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Top 10 Most Popular Sports in Australia

The term sport is the very common language for almost every human being around the globe. May be sports are the most common fiber of human life. But not necessarily all kind of sports have to be popular for every country. Each and every country has its own choice of popular sports. Some of these sports may even not played in other countries. Undoubtedly same is the case for Australia. Here we are only interested with those most popular sports in Australia or in other words you can names this topic as the most played sports in Australia. As we already know that sport is a national passion in Australia and for the Australian people. They are avid followers of ‘footy’ that covers every game from uniquely Australian AFL to rugby union.

There are a bunch of different sports played in Australia. Australian plays beach cricket and backyard all summer. They in fact spend their thousand dollars to watch the iconic Boxing Day test. No doubt that summer is considered as the season of sport around the country and especially the Grand Slam tennis tournament, which always being held in this suitable season for the Australians.

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Australia has championship-designed golf courses across the country. They proudly hold the record in hosting many premier golf events. Their marathons also attract thousands of runners from all over the world. And almost people from almost all the other countries exactly know about Australia car racing events for example the Formula 1 Australia Grand Prix.

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Here in this article we are trying to figure out some of these sports which are currently considerably their prior choice in Australia. Here the term most popular sports in Australia is only meaning those games which are in fact the most watched or most played sports in Australia.

So, let’s find out, which one is the most popular sport in Australia?

10. Marathon

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Marathons can be considered the 10th in this list of most popular sports in Australia. These are definitely very big sports event on Australian sporting calendar. Mostly 10km and 5km races held.

The Great Ocean Road International Marathon is held in May. And during the month of June the popular Gold Course Airport Marathon held in Australia, in which many runners from all over the world takes part. It is believed that people from all over the world mostly enjoy popular Australian arrangement.

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09. Car Racing

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Here come the sport which represents the Australian passion. Most of the Australians are found to be passionate for car racing. As well the country needs to host a number of rubber-burning events for the growing numbers of spectators.

For the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix each March, Melbourne’s Albert Park is selected as the venue. The Nikon SuperGP in October Primed V8 Supercars hit the Gold Coast. Tourists are very fond of enjoying the buzz around the Supercheap Auto Bathurst, especially in the month of October. Car racing is currently in our consideration, the 9th of the most popular sports in Australia.

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08. Cricket

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The outside World probably sometimes think cricket as the most popular sport in Australia. As they have conquered the victory trophy most dominantly for most of the times. But the fact is, it is only the 8th in this list of most played sports in Australia.

Australians are playing cricket more than 200 years. Undoubtedly this sport will always be in the popular sport list in Australia. The Australians usually play cricket at picnics, parks, beaches even at barbeques.

The Australian cricket team is one of the world’s top-ranking teams. They won the ICC world cup four times which is the biggest cricket world records. The Australian are also producing a number of Cricket heroes in short intervals. Some of their all-time legend cricket heroes are- Sir Donald Bradman, Chappell brothers, Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh and Shane Warne.

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07. Golf

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Golf is probably the most popular leisure sport for Australians. There are more than 1,500 golf courses across Australia. They have both private and public courses for this game. Some of these courses are champion-designed, which often boast spectacular views. But above all, the best part of Golf courses is that many courses are connected with luxurious resorts. Sometimes, these resorts offer ‘stay and play’ packages and I bet the Australian love it.

Some of Australia’s world-class golf superstars are – Greg Norman, Geoff Ogilvy, Karrie Webb and Adam Scott. Premier golf event names are – the Australian Masters, Australian PGA Championship and the Australian Open Golf.

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06. Tennis

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Australia becomes the headquarters for hosting international tennis tournaments every year in January. And the event is much known to most of the sports fans all over the world, it’s the most famous Australian Open.

Perth’s Hopman Cup starts in which eight top doubles teams compete for a trophy covered with Kimberley diamonds. In Brisbane, International top male tennis stars warm up for the Australian Open in the first week of the month. Female players also sharpen their serves at the Moorilla Hobart International a week later of that event.

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05. Soccer

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The first national soccer team of Australia’s was formed in 1922. The team was being ready for the tour of New Zealand. And finally Australia Soccer team made their first appearance in the World Cup finals in West Germany 1974.

The national team of Australia is commonly known as the Socceroos in Australia. Now they are several World Cups behind their first appearance. The team is also gaining success on the international circuit. Qualification for the Socceroos national team of Australia in 2010 World Cup South Africa without losing a single match confirms the popularity of soccer in Australia.

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04. Rugby Union

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Australian Rugby Union well known team is the Wallabies. Each year they compete with New Zealand and South Africa in the Tri-Nations Series. The battle between them and New Zealand is known as the Bledisloe Cup. Again the games with South Africa are part of the Mandela Challenge Plate.

Australia also arranges the Rugby World Cup in which many teams come to play from across the world. There are seven former Australian players, who can successfully claim to be introduced into the International Rugby Hall of Fame. So, in our current compilation we can conclude this sport as the 4th in at the top 10 most popular sports in Australia.

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03. National Rugby League (NRL)

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Rugby League is a full contact ball sport, which considered as the third most popular sport in Australia. We can explain this Australian sport as another branch of Rugby Union. The sport was generated in the early 20th century from Rugby Union.

NRL or The National Rugby League is mostly played in the eastern states of Australia. Most of the 16 teams of NRL are Sydney based. The NRL season starts in early March and ends with the grand final on October.

Obviously NRL competitions attract huge crowds and huge TV audiences all over the world, especially the Australian are found crazy about this event. There are also popular annual international games like the New Zealand VS Australia ANZAC Day test.

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02. Australian Football League (AFL)

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There is another name that the Australians mostly call this event and that is “Aussie rules”. In Australia if you see men in shorts leaping to great heights playing on a large arena with an oval ball, you can definitely be ensured of watching a game of Australian Football League (AFL). This is one of Australia’s premier spectator sport. Historians confirm that the game was developed in Melbourne in the 19th century. And the fact is, AFL is currently the most attended sporting league of the country. And that makes AFL the most popular sport in Australia.

If we try to find out its popularity region, we get Victoria. Australian people often refers this place as where this sport is practically a religion for the citizen. Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide also have passionately supported AFL teams in recent years. AFL consist 16 teams which play 22 home and away rounds from the above mentioned time zone.

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01. Football

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Now we are bringing to you a very interesting term ‘footy’. This term actually covers four codes for the Australians. This may seem a little confusing. But the truth is, depending on different state of Australia, it can mean Soccer, Rugby League, Rugby Union or Australian Football League (AFL).

As we know that for most of the Europeans the term football means only the football, which in other words is soccer. But these four codes command a strong and loyal fan base in Australia. These are probably the most played sport in Australia in the same season from March to September.

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Top 10 Highest Paid Premier League Players in 2016

The top-tier English professional soccer league for football clubs associated with the Football Association (FA) is commonly termed as Premier League. Undoubtedly it is one of the most watched and most anticipated leagues in the world of club football, which is also contested between 20 Premier division clubs in England. Sheer competition between clubs ranking first, sometimes unwantedly getting into the bottom of the league table, makes Premier league so exciting and must talk for the total football world. This league is also known as the Barclays Premier League as it is sponsored by the Barclays Bank in England. But most often referred to as the English Premier League (EPL) for the rest of the world. This Football League First Division was also broken down and renamed the FA Premier League once.

The Premier League has established itself as the most-watched league in the world with its broadcasts in 212 countries, successfully counted 643 million homes and 4.7 billion audience all over the world.

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The most watched Premier League of course draws huge amount of money in every aspect related with it. With extreme competition, support and scope of football in England, top players come in during the summer and winter transfers to experience greater footballing platform. Some of these most renowned players are incredibly paid for their skill, talent and passion they demonstrate on the pitch of Premier League. Teams need to spend millions to have their players of choice transferred to their club.

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Here we are making out a short list of these highest paid Premier League Players in 2016. Depending on a very recent payment statistics, we are only counting those top 10 highest paid Premier League Players currently playing for giant clubs of English Premier League 2016.

Let’s check out, who is the highest paid Premier League Player in 2015?

10. John Terry – Chelsea – £160 000 per week

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John Terry is considered as one of the most successful captains in English club football. Basically he plays for Chelsea FC and the English national team. After being introduced by the West Ham youth Academy, he moved to Chelsea in 1995. John Terry has an estimated weekly earning of £160 000 from the London Club.

The most earning Premier League footballer had already won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and a Champions League in his glorious career so far. He is also the highest-scoring defender in the Premier League history. So, in total, John Terry is our 10th cast as of the top 10 highest paid Premier League Players 2016.

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9. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – £170 000 per week

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Kevin De Bruyne is a Belgian professional soccer player who plays as an attacking midfielder for English Premier League club Manchester City and the Belgium National Football Team. He is quite recent addition to the highest paid Premier League players in 2016, often described as one of the best modern day playmakers in the sporting arena.

De Bruyne began his career at Genk and was recently signed with the City for his wide range of passing and long-range shooting skills. Most notably he was named the footballer of the year 2015 in Germany. He joined Manchester City for a club record £55 million and now receives £170 000 a week as salary.

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08. Cesc Fabregas – Chelsea – £170 000 per week

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Yes, of course the number on his back is familiar, but the soccer player’s career is a bit changed now a days with Chelsea. Watching Fabregas in blue shirt will take some time, getting used to. But may be the midfielder is not willing long to underline why Mourinho has brought the coup of the summer with that much passion.

From the Chelsea view point, Fabregas was cheaper than (£27 million) Alexis Sánchez, Diego Costa, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera. Yet Fabregas returns to England with 151 appearances under his belt with Barcelona. Notably he has also attained 91 most valuable caps for Spain National Team. And so the payment is not that cheap. His weekly estimated earning is about £170 000 from the London Club, which ranks him at number 7 of the highest paid football players of EPL 2016.

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7. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £180 000 per week

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Raheem Shaquille Sterling is an English professional footballer, plays as a midfielder for Manchester City and the England National Team. We consider him at seventh in our list of top 10 highest paid Premier League players in 2016. He was awarded ‘Golden Boy’ for 2014 from a pan-European panel of sports journalists. He was also remarked as the most valuable (with a value of €49 million) young player in Europe 2015.

Sterling started his career at Queens Park Rangers before signing for Liverpool in 2010. But last year he was signed by Manchester City in a transfer potentially worth £49 million. This is actually highest transfer fee for any English Player in 2016. Now he receives £180 000 a week from Manchester City.

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06. Mesut Ozil – Arsenal – £190 000 per week

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German midfielder Mesut Ozil plays for the Premier League club Arsenal and the German national team. Last season he was moved from the Spanish giant club Real Madrid to English Premier League. Mesut Ozil started out his professional football career at Schalke in 2006 and has been playing for his country since 2009. His estimated weekly earning is £190 000 from Arsenal in 2016.

After the prolific displays in the World Cup competition, he was attracted by Real Madrid in 2010. Again, he was transferred to Premier League club Arsenal on a club-record fee of £42.5 million, which eventually makes him the highest paid German footballer of all time. Ozil, ranks at number 9 of this list of highest paid Premier League players in 2016.

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5. David Silva (Manchester City) – £200 000 per week

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David Josué Jiménez Silva is a Spanish professional soccer player, plays for English Premier League club Manchester City and the Spain National Football team. Mainly David Silva is an attacking midfielder, but he can also adjust as a winger or second striker. Here we keep him at fifth in our list of top 10 best paid Premier League Players in 2016.

The predominantly left-footed footballer spent six years of his professional career with the Spanish La Liga club Valencia CF. in 2010 summer he was moved to the English richest football club Manchester City. He has been awarded as ‘Merlin’ for his passing ability and possession-retaining qualities.

After joining the City, David Silva has appeared in over 200 matches in five seasons, winning Premier League title, Football League Cup and FA cup. Now a time, Silva receives £200 000 a week from Manchester City.

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04. Eden Hazard – Chelsea – £220 000 per week

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Eden Hazard is undoubtedly one of the finest attacking midfielders in the English Premier League 2016. He plays as a winger for his club and the Belgium national team. He is also well known for his creativity, speed and technical abilities. The highest earning Premier League footballer has another specification, he is regarded as one of the finest dribblers in Premier League football of his generation.

Eden Hazard started out his professional football career at Stade Brainois. He departed the French club in 2012 for the Premier League side Chelsea in 2012. The recorded transfer fee was £32million for the most valuable midfielder in the world. He made his senior debut in 2008, only at the age of 17. His weekly earning clearly remarks his position in the list of highest paid Premier League players 2016.

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03. Yaya Toure – Manchester City – £240 000 per week

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Yaya Toure is a complete deep-lying central midfielder, who plays for the Manchester City. He is very well known for his clear passing techniques and his physical presence on the field. The Ivorian international started his footballing career at ASEC Mimosas. He was also found playing with other top teams in Europe.

Because of his great on-field presence Toure signed to the Barcelona side in 2007 for a fee of £6.7 million. We all can remember that historic year of Barcelona with six trophies. Then he was signed for the Premier League side Manchester City in 2010 for a fee of £24 million. Currently he is paid £240 000 per week from the Premier League Club and that makes him the 4th most paid Footballer in EPL 2016.

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02. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – £240 000 per week

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Argentine National Team football player Sergio Aguero plays as a striker for the Premier League Club Manchester City. The youngest player to ever play Argentine Premiera Division, he represented his nation at the World Cup as well. He started his professional footballing career at Independiente, then to the La Liga side Atletico Madrid in 2006. Having won the Europa League and Super Cup for the Spanish club, he was transferred to one of the richest football clubs in the world, Manchester City in July 2011 for an undisclosed fee (around £35 million).

Aguero is Manchester City’s highest-scoring player in European competitions with 13 goals so far. He is currently on a salary of £240 000 a week as his contract with the English Club. And that makes him the 6th highest paid football player in the English Premier League 2016.

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01. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United – £260 000 per week

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Wayne Rooney is undoubtedly one of the best stars in English football. He is well known as Wazza and plays for the Manchester United side in the English Premier League. He came here for a fee of £25.6 million from Everton in 2004. Scoring more than 200 goals for the team, he ranks fourth in Manchester United’s all-time highest goal scorers.

The English superstar started out his professional footballing career for his nation in 2003. The prolific striker already has 88 caps for the national side and is paid £260 000 per week from Manchester United. Together with several other endorsement deals he is the highest paid Premier League player in 2016. His name is also to be found at higher orders in highest paid football players list in the world 2016..

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Top 10 FIFA 15 Player Ratings | FIFA 15 Best Players

Sports fans, especially football (soccer) lovers probably remarks the month September for a different cause. Of course, College football and the National Football League get underway. Again Major League Baseball pennant races finish up already. But the fact that EA Sports releases the latest FIFA video game in this certain period. Football lovers all over the world must have been waiting for this new release. Last year we’ve got the new version of FIFA game, which is FIFA 15. As EA takes real life domestic and international player performances into account, here we will check out the latest FIFA 15 player ratings. Either way, we can say these are the FIFA 15 best players to be found inside the game according to the FIFA 15 player ratings. Some may still claim specific players to be shuffled in this list, but we assure that this is totally based on FIFA 15 player ratings overall.

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Let’s find out the 10 FIFA 15 best players according to FIFA 15 Player ratings. I think we well used to with the top two names, ranked No. 1 and No. 2 come from the two La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona. The recent Ballon d’Or consideration may also provoke some corrections in this list of top 10 FIFA 15 best players. As we surely saw Cristiano Ronaldo performing better than Lionel Messi last soccer season. But here we stick to the overall FIFA 15 player ratings conclusion.

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Let’s check out, who is the FIFA 15 best player according to the FIFA 15 player ratings?

10. LM Eden Hazard – Chelsea & Belgium

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FIFA 15 Player Ratings – 88 Overall

Pace 89, Shooting 82, Passing 84

Eden Hazard has quickly emerged as one of the top attacking midfielders in the world soccer. The 23-year-old made the move to Chelsea in 2012 June. After that Hazard has cemented himself as one of the best overall footballers in the English Premier League. He deserves this very entry in top 10 FIFA 15 best players.

Hazard is a maestro when he has the ball at his feet. This year’s FIFA edition also reflects such criterions. EA games rated Hazard at 91 in dribbling and that puts the Chelsea star in the top-five (tied) in that category among FIFA 15 best players featured in this list. Hazard has 89 pace, 82 shooting and 84 passing ratings. Undoubtedly he is one of a dream acquisition for FIFA Ultimate Team players.

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09. LM Franck Ribéry – Bayern Munich & France

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FIFA 15 Player Ratings – 88 Overall  

Dribbling 92, Pace 89, Passing 85

Frank Ribery is one of the best and most underrated players on the soccer world. The 31-year-old continues to outdo peers five and ten years younger seems to stretch out the length of his physical prime every game. Ribéry is the second oldest player to make the top-ten list for FIFA 15 best players.

Fans may often feel that they hit the lottery if they land Ribéry in an Ultimate Team pack. I know some of them are very curious on using skill moves frequently. The Bayern Munich superstar is a five-star skill provider in this case. His weak foot is rated at four stars. He has 92 dribbling, 89 pace and 85 passing and overall 88 FIFA 15 player ratings.

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08. CM Bastian Schweinsteiger – Bayern Munich & Germany

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FIFA 15 Player Ratings – 88 Overall 

Dribbling 82, Passing 85, Shooting 81, Defense 78

Bastian Schweinsteiger is probably that particular player who has done it all during his professional career both in German National Football Team and Bayern Munich. He has seven Bundesliga titles to his name and also kissed the Champions League trophy in celebration. The national team manager Joachim Löw has recognized the importance of the 30-year-old naming Schweinsteiger as the country’s new captain.

EA is also keeping him at the top list of FIFA 15 best players with overall 88 points. Those fifa lovers who love to feature footballers with loads of pace may choose to shy away from the German storm. His 61 pace is far and away the lowest among field players who are listed in the top 10 best football players of FIFA 15.

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07. ST Luis Suarez – Barcelona & Uruguay

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FIFA 15 Player Ratings – 89 Overall

Pace 83, Shooting 87, Dribbling 88

The Uruguay superstar has earned the reputation for being one of the more despised athletes in all of professional football. He racially abused a player during a Premier League contest. There are other objections like he has bitten opposing players no fewer than three times, even during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil.

But above all no one would like to argue against the statement that Luis Suarez is one of the top striker in the football today. We can find resemblances that Barcelona paid £75 million over the summer to acquire his skill with the Catalans.

EA games may have underestimated how good of a finisher Suarez is as it pertains to the latest edition of FIFA 15. But 87 shooting is certainly lower than the shooting ratings given to three other players in this list of top 10 FIFA 15 best players.

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06. CM Andres Iniesta – Barcelona & Spain

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FIFA 15 Player Ratings – 89 Overall

Pace 75, Dribbling 91, Passing 89

Andres Iniesta is considered by many to be the best attacking midfielder of his generation. The Barcelona superstar has netted a plethora of personal and club honors since the 18 year old debut with the Catalan club. The 30-year-old has been named the best player in Europe and the top player in a European Championship. Champions League and World Cup trophies are also not beyond his very acquisition.

The well-rounded a midfielder is honorably found in the FIFA 15 best players list. His 75 pace is not blinding, but his 91 dribbling and 89 passing more than make up for the fact that Iniesta should overrule defenders comfort. One would be wise to start with Iniesta in case of outfitting a La Liga Ultimate Team of his own.

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05. GK Manuel Neuer – Bayern Munich & Germany

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FIFA 15 Player Ratings – 90 Overall

Positioning 90, Diving 87, Reflexes 86, GK Kicking 92

Casual fans of soccer who tuned into the 2014 World Cup have already learned what diehard soccer fans have known for years. And the truth is, Manuel Neuer is certainly the best goalkeeper in the world right now. He is most definitely to be placed with the all-time great goalkeepers or even all-time great footballers.

Neuer was awarded the Golden Glove for being the top keeper in the World Cup 2015. It was an honor he rightfully deserved for years. In fact the German performed so well on the world’s biggest stage that many analysts believed he was worthy of being named the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2015. He is the undisputed best goalkeeper in FIFA 15. Probably he is the only ‘keeper to crack the top-ten list of FIFA 15 best players.

The sweeper-keeper has 90 positioning, 87 diving, 86 reflexes and 92 GK kicking. And these much larger quantities than last year version of FIFA video games.

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04. ST Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Paris Saint-Germain & Sweden

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FIFA 15 Player Ratings – 90 Overall

Dribbling 86, Passing 81, Shooting 91

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is practically a walking real-life video game character among the football fans. The 6-foot-5 striker is well renowned for his cheeky back-heel goals during his career, which is one of the best finishers in the world and in FIFA 15 Games. EA gave him 91 shooting ratings in this version. That is much better than all but one player listed in the top ten list of FIFA 15 best players.

I think, the FIFA game lovers would be wise to “dare to Zlatan”. Ibrahimovic will turn 33 years old this fall and may end his professional career in Major League Soccer. The North American sports fans are going to get the full out of this great FIFA star.

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03. RM Arjen Robben – Bayern Munich & Netherlands

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FIFA 15 Player Ratings – 90 Overall

Pace 93, Shooting 86, Dribbling 92

The Dutch wonder made headlines this past summer during what may be his final World Cup appearance. Arjen Robben was undeniably one of the top performers of the biggest tournament on earth. Some even argued that Robben deserved to win the Golden Ball this time.

His defense and defensive work rate are low in FIFA 15. But EA probably blessed the Munich star providing ratings 93 pace, 86 shooting, 83 passing and 92 for dribbling. He is our third pick as the FIFA 15 best players.

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02. LW Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid & Portugal

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FIFA 15 Player Ratings – 92 Overall

Pace 93, Shooting 93, Dribbling 91, Passing 81

FIFA fans are well accustomed with this player and his position as it is unchanged like the FIFA 14 best players list. The inevitable complaining and unending debates begin here. Cristiano Ronaldo earned the privilege of being recognized as the top player in the world. The FIFA Ballon d’Or award has been given to this unbelievable superstar of his generation .While the highest-rated player in FIFA 15 was sidelined because of injury, he found the back of the net a total of 51 times.

EA describes five star skills for our second pick of the FIFA 15 best players list. 93 pace, 93 shooting, 91 dribbling and 81 passing makes a complete package for first choice from any kind of completion in this game. The Madrid star is believed to be having an ability to nod the ball home from anywhere inside of the box. Yes, of course you may question for his top position according to FIFA 15 player ratings in this list.

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01. CF Lionel Messi – Barcelona & Argentina

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FIFA 15 Player Ratings – 93 Overall

Pace 93, Dribbling 96, Shooting 89, Passing 86

Those interested in debating video game player ratings should remember one thing, there isn’t much a difference between a 93 and 92 rating. And in fact Lionel Messi has been the cover man for FIFA video games last four years. Of course Messi is one of the best real life footballers of his generation. His ability to dart through and between defenders while holding possession of the ball is unrivaled. The world-class finisher can strike seemingly at a moment’s notice.

His 96 dribbling puts him atop that category in FIFA 15 best player list. He has 93 pace, 89 shooting and 86 passing. Another point to be noted that the Barcelona all-time star is only a four-star skiller (while Ronaldo is five star). But believe me, you will not regret bringing this magical figure to you own best team in EA game’s FIFA 15 edition.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, commonly known as Cristiano Ronaldo and more specifically, in short CR7. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest footballers in the world today. The great footballer Cristiano was born on 5 February, 1985 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. The 29-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo has achieved a great height of fame in the sports industry. He has made himself one of the most coveted players, from his fans to various sports companies who desperately want him for endorsement.

In fact, Cristiano Ronaldo has become one of the highest paid soccer players in the world. He has the salary from his teams which being complemented by the endorsement deals from various famous brands. Let us have a look at Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth 2015.

Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo Biography:

Full name:                          Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro

Date of birth:                     5 February, 1985

Place of birth:                   Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Total Net Worth:             $300 Million

Net Worth in 2015:         $80 Million

Real Madrid Salary:        $52 Million

Endorsements earning: $28 Million

Current Agent:                   Luis Correia

Agency:                                 Gestifute International

Cristiano Ronaldo Endorsement Incomes:

According to the list of World’s Highest-paid Soccer players by Forbes Magazine, Cristiano Ronaldo has earned a total of $80 million last year which earned CR7 the second place on the list of richest athletes. CR7 has obtained $52 million as his salary from the Spanish club Real Madrid. C. Ronaldo also earned additional $28 million from his endorsement deals by multiple reputed brands. Cristiano recently dealt with Tag Heuer which along with Nike plays a major role in his total earnings.

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Cristiano Ronaldo with Tag Heuer ; image credit www.thewatchgallery.com

Cristiano also has a personal brand of underwear labeled as CR7. Currently, he has a tie with a renowned sports agency called Gestifute International. If you want to talk with Cristiano, you have to find Luis Correia first, because he is currently serving as his personal agent.

Also Read: Top 7 amazing facts about Cristiano Ronaldo (CR7)

                    Cristiano Ronaldo famous quotes

Cristiano Ronaldo Cars:

Besides his amazing football skill and footwork on the ground, Cristiano Ronaldo is also quite known for his luxurious collection of jaw-dropping amazing cars. He has plenty of space in his garage and huge sum of money in his bank account to fulfill his desire for the best sports cars of the world. Currently, Cristiano Ronaldo owns a total of 19 cars and has already spent some $4,912,000 USD in his car collection. His garage is studded with super luxurious cars such as Audi RS6, Audi R8, Ferrari 599 GTO, Maserati GranCabrio, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI, Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, Aston Martin DB9 and Phantom Rolls-Royce.

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Cristiano Ronaldo car ; image credit www.autoblog.gr

But, to prove his passion for sports car, Cristiano Ronaldo purchased the great super car Bugatti Veyron with $1,700,000 USD. All these Cristiano Ronaldo cars have one thing in common, and that is all of them are far too expensive. All these of super cars have a great deal of contributions in Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth 2015.

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Cristiano and Real Madrid:

Recently, Cristiano Ronaldo has extended his contract with Real Madrid. After the signing, he currently earns an estimated €17,000,000 equivalent to $22,620,000 per year from the Spanish club. It sounds unbelievable that CR7 earns an approximate €46,575 per day as his salary from Real Madrid. He also has a transfer buyout clause of a stunning 1 billion Euros that he signed with Real in 2009. As a matter of fact, Cristiano Ronaldo earns €32 per minute, even when he eats, sleeps or juggles the football.

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Cristiano Ronaldo in Real Madrid ; image credit all-about-cr7.tumblr.com

Cristiano Ronaldo earns an incredible €1,000,000 per month, while his biggest rival and one of the great footballers in recent football world, Lionel Messi is way behind him an income of €875,000 per month. Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth 2015 has been flourished by his contract with Real Madrid.

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Cristiano Ronaldo House:

Cristiano Ronaldo is an owner of a luxurious mansion in Madrid, Spain, which worth more than $7.2 million. The architect who designed this mind blowing Cristiano Ronaldo house is Joaquin Torres. The mansion offers him a great deal of luxury and comfort. The mansion is only one storied and is spread over 8600 square feet. Cristiano Ronaldo’s house has seven luxurious bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a number of kid’s room and a trophy room. In 2006, C. Ronaldo also bought a grand mansion in Alderley Edge Cheshire, England. He bought the house at more than $6 million.

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Cristiano Ronaldo house ; image credit www.therichest.com

The Cheshire Cristiano Ronaldo house has five bedrooms, numerous his and her bathrooms with grand luxurious facilities like sauna, swimming pool, cinema and his favorite ‘Media Room’. Because of an incredible Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth 2015, it is quite understandable why his luxurious life style costs so much.

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Cristiano and His Charity:

Cristiano Ronaldo donated £100,000 to Madeira hospital at his home following his mother’s cure from battling with cancer. In talking about the donation, Cristiano said he donated the money to build a cancer research center in Madeira. He took part in a charity match in Madeira between Premier League club FC Porto and a group of Nacional and Maritimo players to support the 2010 Madeira flood victims.

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Cristiano Ronaldo donation ; image credit www.realmadridfansclub.com

Cristiano supported a nine-year-old boy with terminal cancer for specialist treatment in 2009. He sold his golden boot he achieved in 2011 for an estimated €1.5 million. He donated all the money as a charity to fund the children’s school in Gaza in November 2012. As we see, Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth 2015 is amazingly high. So, not only leading luxurious life, Cristiano Ronaldo donates for charity as well.

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Cristiano Ronaldo endorsement deals:

During his time at Manchester United, his reputation grew rapidly. Cristiano Ronaldo has signed many endorsement contracts that time with several reputed brands. In October 2009, he became the new “spokesmodel” for famous Italian brand Emporio Armani men’s jeans and underwear. On 2010, He also signed a contract extension with renowned American Sportswear Company Nike till 2014. Ronaldo always played with wearing Nike boots throughout his entire football career, alternating between the Nike Vapor and Nike superfly.

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Cristiano Ronaldo endorsement ; image credit www.tagheuer.com

In 2010, Cristiano Ronaldo launched his first signature boots ‘The superfly II Safari CR7’ in the market. In 2014, Nike also launched the Mercurial Superfly CR7 World Cup Edition in ahead of the 2014, FIFA World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo endorsement deals also include contracts with Motorola, KFC, Jacob & Co., Tag Heuer, Castrol, Konami, Coca-Cola, Samsung, Banco Espirito Santo and Sacoor Brothers.

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Cristiano Ronaldo fashion:

In 2006, Cristiano Ronaldo opened a fashion boutique house named as ‘CR7’ on his native island of Madeira, Portugal. In 2008, in order to expand his fashion business, he opened a second boutique in Lisbon. All these boutique houses are famous for their uniquely designed jeans with leather pockets, patented buckled loafers and diamond-studded belts. The CR7 boutique is also famous for selling fashionable slinky women outfits.

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Cristiano Ronaldo fashion ; image credit www.101greatgoals.com

C. Ronaldo co-designed men’s underwear in collaboration with New York fashion designer Richard Chai and Danish Company JBS textile group in 2013. The same year, Cristiano stepped forward to expand his own CR7 fashion boutique house by introducing a line of premium shoes and shirts.

Also read: Top 10 most good looking soccer players in the world 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo Awards:

In January 2014, the Portugal President, Anibal Cavaco Silva awarded Cristiano Ronaldo the rank of ‘Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry’ at a prestigious ceremony held at the Belém Palace. The President stated that, “It is an award to distinguish a world renowned athlete who has been a symbol of Portugal globally, contributing to the international projection of the country and setting an example of tenacity for the future generations.”

Back in April 2014, it was Cristiano Ronaldo whose name was placed in Time Magazine’s annual list of ‘most influential people in the world’, called the TIME 100. Cristiano and his Russian model girlfriend Irina Shayk appeared on the front cover of Vogue’s Spanish edition in May 2014.

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Cristiano Ronaldo awards ; image credit www.irishmirror.ie

Cristiano Ronaldo is the record holder of being the most expensive footballer in the football history from 2009 to 2014 and also became the first footballer to reach 40 professional league goals for two consecutive seasons. In last couple of years in football, he met an immense success and became the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner for consecutive two times, 2013 and 2014. According to IFFHS, he is the World’s Best Top Goal Scorer. Cristiano was honored by the ESPY Awards for Best International Athlete in 2014 and UEFA European Best Player Award for an incredible 2013/14 season.

He marked his name in the UEFA Champions League Team of the season for 2013/14 football season and named as LFP Best Forward, LFP Best Player and LFP Best Goal for 2013/14 season. In 2014, Cristiano Ronaldo has become the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the year.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Facebook, Twitter

Back in August 2010, Cristiano Ronaldo has reached 50 million followers on Facebook. He was the first athlete from any sports to have reached the milestone. Then, in October 2014, Cristiano became the first athlete and the second person only after pop queen Shakira to have reached 100 million Facebook followers. Not only in Facebook, but in Twitter he is also the most-followed footballer with more than 30 million fans. According to Forbes, Cristiano Ronaldo had the 5th leading rank in World Social media, after Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry in 2012.

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Cristiano Ronaldo ; image credit sports.ndtv.com

Computer Security company McAfee made a list topped by Ronaldo of an internet search for their name leading to an unsafe website in July 2012. Another renowned company Castrol released a television film naming ” Ronaldo: Tested to the Limit”.

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In conclusion,

Cristiano Ronaldo is indeed a most popular man in the world. He is better known for his great skills, his breath-taking speed with the ball, his looks, glamour and his wealth. He is a hero to many young people who wish to enter the ground and become like him. Cristiano is not just a hero in the limelight or not just a luxurious over-whelming man, he is the one who makes a huge contributions for the betterment of the suffering people.

Thus, he has made a permanent place in people’s heart and is here to stay for long. Eventually, the Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth 2015 will be worthless, until we see his generosity and multi-dimensional approach to the mankind. He is a real hero indeed.

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Neymar Net Worth 2015

The full-name of Neymar is Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, more commonly he is known as Neymar Jr. Neymar is one of the greatest footballers in recent times. He is captaining the Brazil National team. As in club career, he plays for Spanish giant Barcelona. He is the most vital weapon for the Spanish club and plays as a key winger or forward. The great Brazilian footballer Neymar Jr was born on 5 February, 1992, at São Paulo, Brazil. Now, he is among the highest paid soccer player in 2015. Today, we will focus on Neymar Net Worth 2015. So, let’s start.

Neymar Net Worth 2015

Full name:                             Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior

Birthday:                                5th February, 1992

Birth Place:                            Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil

Total Neymar Net Worth: $80 Million

Neymar Net Worth 2015: $33.6 Million

Barcelona Salary:               $17.6 Million

Endorsements income:     $16 Million

Current Agent:                      Wagner Ribeiro   

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Neymar Net Worth: Overall

22-year-old Brazilian super star Neymar Jr. is considered as one of the most skillful footballers in modern football. He has become the most promising soccer player in Latin American football. Last year, in 2014 FIFA World Cup, he showed an outstanding performance and led Brazil to the semifinals. According to the famous Forbes magazine, Neymar earned $33.6 million in the last season of football. He is one of the highest paid soccer players in Forbes’s list.

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Neymar Net Worth ; image credit www.forbes.com

Neymar Jr. Salary at Barcelona club is estimated a total of $17.6 million. Neymar also earns about $16 million from his endorsement deals with many globally reputed brands. Although, Neymar’s father is only one to decide about financial matter, Wagner Ribeiro is also serving as his agent.

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Neymar’s club salary and endorsements:

Neymar signed his first major contract with famous Brazilian club Santos at the age of 17. The club paid him about $1.2 million per year as his salary. His salary increased to $4 million per year when he signed a contract extension with Santos. Then in 2013, Neymar Jr. flew to Spain and joined Barcelona F.C by signing a contract which worth $124 million. It was $50 million more than the originally reported one.

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Neymar in Barcelona ; image credit bleacherreport.com

Over the course of next five years with Barcelona, Neymar will get $74 million as his salary. He also had an additional $13 million bonus income besides his basic salary. The money comes from his famous endorsements such as Police sunglasses, Castrol and L’Oreal. For a 22-year-old young lad like him, his yearly income is approximately $32 million and it is quite breathtaking indeed.

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Neymar is on Cover:

While talking about Neymar’s prospects, The Brazilian football legend Pele once said that he is “an excellent player“. Neymar, besides Cristiano Ronaldo, another great footballer of modern times, appeared on the covers of Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2013. Neymar Jr. was featured as a TIME magazine cover in February 2013 and became the first Brazilian ever in the history to achieve that.

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Neymar on Time Magazine ; image credit news.yahoo.com

In May 2013, Neymar was named as the most marketable athlete in the world by SportsPro magazine. In that course, he had to defeat globally renowned athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Usain Bolt, Rory McIlroy to get the top.

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Neymar Net Worth and Santos:

In 2010, Santos rejected a £12 million bid offer for Neymar from EPL club West Ham United. Santos once again rejected the offer for Neymar from another English club Chelsea. The bid was widely rumored to be worth £20 million. After repeated rejection from his club, Neymar once said, “I’m focused only on Santos.” On the contrary, his agent, Wagner Ribeiro said,

“Neymar wants to be become the best player in the world. If he stays in Brazil, the chances of him doing that is absolutely zero.”

Neymar admitted that and said it was his dream to play in Europe, a year after the incident in an interview with Daily Telegraph.

In his early young life, Neymar played for the youth side of Portuguesa Santista. Then his family moved to São Vicente in 2003 where Neymar started his first football career. When his family again moved to Santos, Neymar didn’t miss the chance to join famous Brazilian football club Santos FC. His new life began at Santos, while Neymar’s family managed to buy their first property, a house next to the Vila Belmiro. It’s all because of his amazing success of his young football career and growing income. At the age of 15, Neymar net worth was 10,000 reais per month and the living standard of his family improved dramatically. At 16, Neymar net worth became 125,000 reais per month.

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Neymar in Brazil ; image credit aschenbruecker.de

Then Neymar made himself signing a full professional contract with Santos FC to play in the first team. As soon as he signed the contracts with Santos, Neymar started receiving several sponsorships. All these endorsement deals have made a good contribution in Neymar net worth 2015.

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Wise sayings about Neymar Jr

Jorge Valdano, the former Real Madrid sporting director stated about Neymar,

“I like Neymar a lot. Many of his individual performances result in a goal and often it’s a move that only seems to be happening with him on the football ground.”

The Brazilian legendary footballer Pele once said,

“Neymar is a player with a body that can’t take a lot of hits. Many times he will fall because he can’t do anything else, but he was overdoing it.”

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Spectacular Neymar ; image credit www.ibtimes.com

He also added,

“Even when he is fouled, he can’t make a spectacle out of it.”

His fellow teammate, Barcelona’s star Xavi stated,

“He is a great footballer, he has a very good attitude, and will go on to be the best player in the world.”

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Neymar’s personal life:

Neymar net worth in recent years are well enough to raise some charity. He reportedly tithes his income to his church and said,

“Life only makes sense when our highest ideal is to serve Christ.”

This humanitarian work proves his faith towards Christianity. At just 19, Neymar became a father of a boy in 2011 with his ex-girlfriend Carolina Dantas.

His baby boy, David Lucca by name was born in São Paulo but Neymar was broke with David’s mother Carolina. While talking about his son, Neymar said,

“I cried when I learned that I would be a father. Firstly, it was fear I felt. Then joy. It is a new responsibility for me and I am now enjoying it.”

He then overjoyed at his son’s birth as “2.8 kilograms of pure happiness.”

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Endorsement involved in Neymar Net Worth 2015

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Neymar endorsement deals ; image credit eekagfx.deviantart.com

In March 2011, Neymar signed a contract with famous American Sportswear Company Nike. The deal was signed for 11 years. On the same month, another reputed electronics company Panasonic signed a two-year contract with Neymar, which worth $2.4 million. Eventually, Neymar so many endorsement contracts with several reputed companies like Volkswagen, Tenys Pé Baruel, Carlo, Lupo, Ambev, Unilever and Santander. His endorsement income is estimated total of €20 million on a yearly basis.

In November 2012, Neymar appointed advertising agency Loducca to create his own personal brand logo. The logo was designed especially for him featuring the N, J and R, which were derived from his name ‘Neymar Jr’. The new logo was styled to match his jersey No. 11.

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Neymar in media

Neymar Jr has created a huge sensation in popular social media by his marvelous skill and growing talent. He reached 48.6 million Facebook fans in October 2014. Neymar also spotted the fourth highest social media rank worldwide among the athletes, only behind to Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and David Beckham. In June 2014, Neymar was featured along with supermodel Gisele Bündchen as a cover photo of Vogue’ Brazilian edition to mark the FIFA World Cup organizes in Brazil.

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Neymar in media ; image credit top10rate.com

In April 2013, a famous Brazilian cartoonist Mauricio de Sousa featured young Neymar Jr. as the main character in his Monica’s Gang comic book.

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Neymar, the Musician

Neymar Jr. is well known for promoting a particular Brazilian modern pop music called ‘Música sertaneja’. The video in which Neymar dances to the tune of Michel Teló’s hit “Ai se eu te pego!” in the Santos locker room with his teammates went viral on YouTube as it got amazing number of hits in couple of days.

Neymar also appeared live in a music concert with Michel Teló. In another concert on Gusttavo Lima’s hits “Balada” and “Fazer Beber”, Neymar Jr. also appeared live with the artist. In 2012, Neymar again made a cameo appearance in the music video of super hit sertanejo song by João Lucas & amp. And again in 2013, he appeared in a rap music video by MC Guimê called “País do Futebol”.

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                  Top 7 interesting facts about CR7

In conclusion,

Neymar Jr. has turned himself as a very popular footballer in the world. He has secured a place in the hearts of millions all over the world. With his amazing football skill, his dominant presence in the field and even with his unique hairstyles, Neymar is the most prolific footballer in modern times. However, it is well expected that Neymar will definitely create some greater moments in football than he already has, and will be remembered for his incredible performance.

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Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World

Football is a game of beauty. The spirit and magic of football transcends age and time. Unforgettable stories are passed down through the generations of the eminent football players along with the most wonderful atmospheres of most memorable matches. It would be unwise without mentioning the role of great players and their respective teams as well as fans, but if there is no stadium to host the game and encapsulate all that sticks in our mind, the mere memories would be gone forever.

Keeping that in mind, Sporty Ghost will rank the top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. In our consideration, the size of the stadiums, the overall atmosphere and visual appeal play important role. All these largest football stadiums have their own legacies and impact both on the football and their individual countries.

Biggest Football Stadiums in the World:

The best part of all these largest soccer stadiums is the opportunity to tie the football and travel together. So, take a short break from your regular monotonous 9 to 5 working schedule, hop on a plane and visit some of these beautiful countries and most importantly, enjoy the football.

10. Stade 5 Juillet 1962 : Algiers, Algeria

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Stade 5 Juillet 1962——————image via: commons.wikimedia.org

This football stadium is located in Algiers, Algeria and has a massive capacity of 95,000. After inaugurated in 1972, the stadium has arranged several sporting events including 1975 Mediterranean Games, 1978 All-Africa Games, 2004 Pan Arab Games and 2007 All-Africa Games. The stadium also hosted 9 matches of 1990 African Nations Cup. The final match of that tournament was watched by a huge 105,302 spectators, where the home team Algeria defeated Nigeria by 1-0 to win the Cup.

The stadium had a record attendance of 110,000 in a friendly match between Algeria and Serbia in 2010. But following a new phase of renovation, the capacity of the stadium is reduced with the current seating capacity of 64,000. Stade 5 Juillet 1962 in Algeria is at no. 10 in our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world.

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9. Borg El Arab Stadium: Alexandria, Egypt

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Borg El Arab Stadium—————–image via: records.vn

With a capacity of 86,000, Borg El Arab is the largest stadium in Egypt and the second largest football stadium in Africa. In our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world, it stays at no. 9 spot. There is a running track around the pitch with four massive floodlights. There is a roof covering one side of the stand of the stadium. The main cabin of Borg El Arab stadium is covered by an umbrella, which covers a total 35% of the stadium area. It is considered as the biggest umbrella in the Middle East. The fence surrounding the ground is 3 km long and the internal road networks run for 6 km.

The stadium is also composed of a huge parking lot, where 5000 cars and 200 buses and an airplane could easily fit. The stadium is also facilitated by 300 press conference rooms, a hotel for 200 guests, 32 cafeterias, 8 elevators for the broadcasters and 2 sub play grounds and many more.

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8. Gelora Bung Karno Stadium: Central Jakarta, Indonesia

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, Gelora Bung Karno Stadium
Gelora Bung Karno Stadium———image via: says.com

This multi-purpose stadium is named after Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno. The stadium is mostly used for football with the seating capacity over 88,083. There are other stadiums in this huge complex such as the Swimming stadium and the Tennis stadium.

The Stadium complex is renamed “Gelora Senavan Complex” under the ‘de-Sukarno-ization’ policy by the former Indonesian president Suharto. We’ve consider to put the stadium at no. 8 in our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. The stadium is the home of Indonesia National Football team.

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7. Wembley Stadium: London, England

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Wembley Stadium——————-image via: www.flickr.com

The stadium was opened in 2007 replacing the original Wembley Stadium at this site, which was demolished in 2003. The stadium is a designated UEFA category four stadium with the capacity of 90,000 spectators. Wembley is the biggest stadium in the United Kingdom and also second largest football stadium in the Europe. The Wembley stadium is famous for hosting major football matches including the FA Cup Final and the home matches of England National Football team.

The Wembley stadium is designed by HOK Sports, Fosters and Partners. The Wembley arch is heighted over 440 feet, including a partial retractable roof. The overall cost to build Wembley was estimated about £798 million. With its huge capacity, the Wembley remains at 7th place in our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world.

The Wembley stadium is also renowned for hosting the UEFA Champions League final in 2011 and 2013, FA Community Shield, and the Gold medal match of 2012 Olympics games football tournament.

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6. The Rose Bowl Stadium: California, USA

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, The Rose Bowl Stadium
The Rose Bowl Stadium———————image via: en.wikipedia.org

It is the home of UCLA Bruins Football team and it is the main site of the Rose Bowl Game, which is traditionally held on New Year’s Day. Various major sports events were hosted by The Rose Bowl Stadium, including the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, 1994 FIFA World Cup final, and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals. The stadium also hosted five Super Bowl games so far in the Bowl Championship Series.

With the attendance capacity of 92,542, The Rose Bowl is at no. 6 in our selection for the top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. It is also the 17th largest stadium in the world and 11th largest stadium in USA. The stadium is a true landmark in the historical point of view.

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 5.The FNB Soccer City Stadium: Johannesburg, South Africa

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, The FNB Soccer City Stadium
The FNB Soccer City Stadium————-image via: www.flickr.com

The stadium is located next to the South African Football Association headquarters in Johannesburg. The First National Bank Soccer City Stadium is the largest football stadium in Africa with its huge seating capacity for 94,736 spectators . The Soccer City was mainly designed as the association football stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. During the football world cup, the maximum seating capacity was ensured for 84,490 viewers leaving the reserve seating for the press and other VIPs. The FNB Soccer City stadium is the home of South African National Football team. The Soccer City stadium is also known by its nickname “The Calabash” due to the resembling design to the African pot.

The stadium hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final between Spain and Netherlands. The FIFA world cup closing ceremony on that day saw the final public appearance of Nelson Mandela. The stadium is also famous for Mandela’s first speech in Johannesburg after his release from the prison in 1990. The FNB Soccer City is the 5th biggest football stadium in our list.

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4. Camp Nou: Barcelona, Spain

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Camp Nou—————–image via: en.wikipedia.org

Camp Nou is the home for the Barcelona FC since 1957. With its massive seating capacity of about 99,354, it is at no. 4 place in our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. Camp Nou is also the biggest football stadium in Europe. Many famous sports events took place in this stadium, such as two UEFA Champions League Finals, and the football matches of 1992 summer Olympics in Barcelona.

The construction started on 28 March 1954 as the previous one, Camp de Les Corts had no room for expansion. The total construction took three years with a cost of total 288 million pesetas. At the opening ceremony of the Camp Nou, Handel’s Messiah was performed and Barcelona FC defeated Legia Warsaw by 4-2 in an opening friendly match.

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3. Bukit Jalil National Stadium: Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, Bukit Jalil National Stadium
Bukit Jalil National Stadium—————–image via: ms.wikipedia.org

Bukit Jalil National stadium is a multi-purpose sports complex with a 100,200 all-seater capacities. The stadium was opened by the Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on 1 January 1998 and staged the 1998 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

Bukit Jalil is the home of Malaysian National Football team. In addition to 1998 Commonwealth games, the stadium also served as a host of Southeast Asian Games in 2001, FESPIC Games in 2006 and ASEAN University games in 2008 . By the capacity, till date, it is the 11th largest sports stadium in the world and the stadium stands at 3rd spot in our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. This large sports complex was designed and built by the United Engineers Malaysia and finished three months ahead of schedule. The expanding 1.2 km² Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex is the most prominent sports venue in the Southeast Asia.

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2. Salt Lake Stadium: Kolkata, India

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, Salt Lake Stadium
Salt Lake Stadium————-image via: en.wikipedia.org

Salt Lake Stadium is the 2nd largest soccer stadium in the world by capacity. This multi-purpose stadium has an arrangement for the 120,000 spectators to watch the game. The record attendance of 131,000 was documented in 1997 in a match between Mohon Bagan AC and East Bengal FC.

The roof of Salt Lake Stadium is made of metal tubes and aluminum sheets and concrete. It is situated about 10 km East of Kolkata covering the area of 309,200 m2 . The stadium was inaugurated in 1984. Several important international matches were held in this stadium such as the Pre-World cup tournament in 1985, super-soccer cup in 1986, 1989, 1991 and 1994, Charminar Challenger Trophy in 1992 and 1995 Jawaharlal Nehru International Gold Cup. On 12 October 2014, the first match of Indian Super League was also held in the Salt Lake Stadium.

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1. The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium: Pyongyang, North Korea

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This multi-purpose stadium is regarded as the largest stadium in the world. With the capacity of about 150,000 and over 207,000 m² of occupying area, Rungrado is at no. 1 in the list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. Currently, the stadium is only used for football matches along with few other athletic events. It’s scalloped roof featuring 16 arches arranged in a ring like manner and is said to resemble a Magnolia blossom. It has a total floor space of over 2.2 million ft² across eight stories and the roof peak is more the 197 ft from the ground.

The stadium is also famous as the site of massive performances. In 2002, it hosted the colossal and meticulously choreographed ‘Arirang’ artistic and gymnastic performance, involving some 100,000+ participants. The game was also opened for the foreigners that time.

There are many more beautiful and larger soccer stadiums across the world. We only picked up the top 10 based on the attendance capacity. The game of football is truly glorified by all these massive stadiums.’ Top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world’ will inspire the football lovers across the world for sure.

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Luis Suarez Net Worth in 2014-2015

Luis Suarez is one of the greatest Uruguayan footballers ever. He is widely admired for his stunning performance. Currently he is a part of Barcelona FC’s MSN triad as a devastating forward along with Messi and Neymar. He is very much popular in Uruguayan National Team. Firstly he came into spotlight after signing a deal with Ajax. Then at Liverpool, he introduced a new era of football there, and now at Barcelona, he is about to make a history.

The Transfer

Luis Suarez moved to Barcelona in July 2014. The transfer fee was reported to be £75 million (€94 million), as per English media says. The Barcelona FC officially claimed the fee of £65 million (€81 million), which made Suarez the third most expensive soccer player in the history. He is undoubtedly one of the best strikers in the world.

Luis Suarez Bio:

Current Club: FC Barcelona, Spain
Total Net Worth: $75 million ( according to Forbes in 2015)
Salary: £10 million
Date of Birth: 24 January, 1987
Place of birth: Salto, Uruguay
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 81 kg
Position: Forward

Family Life:

Suarez married his childhood sweetheart, Sofia Balbi in 2009. The couple have a daughter named Delfina and a son named Benjamin. Luis’s older brother Paolo Suarez is also a footballer.

Beginning of his career:

Suarez made his debut as a professional footballer in 2005 with the club ‘Nacional‘. He played 34 matches there securing 12 goals. Then, in the coming year Suarez joined Gronigen football club where he netted 15 goals in 37 matches. The club offered him the opportunity to play in the famous platform, The Ajax in 2007. After joining Ajax, Suarez established himself as a best performer for consecutive 5 years in a row.

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The goal machine scored 111 goals with the appearance in 159 matches for Ajax. During the time with Ajax, he earned an estimated £3.75 million on yearly basis. Then, in 2011, Suarez made his wild entry at English Premier League as a part of Liverpool FC. This is the place where he received his fame as a prominent international footballer. During the period of 2011-2014, he scored a stunning 69 goals in 110 appearances for Liverpool FC. For Barcelona, he has scored 16 goals so far in 27 games and still counting.

In 2012, his spectacular football career was winding up due to a racial abuse incident. He was found guilty by a three-man panel from FA and given an eight-match suspension and a fine of £40,000. The incidence took place when he abused Patrice Evra during a game iagainst Manchester United in October, 2012. After that, he was back on track again. Suarez was reported the highest paid footballer in the world, pulling in an astonishing $75 million between April 2014 and April 2015 as a part of Spanish Club Barcelona.

Luis Suarez endorsements and incomes

Luis Suarez has an estimated net worth of $215 million. Suarez owes his fortune to substantial property holdings, smart stock investments, lucrative endorsement deals with the CoverGirl cosmetics. He also owns several hotels and restaurants, namely the ‘Fat Suarez Burger Chain’, in Montevideo, Uruguay. A football team named Salto Angels is also owned by him at his home.

Suarez has launched his own brand of Vodka, the Pure Wondersuarez, in Uruguay. He is currently tackling the junior market with a top-selling perfume named ‘Love from Luis’ and also launched a fashion line called ‘Luis Suarez Seduction’.

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Luiz Suarez House in United Kingdom:

Woolton House

Suarez’s house is known to be a wonderful property which was constructed keeping in mind the demand of luxurious lifestyle. The house is located in Woolton destination of Dutch where he is known to reside with his family. Luis Suarez has simply showcased the softer side of his life in a simple house that has everything along with the fantastic essence of beauty. Currently, he is staying in Barcelona with his family in a simple but gorgeous apartment.

Luis Suarez Exclusive Collection of Cars

Suarez likes to lead a simple life, but he is bit choosy about the things he purchase. The item requires to be an elegant choice. Suarez possesses a black edition of BMW X5, which is known to be a famous luxurious car with sporty feeling.

Luis Suarez Awards – Achievements :

Luis Suarez is the most successful footballer while playing for Liverpool. He is the player with most number of goals for Liverpool after Michael Owen. He is also a well performed striker in Uruguay National Team. Here are some of his achievements-

Club career:

Ajax: 2007-2011: 110 matches : 81 goals
Liverpool: 2011-2014: 110 matches : 69 goals
Barcelona: 2014- : 27 matches: 16 goals

Career Titles Wins :

Copa America : 2011
League Cup : 2011-12
Johan Cruyiff Shield: 2007
KNVB Cup: 2009-10
Primera Division: 2005-06

Awards – Honours 2014 :

FSF Player of the Year
PFA Team of the Year
Copa América Player of the Tournament
Eredivisie Golden Boot
Ajax Player of the Year – 2 Times
Ajax Top Goalscorer
KNVB Cup Top Goalscorer.

Luis Suarez is an unpredictable footballer to many. He is living his football life with multiple controversies all throughout his career. The 2014 FIFA World Cup was quite a bitter experience for him. Yet, he is Luis Suarez, commonly known as a goal machine. Let’s see, what he brings for his new club FC Barcelona in the long run.

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Top 10 Best Looking Female Soccer Players 2015

Soccer is the most popular game in the world of sport. It has around 3.5 billion fans worldwide and soccer is one of the main sources of entertainment to the mass people. Although the game is mostly dominated by the sensational male players, female soccer players are also gaining great popularity. All these best female soccer players are not just good looking but they all have a significant contribution to their respective teams.

They are frequently making sports headlines for their tremendous effort to the teams. Women’s football is slowly gaining world recognition and the best looking female soccer players are becoming popular day by day. Nowadays, there is a number of attractive female soccer players around the world, making football a game of beauty.

10 Best Looking Female Soccer Players 2015:

Today Sporty Ghost will present you the list of Top 10 best looking Female Soccer Players 2015. Guess, who is the best looking female soccer player? You just have to wait for a while and scroll down to see it.

All of them are highly talented footballers as well and are also known to be the hottest both on and off the pitch.

10. Amy Rodriguez, USA

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Amy Rodriguez, the beautiful blonde is an American by nationality and currently plays for FC Kansas City in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) of United States. She is also a part of United States women’s national soccer team. She is better known for her speedy movements as her teammates nicknamed her ‘A Rod’.

In 2012 Olympic qualifying match between USA and Dominican Republic, Amy Rodriguez scored five goals, while the final score of the game being 14-0. Her outstanding performance set a record for goals scored in a single match by one player in Olympic qualifying history. She is also a gold medalist for the US team both in the 2012 London Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics.

9. Jonelle Filigno, Canada

25 years old Jonelle Filigno is a Canadian soccer player who also plays for Sky Blue FC in the National women’s soccer league. She won the Olympic bronze medal at London 2012 as a part of Canadian national soccer team.

She made her debut for the Canadian national team at the age of 17. Filigno played as a part of Canadian soccer team at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and 2011 FIFA Women’s world cup. The 2012 London Olympics was a memorable one for her as she scored the winning goal against England with a stunning volley from a corner kick. She is smart with her playing style and she is too good looking. We placed her at 9 in our list of top 10 best looking female soccer players 2015.

8. Ali Krieger, USA

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Ali Krieger is primarily a defender who plays for United States Women’s national soccer team. She also plays football in NWSL for the Washington Spirit. She played an important part for her team in 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Ali played every minute of all six matches for United States in that world tournament.

Ali Krieger recovered from a serious knee injury in 2012 Olympic qualifying, but missed the chance to be selected for the 2012 London Olympic competition. She spent five years in German league playing for FFC Frankfurt from 2007 to 2012. Here she won the title of UEFA women’s champions’ league. She is well capable of making the game as beautiful as she is. She is a true beauty in soccer.

7. Nayeli Rangel, Mexico

She is a Mexican soccer beauty and plays as a midfielder in the Mexican National Team. In 2013, she joined the Sky Blue FC to play in the National Women’s Soccer League. She is considered to be one of the sharpest and talented midfielders in the women’s soccer world. She represents the Mexico team at the national level with dignity and pride. She is the sign of true Mexican beauty in the world football pitch.

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6. Selina Wagner, Germany

Selina Wagner, the German best has proved that soccer is no different than ballet dancing due to her convoluted dancing style in the floor of football. With the elegance and grace, she is the fairest flower in the football. Her photo-shoot with famous Playboy magazine inspired other best looking female soccer players to follow her way. Selina is currently playing for the German national women’s team and at club level she plays for Vfl Wolfsburg. She is a true symbol of beauty and elegance in world football.

5. Sydney Leroux, USA

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Sydney Leroux is a Canadian-born soccer player, who is currently playing for the United States National Women’s football team. She won the 2012 Olympic gold medal as a part of American national team. She plays at the forward position for her team. She is also fluent at her club side the New York Flash in NWSL. Sydney represented Canada at various youth level. Then, in 2008 she made her mind to play for the United States women’s national side under-20 soccer team. Gradually, she developed her skill and placed in the US senior national team in 2012. She was an integral part of the US winning squad at 2012 London Olympics.

With her incredible appeal and hot figure, she is at no. 5 in our list of Top 10 best looking female soccer players 2015. She is playing soccer for US at the age of fifteen. In 2013 season, she also made her professional debut for the Boston Breakers in NWSL. The young beauty has enriched the game enough so far.

4. Lauren Sesselmann, Canada

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Lauren Sesselmann is an American-born soccer player, who is currently playing for Canadian National team. She plays as a defender for Houston Dash in the National Women’s Soccer League. The former forward and Olympic medalist is also a football trainer and producer of the Fitness DVD program ‘Fit as a Pro with Lauren Sesselmann‘. She acquired Canadian citizenship through her father in 2010 and soon called up to the Canadian National team for training camp.

She wore her first cap in 2011 as a starter against USA. She was also named to the 18-player list in the Canadian squad for 2011 Pan American Games. She helped the team to win the Gold medal in that tournament. In 2012 London Olympics, her splendid performance earned Canada a major gold medal. With such fame and beauty, she is indeed one of the beautiful athletes in the world.

3. Hope Solo, USA

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Hope Solo is a professional goalkeeper for the United States National Women Soccer team. She has been guarding the post since 2000. The two-time Olympic gold medalist started her professional football career playing for the Philadelphia Charge in the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA). Hope Solo also traveled Europe in order to play the top division football leagues in Sweden and France.

Hope Solo is regarded as one of the best female soccer goalkeepers in the world. She is the record holder for the most career shutouts for the United States team. This multi-talented soccer beauty appears to be a TV star too, acting in a TV series named ‘Dancing with the stars’. Besides, this American beauty is an efficient writer too.

2. Kaylyn Kyle, Canada

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The 27-year old, Kaylyn is a Canadian soccer player who plays as a midfielder. Currently, she is playing for the Portland Thorns FC in NWSL. She has also represented Canada on U-17 and U-20 football tournaments. Kyle appeared in the U-20 FIFA women’s world cup twice in her football career, in 2006 and 2008.

In 2011 Pan American Games, she was an integral part of the gold winning Canadian team which defeated Brazil. She won the bronze medal in 2012 London Olympics, playing a prominent role in the midfield all through the tournament. She is the golden girl for the Canadian team. The Canadian beauty may not be as popular as the Americans are, but she has gathered a lot in her. She has the potential to be the best in her dominating nature.

1. Alex Morgan, USA

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Alex Morgan is an American gold medalist and a very popular female athlete in the world. The forward is currently playing for the Portland Throns FC in National Women’s Soccer League in USA. She was first drafted in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Western New York Flash. She made the professional debut for them and ultimately won the league championship. In 2011 FIFA Women’s world cup, Alex Morgan appeared to be the youngest player playing at the age of 22.

The 2012 London Olympic would be quite a memorable one for her as she scored the winning goal in the 123rd minutes of the game against Canada. She is the youngest American player to score 20 goals in a single year, notably in 2012. Morgan was awarded the US Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.

She plays football with beauty and glamor. Alex Morgan always makes her appearance appealing. That’s why we chose her for the no. 1 spot in our list of top 10 best female soccer players, in fact the highest paid female soccer player in the world 2015.

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Three Most Expensive Transfer Fees for Defenders in Soccer

Mostly, if we try to find out some of the expensive transfer fees in soccer, we will always end up with great attacking players. The top transfer fees have always been featuring strikers or attacking midfielders. Probably one need to find further down the list to discover the first defender in this list of most expensive transfer fees. The transfer market had never valued defenders as much as attacking players. But no doubt, the league tables in Europe will reveal a different story for defenders.

Each of the leading teams in Europe has conceded the fewest goals. AS Roma and Juventus from Italy, Chelsea from EPL, PSG from France, Barcelona and real Madrid from Spain all are in the list. Some of these great legendary football clubs are to be found to have expensive defenders with them.

Most Expensive Transfer Fees for Defenders:

We will actually search the whole history of soccer and put the top three names here in this list of top three most expensive transfer fees for defenders in soccer. All the transfer fee figures have been converted to US dollars.

Let’s find who is the most expensive defender in soccer history?

3. Rio Ferdinand – $50.04 Million

From Leeds United to Manchester United

Three Most Expensive Transfer Fees for Defenders in Soccer, Rio Ferdinand
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Manchester United broke the EPL transfer record in summer 2002. They brought Rio Ferdinand from rivals Leeds United for $50.04 million. Ferdinand had won the Premier League title six times, the League Cup twice, the FIFA World Cup once and the Champions League once in United. He was suspended from January 2004 for missing drug test in 2003.

He had to miss half the premier League along with the European Champions season. He was also the captain for Manchester before various injury problems. The 35 year old Ferdinand is still part of the Manchester United squad. In fact it was for the last season for to play with the red devils in 2013/2014 season.

2. Marquinhos – $50.21 Million

From Roma to Paris Saint Germain

Three Most Expensive Transfer Fees for Defenders in Soccer, Marquinhos
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He is probably the youngest member in this list of three most expensive transfer fees for defenders in soccer. Marquinhos at the age of 19, was signed by French champions Paris Saint Germain from AS Roma for $50.21 million in 2013. He is a highly rated youngster and was named as one of the ten most promising young defenders.

Marquinhos also made his international debut for the Brazilian National Team in 2013. He in fact joined his Brazilian compatriots Alex and Thiago Silva at the Parisian giant club. Undoubtedly he had shown impressive performance so that to start as central defender alongside Silva.

1. Thiago Silva – $58.88 Million

From A.C. Milan to Paris Saint Germain

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Thiago Silva is the number one player in this list. He is the most expensive defender in soccer history. Of course the man is thought to be one of the best defenders in the current soccer world. Football fans would definitely acknowledge his large transfer fee as fair reflection. Thiago Silva was transferred from A.C. Milan to Paris Saint Germain (PSG) for a fee of $58.88 million in 2012.

Silva captained the team to their first League Championship since 1994 in 2012/2013 season. Silva being arguably the best defender, also captained Brazil to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil. Previously he had the glory of being a silver medalist for Brazil during the 2012 London Olympics.

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Top 10 Greatest Matches in Copa America History

Copa America is a South American football competition where the teams play for their greatness. The tournament is famous for producing all-action games with goals, drama and close competitions. The tournament was started way back in 1916. There are some 43 editions of Copa America have already taken place. Along the way of about 100 years, there have been some unforgettable encounters between the South American nations.

Here we will provide you with the top 10 greatest matches in Copa America. From unexpected shock to enormous goal fests, we revisit some of the closest as well as greatest encounters in the history of Copa America.

10 Greatest Matches in Copa America:

10. Chile 4-0 Brazil, 1987

Chile were heading into their group decider in a match against Brazil. For the Chileans, there was nothing less than victory would suffice if they were to advance to the semi-finals of Copa America. That was followed by the most historic performance ever produced by the Chile national team. The Brazil team, featuring Rai, Muller and Careca had dominated the first-half of the game. It was none but the Chile goal-keeper Roberto Rojas, who resisted the mighty Brazilians. Just before the break, Ivo Basay scored which nodded the underdogs ahead of the game.

Then the minors did not look back. Juan Carlos Letelier doubled the lead and then Basay headed to score from a corner in his second. After that, again Letelier put a real gloss on the score line with a delightful forth in Brazil’s net. The historic match is considered in the top 10 greatest matches in Copa America.

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9. Argentina (2) 2-2 (4) Brazil, 1995

Brazil had a breathless opening when Edmundo and Abel Balbo scored two early goals in the match. Just before the half-time, Argentine striker Gabriel Batistuta edged Argentina back in front after smashing the ball in from a tight angle. There was a controversial twist to come when, Tulio clipped home an equalizer goal following a blatant hand ball, with nine minutes remaining of the game. Brazil went on to prevail the match, when captain Dunga converting the winning penalty-kick.

8. Brazil 3-2 Mexico, 1997

With both teams having won their first game in 1997 Copa, the match was a battle for Group C supremacy in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Mexico striker Luis Hernandez had put El tri two goals ahead by a thumping header and a close range finish. The Brazilian center-back Aldair inspired his side’s fight back with a header of his own just two minutes within the second half of the game. Very soon, the equalizer came when Mexican defender, Camilo Romero diverted Romario’s goal bound effort into the roof of his own net.

The hapless Mexican defender was again proved wrong for the Brazil’s third goal, when Leonardo robbed the ball from him on the touchline and could only watch on as the left-footer surged into the box before unleashing a wonderful winning goal.

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7. Colombia 2-3 Chile, 1999

It was a quarter-final showdown match in Paraguay. The fate of that crucial match was swinging back and forth before it was finally decided by one of Chile’s great footballers of all-time. Jorge Bolano of Colombia crashed with an opener from the edge of the box early on. Pedro Reyes immediately leveled the score with an unchallenged header from a sharp corner. By the interval, the Colombians were back in the game as Victor Bonilla took advantage of some sloppy Mexican defense.

But, it was Pedro Reyes who restored the parity five minutes in the second part with another amazing header. The Chilean captain Ivan Zamorano eventually settled the contest, latching on to a long-ball expertly to take his team into the semi-finals of 1999 Copa America. The match is ranked at no 7 in our list of top 10 greatest matches in Copa America.

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6. Peru (2) 3-3 (4) Mexico, 1999

It was another thrilling quarter-final clash from the 1999 Copa America, where Mexico eventually squeezed past Peru on penalty shoot-out. The first half of the game was unrelenting as both teams shared a total five goals. Peru made a dream start with José Pereda and Roberto Palacios who put them two up inside a quarter mark of an hour. The Mexican striker Luis Hernandez hauled his side back on terms with a well taken double to level the score.

However, Peru got the lead as Nolberto Solano curled the ball from just outside the box. Just three minutes remaining at the clock, Gererdo Torrado’s long-ranger flew into the Peru’s net for an equalizer. Then when the penalty shoot-out took place, the Mexicans held their nerve from spot, scoring four out of four as Peru crashed out in a 2-4 defeat.

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5. Brazil 0-2 Honduras, 2001

Arguably, the match was the biggest upset in the history of Copa America. The mighty Brazil stumped by the minnow Honduras in a shameful way. Although Brazil team were devoid of some star players, Cafu, Roberto Carlos and Romario, there was hardly anyone who could foresee such a result as Honduras defeated Brazil in a giant-killer show that night. After finishing a goal-less first half, Honduras bounced the Brazilian net when Juliano Belletti deflected a Saul Martinez header into his own net on 57th minutes.

Brazil found their miserable end when Martinez coolly slotted home at death to seal a 0-2 victory. Brazil’s unexpected defeat sent a shock wave throughout South American football. Luiz Felipe Scolari, the Brazil coach, commented afterwards,

“I, Big Phil, will go down in history of football as the Brazil coach who lost to Honduras. It’s a horrible night for me but Honduras played better than our boys and they deserved the victory”

4. Argentina (2) 2-2 (4) Brazil, 2004

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The 2004 Copa America in Peru saw a classic climax as the rivals Argentina and Brazil squared up for the first time in a one-off final showdown in the history of Copa America. The game took the breath away in every seconds until the final whistle of the match. Argentina led the score when Kily Gonzalez scored from a penalty after a foul by Luisão. The big Brazilian defender immediately revenged with a header on the stroke of half-time.

Argentina’s Cesar Delgado looked to have won it when he fired past Julio Cesar with just three minutes remaining of the game. The fate was yet to be decided when the top scorer Adriano rifled home with a level in the injury-time of the match. At the penalty shoot-out Argentina broke their nerves in a 2-4 defeat to Brazil. The closest encounter of that match put it on the list of top 10 greatest matches in Copa America.

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3. Chile 1-6 Brazil, 2007

After losing to Brazil by 3-0 in the group stage, Chile were out for revenge in the quarter-final clash. The strategy went wrong for the Chileans as the Brazilians turned in their best performance on the way to grab their fourth titles in last five tournaments. Brazil led the score by 3-0 within the first half as Juan, Julio Baptista and Robinho scored one by another. Just after the break, Robinho striked again while Josue and Wagner Love added two more. Humberto Suazo scored from a delicate chip as a consolation when it was way too late.

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2. Uruguay (4) 2-2 (5) Brazil, 2007

The match is regarded as an unforgettable semi-final match in the history of Copa America. The match was heart throbbing in every point of view. Brazilian full-back Maicon stabbed a rebound to put Brazil ahead, but the lead was wiped out when Diego Forlan fired the ball into the net. On 40th minutes of the game, Julio Baptista bundled home an awesome free-kick.

Uruguayan striker Sebastian Abreu scored an equalizer to take the game to penalties. Brazil seized the moment in the close penalty shoot-out as Gilberto coolly netted the ball between the Uruguayan posts.

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1. Argentina (4) 1-1 (5) Uruguay, 2011

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This time, Uruguay didn’t disappoint their fans in shoot-out. There may have been only two goals, but the match contained almost everything else. Uruguay’s Diego Perez opened the scoring on five minutes from a close range and then collecting himself two yellow cards before sending off the pitch. Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain had responded promptly by glancing in a Lionel Messi cross.

And then numerous chances were created from both sides with great goalkeeping performances. Ultimately, the match went down on penalty shoot-out where Carlos Tevez proved the fall guy for the Argentines, missing his side’s only effort, which allowed Martin Caceres to score the final goal in deciding the fate of that breathtaking match.

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Top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup Records of All-time

The FIFA World Cup is the biggest stage of football. It is not only applicable for men, but also applicable in the women’s version of football. The event is equally exciting in FIFA Women’s World Cup. Some of the greatest records in women’s soccer have been created in FIFA Women’s World Cup’s history. The female soccer players from different countries try their best to go down in the history. Holding a record in a world cup, is very much significant for a player, whether the player is a man or woman.

With the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup is progressing, many new records will be built, breaking the older ones. The world cup records thus carry a significant importance to both players and the soccer fans.

10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time:

Sporty Ghost have taken an initiative to enlist top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time. Let’s have a look at it, but do not forget to give us your valuable comments.

10. Highest attendance in a match: 90,185 (1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final)

The final match of 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup took place on 10 July, 1999, at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, United States where United States met China for the title. The final is widely considered as one of the most important events in the American soccer history. A whooping number, which is estimated 90,185, of soccer fans gathered that day in one place to see the final showdown. The 1999 final set a record of highest attendance in the history of a Women’s World Cup match.

We have selected the record as no. 10 in our list of top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time. The match became a breath taking, heart-throbbing phenomenon while the score remained a 0-0 draw and finally United States won the final with a 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out after the end of the extra-time.

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9. Biggest victory: Germany (11)-(0) Argentina

The German women’s national soccer team holds the record of the biggest margin of victory in the history of FIFA Women’s World Cup. The World Cup match took place on 10 September, 2007 at Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai, China. The invincible German team demolished Argentina women’s side by scoring 11 goals with a clean sheet. The German forward Birgit Prinz scored a magnificent hat trick, while Lingor and Behringer also scored two goals each. Smisek is another player, who made another hat trick in that match.

It became the only world cup match where two players of same side scored a hat trick. Argentina, on the other hand failed to net a single goal and also faced their biggest loss by 11-0 in the world cup. The record is placed at no. 9 in our list of top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time.

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8. Most consecutive losses: Argentina (6 world cup matches)

The Argentine women’s national team is consisted of amateur players, because there is no professional soccer league for the women in Argentina. Women’s football in Argentina still remains in shadow in compared of men’s soccer. The team’s last major achievement came when they defeated Brazil in the finals of 2006 Sudamericano Femenino on November 26, 2006. The inexperienced Argentine women’s team lost 6 times in a row in the FIFA Women’s World Cup from 2003 till 2007.

The record of most consecutive losses goes for the Argentine national women’s team and it is the no. 8 record in the list of top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time. The poor team started the streak with a 6-0 loss against Japan on 20 September, 2003 Women’s World Cup and the streak ended after the 1-6 loss against England on 17 September in 2007 Women’s World Cup.

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7. Most consecutive matches without a loss-Germany (15 World Cup matches)

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The German women’s national football team is one of the most successful teams in the history of FIFA Women’s World Cup. They are the winners of 2003 and 2007 Women’s World Cup. Germany remain the sole nation to have won both the men’s and women’s world cup. The German women’s team is holding the record of most consecutive matches without a loss with 15-match streak without facing a loss in the world cup, which has given the 7th spot in the list of top 10 FIFA Women’s world cup records of all-time.

Their winning streak started when they won by 4-1 against Canada in 2003 Women’s world cup at Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus and won the final match of the streak by 4-2 against France in 2011 Women’s world cup at Borussia-Park in Mönchengladbach. German women’s team is one of the hardest contenders in 2015 FIFA Women’s world cup, Canada.

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6. Most consecutive wins: Norway (10 World Cup matches)

The Norway national women’s team is widely regarded as the most successful teams in women soccer. They are the former European, world and Olympic champions. The Norway team won consecutive 10 world cup matches from 1995-1999. They started the winning streak with a massive 8-0 victory against Nigeria at 1995 FIFA Women’s world cup.

The Norwegians accomplished their 10th win in world cup consecutively on 30 June, 1999, while they defeated Sweden by 3-1. This unbelievable women’s world cup record stays at no. 6 in the list of top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time. The Norway national team is still showing.

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5. Players with most goals in a single world cup: Michelle Akers (10 goals, 1991)

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Former American soccer player, Michelle Akers was an integral part of US team in 1991 and 1999 women’s world cup victories. The 1991 women’s world cup held in China, was very significant in Akers’ football career, as she managed to score a record 10 goals in total. She scored two match winning goals in the final and was awarded the golden Boot as she was the top goal scorer of that tournament.

In the 1991 season of soccer, Michelle Akers scored a stunning 39 goals in 26 matches, which settled the all-time team record for most goals in a single season of football. She was named FIFA Female Player of the Century for her outstanding goal scoring ability. Her name is also inducted in the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

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4. Youngest goal scorer in World Cup: Elena Danilova (16 years 3 months 15 days)

The Russian soccer team forward, Elena Danilova became the youngest goal scorer in the world cup history at 2003 FIFA Women’s world cup, held in United States. She scored Russia’s last goal in that world cup campaign in a quarterfinal clash against Germany, who were the eventual champion. After scoring the goal, Elena made a history by being the youngest goal scorer in a world cup match with just 16 years 3 months and 15 days of age.

Her amazing record remains at no. 4 spot in our list of top 10 FIFA Women’s world cup records of all-time. She is a remarkable player for Russia as in 2005, she alone scored 9 goals in U-19 Euro and led her team to win their first international title. She is currently playing football for Ryazan VDV, besides Russian national team.

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3. Player with most world cup appearances: Kristine Lilly (5 world cups)

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Kristine Lilly was the captain of United States women’s team and she appeared in a total five Women’s world cup during her soccer career. Her final appearance came at the 2007 World cup in China. It is an amazing record which made her the first woman and also one of the three footballers in the soccer history to appear in five world cups.

This unique record has been placed at no. 3 spot in our list of top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time. She played the 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women’s world cup, scoring 8 goals in total. The record of appearing in five world cup also later achieved by Brazilian Formiga, Norwegian Bente Nordby , Japanese Homare Sawa and Birgit Prinz for Germany.

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2. Top goal scorer: Marta, Brazil (15 world cup goals)

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Brazilian football forward, Marta da Silva is one of the soccer legends in Brazil’s football history. She has made some important contributions to the Brazil all through her career. Marta was the key player in Brazil’s silver winning performance at 2004 and 2008 summer Olympics. She has participated in four Women’s world cups, including 2015 from the 2003 version of Women’s world cup and has played some extraordinary knocks for her team.

All through her world cup career, Marta scored a total 15 goals. In her first world cup appearance in 2003 FIFA Women’s world cup in United States, she scored 3 goals, and then 7 in 2007 FIFA Women’s world cup in China, 4 more goals in 2011 world cup in Germany, and 1 goal so far in 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The record is placed at no. 2 in top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time.

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1. Best national side: United States (30 wins in 40 world cup matches)

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The United States Women’s national team, nicknamed as “The USWNT” is the most successful team in Women’s world cup history. The team has won 30 matches in their 40 appearances, while winning the world title twice, in 1991 and 1999. So far, the team have scored 104 goals in world cups, while consuming just 33 goals. The USWNT have achieved Olympic gold medal four times in history, which have taken the team to another level. Most recently, they have beaten Colombia in 2015 FIFA Women’s world cup, round of 16 by 2-0. The team, with its all firepower, is comfortably advancing towards their third world cup title.

The records are always built to be broken some day for sure. Nothing stays forever in this world. Hope, in the coming year, we will be writing another story of building new records in FIFA Women’s world cup. The players will be always in the history and they will be remembered for many years. The top 10 FIFA Women’s world cup records of all-time is just a temporary issue from our desk. So, let’s wait for the next year to see some more new records.

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Hope Solo Net Worth 2015

Hope Solo, the sole hope for the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT), is widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the national side. As a two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2011 FIFA World Cup Golden Glove award winner, she is the shining star in American soccer. Hope Solo has already made more shutouts than any other goalkeepers in the history of American soccer.

Now, the team is in the campaign of 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. With Hope Solo as their main goalie, the team are destined to win the title for third time since 1999.

Hope Solo net worth:

Hope Solo net worth in 2015: $2.5 Million
Hope Solo Salary in a year: $300,000
Source of income: Soccer
Position: Goalkeeper
Team: United States Women’s National Team
Current Club: Seattle Reign

Hope Solo has been the first choice goalkeeper for the United States since 2005. She has developed her goalkeeping skill to such a level that, no other will hardly achieve. She has a record number of clean sheets and incredibly went on 1,054 minutes without allowing a goal inside the net. Solo has achieved many prestigious awards all through her glorious career. All these awards added a sum to Hope Solo net worth. We have enlisted some of her prize money value here below-

Awards Names Earning:

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Hope Solo1 ; image credit – Wikipedia/Ampatent

FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Glove: 2012 $208,333

FIFA Women’s World Cup Bronze ball: 2012 $156,250

FIFA Women’s World Cup All-Star Team: 2012 $142,857

Do Something Award – Athlete: 2013 $128,205

Hall of Game She’s Got Game Award: 2013 $108,696

Total money of these Awards: $744,341

Hope Solo net worth has been increasing over these years. As her popularity increases, Hope Solo salary increases simultaneously. The world sports market determines that considering the player’s gradual progress in sport. If we look at the increasements of Hope solo net worth from 2011 till now, we will see that the athlete has gathered a huge sum of money into her purse.

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Hope Solo Soccer goalkeeper net worth in years (USD)

2011 – 1,282,051
2012 – 1,694,915
2013 – 2,083,333
2014 – 2,272,728
2015 – 2,500,000

Hope Solo is indeed a priceless asset for American soccer team since 2000. Although, the salary in women soccer is less as compared to men footballers like Cristiano Ronaldo and any other players from EPL, still we love Hope Solo and doubt an annual salary of $300,000 is still good enough. Where the average person income in United States is $40,000, Hope Solo earns 7 times more in a year.

Hope Solo Biography:

Full name: Hope Penut Solo
Date of Birth: 30 July, 1981 (age 33)
Birth Place: Richland, Washington, United States
Height: 5 ft 9 inch
Weight: 140 lbs (63.5 Kg)
Marital status: Married to Jerramy Stevens
Education: University of Washington
Zodiac sign: Leo
Autobiography: A Memoir of Hope

Hope Solo was selected as an alternative goalkeeper for the US Olympic team in 2004, but alas! She never made it on the pitch in Athens. But, she was never disappointed. The following year, Solo became the top goalkeeper in USWNT, giving her team numerous clean sheets over the years. Soon, she established herself as one of the prime members in US national team.

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Hope Solo2 ; image credit – Wikimedia/Anders Henrikson

Solo’s value was first realized when the head coach benched her during a semi-final match against Brazil in 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Subsequently, the US team lost the game and it was Hope Solo, who publicly announced the frustration, saying,

“It was a wrong decision and I think anybody that knows anything about the game knows that. I would have undoubtedly made those saves.”

In 2008, Solo was back on track and helped US Women’s soccer team win the gold medal at Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. She had a serious shoulder injury, which required surgery that time, but Solo refused and continued throughout the tournament. She also helped the team to become runner-up at 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, where she won the prestigious Golden Glove Award for her outstanding efforts.

At 2012 Summer Olympic in London, in front of around 80,300 soccer fans in Wembley Stadium-the largest soccer crowd in Olympic history-Hope Solo won her second consecutive gold medal for her team. A revengeful victory was achieved against Japan by 2-1. At the 82th minute of the game, Solo miraculously saved a powerful shot from Mana Iwabuchi, which could be resulted in a tie. During the match, she stopped a total 12 of the 13 shots she faced against the Japanese team.

She underwent her long-standing shoulder surgery in March 2013. The following year, Hope solo marked her name in the US record book for most career shutouts with 71, which was previously set by Brianna Scurry. She set a new record of 72 shutouts, in a friendly against Mexico that resulted in a 8-0 victory for the United States.

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Hope Solo endorsements and business deals:

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Hope Solo3 ; image credit – Wikimedia/Noah Salzman

A huge sum of money is added to her account every year through the endorsement deals with renowned brands. Hope Solo has signed endorsements and business deals with Simple Skincare. Seiko, BlackBerry, Nike, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts and Gatorade. In addition, she made a one-year contract with Bank of America in July 2011. In the same year, Hope Solo starred in a TV commercial of EA Sports in promoting FIFA 12. Along with her national teammate, Alex Morgan, she acted in another television advertisement which was promoting ESPN’s SportsCenter. In 2014, Hope Solo was featured in a promotional commercial for Western Union.

Hope Solo On Magazines:

Hope solo has been featured in numerous magazines like on the covers of Sports Illustrated, Fitness, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, TV Guide and Vogue. In 2011, her semi-nude appearance in the Body Issue of ESPN The Magazine, drew some controversies. Although she replied,

“I’m an athlete-that’s all I am. If a sex symbol is now a top female athlete, I think that’s pretty amazing.”

Hope Solo: The Philanthropist

As a representative of the Women’s Sports Foundation, Hope Solo has donated her time and money for the advancement the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. She has appeared in numerous charity events to promote female soccer. In 2011, Hope Solo along with Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan went on a charitable campaign at the Chicago Marathon. She donated around $5,000.00 to the Seattle Humane Society.

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Personal life of Hope Solo:

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Hope Solo4 ; image credit – Wikimedia/Ampatent

Hope Solo is married to former American football player, Jerramy Stevens on 13 November, 2012. Stevens was arrested the day before wedding, accusing him for an assault, which left Solo injured. He was found innocent after the investigation and the pair got married the next day.

Hope Solo contact information:

Fan Mail Address:

Hope Solo
Pro Sport Communications
137 N. Larchmont
Suite 477
Los Angeles, CA 90004
USA
Hope Solo Address Information:

Pro Sport Communications
(Sports Management Company)
137 N. Larchmont
Suite 477
Los Angeles, CA 90004
USA
Phone: (232) 400-5835

Hope Solo has been a remarkable athlete for the United States. The glossy Hope Solo net worth in 2015, will be flourished more hopefully in the following seasons. Solo is now busy with her teammates in winning matches at 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Let’s hope, Hope Solo would bring the title home.

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Top 10 Best MLS Soccer Teams in the World

Major League Soccer or MLS is one of the best football tournaments of the world. The soccer league represents the highest level of soccer both in United States and Canada. Major league soccer is comprised of 20 football teams, among which 17 in the United States and 3 in Canada. The MLS season starts from March to October in every year, where each MLS team play a total 34 games. The best MLS soccer teams are awarded the “Supporters’ Shield”. The best MLS teams also participate in the championship competitions against teams from other divisions as well as countries. Such soccer competitions are the Canadian Championships, the US Open and the CONCACAF Champions League.

As a part of a successful bid to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup in United States, Major League Soccer was founded in 1993. The MLS first season started in 1996 with 10 teams. Since then, soccer has earned much popularity in United States. The league is now one of the most profitable sports in America. We have enlisted the top 10 best MLS Soccer teams based on their successes in Major League Soccer. Just scroll down to find which is the best MLS team in United States.

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Top 10 Best MLS Soccer Teams in the world

Each MLS teams have flourished to the utmost level over the years. The teams may not be as strong as the European Football teams are, they are progressing faster than any other teams. Here are the best MLS Soccer teams with their most successes:

10. San Jose Earthquakes

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Bobby Convey of San Jose Earthquakes——–image credit: Wikipedia/Ryan Knapp

San Jose Earthquakes are one of the 10 charter members of Major League Soccer, which competed in the league’s inaugural season in 1996. So far, they have participated in 17 seasons of MLS and is the No. 10 in our list of top 10 best MLS Soccer teams in the world. San Jose have played a total 532 matches in MLS, winning 209 among them. They were defeated in 207 matches, while managed to draw 116. The team netted a total 751 goals in Major league soccer till date, achieving 705 points with an average of 1.325 points per MLS match as of the current 2014-15 season.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: 2 (2001, 2003)

● Supporters’ Shield: 2 (2005, 2012)

● MLS Western Conference: 3 ( 2003, 2005, 2012)

● Carolina Challenge Cup: 2 (2005, 2008)

● California Clásico: 5 (1997, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2012)

● MLS Fair Play Award: 2010

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9. New England Revolution

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Joe Franchino of New England Revolution——image credit: Wikipedia/Jarrett Campbell from Cary, North Carolina, USA

New England Revolution is owned by Robert Kraft, who also owns the NFL team New England Patriots. They are currently playing their home matches at Gillette Stadium. New England Revolution were one of the ten original MLS franchises to compete in the MLS opening season in 1996. However, it took 12 years to win their first major trophy. They have competed in MLS a total 19 season since 1996. The soccer club have played a total 595 matches in MLS, winning 225 among them so far. Like any other teams, New England Revolution tasted the bitterness of defeat 255 times in MLS and draw matches 115 times till date. They team have scored a total of 829 goals in the major league soccer, while they engulfed 899. They stand at No. 9 in our list of top 10 best MLS soccer teams in the world.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: Runners-up 5 times (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 20154)

● Supporters’ Shield: Runners-up once (2005)

● MLS Eastern Conference (Regular Season): 2 (2002,2005)

● Lamar Hunt US Open cup: 1 (2007)

● North American SuperLiga: 1 (2008)

● MLS Fair Play Award: 3 (2003, 2008, 2012)

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8. Colorado Rapids

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Colorado Rapids vs. Columbus Crew—-image credit: Wikimedia/Corbinelliott

The Colorado Rapids are one of the best MLS teams in American professional soccer. The team is based in the Denver suburb of Commerce City, Colorado. They are also one of the 10 founding MLS teams. Colorado Rapids rank at 8th place in our list of top 10 best MLS Soccer teams in the world. Since 1996, they have participated in 19 seasons in MLS. The team have played a total 594 MLS matches including the 2014-15 season. They have managed to win 224 games in MLS, while defeated in 255 matches. The Colorado Rapids soccer players have scored a total 796 goals till date. On the contrary, 883 goals were scored by the opponents so far. They have achieved a total of 761 points with an average of 1.281 point per MLS match.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: 1 (2010)

● MLS Eastern Conference: 1 (playoff) : 2010

● MLS Western Conference: 1 (playoff) : 1997

● Rocky Mountain Cup: 3 (2005, 2006, 2013)

● MLS Reserve Division: 2 (2006, 2007)

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7. Chicago Fire

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Chicago Fire, March 2013—-image credit: Wikimedia/Ryan Byrne

Chicago Fire is the No. 7 in our list of top 10 best MLS soccer teams in the world. the club is based in Chicago suburb of Bridgeview, Illinois. They play their home matches at Toyota park, which can capacitate 20,000 spectators. Chicago Fire have participated in 17 MLS seasons since their first appearance in 1996. They have played a total 531 MLS matches and won 222 among them till date. Chicago Fire tasted the defeat 180 times, while drew matches 129 times in their Major league soccer portfolio. The players have scored a total of 785 goals, earning the point of 785 with an average 1.478 points per MLS match as of current season.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: 1 (1998)

● Supports’ Shield: 1 (2003)

● Lamar Hunt US Open Cup: 4 (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006)

● MLS Central Division: 2 (2000, 2001)

● Brimstone Cup: 6 (1998, 2000, 2001, 2012,2013, 2014)

● MLS Fair Play Award: 1 (2009)

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6. New York Red Bulls

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New York Red Bulls goal celebration—image credit: Wikimedia/betancourt

The New York Red Bulls are one of the best MLS soccer teams, which is based in Harrison, New Jersey. The team compete in the Eastern Conference of MLS since 1996. They have made their glorious participation in 19 MLS seasons till date. The New York Red Bulls is at No. 6 in our list of top 10 best MLS soccer teams in the world. the Red Bulls have played a total of 594 MLS matches and won 232 of them. They were defeated in 243 matches, while making 119 draw matches. The Red Bulls players have netted a total of 872 goals in the major league soccer and a total 894 goals were scored by their opponents. The club have achieved 793 points in MLS with an average of 1.335 points per MLS match as of the 2014-15 season of MLS. The Red Bulls Arena remains their home ground since 2010.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: Runners-up (2008)

● Supporters’ Shield: 1 (2013)

● MLS Eastern Conference: 3 (2000, 2010, 2013)

● MLS Western Conference: 1 (Playoff) : 2008

●Atlantic Cup: 4 (2003, 2010, 2011, 2013)

● New York Cup: 1 (2014)

● Emirates Cup: 1 (2011)

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5. FC Dallas

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Teamphoto FC Dallas—-image credit: Wikimedia/Jason Gulledge

FC Dallas, formerly known as Dallas Burn, is an American professional MLS soccer team, which is based in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas. FC Dallas is also one of the ten charter clubs in major league soccer, competing in the league since its inception. FC Dallas play their home matches in soccer-specific Toyota Stadium. They have participated in 19 MLS seasons since 1996 and have proven themselves as one of the best MLS soccer teams in the world. The club have played a total 594 matches in Major League Soccer and won 243 matches among them. Moreover, FC Dallas team were defeated 238 times in MLS, while they were able to draw matches 113 times. The Dallas boys have scored a total 878 goals in MLS till date, while a total of 875 goals were scored by their opponents. They have earned a total 812 points so far with an average of 1.367 points per MLS match as of the 2014-15 MLS season. FC Dallas rank at No. 5 in the list of top 10 best MLS soccer teams in the world.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: Runners-up (2010)

● MLS Western Conference: 1 (Playoff): 2010

● Lamar Hunt US Open Cup: 1 (1997)

Texas Derby: 4 (2008, 2010, 2013, 2014)

● Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup: 2 (2010, 2011)

● Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic: 1 (2011)

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4. Sporting Kansas City

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Aurélien Collin of Sporting Kansas City—-image credit: Wikipedia/Ryan Knapp

Sporting Kansas City is a Major League Soccer team, which is based in Kansas City, Missouri. Their home ground is named Sporting Park. Sporting Kansas City is enlisted at No. 4 in our list of top 10 best MLS soccer teams in the world. The team have participated in 19 seasons of MLS since it first appearance in 1996. They have played a total 595 matches in MLS and have won 243 among them till date. In Major League Soccer, they were also defeated 229 matches, while drew 123 games. The Sporting Kansas City have scored a stunning 832 goals in MLS and 806 goals were scored against them. The team have achieved a total 820 points with an average of 1.378 points per MLS match as recorded.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: 2 (2000, 2013)

● MLS Supporters’ Shield: 1 (2004)

● MLS Western Conference: 3 (1997, 2000, 2004)

● Lamar Hunt US Open Cup: 2 (2004, 2012)

● Desert Diamond Cup: 1 (2011)

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3. D.C. United

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D.C. United defender, Bryan Namoff—image credit: Wikipedia/Ben Stanfield

DC United is one of the most popular MLS Soccer teams in United States. The Club is based in Washington, DC and is playing MLS since 1996. The club is the most decorated club in Major League soccer, which have won a total 13 international and domestic titles over the years. Under the head coach Bruce Arena, DC United holds the joint MLS record for winning 4 MLS Cups, 3 US Open Championships and 4 MLS Supporters’ Shields. We rank the club at No. 3 in our list of top 10 best MLS soccer teams in the world. So far, they have participated in 19 MLS seasons and played over 594 matches. During this period, they have grabbed 249 wins, while defeated in 236 matches. The players have scored a stunning 918 goals in the major league soccer for their team till date and also engulfed 873 goals into their net. DC United have earned a point of 820 with an average of 1.380 points per MLS match as of the current 2014-15 MLS season.

Achievements:

International:

● CONCACAF Champions League: 1 (1998)

Domestic:

● MLS Cup: 4 (1996, 1997, 1999, 2004)

● MLS Supporters’ Shield: 4 (1997, 1999, 2006, 2007)

● MLS Eastern Conference: 6 (1997, 98, 99, 06, 07, 14)

● Lamar Hunt US Open Cup: 3 (1996, 2008, 2013)

Intercontinental:

● Copa Interamericana: 1 (1998)

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DC United Trophy collection—image via: Wikipedia/Lietmotiv

2. Columbus Crew

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The Columbus Crew player taking free kick—image via: Flickr/Matt Boulton

Columbus Crew SC is one of the ten franchises of MLS, who have competed in the league since its inception in 1996. Their current home ground is Mapfre Stadium, which is facilitated with 19,968 seats. The Columbus Crew are standing at No. 2 spot in our list of top 10 best MLS Soccer teams in the world. The team have participated in 19 MLS seasons so far. They have played a total 594 matches in MLS, while winning 247 of them. They were defeated in 232 matches and were managed to draw 115 matches till date. The Columbus Crew have scored a total 856 goals in MLS, while a total 817 goals were scored by their opponents. They have managed to earn 830 points in MLS with an average of 1.397 per MLS match.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: 1 (2008)

● MLS Supporters’ Shield: 3 (2004, 2008, 2009)

● MLS Eastern Conference: 3 (2004, 2008, 2009)

● Lamar Hunt US Open Cup: 1 (2002)

● MLS Fair Play Award: 4 (1997, 1999, 2004, 2007)

● Trillium Cup: 5 (2008, 09, 10, 12, 13)

● Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic: 2014

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1. Los Angeles Galaxy

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LA Galaxy team celebration—-image via: Wikimedia/Paul Bailey

The Los Angeles Galaxy, also known as LA Galaxy is the no. 1 in our list of top 10 best MLS Soccer teams in the world. Their HQ is located in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, California. From the very beginning of MLS, they have proven to be most decorated and most successful MLS team in the United States soccer history. The LA Galaxy are playing their home matches in StubHub Center, which is facilitated with 27,000 seating capacities. They have played 19 MLS seasons so far to become one of the best MLS teams. The LA Galaxy have participated in 594 matches in MLS, while winning 281 of them. The no. 1 MLS club also tasted the defeat 199 times and were capable of drawing matches 114 times. The LA Galaxy footballers netted the ball 951 times till date and their net was also crashed by the opponents 746 times. The LA Galaxy has achieved a total points of 935 with an amazing average of 1.574. Very recently, the Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has joined the club. The another former English legendary footballer David Beckham was also a key player for LA Galaxy.

Achievements:

Continental:

● CONCACAF Champions League: 1 (2000)

Domestic:

● MLS Cup: 5 (2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014)

●MLS Supporters’ Shield: 4 (1998, 2002, 2010, 2011)

● Lamar Hunt US Open Cup: 2 (2001, 2005)

● MLS Western Conference: Regular season (8): 1996, 98, 99, 01, 02, 09, 10, 11

● Super Clasico: 9

● California Clasico: 12

● Desert Diamond Cup: 1 (2012)

●Central California Cup: 1 (2014)

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