character to help determine the best. His long ball is served with a high degree of accuracy, often from his preferred left foot and his skill at dribbling and speed on the ball make him difficult to defend. He has also appeared in three UEFA League Championship tournaments (2004, 2008, 2012).

Positions: Midfield or Forward

IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper: 2013, 2014

Thomas Muller

National Team: Germany

Ballon D’Or: 2009

UEFA Euro 2012, 2008, 2004 Man of the Match

BBC African Footballer of the Year: 2013

FIFA World Player of the Year, 2013, 2014

Club Team: FC Barcelona (Barca)

Olympic Gold Medal (Argentina) 2008

UEFA Champions League Top Goal Scorer: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015

Awards include: European Golden Shoe: 2013-14

FIFA World Cup Silver Boot: 2014

Dutch Sportsman of the Year, 2014

Position: Striker

Positions: Midfielder; Forward

Club Team: PSG

Club Team: FC Barcelona (Barca)

Club Team: Real Madrid

Awards include: African Footballer of the year: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Controversy follows Suarez wherever he goes, usually of his own making. Perhaps you rely on statistics alone in determining the best of the best. Just ask anyone who’s ever had the misfortune of feeling the pinch of his teeth! But one thing that can’t be disputed, when he’s not nibbling on his opponents, Suarez is one of the best players in the game. He scored 43 goals in 82 appearances between 2007-14 w/ Uruguay and since moving from Liverpool to Barca in 2014, he’s been heating up the pitch with his highly effective attack.

World Soccer Player of the Year: 2009, 2011, 2012

FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball, 2014

FIFA World Player of the Year: 2009

Ronaldo is the undisputed king of style and he brings that sense of style to the pitch with every game. This man is the real deal; fast and nimble, able to dribble around opponents with apparent ease and find his teammates at will with his accurate passing, Muller is a deadly force with which to be reckoned. With 56 goals in 105 appearances with for Sweden and 75 goals in 91 appearances for PSG, he is a beast on field that opponents find hard to tame. In the world of soccer, it can be difficult to select the best of the best because statistics are not kept for many of the positions, especially for defenders. Few if any African players have matched his level of success. He has scored 44 goals in 65 international appearances for Brazil and 54 goals in 92 appearances w/ Barcelona.

Premier League Golden Boot: 2013-14

Lionel Messi has been mesmerizing soccer fans the world over as both a member of the Argentinian National Team as well as his club team, FC Barcelona. He has scored 55 goals in 120 appearances for Portugal and and astounding 313 goals in 300 appearances for Real Madrid! Among his many achievements, he holds Real Madrid’s record for most hat tricks with 31. Throughout his stellar career, Messi has racked up countless accolades including:

Robben started with the Netherlands National Team as a U15 player in 1999 and has been a central figure for the team in 3 World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014). The possibilities lead to robust debates, some tame some heated. He routinely draws comparisons to soccer legend, Pele, and though he is honored to be thought of in this company, it is clear that he is working toward establishing a reputation in his own right. He has scored 19 goals in 95 international appearances w/ Ivory Coast and 51 goals in 162 appearances for Manchester City.

Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year: 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

Golden Boot: 2010, 2011, 2012

UEFA Champions League: Most assists, 2012-13

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification: Top Goal Scorer (11)

Arjen Robben

National Team: Netherlands

Most FIFA World Cups w/ at least 5 goals (2010-14)

Awards include: Golden Foot: 2012

Yaya Toure

National Team: Ivory Coast

Club Team Bayern Munich

Kicker Man of the Year 2010. Not only does he routinely outmatch and outwit his opponents, but he consistently scores, to put the icing on the cake.

Another player that is often mired in controversy for his violent outbursts not only against rivals but also against teammates, Ibrahimovic still makes the list. Whether starting in goal for the club or the National team, Neuer is an impenetrable force on the field. He shifts seamlessly between midfield and forward and can be deadly on the attack in either position. Few, if any, footballers have matched his ability to dribble through 2, 3 and 4 defenders, keeping the ball glued to his golden foot. As with most sports, offensive players seem to get all the glory. The more goals or assists one accumulates, the more recognition one receives. He has scored with 6 different clubs in the Champions League.

European Golden Shoe: 2010, 2012, 2013

Awards include: FIFA Confederation Cup Golden Ball: 2013

2013 UEFA Champions League Final Man of the Match

Awards include: 2014 FIFA World Cup Champs (Germany)/ Golden Glove for Best Keeper in that tournament

Best Footballer in Germany: 2011, 2014

Awards: 2009 Ballon D’Or

Position: Forward

UEFA Best Player in Europe: 2011

UEFA Best Player in Europe 2013-14

Luis Suarez

National Team: Uruguay

Club Team: FC Barcelona (Barca)

Footballer of the Year in Germany, 2010

Position: Left or Right Wing; Forward

UEFA Champions League Top Goalscorer: 2015

Manuel Neuer

National Team: Germany

Don’t let his lanky appearance fool you.

Awards include: Premier League Player of the Month, November 2014

FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 2009, 2011, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo

National Team: Portugal (Captain)

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