Unlike any other sport that has two teams, football has eleven players each on a single pitch, and that’s just a lot of players to keep an eye on. Despite the numbers, some players still manage to outshine everyone else. Every football fan has their eyes glued to at least one player in every match. When it comes to the best football player in the world, everyone will have their own favourites. However, some names just keep popping up and topping many people’s lists. It would be nearly impossible to have not at least heard of their names. Besides, they are one of the biggest reasons why football fans call it a “beautiful game.”
Undoubtedly, one of the best players and also one of the most popular would be Lionel Messi. Hailing from Argentina and playing for one of the most elite soccer teams, FC Barcelona, Messi has been also one of the most decorated football players. Whether he is playing for Barca or for hometown Argentina, he never fails to make an impact on the game.
If there is anyone who contests the top spot, it would be no other than Cristiano Ronaldo. This “list” is not numbered for that very reason. Looking at the statistics, Ronaldo is the only one who can equal Messi on the average. The rivalry between this Portuguese and Argentine has been going on for a decade now. Since 2007, it is either Ronaldo or Messi who is named FIFA’s Player of the Year.
Not everyone would agree with this man’s attitude on the field, but his ability to play on such a high level is another story. He plays on the same team as Messi yet does not get overshadowed by him. In fact, he just makes Barcelona even more dominant in the league. When it comes to one-on-one situations, especially during a penalty kick, he is the man who will surely get you that goal.