One of the most popular sports in the world is football. Hard work, dedication, skill, energy, accuracy, goals and the love of the game are part of the ultimate football player package. Let’s take a look at which players qualify as the top ten football players in the world.
10. Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski plays for Bayern Munich as a striker. This Polish born football player is a hot commodity in world football and among the league’s top scorers. He is also captain of the Polish national team.
9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a Swedish striker who plays for the French club Paris St. Germain. He is also the captain of the Swedish national team. The past six clubs he has played for won league titles, including Holland, Italy, Spain and France. Although he may switch teams frequently, he is considered a sort of lucky charm. There is nothing fancy about Ibrahimovic except his ability to score goals and assists.
Xavier Hernandez Creus is a Spanish football player on team Barcelona. Known as the pass master, Xavi plays with vision and stamina. As one of the best midfielders of this generation, Xavi has been selected for UEFA team of the year five times in a row.
7. Philipp Lahm
Phillip Lahm is a German football player on the Bayern Munich team and German national team. Just retiring this year after captaining his German team to the 2014 World Cup, Lahm is considered one of the best full backs in the world.
6. Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale is a Welsh football player on the Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team. An unstoppable dribbler, his pace and skill outplay most his opponents. As a winger, Bale is considered one of the best players in the Premier League. He has received the PFA Players Player of the Year award twice.
5. Robin Van Persie
A Dutch football player, Robin Van Persie plays for Manchester United and is captain of the Netherlands national team. He is considered one of the most feared strikers in football. Although his twenties were spent with many injuries, this did not stop Van Persie from becoming one of the best football players in the world.
4. Andres Iniesta
A Spanish football player, Andres Iniesta plays for the Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Spain national team. Iniesta went down in history after scoring the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup finals against Netherlands. Today he is considered the best midfielder in the world. The last four years in a row Iniesta was selected as UEFA Team of the Year and FIFA World XI, among other awards.
3. Luis Suarez
A Uruguayan football player, Luis Suarez plays for the Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Uruguayan national Team. Giving his all 100% of the time, Suarez has won many awards, including the PFA Players Player of the Year award and FWA Footballer of the Year award. A controversial player, Suarez has bitten three opponents and is accused of racial slurs during a game.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
A Portuguese football player, Cristiano Ronaldo plays for the Spanish club Real Madrid and captains the Portugal national team. The second most expensive player in history, Ronaldo is a top scorer and his goal record for Real Madrid is an anomaly. Also, Ronaldo has received the Ballon d’Or award. Ronaldo’s famous step over is imitated in parks everywhere.
1. Lionel Messi
As the four time World Player of the Year, Lionel Messi is our number one pick for best football player in the world. His skill is unmatched on the field; he is the complete package. Messi plays for both FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Along with winning many awards, Messi is the only player to top score in four straight Champion League seasons. With outstanding ball control and creativity as a player, it’s no wonder Messi is considered the best football player in the world.
All of these men have extraordinary talent and skills on the football field. Every game is a feast for the eyes and souls of football fans around the world because of their extreme dedication and abilities. There are many other football players with flair and determining the top ten was no easy feat. Hope you enjoyed our selections.