Top Best Player Who Play Good And For Country
Top Best Player Every fan has an opinion about the world’s best soccer players, but nearly everyone agrees on a few players. Many of these stars play
for the elite soccer teams — Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Manchester figure prominently in this list — and a few of them are already considered legends, like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. All of them contribute to the global appeal that soccer fans call the “beautiful game.”
Lionel Messi Barcelona
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A multiyear winner of FIFA’s Player of the Year Award, Lionel Messi is generally considered to be the best soccer player of all time. His ability to
mesmerize defenders with a mix of skill and pace is unmatched, and it often appears as though the ball is glued to his feet. Messi led his home
country, Argentina, to the 2014 World Cup final, losing 1-0 to Germany, and to the finals of the 2015 and 2016 Copa Americas. A serial winner with
his club, the Barcelona star is versatile enough to play anywhere across the frontline.
Teams: Argentina, F.C. Barcelona
Team number: 10 (both teams)
Birthdate: June 24, 1987 More »
playing against Ghana
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is the only player who soccer fans say could be considered Messi’s equal — if not superior. Ronaldo is stronger and taller than the Argentine, and his
goals-to-games ratio is similar. In 2016, Ronaldo was named FIFA’s Player of the Year, his fourth such honor. In fact, he and Messi have been the
only two players to win that honor since 2007. Since joining Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009, Ronaldo has been a revelation, making
the world-record outlay of $131 million look less outrageous with every goal he scores. His famous stopover is imitated in parks right across the world.
Teams: Portugal, Real Madrid
Team number: 7 (both teams)
Birthdate: Feb. 5, 1985 More »
Luis Suarez (Uruguay & Barcelona)
Luis Suarez Uruguay
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The Barcelona striker is not everyone’s cup of tea, but his ability is not up for debate. Luis Suarez is a master at weaving his way into the penalty box,
deadly in one-on-one situations, and an excellent free-kick taker. His link-up play with teammates is of the highest order, and he is a fighter who will
always give 100 percent for the cause. A penchant for conning referees remains his Achilles heel, but that did not stop Barcelona from paying
Liverpool $128.5 million for the player in July 2014. Suarez quickly helped them to the treble.
Teams: Uruguay, F.C. Barcelona
Team number: 9 (both teams)
Birthdate: Jan. 24, 1987
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Neymar has been playing pro soccer since he was 17, and he quickly established his bona fides in the sport. Neymar has scored more goals than Messi
and Ronaldo at the same stage of their careers and has the capacity to be the very best once Messi’s career begins to wind down. Alongside the
Argentine and Suarez, he forms one of the best-attacking ?lineups in the history of the sport. In 2016, Neymar was named the captain of Brazil’s
soccer team at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Teams: Brazil, F.C. Barcelona
Team number: 10 (Brazil), 11 (Barcelona)
Birthdate: Feb. 5, 1992 More »
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A consummate finisher, Sergio Aguero was part of Argentina’s run to the 2014 World Cup finals, where they lost to Germany. Aguero has been key in
the two title wins under Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini, scoring that famous late winner against QPR in 2012 to seal the Premier League.
Quick, with an excellent first touch and ability to bring others into play, the Argentine has few weaknesses and is arguably the best signing since
Manchester City was taken over by the Abu Dhabi United group in 2008.
Teams: Argentina, Manchester City F.C.
Team number: 11 (Argentina), 10 (Manchester)
Birthdate: June 2, 1988
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Hands down the best goalkeeper in the world, Manuel Neuer exudes confidence in everything he does. Bayern fans were not initially convinced when
the club signed him from Schalke in 2011, but few doubters inhabit the Allianz Arena these days. Neuer is superb in one-on-one situations and
capable of stunning reflex saves. He is also good technically and boasts excellent distribution. Neuer led his German national team to the 2014 World
Cup title over Argentina.
Teams: Germany, F.C. Bayern Munich
Team number: 1 (both teams)
Birthdate: March 27, 1986
Gareth Bale Wales
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Gareth Bale, the Welsh attacker, is a supreme dribbler who boasts the pace and skill to beat multiple opponents. Bale is also a great finisher and capable of scoring consistently from long range. His performance in the 2016 UEFA Champions League title game win over Atlético Madrid is a career standout, as is his goal against Barcelona in the 2014 Copa del Rey final.
Teams: Wales, Real Madrid
Position: Midfield/Forward (Wales), Forward (Real Madrid)
Team number: 11 (both teams)
Birthdate: July 16, 1989
N Golo KANTE
An English Premier League champion with Leicester City in 2016, N’Golo Kante followed up by helping Chelsea to the title a year later. The French
midfielder had a vital hand in the Foxes’ surprise championship triumph and played an equally important role on joining the Blues. Most of his fellow
professionals were in agreement, voting him the 2016/17 PFA Players’ Player of the Year back in April. His stamina, strength and intelligence in
reading the game at both ends of the pitch made the former Caen player a key component in the tactical plans adopted by Chelsea coach Antonio
Conte and France boss Didier Deschamps. “N’Golo Kante is the best player in the world in his position, and one of the best in his own right,” said an
appreciative Deschamps. “He’s an important player and he might become even more important in the future.”
Toni Kroos pulls the strings in midfield for Real Madrid and Germany. He dictates the rhythm of the game and can unlock any defence with his
pinpoint passing. He rarely gives the ball away and usually boasts a pass completion rate of over 90 per cent per game. Kroos has been a world-class
player for several years and has amassed a huge collection of trophies, including the FIFA Club World Cup. In May this year he helped Real Madrid
become the first team ever to successfully defend the UEFA Champions League title. “He’s an extraordinary player,” said club coach Zinedine Zidane of the 27-year-old. “He’s a player who’s unbelievably composed on the ball and thinks quickly. That’s rare. He’s two-footed and an incredibly
intelligent player. Obviously it makes things easier when you have someone like him in the team.”
A glance at Robert Lewandowski’s statistics reveals just how invaluable he is. Last season he registered 44 goals in 47 matches for Bayern Munich to finish as the club’s top scorer. The striker is equally clinical at international level, almost single-handedly firing Poland to the top of their 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifying group, and his world-class ability fired his country to their best-ever placing of fifth in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World
Ranking in August 2017. Despite his 6’0″ (1.84m) frame, the forward is extremely agile and has consistently displayed his outstanding technique.
Dauntingly hailed as the long-term successor to no less than Roberto Carlos when he arrived in Madrid, Marcelo is still going strong ten years on and has arguably far surpassed the man he was brought in to replace. The left-back’s fantastic fitness allows him to maraud forward effortlessly – not only
setting up goals but also chipping in with a few himself – without neglecting his defensive duties down the flank. The Brazilian won the FIFA Club
World Cup, La Liga and the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid last season and is a regular for his country, who have already booked their
ticket to the next FIFA World Cup™.
The Croatian midfielder remains the architect behind much of Real Madrid’s success after a stellar 12 months with the Spanish giants. The playmaker
was a key figure as Real Madrid won both the Spanish league and the UEFA Champions League, earning a spot in the team of the season for Europe’s
elite continental competition. He provided the assist for ’s second goal in the 4-1 final victory over Juventus, in a scenario played out numerous times
over the course of the season. That win in Cardiff saw Modric become the first Croatian to win the Champions League on three occasions. Six months
earlier Modric was again prominent as Real Madrid won the FIFA Club World Cup. Modric was named as Player of the Match for his stand-out
performance in Real’s semi-final with Mexican side Club America in Yokohama.
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While the spotlight tends to shine on their star-studded frontline, the unassuming shot-stopper is a relatively unsung hero at the other end of the pitch for Real Madrid. Indeed, the 30-year-old – who celebrated his birthday last December with a clean sheet in the semi-finals of the FIFA Club
World Cup in Japan, which the Merengue went on to win – exhibited his cat-like reflexes throughout a 2016/17 season that culminated with glory in
the Spanish league and a second consecutive UEFA Champions League conquest. In contrast to his status for his club, Navas is a hugely iconic figure
back in his homeland and consistently showcases his talent for the Costa Rican national team, who are currently well on course to qualify for the next
FIFA World Cup™.
It is not uncommon for normally ruthless attackers to lose their nerve upon seeing the 6’3″ (1.93m) goalkeeper looming between the posts, the 24’0″
(7.32m) wide goal frame all of a sudden appearing much smaller. Neuer is superb on his line, dominates his penalty area and is also excellent with the
ball at his feet, so much so that he often acts as a ‘sweeper keeper’ outside his box. In September 2016 he succeeded Bastian Schweinsteiger as
Germany captain, a role he also took on at Bayern Munich this summer and by the end of the 2016/17 season he had helped the club win a fifth
consecutive league title.
After leading Real Madrid to FIFA Club World Cup glory in Japan, the Los Blancos captain’s performances did not dip for the remainder of last
season. Demonstrating that he is still one of the world’s top defenders, he ended a five-year wait for another league title and entered the European
football history books as a crucial member of the first team to capture back-to-back UEFA Champions League trophies. What sets Ramos apart is his
no-nonsense tackling, his versatility and his ability to make his mark in attack. A strong personality and a winning mentality are the other hallmarks
of this seasoned campaigner, who also skippers the Spanish national team and has helped La Roja put themselves in a strong position on the road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
Alexis Sanchez continues to be one of world football’s brightest and most consistent stars after another stellar season for English Premier League side Arsenal and South American high-flyers Chile. With his trademark indefatigable contribution, Sanchez played a major role in helping the Gunners to
an FA Cup Final victory over league champions Chelsea by scoring the opener in a Player of the Match performance. That saw the Chilean complete a
remarkable campaign that included contributing to 45 Arsenal goals in 51 appearances during the season – a tally comprised of 30 goals and 15
assists. Sanchez was equally productive at international level, notably helping Chile to the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup. Sanchez set up a goal
in the win over Cameroon and his goal in the group-stage draw against eventual champions Germany saw him overhaul Marcelo Salas as La Roja’s
all-time greatest goalscorer.
Despite his credentials as a prolific penalty-box predator, Suarez is steadily refining his game to become an ever more accomplished team player. He
has shown as much throughout 2017 – both for Uruguay, particularly in the latter stages of South American qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Russia™, and for Barcelona, with whom he lifted the Copa del Rey and fought tooth and nail for the La Liga crown until the very last day of the
2016/17 campaign. Indeed, besides scoring 29 league goals – second only to Lionel Messi – he also laid on a further 13 to top the division’s assist
charts for the second consecutive season.
With his quality, consistency and leadership, Vidal continues to be a vital figure for Chile and Bayern Munich alike. Influential for La Roja in their endeavour to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, El Rey Arturo (King Arthur) also shone at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, playing every
minute, chalking up a goal and assist apiece, and eventually coming away with a runners-up medal. One of the first names on the team sheet at
Bayern, the energetic midfielder contributed four goals to the Bavarians’ latest Bundesliga conquest and also scored three times in their run to the
UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.