Many impressive soccer players are playing in different leagues and sports events worldwide. It becomes challenging to decide which player to bet on as the first, anytime, or last goalscorer, or which team will win. Many sports fans focus their attention on their favorite soccer players and their teams and support them even when sports betting. On the other hand, professional bettors research the players thoroughly and don’t tend to have biases.
Despite there being plenty of highly-skilled soccer players out there, some of them are simply more skilled than others. It’s still hard to make a list of the top players since any list will be controversial as there will be people who’ll say that another guy is better than what’s presented. Below is our list of the top five soccer players in the world.
Lionel Messi (Barcelona FC)
Lionel Messi is arguably the best soccer player of his generation. He’s already won the Ballon d’Or, the award that recognizes a player as the best one in the world, six times and was nominated for the FIFA Puskás Award seven times, although he hasn’t won the award.
Messi is arguably the only one who can dribble at a defense like how he does it. He can score a goal when there seemed to have been no chance of doing so. He can make a goal himself from open play or set pieces or set up a team goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus F.C)
Cristiano Ronaldo has had a long-standing rivalry with Messi to the point that they’ve got a duopoly for the Ballon d’Or that was once broken by Neymar. Ronaldo won five Ballon d’Ors as opposed to Messi’s six and is just one award shy of tying with him again.
Ronaldo’s remarkable acts include burning a defender with his moves or blowing him away with speed to make a goal, scoring goals with minimal assistance from his teammates, and shooting a goal from 40 yards out.
Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern Munich)
Robert Lewandowski is a striker, someone who’s overshadowed by today’s wide forwards, false nines, and trequartistas. Lewandowski is one man who is extremely good at scoring goals and is useful in one-on-one situations to the point that he became Bundesliga’s top scorer award during the last season, totaling five Bundesliga Top Scorer awards.
In the 31 matches he appeared in during Bundesliga’s last season, he managed to make 34 goals and only failed to score in six games during the entire season. Due to Lewandowski’s performance, there have been talks that he might be able to contend and win the 2020 Ballon d’Or, especially if he continues his form and help Bayern Munich win the Champions League.
Neymar Jr. (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.)
Neymar was the one who became a threat to break the Messi-Ronaldo duopoly for the Ballon d’Or by being shortlisted for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or alongside Ronaldo and Messi. Neymar suffered from injuries last season and was unable to play since early March after Ligue 1 decided to end the season early than resume after the lockdown. Still, he made 13 goals and six assists in 15 league games of that season. Despite repeatedly suffering from injuries in his multiple seasons with Paris Saint-Germain, his world-class ability is likely enough to win him the Ballon d’Or, if only he doesn’t get injured too often.
Among Neymar’s goals besides the Ballon d’Or is the Champions League with PSG.
It should be noted that Neymar and not Messi or Luis Suárez inspired Barcelona’s comeback against PSG during the spring of 2017, showing how skilled he is.
Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.)
Mbappé is one of the next generation of soccer players and is one of the world’s most talented players. In a few years, he can be at the top of the list of top soccer players in the world. Mbappé helped his French national team win the 2018 World Cup when he was only 19 years old, and he became an instant fan favorite from it.
He managed to dominate Ligue 1 while playing for PSG, and he now wants his first UEFA Champions League title. His youth is one factor that makes it more likely that he can get the title sooner rather than later.
Mbappé’s trophy cabinet will likely only expand as he progresses through his career over the years. He managed to make 47 combined goals and 33 assists in the games he played last season, and these numbers are comparable to Messi’s and Ronaldo’s numbers. Even though his numbers are similar to the duopoly’s numbers, Ligue 1’s abrupt end due to COVID-19 will likely keep Mbappé from being in the talks for the 2020 Ballon d’Or.
The soccer players mentioned above are among the top players worldwide, and the list we gave you is an attempt to showcase the ones that we think are the best. After reading this list, people can now look into games where they will likely play and look for some of the best soccer betting sites to start placing wagers and supporting them. If anytime goalscorer or something similar is an available betting market, they can go for Lewandowski.