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5 best right wingers in world football currently

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Modified 28 Aug 2020, 19:05 IST
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#3 Serge Gnabry | Bayern Munich

Serge Gnabry has enjoyed a stunning rise in the past two seasons
Serge Gnabry has enjoyed a stunning rise in the past two seasons

Originally from Arsenal's famed Hale End academy, Serge Gnabry is the one that got away for the Gunners in recent seasons. The German international made a name for himself under Arsene Wenger and endured an unproductive loan spell with West Bromwich Albion, after which he left permanently to join Werder Bremen in 2016.

Gnabry showed glimpses of his potential at Werder and was soon snapped up by Bayern Munich, who loaned him out to Hoffenheim for the 2017-18 season. Having returned from his loan spell, the young German looked like a completely different player and quickly established himself as a key player for the Bavarian giants.

Known for his electric pace and ability to strike the ball with both feet, Gnabry played a pivotal role in Bayern's historic treble-winning 2019-20 season. The former Arsenal man recorded a staggering 23 goals and 14 assists in all competitions, as the Bavarians reaped the rewards of being patient with him.

The 25-year-old is a key player for club and country and could improve further under the tutelage of Hansi Flick at Bayern Munich.


#2 Mohamed Salah | Liverpool

Mohamed Salah is an indispensable member of Jurgen Klopp
Mohamed Salah is an indispensable member of Jurgen Klopp's star-studded team

Since moving to Liverpool in the summer of 2017, Mohamed Salah has been not only one of the best wingers in Europe, but also one of the biggest matchwinners in world football. The Egyptian attacker notched up 32 league goals in his debut season with the Reds and broke the record for most goals scored by a player in a single Premier League season, as he quickly wrote himself into the history books.

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Salah capped off another stunning season by winning the Golden Boot again in 2018-19, as he shared the award with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and teammate Sadio Mane.

The 28-year-old is a vital cog of Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side and has won three major honours with the Reds, including the UEFA Champions League and the Premier League.

Salah is one of the most prolific attackers in world football currently, and his consistency throughout his three-year spell in Merseyside will take some beating.


#1 Lionel Messi | Barcelona

Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona this summer
Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona this summer

Unsurprisingly, Lionel Messi tops the list of best right wingers in world football currently. The Argentine star has made all the headlines in recent days after announcing his decision to leave Barcelona, with speculation surrounding his future set to be the biggest story of the ongoing transfer window.

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Nevertheless, the 33-year-old's ability needs no introduction, as he is widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time. Messi topped the charts for goals as well as assists in the 2019-20 La Liga season but was powerless from preventing Barcelona from going trophyless, as they surrendered the league title to arch-rivals Real Madrid.

With a jaw-dropping tally of 31 goals and 26 assists across all competitions for Barcelona, Messi was at his brilliant best but was let down by his teammates yet again.

The diminutive Argentine is reportedly desperate to secure a transfer this summer, with Manchester City leading the race to secure his signature.


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Published 28 Aug 2020, 19:05 IST
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