Top 10 Best Football Players in the World 2019 One thing about football is that it pitches men of amazing abilities against one another. These gladiators struggle against each other to win matches, and those matches win competitions, and those competitions win laurels for the victors.
But after the matches have been played, and the sweat washed off their bodies, we the followers of the game take the battle away from the stadiums and into our shared spaces.
One of the most boiling questions, sure to bring up an argument or two is: who are the best players in the World today? In other words, who are most dependable players to their teams, and who are the most fearsome players to play against? Who are the most exciting players to watch? Who are the most lethal finishers in the game? Who has received the most praise and recognition from their fellow players?
In this list, we present some of the most consistently influential players who have continued to shine and to make a difference in the important matches for their teams. Without further unnecessary time wasting, we present the top 10 Best Footballers in the World for 2019.
Top 10 Best Football Players in the World 2019
1. Lionel Messi- Barcelona – Argentina
Barcelona’s poster boy for over a decade still receives all our focus and attention. 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.
Clocking 4383 minutes of football this season, including a game against Manchester United in which he was bleeding from his nose, Lionel Messi has been the pillar on which the Name and entity of Barcelona have rested.
Messi has scored a total of 51 goals for Barcelona this term- a staggering figure by any calculation. Lionel Messi averages 1 goal per game, hit a total of 241 shots, finding the target 122 times.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo- Juventus – Portugal
The Conqueror of Europe continues to show his class. Having brought England and Spain to their knees previously, Christiano Ronaldo turned his attention to Italy. This historic land with an ancient history of dominance needed to learn a thing or two about the Legend.
Although the Serie A tried to be stubborn, Ronaldo found his form and has 28 Club Goals to his name this season. Ronaldo has also shown his ability to carry this Juventus side on his shoulders; recall that stunning Hat trick he scored against Athletico Madrid in the Champions League, and you know that this is an absolute powerhouse in this game.
This season he added the Italian Scudetto to his list of achievements.
3. Virgil Van Dyke – Liverpool- Netherlands
Third on our list of the best football players in the world 2019 so far, Virgil Van Dyke, we haven’t seen a defender like this in a long long time. Virgil Van Dyke, with his recent performances in the English Premier League, as well as excellent displays in the Champions League this season, Virgil Van Dyke is already drawing comparisons with Legends like Jaap Stam and Paolo Maldini. Just look at his stats this season. this
With an average of 5 clearances every 90 minutes he is an almost unbeatable player. Almost. In the last 2 seasons, Virgil Van Dyke has played against Christiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Eden Hazard, and none of them have been able to successfully get past him. Class!
This Defense Marshal has supervised one of the tightest defenses in the World, only conceding 20 goals in the English Premier League this term.
Let us not forget that Virgil Van Dyke was voted PFA Player of the Year for the 2018/2019 season. A worthy accolade indeed.
4. Eden Hazard – Chelsea – Belgium
Coming back to club football from a successful outing in last years World Cup, Eden Hazard makes the list for his dominant and consistent performances both in the English Premier League and the UEFA Europa Cup, Europe’ second-tier club competition.
Even though Chelsea have not been impressive in the League this season, Eden Hazard has shown himself a level above his current environment. Maybe it is his new-found likeness for personal accolades, but whatever his motivation Eden Hazard does not look like he will be letting up anytime soon.
Eden Hazard garnered a nomination for the PFA Player of the Year, and also won the Premier League’s Play-maker Award after the Belgium star scored 16 goals and produced 15 assists for Chelsea in the English Premier League season 2018/2019.
5. Kylian Mbappe – Paris Saint Germain- France
Kylian Mbappe announced his presence on the International scene with his sterling performances at the World Cup, including scoring, and assisting in the final to seal a convincing win against runners-up Croatia. He has not stopped there, however, with 40 goals in a PSG Shirt this season, this guy has a solid claim to his position on this list, and maybe a better spot, but Pele was not crowned king at age 20. He put in 32 goals in Ligue one this season, making him the top scorer in the League.
He adds Ligue1 title number 2 to an already impressive trophy cabinet, not just for a 20-year-old, but for anybody.
6. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – Argentina
Sergio Aguero means business, the sixth best football player in the world currently. With 21 goals, and 8 assists all in only 2479 minutes of football this season, he is the most potent striker/ forward not just in England, but in the whole world at the moment. Not one to show his skills with unnecessary touches of the ball, or to slow down even with his opponents mentally defeated, Sergio Aguero keeps hitting and has shown himself a key component of coach Pep Guardiola’s fine-tuned, record-breaking side.
Sergio Aguero is already a Legend, he has now drawn level with Newcastle United Legend, Alan Shearer who held the record for the highest number of Premier League hatricks with 11. Now, Sergio Aguero only needs one more hatrick to break the record.
This season, he adds a Premiership Title to his already impressive list of achievements.
7. Raheem Sterling- Manchester City- England
The man of the moment in England right now, Raheem Sterling embodies the potential of what England can become in the years to come. He is Skillful and athletic and has found a new lethal touch in front of goal. Raheem Sterling has come into the limelight this season, thanks to the confidence shown in him by coach Pep Guardiola. The coach has believed in Raheem Sterling, and so has put him on the field for over 5293 minutes of football this season.
Raheem Sterling scored in 17 goals and making 10 assists for his club, in the English Premier League this season. 3 goals in the FA Cup, and 5 goals in the UEFA Champions League for the 2018/2019 season.
This year he goes home with a PFA Player of the Year nomination.
He was voted PFA Young Player of the Year for the 2018/ 2019 season and adds Premier League Title, as well as an FA Cup trophy to his list of accolades.
8. Mohammed Salah- Liverpool – Egypt
The explosive pace is still there! He showed glimpses of his ability despite being slowed down by the injury he sustained in the 2017/2018 Champions League final. Mohammed Salah has received his second consecutive Golden Shoe Award for his performances in the English Premier League.
Salah has been an absolute pillar for Liverpool, he has played 4230 minutes in all competitions for Liverpool this term, scoring a total of 26 goals, and making 10 assists so far this season.
With 22 goals he topped the charts until the final day of the season which saw both his teammate Sadio Mane and Pierre Aubameyang of Arsenal score two times each to catch up with him and to share the accolade with 22 goals.
9. Luka Modric — Real Madrid – Croatia
Immediate past Ballon d’Or winner, Luka Modric comes next. The 33-year-old former Tottenham man has managed to stand himself apart from the mess that has become of Real Madrid since the departure of talismanic forward and winger Christiano Ronaldo.
His amazing ball control, vision, superb body movement, and good work-rate continue to be a plus to the Real Madrid side that will be seeking for redemption, having called back Champions League dominating coach Zinedine Zidane.
Luka Modric has been a pillar that has prevented the complete downfall of Real Madrid, with his impressive 5189 minutes of football in all competitions this season. He scored 2 goals for Real while making 7 assists at the same time. Luka Modric hit 46 shots and had an impressive 89 percent of all his passes.
10. Khalidou Koulibaly- Napoli- Senegal
Last on our list of best footballers in the world presently, a Senegalese export to the city of Naples; Khalidou Koulibaly has also shone and towered in his position this season. He has Marshalled another reputable defense in the Football world this term. He has conceded 0.8 goals every 90 minutes, 14 out of the 35 matches he has played in have been clean sheets for his defense. He played 3134 minutes in Serie A this term while racking up 4304 minutes of club football in total.
He was named the Best Defender in the Italian Serie A for the 2018/2019 season with 61 tackles completed, and 135 clearances. With 2229 passes completed, this is also the best passer of the ball in Serie a for the 2018/2019 season.
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