Since its emergence, soccer has produced some unbelievable players to the elegance of the beautiful game throughout history. Whether it be Pele, Di Stefano, Garrincha, Puskas in the 1950s, Maradona in the 1980s, or Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo in the last 20 years, we have been fortunate enough to witness some genuine piece of footballing genius.
Selecting a top 10 is not an easy task since there are a lot of deserving players on the planet right now. Without further hullabaloo, here is a list of the top 10 best football players in the world. The ranking of the players are based on their 2015-16 season performance stats.
10. Andres Iniesta
The Spanish midfielder of Barcelona, as Sergio Ramos describes, a man “touched with a magic wand”. From incredible dribbles to jaw-dropping passes, he can do things that other players dream of. His sublime smoothness and soft touches seem like magical.
Stats in 2015-16 : Appearances –36
Goals – 1
Assists – 3
9. Arjen Robben
This Dutch flying winger of Bayern Munich has the edge. Rarely off match for injury, he is a smart package of skills, dribbles, and techniques. Best known for his sudden cross with left foot, he is able to give hard times to the opponent, anytime.
Stats in 2015-16 : Appearances –18
Goals – 4
Assists – 1
8. Eden Hazard
This Belgian attacking midfielder of Chelsea is widely acknowledged for his technical ability, speed, and creative skills. Jose Mourinho’s trump card, Hazard is often considered as one of the best players on the planet.
Stats in 2015-16 : Appearances – 41
Goals – 8
Assists – 7
7. Gareth Bale
The 25 years old Welsh heartthrob of Real Madrid is recognized as one of the best footballers of his generation. Forges a sensational relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in the attack. Claiming a record sprint of 34.7 km/h, this Bale-storm can pale the wall of defense with an ease.
Stats in 2015-16 : Appearances – 32
Goals – 23
Assists – 10
This Brazilian striker of Barcelona forms a thrilling trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. Capable of doing anything with the ball, it’ll be no surprise if this young shining star becomes the top dog of the list one day. He is at no. 6 in the list of top 10 best football players in the world.
Stats in 2015-16 : Appearances – 35
Goals – 24
Assists – 12
5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
This Swedish striker of Paris St-Germain, a bohemian-looking with a mixture of subtlety in his feet and audacious by the head, has always been eye-catching as his first name ‘Zlatan’ suffices. The perfect combination of power,wit and imagination make him a defender’s nightmare.
Stats in 2015-16 : Appearances – 46
Goals – 47
Assists – 13
4. Manuel Neuer
Contender of the Ballon d’Or this year, the only German goalkeeper and Bayern Munich star to feature in the top 10. Whenever the team needs he prefers to wander out and takes part in playmaking and this makes him more than just the finest goalkeeper on the planet.
3. Luis Suarez
As mentioned earlier this Uruguayan striker of Barcelona forms a thrilling trio with Neymar and Messi in the attack. His brilliance is showcased in Liverpool, but his improvement in Barcelona is beyond mention. A wonderful finisher. Based on current performance stats, Suarez is at no. 3 in the list of
Stats in 2015-16 : Appearances – 35
Goals – 40
Assists – 16
2. Lionel Messi
This Argentine striker of Barcelona is often considered as one of the greatest players of all time. The lone player in the history to possess five Ballon d’Ors. This 5’9″ is probably the finest dribblers of all time and his capacity of playmaking, quality of passing, finishing and scoring capacity is a joy to watch with a bowl of popcorns. Recently he has failed to lead his team Argentina to claim the Copa America’16 title but that can not mud his quality. Messi is also considered as one of the best football players in the world.
Stats in 2015-16 : Appearances – 48
Goals – 41
Assists – 21
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
The only daring player to compete with Messi over the last decade, the Ballon d’Or this year, the goal-machine, the beauty, yep it’s him – Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese ex-ManU winger of Real Madrid. Currently, he is considered even better than his rival and that’s impressive. This phenomenal player is a combination of electrifying pace, an imposing physic, incredibly quick in feet and one of the best finishers to spectator’s expectation. Recently Portugal has broken their fast with the French burger claiming the Euro’16 title under his brilliant captaincy. Cristiano Ronaldo is the best football player in the world.
Stats in 2015-16 : Appearances – 47
Goals – 51
Assists – 15.