Best footballer from each continent right now
Son Heung-Min has become one of the Premier League's best forwards in recent years. The South Korean international has struck up a wonderful partnership with Harry Kane and will go down as one of their best players of the Premier League era.
Asia/Australia - Son Heung-Min (South Korea/Tottenham Hotspur)
Son possesses great technique and is excellent with the ball at his feet. He consistently gets the better of defenders thanks to his excellent footwork and pace which renders him hard to keep up with.
The 29-year-old scored 22 goals and provided 17 assists in 51 appearances across all competitions for Tottenham Hotspur in the 2020-21 season. In 93 appearances across all competitions for his national side, Son has scored 27 goals and provided 17 assists as well.
For a man of his talent, Christian Pulisic was rather sparingly used in the 2020-21 season. But given Chelsea's attacking wealth, it doesn't come as much of a surprise.
North America - Christian Pulisic (United States/Chelsea)
The 22-year-old Blues forward, who mainly plays across the wings has made quite an impact at Stamford Bridge since joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2019.
He has scored 18 goals and provided 14 assists in 79 appearances across all competitions for the Blues so far. Nicknamed 'Captain America', Pulisic is easily the most exciting player to have emerged from North America in the recent past.
Mohamed Salah, 'the Egyptian King', has been phenomenal for Liverpool over the past four seasons. He has been the main creative force behind their successes in the Champions League and the Premier League in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons respectively.
Africa - Mohamed Salah (Egypt/Liverpool)
Salah's pace, dribbling skills and shooting prowess have made him one of the best goalscorers in the business at the moment. He is also extremely fast and intelligent. Salah is also a tireless worker who always gives his all for the team.
In 204 appearances across all competitions for Liverpool, Salah has scored 126 goals and provided 49 assists. He has won the Premier League Golden Boot twice already. He has got off to a flying start in the 2021-22 season, registering two assists and scoring a goal in Liverpool's season opener against Norwich City.
When a player performs at the level that Robert Lewandowski has for a decade, his greatness needs to be acknowledged. The Polish international is easily one of the best strikers of the modern era. He was robbed off the Ballon d'Or in 2020 as the award was cancelled in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Europe - Robert Lewandowski (Poland/Bayern Munich)
The 32-year-old is a complete striker who has mastered the art of finishing. He has also been performing at an elite level for a decade now. In the 2020-21 season, Lewandowski scored 41 goals in the Bundesliga. In doing so, he broke Gerd Muller's record of most goals scored (40) in a 38-game Bundesliga season.
Lewandowski has scored 297 goals and provided 65 assists in 331 appearances across all competitions for Bayern Munich. He has 69 goals and 23 assists to his name for Poland across all competitions in the international circuit as well.
Arguably the greatest footballer of all time, Lionel Messi has been the talk of the town this summer for various reasons. The record six-time Ballon d'Or winner won the Golden Boot and the Best Player Award as he led Argentina to Copa America glory in July.
South America - Lionel Messi (Argentina/PSG)
He was subsequently forced to leave Barcelona due to the club's horrible financial situation and has now linked up with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe at PSG. Messi won the Pichichi trophy awarded to the top goalscorer in La Liga in the 2020-21 season.
Taking stock of all of his achievements is going to take us all day and hence, we'll leave it at that. Lionel Messi is easily the best South American footballer on the planet. Fans are waiting with bated breath to see how well the attacking trio of Neymar, Mbappe and Messi are going to perform side by side.