Top 10 Best Soccer Players In The World
Despite the fact that there isn’t a right answer, most of the players on this list were objectively the best in the world this past season. However, owing to constant changes in form and the fact that soccer is In the middle of the season, we stopped altogether. In some ways, this list could be controversial. Nonetheless, what would ranking be without controversy?
It is also important to point out that, whilst most leagues returned after the forced break, Ligue 1 did not. As a result, the two Ligue 1 players have been placed in this list somewhat subjectively and arbitrary and could have been completely different if they had played the remainder of the season. Additionally, since there are many players who could be in the conversation for the top players in the world at the moment and the play has recently stopped, the list becomes a little more subjective at the bottom. As much as we tried to take into account each player’s current form and abilities when healthy, ranking is always going to be arbitrary when so many players have played well. The following are what we consider to be the world’s top 10 players right now based on both form and natural ability.
1. Lionel Messi
For over a decade now, La Pulga Atómica (the Atomic Flea) has been at the top of the list, and at 33, he’s still going strong. In fact, his ability to produce impressive stats and seasons has become second nature. Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has scored 22 goals so far this season despite missing Barcelona’s first four games due to injury. With three games remaining in the season, Messi has a good chance of becoming La Liga’s top scorer for the seventh time in his career. So far, Messi has scored 22 goals and dished out 20 assists in the league, beating his own personal season record of 18 and accumulating 42 goals in 30 matches. Whenever a player plays in such a season, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Lionel Messi is carrying on as usual.
Throughout his career, Messi has scored and assisted 27 goals and is looking to guide Barcelona to its first Champions League title since it won the treble in 2014-15. As a result, Messi is also the latest player to win the Ballon d’Or, just missing out on Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool by seven points. Messi has continued to play some fantastic soccer despite the Barcelona management problems and uncertainty about the future of his club when he leaves. He has scored 700 goals since he joined the club in 2011, which is an impressive achievement.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
As long as he stays around, he’ll be high on the list. The 35-year-old is in only his second season playing in Italy and still racks up absurd goals figures. Ronaldo has scored 28 goals and provided six assists in 28 competitive games and has contributed 39 goals in all competitions. Juventus’ star forward is currently challenging Lazio’s Ciro Immobile for the Capocannoniere (Serie A’s top scorer) and looks like he will win the league twice. The player has won the Champions League with both of his former clubs and will want to add a treble to his tally when the tournament resumes in August.
The fact that Ronaldo is scoring one goal a game with less assistance from his teammates in the league is even more impressive. Seria A boasts 20 teams and Juventus is ranked sixteenth in crosses this season as well as 14th in both accurate crosses and crosses that resulted in assists. Ronaldo has scored more headed goals than anyone, so not being able to cross has taken away from his goal total. Meanwhile, he’s still one behind his nearest rival.
Neymar Jr. has struggled with injury this season, and as a result, has not been able to play since early March as Ligue 1 ended the season early in lieu of restarting after lockdown. Still, I nonetheless recommend him as third on this list. In spite of this, it should be obvious how excellent the Brazilian winger is when in top form. This season, Neymar has scored 13 goals and made six assists in 15 league games. In 22 games played in all competitions, there are 18 goals and 10 assists. In his three seasons at Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar has never had a season closer to being fully fit, but his world-class ability is clear as day when he stands on the field. Neymar hasn’t won the Ballon d’Or because Messi, Ronaldo, and injuries have won it. Taking these three factors out, Neymar would be an automatic contender, if not the best player of all time.
The next objective for Neymar is to win the Champions League with PSG after winning the Ballon d’Or. The Brazilian, who beat Borussia Dortmund on aggregate in the Round of 16, will be fit and hungry for a title after making it to the quarterfinals.
4. Robert Lewandowski
World-class frontman Robert Lewandowski just finished his sixth year with Bayern Munich and tenth in the Bundesliga overall, helping the club win its 8th consecutive title. Robert Lewandowski enjoyed his best year as a 31-year-old. It was his fifth time winning the Bundesliga’s top scorer award after scoring 34 goals in 31 matches. During the entire season, he only managed to score once in six games and he recorded seven braces and one hat trick. In addition, the Bayern forward also scored 51 goals and assisted six times in 43 matches in all competitions, including two in the recent DFB Pokal final. In Lisbon, Lewandowski will likely increase those numbers when the Champions League resumes in August because he has scored in all of his Champions League games so far this season.
Robert Lewandowski is a strong Ballon d’Or contender for 2020. If Lewandowski can continue his incredible form, his decision may seem more straightforward than it actually is, especially if Bayern Munich wins the Champions League and achieves the feat of winning a continental treble twice. Bayern Munich is widely considered to be the favorite to win the competition, so this seems within his grasp.
5. Kylian Mbappé
Due to his youth and the fact that he hasn’t played since March, Mbappé comes in just behind Lewandowski on my list. Nonetheless, it is not impossible that the 21-year-old Frenchman could account for the top spot on this list in a few years. Both his stats and ability are extremely impressive. Mbappé, who has already won the World Cup and four Ligue 1 titles, will only continue to add to his trophy cabinet. In 20 league matches this season, Mbappé scored 18 goals and had 7 assists. A total of 47 goals and assists were scored by him in 33 games across all competitions. This is Messi’s number. This is Ronaldo’s number. This is the number of Mbappé.
As a result of the abrupt end of Ligue 1, Mbappé is likely to be an outsider for the 2020 Ballon d’Or. Then again, he could return to the mix if he wins the Champions League title with PSG, with the help of Neymar.
6. Kevin De Bruyne
Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is another player who could well end up competing for the Ballon d’Or. Belgium’s midfielder is absolutely world-class. He is by far England’s best midfielder, and his passing and vision are superb. With four games remaining in the season, De Bruyne could well end up tying Thierry Henry’s Premier League assist record with 20 this season.
Having given up this year’s title to Liverpool, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side will be motivated to open its account in the Champions League in August. Kevin De Bruyne will be crucial to whether City is able to win the trophy that they have so coveted.
7. Virgil van Dijk
In January 2018, Southampton signed the Dutch defender, who went on to become one of the Premier League’s best defenders. The Dutch captain finished just one place behind Lionel Messi in the Ballon d’Or rankings, despite playing on a championship-winning team. Fabio Cannavaro, the Italian center-back in 2006, was the other defender who came close to winning the award. It is true that he was UEFA’s Men’s Player of the Year. Van Dijk was named Premier League Player of the Year last season for conceding just 22 goals, keeping 20 clean sheets, handling 74% of tackles, and completing the second-most passes. A team that beat them, Manchester City, ended the season on 97 points, one point behind Liverpool. But Liverpool did win the Champions League and has also won the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup since. In all competitions, Van Dijk had only been dribbled past once.
A 30-year wait is over for van Dijk as he leads Liverpool to its first-ever Premier League title this season. It hasn’t been as good as last year, but he still leads the Premier League in passes, and he’s helped Liverpool keep the cleanest sheets so far. Over the past two seasons, he has certainly anchored and controlled the Liverpool defense to great effect. He is arguably the most important player for the club.
8. Sadio Mané
Apart from the defensive strength of the team, Liverpool has had one of the most potent attacking lines in the world in recent years, and Sadio Mane has been a big part of it. Senegal winger Moussa Dembele has scored 16 goals and provided 9 assists so far this season for the Premier League winners, and he won the overall Premier League Golden Boot award with 22 goals alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mo Salah.
Despite Mo Salah’s record-breaking goalscoring campaign two seasons ago or Roberto Firmino’s technical superiority over both wingers, Sadio Mané stands out. His pace, finishing, and control are world-class, and his brilliant chip against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last year was an example of his skill and speed. Mané finished fourth for the 2019 Ballon d’Or and looks to be a challenger for the award again in 2020.
9. Riyad Mahrez
It is extremely difficult to choose one attacking player from a team with so much talent up front and on both wings, as it is with Liverpool. Even worse is that some of Manchester City’s best players must sit out due to the squad’s depth. Despite knowing I needed to include at least one Manchester City attacker, there were too many to choose from, and I eventually decided to pick the former Leicester City player and Algerian international ahead of Sergio Agüero, Raheem Sterling, and Gabriel Jesus.
In the Premier League this season, Riyad Mahrez has scored 10 goals and provided 12 assists. This season, he is only the fifth Man City player to reach double-digit goals and assists (that is a record in the Premier League), even though he only started 60% of City’s games and was benched for five. Raheem Mahrez is absolutely exceptional in terms of his control and first touch, and he would be fantastic as a starter for any other team.
10. Erling Haaland
In a short season in the limelight, Erling Haaland has turned into one of the best teenage strikers in the game. In spite of being only 19, his numbers make him arguably one of the best players in the world right now. In only 14 games this season, Hansaland scored 16 goals and delivered six assists for RB Salzburg in Austria as well as recording eight goals and one assist for UEFA Champions League. Later that season, he transferred to Borussia Dortmund and continued his incredible form by scoring 13 goals and assisting 3 times in 15 Bundesliga games. In 40 games so far this season, Haaland has scored 44 goals and contributed 10 assists, placing him right now among the top 10.
Haaland has plenty of time to improve and will only score more goals and play for bigger clubs in the future, but this season is not simply a breakthrough season for the player. A Ballon d’Or contender, the 19-year-old would undoubtedly have won a trophy this year despite his lack of trophies. PSG knocked out Haaland in the round of 16 of the Champions League; the Scandinavian scored two goals, including an impressive long-range goal. Mbappé and a few other young players considered for this list look to be real bargains, and both will likely be near the top in a few years.