Each football fan has their own opinion of who is currently the best player in the world. The most common names you hear are Ronaldo and Messi, two legends who have some incredible achievements under their belt. But one thing about rankings is that they change. Here’s our very own list of the top 10 best football players in the world.
Ranked: Top 10 best football players
Of course, your version could be different than mine, and it’s OK to have differing opinions. I have taken into account each player’s track record as well as their performance in the latest FIFA World Cup.
10- Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne helped Belgium win the Bronze medal in this year’s World Cup. The 26-year-old attacking midfielder has also been one of the most consistent players of Manchester City. He was also named the Premier League playmaker of the season. He has emerged as one of the most popular football players in just a short amount of time.
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9- Antoine Griezmann
He was named the world’s third-best player in 2016, and won the FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball this year. Griezmann was also the winner of FIFA World Cup Silver Boot. The French footballer scored twice in Atlético’s 3-0 victory over Olympique Marseille in May. He also scored a goal in France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the FIFA World Cup finals. Griezmann deserves to be among the best football players in the world. He is one of the most talented players in the French team.
8- Harry Kane
The man with magic in his legs. He scored six goals in the FIFA World Cup and won the Golden Boot. Kane helped England deliver their best performance in World Cup in decades. He also scored a staggering 30 goals during the 2017-18 English Premier League season. Kane’s ability to stay calm under pressure and keep finding new ways to goal is what makes him one of the best football players around.
7- Neymar Jr
The Brazilian star needs no introduction. Yes, his performance during the Russia World Cup was not that impressive, but there is no denying that he is still one of the best football players in the world. Neymar also plays for the French club Paris Saint-Germain. He is also one of the highest-paid footballers out there.
6- Kylian Mbappe
Mbappe’s performance was outstanding throughout the FIFA World Cup. He helped France win the World Cup. Mbappe was also the winner of the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player award. Not many people know this, but he is the second youngest player in history (after Pele) to score in a World Cup final. He scored four goals in the World Cup.
5- Raphael Varane
Varane played a crucial role in France’s World Cup final victory. He also lifted the 2018 Champions League with Real Madrid, winning two of the biggest trophies within weeks of each other.
4- Mohamed Salah
The star Egyptian fooballer scored record 32 goals during the English Premier League, winning the Premier League Golden Boot. Salah also led Liverpool FC to UEFA Champions League final. He emerged out of nowhere to become one of the best football players in the world. Salah’s combination of coolness and speed makes him a wonderful player.
3- Christiano Ronaldo
Portugal’s Christiano Ronaldo is still ruling the field. He was the top goal scorer during the Champions League 2017-18 season. The 33-year-old shows no sign of aging. Ronaldo is one of the greatest football players in the world. However, his fans were disappointed when Portugal couldn’t make it to the finals of the FIFA World Cup.
2- Lionel Messi
Messi has been playing international football since he was a teenager, and he scored 600th goal of his senior career earlier this year. I would have ranked him at the top had I created this list before the FIFA World Cup. Messi has been named the best player in the world five times since 2008.
1- Luka Modric
Modric won the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball (best player) and was named the Best Player by FIFA. His outstanding performance helped Croatia storm into the World Cup finals, something no one had expected. Modric’s leadership qualities have put Croatia near the top of the football ranking.
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