Best Football Players Today

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Best Football Players Today

The world of football is fraught with stiff competition, scandals, scoring records, heartbreaking loses, and championship games for the ages. This list breaks down the 10 of the best football superstars in the world that ever stepped on the football field. Each player was gauged based on impact and big games played.

Without further ado, here’s the top 10 lists of the best football players:

10 – Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani

BornFebruary 14, 1987 (age 27), Salto, Uruguay
Height1.84 m
SpouseMaria Soledad Cavani (m. 2007–2013)
Salary10 million EUR (2013)
Current Teams Paris Saint-Germain F.C. (#9 / Forward), Uruguay national football team (#21 / Forward)

Il Matador, as he is fondly called, has scored 94 goals in 192 matches since he debuted in Serie A half a decade ago. The out-this-world scorer is lethal with the ball but dazzles like a ballerina with his swift and graceful moves. His exciting play has endeared him to fans, and his feats during last year’s Champions League were unforgettable.

9 – Yaya Toure

BornMay 13, 1983 (age 31), Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire
Height1.88 m
SpouseGineba Touré
Salary15 million USD (2012)
Current TeamsIvory Coast national football team (#19 / Midfielder), Manchester City F.C. (#42 / Midfielder)

Yaya Toure’s physique is imposing but behind its bruising size, Toure has awed peers and fans alike with his dazzling athleticism and refinement of technique. He paces himself and lets the game come to him to maximize his talents.

8 – Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo

BornMay 19, 1979 (age 35), Flero, Italy
Height1.77 m
SpouseDeborah Roversi (m. 2001)
Salary3.5 million EUR (2014)
Current TeamsItaly national football team (#21 / Midfielder), Juventus F.C. (#21 / Midfielder)

Pirlo’s trademark beard makes think he is a wise old sage. Pirlo weaves his wizardry on the court with his pinpoint strategies and crisp decision making. His playmaking has been on-point during the crucial stages of the European Championship.

7 – Robin Van Persie

Robin van Persie

BornAugust 6, 1983 (age 30), Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height1.88 m
SpouseBouchra van Persie (m. 2004)
Salary12.2 million GBP (2013)
Current TeamsManchester United F.C. (#20 / Forward), Netherlands national football team (#9 / Forward)

His troublemaker days are behind him and now his career has taken the forefront. Van Persie has blossomed into a potent striker since the departure of Thierry Henry. Van Persie is a footballer to watch out for.

6 – Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao

BornFebruary 10, 1986 (age 28), Santa Marta, Colombia
Height1.78 m
Current TeamsAS Monaco FC (#9 / Forward)

The Tiger is slowly stalking his prey and waits for the perfect moment to strike. That’s how one can describe Falcao’s game. Falcao is a devastating scorer no matter what part of the body he uses. If you like running numbers here’s a few you should think of: 50 goals in a year and a goals by minute ratio that trumps both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, enough said.

5 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic


BornOctober 3, 1981 (age 32), Malmö
Height1.95 m
Partner Helena Seger
Salary15 million EUR (2014)
Current TeamsParis Saint-Germain F.C. (#10 / Forward), Sweden national football team (Forward)

There’s nothing quite like watching a maestro masterfully take control. Zlatan combines brute force and grace like no other. His leadership and one of a kind talent has delivered eight straight league wins with five teams.

4 – Andres Iniesta

Andres Iniesta

BornMay 11, 1984 (age 30), Fuentealbilla, Spain
Height1.70 m
Spouse Anna Ortiz (m. 2012)
Salary5 million EUR (2012)
Current TeamsSpain national football team (#6 / Midfielder), FC Barcelona (#8 / Midfielder)

Iniesta is a magician with the ball. You never know how he’ll make that pass or where the ball will end up in but Iniesta will weave his magic one way or another. His crisp passing, magical dribbling, and precise decision making, make him a threat on the field. His masterful control of the game is exemplified in his game winning goal during the World Cup final. No words can do justice to the player that Andres Iniesta is.

3 – Xavi Hernandez

Xavi Hernandez

BornJanuary 25, 1980 (age 34), Terrassa, Spain
Height1.70 m
SpouseNúria Cunillera (m. 2013)
Salary9.225 million EUR (2012)
Current TeamsFC Barcelona (#6 / Midfielder), Spain national football team (#8 / Midfielder), Catalonia national football team (Midfielder)

Xavi Hernandez is a one of a kind player. With the increasing number of taller and bulkier footballers, Xavi seemed out of place but his steady control and deep understanding of the game has helped propel his teams to a high level of excellence. Xavi has a proven winning record exemplified by two European Cups, two European Championships, and a World Cup.

2 – Cristiano Ronaldo - Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid

BornFebruary 5, 1985 (age 29), Santo António, Portugal
Height1.85 m
ChildrenCristiano Ronaldo Jr.
Salary21 million EUR (2014)
Current TeamsReal Madrid C.F. (#7 / Forward), Portugal national football team (#7 / Forward)

Cristiano Ronaldo is a relentless scorer that is fearless and skilled. He only has one thing in mind as he steps on the court that is to score and score again. Ronaldo can score from any distance at any angle with a skill that is out of this world. Ronaldo’s scoring prowess is only matched by the number one player on this list.

1 – Lionel Messi


BornJune 24, 1987 (age 26), Rosario, Argentina
Height1.69 m
PartnerAntonella Roccuzzo (2008–)
Salary65 million USD (2014)
Current TeamsFC Barcelona (#10 / Forward), Argentina national football team (#10 / Forward)

At the top of the list is a truly spectacular player and all-time great. The debate surrounding Messi has shifted from world’s best current player to is he the best player of all-time? Messi’s adept skill with the ball is unrivaled. A prolific scorer, Messi can turn any angle into a scoring option. Messi has held the scoring crown in the Champions League four years running. To show his remarkable prowess, Messi has score 90 goals and handed 29 assists in 2012 alone.

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