Strangely, Mohamed Salah's debut season at Anfield did him no favors. Not only has Ndidi stepped up to the plate, but he's also established himself as one of the Premier League's finest defensive midfielders. Lionel Messi. After four seasons in and out of the starting line-up at Atletico Madrid, Thomas Partey has finally established himself as a regular feature in Diego Simeone's side. Marta Vieiera da Silva is the only soccer player, male or female, to be named the World Player of the Year six times, with five straight wins from 2006 to 2010. He's currently 44 off the leader Silvio Piola, who has 149, but if he continues to find the net the way he has done in 2019, he should have no problem breaking his countryman's record. He has only played seven games this term due to injury however, so once he's fully fit, that average is likely to rise even higher. Watch Now: 10 of the Best Soccer Players in the World 01. He also has the club's second-highest pass completion percentage of 92.6% — a perfect fit. Given that Lahm was a versatile, bombarding full-back who often played centre midfield, with a knack for teeing up his teammates and an occasional eye for goal — that assessment is accurate. Anti-fanboy alert! It's best, however, is currently out on-loan with Borussia Dortmund. However, it's a small price to pay for offering such excellent coverage to Simeone's defence, which boasts the best record in the Spanish top flight, partly thanks to the 26-year-old midfielder. At 2019's FIFA Best Awards, the Argentine voted Sadio Mane as his number one player in the world. Read the full list in ascending order, along with why each player made the cut, below. For the Netherlands, the 29-year-old is an entirely different beast, playing in a much more attacking role in which he seems to thrive. Not Dembele. 1. He is already well on his way to superseding his combined tally from last term. The Senegalese has been unwaveringly solid for a number of years now, and was as good as ever in 2019. The Italian's desire to keep the Dutch defender was much for the same reason he sought out Romelu Lukaku — he saw De Vrij as a key piece of his Inter jigsaw. Account active Manchester City will be kicking itself for having let Jadon Sancho leave for Borussia Dortmund in August 2017 for a measly $10.5 million. Since then, anything he has done has been compared to it. However, given City is now third in the Premier League and trailing leaders Liverpool by 14 points, Guardiola may be wise to reinstate the 25-year-old. This top is based on the last Best FIFA Awards and recent players achievements. But fortunately for the Portuguese forward, his worst is generally better than most players' best. The Englishman, who has perfected the art of being in the right place in at the right time in the six-yard box, has scored an impressive 33 times in 2019 — the most he's ever managed, by some distance. His partnership down the right flank with teammate Jadon Sancho has been a thing of beauty, the pair so often combining to devastating effect in the final third. The only criticism you can give Partey is that he gets booked too often (six times already this term alone). "It's a shame to see Mane finish in fourth place," Messi told Canal+ at the time, says Goal. For each of the last five seasons in La Liga (including the current one), Jan Oblak has been the leading clean sheet keeper in the division. Paul Pogba didn't even make the top 50 of Business Insider's best players of 2019 list. Business Insider's best players of 2019 list. Now, he's one of the household names in European football. That's what Dries Mertens did in October when he hit his 116th goal for Napoli against RB Salzburg in the Champions League, moving him one ahead of the Argentine in the club's all-time top scorers list. "He makes 100-metre sprints per minute, absolutely incredible.". One thing that hasn't changed, however, is the brilliance of its star man, Son Heung-min. A World Cup, three Ligue 1 titles, and the Coupe de France are just a few of his collective honours. Top 10 Best Football Players in the World 2020. Barcelona tried to sign Stefan de Vrij in the summer, but Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte rebuffed the offer, according to Calcio Mercato. Fortunately for Juve, when Chiellini does decide to call it time, he has one of the world's most talented youngsters alongside him. Lionel Messi’s status as the world’s best player has started to translate into endorsement opportunities. Subscriber "He is his successor. Unfortunately for the Liverpool star however, he didn't even make the top three in end. He was also named in the PFA Team of the Year for last season and scored three times for Argentina as it reached the semis of the Copa America. He may not score the most goals for a striker, but Roberto Firmino's importance to Liverpool should not be under-estimated. He also won the PFA Player of the Year. [Virgil] Van Dijk is all three players rolled into one.". Injuries, suspensions, poor form, ongoing transfer rumours, and off-field problems all made for one of the worst years of his career. Nine of those have come this season, the most out of any keeper in the country, as he and Atletico look to push Barcelona and Real Madrid to the title. The greatest there ever has, and ever will be. Since moving back to his home country of Brazil in January 2018, though, the 23-year-old has firmly removed the acrid adlib from his nickname. In total, he's managed 90, with a season average of 56%, meaning he keeps the opponent out completely out at least every other game. Liverpool has the most players listed with an astonishing seven, while FC Barcelona follows closely with five. However, 19 of those have already come this term in just 20 games. Antonio Conte made it clear he wanted to rescue Romelu Lukaku from his Manchester United nightmare when he took over as manager at Inter Milan in the summer. At 27, he still has plenty of time to fulfill his potential as the world's best which he showed during his time at Barcelona. The biggest omissions are Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane, Real Madrid's Luka Modric, and Juventus' Paolo Dybala. Chilly Winter: Srinagar Records Season's Cold... Business Insider has ranked the top ten football players in the world. Angel Di Maria's career time looked up after his failed spell at Manchester United in the 2014/15 season. But while others are making noise, the Frenchman is going about is job week-in week-out, unassumingly, but excellently. What has made N'Golo Kante so great this year has been his ability to adapt. The Frenchman was forced out of his natural deep-lying midfield position at Chelsea by Maurizio Sarri the last term and had to find a way to convert his game into a more attacking one. But since Frank Lampard took over at Stamford Bridge, he has made the role his own, providing energy and goals going forward. The Brazilian, without a doubt, possesses all the attributes to one of, if not, the world's best. Wilfred Ndidi had (theoretically) huge shoes to fill when he took his place in Leicester's midfield after the departure of N'Golo Kante. Winning Manchester City's Player of the Year award is no easy feat, but Bernardo Silva's brilliant performances last season saw him do just that. A clever recruitment drive which has included the acquisitions of Rui Patricio, Adama Traore, and Joao Moutinho, to name just a few, has been the secret to Wolves' ascension to the upper echelons of the Premier League and the Europa League. Belgium won the playoff against England for third place. Individually, he's won the Golden Boy award, the Ligue 1 Player of the Season trophy, and Ligue 1's top scorer prize. Kevin De Bruyne. Several decades after closing his career, Pelé is still lauded as one of the best players in history, and frequently ranked the best player ever. He has still managed 17 goals this year, seven of which have come for his new club, and he's only likely to improve as he settles into life at the Camp Nou. 10 of the Greatest Men's Soccer Players of All Time Pelé. Why? Immobile has scored 27 goals for Lazio this year. 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Keeping the Moroccan has proved a quality piece of business, as he's already scored seven goals and managed 15 assists in all competitions this term to help Ajax back to the top of the Eredivisie table. Magical. The Egyptian hit 44 goals in all competitions during the 2017/18 campaign, winning both the Premier League Golden Boot and the PFA Player of the Year. Amongst his highlights for his new club are a dominating performance against Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League, an assist on his debut, as well a comparison to David Beckham, whom MARCA said his "crossing is akin too.". More impressively however has been the manner in which he's acclimatized to a rapidly changing environment at Camp Nou. Lukaku has also formed a tasty partnership with Lauturo Martinez, which has proven enough to see Inter top the Serie A table midway through the season. The best player in 2020 is Lionel Messi, who has topped the list alongside Cristiano Ronaldo for the past decade. Determining the best 11 over the past decade was an incredibly difficult endeavor. Born on 21st... 2. Whether it's finding the net (which he's done 26 times), holding the ball up, assisting his teammates, or even tracking back to defend — Jimenez is the full package. Last season wasn't too bad either, as he scored 40 and claimed the Bundesliga top scorer award for the second consecutive year and for the fourth time in the last six seasons. Should City want him back, he'll cost as much as $222 million, according to the CIES Football Observatory. "I am still tired just looking at Robertson," Jose Mourinho told The Guardian after watching the flying Scotsman dismantle his Manchester United side back in December 2018. The 28-year-old already has six goals and nine assists to his name in the Premier League, the latter being the highest total in the division. However, the Argentine has turned things around since his move to Paris Saint Germain and is enjoying the best spell of his footballing career. But if you look closely, and if you have followed their careers so far, you can already see the little hints of their decaying form. In recent years, it's been the opposite, as many fullbacks are revered for attacking qualities rather than defence. The club's smartest signing of recent times, however, has been that of Raul Jimenez. Copyright © 2020. For Liverpool, he plays in an unassuming midfield role, sitting back and quietly dictating the tempo with his neat and frequent passing. Ranked: The 10 best soccer players in the world right now, Zion Williamson showed off how close he is to returning with a between-the-legs dunk, Kevin Durant snapped back at a former teammate who said Russell Westbrook was the best player in Thunder history, Serena Williams says she remembers unexplainedly 'hating' her husband and 'his smell' during the early days of her pregnancy. Another of soccer’s all-time great players, ‘Zizou’ led France to victory at the 1998 World Cup. Georginio Wijnaldum is a well-rounded footballer. As the man who invented his role, Claude Makelele, said: according to the CIES Football Observatory. He was also named the division's Player of the Year for last season and finished third in the Ballon d'Or award standings. Sign up for a daily selection of our best stories — based on your reading preferences. Since then, he's just gotten better and better. Silva's game time has been reduced this term due to the return from injury of Kevin de Bruyne and signing of Rodri. France was victorious in the 2018 FIFA World Cup after defeating Croatia by two goals in the final. His excellent vision, acute eye for a pass, and skillful feet have seen him slot straight into the Barca starting XI following his move from Ajax. Its unbelievable. He also has 122 career goals to date already, which is far more than both Lionel Messi (50) and Cristiano Ronaldo (36) had managed by the time they reached the same age. The Champions League Final is Saturday. It is not an exaggeration to say that The Atomic Flea is now challenging Pele for the crown of greatest ever soccer... 03. Tottenham Hotspur has had three years of big changes, including a new stadium, a new manager, and an influx of $377 million worth of new players. If you were building the ultimate soccer dream team and had … The much-debated question of who is the best soccer player in the world will be answered when FIFA announces the winner of the Men's Player of the Year award. One of those dozen was perhaps the best goal he's ever scored in his career too in the form of an audacious lobbed back heel against Mallorca. ", Those were the words of former Bayern Munich and West Germany midfielder Paul Breitner, as per Bundesliga.com. If this list were based purely on ability: Neymar would be second. The 20-year-old ended last term as Ligue 1's top scorer with 33 goals in 29 games, and he's already got another five this term to set PSG on its usual course to domestic domination. Gabigol was dubbed "Gabi-no-gol" by fans during his time at Inter Milan, after scoring just once in a year. Pele. At his current pace, Mane is managing a goal every other game for Jurgen Klopp's men, which for a winger, is impressive going. The Italian is still very much the leading figure of the Serie A champion's back four, which has conceded just 34 top-flight goals during the whole calendar year. Neymar didn't have a particularly memorable 2019. An even spread of positions have been listed to maintain fairness — 11 defenders, 11 midfielders, 13 wingers, 12 strikers, and three goalkeepers. The Dutch national team is enjoying a golden generation of talent coming through its ranks, and its brightest star is defender Matthijs de Ligt. It's the best start to a season the Italian has enjoyed his career and has seen his total with the Eagles soar past the century mark, and move him up to fifth in its all-time scorers list. Top 20 Worst Soccer Players Ever. A leading-edge research firm focused on digital transformation. A World Cup winner in 1958, 1962, and 1970, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, to give him his full name, is generally... 02. When he does return, the 28-year-old will be keen to put behind him the past few months and prove once again his calibre as one of the world's best players, as he did in the first half of the year at Stamford Bridge. Koulibaly was named Serie A's best defender for the 2018/19 season as Napoli pushed Juventus right to the last day in the race to the Scudetto. Fellow Total Soccer player Johan Cruyff did manage to make it to the World Cup, and indeed the actual final, in 1974 where he received the Golden Ball and first executed Cruyff Turn. He's also broken numerous records, including most recently becoming the youngest Bundesliga player ever to reach 22 goals — a record previously held by Horst Koppels that stood for 51 years. But that is exactly what makes him so unassumingly, but terrifyingly, brilliant. This absolute force of nature, this demi-god, this icon of the game continues at the very highest of places in this list and all other credible lists of a similar nature. Still, he has done more than enough to prove his doubters wrong at Bayern Munich. While he might not have hit the net as many times, he was still an integral part of Liverpool's run to Champions League glory and managed to retain his Golden Boot. Lionel Messi is the record winner of World Soccer awards having won a total of eight: five men's world player of the year awards and three (consecutive) young player of the year awards. Aguero is one of those players that has been so good for so long, that his greatness is often underappreciated. Ahh, the burning question amongst football fans. He doesn't have terrific footwork, he rarely scores, and he never really lands himself in hot water. The best keeper in world football right now, Alisson won the inaugural Yashin Trophy at this year's Ballon d'Or awards, as well as both the Premier League's and the Copa America's Golden Gloves. The Belgian is the Premier League's best player. In the three-and-a-half seasons that have followed, the Senegalese forward has developed into one of the most devastating attackers in world football. If Kevin De Bruyne were a car, he'd be a Rolls Royce Phantom. A rough 12 months aside however, the Brazilian remains an extremely talented footballer, who has the ability to change a game like no other player in world football, bar Lionel Messi. The number three of this list of best soccer players 2017 just turned 25. as well as other partner offers and accept our. It worked to reasonable success. Read on to find who makes up the rest of the list, and of course, who is number one. On the pitch, N'Golo Kante does not play like a superstar. The Danish striker won the Uefa women’s player of the year 2017-2018 and spearheaded Wolfsburg’s run to the Women’s Champions League final, where she scored the opening goal. Thanks to the best female soccer players of 2019, the Women’s football is presently back in full swing all over the world in both leagues and global competitions. The 20-year-old shone in Ajax's run to the Champions League semis earlier in the year, earning him an $83 million move to Juventus, where he's quickly established himself a regular in the starting XI. Times Syndication Service. The South Korean has continued to steal the Harts of fans at The Lane with his tantalizing performances, scoring 20 goals and providing 11 assists in all competitions. But the Dutchman need not worry, as his performances over the last year have put him firmly in the same bracket as the Argentine and the Portuguese. Atletico Madrid securing the signing of Kieren Trippier for just $26 million in the summer was one of the bargains of the year. Leading sports scientist Simon Brundish believes Lionel Messi is the best player in the world -- and that he has the stats to prove it. And the effect the Brazilian has had on the club has been quite astounding. He has also been included in the greatest XI of all time. Off it, he doesn't act like one either. By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Business Insider Neymar didn't have a particularly memorable 2019. Admittedly, England's free-kick hero hadn't had his best few months towards the end of his Tottenham career. This year he's been better than ever, thriving under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers, making himself the heartbeat of a Leicester team that has established itself title challengers once again. Van Dijk has been an omnipresent force in Liverpool's defence (not one player dribbled past him the whole of last season), guiding it to Champions League glory and a second-place finish in the Premier League. Maybe it’s not even that. 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