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United goalkeeper David De Gea persuading Cesc Fabregas to Join ManU

David De Gea has admitted that he is trying to persuade Barcelona star to join Manchester United.

This Spanish Red Devils stopper is looking to add further Spanish flair to Manchester United that also includes Juan Mata. De Gea during an interview about Cesc Fabregas said,

“I’m trying to get him to come.”

De Gea finds it a tough job as Arsenal have first option on Fabregas if he is to leave Camp Nou. A transfer mishap happened when David Moyes famously failed to land Fabregas last summer. That was an embarrassing campaign for the recently departed ManU boss.

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Cesc Fabregas—–image via: nl.wikipedia.org

Then Louise van Gaal took the charge and with his attempt the rebuilding club may feel that now is an excellent time to tempt Fabregas back to the Premier League. De Gea needs to spend more time convincing the new boss van Gaal. However, van Gaal isn’t bothered by the Fabregas’ potential availability reportedly.

Van Gaal remains uninterested in Ander Herrera, who continued to crop up during Moyes’ era. The Athletic Bilbao player is outlined as a potential replacement for Cesc Fabregas at Barcelona. The aforementioned report was suggesting that he could be a key in any deal that would see Fabregas move away from his boyhood club for the second time.

If United land Fabregas, plenty will need to be changed for them. Firstly, van Gaal’s mindset will need some alternations if Jones’ article is to be believed. Secondly, the player’s eagerness to join the club. Possibly, Fabregas must favour an Old Trafford move over a return to Arsenal, if the Gunners deem him a worthwhile target.

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Cesc Fabregas in Arsenal—-image via; www.jigneshbapna.com

Arsenal midfield is crammed with similar players and the coach Arsene Wenger needs to prioritise a battling central midfield over a ball-playing type, alongside a world-class forward and right-back. Former Gunners star Ray Parlour questioned whether Fabregas is needed,

”The problem with Fabregas is where do you put him in the team? They have got very similar players to Fabregas—they have Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere , Santi Cazorla, —if you bring Fabregas back where do you fit him in? “

De Gea’s attempt of influencing Fabregas may give Manchester United an advantage if a transfer for Fabregas is deemed need. There is no doubt the team need a plethora of new talent across the board. Cesc Fabregas proven talent would be an asset to any team in the world. Though United may favour an imposing physical type instead like Arsenal.

Van Gaal will certainly direct the team towards right direction. But the thing’s for sure is the Dutchman need to land a handful of world-class stars before Manchester United can be taken again.

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Chelsea vs. Paris Saint-Germain: (2-0) Ba’s late winner dragged the Blues to semi-finals at the expense of PSG

Chelsea vs. Paris Saint-Germain:  (2-0)

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Chelsea eluded all the probabilities, each of the predictions and prophecy to reach the last four of the Champions League quarter final on one of the greatest nights at Stamford Bridge. May be it’s a triumph of the human psyche or just one of those other things that sometimes happens in soccer.

Long enough, it appeared like Javier Pastore’s late goal in the first leg was adequate for PSG, but they were undone by a great punch from Ba that booked Chelsea’s 7nth Champions League semi-final appearance in last one decade. Probably Mourinho should have been the one bracing over his side’s hope in the competition, but it was Laurent Blanc who emerged for the first half in an obvious bid to calm any pre-match audacity.

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Chelsea did not play exceptionally well. They hit the bar twice and found one last thrust when they really needed it, with four or five minutes of massive pressure culminating in Demba Ba’s conclusive goal. However home fans got there hope back with the Belgian’s replacement – Andre Schurrle, actually when he found the net 14 minutes after coming off the bench. And Chelsea’s anticipations appeared to agonize a huge blow in the 18th minute when PSG transfer target Hazard limped was injured and replaced. The momentum reversed on 32 minutes thanks to an old-fashioned long pass, David Luiz got to Branislav Ivanovic’s throw and flicked it to Andre Schurrle, who scraped the ball beyond Salvatore Sirigu.

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A substantial team ethic permeate the Chelsea dressing-room, which makes them greater than the sum of their individual skills, a contrast to PSG, who still remain a puzzle of sparkling pieces waiting to be assembled completely.After going behind, the men from the French capital disposed little threat, and could have been two down when Schurrle burgled an effort at the crossbar. Soon after an Oscar free-kick suffered the same fate.

Mourinho played his last card, with 10 minutes left, sending on Torres for Oscar.

Right after 90 minutes Chelsea still had to hold on through four minutes of injury time, two corners and an astounding save from Marquinhos’s shot by Cech until the final whistle triggered an almighty commemoration.

One mistake, one goal ­and that brought ­obscurity for Chelsea. Lavezzi curled in a free-kick which Cech, stretching to his left, pushed away. It was never like Chelsea’s day neither like PSG’s, after Edinson Cavani had wasted a thriving opportunity to put the result beyond doubt, Ba became an unexpected hero.

Mental strength is the vital constituent for Mourinho’s men who have steel nerve about them and that will make them tough nuts to crack in the semi-finals. Mourinho has mirrored on his team’s “deserved” victory:

“I wanted Demba to play in front of the defenders, and Nando to defend Maxwell. I think we did enough in the beginning of the second half to score before, but we couldn’t. The team that decided to defend was punished, and the team that gave everything deserved to go through to the semis.”

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Barclays Premier League: Liverpool vs Manchester City match preview; Liverpool host title competitor Manchester City at Anfield

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For a game that has been billed as a title showdown, Manchester City travel to Anfield knowing that after full-time only one of these two teams will have their fate in their own side.

Considering the crunch confrontation, the Reds are top of the table with five more fixtures to go, 4 points clear of third-placed City. Though, city has two games in hand over them.

Only two days before the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, a minute’s silence will be held, as a Kop mural displays “96” and “25 Years”. As a mark of respect, kick-off will be delayed by seven minutes, in line with other fixtures across English football this weekend.

KICK-OFF: Sunday, April 13, 2014

                      1.37pm

13.37 BST.

PROBABLE LINEUPS

 

LIVERPOOL

Reina
Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Enrique
Gerrard, Lucas, Allen
Borini, Suarez, Downing

 


MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Zabaleta, Lescott, Kompany, Clichy

Rodwell, Yaya Toure
Nasri, Tevez, Silva
Balotelli

 

LAST THREE MEETINGS…

Manchester City (Kompany, Negredo) 2-1 Liverpool (Coutinho),

 Premier League, December 2013

Manchester City  (Dzeko, Aguero) 2 – 2 Liverpool  (Sturridge, Gerrard),

Premier League, February 2013

Liverpool  (Skrtel , Suarez) 2-2 Manchester City  (Toure, Tevez),

 Premier League, August 2012

Liverpool

Prediction:

Whoever wins this match will win the Premier League, that’s what I think. The winners will have all the momentum, but if I’m being honest I can’t see either of them getting it. So can’t wait to watch it and I think it will be a very entertaining football match as Manchester City don’t go anywhere and vindicate. At the other hand Liverpool won’t sit back because this is their good chance to win the Premier league.

Manchester City

Definitely Sergio Aguero’s return will make a lot of difference to City. So Liverpool will struggle to live with him – but at the same time I have to say how Man City can live with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. At Anfield the atmosphere has been absolutely remarkable recently – and for the Liverpool players and fans to win this game and virtually win the league on the day they celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hillsborough. Been brilliant this season and winning 9 games on the run is a huge ask in any league and truly I’m going for a 1-1 draw – although a 3-3 result wouldn’t really surprise me.

Some informations:

Daniel Agger (Centre-back) returns to Liverpool’s squad to face Manchester City on Sunday.

Top scorer of Manchester City, Sergio Agüero could also return for Sunday’s trip.

Liverpool have not lost any home match to Manchester City since May 2003.

After this match, City will have just one game against a team(another trip to face Everton) in the top half remaining,.

Penalty, Liverpool last scored was Steven Gerrard’s against Manchester City on January 25 earlier this year.

Manchester City are undefeated in their last five league games against Liverpool.

Still now these two teams are the top two scorers in the premier league this season – Liverpool have notched 90 times and City with 84 times. Chelsea are at 3rd with 65 goals.

Liverpool celebration

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Champions League: Olympiakos Stuns Atletico Madrid in Athens

Olympiakos Piraeus secured a surprise 3-2 victory last night. Unbelievably their opponent was last year’s Champions League runners-up Atletico Madrid. It was quite a dream start for the Greek Champions.

Olympiakos went ahead on 13 minutes at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium. The young French defender Arthur Masuaku found space for a low shot.

The hosts got advantage just after the half hour mark. This time Ibrahim Afellay doubled the score for them.

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Seven minutes before halftime, Atletico Madrid’s Mario Mandzukic pulled a goal back. But again the visitors had to fall behind. Kostas Mitroglou got strike at the 73rd minute for Olympiakos. It was his only goal for last ten months.

Just before the last four minutes, Atletico substitute Antoine Griezmann set up another tense finish. It was quite a close-range strike for him. But late enough, as Michel’s team clung on for victory.

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 Olympiakos vs Atletico:

The match opening was a little tentative. Olympiakos went ahead from the first clean chance. Alejandro Dominguez’s short corner was teed up by Afellay for Masuaku. Then just outside the area, Masuaku had to beat Jan Oblak with a superb low strike.

Atletico Madrid fought back sometimes. But striker Mandzukic was wasteful in front of the bar. The La Liga Champions were punished against the run of play. And thereafter, Afellay put the hosts 2-0 ahead.

Dominguez showed a determined run for the goal. Mitroglou just dummied his pass then. Afellay had to finish into the bottom corner clinically.

Suddenly Mandzukic found the target. Atletico clawed their way back into the match. Cristian Ansaldi provided the precise cross head the ball home. Eric Abidal was there, but Mandzukic perfected to escape his attention.

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The hosts restored their two goal lead. This time again Mitroglou. He just superbly controlled Pajtim Kasim’s cross and swiveled past Oblak from close range.

Last time he scored at the World Cup playoff against Romania. That was last November and he was playing for Greece.

Substitute Griezmann struck from Koke’s superb cross. The final few minutes were real nervy. But still the hosts held on to claim the points and celebrations following the final whistle.

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Louis van Gaal expects Manchester United Players to Learn English in one Year

Louis van Gaal may have planned to overhaul the Manchester United Players this summer. He is determined to get all his players learn at least one thing. He expects from all his players to speak in English, especially for the new faces from different non-English speaking countries.

Van Gaal has pledged to make all the Manchester United Players fluent in one language within one year. And undoubtedly that language should be English for them.

The Manchester Evening news reporter has confirmed that all the Spanish players have started lessons in English. This has been started more than two weeks ago.

The new season players are only two weeks in this country. Before that they were in USA. There was also international week in between. For the Spanish, speaking ability in Spanish was good enough for communication on the Spanish pitch. But for English Premier League they need to be promising about learning English.

So now, Language is a kind of relevant issue for Van Gaal’s squad (Manchester United Players). As there have been plenty of foreigners have been imported to Old Trafford. But still there are ample reserves of domestic and English-speaking talent inside the Manchester United Players.

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Exact one year for Manchester United Players:

There are quite some England Internationals for the Red Devils. Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are some of them. Midfielder Michael Carrick and Ashley Young can also be considered.

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Luis Van Gaal of MANU ; image credit ibnlive.in.com

There are also some non-English players, who can still speak the very language. Darren Fletcher from Scotland and Jonny Evans from Northern Ireland can be counted too on the book. Most specifically there is another Dutchman in the list. Van Gaal’s fellow Dutchman Robin Van Persie has spent most of his career in England. So, he is easily expected to be fluent in English.

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But still along all these English speaking Manchester United Players, there is a balancing group of players comfortable in speaking the Spanish.

As David de Gea Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Marcos Rojjo preferred the language, before the QPR match, Spanish was quite the mother tongue in Red Devil’s dressing room.

Yes of course, many of them can speak English. In fact Falcao conducted all in English at his first press conference. Occasionally he had to grant help from his interpreter. Van Gaal also didn’t forget to praise him for this.

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Van Gaal’s desire is probably to foster some Squad unity inside the Manchester United Players. Communicating in one language (preferably English) is very much important at the first point. Truly this a praiseworthy patient concern, considering the huge number of new arrivals.

To make room for the new arrivals, Javier Hernandez, Englishman Danny Welbeck, Wilfried Zaha, Tom Cleverly and Nani were dispensed. Currently the Manchester united Players and also the new signs are positively taking the chance, as they don’t have to UEFA Champions League this season. Captain Rooney has recently led a night with the reshuffled squad. I believe it’s very much important for the unity.

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Wayne Rooney included his wife Coolen with them. Falcao, Marcos Rojjo, Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw were the new arrivals.

These kind of excursions can play a useful role for the Manchester United Players. More importantly this can bring a squad from the Red Devils together. Hopefully we will get have some aspects from the night at the pitch.

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Van Gaal is probably well aware of cliques from such leaning on separate groups for camaraderie. Obviously this a hard time for the Old Trafford squad. Manchester united Players have already been struggling. And certain players simply resent are already being left out.

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Defining features of United’s squads under Sir Alex Ferguson. It was most definitely unity. Probably this was the backbone of so many title-winning campaigns.

Now that a time, Van Gaal wants that same brotherhood. He is stepping for the foundation of this new look team for greater purpose.

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Pepe Injury: Updates on present status and return

For the last few games, Real Madrid has proven their shaky defense. And now they are going to receive another minor blow. Real Madrid Star and Portuguese center-back succumbed to a muscle problem. He has already missed the tricky away game against Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga last night.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that the defender was going to miss the match due to muscle fatigue. The 31 year old’s place was taken by the young French central defender Raphael Varane. May be that another cause, Pepe’s loss needn’t be a particularly damaging blow for Real.

Pepe definitely could offer more experience. He is a genuine uncompromising streak fierce to make any attacker cringe. But at the same time he is part of that defense which was breached easily in last three games.

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Unfortunately Real Madrid had to admit seven goals that time. All involved with the squad just felt the necessity of improving the back. May be Varane is a key choice for that kind of improvement. Though he is not a regular at the squad. But Pepe injury got this chance for his talent.

Pepe Injury: updates

No matter if he plays regular or not. Madrid got to sign another new deal with the French international to keep away from other club’s reach. Real Madrid is committed to protect one of their future stars.

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Madrid defender Pepe ; image credit en.wikipedia.org

The 21-year-old France international moved to Bernabeu from Lens in 2011. At that time he got the six year deal with the club. Since then he had made a complete 74 appearances. Undoubtedly he got several other clubs interest. Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea is among them.

But Pepe Injury reminds Madrid that they have to keep the talent. Probably Real Madrid is going to add another three years to his existing contract in Bernabeu.

Real Madrid mostly had to rely on Pepe and Sergio Ramos. And now Ancelotti endorsed Varane’s importance.

“He is a Real Madrid player, he is young and we need him. We will help him”

“I always say that we have Ramos and Pepe, two of the best defenders in the world”

As per Real Madrid, Varane has to seize the limited chances to impress. Pepe Injury confirms that his aged legs are going to be rested ahead of La Liga tilt. Unfortunately Madrid have two actions in four days.

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The last night Coruna trip was a satisfying event for the Real Madrid fans in last few weeks. Next, Ancelotti’s men have to host Elche in Bernabeu. Hope, Pepe Injury will not make suffer the team anymore.

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Wayne Rooney Opens Up on Manchester United Future

Wayne Rooney is supposedly very much keen to complete his current five-year contract with Manchester United.

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This powerful English forward and amazing finisher inked a mega £300,000 per week deal earlier this year. This may suggest that his thoughts of leaving the club have alredy passed. Wayne Rooney admitted he would like to stay during a special 10-year anniversary interview with Manchester United TV.

Rooney said,

” I think the plan is I’ve just signed new long-term deal at Manchester United and hopefully in five years time we will be sat down for a 12-year one. I don’t see any other reason why not.”

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Wayne Rooney touches the height————–image via: www.abc.net.au

Manchester United’s twitter account posted a photo of highlights from Rooney’s stay to coincide with the TV interview’s release.

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The English striker, Wayne Rooney also confirmed he had no hard feelings toward former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Despite a public fallout with Sir Alex Ferguson toward the end of his United reign, Wayne Rooney appears to have settled matters with the man who took him from Merseyside to Manchester United.

Rooney said about Sir Ferguson,

” He was vitally important to me. I am grateful to him for having the faith to bring me in Manchester United from Everton. I think he is an incredible manager and an incredible person , the way you see his desire for the game. Ferguson certainly helped me a lot and helped us all.I am very much grateful for everything he has done.”

Wayne Rooney made the £25.4 million switch from Everton in 2004. Rooney has remained a key player for United ever since his debut hat-trick against Fenerbahce, but his United career has threatened to reach a crashing halt numerous times during the last decade.

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During the 2010 season, he was said to have handed in a transfer request after a series of some disagreement issues with Ferguson. At that time he also questioned the club’s ambition, suggesting he would exit if world-class signings weren’t made.

However, it was Sir Alex Ferguson’s departing comments on the hard- working player that most seriously tested Rooney’s desire to reach his landmark season with Manchester United.

Sir Ferguson suggested the player handed in a second transfer request as the 2012/13 season came to a close. The retiring manager, Ferguson had no problem dropping Wayne Rooney for key encounters-most notably against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League-and appeared set to continue frustrating his talisman until the very last.

But Rooney denied handing in the latter transfer request, despite Ferguson reiterating the footballers’ alleged desire to leave the Club in his autobiography.

Van Gaal and Wayne Rooney’s chemistry

However, later on, David Moyes restored Rooney to his preferred striking position upon taking charge of Manchester United and now the new boss Louis Van Gaal handed the long-serving player captaincy with the current campaign ahead.

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Wayne Rooney———image via: www.theguardian.com

Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United board also finally managed to deliver top-quality signings for Wayne Rooneyto work alongside. The likes of Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and the youngster Luke Shaw can significantly improve Manchester United’s confidence after last year’s horrific disappointment. These world class players can also help Rooney return to his best.

Rooney is a very vital player for Manchester United right now. He holds a position of power and sees stars all around him-allowing the often criticised player time to reflect on an eventful 10 long years at the Theatre of Dreams.

Often it appeared that his cold war with Sir Alex Ferguson were brought on by both men possessing the natural ability to lead and strong ideas. If the manager did things his way-which would often disregard the emotion of his players-Wayne Rooney was susceptible to feeling the heat.

Neither pulled punches when it came to Manchester United, but the United fans will be glad to hear the two important figures in their club’s history appear to be on good terms.

The striker has scored two goals this season, netting in the defeat to Swansea and recent win over QPR. Rooney appeared on the pitch as a striker alongside Robin Van Persie, and then in the No. 10 position when Radamel Falcao entered the fray, highlighting the Englishman’s importance to the future of Manchester United.

Ronney is always the driving force behind Manchester United’s cut-and-thrust style of play. This may be at his best, but the worst side is, he is a complete liability. While supporters have grown accustomed to seeing both sides of his personality across the last decade, Wayne Rooney is becoming increasingly relevant to United’s hopes under Louis Van Gaal.

The end of Alex Ferguson’s tenure may have unsettled Wayne Rooney, but it’s his relationship with the Dutchman Van Gaal that will define whether Wayne Rooney makes it to his next landmark anniversary with Manchester United.

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Top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A 2014 – 2015

Francesco Totti (Roma) earns almost three times less than the highest paid player at his club. And he is none other than Daniele de Rossi. Juventus star Paul Pogba is only his club’s 15th highest paid player. Though he is easily acclaimed one of the highly sought after players in World soccer.

Since its inaugural 1929-30 season, Serie A has been operating for over 80 years. In the 1990’s, Serie A was considered the best club football league in Europe as well as in the world. In the mid-2000 scenario changed quite a bit.

The top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A are made up entirely of stars from five clubs. These are the most famous clubs in Italy as well as in Europe Football.

  • AS Roma
  • Juventus
  • AC Milan
  • Napoli and
  • Fiorentina

Another point to be noticed in this top 10 list, only three of these highest paid footballers are of Italian origin.

Nemanja Vidic from the famous club Inter Milan just narrowly misses out the top 10 highest paid soccer player list in Serie A. he earns an estimated total wages €3.2m per year from Inter Milan. While there, Inter’s lowest paid player is Donker, who earns only €0.06m per year. Still, it’s not that less for a 19-year old footballer.

Previously named top level teams have taken Italian Serie A across Europe. They have been competing with other top teams over the years to produce the highest number of European Cup finalists. Again the very prestigious Ballon d’Or has been awarded to more players playing for Serie A clubs than any other football league in the world football.

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Being one of the most watched and highly anticipated leagues in the world of club football, Serie A have to accomplish sheer competition within the league. Most of the top clubs in Serie A have been paying their players high salaries to open gates for their successful careers. We can consider this wages competition as an offering for experience and greater footballing platform overall.

These highly paid football talents have been remunerated for their unbelievable skill and passion on the pitch.

Top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A:

Without further ado, we are here listing up the top 10 highest paid footballers in Serie A for the 2014/2015 session. Hopefully the list makes for very interesting reading. Undoubtedly some stars here may seem under or overly paid. The top 10 highest paid soccer players are listed here according to the Italian daily La Gazzetta Dello Sport wages report:

10. Nigel de Jong

 

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Nigel de Jong ; image credit en.wikipedia.org

Present club: AC Milan

Position: Midfielder

Earnings: €3.5 million per year

Nigel de Jongis a Dutch professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Serie A Club AC Milan and Netherland National Football team. As a youngster he joined the Ajax Youth Academy. It worked in his way through the ranks to make the first team at age 17. He made his international debut in 2004. Moreover, notably he achieved his World Cup runners-up medal in 2010.

Nigel De Jong moved on from Ajax in 2006. He joined Hamburg in search of first team football and then moved to Manchester City in January 2009. He became a very important part of City with an estimated £18 million transfer fees. Then he moved to Italian side Ac Milan in August 2012.

De Jong is considered as a great tireless grafter of his time. Probably he had been successfully garnering a reputation of being a combative and feisty player in his performances. “The Terrier” nicknamed player earns an estimated total wages of €3.5 million per year. And listed as the 10th of top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A 2014/2015.

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9. Andrea Pirlo

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 Present club: Juventus

Position: Midfielder

Earnings: €3.5 million per year

It has been always said, Andrea Pirlo is quite simply the best midfielder Italy has ever seen. Previously ever, no midfielders have been more important to his teams on the field.

In the year 2002, when he came into his own, he became the engine that made Milan go. Even after, it was his play and his leadership that turned a Juventus team that had finished seventh the year before his arrival into an unbeaten champion. Unfancied Italian team also won the 2006 World Cup and 2012 Euro Runners-up only depending on him. What happens without him, we can easily figure out from the 2010 World Cup finals.

Perhaps, Pirlo has it all, fantastic passing, incredible vision, pinpoint accuracy in delivering set pieces, the ability to drop a long ball on a dime and one of the best free kick strokes in the game.

Andrea Pirlo’s trophy case probably reflects the impact he’s had on his teams. With Champions League title twice, last year he was named Serie A Player of the Year and was the only man not playing in Spain to be named to the UEFA Team of the Year.

Achievement just adds to the pile of evidence that no Italian has ever matched Pirlo in the middle of the field. This all-time Italian great is now at no. 9th of the top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A 2014. He has an estimated earnings of €3.5 million per year from Juventus.

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8. Philippe Mexes

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 Present club: AC Milan

Position: Centre back

Earnings: €4 million per year

Philippe Mexes is a French International who plays as a Centre back for Ac Milan and also for the France National Team.

Mexes started his youth career at Auxerre at the age of 12. Then he was signed to a four-year contract by AS Roma in june 2004. As his previous club didn’t agrre to the transfer, Roma was found guilty. But it was solely the decision of the player. On 10 May 2011, AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani stated the completion of a transfer for Philippe Mexes.

Mexes played for the Under-18 and Under-21France National Teams. He was also awarded the membership of the senior team of UEFA Euro 2012 competition. The talented Centre back earns around €4 million per year from AC Milan. He is presently considered the 8th highest paid footballer in Serie A.

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7. Fernando Torres

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Fernando Torres ; image credit www.flickr.com

 

Present club: AC Milan

Position: Striker

Earnings: €4 million per year

Fernando Torres is a Spanish professional soccer player who plays for Italian club AC Milan on loan from English club Chelsea and Spain National Team as a striker.

Fernando Torres started his career with Spanish Club Atletico Madrid. Primarily he joined their youth system and naturally progressed to the first team squad. Torres made his first team team debut in 2001. And finished the La Liga having scored 75 goals in 174 appearances.

Then he joined English Premier League Club Liverpool in 2007. That was a record transfer fee. Probably he was the second player for Anfield to score more than 20 league goals in a season after Robbie Fowler. Torres left the club in January 2011 to join Chelsea for a record British transfer fee of £50 million. He was certainly named the most expensive Spanish player in history. Finally he is taken to the Italian big fish AC Milan on loan. Now a time he is accepted as the 7th of the top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A with more than €4 million per year.

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6. Arturo Vidal

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 Present club: Juventus

Position: Midfielder

Earnings: €4 million per year

Arturo Vidal Pardo is a Chilean International who plays as a midfielder for Italian Club Juventus and the Chile National Team. He must be the remarkable versatile player bof his age who played several different defensive and midfield roles in his early career. Eventually he found his position at Juventus as a box-to-box midfielder capable of assisting his teammates, both attack and defense.

He was nicknamed “The Warrior” for his hard-tackling and aggressive, tenacious style of play, by the Italian press. He is quite a complete midfielder, famous for his positioning, marking, anticipation and tackling. Vidal is also gifted with technique, stamina and pace.

Probably, due to his strength and physical characteristics, he is also very much effective in the air. And all these qualities have enabled him to become one of the highest paid soccer players in Serie A 2014. His total wages are about €4 million per year from Juventus.

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5. Gianluigi Buffon

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Present club: Juventus

Position: Goalkeeper

Earnings: €4 million per year

One of the most prolific and talented goalkeepers of our time. May be for all time. Gianluigi Buffon captains and plays for the Italian national team as well as the Italian giants Juventus.

The 35-year-old Buffon is renowned for his outstanding shot-stopping techniques and great on-field capabilities to guide and motivate his teammates to success. Undoubtedly Buffon is the record appearance holder for the Italian national team. Buffon has received the highest number of “Goalkeeper of the Year” awards with a total of 9.

Perhaps he is the only goalkeeper to have won the “UEFA Club Footballer of the Year Award”. He is also named the “Goalkeeper of the 21st Century” by IFFHS. Buffon joined Juventus from Italian side Parma in 2001 for a €54.2 million transfer fee. His €4 million salary per year and contract will at least keep him till 2015 in Juventus. Now a time he is the 5th highest paid footballer in Italian League (Serie A).

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4. Mario Gomez

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Present club: Fiorentina

Position: Striker

Earnings: €4.25 million per year

 Arsen Wenger described once

 “A great finisher who is often in the right place to finish off moves”

 Undoubtedly Mario Gomez had already proven his words correct during his successful spells at both Stuttgart and Bayern Munich.

The 28-year-old striker currently plays as a striker for both the German National Team and Serie A side Fiorentina. Gomez was awarded the “German Footballer of the Year” in 2007. He was also selected as the “Top Goal scorer in Bundesliga” in 2011.

Mario joined Fiorentina after four successful seasons with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in July 2013. For a transfer fee of around €20 million, Mario Gomez signed a four-year deal with Fiorentina. Presently Gomez is the 4th of the top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A for 2014/2015 session. He has an estimated total wages of €4.25 million per year.

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3. Carlos Tevez

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 Present club: Juventus

Position: Forward

Earnings: €4.5 million per year

Carlos Tevez is an Argentine indispensable player with a high level of energy and goal scoring rate. Tevez currently plays for Italian club Juventus and the Argentina National Team. He joined the Italian giants in June, 2013 on a three-year contract.

The 29-year-old had previously played for Boca Juniors, Corinthians, West Ham United, Manchester United and Manchester City. He won the “South American Footballer of the Year” award in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Again the “Player of the Year of Argentina” award in 2003 and 2004 was given to none other than Carlos Tevez.

The highly skillful and influential striker also won the Olympic Golden Boot in 2004 with Argentina and the Premier League Golden Boot in the 2010-11 season with Manchester City. Tevez has a yearly salary of €4.5 million from Juventus. And considered as the 3rd most paid footballer in Serie A.

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2. Gonzalo Higuain

Top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A 2014, Gonzalo Higuain , napoli striker, argentine international
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Present club: Napoli

Position: Striker

Earnings: €5.5 million per year

Gonzalo Higuain is an Argentine International who plays both in Italian side Napoli and Argentina National Team as a striker. He is renowned for his great striking ability and his speed in the last third of the pitch.

Higuain started his professional footballing career in River Plate. And then he had signed with Real Madrid for a transfer fee of €10 million. During his seven-season spell at Madrid, Higuain scored 107 goals in 190 appearances. There were also notable 39 assists which made him unparalleled.

In July 2013, Higuain joined the Italian giants for a record transfer fee of £34.5 million. The five year contract will keep him in Italy till 2018. The 25-year old is given a yearly wages of about €5.5 million, which in turn makes him the 2nd of the top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A.

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1. Daniele de Rossi

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Present club: AS Roma

Position: Midfielder

Earnings: €6.5 million per year

Soccer world unarguably recognizes Daniele De Rossi as “complete midfielder”. It is because of his exceptional tackling, passing, strength and shooting capabilities. De Rossi is an Italian International who also plays for the Italian club AS Roma.

The 30-year old is nicknamed “Capitan Futuro”. Being Roma’s vice-captain, he is predicted by many to be the probable heir to Francesco Totti’s captain armband. Probably De Rossi is another versatile plyer of his age. He had played both defense and attack during his footballing career.

De Rossi had won “Serie A Young Footballer of the Year” award in 2006 and the “Italian Footballer of the Year” award in 2009. He had signed a 5-year contract with Roma in February, 2012. Undoubtedly he is the highest paid soccer player in Serie A with a yearly wages of about €6.5 million. It is more often said in Italian League football that no one earns more than AS Roma’s Daniele De Rossi.

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Top 10 highest paid soccer players in German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga is one of the top Football Leagues in the world. There are some of the most expensive players included in the squad of the top teams from this German Premier Division. Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and other teams are tight packed with remarkable superstars. Frank Ribery, Lewandowski and Lahm are some of the most expensive, highest paid and richest players in the German Bundesliga.

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These players are getting a huge salary from their football clubs. They are also the nominated highest paid soccer players in the world. No surprise, most of the highest paid soccer players in Bundesliga belong to FC Bayern Munich. In other words, Bayern Munich is currently occupying most of the richest footballers in Bundesliga.

 

Top 10 Highest Paid soccer players in German Bundesliga:

Here we are trying to find out the top list of highest paid soccer players in German Bundesliga. The top six players are from German giants Bayern Munich and two from another League Champions Borussia Dortmund. Footballers’ estimated yearly salary is presented here in Euro.

Let’s find, who is the highest paid soccer player in German Bundesliga?

10. Nuri Sahin

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Present club: Borussia Dortmund

Position: Midfielder

Salary: 3 million EUR

Nuri Şahin is a Turkish international who plays as a midfielder for the German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. He began his career at Borussia Dortmund. After spending six years there and winning the League title in 2011, Sahin signed with the Spanish giants Real Madrid for €10 million in 2011. Sahin agreed to a one year loan deal with Liverpool in August 2012.

Şahin won the bronze ball prize at the 2005 U-17 World Cup in Peru. Turkey successfully ended the tournament at fourth position. Şahin is the youngest player to have played and scored for Turkey. Interesting fact is, he scored during his debut which was a match against Germany. He is the 10th in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players in German Bundesliga.

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9. Marco Reus

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Present club: Borussia Dortmund

Position: Midfielder

Salary: 4 million EUR

Marco Reus is a German professional footballer. He plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for the German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. He has also become a regular member of the Germany national football team. Marco Reus is known for his versatility, technique and speed.

Reus began his youth career at Borussia Dortmund. And then he left for Rot Weiss Ahlen. Primarily Reus played as a left attacker for BVB. Reus won the 2013 DFL Supercup with Borussia Dortmund. He also achieved the Footballer of the Year in Germany in 2012. Now a time he is the 9th most paid footballer in German Bundesliga.

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8. Diego Ribas da Cunha

Top 10 highest paid soccer players in German Bundesliga , Diego Ribas da Cunha , most paid footballer in bundesliga,
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Present club: Wolfsburg

Position: Midfielder

Salary: 4.5 million EUR

Diego Ribas da Cunha, commonly known as just Diego is a Brazilian international. He plays for Fenerbahçe in the Süper Lig. Recent times, he was an attacking midfielder of Wolfsburg club in German Bundesliga. Diego is a creative attacking midfielder and playmaker, who is known for his technique and accurate passing. He can also play as a supporting forward or the wing.

The set-piece taker was called up for the Brazil national squad in 2004 for the Copa America tournament. He was instrumental in securing the tournament victory for Brazil. For the last season consideration, Diego is at 8th position in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer player in German Bundesliga.

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7. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

Top 10 highest paid soccer players in German Bundesliga , Klaas-Jan Huntelaar , richest player bundesliga
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Present club: FC Shalke 04

Position: Forward

Salary: 5 million EUR

Dirk Jan Klaas “Klaas-Jan” Huntelaar, commonly known as the Hunter, is a Dutch professional footballer. He also vice-captains for Schalke 04 and plays for the Netherlands national football team. He was named the Dutch Football talent of the year and Ajax-Player of the year in 2006. Huntelaar was a proud member of the 2006 UEFA U-21 champions. As he was the leading goalscorer of that tournament.

Huntelaar came off the bench in the Brazil World Cup 2014 against Mexico. Most notably the striker scored the winning goal for his team to qualify for the quarter-finals. He is at number 7 of top 10 highest paid soccer players in German Bundesliga.

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6. Arjen Robben

Top 10 highest paid soccer players in German Bundesliga , arjen robben, bayern star, dutch footballer, richest football player
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 Present club: Bayern Munich

Position: Midfielder/ Forward

Salary: 5.5 million EUR

Arjen Robben is a Dutch professional footballer. He plays for German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the Netherlands national team. Arjen Robben first came to prominence with Groningen. He became the player of the year for the 2000-2001 Eredivisie season. After two years he was signed for psv. He also won the Netherland’s Young player of the year then.

The following season, Robben’s signature was pursued by leading English clubs. After protracted transfer negotiations he joined the English giants Chelsea in 2004. Robben is currently at number 6 of the top 10 highest paid soccer players in German Bundesliga.

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5. Robert Lewandowski

Top 10 highest paid soccer players in German Bundesliga , Robert Lewandowski
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Present club: Bayern Munich

Position: Forward

Salary: 6.8 million EUR

Robert Lewandowski is a Polish International footballer who plays as striker for FC Bayern Munich. After being the top scorer in the third and second tiers of Polish football, he moved to top-flight Lech Poznan. He became the top scorer in the league as his team won the 2009-2010 Ekstraklasa.

He was transferred to Borussia Dortmund for a reported €4.5 million in 2010. There he achieved two consecutive Bundesliga titles. Finally he was moved to the rival club Bayern Munich at the starting season of 2014. Now a time Lewandowski is at 5th position of the list of top 10 highest paid footballers in German Bundesliga.

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4. Mario Götze

Top 10 highest paid soccer players in German Bundesliga , mario gotze, germany youth sensation, richest young player
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Present club: Bayern Munich

Position: Midfielder

Salary: 7 million EUR

Mario Götze is a German footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for FC Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga. He is actually more than a number 10 player. Mario Götze is capable of playing as either a left or right winger and also as a false nine. He was first selected for the Germany National Football team in 2010, only at the age of 18. Gotze was become a proud member of the 2012 Euro team. And two years later what happened we already know. The surprising winning goal of the 2014 FIFA World Cup final was scored by this young talent.

Between 2009 and 2013, Gotze played for the German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. He was the member of the team that reached the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final. He was moved to FC Bayern Munich for a €37 million bid in April 2013. Being the second most expensive German player Gotze is now at the 4th rank in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players in German Bundesliga.

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3. Bastian Schweinsteiger

Top 10 highest paid soccer players in German Bundesliga , Bastian Schweinsteiger, richest german player, most paid footballer
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Present club: Bayern Munich

Position: Midfielder

Salary: 10 million EUR

Bastian Schweinsteiger is a German International. He plays as a midfielder for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the German national team. And most notably he is the captain of the Germany National team. Being a right footed player, he naturally plays as a central midfielder. Schweinsteiger has in total won seven Bundesliga titles for Bayern Munich. At the same time seven German Cups and a UEFA Champions League title.

In 2004, he made his International debut. He has earned over 100 caps for Germany and scored 23 goals. Schweinsteiger was selected in their squads for three European Championships and as many World Cups, which also includes the victory at Brazil World Cup.

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2. Philipp Lahm

Top 10 highest paid soccer players in German Bundesliga , Philipp Lahm , german richest footballer, richest defender, munich captain
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Present club: Bayern Munich

Position: Defender

Salary: 10 million EUR

Philipp Lahm is a German professional footballer who plays as a full back or defensive midfielder for FC Bayern Munich. Recently he has retired from the National team.

Lahm is considered by many to be the best full back of his generation. He had previously played with the national team in 2006, 2010 and the 2014 World Cups. Although being right-footed, Lahm is able to play on both sides of the pitch. Now a time Philip Lahm is the second most paid German Bundesliga player. His yearly salary is nearly 10 million EURO.

Lahm signed a new contract in 2014, which will definitely keep him at Bayern Munich until 2018.

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1. Franck Ribéry

Top 10 highest paid soccer players in German Bundesliga , Franck Ribéry, richest footballer of german bundesliga, french international, most paid player
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Present club: Bayern Munich

Position: Midfielder

Salary: 11 million EUR

Franck Henry Pierre Ribéry is a French footballer currently playing for German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. He is also known as Bilal Yusuf Mohammed as an adopted name since his conversion in 2006 to Islam. He is a former France national team player.

Frank Ribéry’s career began in 1989 as a youth player for local hometown club Conti Boulogne. After seven years he left the club to join professional outfit Lille. Individually, Frank Ribéry is a three-time winner of the French Player of the Year award. He also won the German Footballer of the year. Probably Ribery is the first player to hold both the honors. Ribery won the UEFA Best Player in Europe award in 2013. He was also ranked fourth in the Guardian’s list of best players in the world. Currently and most obviously Frank Ribery is the highest paid footballer in German Bundesliga.

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Top five highest paid Midfielders in Barclays Premier League

The Premier League is a corporation where twenty member clubs act as shareholders. Outside England, the League is commonly referred to as English Premier League (EPL). But currently Barclays Bank is the sponsor, so it is officially known as Barclays Premier League (BPL). Undoubtedly Premier League is the most watched or the most popular first division leagues in World Football.

Seasons run from August to May. Each team in the League need to play 38 games in a complete season. Accumulating all the matches (home and away), 380 matches are arranged in a complete season. Games are mostly played in Saturday and Sunday evenings.

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There are so many top level teams in English Premier League. Teams like Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea have taken English football across Europe. They are often found to secure a good spot at UEFA rankings. So, top plyers definitely come in during the summer and winter transfers. English Premier League is considered one of the best Leagues to experience greater soccer platform and building successful footballing career.

Top five highest paid Midfielders in EPL:

Midfielders well justified here in EPL. The big name team need to spend millions of their money to occupy big shot midfielders with them. Some of these midfielders can also be counted as richest footballers. Here we are trying to develop a list of top five highest paid midfielders in Barclays Premier League. Notably we will find three of the total five playing for the Manchester City Club.

Let’s find, who is the highest paid midfielder in Barclays Premier League?

5. Steven Gerrard

Top five highest paid Midfielders in Barclays Premier League , steven gerrard, liverpool star, best midfielder
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Present Team: Liverpool

Salary: 5 million pounds annual

Hopefully, Steven Gerrard needs no introduction. He can be counted as one of the best players Liverpool have ever produced. He made his Liverpool debut in the year 1998 and since then has made 400 plus appearances for the English giant club.

Liverpool fans usually suggest him as the second best player in the red shirt after King Kenny. Steven Gerrard finished 3rd in the Ballon d’Or shortlist for Europe’s Best Player in 2003. Now a time we can consider him as the 5th highest paid midfielder in English Premier League. The 5th richest midfielder in England currently receives around 5million pounds per year as salary from his club.

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4. Gareth Barry

 

Top five highest paid Midfielders in Barclays Premier League , gareth barry, everton star, midfielder
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Present Team: Everton

Salary: 6.2 million pounds annual

Gareth Barry mainly operates in the holding role for Manchester City Club. Previously Barry played 365 games for Aston Villa before he decided to move here for a new challenge here in Man City. From the very beginning of his career in this club, Gareth Barry has been a regular starter in midfield. In a span of just two and a half years, he has already made 101 appearances for Manchester City. Recently Gareth had to move for Everton and hopefully he will again be the midfield holder for the club.

Gareth Barry is known to be a player with vision, durability, good tackling and terrific passing. Most probably he everything you can want from a central midfielder. Everton is currently paying him 6.2 million pounds per year. Which in turn makes him at number 4 in the list of highest paid midfielders in Barclays Premier League.

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3. Frank Lampard

Top five highest paid Midfielders in Barclays Premier League , frank lampard, chelsea mid, man city holding midfielder
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Present Team: Manchester City

Salary: 7 million pounds annual

Frank Lampard is considered to be one of the best English footballers ever. He is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in English Premier League all time history. Lampard usually operates as a box to box midfielder for his team, both the National and Club. He is known to have a great footballing brain in addition to his outstanding work rate. In total, Frank Lampard has also produced 91 assists for his team. Undoubtedly this is the second highest in Premier League history.

Lampard was well known as a Chelsea megastar. There he had made 164 consecutive appearances and he is a three time player of the year for Chelsea. Perhaps it explains his consistency as a player. Currently he is being paid 7 million pounds annually from the club. Frank Lampard stands at 3rd position of most paid midfielders in Premier League table.

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2. David Silva

Top five highest paid Midfielders in Barclays Premier League , david silva, spaniard midfielder, mancity mid
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Present Team: Manchester City

Salary: 8.3 million pounds annual

David Silva is Nicknamed “Merlin” by the Manchester City fans, which means the wizard. More often he is described as a traditional number 10 who is capable of dazzling the crowd. Recently Carlos Tevez lauded him as

“The best signing Man City have made”

David Silva was adjudged as the Premier League player of the month, on October 1st 2011.

Also, the Manchester City players’ player of the year award was gone to the Spaniard for 2011-2012 session. Now a time David Silva has become a regular member of Spain National Team. He signed for Manchester City from Valencia for a fee believed to be around 20 Million pounds. His salary is now 8.3 million pounds per year and he is the second most paid midfielder in English Premier League.

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1. Yaya Toure

Top five highest paid Midfielders in Barclays Premier League , yaya toure, man city midfielder, most paid midfielder
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Present Team: Manchester City

Salary: 10 million pounds annual

Yaya Toure has been a major force behind Manchester City winning the last season title of Premier League. He came with a big reputation from Barcelona FC to Manchester City to join his elder brother Kolo Toure. Toure has hardly put a foot wrong after beginning his career in England.

Yaya Toure is known for his brilliant vision and performance rate. Talking about the amount spent by City since Mansour bought the club, undoubtedly Yaya Toure can be considered as their best buy ever. No surprise, a player as industrious and dedicated like Toure gets what he deserves. He is being paid 10 million pounds per year as salary from Manchester City. That makes him the highest paid midfielder in Premier League.

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Top 10 Most Valuable Backup Goalkeepers in Soccer

Where goalkeepers are concerned, natural process has almost always been to have one consistent goalkeeper. Also there is another much-less-heralded backup in the event of an injury to the consistent choice. Major football clubs across Europe have been laughing in the face of that natural so called process. They have been buying backup keepers who could easily start for other major clubs to have as a solid backup goalkeepers. This recent stockpiling of goalkeepers that we are trying to make list of the top 10 most valuable backup goalkeepers in soccer 2015.

We can easily figure out the fact by just looking at Chelsea. Being one of the famous and richest clubs in Europe as well as England, Chelsea still have Petr Cech on their list despite the return of Thibaut Courtois. They have taken him after an extremely successful loan spell with Atletico Madrid last season. There’s also the fact that Manchester City recently signed Malaga’s Willy Caballero as backup goalkeeper to support their prior choice Joe Heart.

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Barcelona signed both Claudio Bravo and Marc-Andre ter Stegen following the departure of longtime number one goalkeeper Victor Valdes. Who is still available for any club to be found as prime or backup goalkeeper. Real Madrid recently signed Costa Rican goalkeeping hero Keylor Navas to act as backup for Spanish goalkeeping legend Iker Casillas. No doubt, sometimes it feels like the number one goalkeeper of his age is currently on the downswing of his career with the Spanish Giants Real Madrid.

All this to say, backup goalkeepers are becoming a hotter commodity than ever in soccer. It’s becoming increasingly obvious as this transfer window comes to a close.

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10 Most Valuable Backup Goalkeepers in Soccer:

These 10 goalkeepers are still worth decent amounts of money despite their status of having to warm the bench. Though they are found more capable of providing a decent challenge to the guy in front.

Here we are discussing and making the list of top 10 most valuable backup goalkeepers in soccer / football world. These ranks are totally based on their market value.

Let’s find, who is the most valuable backup goalkeeper in soccer world?

10. Pepe Reina

Top 10 Most Valuable Backup Goalkeepers in Soccer, Pepe reina
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Present Club: Bayern Munich

Expense: $6.6 million

He was well known for so long as the main man in Liverpool. It’s a little bit strange to see Pepe Reina act as a backup nowadays in Bayern Munich. At 32 years of age, he is probably fitting that would be more accepting of a role as a mentor for Manuel Neuer, who is arguably considered as the best goalkeeper in world football.

With Bayern expected to make a serious run once again for the Champions League trophy this season, it was probably hard for the Spaniard. He is currently considered the number 10th of the list – top 10 most valuable backup goalkeepers in soccer. His current market value is at $6.6 million, which is turned down undoubtedly.

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09. Maarten Stekelenburg

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 Present Club: Monaco

Expense: $7.3 million

Maarten Stekelenburg is currently on loan at Monaco after Fulham. The Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is acting as the backup goalkeeper for Les Rouges et Blancs behind Danijel Subasic this season. Surprisingly he is barely entered his 30s and has gained 54 caps for the Dutch national soccer team.

Marten may be several years removed from his best days as a member of Ajax, still has a market value of $7.3 million. Which makes him the 9th most valued backup goalkeeper right now. Stekelenburg still comes with a decent price tag for any team to have.

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08. Jack Butland

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Present club: Stoke City

Expense: $7.3 million

Jack has been considered as England’s goalkeeper of the future. Probably that’s the cause behind, Roy Hodgson brought him along for Euro 2012 two years ago. His previous club Birmingham City is proof enough that he’s got plenty of potential as goalkeeper.

However the 21-year-old is likely to play the role of backup to Asmir Begovic at Stoke. Unless the Potters can secure a last-minute loan spell for him. He is currently considered the 8th in the list of top 10 most important backup goalkeepers in the world. His current market value is $7.3 million. And he may not really be content to warm the bench despite his young career. He is being sent on a sixth loan spell may not be something he particularly wants either.

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07. Willy Caballero

Top 10 Most Valuable Backup Goalkeepers in Soccer, Willy Caballero
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Present Club: Manchester City

Expense: $7.3 million

Willy had a very successful time as the main man at Malaga in La Liga previously. He has been inexplicably snubbed time and time again from the Argentine national team. Willy Caballero’s recent signing with Manchester City means that his chances of playing for his country have decreased a bit. As Joe Heart remains the main guy at the Etihad Stadium, he may only be called upon in case of injury.

Still with $7.3 million market price, Willy is at number 7 in this list of 10 most valuable backup goalkeepers in soccer 2015. It’s uncertain as to how long Caballero will be content to just be the second-string keeper at City.

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06. Michael Agazzi

Top 10 Most Valuable Backup Goalkeepers in Soccer, Michael Agazzi
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Present Club: AC Milan

Expense: $8.8 million

Michael Agazzi is probably the least recognizable name on this list. The Milan backup goalkeeper Michael Agazzi has built up a decent reputation for himself as the main goalkeeper at Cagliari. At Chievo Verona earlier this year then led to him moving to the San Siro. They also signed Diego Lopez from AC Milan Football Club.

The 30-year-old is rated with a market value of $8.8 million. This makes him rank at 6th in the list of most valued backup goalkeepers in soccer world. He may not have much of a chance to compete for time as the number one keeper if Lopez’s performances for the Rossoneri are consistently better. The fact that longtime keeper Christian Abbiati is still on their books surely doesn’t also provoke.

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05. Michel Vorm

Top 10 Most Valuable Backup Goalkeepers in Soccer, Michel Vorm
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Present club: Tottenham Hotspur

Expense: $8.8 million

Vorm has been capped 15 times by the Dutch national team. He was also chosen as going to the World Cup this past summer as a member of the Oranje’s third place team. Michel Vorm’s recent signing with Tottenham Hotspur may come back to haunt him.

As Hugo Loris firmly entrenched as Spurs’ number one man, also evergreen American goalkeeper Brad Friedel still on their side, Michel Vorm may have a difficult time starting games at White Hart Lane. He is at fifth position considering the backup goalkeepers priority list. The former Swansea City keeper is rated at a market value of $8.8 million. Hopefully he may not stay in Tottenham for a terribly long sessions.

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04. David Ospina

Top 10 Most Valuable Backup Goalkeepers in Soccer, David Ospina
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Present club: Arsenal

Expense: $10.3 million

He has been following a great run by the Colombian national team to the quarterfinals of this summer’s 2014 World Cup, Brazil. Most obviously David Ospina needed to play for a bigger club than Nice in Ligue 1. He had been playing with them after moving overseas in 2008.

Arsenal may not necessarily be the answer for that problem. Although he’s clearly good enough to start for a major club. He will likely have to fight for playing time with the Gunners’ longtime number one Wojciech Szczesny now. With a market value of $10.3 million, Ospina is considered 4th of the most valuable backup goalkeepers in 2015 soccer world. The 25 year old still young goalkeeper need his competition which could potentially be fierce.

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03. Claudio Bravo

Top 10 Most Valuable Backup Goalkeepers in Soccer, Claudio Bravo
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Present club: Barcelona

Expense: $11.6 million

Claudio Bravo is currently in the starting role for Barcelona FC. As a result of the fact that promising young German keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is out injured for some times. Once ter Stegen returns, Bravo may have to sit a number of games out for the Blaugrana.

He has been playing for the Chilean national team that made it past one of the World Cup’s round. He was the longtime number one for Real Sociedad. Claudio Bravo may not be satisfied to have to be part of a goalkeeping tandem. He is at no. 3 of the 10 most valued backup goalkeepers 2014/2015. At 31 years of age, his market value is $11.6 million, which is still considered fair enough.

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02. Keylor Navas

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Present club: Real Madrid

Expense: $14.6 million

Navas’ performances for his country at the 2014 World Cup Brazil this summer were nothing short of sensational. Undoubtedly his role in Costa Rica’s run to the quarterfinals was instrumental also. So it was obvious that Keylor Navas would not be content to still be playing for a club like Levante.

The sensational goalkeeper was rewarded with a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid. His market value of $14.6 million shows that he’s good enough to start for many big clubs around Europe. But it’s unknown how often he’ll have to jockey for position with another arguable greatest of our generation. Someday will definitely see him as the number one role at Bernabeu.

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01. Petr Cech

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Present club: Chelsea

Expense: $24.9 million

Cech has been linked recently to loan spells at clubs like Paris Saint-Germain. Still he remains on Chelsea’s books. It looks as if he’ll have to settle for a backup role behind young Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Unfortunately if he doesn’t win his place back at Stamford Bridge, Petr Cech will be certain to move elsewhere.

For a time now, he’s still by far the most valuable backup goalkeeper with a market value of almost $25 million. He is also one of the best goalkeepers in recent years and still very much intact even at 32. People believes he has also fallen on the downturn of his career and leading the backup goalkeepers in world soccer.

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Top 10 English Premier League Goalkeepers in 2016

There are so many fantastic goalkeepers in the world football. And especially Premier League holds the most of these most valuable goalkeepers in the world. Most of the Premier League Goalkeepers are capable of fantastic saves. They are also the most paid goalkeepers in the world 2016. Now, here comes the question of ranking these premier league goalkeepers in a top 10 short list.

Top 10 English Premier League Goalkeepers 2016:

Finding out the top 10 English Premier League Goalkeepers is a tough job. There are so many standards to be considered while selecting them. Here in this short list we are mostly emphasizing on these English Premier League Goalkeepers’ previous and present records as well as their market value or in other words how these English Premier League Goalkeepers are being paid.

Let’s find out, who is the most valuable English Premier League Goalkeeper in 2016?

10. Brad Guzan – Aston Villa F.C.

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Brad Guzan is one of the only three American goalkeepers in the English Premier League history. Tim Howard and Brad Friedel are the other two American goalkeepers playing in the most popular football league in the world. He showed that he was capable of taking over as first choice keeper at Aston Villa.

Undoubtedly he can withstand as much pressure as anyone else in Barclays Premier League. He can be easily counted as the most valuable English Premier League Goalkeeper as he is at his peak form right now.

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09. Ben Foster – West Bromwich Albion F.C.

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Ben Foster is back again to West Brom permanently this season. He has played reasonably well for the last season. And obviously some cases were like earning points for the Baggies. He is now at 30 and still a few years to settle properly into being a real class as being one of the most valuable English Premier League Goalkeepers in 2016.

He is also currently one of the West Brom’s most valuable players in 2015-2016 season.

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08. Julio Cesar – QPR (currently at S.L. Benfica)

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Julio Cesar may have come to the Premier League for just one season especially at the age of 34. But unfortunately his team QPR have been relegated last season. But he was quite able to show the type of goalkeeping that has won him League titles and cups in Italian Serie A.

Even with his team relegated, he was a real team player. He kept 6 clean sheets over the season and playing for QPR this is extremely good as being one of the most valuable English Premier League Goalkeepers in 2016.

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07. Jussi Jaaskelinen – West Ham United F.C.

Top 10 English Premier League Goalkeepers in 2015, Jussi Jaaskelinen
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The age old Premier League veteran, Jussi Jaaskelinen is another well-known goalkeeper. He is currently the 7th in this list of top 10 English Premier League Goalkeepers in 2016. This campaign has only enhanced his reputation by pulling off some world class saves for West Ham.

And most obviously he had a good season with 11 clean sheets in 2015-2016. He makes 5.11 saves a game on average. Definitely this just shows that he can still make important saves at crucial times even at his old ages of 38.

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06. Tim Howard – Everton F.C.

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Although Tim Howard is one of our pick as top 10 most valuable Premier League goalkeepers in 2015-2016, he has achieved only 9 clean sheets. Yes, of course this is not bad, but still a player like him worth a little more I believe. At least a bit better can be expected from the American National Team goalkeeper in Premier League.

Hopefully he will be ending this season with some more exquisite saves and world class goalkeeping.

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05. Jose Reina – Liverpool (currently at F.C. Bayern Munich)

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For the last 10 years Reina has been at Liverpool. Undoubtedly he was the number one choice for Liverpool at his time. We can imagine how consistent a goalkeeper needs to be as being a part of 10 consecutive seasons in a single team. This was totally impressive. As a matter of fact he was to move very certainly for more world class performance.

He had 13 clean sheets over the course of the last season. He was considered the 5th choice as most valuable goalkeeper in EPL 2015-2016. This top class goalkeeper still has an average of 4.17 saves per match, which is quite unbelievable.

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04. Hugo Lloris – Tottenham Hotspur F.C.

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Lloris have joined Tottenham in the summer of last year. May be he was not at his best performance but eventually he was found getting thing straight clean. Definitely he has got his turn with 8 clean sheets in only 24 games last season. This probably explains a lot about his price tag and our evaluation as one of the most valuable English Premier League Goalkeepers in 2016.

And of course he was a world class goalkeeper before joining the Barclays Premier League. We all can appreciate his efforts to match up with a very new world class Premier League.

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03. Petr Cech – Chelsea F.C.

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Probably some of you have suspected this name in number one position. What has been a rollercoaster season for Chelsea and their supporters! Petr Cech has been a very important player throughout the last season undoubtedly. He has made well over 5 saves per game on average and he also has had 14 clean sheets in 2015-2016.

Some crucial saves have kept Chelsea in the running for a Champions League spot. Also his save took the team Chelsea to Europa League final.

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02. David De Gea – Manchester United F.C.

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David De Gea really stepped up last season. Oh, another noticeable thing is that he has physically gotten stronger. And his confidence has grown since his shaky first start in English Premier League.

Manchester United have only lost 5 games this season and that comes as no real surprise as De Gea has been pulling off some unbelievable saves for the team. He has so far managed a decent 11 clean sheets while making 4.37 saves per match. I think its good enough for a young fella like him.

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01. Joe Hart – Manchester City F.C.

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Of course this is the one name that wipes out all other possibilities of other names to be found at the first position of Top 10 most valuable English Premier League Goalkeepers in 2016. He is the only other 26 year old on this list and has had his fair share of disastrous moments. But he always seems to battle back with his talent.

Most of the times he is found to be gaining some extra lift from somewhere during big games. He is undoubtedly the number one goalkeeper in England. He has had managed 17 clean sheets last season. Although Man City finished the season second, Joe Hart continues to grow and produce results..

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Predicting All the Ties of UEFA Champions League Semi Finals:


UEFA Champions League Semi Finals

UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals

Real Madrid v Bayern Munich

Champions League ties could never be much attractive than this confrontation between two of the most successful sides of the competition. A total of 14 wins between this two, Real have nine successes and Bayern five times.

Bernabeu on April 23.

Real Madrid is something like no other—even Barcelona is not comparable to them. Madrid scored 107 goals in La Liga which is totally devastating. Now they are up to “La Decima” for the tenth title.

UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals

Former champions Bayern Munich are trying to become the first to successfully perpetuate the trophy since Milan in 1990. Their breathtaking form in this season can easily forbid betting against them.

There are many subplots which can be considered for this match. Jupp Heynckes is returning to the club who have won the UCL with Real in 1998. But unfortunately he was sacked for finishing fourth in the league. Perhaps he is the only manager in history who was sacked after winning a CL.

Madrid are still vulnerable at the back though they have immense attacking talent. But with devastating forward options available to Bayern it is comfortably predictable that the clash is going for a high-scoring affair.

UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals

Last time these two sides came to meet in 2007 in the Round of 16. That result(tie) is probably one of the fondest memories of Champions League.

I believe either way that Madrid will have much enough power, regulation and togetherness for Bayern and I would expect them to proceed to another final while forbidding their opponent to retain the trophy in the Champions League era in Lisbon on May 24.

Predictions:
First leg: Real Madrid 3-1 Bayern Munich
Second leg: Bayern Munich 1-1 Real Madrid

Aggregate: Bayern Munich 2-4 Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid v Chelsea

The only one of the four semi-finalists to never to have lifted the European Cup is Atletico Madrid. But this season their stunning form in quarter-final victory over Barcelona suggests that they are going to break that duck.

 

Currently they are on top of La Liga with only six games to go and are unbeaten at home this season. So Chelsea’s stuttering forwards will have their work tough over the two legs.

Chelsea’s record at Stamford Bridge is also ideal with 15 wins and just 2 draws in 17 league games. But away from home they have struggled a bit with five defeats and four draws.

When Jose Mourinho was the manager of Real Madrid he won three of the four games against Atletico Madrid. This statistics can give the Portuguese a slight psychological comfort for the upcoming event.

But this current Atletico team is a much stronger than the one Mourinho once faced. The confidence they have attained throughout this season’s Champions League and rising top of La Liga.

Other than Atletico to storm out of the blocks, just as they did against Barcelona in the preious match, it is going to be tougher for Simeone to give his side a first leg advantage. On the other hand Chelsea can anticipate the early storm and keep their combatant within reach.

UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals

Only thing Atletico can hope to have their top scorer Diego Costa (hamstring) and midfielder Arda Turan (groin) back from injury for the April 22 match. While Chelsea also can hope to get rid of the doubt for Eden Hazard.

Predictions:
First leg: Atletico Madrid 1-1 Chelsea
Second leg: Chelsea 2-1Atletico Madrid

Aggregate: Atletico Madrid 2-3 Chelsea

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World Football Hall of Fame 2015 Members

Football or soccer is considered as the most popular sport in the world. The game is played by over 250 million players all over the world. The Laws and regulations of football were originally coded in England by The Football Association in 1863. Now, the authority governing all football affairs is Fédération Internationale de Football Association or FIFA. The Sporty Ghost team has selectively chosen the best soccer players as the members of Football Hall of Fame 2015. This year’s Football Hall of Fame is based on the footballers’ recent performance at both club and national level.

Their performance in the FIFA World Cup 2014 also played a key role in this Football Hall of Fame 2015 list. There are so many skillful soccer players from renowned clubs, who scored enough of goals to establish themselves as the member of the Football Hall of Fame 2015.

Football Hall of Fame 2015:

Here, we are about to show you the inductees of the top 10 Football Hall of Fame 2015. Your valuable opinion will be appreciable regarding the list. So, let’s have a look at the Football Hall of Fame 2015.

10. Andrés Iniesta, Spain

World Football Hall of Fame 2015 Members, Andrés Iniesta
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Andrés Iniesta is a central midfielder in the Spanish National Football team. He also plays for Spanish giant FC Barcelona. At the club level, he was able to score 33 goals in 341 club league appearances so far. Iniesta is best known for his outstanding performance in the midfield and his amazing assisting capacity. In 2009, he was the winner of the La Liga Spanish Player of the Year. He also won the UEFA Best Player in Europe award in 2012. At the international level, he has already made 99 appearances for Spain and scored 12 International goals. His impressive performance in 2010 Fifa world cup was well remembered for the winning goal he scored against the Netherlands.

In 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, he played a total of 270 minutes in 3 matches while he made an assist, without scoring a goal himself. Iniesta covered a distance of around 30.5 Km with the top speed of 25.6 km/h. His passing completion rate was 69%. He fouled 10 times recovering 10 balls with 41.7% cross completion rate. In FIFA Official Castrol Index of Top Player, he scored an incredible 9.37 with his footballing skill. Football Hall of Fame 2015 will be very much proud to include him in the list.

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9. James Rodriguez, Columbia

World Football Hall of Fame 2015 Members, James Rodriguez
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Columbian National team winger James Rodriguez is an attacking midfielder and one of the most promising young footballers in the world. Currently, he is playing for the Spanish club Real Madrid. James scored 8 goals in 20 appearances for Real Madrid. Previously, he joined Real Madrid from Monaco, which made him one of the highest paid soccer players in the history of Columbia. James already made 32 appearances for Columbia and scored 12 goals till now. James Rodriguez stays at No. 9 in the Football Hall of Fame 2015.

FIFA World Cup 2014 was very remarkable for him as he achieved the golden boot with 6 goals and 2 major assists. He played a total of 399 minutes in 5 matches in the world cup covering the distance of 46.1 km with a top speed of 30.9 km/h. He also attained the 69% passes completion rate. James fouled 10 times achieving 41.7% crosses completion rate. 9.37 was his score in the FIFA Official Castrol Index of Top Players.

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8. Philipp Lahm, Germany

World Football Hall of Fame 2015 Members, Philipp Lahm
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The defensive midfielder Philipp Lahm is a key player for the German National team. He also plays as a full back for German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. Lahm made 273 appearance for Bayern and scored 10 goals till now. He already made 113 appearances for Germany scoring 5 international goals. Philipp Lahm is regarded as one of the best full backs of his generation and he was nicknamed as the “Magic Dwarf”. Philipp Lahm is undoubtedly to be one of the inductees in Football Hall of Fame 2015.

Last FIFA world cup in Brazil, Lahm played a vital part in Germany’s victory. He played a total of 690 minutes in the pitch in 7 world cup matches making 2 assists. He also covered the distance of 81 km speeding 28.7 km/h. His shooting accuracy was an incredible 86.30% and cross completion rate was 46.2%. He only fouled three times in that world cup and recovered 39 balls. In FIFA Official Castrol Index, Lahm scored 9.39 points.

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7. Robin Van Persie, the Netherlands

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Robin Van Persie plays as a striker and captain of the Dutch National Football team. He also plays for English Premier League club Manchester United. For Manchester United, Van Persie has made 92 appearances and scored 48 goals so far. At the international level, he appeared in 96 games for the Netherlands scoring 49 goals. Van Persie was ranked 11th in the Guardian’s list of 100 best players in the world in 2013. 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil was so significant for him and his amazing flying goal against Spain was earned him the nickname “The Flying Dutchman”.

In the FIFA world cup tournament, he played 548 minutes in 6 games, covering the area of 62.3 km. Van Persie scored 4 goals in 2014 FIFA World Cup with the shooting accuracy of 81.30%. He fouled 18 times making 6 solo runs into area with 1 delivery in the penalty area. Van Persie’s score was 9.13 in FIFA Official Castrol Index of Top Players. Football Hall of Fame 2015 is truly glorified for having Robin Van Persie at No. 7.

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6. Luis Suárez, Uruguay

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The Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez is one of the very best footballers in recent time. He moved to Spanish Club FC Barcelona in July 2014 from Liverpool FC, where he scored 69 goals in 110 appearances. For Barcelona, he scored 8 goals in 19 matches till now and at the Uruguay National level, he capped in 82 matches scoring 44 goals. In 2014, Suarez won the PFA Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year. 2014 FIFA World Cup bore a great significance in his football career. He played a total of 178 minutes in 2 matches before being dismissed for an unexpected circumstance in a match against Italy. He also scored 2 goals covering a distance of 18.1 km with a top speed of 28.7 km/h.

In that tournament, 75% of his shots were on target. The notorious footballer Luis Suarez fouled 7 times and made 1 solo run into the area with 4 deliveries in the penalty box. Luis Suarez, rather more controversial than his greatness in football, remains at 6 in the Football Hall of Fame 2015.

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5. Thomas Muller, Germany

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The German National attacking midfielder Thomas Muller also plays for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. He made 190 appearances for the club and scored 70 goals till today. In 2010 FIFA World Cup, he was awarded the Golden Boot as the top goal scorer and also named as the Best Young Player of the FIFA World Cup 2010. So far, he has made 63 appearances for Germany and netted 27 goals for his team. Thomas Mueller is the 5th selection in the list of Football Hall of Fame 2015.

In 2014 FIFA World Cup, Thomas Muller was an integral part in the German National team in the way of victory. He scored 5 goals and 3 assists in 7 matches during his 682 minutes play in 2014 FIFA World Cup. With his 62.50% shooting accuracy, he covered 84 km with the top speed of 30.5 km/h. He fouled 14 times in that tournament making 9 solo runs and 12 deliveries in the penalty area. Thomas Mueller scored 9.63 in FIFA Official Castrol Index of Top Players.

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4. Arjen Robben, the Netherlands

World Football Hall of Fame 2015 Members, Arjen Robben
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Arjen Robben plays as a winger in the Dutch National Football team and the German Bundesliga team Bayern Munich. At the club level, he scored 73 goals in his 127 matches till now and for Netherlands, he scored 28 times in 86 matches. Robben was named Footballer of the Year in 2010 and is the third Highest rated Football Player in EA Sports’ FIFA 15. Arjen Robben was spotted at No. 4 in Football Hall of Fame 2015.

In 2014 FIFA World Cup, he played 7 matches and scored 3 goals and made 1 assist. Any footballer can be so jealous at his incredible shooting accuracy of 95%. Robben made a total of 38 solo runs into area with 19 deliveries in the penalty area. In FIFA Official Castrol Index of Top Players, he scored 9.74 points.

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3. Neymar Jr., Brazil

World Football Hall of Fame 2015 Members, Neymar Jr
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The Brazilian football sensation Neymar Jr. Plays as a winger both for Brazil and Spanish club FC Barcelona. Neymar has appeared in 50 matches for Barcelona and scored 26 league goals. At the international level, he played 62 matches for Brazil scoring 43 goals. The football genius achieved the South American Footballer of the Year award twice consecutively in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, he also won the famous FIFA Puskás award. 2014 FIFA World Cup was very significant for Neymar. Neymar Jr. is considerably taking the 3rd spot in the Football Hall of Fame 2015.

Before stepping out of the tournament due to an injury, Neymar Jr. scored 4 goals and made 1 assist. He played a total 457 minutes in 5 matches covering the distance of 49.9 km. Neymar made 72.2% shots on target in 2014 FIFA World Cup. In addition, he fouled 8 times and made 21 solo runs into area with 16 deliveries inside the penalty region. Neymar scored 9.35 in FIFA Official Castrol Index of Top Players.

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2. Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

World Football Hall of Fame 2015 Members, Cristiano Ronaldo
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The winger Cristiano Ronaldo is the captain of Portugal national team and currently plays for the Spanish Club Real Madrid. In his 190 presences for Real, he scored a stunning 208 goals so far. Cristiano Ronaldo is the winner of so many awards throughout his career, such as FIFA World Player of the Year award, World Soccer Player of the Year, FIFPro Player of the Year and the prestigious FIFA Ballon d’Or twice. Cristiano Ronaldo proudly grabs his spot at No. 2 in the Football Hall of Fame 2015.

Cristiano has made 119 appearances for Portugal and scored 52 goals. In 2014 FIFA World Cup, his role was not so significant as he scored 1 goal and made 1 assist in the 3 world cup matches. With 60.9% shooting accuracy, he covered 28.2 km distance with the top speed of 31.2 km/h. He is well known for his amazing speed and skills with football. Cristiano made 8 solo runs into area with 2 deliveries in penalty area. In FIFA Official Castrol Index, he scored 7.96.

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1. Lionel Messi, Argentina

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Here he is, the Leo of Football, Lionel Messi, the top footballer in the Football Hall of Fame 2015. He is the captain of Argentina National team and also plays for the Spanish Club FC Barcelona. At the club level, he appeared in 304 matches for Barcelona scoring a total amazing 275 goals. For Argentina, he scored 45 goals in 97 matches till now. 2014 FIFA World Cup was very significant to him. He achieved the Golden Ball award for his contribution which led Argentina to the Final.

Messi appeared in 7 matches in that World cup, scoring 4 goals and 1 assist. He covered the distance of 62.7 km while speeding at 30.3 km/h and 45.5% of his shot were on target. Lionel Messi fouled six times throughout the tournament making 34 solo runs into area with 26 deliveries in the penalty area. Messi scored 9.46 in FIFA Official Castrol Index of Top Players.

Lionel Messi is truly the living legend of football. He is the player we are looking for and stays at No. 1 in the Football Hall of Fame 2015.

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Premier League All time Top Goal Scorers

English premier league is one of the most popular football events in the world. It is the major English professional league football. The English Premier League (EPL) is also known as ‘Barclays Premier League’. The football tournament consists of 20 local English and Wales clubs competing against each other. During every premier league season, the football fans go crazy the fans not only watch the game in the field, but also use to stick to the television screens as these fans are scattered worldwide and therefore can’t reach the actual venue of the game by travelling half the world around.

It is a big deal for an English Premier League footballer to score a single goal in front of such a crowd. But for a great footballer its not even a pressure to play in their own style and set numerous records.

Premier League All time Top Goal Scorers:

Sporty Ghost has taken an initiative to enlist the top 10 scorers in EPL. You may argue with the list, and therefore never forget to give us your valuable comments below. So, let’s take a look at the list of Premier League all time top goal scorers.

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10. Robin Van Persie: 144

Premier League All time Top Goal Scorers, Robin Van Persie
Robin Van Persie, ‘The Flying Dutchman’————image via: www.footballpunt.com

The current Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie is the captain of the Netherlands National team. Most notably, Van Persie enlightened his career especially in the English Premier League. In his EPL career, Van Persie achieved the ‘Player of the Month’ award five times until now. In addition, he also made it to the 11th position in the list of 100 best players in the world by the Guardian in 2013. The Dutch footballer has played for Arsenal and Manchester United in his English Premier League career, scoring 144 goals, which placed him at the 10th place in the premier league all time top goal scorers list. Firstly from 2004 to 2012, Van Persie scored 96 goals in his 194 appearances for Arsenal. From 2012 till now, as a Manchester United striker, he netted 48 goals so far in 92 appearances.

He also showed his outstanding performance at the national level. He scored a stunning 49 goals in 96 appearances for the Netherlands National football team since 2005. In the 2014 FIFA world cup, his remarkable goal against Spain earned him the nickname ‘The flying Dutchman’.

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9. Teddy Sheringham: 146

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The former English footballer Teddy Sheringham is currently working as the head coach of West Ham United. He spent 24-year professional career as a renowned forward in the English Premier League. In his EPL career, Teddy had played for Tottenham Hotspur, Nottingham Forest, Manchester United, Portsmouth, and West Ham United. Teddy Sheringham scored a total 146 premier league goals and thus he earned his place at No. 9 in our list of premier league all time top goal scorers.

Teddy scored 98 goals in 236 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur in between 1992 and 1997. And then from 2001 to 2003, he scored 31 goals for Manchester United in 104 appearances. Besides his club career, he has a remarkable performance for the England National team too. In his 51 appearances for English side, he made 11 goals in the national career.

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8. Les Ferdinand: 149

Premier League All time Top Goal Scorers, Les Ferdinand
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The former English player, Les Ferdinand is currently serving as the football coach and Director of English club Queens Park Rangers. He also acted as a coaching stuff along with Tim Sherwood for the Tottenham Hotspur from 2008 to 2014. Les Ferdinand played for Queen Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, West Ham United, Leicester City and Bolton Wanderers during his English Premier League career.

He scored a total of 149 goals in the premier league and that makes him the 8th top goal scorer in premier league. For the Newcastle United, he scored 41 goals in 68 games from 1995-1997. He also scored 33 goals for Tottenham Hotspur in his 118 appearances between 1997 and 2003. As an English striker, Ferdinand was managed to score 5 goals in 17 appearances for the England national side in between 1993 and 1998.

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7. Michael Owen: 150

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Michael Owen is a former English footballer and currently he is working as a football analyst on BT Sport football coverage and BBC’s Match of the Day. Michael Owen is the 2001 FIFA Ballon d’Or winner and he is widely regarded as the greatest Liverpool footballer of all time in the history. In his club career, he had played for Liverpool, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City in the Barclays Premier League. With his amazing 150 premier league goals, Michael Owen takes the 7th place in the list of premier league all time top goal scorers.

As a greatest Liverpool striker, Owen scored 118 goals in 216 appearances ranging from 1996-2004. Then from 2004 to 2012, he scored 5 goals for the Manchester United in 31 matches. In his glorious national team performance, Michael Owen was one of the best English footballers with his 40 goals in 89 appearances in between 1998 and 2008.

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6. Robbie Fowler: 162

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The former English footballer Robbie Fowler is best known as a natural striker with amazing footwork. During his time with premier league club Liverpool FC, he earned the nickname ‘GOD’ from the Anfield crowd. In his premier league career, Robbie Fowler played for Liverpool, Leeds United and Manchester City. Scoring 162 premier league goals, Robbie Fowler secured the 6th place in the premier league all time top goal scorers.

Among these 162, 120 goals had come in his 236 appearances for Liverpool from1993-2001. For Manchester City, he scored 20 goals in 80 appearances from 2003-2006. Additionally, as an English National footballer he scored 7 goals in 26 caps for the Three Lions from 1996 to 2002.

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5. Thierry Henry: 175

Premier League All time Top Goal Scorers, thierry henry
Thierry Henry, the Gunners’ Gun———–image via: www.flickr.com

French legendary footballer Thierry Henry is the most classical and skillful player in the Barclays Premier League. The legend has become the France’s top goal scorer of all time surpassing Michel Platini in October 2007. In 2013, Henry also won the MLS supporter’ Shield during his time with the New York Red Bulls. He has a total of 175 premier league goals which earned him the 5th spot in the list of premier league all time top goal scorers. In his English Premier league career, Thierry Henry has only played for Arsenal, and managed to scored all his 175 goals in 254 premier league appearances.

From 1999 to 2007, he was an integral part for Arsenal and still is regarded as the greatest Arsenal player in the history. In 2010, he joined the MLS club the New York Red Bulls and till 2014, he scored 51 goals in his 122 appearances for them. As an all time top scorer for the France national team, he scored 51 goals in 123 appearances from 1997 to 2010.

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4. Frank Lampard: 176

Premier League All time Top Goal Scorers, Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard when at Chelsea———–image via: www.mstarz.com

Frank Lampard is currently playing for the English club Manchester City as a central midfielder or attacking midfielder. In 2005, Frank Lampard was elected as the prestigious FWA Footballer of the Year award and also received the FWA Tribute Award in 2010. He played for West Ham United, Chelsea and Manchester United in his EPL career with scoring a total of 176 premier league goals. He is currently at No. 4 in the list of premier league all time top goal scorers.

During his 13 long years (2001-2014) with Chelsea, Lampard scored 147 goals in 429 appearances and for Manchester City, he scored 5 goals so far in 24 appearances since his transfer. He capped 106 international matches for the England national team, from 1999 to 2014 and scored 29 international goals in his career.

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3. Wayne Rooney: 184

Premier League All time Top Goal Scorers, Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney ——————-image via: worldsoccertalk.com

Wayne Rooney is currently one of the best English forwards who has also been used in various midfield roles. Rooney has achieved the England Player of the Year award three times in his football career and also won the FWA Player of the Year award in 2010. His 184 premier league goals earned him the 3rd place in premier league all time top goal scorers list. He has played for Everton and Manchester United in his premier league career.

Rooney scored 15 goals in 67 matches for Everton, before joining Manchester United in 2004. The rest of his goals (169) came in 333 appearances for Manchester United till now. He is considerably, one of the most influential players for the Manchester United. Besides his English premier league career, Wayne Rooney netted a total 47 goals for England in his 102 international appearances.

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2. Andy Cole: 187

Premier League All time Top Goal Scorers, Andy Cole
Andy Cole———-image via: www.futbolingles.es

The former English footballer Andy Cole is one of the legendary Manchester United player who has won numerous trophies in his premier league career. He was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year for his outstanding club performances. During his time with premier league, Andy Cole has played for Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United, Fulham, Manchester United, Manchester City and Portsmouth. He grabs the 2nd position in our list of premier league all time top goal scorers with his amazing 187 English Premier league goals.

From 1995 to 2001, Andy Cole played for the Manchester United scoring 93 goals in 195 matches and for the Manchester City, he scored 9 goals in 22 appearances in 2005/06 season of Barclays premier league. He was able to score only a single goal for the England national team from 1995 to 2002, in his 15 international appearances.

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1. Allan Shearer: 260

 All time Top Goal Scorers, Allan Shearer
Allan Shearer, the top goal scorer—–image via: www.themag.co.uk

Here we come, the table topper in the premier league all time top scorers is Allan Shearer. This retired English footballer is widely regarded as one of the best strikers of the world football. After his retirement, he has worked as a football analyst for the British Broadcasting Corp. Allan Shearer was awarded the Player of the Year by Football Writers’ Association in 1994 and was also awarded the PFA player of the Year in 1995. He played for Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United in his premier league career. Allan Shearer scored a stunning untouchable 260 premier league goals which has secured him at no.1 top goal scorer in the premier league.

For the Blackburn Rovers, he scored 112 goals in 138 appearances from 1992-1996 and scored 148 premier league goals for Newcastle in between 1996 and 2006 in his 303 matches. Alongside his glorious premier league career, he was also a reputed national team player who scored 30 international goals in 63 appearances from 1992 to 2000.

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The English Premier League authority doles out a huge amount of money every year to grab the best footballers all over the world to become the a part of the English premier league clubs. With immense pressure, all these great players perform while in the field, as they not only face the top league club contenders but also do better in the game in front of millions of English football fans worldwide. Those who keep calm and perform to enlist their names in football history, indeed deserve the celebration and the love of millions.

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