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Top 10 Sports Leagues in the World

Athletes always perform their best in the ground in order to make the moment most memorable in the history of sports. But the most important part of sports is the sports fans, the people who watch the game. Fans from all kind of sports are those who use to add their life to the matches and cheers with energy and enthusiasm. Some sports fans only afford to watch the game in front of TV. On the other hand, others make it to the stadiums to watch the game live. The fans usually watch the game wearing their favorite teams’ jerseys and wigs, as well as screaming and crying for their favorite players in the ground.

Our Sporty Ghost team has made an initiative to focus on the top 10 sports leagues in the world. You have to just scroll down to see the most watched league in the world. So, be ready and brace yourself.

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Top 10 sports leagues in the world:

Apart from the international sports events, these sports leagues across the world have earned so much popularity among the sports fans. Also, all these top leagues in the world ensure a healthy income to the athletes. If you read our highest paid athletes 2015, you will know details about how rich these players are!

10. Big Bash League:

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The KFC Big Bash League is an Australian T20 Cricket Tournament. The tournament firstly commenced in 2011. The cricket tournament is participated by the domestic teams in Australia. The Big Bash currently replaced the previous one, the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. The league features only the city-based franchises instead of state teams, which had previously participated in this huge tournament. The top two teams in the Big Bash league will qualify to take part in the Champions League T20.

The Big Bash is considered as one of the elite cricket tournament in Australia. Currently eight teams participate in Big Bash League and a single season of this league consists of a total 35 matches. The Big Bash League is certainly one of the top 10 sports leagues in the world. In the last 2014/15 of Big Bash there was a total of 825,657 attendance watching this sports event all over the world.

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9. Canadian Football League (CFL):

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Canadian Football League is one of the most popular sports leagues in Canada. The CFL remains at 9th place in our list of top 10 sports leagues in the world. It the highest level of competition in Canadian Football, which is a form of gridiron football and closely related to American Football. The league is consists of nine teams, which are located in nine separate cities across Canada. The teams are divided into two divisions, West Division with five teams and East Division with four teams. Canadian Football League is a 20-week regular season sports event, which traditionally starts from late June to early November.

The CFL was officially established in 1958 and became the second oldest professional gridiron football league in North America. The league is also played at the amateur level such as the Quebec Junior Football League, the Canadian Junior Football League and assorted senior leagues.

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8. Nippon professional Baseball:

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Nippon professional Baseball competition is the highest level of baseball tournament in Japan. The game is also referred to as ‘Japanese baseball’. The league first started in 1934 organized by Greater Japan Tokyo Baseball Club. NPB was formed later on in 1950.

Nippon professional baseball league is consisted of two six-team circuits, divided into the central league and the Pacific League. The winning teams from the two leagues compete in the Championship series of NPB.

Nippon baseball league is at No. 8 position in our list of top 10 sports leagues in the world. Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe took the initiative of expanding NPB to 16 total teams. The goal is to energize country’s regional economy by receiving the new teams.

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7. Indian Super League:

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Indian super league is one of the top-tier Indian football leagues, while the other being the I-League. The league was founded in 2013 featuring eight franchise teams all around India. The football tournament runs from October to December, with a final series in order to determine the champions. Indian Super League stands at No. 7 in our list of top 10 sports leagues in the world.

The Indian Super League, ISL operates along the lines of T20 league, IPL and Major League Soccer in USA. The specialty of ISL is that, the league does not use the promotion and relegation system unlike the majority of the football leagues in the world. The league’s inaugural season started on 12 October, 2014, which was the 4th highest sports league in the history in terms of attendance.

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6. La Liga:

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La Liga or the officially named Liga BBVA is the top professional football league in Spain. The league consists of 20 teams. However, a total of 60 teams have competed in La Liga, nine of which have been crowned as champions. Since the early 50s, it was only Real Madrid and Barcelona who dominated the championship. Real Madrid won the La Liga title 32 times while Barcelona took it for a total of 22 times. All over the world, La Liga is one of the most watched football leagues among the fans. La Liga makes its way at No. 6 in our list of top 10 sports leagues in the world.

La Liga is considered as one of the strongest football leagues in Europe over the past five years. La Liga clubs have won the most UEFA Champions League titles (14) and Real Madrid being the most successful club with 10 titles in the Champions League. With an average attendance of 30,275 for the league matches, it is one of the most popular football leagues in the world.

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5. Major League Baseball:

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Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball league which is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America. The baseball league also manages the international world baseball classic tournament too. MLB is consisting of 30 teams, 29 from the United States and 1 from Canada. The baseball teams play a total 162 games each season of MLB. Five top teams advance to a four-round postseason tournament that ends up in the world series. The baseball games are aired throughout North America as well as the whole world across. It has the highest season attendance of any sports league with more than 74 million viewers worldwide.

Major League Baseball has marked its step at No. 5 in the list of top 10 sports leagues in the world.

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4. Australian Football League:

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Australian Football League is the highest level of professional football competition in Australian football. As the sport’s governing body, the AFL is responsible for making the law of the game. Previously, the Australian league was founded as the Victorian Football League (VFL), which had its inaugural season commenced in 1897.

Currently, the league consists of 18 teams from the five states of Australia, with every state apart from one having at least two teams at the league. The football matches have been played in all mainland states of Australia as well as in New Zealand. Australian football league is such a popular sports event that it stands at No. 4 in the list of top 10 sports leagues in the world. The AFL currently is composed of a pre-season tournament, which starts during the Australian winter. The top eight AFL teams then play off in a four-round final series and ultimately ends up in the AFL Grand Final. The final match is held at Melbourne Cricket Ground each year. The winning team is awarded the premiership cup.

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3. English Premier League:

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English premier league is the England’s primary football competition and is contested by top 20 English football clubs. The selection operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the football leagues. In addition, the Wales clubs can also compete in this tournament. The premier league season runs from August to May, with each team playing 38 matches and totaling 380 matches in the entire English Premier League. Officially, English Premier League is also known as Barclays Premier League, due to its current sponsorship by the Barclays Bank.

English premier league is one of the most watched football leagues in the world, broadcasting in 212 territories to 643 million homes and 4.7 billion TV audiences. English Premier League ranks at No. 3 in the list of top 10 sports leagues in the world. In the 2010-11 season of EPL, the average match attendance was 35,363, which is the second highest of any professional football league behind German Bundesliga. Manchester United won the English Premier league title for a record 13 times and Manchester City being the last title winner.

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2. Bundesliga:

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Bundesliga is a German professional football league with the highest average stadium attendance across the world. Bundesliga is Germany’s primary football competition and is very popular worldwide. This German league is contested by 18 football clubs and the tournament is operated on a system of promotion and relegation. The Bundesliga season usually starts from August to May. All Bundesliga football clubs qualify for the another major tournament, DFB-Pokal and the winner of the Bundesliga qualifies for the DFL-Supercup.

German Bundesliga is placed at second position in our list of top 10 sports leagues in the world. The Bundesliga was established in 1962 and the first season started on 1963. Since its founding, a total of 53 clubs have been participated in this league. Bundesliga is currently ranking 3rd in Europe based on recent European soccer performances. The average 45,134 fans per game during 2011/12 Bundesliga season, has earned the 2nd highest attendance of any sports leagues in the world. The football was also broadcasted over 200 countries worldwide.

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1. National Football League (NFL)

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The professional American football league, NFL is considered as the most popular American sports. A total of 32 teams are participated in NFL and are divided equally between the American Football conference and National Football Conference. The tournament is a regular 17-week season starts from the week after Labor Day to the week after Christmas.

Initially NFL was founded in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association. The National Football League agreed to merge with the American Football League in 1966. Today, the NFL has become the most watched sports league in the world. It is one of the biggest sports events in the world. The Green Bay Packers is the most successful NFL team with 13 titles, while Pittsburgh Steelers is the most Super Bowl Champion with six titles.

National Football League is at No. 1 in our list of top 10 sports leagues in the world.

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The sports fans always play a vital role in developing sports across the world. The game itself shows its color and beauty to the world by the performing sportsmen. The popularity of sports are spreading fast for these kind of sports leagues which hold everyone’s eye for 12 months around and 24 hours a day..

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Champions League semi final: Real Madrid (1) vs. Bayern Munich (0); post match reaction

Champions League semi final: Real Madrid (1) vs. Bayern Munich (0); post match reaction

Real Madrid is taking the minimal advantage to Germany after defeating Bayern Munich, Wednesday evening at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Next Tuesday, the second leg is scheduled at Bayern’s Allianz Arena. Real Madrid will start the match with a one-goal advantage. But definitely Carlo Ancelotti’s side will have a hard task in finishing off the previous champions.

Result: Real Madrid (1) vs. Bayern Munich (0), first leg, UEFA Champions League semi-final

Karim Benzema was the only scorer against the run of play as they are extending their 18 math unbeaten home record. Bayern Munich dominated possession. They held the ball almost 72 percent of the match, but struggled creating chances against Real’s organized defense. Real also spurned several chances. Even Cristiano Ronaldo missed a potentially vital opportunity for Real after returning from injury.

Champions League semi final: Real Madrid (1) vs. Bayern Munich (0); post match reaction

The first opportunity came in the 14th minute after Arjen Robben’s shot was deflected out for a corner and that was headed straight by Bastian Schweinsteiger. Real went ahead in the 19th minute with their first meaningful counter attack. This could be 2-0 later when Angel Di Maria picked out Ronaldo with a curling cross and Ronaldo directed his head straight to Manuel Neuer, Bayern goalkeeper. Ronaldo again failed to keep his effort from 15 yards from Benzema’s cross.

The second half started in similar way with Bayern keeping almost all of the ball but with Ronaldo getting a sight of goal which was saved by Manuel Neuer again. Both the teams made multiple substitutions as the match approached its final 15 minutes.

Champions League semi final: Real Madrid (1) vs. Bayern Munich (0); post match reaction

An immediate impact was nearly made by Muller in the 81st minute, curling a fierce shot. This time Bale also created a moment of danger, before attempting to cross for Benzema in the 83rd minute. But Dante intercepted and made a pivotal clearance. Then Muller claimed a late penalty when he was about to shoot and went down but English referee Howard Webb discouraged his appeal. Madrid were almost successful and now can hope that missed chances do not prove costly. They must be planning to repeat their sole semi-final success over Bayern in 2000.

Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid manager must be “happy” with his team’s performance. Ancelotti said,

“At the beginning we were a little shy, losing possession. But in the second half, Bayern were less effective. It’s a group effort. It was not easy.
The second leg is very difficult. We have a tiny advantage but we have to play with the same confidence and desire as we showed today.”

On the contrary Pep Guardiola, Bayern Munich manager called Real Madrid the world’s best counterattacking team. Speaking to German television Guardiola said:

“We did everything to win but you can always lose when you’re against great players like these. (Real Madrid) are the best team in the world on the break. The ball was going faster, faster returns and in that they are better.”

Champions League semi final: Real Madrid (1) vs. Bayern Munich (0); post match reaction

Bayern are the defending Champions and chasing a second straight treble of Champions League, German Cup and Bundesliga. They have lost only twice at home this season in all competitions scoring 42-13 against the opponents in Bundesliga matches. Meanwhile Real Madrid remain alive in their own thirst for a treble. They have also defeated Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final earlier this month. Currently they are six points behind the leaders, positioning third in La Liga.

None ever successfully defended the title and Bayern have work to end that record. The final will be held in Lisbon on 24 May against the winners of the other semi final.

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Serie A Top Goal Scorers of All time

Serie A is a professional football league competition. Top Italian football clubs take part in Serie A, where they prove themselves to be the best. Serie A has been operating since the season of 1929-30. The football competition has been responsible for producing a number of great players since the beginning. Serie A has become one of the best football leagues in the world. In fact, the league was considered the best football league in the world in the 90’s. The Serie A players are notably the best in footwork, some for their goal-keeping performance, and some for their goal-scoring abilities.

Sporty Ghost have enlisted the top 10 footballers as the Serie A top goal scorers of all time in Italian history. So, let’s take a look and most importantly don’t forget to give us your valuable comments.

Serie A Top Goal Scorers of All time:

10. Alessandro Del Piero, 188

Serie A Top Goal Scorers of All time, Alessandro Del Piero
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Italian footballer Alessandro Del Piero plays as a deep-lying forward for the team. He is currently playing in Indian Super League for the team Delhi Dynamos FC. His Italian Serie A career has been flourished by 188 goals in 478 matches during his time. His club career spanned from 1993 to 2012 with an average of 0.39 goals per Serie A match. Considering the number of goals he scored in Serie A, Alessandro Del Piero is in the 10th place in the list of Serie A top goal scorers of all time. Here are some stats of his amazing goal records for different Serie A clubs-

Padova: 1991-1993: 14 matches: 1 goal
Juventus: 1993-2012: 513 matches: 208 goals

During his international football career, between 1995-2008, he netted 27 goals in 91 international appearances.

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9. Giuseppe Signori, 188

Former Italian striker Giuseppe Signori was an important part of Italian team in 1994 FIFA World Cup, where Italy reached the final. He scored a total of 188 goals, same as Del Piero, but in less Serie A matches, 344. During his club career, between 1991 to 2004, Signori had enjoyed much playing in Italian serie A. He scored at an average of 0.55 goals per Serie A match. The reason is very clear, why his name has been inducted at no.9 in our list of Serie A top goal scorers of all time. His Serie A club profile and international records are given below-

Lazio: 1992-1997: 152 matches: 117 goals
Bologna: 1998-2004: 142 matches: 70 goals.
Italy: 1992-1995: 28 matches: 7 goals.

8. Kurt Hamrin, 190

Serie A Top Goal Scorers of All time, Kurt Hamrin
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Former Swedish footballer Kurt Hamrin is widely regarded as the finest footballer for his incredible dribbling ability. He is also one of the greatest Swedish footballers of all time sports history. In Italian Serie A, Hamrin scored 190 goals in his 400 appearances during his club career between 1956 and 1971. With an average 0.48 goal record per match, Kurt Hamrin is placed at no. 8 in our list of Serie A top goal scorers of all time. He had a glorious Serie A career by playing in different Italian clubs.

Juventus: 1956-1957: 23 matches: 8 goals
Padova: 1957-1958: 30 matches: 20 goals
Fiorentina: 1958-1967: 289 matches: 150 goals
AC Milan: 1967-1969: 36 matches: 9 goals.
Napoli: 1967-1971: 22 matches: 3 goals

He also played an important part for the Swedish National team, scoring 17 goals in 32 international matches between 1953-1965.

7. Antonio Di Natale, 203

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Antonio Di Natale is an Italian playmaker who currently plays for Serie A team Udinese as a forward. He was awarded the Serie A Capocannoniere award two times consecutively in 2009/10 and 2010/11 season of serie A. From 2002 till now, Antonio Di Natale has gathered 203 goals in his bag in 414 Serie A matches. He is at no.7 in our list of Serie A top goal scorers of all time. He averaged 0.49 goals per Serie A match during his career. Here are some of his records-

Empoli: 1996-2004: 158 matches: 49 goals
Udinese: 2004- now : 350 matches: 185 goals
Italy: 2002-2012: 42 matches: 11 goals

Antonio is a quick, hardworking and versatile striker with a lethal sharp eye for goal. He is able to play anywhere along the front and better known as a lone striker.

6. Roberto Baggio, 205

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Roberto Baggio is a technically gifted Italian playmaker and is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time. He is not only renowned for his curling free kicks but also for his incredible pace and dribbling. Baggio was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1993 and also won the prestigious FIFA Ballon d’Or the same year. He ended his remarkable Serie A career with 205 goals in 452 appearances between 1985 and 2004. With an average of 0.45 goal per Serie A match, he inducted himself at no. 6 place in the list of Serie A top goal scorers of all time. This creative footballer has played for many Italian Serie A club as follows-

Vicenza: 1982-1985: 36 matches: 13 goals
Fiorentina: 1985-1990: 94 matches: 39 goals
Juventus: 1990-1995: 141 matches: 78 goals
Milan: 1995-1997: 51 matches: 12 goals
Bologna: 1997-1998: 30 matches: 22 goals
Internazionale: 1998-2000: 41 matches: 9 goals
Brescia: 2000-2004: 95 matches: 45 goals.
Italy: 1988-2004: 56 matches: 27 goals

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5. José Altafini, 216

Serie A Top Goal Scorers of All time, José Altafini
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Jose Altafini is regarded as one of Italian Serie A’s as well as Milan’s greatest footballers ever. He was the most complete striker of his generation with his well-rounded striking performance. He was quick and strong and a prolific goal scorer all through his footballing career. He held the record for most goals in a single European Cup for more than 50 years untill the record was broken by Lionel Messi. Altafini scored a total of 216 goals in 459 Serie A appearances during his club career between 1958-1976. He stays at 5th place in our list of Serie A top goal scorers of all time with an average of 0.47 goal per match. He is a hallmark for playing powerful and accurate shots.

AC Milan: 1958-1965: 205 matches: 120 goals
Napoli: 1965- 1972: 180 matches: 71 goals
Juventus: 1972-1976: 74 matches: 25 goals
Brazil: 1957-1958: 8 matches: 4 goals
Italy: 1961-1962: 6 matches: 5 goals.

4. Giuseppe Meazza, 216

Serie A Top Goal Scorers of All time, Giuseppe Meazza
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Giuseppe Meazza is widely regarded as the best player of his generation as well as the greatest Italian player of all time. Meazza led Italy to win two consecutive FIFA world cup football, notably in 1934 at home and in 1938 as the captain of Italian team. He won the Golden ball award in 1934 world cup. He is best known for his technical skill and prolific goal-scoring ability. Meazza was often nicknamed as “il genio” (the genius) by the press during his time. He is the second highest goal scorer for the Italian National Team.

Internazionale: 1927-1940: 348 matches: 241 goals
Milan: 1940-1942: 37 matches: 9 goals
Juventus: 1942-1943: 27 matches: 10 goals
Varese: 1944: 20 matches: 7 goals
Internazionale: 1946-1947: 17 matches: 2 goals
Italy: 1930-1939: 53 matches: 33 goals.

3. Gunnar Nordahl, 225

Serie A Top Goal Scorers of All time, Gunnar Nordahl
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Gunnar Nordahl is a Swedish professional football player and a former Italian Serie A footballer. He was best known for his spell at AC Milan from 1949 to 1956. During that peroid, Gunnar Nordahl won two Scudetto titles and was awarded Capocannonieri awards more than any other footballer in the history of Italian Serie A. He is best regarded as the greatest Swedish player of all time. With an average 0.77 goals per Serie A match, he is at no. 3 in our list of Serie A top goal scorers of all time. He is famous for his pace and attacking football. Here are some stats on his football career.

AC Milan: 1949-1956: 257 matches: 210 goals
Roma: 1956-1958: 34 matches: 15 goals
Sweden: 1942-1948: 33 matches: 43 goals.

2. Francesco Totti, 240

Serie A Top Goal Scorers of All time, Francesco Totti
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Francesco Totti is a creative playmaker who is famous for his goal scoring ability and technical skill. He is considered to be one of the best Italian footballers of all time. Being one of the most talented players in his generation, he is Roma’s greatest player ever. He was awarded Oscar del calcio AIC a record 11 times including five Italian Footballer of the Year awards. Totti is the FIFA World Cup winner for Italy in 2006 and Euro finalist in 2000. He is one of the most popular footballers in Europe. He is the 2nd highest goal scorer in Italian Serie A with his one and only club Roma.

Roma: 1992-now: 582 matches: 240 goals.
Italy: 1998-2006: 58 matches: 9 goals

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1. Silvio Piola, 274

Serie A Top Goal Scorers of All time, Silvio Piola
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Silvio Piola is known as a highly prominent football figure is the history of Italian football. He is the greatest striker of his generation. He is the winner of 1938 FIFA World Cup for Italy. The world cup was as remarkable for him as he scored two goals in the final and finished the tournament as the second best player. He is the third in all-time top goal scorers for Italy. Piola is the player we are looking for our list of Serie A top goal scorers of all time.

Lazio: 1934-1943: 227 matches: 143 goals
Juventus: 1945-1947: 57 matches: 26 goals
Italy: 1935-1952: 34 matches: 30 goals.

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Top 10 Most Controversial Footballers of All time

There are always some footballers who simply can’t stay away to be the headlines. They are very much keen to attract the public attention, whatever the intention is. All these footballers are the controversial figures in the football world. Each one of these has a story and they fill those role with alarming ease. The controversial footballers are adored by their teammates as there is no doubt about their desire to win the game. It’s just the nature of behavior that make the change and establish themselves as the villains in football. They become the natural hate figures to the fans. On the other hand, the media light seems to have a habit to pick up every wrong move they make.

Today Sporty Ghost brings to you the list of top 10 most controversial footballers of all time. The list may contradict and you may disagree.  So, don’t forget to put your comments below.

Top 10 most controversial footballers of all time:

10. Rene Higuita

Top 10 Most Controversial Footballers of All time, Rene Higuita
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Rene Higuita is Colombian goalkeeper and widely regarded as a comical figure by many. He was actually infamous for the “scorpion kick” save in 1995 against England. In a match against Cameroon in 1990, he attempted to dribble past Roger Milla only to lose possession and allow the opponent to score a goal. He is nicknamed as “El Loco”. Higuita missed 1994 Fifa world cup in USA as he was in prison for a kidnapping charge.

Even the Colombian goalkeeper had a well acquaintance with the drug lord Pablo Escober and frequently used his influence. He was headlined for several times for abusing drugs.  In 2004, he was tested positive for cocaine use. For all these reasons, Rene Higuita is one of the most controversial footballers of all time.

9: Joey Barton

Top 10 Most Controversial Footballers of All time, Joey Barton
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Marseille midfielder Joey Barton is another controversial footballer in our list. Barton has done a lot in his life including a 12- match ban for a random spate of attacks on opposition, stubbing a cigar in a young player’s eye, coming to blows with a fan, and so on.

The most serious incident took place in 2007, when Joey Barton involved in a fight in Liverpool City Centre. According to BBC, Barton was charged with assault in that incident and ultimately sentenced to six months imprisonment. He was awarded a further four-month suspension when he involved in a training ground fight with his former teammate, Ousmane Dabo. However, the controversies he provoked are distinguished for mere regularity.

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8: Sinisa Mihajlovic

Top 10 Most Controversial Footballers of All time, Sinisa Mihajlovic
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The former Serbian defender, Sinisa Mihajlovic is remembered for two main reasons-for his wonderful free kicks and secondly, the frequent acts of indiscipline. During the early days of his career, when Serbia was tearing apart, most of his gruesome acts were happened against Croatian opposition. Most notably, the player named Igor Stimac, who tangled with Sinisa on a number of occasions and their clash as managers over the past few weeks is the remarkable one.

As a manager of Serbia, Sinisa Mihajlovic had not shield away from making headlines after banning a young midfielder Adem Ljajic from the Serbian National side for not singing the national anthem.

7: Harald Schumacher

He is very much remembered for the incidence that took place in the 1982 World Cup semifinal.

Schumacher deliberately took out the French defender Patrick Battiston when he was running towards the goal. He left Battiston unconscious with damaged vertebrae and three cracked ribs. Schumacher’s challenge on that day is still remembered as one of the worst in the history of football.

6: Luis Suarez

Top 10 Most Controversial Footballers of All time, Luis Suarez
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The Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez is quite familiar of being the news headlines very often. At World Cup qualification match, Suarez threw a punch at Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara in Santiago. His Patrick Evra incident at EPL was another memorable mishap. Last FIFA World Cup was widely remarkable for him, biting Italian defender Cheillini. The handed the ball by Suarez is another one to remember in 2010 world cup against Ghana. Luis Suarez is full of controversies. We put him at 6 in our list of top 10 most controversial footballers of all time.

5: Edmundo

Once Edmundo was named as the “most hated player in Brazil”. During his career, Edmundo ‘O Animal’ was a one-man wrecking the ball with temper. Besides his unusual acts on the pitch, he never ever managed to control his emotion for the team.

In his club Vasco Da gama, he was treated as a legend, although his time at the club was divided into five separate spells. In 1995, the drunk Edmundo crashed three people in Rio.  However, he has never been sentenced for the incident.

For Brazil, he capped in total 39 games and was a great attacking midfielder for the country. There was no doubt for his abilities as a player. But, he was a tough figure to handle.

4: John Terry

Top 10 Most Controversial Footballers of All time, John Terry
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England and Chelsea defender John Terry is very much prominent figure for so many controversial conducts. From an affair with his teammate’s partner to mocking Americans in a Heathrow hotel, the Chelsea captain never made his life easier.

It is thought to be the lowest point of Terry’s career when he racially abused the QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. Later in court of justice, the case was postponed due to lack of enough evidence. However, the FA later ruled that John Terry was found guilty of breaking their own rules.

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3: Eric Cantona

Top 10 Most Controversial Footballers of All time, Eric Cantona
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Several on this list will testify that there is a fine line between genius and insanity. Eric Contana is closer to the line than any other footballer. His Kung-fu-kick attack on a Crystal Palace supporter in 1995 is regarded as the most infamous incident in his tumultuous football career.

The incident earned him an eight-month ban from football. On contrary, Contana has shown remorse over that event and he describes as “a dream” to his fans. The forward left French football under a cloud followed by an event when he threw a ball intentionally at referee during his time at Nimes. His other mishaps include kicking a ball into the crowd, tearing his jersey off having been substituted as well as insulting the coach Herni Michel, and many more. The controversial French forward prematurely announced his retirement at the age of 25.

2: Paolo Di Canio

Top 10 Most Controversial Footballers of All time, Paolo Di Canio
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The former Italian has gained his reputation (!) as both player and manager. His controversial acts always took the attention of Italian media by getting a repeated newspaper headlines. In 1996, his Milan career was ended due to an argument with manager Fabio Capello. He also had to leave Juventus for creating problems with the manager Giovanni Trapattoni.

His most controversial moment took place at English Premier League when the Italian shoved referee Paul Alcock to the ground after being sent off in a match against Arsenal in 1998. The incident cost him a 11-match ban from football. Besides his football career, his political career have been well known for causing much controversy. De Canio provoked controversy with a trademark fascist salute to his supporters, while playing for Lazio.

1: Diego Maradona

Top 10 Most Controversial Footballers of All time, Diego Maradona
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Diego Maradona is rated as the best footballer of all time in soccer. Besides, he is also the most controversial of them all. The most memorable incident took place in 1986 FIFA World Cup, Mexico. It was a quarterfinal match against England and the no. 10 scored the two most historic goals in football- including his infamous “hand of God” goal and a magical goal from his own half later known as “the Goal of the Century”.

Finally, the ’94 World Cup brought an end to his international career. He was sent home after two games in the tournament announcing that Maradona has failed a drug test. During his time at Napoli side, his spell was again blighted by a lengthy suspension for cocaine misuse.

Our list tops Diego Maradona as the most controversial footballer of all time. He may be a great player in football, but while the fairness of football is concerned, he is the villain who is leading the list of top 10 most controversial footballers of all time.

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Top 10 Best Penalty Takers in Football World

The penalty shot out is arguably the most exciting moment during the course of a football match. It is a psychological warfare where there are only two men and one ball standing between them. Over the years, penalties and most importantly missed penalties have provided memories littered with controversies and drama. A penalty shot is supposed to be taken by the team’s professional level. The nerve crashing task should be required of specialized players with the bold eyes and precise moves.

Today we will introduce you with the top 10 best penalty takers in the football world. No overall empirical method is employed for making this list. However, some of the ranking is based upon numerical penalty success. Some other variables are also considered in researching style and stakes.

10 Best Penalty Takers in Football World

10. Andrea Pirlo

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Andrea Pirlo is an great Italian footballer, who is better known for gorgeous ball distribution in the midfield that anyone might confuse his passing style for modern art. Pirlo showed his numerous success with the ball onto the penalty spot. The penalty shot against England in 2012 European Cup was a delightful one. The moment is quite memorable to the fans when Pirlo calmly chipped English goalkeeper Joe Hart to perfection. It was an extraordinary stuff from Andrea Pirlo.

9. Michael Ballack

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German international Michael Ballack is renowned for his powerful athleticism and superior technique to create opportunity. He is solely capable of dominating the midfield of the pitch. He was a key player for Chelsea as well as Germany. When the penalty opportunities came, Ballack was the man of choice for his define accuracy and power with the ball. He guided the ball to the side of the net in so many occasions, that it became his daily routine to score from penalty. He stands at no. 9 in our list of top 10 best penalty takers in the football world.

8. Michel Platini

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Michel Platini is regarded as one of the best French footballers. His exquisite passing ability was well enough to mesmerize the whole stadium during his time. He is the main architect of France’s victory in 1984 European Championship. Michel Platini was awarded the best player of that tournament and moreover, he was the top goalscorer with nine goals. Platini was quite good at taking penalties. With his advanced technique, he efficiently picked the spot and calmly found the corner of the net.

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7. Steven Gerrard

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The Liverpool legend, Steven Gerrard is a dangerous striker to the ball and when it comes with just him and the goalkeeper at the penalty spot, he unmasked to be much more ferocious. Though, he is better known for long shots outside the box, he can also shake the net from 12 yards away too. The Liverpool striker always employs his right foot to make him deadly at the penalty spot. The technique has served him quite good in the tense moments.

6. Alessandro Del Piero

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The legendary Italian striker, Del Piero is an efficient penalty taker both for his club and country. He led his side to victory in numerous occasions by successful penalty shots. He is also one of the top goal scorers in Italian football. He is a prolific star in his former Italian club, Juventus and most successful player throughout his career. With magical ability of controlling the ball, Del Piero has no fear at penalty shooting. Actually, he is very much special for taking penalties.

5. Cristiano Ronaldo

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The Three Lions fans still remember the moment when young Cristiano burried a winning penalty against England. Cristiano Ronaldo is a confident footballer. He has already shown his magic to Manchester United, Real Madrid and Portugal. His sharp eye to the goal and precise shots hardly miss the net. It is quite apparent, that the Portuguese winger seriously deals with penalty and eventually able to dodge the keeper with his powerful kicks.

4. Frank Lampard

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When his team is involved in critical penalty situations, Frank Lampard is always up with the responsibilities to take the penalty shots. His success against Manchester United in 2008 UEFA Champions League Final is still remarked as one of the bests. Frank Lampard netted a penalty against Liverpool in the semi-final, just days after his mother passed away. This iron-nerved penalty taker is at no. 4 in our list of top 10 best penalty takers in the football world. He is undoubtedly a class penalty taker.

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3. Zinedine Zidane

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The 2006 World Cup performance of Zinedine Zidane will forever be remembered for two important actions- his infamous headbutt on Materazzi and the other one will be his cheeky penalty shot that gave France an early lead in the final. No one doubts his marvelous skills. He can fire up in the biggest stage of any game. Zidane was the power house for France for so many years. He was indeed a threat to any great goalkeepers during his time.

2. Alan Shearer

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Alan Shearer is the all-time top goalscorer in Barclays Premier League history. The Newcastle man has netted a record-setting 260 goals in 434 matches. Alan Shearer was renowned mostly for taking penalties. His amazingly powerful penalty shots sometimes appeared to rip the net. The goalkeeper hardly got the chance to touch the ball. He spotted at no. 2 in our list of top 10 best penalty takers in the football world.

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1. Matt Le Tissier

Matt Le Tissier is best regarded as the best ever in taking penalties in the history of football. If you look over his success rate, you will be stunned by the percentage of 98, where he missed just one of his 49 penalty attempts. The cool guy, Le Tissier was nicknamed “Le God” by the Southhampton fans. His advanced technique of penalty shoot-out is still followed by the recent footballers. He is truly a magician in taking penalties.

Matt Le Tissier is the leader of our list of top 10 best penalty takers in the football world.

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MANU Transfer News: Mats Hummels, Mario Mandzukic Transfer Rumors

Manchester United could be welcoming Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels and Atletico Madrid’s Mario Mandzukic to Old Trafford this summer. According to talkSPORT, Mats Hummels is kind of pondering his future at Dortmund following the departure of manager Jurgen Klopp and wants to leave this summer.

Borussia Dortmund had a difficult season in Bundesliga. They will not feature in the Champions league next season because of their poor performance this summer. The sales of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski is consecutive summers weakened Borussia Dortmund while on the other hand it strengthened the rival Bayern Munich in German Bundesliga.

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Mats Hummels would reportedly set his value at £20 million for Manchester United, but for a player of his caliber, that price is more than worth it for the United. The Germany international, Hummels is a vast experienced player. He always performs outstandingly on the biggest stage of football. He came into the football through Bayern Munich youth academy. He joined his current club, Borussia Dortnund on loan in January 2008 and officially signed in 2009 for €4 million. He won two league titles and finished as runner-up in 2012-13 UEFA Champions league for the Borussia Dortmund.

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He is playing for the German international team since 2010. Hummels has earned over 30 caps and represented Germany at Euro 2012 and 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The center-back is also an effective defender and would certainly improve the quality of Manchester United’s back line. Despite Dortmund’s struggle in Bundesliga, Hummels won 61% of his duels for his team, which also includes 70% of his aerial battles and successfully dribbled past an opponent 20 times in 28 attempts. The performance is quite impressive indeed. The 26-year-old central defender is a solid defender who is very much comfortable with the ball. He would be a great asset for the Red Devils’ uninspiring defense. Hummels should be considered as a must-buy for the Manchester United.

Up front, The Red Devils would be very much keen to add Mario Mandzukic in this summer of tranfer window. Mandzukic has shown much potential in this season of La Liga. He netted a total 21 goals in his debut season with Atletico Madrid. ManU are negotiating an £18.1 million transfer deal for the Croatian striker. He is a prolific goal scorer with a great defensive and aerial power. While in Bayern Munich, he won three trophies in his first season with the team, including the Champions League. Mandzukic became the first Croat to score in the Champions league final with Bayern.

He participated in two major competitions for Croatia, 2012 EURO and 2014 FIFA World Cup. Mandzukic was awarded the Croatian Footballer of the Year both in 2012 and 2013.

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone spoke on Mandzukic’s exit from the Vicente Calderon,

“He annoys me easily, that’s the fact. He is a great player indeed and a decent lad. He himself is down about not maintaining the form he displayed up until this season.”

The Croatian striker netted 21 goals for Atletico Madrid and laid on five assists in all competitions during his debut season with the Spanish club. However, Mandzukic went on a significant dry spell in the last half of the season in La Liga.

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Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal is desperate in need of more firepower up front as Robin Van Persie continues to declines with age and Radamel Falcao has returned to his old club FC Monaco. The 29-year-old Mandzukic would be a fine squad player for the Red Devils, but they will not want to be in the position where they are relying on him to fire them to win the premier league title next season.

The Atletico striker is powerful in the air and excels at holding the ball up. But, Manchester United lack the pace in forward areas which they are currently lacking. This deficit caused Van Gaal to play Angel Di Maria out of his natural position or experiment with youngster James Wilson last season in Premier league. Mario Mandzukic can’t be considered as an attractive proposition in this case, given his age and playing style.

On the other hand, Mats Hummels should be brought into the old trafford whatever the cost is. The classy midfielder cum defender would add leadership and solidity to United’s shaky defense line and his purchase would be a bold step for Van Gaal towards returning to the air of invulnerability, that they enjoyed under the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson.

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5 Potential replacements of Xavi in Barcelona

Xavi Hernandez has recently left Barcelona to join the Qatari football club, Al Sadd SC. He may leave, but the legacy he left behind in Nou Camp, will last for generations. Xavi was the most decorated player for Barcelona. He signed off in a best possible way, by lifting the Champions League title in Berlin in a great passion. With Xavi’s absence in the heart of the Barcelona’s midfield, an enormous void was created for the Catalans. Barcelona need to fill the blank immediately, but to suggest that player would be a direct replacement for Xavi Hernandez, is pushing it somewhat.

We have looked over five players who might step into Xavi’s shoes. Barcelona would be planning to organize the midfield in such a manner that would definitely suit for a Champions league winner. So, Let’s have a look-

5 potential replacements of Xavi in Barcelona:

1. Denis Suarez

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Denis Suarez has really found his feet in La Liga for Sevilla over the past 12 months in the last season. He was sent on loan to play in Sevilla as a part of the deal that brought Ivan Rakitic to Nou Camp. Suarez proved himself as a great attacking midfielder back in Andalusia. But the loan contract still to go on for another year and it would not be easy for Barcelona to bring him back. However, it is not impossible for a club like Barcelona.

The Catalans has already built up a healthy relationship with Sevilla, signing Aleix Vidal in the most recent time from Sevilla. Denis Suarez has the potential to become successful in Barca, much like Gerard Deulofeu, who was given much the same opportunities. He could be a better replacement for Xavi, as during his time with Barcelona B,he used to take the midfield responsibility quite successfully.

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2. Paul Pogba

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Paul Pogba, the French midfielder appears the most likely to be signed by Barcelona this summer. Already some initiatives are taken to grab this Juve at personal and club level. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said,

“it is true that Paul Pogba is one of the leading targets of ours and obviously we are interested to bring him at the Nou Camp. But, I cann’t say anything more right now.”

Pogba would make a real change of direction in the midfield for the Barcelona. He would be a more powerful midfielder than the ‘conductor’ Xavi has been. Landing the ex-Manchester United man would cost Barcelona more or less around €80 million and the midfielder is just waiting for the green signal.

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3. Isco

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If Barcelona are interested in Real Madrid midfieder Isco, firstly, they have to arrange a third party to have Isco signed for them before he move onto Barca. It’s a matter of just a few months. There is absolutely no chance that Florentino Perez would sanction a move to Real Madrid’s greatest rivals.

Although, Isco would be significantly cheaper than Pogba, there are unlikely to be too many supporters fussed about Isco previously having plied his trade at the Santiago Bernabeu if there was a chance of signing him to Barcelona. It doesn’t need to be a researcher say that Isco is the right man, at right place, at right age.

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4. Marco Reus

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Barcelona have been considered a potential destination for Marco Reus for some while, but prefers to remain as a Borussia Dortmund midfielder. In February, Reus has made a new deal for the German club. So, any proposed deal would be difficult for him right now. Considering Reus’ adaptability, Barcelona may feel that he is player worth pursuing.

Marco Reus is an amazing footballer, who can play in any part of the ground and is comfortable in possession. He has a sense of sit and hold as well as pop off inch perfect passes and assists in. He is a high-class football performer. Barcelona have to dig deep to catch Marco Reus.

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5. Santi Cazorla

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Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is the perfect guy, who knows many of the team well through his time with the Spanish National team. It is quite unclear what Arsene Wenger would make an approach from Barcelona’s offer. But, at 30, Santi Cazorla isn’t exactly the one for future. But, the Barcelona team always want to test waters. Barcelona are quite capable to bring out the class within the players. Let’s do them some experiment this summer. Hopefully, they will find a perfect replacement for Xavi in the midfield.

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Top 10 Transfer Targets of Manchester United in summer 2015

English club Manchester United have started to strengthen their side in order to claim their Premier League title in the next season. The United boss Louis Van Gaal is reportedly targeting to spend half of his budget for Manchester United transfers so far this summer. Van Gaal has wisely spent in defence and midfield and he needs just a couple more parts of the jigsaw to finish everything off. It is estimated that, Manchester United have about £75million left to complete their major business in this summer of 2015.

Louis Van Gaal’s side recorded a respectable 4th place in the last season of English Premier League, but further development will be expected by this Dutch tactician as well as the club’s huge fan base. There are several areas of ManU that are in need of attention, which include both the front and the back lines. The team is planning to welcome bunch of players in the Old Trafford during the upcoming transfer window.

Transfer Targets of Manchester United in summer 2015:

The Sporty Ghost team have enlisted the Top 10 transfer targets of Manchester United in summer 2015. No United fan would be disappointed to see pull on the famous red shirt. So, here they are-

10. Felipe Anderson

The young attacking midfielder, Felipe Anderson has shown some outstanding performances and enjoyed a solid season in Serie A with Lazio. He moved to the Italian capital from Santos in 2013. He is one of the quickest and tecnically gifted youngsters in football. Felipe Anderson has a big future ahead of him. His name should not be confused with other one, whose spell at old Trafford was a mere tale of unfulfilled potential. He will a little bit least choice for Manchester United as they already brought two midfield giants.

9. Nicolas Otamendi

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Nicolas Otamendi has established himself as one of the most powerful and devastating center halves for Valencia. He was signed here in the Spanish club from Porto last summer. Otamendi has enjoyed a colourful reputation following a string of impressive performances in Spanish La Liga last season.

The 27-year-old Argentine is likely to cost a huge sum of money for the Manchester United, but he is in his prime and seems to be tailor made for the physicality of the English Premier League. He has the ability to change the game, which will be likely to endear him to Louis Van Gaal further. He is placed at No. 9 place in the list of top 10 transfer targets of Manchester United in summer 2015.

8. Roberto Firmino

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The Brazilian midfielder is currently playing for German Bundesliga club Hoffenheim. The 22-year-old has been in superb form for the club, but his displays have snuck under the radar somewhat. Firmino has scored seven goals in the last Bundesliga season, and also ensured a healthy assist return, which was enough to grab the attention of Carlos Dunga and thereafter he forced his way into Brazil’s Copa America squad.

He may be relatively unproven at the top level, but the tricky and skillful Brazilian attacker would get bums off seats at Manchester United. He is at No. 8 in our list of top 10 tranfer targets of Manchester United in summer 2015.

7. Nathaniel Clyne

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Nathaniel Clyne is currently playing for Southamtpn as a right back. Truly, he is a man in demand. His splendid season for the Southampton has not gone unnoticed and several of Manchester United’s rivals, including Liverpool, are very much interested in acquiring him. The Merseysiders’ measly bid £10 million for his service, but was rejected. Manchester United would have to double that money to make sure Nathaniel Clyne waves goodbye to St. Mary’s and move into Old Trafford.

6. Mats Hummels

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Manchester United truly lack a defence leader and the Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels could be the answer for them. Following Dortmund’s disappointing campaign in the last Bundesliga season, there are lots of questions concerning Hummels performance. But, it is an unavoidable truth that, the United also lack some power in the central defending position at present.

The 26-year-old German defender will not come cheap. He can be the missing piece of Van Gaal’s defensive puzzle. The No. 6 position in our list is attributed to Mats Hummels. Let’s hope, the puzzle being solved.

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5. Hugo Lloris

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The current United goal keeper David de Gea, has been tipped to sign for Real Madrid. If it happens, this would leave a huge hole in Manchester United’s defence line.In that case, the Tottenham Hotspur’s shot-stopper Hugo Lloris would be the first choice to Van Gaal in order to fill the gap.

The current France captain, Lloris is a ready-made replacement for de Gea. Both the goalkeepers have shared a similar goalkeeping style and the 28-year-old, Lloris has a wealth of experience in the English Premier League. He would be a remarkable replacement for de Gea between United’s post.

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4. Karim Benzema

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French forward Karim Benzema is constantly tipped to be the fall guy at Santiago Bernabeu. He is most likely to be deemed surplus to requirements for Real. There has been a massive change of plan after the arrival of Rafa Benitez and he is planning to take his side’s front line in a different direction. As a result, after passing some difficult time, Benzema could be on his way out of the Spanish capital. The United, on the other hand, is in need of new additions in front line following the failure of Radamel Falcao’s spell.

Van Gaal should have eyed on him in this case. The 27-year-old still possesses proven quality and stamina. He has the ability to develop an excellent partnership with Wayne Rooney in the front line. He is at No. 4 in the list of top 10 transfer targets of Manchester United in summer 2015.

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3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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The Swedish striker and the heart of Paris Saint Germain, Zlatan isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. He may has some egotistical demeanour and outspoken nature, which tend to rub people up the wrong. But, he also has some unique talent in football.Although the contract he signed for PSG still remains one year by the calender, the Ligue 1 Champions could decide to sell Zlatan this summer, rather than the risk of losing him for nothing. It would be an exciting scene to watch Zlatan Ibrahimovic playing at the United’s front in the next season of EPL.

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2. Paul Pogba

Arguably, Paul Pogba is currently the most sought after player in the football world. The Juventus midfielder is also targeted by Manchester City and FC Barcelona. Although, Pogba left Old Trafford for nothing only a few years ago, following a contract dispute, but he showed some superb performance at Juventus. He has attracted interest from almost every European club and is expected to cost around £40 million to sign him in. If Van Gaal wants some progress in the future, the 22 years old, Paul Pogba will be a most needed player.

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1. Gareth Bale

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Now, here he comes, the most cherished and the most focused part of this story, which ended up with Gareth Bale. He is the No. 1 boy in our list of top 10 transfer targets of Manchester United in Summer 2015. The Welshman may have been installed as a scapegoat at Real Madrid this season of La Liga, but his arrival at Old Trafford would be a great statement of intent. However, the former Spurs star, Gareth Bale is the highest paid football player of all time in the history of football.

Bale’s physical stamina and electric pace is to be well suited in Premier League football. If Gareth Bale joins the Red Devils, it would make them the best attacking tridents in the world, alongside Wayne Rooney and the new boy, Memphis Depay.

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Top 10 Fastest Football Players in the World

In the modern era of sports, there are some remarkable revolutions in football too. The changes are introduced to the way in which football clubs set about winning matches after matches. The teams also evolved their tactics and formations, state of art facilities and using advanced equipment. The players have to cope with that modern system as well as with the faster technology. We choose an article about top 10 fastest football players in the world, in which we’ll be able to present you some extraordinary talents with some extreme pace in football.

The speed is very eye-soothing in watching soccer, but pure speed can often tilt the balance of this beautiful game. It is a mere truth that, raw pace and acceleration in football can be almost impossible to stop, no matter how advanced the technologies and tactics have been. It is a dream to every footballer to be faster than others. For this, sometimes they sustain injuries and sometimes they succeed.

Top 10 Fastest Football Players in the World:

The Players we are presenting are enlisted by FIFA in 2015. It may surprise you that neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Arjen Robben are in the top three in this list. FIFA’s governing body prepared the list measuring the top speed of the players across all major leagues during matches in recent times. Thus five EPL players made it into the list of top 10 fastest football players in the world.

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10. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal): 30.1 km/h

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The Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez is currently playing for English Premier League club Arsenal. In the field, when Sanchez runs speedy with the ball, it is hard to catch him. He puzzles the defenders with his amazing pace and strikes the ball powerfully. His speed is recorded almost 30.1 km/h so far, which put Sanchez at no. 10 in the list of top 10 fastest football players in the world.

He has earned over 85 caps for his national side and became the 2nd most capped of all time for Chile. Alexis participated in two FIFA World Cups and 2011 and 2015 Copa America, while winning the later. The winning goal in 2015 Copa America final against Argentina came from his feet, as he executed the penalty in the Panenka style.

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9. Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich): 30.4 km/h

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The Dutch professional plays for German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. He is well known for his amazing pace with football. The 31-year old still manages to keep his pace at an average of 30.4 km/h. His fastest speed was recorded in 2014 FIFA World Cup, which is 37 km/h in a match against Spain, where he was helping to mastermind Netherlands’ 5-1 victory.

The forward usually plays at left or right side. Robben’s amazing crossing ability and long-range accuracy make him one of the devastating footballers. So far, he has pocketed 28 goals for the Netherlands. Arjen Robben is at no. 9 in the list of top 10 fastest football players in the world.

8. Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich): 30.7 km/h

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The French professional also plays for German club Bayern Munich primarily as a winger. Ribery is best known for his pace, energy, skill and precise passing ability. He has been described by many as a fast and excellent dribbler. He has great control with the ball.

Ribery is one of the representatives for fast sprinter in football. His name is enlisted at no. 8 in top 10 fastest football players in the world. In the FIFA World Cup 2006 final against Italy, Ribery sprinted at 35 km/h on a counter attack leaving behind Marco Materazzi. The average speed he maintains is 30.7 km/h.

7. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United): 31.2 km/h

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Wayne Rooney is an English professional footballer and captains both the national team and Manchester United. Although he plays as a forward, he also plays at the midfield. So far, the English captain bagged 230 goals for Manchester United, which made him 3rd highest goal-scorer of all time for Manchester United.

He is famous for his insane pace with the ball and his football skill. Rooney reached his highest speed of 20.3 miles per hour at Old Trafford in 2014 in a match against QPR. Now, he is at 7th position in top 10 fastest footballers.

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6. Lionel Messi (Barcelona): 32.5 km/h

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There are few players in the world faster or more agile than him. He is amazing, he is outstanding. I’m talking about the great Lionel Messi. Currently he is one of the greatest footballers in the world. Argentina’s Leo Messi is extraordinary quick on the pitch. His amazing skill with the ball and lethal left foot make him one of the most explosive footballers in the game of football. There is a saying that,

“Messi is faster with the ball at his feet than the defenders are without the ball.”

Lionel Messi ranks at no. 6 in the list of top 10 fastest football players in the world. He is Barcelona’s all-time top goal-scorer with 286 goals. Messi is also the all-time leading goal scorer in the history of UEFA Champions League. Leo Messi is unparallel. He is compared as the true successor of Argentine great Diego Maradona.

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5. Theo Walcott (Arsenal): 32.7 km/h

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The Arsenal forward also plays for the England National team. The 26-year old youngster was awarded the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2006. His career started with Southampton. Then he joined Arsenal for £5 million in 2006. He was caught on the eyes of Arsene Wenger very soon and established himself as an effective winger for Arsenal.

There are very few players like Walcott who can carry the ball with speed and precision. He is armed with fuel injected pace, which made him every defender’s nightmare. When he tears past his opponents with blistering pace, there is hardly anyone to stop him. Theo Walcott ranks at no. 5 in our list of top 10 fastest football players in the world. The young sprinter clocked 11.52 seconds in 100 meters at the age of just 15.

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4. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid): 33.6 km/h

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Cristiano Ronaldo is a name of a super-sonic running machine and is considered as one of the fastest football players in the world. had ran a statistic to enlist the fastest soccer players where Cristiano topped the list, having been clocked 10.9 meters per second or 24.4 miles/h. Professional sprinters like Carl Lewis, Asafa Powel, Usain Bolt usually run at 27-28 miles/h. But, we should keep in mind that, Ronaldo runs on grass, wearing shin guards with a football running on his feet. Cristiano is enlisted at no. 4 in the list of top 10 fastest football players in the world in recent times.

The great Cristiano had received his first FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2008 and then in 2013 and 2014. The Portuguese winger and the Real Madrid special is undoubtedly one of the best soccer players in the world. He is the all-time top goal scorer for Portugal with 55 goals. Cristiano Ronaldo is a true magician in football.

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3. Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur): 33.8 km/h

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Aaron Lennon is currently playing for English club Tottenham Hotspur as a winger along the England National team. The young fella moved to Tottenham in 2005 from Leeds United and since then he has been an important part for the spurs. It has been a regular sight in the Premier League, that Lennon’s whirring legs eating up the turf as he blazes a trail past a opponent. The defenders fear to catch the white and blue flash of this speedy winger.

Aaron Lennon is gifted by an unnatural pace, which is averaged around 33.8 km/h. He makes his place at no. 3 in our list of top 10 fastest football players in the world. The diminutive racer with his petrol burning speed has gained the success by putting the work on the training ground. The striker hasn’t proven himself completely yet.

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2. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid): 34.7 km/h

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Gareth Bale is a professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid and Wales National team. He is best known for striking the ball from distance, astonishing free kicks and his incredible abilities to get past the defenders. Gareth Bale is blessed with tremendous speed and great crossing ability. His exceptional physical quality is totally unmatched to any player.

There may be a lot of speculation about Bale’s future at Real Madrid, but if they want to get rid of him, then they have to find someone faster. According to the study of Mexican club Pachuca (endorsed by FIFA), Bale has clocked a 36.9 km/h speed with the ball and averaged 34.7 km/h, which put him at the 2nd spot in the list of top 10 fastest football players in the world.

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1. Antonio Valencia (Manchester United): 35.1 km/h

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Antonio Valencia | image credit – Wikimedia/Julia Novikova

Antonio Valencia is an Ecuadorian national team footballer, who also plays as a right winger for the English club Manchester United.

When, the question is asked, who is the fastest footballer in the world? Most of us would instantly say Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale or Arjen Robben. But, the truth is, they aren’t. It is Antonio Valencia. The 29-year old clocked an amazing speed of 35.1km/h, which put hardly any doubt that he will flourish under Van Gaal’s new tactical changes at Old Trafford.

In a match against Blackburn in 2012, Antonio Valencia set a new world record of becoming the fastest footballer in the world. Professionals of FIFA revealed the calculations regarding the list of world’s fastest footballers, where Valencia topped as the world’s fastest player. He also tops our list of top 10 fastest footballers in the world.

Professionals that are working in the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) revealed the calculations which showed that Antonio Valencia is the world’s fastest player.

In the Blackburn vs. Manchester United game, Antonio Valencia set a new record becoming the best of the fastest football players in the world to run with the ball at 35.1 km per hour.

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Cristiano Ronaldo can jump higher than average NBA players

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Anyone can easily pick Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the best football players right now on the planet. The Real Madrid and Portugal legend is surely to be considered as one of the most famous athletes of all time. You can easily recognize the enormously successful career of the 29-year old, picking up Premier League titles, Champions League titles, La Liga title, Copa del Rey Cups, Ballon d’Or’s and plenty more club and individual accolades.

Cristiano is truly the most entertaining players of his generation, alongside he can be enlisted under the very short list of most decorated athletes of all time. Cr7 possesses blistering speed, incredible strength, stunning footwork and a fierce shot. His trademark free kick shot is really something that can bring up the slightly shaky legs of goalkeepers. The number seven is also an intelligent and highly skilled player, which makes him flexible for multiple positions alongside other super star players in different situations.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s aerial ability is a key facet to his success in the game of football. He is always been able to soar above the tallest defenders from the opposition. Again his upper body strength confirms that any cross into the box will cause unexpected situation for the defenders. The Portuguese star can reach 78 cm off the ground with a starting run up. He can also attain an impressive 7 cm higher jump than the average NBA players worldwide.

You must admit, the basketball players are undoubtedly the best for such characteristics. A high vertical leap is hugely important in basketball. Most of the NBA players need to possess a huge leap to grab rebounds and sometimes for the contest shots. Now think again, if Cristiano Ronaldo was about six inches taller, probably he could have also offered better prospects in another game to dominate worldwide.

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Ronaldo is adored and admired by almost every football fan around the world. He is kind of a global superstar and undoubtedly as famous as Hollywood actors and pop sensations. It is very much expected that this best paid football player leads a glamorous lifestyle. Cristiano likes to keep his personal life to himself as much as he can, though it always happens that any kind silly issues related to him are found at the front page.

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Top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-2016

Undoubtedly football is one of the most followed sports in this world. So, it is no surprise, highest level of financing and commercialization should enter this very sporting arena. Though, there is always mixed reactions about this commercialization from spectators around the globe. People now can enjoy a variety of international talent at various domestic leagues. While, they often criticize the highest paid soccer players for being overly paid. Sometimes the reaction is, they don’t worth that much money.

Here we are trying to make a list of 10 highest paid soccer players especially for the year 2016. And we don’t believe to hide the secret that this list is made mostly based on the latest list by Forbes.

According to the magazine, the 29- year old Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo is the leader of this short list. The second ranked is now at no#1 in the list of highest paid soccer players in the world 2016 with an estimated earnings of 80 million USD.

Top 10 Highest Paid Soccer Players 2015:

From last year, the boost is around $30 million for Cristiano Ronaldo. And now on, the Spanish Primera owns the top two spots as Lionel Messi from Barcelona is next with $65 million. Though he is expected to receive a raise of $13 million after the next deal is signed.

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This list of highest paid soccer players is presented here with stars strictly from the Spanish Primera, English Premier League and France’s Ligue 1.

10. Fernando Torres – Atletico Madrid

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Fernando José Torres Sanz is a Spanish professional footballer. He played as a striker for both the Spain National Team and English Club Chelsea. He started his career with Atletico Madrid in 2001.

Torres is now at number 10 in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16. He has an annual earnings of 20 million USD. And he is continuing his sponsor deals with Adidas and Pepsi.

Very recently Torres refused to move for Italy as the Chelsea Boss Jose Mourinho is very keen to keep the 50 million striker for the English Club. He might have planned to play his last match at Stamford Bridge. He came back to join Atletico Madrid last season. His performance is increasing with time.

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Total earnings in 2015-16:

Total Earning Earning Via Salary/Winnings Earning Via Endorsements
21.3 Million USD 17.8 Million USD 3.5 Million USD

Now at this moment he is no longer considered one of the top strikers in the world football. But probably his sponsorship deals still rank him among the highest paid soccer players 2015-16.

9. Yaya Toure – Man City

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Gnégnéri Yaya Touré, known as Yaya Touré, from the Ivory Coast National Team, now plays as a midfielder in Premier League club Manchester City. Formerly this versatile player played as a center back for FC Barcelona. He is renowned for combining passing ability and physical power with technique.

For the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16, he is at number 9. His annual earning is around 21 million USD, of which he receives almost 19.2 million USD from salary and the other 3 million from endorsements.

Toure signed a new 4-year contract to stay at the Etihad Stadium until 2017, last April. He is the captain of Ivory Coast National team. Toure was selected for the African Player of the Year for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. So far, he has scored 53 goals for Manchester City.

Also Read: Top 10 English Premier League transfers in 2016

Total earnings in 2015-16:

Total Earning Earning Via Salary/Winnings Earning Via Endorsements
21.7 Million USD 19.2 Million USD 2.5 Million USD

Yaya Toure was third (just below his teammate) in the last BPL with 20 goals. And naturally his contract is loaded with much more incentives. Definitely his wages can reach sky high next year, especially if Manchester City performs well again.

8. Sergio Aguero – Man City

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Sergio Leonel “Kun” Agüero Del Castillo known professionally as Sergio Agüero is an Argentine professional footballer. He also plays as a striker for Premier League club Manchester City and the Argentina national team. One of the forever legends, Diego Maradona’s Son in law, Aguero started with the European side Atletico Madrid in 2006.

Sergio Aguero is presently representing the 8th position of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16. Recently (on 14th August 2014) he has signed a five year deal with the city for about 42.35 million Euros. And also the Sponsorship deals with companies like Puma, Pepsi and Gillette are facts about being 8th richest soccer player of 2015-16.

His new contract with the English giants will keep him at Manchester City until 2019. Hopefully he will continue his form as one of the key players for the team in English Premier League.

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Total earnings in 2015-16:

Total Earning Earning Via Salary/Winnings Earning Via Endorsements
23.3 Million USD 18.3 Million USD 5 Million USD

Definitely Sergio Aguero is one of them who helped City capture a second EPL title in the last three years. He scored 17 total goals this season, which is fourth most in league for the term.

7. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United

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Wayne Mark Rooney is an English footballer who plays for both Manchester United and the England national team. Recently he was seen as captain for both the teams. Probably he is one of Most Gifted Footballers, England Ever Produced. Undoubtedly he can find his place in the all-time best striker list for England. At the age of only nine, he joined the Everton youth club and finally moved for the United in 2004 summer transfer window. So far, he has scored 192 goals in the English Premier League, which makes him the second most top scorer in EPL. He is currently the most decorated Barclays Premier League player.

And for the updated list of highest paid soccer players 2015-16, Wayne Rooney is the 7th highest paid soccer player in the world. He has a grand total of 23.4 Million USD annual earning. This also includes the 5 Million sponsorship deals.

The famous club rewarded 10-year veteran Rooney with a record 4-year contract extension, which worth up to $104 million.

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Total earnings in 2015-16:

Total Earning Earning Via Salary/Winnings Earning Via Endorsements
23.4 Million USD 18.4 Million USD   5 Million USD

The Red Devils along with Rooney have trudged through a downtrodden English Premier League season. But now with the new manager they are willing for a better prospect. And endorsements from Nike, Samsung and Harper Collins, still keeping the 28-year-old MANU forward in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16.

6. Neymar – Barcelona

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Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer. He plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Brazilian national team as a forward or winger. For the time being he is considered as one of the Most Rising Star in Football Arena.

Neymar started his career with the Brazilian club Santos in 2003. And after rising through ranks, now he is transferred to the Spanish club FC Barcelona last year.

Neymar was transferred with a record €57, which was 10th most expensive transfers in football history. Currently he is at number 6 in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16. Annually he earns almost 34 Million USD. Of which, 16 Million, he receives via sponsorship deals form Nike, Panasonic and Volkswagen.

Neymar announced on 27 May 2013 that he would sign with the FC Barcelona. On June 3rd, Neymar was unveiled by Barcelona and presented at the Nou Camp in front of 56,500 fans, which was a record turnout for a Brazilian player.

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Total earnings in 2015-16:

Total Earning Earning Via Salary/Winnings Earning Via Endorsements
33.6 Million USD 17.6 Million USD 16 Million USD

Probably Neymar is the only player on the list of highest paid soccer players 2015-16, whose endorsements outweighed the salary. The Brazilian superstar has already become a sensation for the Barcelona side. And above all, he is expected to represent Brazil for their sixth World Cup title.

5. Radamel Falcao – Chelsea

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Radamel Falcao García Zárate, commonly known as Radamel Falcao, Falcao García or Falcao in South America, is a Colombian professional footballer. Only a few days ago he was transferred to Manchester United on loan from AS Monaco. He plays as a striker for both the club and the Colombian national team.

He had already travelled so many famous clubs like Lanceros, River Plate, Porto, Atletico Madrid, Monaco and now the big one Manchester United.

The 28 year old Star struck a 5 year deal that doubled his salary with AS Monaco, bankrolled by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev.

He also spent a very successful year with Atletico Madrid, where he scored 34 goals in one season. But Falcao justified the move to the club saying his heart had been with it since his idol Henry had played there. And magically, before that he was not even in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players. Now he is enjoying the 5th position of highest paid soccer players 20115-16.

It is heard that Manchester United is very keen to keep the Colombian star with them, which means they are processing the deal for him. Let’s see what happens, Falcao of Monaco or Falcao of MANU??

Falcao is now playing for Chelsea on loan. He is not having a good form there as he scored only once in his nine games.

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Total earnings in 2015-16:

Total Earning Earning Via Salary/Winnings Earning Via Endorsements
35.4 Million USD 32.4 Million USD 3 Million USD

A serious knee injury derailed him from the season as well as the World Cup 2014, Brazil. But hopefully he will score again for the Red Devils this season.

4. Gareth Bale – Real Madrid

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Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid. He also plays for the Wales national team as a winger. Gareth Bale began his professional career at Southampton as a left back. Very quickly he acclaimed his name as a free kick specialist.

The Spanish giant Real Madrid spent $118 million last September to sign the 24-year old Welshman from Tottenham Hotspur in the year 2013 after Neymar’s move to Barcelona.

Now Bale is at number 4 in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16. He earns around 36.4 Million USD per year, including 11 million via his deals with Adidas, EA Sports, Lucozade.

Bale began his professional career at Southampton. On 25 May 2007, Bale signed a four-year deal with Tottenham. And finally On 1 September 2013, Real Madrid announced that they had reached an agreement for the transfer of Gareth Bale. A six-year deal was signed with an undisclosed fee for the superstar.

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Total earnings in 2015-16:

Total Earning Earning Via Salary/Winnings Earning Via Endorsements
36.4 Million USD 25.4 Million USD 11 Million USD

Definitely the record breaking transfer to Real Madrid puts a lot of pressure on Bale. But we can say he had already proven himself worthy. His winning-wonder goal in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona solidified his place in Europe’s toughest and famous most league.

3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – PSG

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Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer. He plays as a striker for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Swedish national team. Ibrahimovic is the present captain for Swedish national team. Most definitely he is one of the strongest footballer around the world.

He was the player of the year for PSG last year, in which he scored 30 goals one season. Ibra started his career with the Malmo FF in the late 90’s. Then he moved to Ajax and serially there after he played for Juventus, Internazionale, Bercelona, Milan and finally PSG.

Currently Imbrahimovic is the 3rd highest paid soccer player of the top 10 list of highest paid soccer players 2015-16. Annually he earns around 40.4 Million USD. Ibrahimovic is gaining 36.4 Million USD via salary and other 4 Million via commercial deals from sponsors.

Recently he is rewarded one year Extension in his two year contract with PSG.

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Total earnings in 2015-16:

Total Earning Earning Via Salary/Winnings Earning Via Endorsements
40.4 Million USD 36.4 Million USD 4 Million USD

Ibrahimovic is well known for his incredible goals and cockiness on the pitch. Undoubtedly he is responsible to bring back PSG amongst the top clubs in Europe with two consecutive French Ligue 1 titles.

2. Lionel Messi – Barcelona

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Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi Cuccittini, commonly known as Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team.

The Barcelona sensation had received Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations at the age of 21 only. He is definitely one of the greatest soccer players ever in this world. And still if we don’t accept him as the greatest, at least we can consider that he has certain possibilities with so many unbreakable records in his pocket.

Messi started his career with the Spanish giant club FC Barcelona and may be, he is all the through going to end up with them.

After remaining as runner up in 2013 Ballon d’Or award Messi is at number two in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16. He has a grand total earning of 64.1 Million USD per year. He receives 41.7 Million from salary. He also has some real big deals with sponsors like Adidas and Turkish Airline.

Recently Messi helped his team Argentina being runner up at the World Cup 2014, Brazil. He was also awarded with the player of the tournament which is commonly known as the golden ball. As always, he has never stopped surprising and undoubtedly he is ever sensational. Lionel Messi has achieved the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the 5th time in 2016.

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Total earnings in 2015-16:

Total Earning Earning Via Salary/Winnings Earning Via Endorsements
64.7 Million USD 41.7 Million USD 23 Million USD

The Argentine superstar has agreed to a new contract with the club. But he hasn’t signed yet. Most probably his wage is set to rise. Easily he can become no. 1 of highest paid soccer players next year.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid

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Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, OIH, commonly known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and captains the Portugal national team. He is considered one of the most popular Athlete in the world.

Ronaldo became the most expensive player in the world when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009. He won the 2013 Ballon d’Or. And scored amazing 69 goals in only 59 matches for Real Madrid and Portugal.

Now a time, undoubtedly and most definitely Cristiano Ronaldo is at number one in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16.

He has a grand total earning of 80 Milliion per year. Of which, 52 Million he earns from salary and the other 28 Million from endorsements. Very recently Real Madrid has awarded Cristiano a 5-year contract worth $206 Million USD. Alongside he has some huge sponsorship contracts with Tag Heuer and underwear labeled CR7. He is at the same time most paid and most popular athlete in the world.

Cristiano Ronaldo started his career as a young player for Andorinha. He played there for two years. And moved to C.D. Nacional. In 1997 he moved to Portuguese giants Sporting CP. Finally in 2003, Ronaldo caught the attention of Manchester United manager sir Alex Ferguson. MANU signed him for 12.2 Million in 2004.

Ronaldo was the first player in England to win all four main PFA and FWA awards in 2007. In 2008 and 2013, he won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award as the best player in the world, the first Portuguese player to win the title twice. On 26th June 2009, Real Madrid confirmed his transfer from Manchester United for 80 Million, which made him the most expensive footballer in history.

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Total earnings in 2015-16:

Total Earning Earning Via Salary/Winnings Earning Via Endorsements
80 Million USD 52 Million USD 28 Million USD

This year the Madrid sensation racked up 31 goals and helped Real Madrid reach the Champions League final with his leadership and otherworldly scoring abilities. Ranking top in salary and endorsements, Ronaldo is by far the highest paid soccer player in the world.

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Latest Rumors on Real Madrid Transfer: Martin Odegaard and Harry Kane

Now it’s been clear that Bayern Munich “are in contact” with the Spanish premier club Real Madrid to sign Martin Odegaard. Again, Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been advised to consider joining Los Merengues, probably this summer.

Martin Odegaard:

Some of the German media networks has already confirmed, Odegaard is on Bayern’s radar. But the German club would like to respect his previous decision to sign for Madrid. Alongside, Odegaard hasn’t made a first-team appearance for Real Madrid, last season. So, they prefer to let the great football player take his own decision for joining them.

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Martin Odegaard | image credit – Wikimedia/Luis Fernandez

Yes, of course Odegaard has struggled to fit in at Real since joining. He had been playing largely for the team’s Castilla side despite becoming the club’s youngest debutant in the final fixture on last season at 16 years and 157 days of age.

Surprisingly the young star came on as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo. May be I can help you remember, Cristiano was the reigning Ballon d’Or winner at the time. But lack of any first-team involvement, we had to admit it wasn’t quite the “passing of the torch”.

Bayern was already there while the Norwegian starlet Odegaard moved to Santiago Bernabeu from Stromsgodset in January, 2015. They tried to link up before Real Madrid, but Odegaard had thought otherwise.

Max Eberl, the sporting director of Borussia Monchengladbach told the German newspaper Kicker,

“Odegaard should have moved to the Bundesliga instead of Spain. You could say what would Gladbach be able to do against the biggest clubs in Europe? But I am convinced Odegaard would be a Bundesliga player in Gladbach. At Real he has a hard time at the moment.”

Real Madrid was never good at promoting the youth consistently. Even, not all the club’s managers have held that reputation. But Madrid’s current chief Zinedine Zidane may wish to change such situation. In fact we have to recall that he is the former Castilla coach. Bayern may still want the 17 year old Norwegian prodigy to sign in.

Harry Kane:

Meanwhile, Teddy Sheringham (ex-English forward) has told Spurs superstar Kane to consider upon the interest he’s currently getting from the top most clubs in the world. Speaking to the Mail On Sunday –

“I’m sure there are top clubs looking at him. They’d be prepared to break the bank just because of the way he plays and the way he wants to score goals”

But maybe we have scope for a second thought, Should he move right now? Timing’s a funny thing in football. Most supposedly you have to take the opportunity when it arises. And if it’s left over, another prosperous may have reached there at the elite club and you won’t get the chance again for at least few years.

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Harry Kane | image credit – youtube/SpurredOn

Probably Kane is facing such tough time for taking balanced decision. Some issues may indicate this decision right and some others may make feel to go with the flow. But he can potentially link up with former White Hart Lane team-mate Gareth Bale in Real Madrid.

Kane undoubtedly feels an allegiance to the club who handed him his break into the Premier League, but after netting 22 goals in the English top flight this season, he may be tempted to join Los Blancos next season.

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Top 10 Real Madrid Legends | Greatest Real Madrid Players

The remarkable history of football has its own some part at the great Santiago Bernabeu stadium. There seems to be some kind of enchanted path that leads here and entice the world’s greatest footballers eventually to become one of the Real Madrid Legends. Being one of the most successful football clubs in the world and as a richest franchise Real Madrid have never been short of possessing the starring lights of the sport.

Founded in 1902 by some college pals, the institution is a little more than 100 years has grown into a thriving sporting brand. The world has witnessed some amazing talents over the years, combining to make them one of the biggest and most successful clubs in the history of the sport.

There are different thoughts while selecting greatest Real Madrid players. Some believes, only one of the current team’s players are able to take a place alongside the greats of the club. Yeas of course, Its Cristiano Ronaldo, who have already smashed a number of records, and you all know that the most expensive player in the game is still charting out his course among the stars. He will definitely be changed time to time for reaching the twilight of his career.

There may be confusion for selecting at least two or three Real Madrid Legends to complete the list according to your own choice, but I can assure that there should certainly be no malice in the celebration of some of the best players ever to play the game.

10 Real Madrid Legends:

Here we are trying to build a short list of top 10 Real Madrid legends or you can say ‘Greatest Real Madrid players’ for your reading pleasure. I believe, now is a good time as any to rank Los Blancos’s greatest players of all time. But we are carefully avoiding the term ‘rank’ as we hesitate to do so for such great and legendary players of time. Better we maintain the serial as to the timeline of their entrance at the club.

Let’s take a look at the best of the Real Madrid players to have donned the famous White shirt.

#Santiago Bernabéu de Yeste (1911 – 1928)

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Position: Foward
Matches played: 79 official matches
Goals: 68

The name Santiago Bernabeu can never be replaced to be considered as the greatest to be associated with Real Madrid. Definitely its difficult to understand how much he achieved as a player, surely following his playing days are remembered today with Real Madrid as the superpower of world football. The club owe their status and triumphs to this legendary one man. He will forever be emblazoned across the battlefields of modern and future Real Madrid greats.

Santiago Bernabéu also had a long and much less well known period as a Real Madrid player before transforming as the president of the club. Mainly he played as a midfielder/ forward and showed great quality. His physical strength, his goal scoring ability and his total commitment to the team were what characterized him as one of the Real Madrid legends.

Santiago Bernabéu spent 16 seasons as a Madrid player, although he is most famous as an extremely successful president of the club, he won many honors including nine Regional Championships and one Spanish Cup. In 80 official matches for the Whites, he scored the hugely impressive figure of 70 goals. But most interestingly, at the time of his trial for Madrid, he was almost selected as the goalkeeper. But his brother Marcelo knew him well and told –

“You either play as center forward or you don’t play”

#Alfredo Di Stéfano Laulhé (1953-1964)

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Position: Forward
Matches played: 396 official matches
Goals: 308

For some, the greatest player in Real Madrid is Alfredo Di Stéfano. But surely he is the player most responsible for establishing Los Blancos’s connection with the Champions League. You should always need to consider his tendency to score in big games aside from his obvious goal scoring ability. He used to score at least one or more goals in every single European Cup Final. Probably his versatile nature is the most unnoticed feature in history. He was capable of playing in attack, midfield, and defense and could adjust to whatever his team needed him to be and was the man that made his side tick.

Di Stéfano ended his illustrious career with 2 Ballon d’ors, 5 European Cups, and 8 La Liga titles. Many believe, there will never again be a player like this man and he deserves to be known as one of the Real Madrid Legends of all time. He blessed the club with such unrepeatable feat of winning five consecutive European Cups which amazed the international football world.

Again he is the only player in the world to own a Super Ballon D’Or. In 1989 he received the trophy, which is surely to be found in the Real Madrid Museum.

The only word in Di Stéfano’s dictionary was ‘win’. His total career at Real Madrid was full of success. Eighteen trophies in eleven seasons and 308 official goals made him a symbol of the club and the idol of the Madridista worldwide. Real Madrid absolutely dominated Spanish and European football at the time. Alfredo Di Stefano certainly falls into that category. You can’t imagine the makeup of Real Madrid without some mention of the Argentine, there is enough written in the history books of the game that tells you why Alfredo Di Stefano is considered one of the best.

#Francisco Gento López (1953-1971)

Francisco Gento, greatest players of Real Madrid
Francisco Gento | image credit – Wikimedia/NL-HaNA, ANEFO

Position: Left winger
Matches played: 601 official matches
Goals: 182

If you have any question, why Gento is on this list of top 10 Greatest Real Madrid players of all time, we can offer you only two words and that is “6 European Cups”. But if you want to know more about his brilliance at the game, it will definitely take a whole book to describe.

Francisco Gento is arguably the best left-wingers of all time. Quite surprisingly, he had the pace to rival the modern day Ronaldos and Bales. His dribbling ability was quite to put Messi to shame, but most of all, the crossing accuracy that would make David Beckham’s jaw drop. He used to play alongside the likes of Di Stéfano, Raymond Kopa, and Ferenc Puskas to make Real Madrid the greatest team in the 20th century football history.

Gento probably got trophies more than any other legends in this list. He started his playing for several teams in his native Cantabria. And his brilliant performances there soon led to his transfer to Real Madrid in 1953, surely to be acknowledged as another most important signings in the history of the Whites. For many years he was also the most capped Spanish player.

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#Ferenc Puskas Biro (1958-1967)

Ferenc Puskas, Real Madrid greatest footballers
Ferenc Puskas | image credit – Wikimedia/Rossem, Wim van

Position: Forward
Games played: 262
Goals scored: 242

This time the story is different while signing. As an old (already 31 years) and overweight man from Honved Budapest, Real Madrid fans did not expect great things from Ferenc Puskas Biro. But eventually they were all proven wrong. Not only did he amass one of the greatest goal to game ratios in footballing history, but he also led Madrid to 5 La Ligas and 3 European Cups.

Puskas had an extraordinary eye for goal and ability on the ball has made him a Real Madrid legend for anyone who knows an ounce of the clubs glorious history. Now a days we often get surprised that he remains strangely an unknown to anyone not a fan of The Whites. From my understanding, he deserves to be talked about in the same breath as Pele and Maradona.

Puskas dazzled Whites’ fans with his gentlemanliness, charm, friendliness and brilliant performances on the field. As a forward he broke all the goal-scoring records, earning himself the nickname of ‘Pancho’ or ‘Cañoncito pum’. Undoubtedly he is one of the greatest strikers in history, probably the best left foot ever to be seen at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. With his signing Madrid completed the legendary group already formed by Alfredo Di Stéfano, Kopa, Rial, Santamaría, Gento and Domínguez. He became the protagonist in the unstoppable Real team of the 1950s and 60s, striking up a fearsome partnership with Di Stefano.

#Hugo Sánchez (1985-1992)

Hugo Sánchez, best soccer players in Real Madrid
Hugo Sánchez | image credit – Wikipedia/Óscar Gutiérrez Aviña

Position: Forward
Matches played: 282 official matches
Goals: 208

Hugo Sánchez flies into this of Real Madrid legend players with an eye-popping goal scoring record of all time. The Mexican possessed an incredibly keen sense of where the back of the net was. He managed to pick up 3of his Pichichi trophies with the Spanish giant club.

Hugo Sánchez was actually better known as a flair player. According to some well-established references, he is probably one of the greatest proponents of the bicycle kick in the history of the very sport. When Hugo Sánchez scored a bicycle kick against Logrones, the then Madrid coach Leo Beenhakker had to say –

“When a player scores a goal like that, play should be suspended and a glass of champagne offered to the 80,000 fans that witnessed it.”

Again, Hugo Sánchez’s finishing was incomparable and he scored goals throughout his career. The statistics will always show him as one of the best forwards in the history of Real Madrid. Some say the perfect striker for the team led by the ‘Quinta del Buitre’.

Obviously Hugo was an integral part of one of the golden periods in the club’s history and is still fondly remembered by the fans for his acrobatic shots. He was named the best footballer of the 20th century in North and Central America by the IFFHS, and earned 75 caps for Mexico. No doubt, just like at Real Madrid, Hugo Sánchez is a legend in his homeland.

#Raúl González Blanco (1992 – 2010)

Raúl González, Real Madrid footballers of all time
Raúl González | image credit – Wikimedia/Jan S0L0

Position: Forward
Games played: 741
Goals scored: 323

Here we have one of the most lethal strikers of all time, not only for Real Madrid but also in respect of the total football world. Raúl only achieved greatness in Real Madrid. He went on to win 6 La Liga titles and an incredible 3 Champions Cups, all the while being the captain and top goal scorer. Raúl also possessed an underrated amount of flair and work ethic. May be he didn’t have that much of technical abilities as others on this list, but surely deserves his place in the pantheon of Real Madrid legends for his unbelievable eye for goal.

Day by day, Raul Gonzalez became the Real Madrid symbol. He also became an example for everyone, putting in the maximum effort in every game, irrespective of the opponent. Undoubtedly an excellent role-model for anyone who has ever dreamt of being a football player.

Ever since he was a child, Raul showed a passion for football, and he excelled, a champion in the making. Acclaimed in Spain, he conquered Europe. Gonzalez is the man who was the face of Real Madrid for much of the last decade and an integral figure for the club even when Florentino Perez looked to introduce the galaxy of stars at the start of the 2000s. Raul rightfully sits alongside the other greats of legendary status, but he is undoubtedly the king of kings for Real Madrid in the 21st century.

#Roberto Carlos da Silva (1996 – 2007)

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Roberto Carlos | image credit – youtube/CRAZY SKILLS

Position: Left back
Games played: 527
Goals scored: 68

Roberto Carlos, the Brazilian, so dearly he holds the club to his heart, the left-back was quoted as saying late in his career that he would return to the Bernabeu to play for free. History of football will surely remark him as the most attack-minded defender in the world when in his pomp. But most of all, Carlos was capable of the odd spectacular goal against Tenerife in February 1998. He was the fine defender, able to use his pace to get him out of difficult situations.

Many believes, his left foot was essential in Real Madrid’s conquest of more than ten titles. Carlos will always be remembered for his friendly nature, regularity, prodigious speed and tremendous power.

The integration of Roberto Carlos within the team in 1996 was very successful. He played 11 seasons with the Whites, winning many major trophies, in particular three European Cup titles. And still he holds the Whites all-time record for most number of games by a foreigner at Santiago Bernabeu.

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#Iker Casillas Fernández (1999-2015)

Iker Casillas, greatest players of Real Madrid
Iker Casillas | image credit – youtube/greatest players of Real Madrid

Position: Goalkeeper
Games played: 725 official matches

May be you have already seen, Real Madrid’s official website calls him “the best goalkeeper in our history”, and definitely it’s hard to disagree with them. Casillas had the lightning reflexes and a one-on-one ability second to none along with humility, composure, and leadership qualities that have made him Madrid’s best ever captain. Yes it has been a long time for him to stay at Bernabeu. The number of trophies he has lifted is too large to count and needs no re-telling. I think every Madrid fan has a special place in their heart for The Saint.

Casillas arrived at the club aged 9 and wore the Whites shirt for 25 years. Day by day he became one of the benchmarks in the club’s history, winning the respect, affection and admiration of Madrid supporters along with all the football lovers all over the world. In addition to those triumphs he also won 1 World Cup and 2 European Championships with the Spain first team.

Hopefully, Madrid fans will never forget the images of the captain lifting those trophies. He was included in the FIFA FIFPro World XI on 5 occasions and was also named best goalkeeper in the world 5 times by the IFFHS. His impressive sporting career has been recognized with the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports, the Royal Order of Sports Merit and the Community of Real Madrid’s Gold Medal.

Taking over the captaincy following the departure of Raul, Casillas has followed on the same path as his predecessor and become an outstanding representative and one of the Real Madrid legends forever. He is to be considered as one of the great players of modern football.

#Zinedine Zidane (2001-2006)

Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid greatest footballers
Zinedine Zidane | image credit – youtube/sports HD

Position: Midfielder
Games played: 227
Goals scored: 49

Genius. Magician. Mercurial. These are just some of the words one thinks of when hearing the name Zinedine Zidane. Some even want to say, putting Zidane in the same sentence as those words is a compliment to those adjectives! Yes! Exactly such brilliance is not an exaggeration, and he is easily one of world football’s most technically gifted players of all time. Zidane is undoubtedly an absolute delight to watch. His artistry on the pitch was not just for mere show however, as he scored a brilliant volleyed goal against Bayer Leverkusen to win Real Madrid “La Novena”.

In fact, Zidane is the only player in this list of Real Madrid legends to get back to the club as manager. As currently he is flying high with the Los Blancos for another triumph to come in time. Zinedine Zidane has marked an era in world football with his elegance and technical skills. The French midfielder won everything that could possibly be won, both with his clubs as well as with the French national team.

Zidane guided ‘Les bleus’ to victories in the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship. These triumphs confirmed his status as the world’s best player and awoke an interest in Real Madrid. Florentino Perez, completed his signing –

“I wanted to win the European Cup and I wanted to win it with Real Madrid”,

-he declared during his official presentation as a Madrid player.

Believe me there occurred no mistake, one year later he won the European Cup title, the only trophy he was missing, scoring the decisive goal against Bayer Leverkusen. On some level, you’ve got to admire a club who can cast such a spell over the footballing greats of time. Zidane’s ability on the pitch was nothing short of art, and definitely not that strange kind of art that highlights everything that was wonderful about the beautiful game.

#Cristiano Ronaldo (2009-Present)

Cristiano Ronaldo, best soccer players in Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo | image credit – youtube/Soccer LeGends

Position: Wide Forward

I know, many of toy may conflict here with me, not for the ability but for some previously said arguments about legend football players of any individual institution. As a current player of Real Madrid some of you may disagree with me to put the name Cristiano Ronaldo in the Real Madrid legends list. But truly speaking, Cristiano Ronaldo is nothing short of a legend to conquer his position among the greatest Real Madrid players of all time.

His sheer desire to win, incredible individual ability, and unparalleled goal scoring record can answer for him. Signed for a then world record 80 million pounds from Manchester United, few could have guessed the monumental impact that he would have. With absolutely no stability in teammates and managers, Ronaldo went on to put up the most ridiculously consistent numbers in Los Blancos’s history-whilst simultaneously winning titles and keeping us competitive with Barcelona.

It is obviously not an overstatement to say that Ronaldo has made Los Blancos relevant again. Some have already taken him as the greatest ever player of Real Madrid. Definitely Cristiano Ronaldo is that kind of player, who is destined to make history. Since he arrived at the Bernabéu from Manchester United, his goal scoring figures have just kept on improving to the delight of Madrid fans. Again he wants to further improve the already illustrious lists of honors won by the greatest club of the 20th Century.

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Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone interested in managing Brazil in future

Diego Simeone, the manager of Atletico Madrid has revealed that he would like to manage a Brazilian team. While speaking to ESPN Brasil he praisedSeleção before listing them as a dangerous team with the world cup less than a month away.

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Mentioning Brazil as the most technical team, with many options especially defensive but with a very strong middle ground he comments saying,

“if Brazil plays as they did in the confederation, with the same aggressiveness and play the same team, they will be very dangerous in the world cup.”

Simeone’s quotes about managing in Brazil could take a few by surprise, but it is true that many have laveled Brazil as favorites.

Although there is no doubt that Diego Simeone will remain at Atletico Madrid for the foreseeable future, the Argentine appears willing to test himself in Brazil.

Diego Simeone, the 44-year-old has managed in his native Argentina, Italy and now Spain. It appears now that his next move could be to South America.

Diego Simeone added in his speech,

”For years I have thought about leading a team in Brazil”.

Simeone has a long cherished dream to lead a Brazilian team that we can see in his speech,

” Brazil has an amazing talent of the players, the style of football, and the full stadiums. Yes, one day, I’ll manage in Brazil.”

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Real madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso missing the Champions League final

Real madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso missing the Champions League final

Xabi Alonso will miss the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on the weekend. But explaining in these terms may seem a little harsh. Though the judgment was also poor to make the tackle.

“The rule is not fair at all – it needs to be changed,”

explained Xabi Alonso via Daily Mail.

You have to admit that the foul was unwarranted after the position and the dominance that Real Madrid developed. But you can think of sympathy for such a player who is forced to miss the final occasion.

Xabi Alonso has played, won and scored in European Cup final for Liverpool. He has also graced a World Cup final.

Now there, the biggest problem is for Carlo Ancelotti. Now he has to make replacement for the Spanish. But its another thing that he is not short of midfield options. He believes the combination of attributes will determine the final line-up.

As a matter of fact Sami Khedira is now back from a long term injury. But the Geman is not even a natural replacement for the old Alonso. So Ancelotti would definitely need to reshape the central area.

Real madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso missing the Champions League final

At the time, Xabi was injured Khedira and Modric played together in a double pivot. Initially it was hard for them to make up their understanding.

May be by intuition, Luka Modric began to occupy the deep-lying playmaker role. And Khedira could easily maintain his own format. But soon after Alonso coming back, Ancelotti switched to a4-3-3.

Alongside, the brilliant form of Angel Di Maria minimized the sufferings for Madrid at the mid. Defensive record also improved considerably. Pepe and Sergio Ramos played significant. But you can never understate the positional sense of Xabi Alonso.

Real madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso missing the Champions League final

At the base of the triangle, Khedira could play alongside Di Maria with Modric in Lisbon. Asier Illarramendi can be another solution as deepest midfielder and Modric in his natural position. But creativity will lack afterall.

I have a week to decide what my team will be but I am happy because he has played with rhythm and intensity and took up good positions on the pitch. Khedira is coming back from a difficult injury which has kept him out for a long time. we have to take that into consideration.

Ancelotti has always kept faith in the youngstars. Probably it would be the right decision for him to make the replacement with experienced Khedira. And we can always wait to see whether the decision turns right or wrong.