For many years now, football has been a popular sport followed by many dedicated fans. The sport has not only gained a global audience but has also led to fans not just watching the sport but playing it as well. Many football supporters have started their own teams at work, helped coach children’s leagues at the weekend, or even got into playing video games like FIFA. Over the years there has been a great rise in football-focused gaming, including Fantasy Football, eSports, and football-related online slot games.
Football began many decades ago and since then teams have won in big tournaments around the world. At the same time, the game has also made turn some great players into football stars. Here are just some of the best top-tier football players that have made a big impression in football, and on fans, over the years.
The football god, Messi has continued to shine over and over again for the past decade. The Argentine born star has proven to be a goal-scoring machine at Camp Nou most of the time single-handedly carrying the whole club past major tournaments. The Barcelona striker has managed to scoop various awards, one being recently where he claimed his 6th Ballon d’Or title.
Virgil Van Dijk
Since his arrival at Liverpool, Van Dijk has brought with him a new dawn in the English team. Virgil managed to come third in Ballon d’Or FIFA ranking, his major contribution being the fact that he led Liverpool to the Champions League final where they won the title after defeating their English counterpart, Tottenham. One major title was awarded to this super defender; the UEFA’s player of the year for 2018-2019.
Another top-tier football player in the world is Egyptian football star, Mohammed Salah. This is one player who delivers no matter the circumstances. His consistency in scoring goals has helped him earn international recognition and generally uplifted Liverpool as a team. He has been able to achieve UEFA Champions League with Liverpool and even earned himself a Premier League Golden Boot in the most recent campaign.
For years now, Ronaldo has been an inspiration for many. During his time at Manchester United, football fans witnesses the teams success in winning several premier league titles and one Champions League. Cristiano then moved to Real Madrid where he earned several titles and also won himself his Ballon d’Or. So far he has managed to scoop five Ballon d’Or titles. Real Madrid is also one of the most followed football clubs on social media with a combined audience of 225.4 million followers online from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
This young star has broken so many records in his career so far. Since his arrival in the French league, the number seven Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) forward has proven to be unstoppable when it comes to scoring goals. In a previous campaign, he scored over 2O goals for PSG. He recently turned 21 and he has been able to achieve tremendous success in his football career – the major one being winning the FIFA World Cup with the France national team.
Since his arrival at Anfield, number ten Sadio Mane has been able to score several dozens of goals for Liverpool FC. As well as playing for the Liverpool club, he is also part of the Senegal national team too. During his career so far, he has achieved many honours such as the African Footballer of the Year and the Premier League Golden Boot in 2019.
David De Gea
Arguably the world’s best goalkeeper, De Gea plays for the famous Manchester United as number one and is currently part of the Manchester United squad for the 2019/20 Premier League season. De Gea also plays for the Spanish national team, and even played for them in Spain U15, and more, in his youth. This player is very promising in the world of football and, as of September last year, has signed a four year contract renewal with Manchester United.