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The Top 10 Football Players in the World

Who is the current best player in the World (Picture credit - g element)
Who is the current best player in the World (Picture credit - g element)
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The debate rages between every football fan on over who is currently the best footballer in the world. Everyone has their own opinion, some say Lionel Messi is the best player in the world right now, while Cristiano Ronaldo continues to impress at 33 and his accolades make him a serious choice for many fans. Others such as Nicklas Bendtner who would list himself at the top of the list. Well, turn away now Nicklas, because here is our version of the best players in world football right now.

10. Kevin De Bruyne

The Belgian is the Premier League
The Belgian is the Premier League's best player

Kevin De Bruyne, one of the top footballers in europe, has enjoyed three wonderful years since his return to the English Premier League with Manchester City. Deemed not good enough by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, the playmaker was sold to Wolfsburg for £18 Million in 2014. After two stunning seasons with the club, Manchester City lured him back to the Premier League for a club record fee of £55 million.

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The Belgian has adapted to life in England seamlessly and has quickly replaced Mesut Ozil as the leagues best playmaker. The 27-year-old has so far managed 46 assists and 21 goals despite only appearing in 99 Premier League games for City. Expect plenty more from the Belgian in the coming season as he looks to further enhance his reputation as the best player in the Premier League.

9. Manuel Neuer

Still the best goalkeeper in the world
Still the best goalkeeper in the world

Other goalkeepers may surpass him over the next few years but as of now, Neuer remains the best in the world. Leadership, agility and the ability to play the ball out from the back are the traits that have made him the best in his position since 2010.

The German's greatness and legacy have been further highlighted by top sides around the world trying to have their own Manuel Neuer. We have seen this most recently at Manchester City, Arsenal, and Juventus. It is the ultimate compliment and testament to the man who has revolutionised how goalkeepers play the modern game of football.

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8. Kylian Mbappe

Mbappe recently became a World Cup winner at the age of 19
Mbappe recently became a World Cup winner at the age of 19

Kylian Mbappe is 19 years old. Despite this, the French striker has won a World Cup, has two league titles to his name and has scored 65 career goals. He has already achieved more than most players will during their careers and he is only just getting started. He is arguably the best teenager of all time and if he continues on an upward trajectory, he could become the best player of all time.

His combination of pace, power and clinical finishing make him almost unstoppable. This year may come too soon, but expect that Mbappe will be in contention to win the World Player of the Year within the next two years.

#7 Luis Suarez

Suarez remains Messi
Suarez remains Messi's partner in crime

The 31-year-old striker has recently shown signs of slowing down, but at this current time, he remains among the best. The Uruguayan was the Premier League's best player during his time at Liverpool, and he nearly won the title on his own during the 2013/14 season. Suarez's move to Barcelona in 2014 has further allowed the striker to prove his ability in the world's best league.

Suarez combines the incredible skill set that he posses, with his will and determination to win. This has resulted in the striker becoming one of the deadliest players of his generation. His numbers at Barcelona stands at 154 goals and a stunning 84 assists in 202 games, which is even more impressive when he has had to contend with sharing goals with Lionel Messi.

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Published 15 Sep 2018, 08:56 IST
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