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5 of the most powerful footballers in the world

Rupam Nag
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Manchester City v FC Basel - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
Yaya Toure in act

Flair, quality, and intelligence might be the most important skills one needs in order to succeed as a football player, but it certainly helps to be well-built because football requires one to be strong.

A player needs to endure the rough tackles, shoulder barges and challenges to make it big at the top level.

Yaya Toure and Giorgio Chiellini used to be two of the strongest footballers on the planet, but their age has certainly taken a toll on them.

Regardless, we still have a number of footballers who can be a nightmare to the opposition without even having the ball.

We all love seeing a fair physical battle on the football pitch, but don't expect anything to be fair when you come up against the following 5 players.

#5 Romelu Lukaku

Manchester United v FC Basel - UEFA Champions League
Lukaku's style of play is dependent on his physicality.

Romelu Lukaku is one of those rare players who aren't just buff, but know how to make the best use of it too. He has been pivotal to whatever little success Manchester United have found this season, and their style of play is reliant on Lukaku's ability to hold the ball.

So often he has bullied the opposition defenders with sheer strength. The fact that it takes more than one player to counter the Belgian's strength has resulted in his teammates finding more space to exploit.

His ability to leap higher than most defenders has been used very effectively too. His assists for Anthony Martial's goal against Tottenham Hotspur this season, or Marcus Rashford's strike against Liverpool buttresses this point.

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