You've seen them on the field and watched them score goals that the human mind cannot comprehend. It's time to learn more about these incredible football players who will undoubtedly go down in history as some of the greats in the sport.
10 Best Football Players in the World 2022
1. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi needs no introduction. Argentina's soul and many football fans' inspiration, this Argentinian professional football player, is truly one in a million. He is regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time. Since making his debut in 2004, he has become the top scorer in Spanish domestic league football.
In other big news, Argentina's football team has qualified for the 2022 World Cup final after defeating Croatia yesterday. Thanks to Lionel Messi’s goal and 2 assists to the young Julian Alvarez!
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Before we speak about Ronaldo, let's take a look at what happened in this week's Portugal vs Morocco World Cup match. The Portuguese team was defeated, but Ronaldo still remains one of the best players in the world. Football, like any other sport, involves a lot of emotions and hard work. That is precisely what Ronaldo has contributed. Even though he lost the game, he will be remembered as one of the best players in many people's hearts. Ronaldo, known as the "King of Football," has given his all in numerous games and served as captain of the Portugal team. He became a sensation after winning the Golden shoe award making him the greatest of all time.
Apart from being the first male player in World Cup history to score in five different tournaments, Ron also donates to the Red Cross, Save the Children, and the Make-A-Wish foundation. In 2015, he donated $5 million to aid relief efforts in Nepal following an earthquake that killed nearly 8,000 people.
3. Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona is said to have the “Hand of God”. He's one of those players who will undoubtedly go down in football history as “"El Pibe de Oro" ("The Golden Boy)”. Maradona is regarded as one of the greatest due to his ability to score in the most tense situations.
Maradona has won four World Cups and led Argentina to victory in numerous tournaments as captain. He also has two international trophies to his name. The first was the World Cup in 1986, and the second was the CONMEBOL-UEFA Cup of Champions, or Artemio Franchi Cup.
Because of all of his crowning achievements, Maradona will be remembered as one of the greatest even after his death in 2020. The world and the football franchise did lose one of the most important gems, but his legacy will live on and will be carried by other players.
4. Zinedine Zidane
Fondly called “Zizou”, Zinedine Zidane is a French professional football manager and former player. He is currently working as an assistant coach for Real Madrid. Some of his notable accomplishments include being named FIFA World Player of the Year in 2003, 2000, and 1999. He also won the FIFA World Cup golden ball for France in 2006 and the FIFA men's coach of the year award in 2017 for Real Madrid. In 2011, he received the Laurels World Sports Award for lifetime achievement. With over three La Liga titles and four Championship League trophies for Real Madrid, he is unquestionably one of the club's most valuable assets.
5. Ronaldo Nazario
Next up is Ronaldo Nazario, a Brazilian footballer who also serves as the president of the La Liga club. Because of his multifunctional striking ability, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest scorers and players of all time. He has also won three FIFA World Player of the Year awards and two Ballon d'Or Awards for Brazil. Being a striker is not an easy job, but Ronaldo has done it flawlessly. He has played for Brazil in 98 matches and scored over 62 goals, making him the national team's third-highest goal scorer in FIFA World Cup history!
6. Achraf Hakimi
Next, we have a player who soars from one of the teams that has made headlines in the last week. We're talking about Morocco. Morocco became the first South African country to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. One of the reasons for this is Morocco's talented players, such as Ashraf Hakimi. He is regarded as one of the best right backs in the world due to his speed and goal-scoring ability. His performances assisted the club in winning the league title, ending the club's eleven-year league title drought .His performances piqued the interest of several European clubs to sign him.
7. Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays forward for the Bundesliga club as well as the Senegal national team. He is well-known for his dribbling and speed pressing. Also regarded as one of Africa's greatest players of all time. He began his professional career at the age of 19 and has played in 93 tournaments, scoring 34 goals for Senegal. This places him third in all-time goals scored and third in all-time appearances in tournaments so far. In 2022, he won the African Player of the Year award twice, making him the first African player to win this title.
8. Neymar Jr
There is no doubt that Neymar possesses lord-like skills on the field. Neymar is one of only a few players to have scored at least 100 goals with three different clubs. He debuted in football at the age of 18 and has scored 77 goals in 124 tournaments for Brazil. He was also a part of the extremely powerful trio, along with Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez, for whom he won the La Liga, Copa del Rey, and UEFA Champions League for team Barcelona. And In 163 games for PSG, he has scored 115 goals.
He is also the world's third highest-paid athlete, and the world's third highest-paid footballer.
9. Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin is a professional footballer from Belgium who is widely regarded as one of the best players of his generation. He is a highly talented midfielder. He also has tactical intelligence and good dribbling skills, which strengthens his ability to defend. Apart from this, he has also been named Manchester City's player of the year four times and UEFA Champions League midfielder of the season, as well as IFFHs best player two times.
10. Kylian Mbappe
Last but not least, we have Kylian Mbappe. Kylian is a French professional footballer known for his dribbling ability. With his incredible speed, this young man does nothing but wonders. He also made his debut at the age of 18, becoming the youngest French player to score in a World Cup and the second teenager to score in a World Cup final after Pele. That is already a proud moment for Mbappe! Mbappe scored the majority of his goals for PSG, making him the second player with the highest goals scored for PSG which is 189.
Along with that, he has been named the world's best soccer player, winning the Golden Boy in 2017 and the League One Player of the Year three times. Mbappe is currently the highest-paid footballer in the world.
We hope you enjoyed this blog in which we discussed the best football players in the world. Every year, football season makes new history. We will return with more interesting topics to discuss until then, and keep the FIFA fever going.