Every one of us loves a good, arbitrary, non-binding, Internet sports list, right? Let’s take a look at the fabled Top 10 soccer players in the world as we start the new 2015-16 season.
Top 10 best soccer players in the world-2015-16 Season Edition:
10. Arjen Robben, Bayern Munich —
Arjen Robben, born on 23 January 1984 and a Dutch Professional football Player who plays for German club Bayern Munich and is the captain of the Netherlands National Soccer Team. Robben has appeared at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 UEFA European Championships, and also in 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. Robben plays a forward runner who usually plays as a left/right sided winger. Now 31 and coming off an injury at the end of the 2014-15 season, we’re just about at the end of Robben’s peak. If and when Robben loses a step, it’s hard to see him re-imagining his game as a deep-lying playmaker or somewhere else on the field. Although, at his best he’s still the best soccer player who separates Bayern from being the best team in the Bundesliga to a Champions League finalist.
Robben first came to notability with Groningen, for whom he was player of the year for the 2000–01 season. After two years, he signed for PSV, where he was known as the Netherlands' Young Player of the Year and won an Eredivisie title. The following season Robben's signature was followed by leading English clubs, and after protracted transfer negotiations, he joined Chelsea in 2004.
In 2014, Robben was ranked the fourth-best footballer in the world by The Guardian.
9. Yaya Toure, Manchester City —
Gnégnéri Yaya Touré was born on born 13 May 1983, known as Yaya Touré, is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City and the Ivory Coast national team and he is the captain for those teams.
During his youth, Touré aspiration is to be a striker and has played in the position of center back, including for FC Barcelona in the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final, however he has spent the majority of his career as a box-to-box midfielder for club and country, where he has been regarded as one of the world's best all rounder-midfielders. He was voted African Footballer of the Year for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Toure should be rejuvenated this season after playing in both the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in less than a calendar year for the Ivory Coast.
8.Andres Iniesta, Barcelona —
Iniesta is the bridge at Barcelona from the Ronaldinho days to the current era. Since breaking into the first team full-time in 2004-05 the worst Barça’s done in La Liga is one third place finish. In that span, Iniesta’s treated with four Champions League winner’s medals, seven La Liga medals and countless others — along with all his triumphs with the Spanish national team. Iniesta will never post the gaudy individual goal-scoring stats as some of his teammates, but their totals are directly tied to his thankless, consistent play. The classic tiki-taka Barcelona style that we saw emerge at the start of this decade is tied directly to Iniesta and when he goes he’ll be nearly as difficult to replace as Lionel Messi within the concept of the team.
7. Luis Suarez, Barcelona —
In his last four full seasons with Liverpool and Barcelona, he’s made a total of 103 goals in 163 games. That’s part of the reason the Catalan club paid nearly $100 million for him after the 2014 World Cup despite his series of unsavory transgressions.
6. Paul Pogba, Juventus —
Paul Pogba was a French midfielder in Juventus. And 2015-16 will be a massive year for the Pogba . Juventus let Andrea Pirlo, Carlos Tevez, and Arturo Vidal leaves, giving Pogba the No. 10 shirt in the process. In June, there’s also the 2016 European Championship in France. Juventus tried to hold off advances from Manchester City, Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid and every other major club for Pogba’s services. One wonders where his transfer stock will be next summer or if it peaked en route to Juventus’ runner-up finish in the 2014-15 Champions League.
5. Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal —
This might be overrating Sanchez, but the Chilean’s one-man dynamo performance for the Gunners last season was enjoyable to watch from a neutral standpoint. Headers, cuts inside, long-range blasts … there didn’t seem to be a way Sanchez couldn’t score during his first season in England. He followed uplifting the FA Cup by helping Chile win the Copa America on home soil. I’d imagine that the long season and minutes logged by Sanchez will catch up with him this season and his goal scoring drops off from last year’s 25 total hauls. Even so, Sanchez is always worth watching.
4. Sergio Agüero, Manchester City —
Sergio Leonel ( born 2 June 1988) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Manchester City and the Argentina national team. On 5 July 2003, he became the youngest player to debut in the Argentine Primera División at 15 years and 35 days, breaking the record previously established by Diego Maradona in 1976.
In 2006, Agüero moved to Europe to play for La Liga side Atlético Madrid, with Independiente accepting a fee of €23 million. He made a name for himself, attracting attention from Europe's top clubs by scoring 101 goals in 234 appearances while winning the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup in 2010.
As prolific as he is, sometimes it feels like Agüero is easily glanced over on these sorts of lists, myself included. Perhaps this is bound to happen when you share the international stage with Lionel Messi. Consistency is an oft-overlooked trait in soccer, but whenever Agüero is healthy he does what he’s paid to do: score goals.
3. Eden Hazard, Chelsea —
Some questions to ponder about the reigning England Player of the Year. Is the gap bigger between Hazard and Ronaldo or Ronaldo and Messi? Does the Belgian have another 14-goal season in him for Chelsea? Is there a more effortless dribbler on the planet? Does he need to carry Belgium deep into the Euro next summer to justify his status? Do these questions actually have any bearing on Hazard himself? No, not really but they’ll be asked. That’s what happens when you’re as good as Hazard and you allow your skill to create headlines, not anything stupid you’ve done off the field as is (unfortunately) often the case in world soccer.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid —
Do you think Ronaldo’s final thought each night before drifting off to sleep is why does he have to play at the same time as Lionel Messi? How much does it gall him that he’ll mostly be thought of as No. 2 compared to his rival? In abstract, it doesn’t matter much. Both are all-time greats and arguably with Zinedine Zidane the best soccer players of the 21st Century. Even so, you just know it galls Ronaldo to his core that Messi will always be seen as a little bit better and grab a little of his spotlight.
1. Lionel Messi, Barcelona — Duh.
Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He is often considered the best player in the world and is rated by many in the sport as the greatest of all time. Messi is the only football player in history to win the FIFA World Player of the Year/FIFA Ballon d'Or five times, four of which he won consecutively, and the first player to win three European Golden Shoes. With Barcelona, he has won seven La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League titles, as well as three Copa del Rey titles. A prolific goalscorer, Messi holds the records for most goals scored in La Liga, a La Liga season (50), a calendar year (91), a single season (73), a Champions League match (five), and most Champions League seasons (five).
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