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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A:

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

10. Nigel de Jong

 

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Nigel de Jong ; image credit en.wikipedia.org

Present club: AC Milan

Position: Midfielder

Earnings: €3.5 million per year

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

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

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

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9. Andrea Pirlo

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 Present club: Juventus

Position: Midfielder

Earnings: €3.5 million per year

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

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

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

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

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

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8. Philippe Mexes

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 Present club: AC Milan

Position: Centre back

Earnings: €4 million per year

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

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

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

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7. Fernando Torres

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Fernando Torres ; image credit www.flickr.com

 

Present club: AC Milan

Position: Striker

Earnings: €4 million per year

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

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

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

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6. Arturo Vidal

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 Present club: Juventus

Position: Midfielder

Earnings: €4 million per year

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

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

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

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5. Gianluigi Buffon

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Present club: Juventus

Position: Goalkeeper

Earnings: €4 million per year

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

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

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

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4. Mario Gomez

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Mario Gomez ; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

 

Present club: Fiorentina

Position: Striker

Earnings: €4.25 million per year

 Arsen Wenger described once

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

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

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

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

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3. Carlos Tevez

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 Present club: Juventus

Position: Forward

Earnings: €4.5 million per year

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

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

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

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2. Gonzalo Higuain

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Gonzalo Higuain ; image credit zh.wikipedia.org

 

Present club: Napoli

Position: Striker

Earnings: €5.5 million per year

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

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

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

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1. Daniele de Rossi

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Present club: AS Roma

Position: Midfielder

Earnings: €6.5 million per year

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

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

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

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FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil Can Still Be the surpassing event ever

FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil Can Still Be the surpassing event ever

World Cup 2014, which starts just over 50 days from now is being organized in a developing nation and still is in terms of constructing the mandatory infrastructure to successfully host and brace a worldwide festival and tournament.

FIFA secretary Jerome Valcke reported a month ago to BBC sport that Brazil is not totally ready for the tournament due to construction delays. As two stadiums in Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo are still not completed. Again the current political climate in Europe is not good enough for such festival. But its mere a hope that the hosting country will be capable of preparing themselves at the last minute quite enough to convince a lot of people throughout the globe and stage the event after 64 years.

Now we can have a look at the positive things, FIFA bringing the local conjunctions along the event itself. Recent announcement of $1 million television production internship program for Brazilian students is a great chance for them to gain invaluable work experience. Involving local students and providing professional training is sure-to-be thrilling opportunity for the local. FIFA is targeting for a potential boom in international sports business and the financial support of a global tournament. Remarkable economic impact from the boom in tourism has been projected. Including a total number of 3.6 million visitors to the country will probably increase 47,900 jobs in the tourist and recreation arenas, which would be a notable injection of revenue into Brazil’s GDP.

FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil Can Still Be the surpassing event ever

We’ve managed to come long enough without discussing football as for Brazil, which is probably the off pitch factor that this event can become the most successful party ever.

Football fans, now a days looking ahead to the fifa world cup 2014 are undoubtedly disturbed with so many questions like….

Will Neymar pledge his status as the future big name in football by bringing world cup to his country? Who will take the top scorer status this year? Will Lionel Messi finally be able to deliver a World Cup to become truly one of the all-time greats? Will Spain be able to pursue a fourth successive win in a world cup? And the dark horses? Will Belgium’s new generation fulfill their potential as they look? Will Uruguay try for betterment? Any African team to go all the way? Will England anyway get over their self-made restriction to the final?

So many international heroes are now present on Brazilian soil. Zlatan Ibrahimovic can be considered the exception, due to Sweden’s playoff loss to Portgual more specifically to Cristiano Ronaldo(who will bring unpredictable level of global coverage that in return drie up interest throughout the world for the tournament).

So far all the talk has been of the present. While the World Cup must involve the next host nation putting on a  trailer show to close out the current event. Hopefully this tournament will find itself at the intersection point between the new with the old.

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What could be better for Brazil than to have the very old rivals Uruguay resurface as a strong adversary? A new-look Argentina side with Messi at the helm providing dominance will be even more fascinating?

The new Brazil team headed by Neymar winning on home is probably the one that can’t be ignored. On the streets and at the stadiums, the local mood may well be touching, as Brazil can recall hosting its last World Cup 64 years ago and consider the turmoil gone through in that time.

For Brazil as much as for FIFA — how this year’s event goes—World Cup will provide a glimpse into an exciting future. If Brazil successfully overcomes its last-minute difficulty and political problems, surely thy will be hosting an exciting tournament. And we all can hope Brazil would definitely conclude!

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Top 10 highest paid soccer players in German Bundesliga

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

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

 

Top 10 Highest Paid soccer players in German Bundesliga:

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

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

10. Nuri Sahin

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Nuri Sahin ; image credit pl.wikipedia.org

Present club: Borussia Dortmund

Position: Midfielder

Salary: 3 million EUR

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

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

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9. Marco Reus

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Present club: Borussia Dortmund

Position: Midfielder

Salary: 4 million EUR

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

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

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8. Diego Ribas da Cunha

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Present club: Wolfsburg

Position: Midfielder

Salary: 4.5 million EUR

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

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

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7. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

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Present club: FC Shalke 04

Position: Forward

Salary: 5 million EUR

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

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

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6. Arjen Robben

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 Present club: Bayern Munich

Position: Midfielder/ Forward

Salary: 5.5 million EUR

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

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

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5. Robert Lewandowski

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Robert Lewandowski ; image credit en.wikipedia.org

Present club: Bayern Munich

Position: Forward

Salary: 6.8 million EUR

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

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

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4. Mario Götze

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Present club: Bayern Munich

Position: Midfielder

Salary: 7 million EUR

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

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

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3. Bastian Schweinsteiger

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Present club: Bayern Munich

Position: Midfielder

Salary: 10 million EUR

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

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

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2. Philipp Lahm

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Present club: Bayern Munich

Position: Defender

Salary: 10 million EUR

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

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

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

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1. Franck Ribéry

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Present club: Bayern Munich

Position: Midfielder

Salary: 11 million EUR

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

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

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Full Details on Selected Host Cities to Stage Euro 2020; Final-Wembley Stadium

UEFA president Michel Platini had confirmed that the final three games of the European Championships Euro 2020 will be held on Wembley Stadium. The total competition will span an unprecedented 13 countries from Europe. Wembley is a famous English Stadium. It is known across the world due to its striking architecture and heritage. Wembley Stadium had been selected to host both semi-finals and the final of the event- Euro 2020.

Previously Germany’s Allianz Arena was quite probable destination for the final events. But as it has been withdrawn from the bidding, Wembley won the right to host the tournament’s showpiece matches.

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Full list of host cities for the tournament Euro 2020:

The full list of host cities for the tournament Euro 2020 is shown in the table below, per BBC Sport

 

City Country
Final and semi-final hosts
London England
Quarter-final hosts (in addition to 3 group games)
Munich Germany
Baku Azerbaijan
St Petersburg Russia
Rome Italy

 

In addition to 3 group games Last-16 Euro 2020 host cities:

Dublin Ireland
Brussels Belgium
Glasgow Scotland
Copenhagen Denmark
Bilbao Spain
Budapest Hungary
Bucharest Romania
Amsterdam Netherlands

A group of cities was going to be disappointed after the announcement. Among those to miss out were Sofia, Minsk, Skopje, Cardiff, Jerusalem and Stockholm.

Wales’ failure was arguably the greatest shock of the process of selecting Stadiums for Euro 2020.

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European football fans have grown accustomed to watching showpiece matches in England, especially at England’s national stadium (Wembley Stadium). Wembley Stadium had successfully hosted both the 2011 and 2013 Champions League finals. Notably, the famous 90,000 seater stadium also hosts all FA Cup, play-off and League Cup finals there.

England last hosted the European Championships in 1996. In that very competition Germany triumphed on the old Wembley’s hallowed turf. The last international final saw Mexico beat Brazil 2-1 in the gold-medal match at the 2012 London Olympics.

England look set to benefit from this decision. Obviously the country wouldn’t be hosting Euro 2020 matches without Platini’s plans. And the tournament atmosphere may be difficult to develop across the breadth of the continent.

Is Wembley Stadium the Right Choice to stage Euro 2020 Final?

Infrastructure within the country remains primed for international events. Both the football stadia and travel routes worked excellently during the London Olympic. For both the 2006 and 2018 FIFA World Cups, England were among the favorites to win the hosting rights. But, we already know that they have failed to land either of the events.

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The Chairman of the Football Association, Grey Dyke confirmed that England will bid for the World Cup once more. He also admits (per Lipton’s report) that it will be difficult to do so while Sepp Blatter remains in charge of FIFA.

“We will bid again for the World Cup at some stage. It is quite hard to see England organizing and winning a World Cup bid at the moment, while Sepp Blatter is the president of FIFA”

He expects that the next time, World Cup decision will be taken each countries voting instead of just the executive panel of FIFA.

Blatter’s willingness to run for his fifth consecutive FIFA presidency ensures England’s hopes of hosting the global competition may be some way off. Hopefully, the Euro 2020 final landing will aid the nation’s hopes again.

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Michel Platini‘s grandiose previously planned to deliver a truly continental European competition. But it still remains controversial. ‘Move the tournament away from one host’ decision was taken by the UEFA president, which actually added eight teams to bulk the competition up to 24 nations.

The decision was previously described as ‘television-shaped and politically-driven’ – Henry Winter of The Telegraph.

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Euro 2020 Final – Wembley Stadium:

Wembley Stadium is an association football stadium in Wembley Park, London, England. The Stadium was opened in 2007, which was actually built on the site of the earlier Wembley Stadium. The previous famous architecture was demolished in 2003. With around 90,000 seats, the Stadium is considered as the second largest Stadium in Europe.

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It was believed that Football has the ability to turn any host nation into an all-encompassing, welcoming party for travelling fans. Probably this is the greatest achievement of football. But now a time with such decision, it definitely become difficult. For now, the month’s play will need to cross a lot more borders.

Even the supporters will face another difficulty. They will need to judge where their countries will be competing. May be we can conclude that the Euro 2020 main event is going to lose its total crowd possibility.

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Undoubtedly Wembley Stadium will provide an excellent backdrop for the latter stages of the Euro 2020 tournament. The impressive stadium creates a rapturous atmosphere at its best. Hopefully the host city will allow stars to shine, which is already arguably the most historic footballing stage of them all.

Being positive, we can expect UEFA’s decision as very important to bring the Euro 2020 final to the unparalleled footballing ground, Wembley Stadium, England.

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Top five highest paid Midfielders in Barclays Premier League

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

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

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

Top five highest paid Midfielders in EPL:

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

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

5. Steven Gerrard

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Present Team: Liverpool

Salary: 5 million pounds annual

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

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

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4. Gareth Barry

 

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Present Team: Everton

Salary: 6.2 million pounds annual

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

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

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3. Frank Lampard

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Present Team: Manchester City

Salary: 7 million pounds annual

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

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

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2. David Silva

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Present Team: Manchester City

Salary: 8.3 million pounds annual

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

“The best signing Man City have made”

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

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

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1. Yaya Toure

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Present Team: Manchester City

Salary: 10 million pounds annual

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

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

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Top Paid Athletes | Best Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes list 2016

Lucrative salaries, huge sponsorship and merchandising machines is now in the background of world sports. The world’s top paid athletes come from a range of sports worldwide. These ten highest paid athletes together earn over half a billion dollars per year. The list of highest paid athletes in 2014 is already past for us. Now we are forwarding to the assumption for top highest paid athletes of 2016. Here we going to make the List of maximum earners from various sports in the world. There is some new entries from the previous list.

Tiger Woods was the most paid athlete in 2013. Now he is at number six. Again Cristiano Ronaldo is also jumping up and up. Currently he is the 2nd highest paid athlete in 2016 with 80 million annual earnings. Notably this year’s list is dominated  by soccer, tennis, basketball and American football players.

Top 10 highest paid athletes | Top paid athletes:

The world Famous Forbes Magazine has recently released their latest list of highest paid athletes in the world for 2015-2016.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is ranked number one in this list with $105 million yearly. But the exceptional fact is that he is not making any money on endorsements (all salary) according to Forbes.

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Now here we are presenting the Detail List of top 10 highest paid athletes |top paid athletes for 2016. Most obviously this ranking is based on or more accurately adopted from the official Website of American Magazine Forbes.com.

Let’s check out, who are the highest paid athletes in the world 2016?

10. Matt Ryan – Passing Machine

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Total Earnings Salary/Winnings Endorsements
$43.8 Million $42 Million $1.8 Million

Age: 29

Sport: Football

Residence: Duluth, GA

Citizenship: United States

Matt Ryan definitely isn’t one of the most famous sportsmen in the world. But still, the American football player is a bigger earner than football sensation Neymar, MS Dhoni and Lewis Hamilton. And MS Dhoni. Currently he is the quarterback for Atlanta Falcons. The number 10th highest paid athlete earns $43.8 million annually. And a new contract signed last year, which saw him become the team’s franchise quarterback.

Matt Ryan signed a five-year contract for $103.75 million with Atlanta Falcaons last year. The contract includes a $28 million signing bonus and $12 million option bonus. He is considered the top paid NFL player over last 12 months. Average $20.75 million annual value was the second highest in NFL. Only Aaron Rodgers at the time of the signing as Colin Kaepernick surpassed Ryan successfully.

Matty Ice bolsters his playing income with nearly $2 million a year. Most of them are from appearances and sponsors like Nike, Liquid Nutrition and Comcast. He becomes the Falcons all-time leader in passing yards for recent years.

Matt Ryan is currently at number 10 in the list of highest paid athletes 2016. The 10th of the top paid athletes earns $42 million as salary and $1.8 million as endorsement.

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09. Rafael Nadal – Fighting Champion

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Total Earnings Salary/Winnings Endorsements
$44.5 Million $14.5 Million $30 Million

Age: 28

Sport: Tennis

Residence: Manacor, Spain

Citizenship: Spain

Rafael Nadal’s way of playing is definitely unpleasant for any opponent for his aggressive and dynamic abilities. The Spanish tennis star is often hindered by injuries. But never left for fighting back later. As usual, his reward hasn’t just been on the court field. The Spaniard’s yearly earnings total amount announces him as the 9th highest paid athlete for the upcoming year.

Rafael Nadal had a monster 2013 season. That time he just went 75-7 and finished ranked first in the world of Tennis. He won two Grand Slams (French Open, U.S. Open). Also he was runner-up at Australia in January this year. He added a ninth French Open title in June. Which is now 66-1 all time at Roland Garros. Probably this monumental evident makes turns him within the top 10 highest paid athletes.

The wins and top year-end rankings kicked in bonuses from sponsors. Within just one single year he had earned in total $14.5 million prize money. Being one of the best paid athletes, his biggest endorsement partner is Nike. His earnings are heavily tied to his year-end rank. Currently there are some other sponsors with him. Babolat, Banc Sabadell Atlantico, Mapfre, Richard Mille, Poker Stars, Kia Motors and Mueller are some of them.

Namely Master of Clay Court, Nadal is at number 9 in this list of highest paid athletes in the world. The 9th of the top paid athletes has a total earning of $44.5 million per year, from which $14.5 million is salary and $30 million is endorsement/ commercial deals.

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08. Phil Mickelson – Lucrative Lefty

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Total Earnings Salary/Winnings Endorsements
$53.2 Million $5.2 Million $48 Million

Age: 44

Sport: Golf

Residence: Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Citizenship: United States

Phil Mickelson is perhaps one of the most chilled out sportsmen in the list of top ten highest paid athletes 2016. The 44-year-old US golfer has managed over 50 tournament wins in his career. The 8th ranked highest paid athlete has a yearly salary of $53.2 million.

Mickelson picked up valuable sponsor bonuses last year for winning the British Open. This was his first time winning the title. He earns more than $40 million annually from appearances. And the rest from sponsors like Callaway, KPMG, Barclay’s, Exxon Mobil, Amgen/Pfizer and Rolex.

Being one of the highest paid professional athletes, he picked up a deal to promote psoriatic arthritis drug Enbrel after he was diagnosed with the disease in 2010. He also used the drug for his treatment. Phil Mickelson has racked up 42 PGA victories (ninth all-time), $74 million in career prize money (second all-time). He had won five major titles (second-most during the past 20 years). Though Mickelson is under investigation by the FBI and SEC for making stock trades on nonpublic information, the golfer has denied any wrongdoings.

Philip Alfred Mickelson is currently at number 8 in the list of highest paid athletes 2016. The 8th of the top paid athletes earns $5.2 million as salary and $48 million as endorsements. He is also the oldest member to be found himself in this most earning athletes list.

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07. Roger Federer – Swiss Guarantee

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Total Earnings Salary/Winnings Endorsements
$56.2 Million $4.2 Million $52 Million

Age: 33

Sport: Tennis

Residence: Bottmingen, Switzerland

Citizenship: Switzerland

Sometimes his rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal seem to have taken over on the court. But the Tennis legend (namely the Swiss guarantee) Roger Federer still earns the most in the world of tennis. Even though he hasn’t added to his 17 Grand Slam titles. But his endorsement list is still a big reason that Federer earns $56.2 million per year as the 7th highest paid athlete in the world.

Roger Federer continues to be among the world’s best players 16 years after he turned pro himself. He holds the records for most singles Grand Slam wins, in total which is 17. His career prize money summation is $81 million. Federer appeared in a staggering 18 out of 19 Grand Slam finals between 05 to 10.

His endorsement portfolio is filled with long-term deals that definitely bring him among the highest paid athletes in the world. Nike, Rolex and Credit Suisse are some of his sponsors. His sponsors collectively pay him more than $40 million per year. The latest addition is champagne brand Moet & Chandon. They have signed Federer to a five-year deal a s being one of the most earning athletes.

Roger Federer is the number 7 of this list of top 10 highest paid athletes 2016. The 7th of the top paid athletes earns total $56.2 million per year, $4.2 million as salary and $52 million as endorsements.

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06. Tiger Woods – Billionaire Golfer

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Total Earnings Salary/Winnings Endorsements
$61.2 Million $6.2 Million $55 Million

Age: 38

Sport: Golf

Residence: Jupiter Island, FL

Citizenship: United States

Tiger Woods is not playing the best golf of his life at the moment. He is two years older than Kobe Bryant, but he still pulls in a remarkable $61.2 million per year. That makes him the 6th highest paid athlete in the world. Most of that money comes from endorsements as he has already lost his unbelievable swing.

Woods became the first sportsman ever to have earned over $1 billion. He underwent back surgery at the end of March that sidelined him for the Masters for the first time. This was the latest bump in the road in Wood’s quest to break Jack Nicklaus’ record. The record is of 18 major titles. Being one of the best paid athletes Woods has been stuck on 14 majors since the 2008 US Open.

His earnings took a hit when Electronic Arts announced in 2013. His eponymous video game after 16 versions series generated nearly $800 million in sales. Nike renewed its deal with Woods in 2013. They built a golf division on the back of Woods that registered sales of $791 million. Woods’ continues to be one of the highest paid athletes thanks to his sponsor’s deals.

Woods’ golf course-design business has also picked up after multiple blowups. Currently tiger woods is at number 6 in the list of top 10 highest paid athletes 2016. The 6th of the top paid athletes earns $6.2 million as salary and $55 million as endorsements in 2016. Definitely he is one of the Greatest Golfer of All Time.

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05. Kobe Bryant – Reliable Star Qualities

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Total Earnings Salary/Winnings Endorsements
$61.5 Million $30.5 Million $31 Million

Age: 36

Sport: Basketball

Residence: Newport Beach, CA

Citizenship: United States

Kobe’s career in the NBA has become nothing short of epic story. Kobe Bryant has played in 16 NBA All-Star games. Among them he has been NBA champion for five times. Currently he is playing for The LA Lakers. He is now 36-years-old and remains one of the most iconic players of basketball. On top of that, the 5th highest paid athlete earns $61.5 million per year.

Bryant had the highest salary in the NBA for the fourth straight year during last season. The total $30.5 million salary is nearly $8 million higher than any other in this ground. He inked a two-year $48.5 million contract extension in November 2013. That will keep the highest paid athlete in the world on-court salary tops in the NBA.

Bryant’s jersey was still the NBA’s third best seller during the season 2013-2014. Kobe Bryant ranks fourth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He has deals with Turkish Air, Hublot, Nike and Lenovo. In total these endorsements worth more than $30 million per year.

The second highest paid NBA Basketball Player is currently at number 5 in this list of highest paid athletes in the world. The 5th of the top paid athletes earns $30.5 million as salary and $31 million as endorsement per year. He has undoubtedly the biggest contract in NBA.

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04. Lionel Messi – Unique Story

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Total Earnings Salary/Winnings Endorsements
$64.7 Million $41.7 Million $23 Million

Age: 27

Sport: Soccer

Residence: Castelldefels, Spain

Citizenship: Argentina

Lionel Messi is the world’s fourth highest earning athlete. He has already grabbed people’s attention at an even younger age than LeBron James and so many. The argentine youngster moved to Spanish football club, Barcelona and developed his skills and size. The world star is now being considered as the 4th highest paid athlete 2016.

Messi finished as runner up in 2013 Ballon d’Or after winning it a record four consecutive times. He has Sponsors like Adidas, who launched his signature shoe last year. The Turkish Airlines also paired him with NBA superstar Kobe Bryant. Jointly they have invested heavily in Barcelona’s most prolific footballer.

In turn, so has the Spanish tax authority. They investigated him and his father for image rights tax evasion and ordered him to pay $6.5 million. Messi signed his 7th contract in 11 years which will pay him $50 million a year pre-tax and extend his stay at Camp Nou. This deal will continue till 2019. And Messi will be one of the giants in top ten highest paid athletes list.

Perhaps the Man have more records than anyone in Soccer’s History. Lionel Messi is now at the 4th stand in our list of highest paid athletes in the world. The 4th of the top paid athletes earns $41.7 million as salary and $23 million as endorsements. The new contract will see him earni8ng 27 million per season.

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03. LeBron James – King James

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Total Earnings Salary/Winnings Endorsements
$72.3 Million $19.3 Million $53 Million

Age: 29

Sport: Basketball

Residence: Coconut Grove, FL

Citizenship: United States

Though highly-touted from a young age, 29-year-old LeBron James has already turned himself into a basketball icon all-time. He’s been voted the NBA’s Most Valuable Player four times. On top of being a global ambassador for his sport, he is the 3rd highest paid athlete in the world 2016.

The four MVP awards have made LeBron James the king of the NBA. James is the NBA’s biggest endorsement star. And got deals with Nike, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Upper Deck. Sales of his signature Nike shoes were tops among active players at $300 million in the U.S. last year.

According to research firm SportsOneSource his jersey was the NBA’s best-seller last season. Being one of the best paid athletes, James’ earnings also got a boost from the sale of Beats to Apple for $3 billion. He just owned a small piece of the business and helped make the brand a must-have accessory.

LeBron James Remains the Highest Paid Basketball Player in this List for 2016. He is at number 3 in this list of highest paid athletes in the world. The 3rd of the top paid athletes earns more than $72.3 million per year. $19.3 million as salary and $53 million as endorsements.

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02. Cristiano Ronaldo – Rich, Beautiful and Fast

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Total Earnings Salary/Winnings Endorsements
$80 Million $52 Million $28 Million

Age: 29

Sport: Soccer

Residence: Madrid, Spain

Citizenship: Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the most talented footballers of our time. And he is also one of the vainest. If he plays a 90 minute game in non-stop rain, still leaves the pitch looking great. No surprise that part of Cristiano Ronaldo’s earnings come from his own fashion label. The 2nd highest paid athlete in the world currently earns total $80 million per year.

The Portugal and Real Madrid star was voted the sport’s most valuable player in the world previously. It was the second time in his career after scoring 69 goals in 59 club and country matches. Real Madrid rewarded him with a record 5-year contract worth more than $200 million.

Last time he went on to help the team win its tenth Champions League title. Ronaldo’s commercially good looks have landed him mega sponsorships like Tag Heuer and a personal brand of underwear labeled CR7 and Nike deal.

Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the second of the top paid athletes in 2015-2016 session. The number 2 of the highest paid athletes earn almost $52 million per year as salary and $28 million as endorsements. He is Ahead of Lionel Messi with some distance.

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01. Floyd Mayweather – The Number One

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Total Earnings Salary/Winnings Endorsements
$105 Million $105 Million 0

Age: 37

Sport: Boxing

Residence: Las Vegas, NV

Citizenship: United States

47 fights, 47 wins: unbeatable records. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is an ace in the ring. A marketing genius outside also. The 37-year-old boxing welterweight world champion is the one and only highest paid athlete in this sporting world. He is the only person to earn more than $100 million per year.

Mayweather is the first athlete (besides Tiger Woods) to earn $100 million in Forbes’ annual tally. His September 2013 fight against Canelo Alvarez set records for highest PPV gross, which is not less than $150 million. The Canelo fight marked the second bout in the blockbuster 30-month.

Mayweather earned a guaranteed $32 million for his May fight with Marcos Maidana. That time the PPV buys are expected to finish between 900,000 and one million. Compared to 2.2 million for Mayweather-Alvarez, Mayweather pocketed $105 million for the two bouts thanks to his role as both pugilist and promoter.

He is the genuine undefeated professional Boxer of his generation. The most Ridiculous star Mayweather is at top of this list of highest paid athletes in the world 2016. The number one top paid athlete earns total $105 million as salary and surprisingly no endorsements.

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Highest Paid Athlete rankings:

The list of 100 athletes includes one cricket player, one track & field athlete, four boxers, five golfers, six tennis players, six race-car drivers, 15 soccer players, 17 football players, 18 basketball players and 27 baseball players – according to Forbes.com

Three women make the top 100 list and they’re all tennis players. Maria Sharapova at No. 34 ($24.4 million), Li Na is No. 41 ($23.6 million) and Serena Williams is No. 55 ($22 million)..

You can check out the other 90 highest paid athletes from Forbes Magazine (forbes.com)

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FIFA World Cup Winners List And world cup history

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The FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Cup is the world’s most widely celebrated sporting event. Simply known as the World Cup, is the international association football competition by the national teams of the members of FIFA. This championship is awarded every four years for FIFA world cup winners since the first tournament in 1930 which was held in Uruguay and was won by the hosts. 19 tournaments held, 76 nations have arrived at least once. With five titles, Brazil is the most victorious World Cup team and also the only nation to participate in all the world cup tournaments.

Italy and Germany have four titles. Other champions are Uruguay, who won the very first tournament and Argentina, France with two titles each. England and Spain, who have won one each, Present champions, France got their second world cup in 2018.

In the table below, full list of previous FIFA World Cup winners, host country, winning team, runners-up and the score everything is presented.

World Cup Winner List

YearLocationVenueWinnersRunners-upFinal score
1930Montevideo, UruguayEstadio CentenarioUruguayArgentina4–2
1934Rome, ItalyStadio Nazionale PNFItalyCzechoslovakia2–1
1938Paris, FranceStade Olympique de ColombesItalyHungary4-2
1950Rio de Janeiro, BrazilEstádio do MaracanãUruguayBrazil2-1
1954Bern, SwitzerlandWankdorf StadiumWest GermanyHungary3-2
1958Solna, SwedenRåsunda StadiumBrazilSweden5-2
1962Santiago, ChileEstadio NacionalBrazilCzechoslovakia3-1
1966London, EnglandWembley StadiumEnglandWest Germany4-2
1970Mexico City, MexicoEstadio AztecaBrazilItaly4-1
1974Munich, West GermanyOlympiastadionWest GermanyNetherlands2-1
1978Buenos Aires, ArgentinaEstadio MonumentalArgentinaNetherlands3-1
1982Madrid, SpainSantiago BernabéuItalyWest Germany3-1
1986Mexico City, MexicoEstadio AztecaArgentinaWest Germany3-2
1990Rome, ItalyStadio OlimpicoWest GermanyArgentina1-0
1994Pasadena, California, United StatesRose BowlBrazilItaly0-0
1998Saint-Denis, FranceStade de FranceFranceBrazil3-0
2002Yokohama, JapanInternational Stadium YokohamaBrazilGermany2-0
2006Berlin, GermanyOlympiastadionItalyFrance1-1
2010Johannesburg, South AfricaSoccer CitySpainNetherlands1-0
2014Rio de Janeiro, BrazilEstadio do MaracanaGermanyArgentina1-0
2018Moscow, RussiaLuzhniki StadiumFranceCroatia4-2

A brief History on world cup winners list:

After established in 1904, FIFA tried to arrange an international football tournament in 1906. But the early World Cup tournaments were troublesome due to travel and war. Then some South American teams were agreed to travel to Europe for the 1934 and 1938 tournaments. Brazil was probably the only team to compete in both the tournaments.

The Brazil world cup 1950 was the first to incorporate British participants. Primarily they refused to join but in 1946 the agreed FIFA’s invitation. The 1930 champions Uruguay returned after two world cup boycotts. Unfortunately, Uruguay won against the host nation Brazil in the match named Maracanazo.

For the first time, 24 teams participated in 1982 and then it expanded to 32 in 1998 to create an opportunity for more teams from Asia, Africa, and North America. About two hundred teams entered the 2002 qualification rounds and a record 2010 world cup.

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From 1930 to 1970, the Jules Rimet Trophy was awarded to the World Cup winning teams. Originally it was known as World Cup or Coupe du Monde. In1970, Brazil’s third-time victory in the tournament permitted them to keep the trophy permanently. In the year 1970, a new trophy was designed as FIFA World Cup Trophy. The new trophy is never awarded to the winning nations invariably. Winners have to retain the trophy at the next tournament and are will be awarded another gold-plated replica.

In the year 1954, the World Cup was first televised. Now it can be regarded as the most widely followed and viewed sporting event around the globe. The total audience of all matches of the 2006 World Cup is about 26.29 billion. 715.1 million People watched the final match of this tournament (a ninth of the entire population of the planet).

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World Cup strongly impacts global branding. The host country can foresee a multi-million dollar revenue increase with just this month-long event. It is expected that Brazil was expecting to bring in more than $11 billion in revenue for the World Cup 2014.

FIFA introduced its first own mascot or logo in 1966. World Cup Willie was the first world mascot in 1966. Recently official match balls are also specially designed for each world cup.

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Top 10 Most Valuable Backup Goalkeepers in Soccer

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

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

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

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

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10 Most Valuable Backup Goalkeepers in Soccer:

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

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

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

10. Pepe Reina

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Present Club: Bayern Munich

Expense: $6.6 million

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

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

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09. Maarten Stekelenburg

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 Present Club: Monaco

Expense: $7.3 million

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

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

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08. Jack Butland

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Present club: Stoke City

Expense: $7.3 million

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

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

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07. Willy Caballero

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Present Club: Manchester City

Expense: $7.3 million

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

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

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06. Michael Agazzi

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Present Club: AC Milan

Expense: $8.8 million

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

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

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05. Michel Vorm

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Present club: Tottenham Hotspur

Expense: $8.8 million

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

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

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04. David Ospina

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Present club: Arsenal

Expense: $10.3 million

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

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

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03. Claudio Bravo

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Present club: Barcelona

Expense: $11.6 million

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

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

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02. Keylor Navas

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Present club: Real Madrid

Expense: $14.6 million

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

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

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01. Petr Cech

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Present club: Chelsea

Expense: $24.9 million

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

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

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Top 10 English Premier League Goalkeepers in 2016

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

Top 10 English Premier League Goalkeepers 2016:

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

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

10. Brad Guzan – Aston Villa F.C.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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06. Tim Howard – Everton F.C.

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

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

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

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

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

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04. Hugo Lloris – Tottenham Hotspur F.C.

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

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

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03. Petr Cech – Chelsea F.C.

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

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

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

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

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

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01. Joe Hart – Manchester City F.C.

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

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

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UEFA Champions League Semi Finals

UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals

Real Madrid v Bayern Munich

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

Bernabeu on April 23.

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

UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals

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

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

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

UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals

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

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

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

Aggregate: Bayern Munich 2-4 Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid v Chelsea

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals

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

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

Aggregate: Atletico Madrid 2-3 Chelsea

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Top 10 Best Sports Movies of All time

Sports has been around for a long time so have the movies. There are many great movies in the world with many different genres. Sports movies have been as successful as they combine so many different genres. All these movies have the intense potential to make you emotional, where at first you would be laughing and then towards the end of the movies you would be ending up in tears. There are many great sports movies that won and nominated for many prestigious awards around the world. Among them, The Blind side, A League of Their Own starring by Tom Hanks are well remarkable. Sports movies are so inspirational that they have the capability to change your lifestyle.

Many of them are based on true stories. Here, Sporty Ghost have tried to sought out best sports movies and enlist them as top 10 best sports movies of all time. It’s your turn to choose the top sports movies from the list. So here we go, just scroll down to see best sports movies which is going to make you feel a lot better.

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Top 10 Best Sports Movies of All time:

The information of the best sports movies will be given in full detail. Just check out to choose your own kind from the list.

Best Sports Movies No. 10: A League of Their Own (1992)

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IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

Director: Penny Marshall

Top Billed Cast: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna

Awards: Nominated for 2 Golden Globes.

Genres: Comedy/Drama/Sport

Release Date: 1 July 1992

Language: English

Country of Origin: USA

The theme in this movie is ‘There is no crying in baseball’!!! The major leaguers in American baseball went off to fight during the period of Second World War and thus a professional baseball league for women had started. At starting, you may think this would be a good one, but eventually it would be ended up as one of the best sports movies you have ever seen. Tom Hanks acted as the head coach of the Poachers and he was just outstanding. Tom was sarcastic and witty as always.

We put this great movie at No 10 spot in our list of top 10 best sports movies of all time. The movie surely deserves to be in this list.

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Best Sports Movies No. 9: Major League (1989)

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IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

Director: David S. Ward

Writer: David S. Ward

Top Billed Cast: Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Margaret Whitton.

Awards: 1 Nomination (Award of the Japanese Academy)

Genres: Comedy/Sport

Release Date: 7 April 1989

Language: English, Spanish, Japanese

Country of Origin: USA

Charlie Sheen played as Ricky Vaughn who was a pitcher on the Cleveland Indians. Everyone in this movie calls him ‘Wild Thing’. Ricky Vaughn started out in jail before he got his chance to play for the Indians. Lynn Wells, the Showgirl wants to move the team to a different area. So, in order to make her wishes come true, there has to be poor attendance during the game time. So, for that, she fields the worst of her players, but alas! They end up winning the division title.

This movies is full of comedy and will always be one of the funniest sports movies of all time and it will be hard to find another of it. The movie holds its place at No. 9 in the list of top 10 best sports movies of all time.

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Best Sports Movies No. 8: The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

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IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

Director: Sam Wood

Top Billed Cast: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth

Awards: Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 nominations.

Genres: Biography/ Drama/ Family/ Sport

Release Date: 5 March 1943

Language: English

Country of Origin: USA

You might think that it is crazy to put the movie in the top 10 best sports movies list. Well, it’s not much because of the movies, but this was all about one of the greatest Yankees who ever played Baseball: Lou Gehrig.

The movie was portrayed wonderfully to the viewers and you will be able to learn so much about the great Lou while watching this movie.

“Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth”

-the part of Lou Gehrig’s speech that was delivered at the Yankee Stadium and it is a Dialogue in the movie indeed. The powerful actor in this movie will certainly made you feel how Lou Gehrig felt at the time. The Pride of the Yankees is the No. 8 among the top 10 best sports movies of all time.

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Best Sports Movies No. 7: Field of Dreams (1989)

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IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Director: Phil Alden Robinson

Top Billed Cast: Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, Gaby Hoffman.

Awards: Nominated for 3 Oscars, another 6 wins & 9 nominations.

Genres: Drama/ Family/ Fantasy/ Sport

Release Date: 5 May 1989

Language: English

Country of Origin: USA

This movie is pretty weird to watch. It’s because a voice tells Ray Kinsella (Kavin Costner) to build a baseball stadium by saying, “If you build it, he will come”, and how Joe Jackson, the eminent baseball player come out of the cornfield to play the game. The movie is all about a man who will do anything to have one last catch with his old fella, even though he doesn’t even know that will be the outcome.

The movie is quite an inspirational one for the sportsmen. Field of Dreams makes its path to the No 7 in our list of top 10 best sports movies of all time. Hope you will watch it to the end.

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Best Sports Movies No. 6: Miracle (2004)

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IMDb Rating: 7.5/10

Director: Gavin O’ Connor

Top Billed Cast: Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Noah Emmerich.

Awards: 1 win & 2 nominations

Genres: Drama/ History/ Sport

Release Date: 6 February 2004

Language: English

Country of Origin: USA

Miracle is based on probably the greatest victory in sports history. At 1980 winter Olympics game, American Ice hockey team faced off against Soviet Union and defeated them by 4-3. Kurt Russell played the role of American head coach Herb Brooks quite beautifully. He acted amazingly throughout the movie.

The movie is a great one which is based on true story in the history of American sports. Its inspirational value is much higher among the other best sports movies and we put it at No. 6 in our list of top 10 best sports movies of all time.

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Best Sports Movies No. 5: Hoosiers (1986)

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IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Director: David Anspaugh

Top Billed Cast: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper.

Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins and 3 nominations.

Genres: Drama/ Sport

Release Date: 27 February, 1987

Language: English

Country of Origin: USA, UK

The movie is about a new coach, Norman Dale who leads the Hoosiers to a state championship beating the strongest South Bend. Hoosiers has every ingredient that a top sports movie needs:

A pre-game inspirational speech

A new coach who does things his own ways

A team that no-one expects to win the title

And a game winning shot from an unexpected Star, Jimmy Chitwood.

This movie is considerably one of the best sports movies ever. No matter what obstacle hinders your path, if you remember your training and have faith in yourself, you can achieve the ultimate greatness. That’s the motto in the film. We put Hoosiers at No. 5 in our list of top 10 best sports movies of all time.

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Best Sports Movies No. 4: Rocky (1976)

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IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

Director: John G. Avildsen

Writter: Sylvester Stallone

Top Billed Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers.

Awards: Won 3 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 20 nominations.

Genres: Drama/ Sport

Language: English

Country of Origin: USA

Rocky is generally a series movie and all of them are outstanding. The story of this movie is an ultimate underdog. The movie is all about a boxer from Philly who got a shot at the heavyweight title. In winning that major title, his trainer Mickey, his wife Adrian, his brother-in-law Pauly and all his friends helped him to the limit and eventually he becomes one of the greatest fighters of all time. In that Couse to victory Rocky defeated Great Apollo Creed, Ivan Drago, Clubber Lang and Tommy Gun whom he trained in his own hand and loved like a son and Mason Dixon. Rocky Balboa, the main character of this film comes from nothing to become one of the greatest and lived up to his nickname “The Italian Stallion”.

Rocky is definitely the movie you are looking for if you are a Sylvester Stallone fan. The movie is one of the best sports movies of all time and in our list it is at No. 4.

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Best Sports Movies No. 3: Rudy (1993)

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IMDb Rating: 7.5/10

Director: David Anspaugh

Top Billed Cast: Sean Austin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty, Greta Lind

Awards: 2 wins and 1 nomination.

Genres: Biography/ Drama/ Sport

Release Date: 22 October 1993

Language: English, Spanish

Country of Origin: USA

Sean Austin played the role of Rudy Ruerriger in this movie, who grew up in a poor Irish home and dreamt of going to University of Notre Dame. But Rudy found his life in hardship and had to work hard every day of his life. All Rudy really had is his best friend and he died working in the plant. After being rejected several times, he finally stepped into his dream, the University of Notre Dame.

Then he got ready for his football tryouts and ended up making it as a walk-on. Rudy didn’t play even a single game until the last one of his senior year. On his one and only game, he sacked the Georgia Tech quarterback and finally carried off the ground as all of his family and friends watched. It’s an incredible movie to watch and for this we have selected it for No. 3 in our list of top 10 best sports movies of all time.

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Best Sports Movies No. 2: Remember the Titans (2000)

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IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

Director: Boaz Yakin

Top Billed Cast: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst.

Awards: 7 wins & 17 nominations.

Genres: Biography/ Drama/ Sport

Release Date: 29 September 2000

Language: English

Country of Origin: USA

The movie Remember the Titans was released in 2000. It is based on a high school in Virginia and its T.C. Williams Football team in 1970s. The football team chemistry was horrified by racism, but ultimately the Titans grew stronger as a team because of their head coach Herman Boone (Denzel Washington) who treated the team as a family. He took the team to a training camp which was in Pennsylvania. He urged to stop the racism and inspired the players to act like a team to success.

Lead defenders of the team Gerry Bertier and Julius Campbell couldn’t stand each other firstly, but finally they ended up being like brothers. Couple of memorable scenes were shared by them in this movie in getting their team together. Gerry Bertier died in a car crash, but his team ended up having a perfect season and ultimately won the state championship. The movie is truly very inspiring and that’s why it’s on our list of top 10 best sports movies of all time.

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Best Sports Movies No. 1: The Sandlot (1993)

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IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

Director: David M. Evans

Top Billed Cast: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna

Awards: 1 win

Genres: Comedy/ Drama/ Sport

Release Date: 7 April 1993

Language: English

Country of Origin: USA

The Sandlot is the best sport movies of all time in our list. The reason is simple, this movie is something that all you can kind of relate to, besides the Babe Ruth Baseball part and the whole dog.

The movie is about a bunch of kids who just love baseball and who just love to hang out with each other. When one of the kids gets in trouble, the others rally together to help him out. The movie is full of such problems that the kids has to deal with, like having to get an autographed Babe Ruth baseball that Smalls hit over the fence where the beast lives and Benny, one of the gangs ends up getting chased by that villain.

The movie is one of the funniest ever sports movies and you guys will find a mere pleasure watching this movies. Our long list is topped by ‘The Sandlot’ as No. 1 among the other best sports movies of all time. Hope, you will enjoy the list. Our suggestion to you, Please don’t watch these top sports movies alone, always keep a company to share the excitement.

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Top 10 Best Sports Documentaries of All time

Sports documentaries aren’t just for dedicated sports fans like hardcore tailgaters or season ticket holders. A great sports documentary can truly inspire those with a passing interest and diehards. It has been a fact that, an impressive number of sports documentaries have gone mainstream by garnering significant critical acclaim and won major awards in the international level.

Top 10 Best Sports Documentaries of All time:

Dashed dreams, glorious victories, big characters and even bigger egos are the theme stories behind these best sports documentaries. We have enlisted top 10 best sports documentaries and the list is obviously a must watch chart.

Find out which one is the best sports documentary of all time?

10. Senna (2010)

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IMDb: 8.6/10

Director: Asif Kapadia

Writer: Manish Pandey

Genres: Documentaries/ Sport/ Biography

Release Date: 12 November 2010

Language: English, Portuguese, French, Japanese

Country of Origin: USA, UK, France, Brazil

In the early 1980s, the sight of iconic yellow helmet in most of the F1 drivers’ rear-view mirror was the equivalent of spotting a shark fin in the water. Ayrton Senna, the driver’s driver was as unstoppably fast as brutally ruthless and he was always prepared to take the line. In spite of trimming off a few of the Brazilian’s rough edges, the director Asif Kapadia still managed to provide a well-rounded portrait in his documentary. He told entirely through often-rare footage and voiceovers in this sports documentary.

Even if you don’t know anything about the brakes and gears, he still manages to make F1 racing look like the most propulsive, exhilarating and dangerous sport on the planet. Senna is currently one of the highest rated sports documentary and we have selected it for No. 10 in our list of top 10 best sports documentaries of all time.

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9. Once in a Lifetime (2006)

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IMDb: 7.3/10

Directors: Paul Crowder, John Dower.

Genres: Documentary/ Sport

Release Date: 7 July 2006

Language: English

Country of Origin: USA, UK

The documentary has captured the brief moment in time when America fell in love with “soccer” and it was spear-headed by the arrival of great Pele at New York Cosmos soccer club. The club flushed with cash thanking its recent purchase by Warner Communications. The Greatest Footballer on Earth, Pele then swiftly joined Franz Beckenbauer and gobby Italian btaggart Giorgio Chinaglia.

The NYC went Cosmos-crazy by taking on a suitable rock-star swagger and created an irresistible party atmosphere. Their high profile players scored big at the likes of Studio 54, conveniently ignoring that the legends arguably underachieved on the pitch. Once is a lifetime is at No. 9 in our list of top 10 best sports documentaries of all time. It is one of the best football documentaries in sports history.

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8. Murderball (2005)

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IMDb: 7.8/10

Directors: Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro.

Genres: Documentary/ Sport

Language: English

Country of Origin: USA

Murderball or Wheelchair rugby would be the more respectable name for this sport. The directors Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro focused on the bitter rivalry between neighboring countries USA and Canada in the run up to 2004’s Paralympics. The players’ stories are gripping, touching as well as inspiring, though it was really the kamikaze. The game was full of high-impact tackling that leaves itself imprinted in your mind like it does in the players’ wheelchairs.

After taking the inducing brutal thumps and the crashes the guy absorbed- looking all the more raw for their low-budget camera work- you will be thinking that Murderball is probably the most accurate title in this manner. Muderball makes its place at No. 8 in our list of top 10 best sports documentaries of all time.

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7. Beyond The Mat (1999)

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IMDb: 7.6/10

Director: Barry W. Blaustein

Genres: Documentary/ Biography/ Sport

Release Date: 17 March 2000

Language: English

Country of Origin: USA

After watching this documentary you would think that there won’t be anyone who have thought wrestling isn’t real. It is the part of this documentary that Vince McMahon didn’t wanna see. This documentary is all about a portrayal of showbiz life. Barry Blaustein focused on three WWF/E veterans as they cope with life outside the ring-as well as following some newbies looking to make their names in the ring.

Watching Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts hitting his crack-pipe after a failed reconciliation with his estranged daughter or watching Terry Funk’s broken body shuffle into one-more final gig or the gut-wrenching finishing move of the new guys crippled himself soon after filming the video and all on a sudden all these wrestling look so real indeed. Beyond the Mat is at No. 7 position in our list of top 10 best sports documentaries of all time.

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6. Endless Summer (1966)

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IMDb: 7.8/10

Director: Bruce Brown

Genres: Documentary/ Sport

Release Date: 17 August 1968

Language: English

Country of Origin: USA

Thirty years before Point Break, there was Endless Summer, the summer with clean-cut golden boys standing on the shores looking ready-made to be turned into icons. Bruce Brown introduced the world to the horizon-broadening surf-and-travel culture of wave-jockeys like Mike Hynson and Robert August. They set out to chase the sun from California through to Hawaii, Australia, Africa and New Zealand. Some of it may looks a bit dated.

The PC crowd could have a field day with the gang’s trip to Africa. The Endless Summer defines what a cool sportsman looked like for a generation. We have selected this amazing sports documentary for the 6th place in our list of top 10 best sports documentaries of all time.

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5. Dogtown & Z-Boys (2001)

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IMDb: 7.7/10

Director: Stacy Peralta

Genres: Documentary/ Sport

Release Date: 3 January 2002

Language: English

Country of Origin: USA

In the mid-70s, surfers who hung out at the Zephyr Surf Shop would skateboard when the surf was quite. Over the years, the Z-Boys invent and polish their style on a hilly street near the shop, on the asphalt slopes and ringing school grounds and lastly in empty swimming pools during California drought. The Z-Boys emerged to astound upright skateboarders in 1975 championship.

The team splinters within a year as some join better financed pro-teams. The documentary ends with profiles of the stars, Stacy Peralta, Jay Adams and Tony Alva. We consider it to be at No 5 in our list of top 10 best sports documentaries of all time.

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4. The King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters (2007)

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IMDb: 8.2/10

Director: Seth Gordon

Genres: Documentary/ Sport

Release Date: 28 February 2008

Language: English

Country of Origin: USA

In the early 1980s, Billy Mitchell, the legend set a Donkey Kong record that stood for almost 25 years in the history of sports. ‘The King of Kong’ follows the assault on this record by Steve Weibe who was an earnest teacher and took up the game while unemployed. The highest scores are maintained by a cadre of players and fans associated with Walter Day, who runs Funspot, an annual tournament.

Steve breaks Billy’s scores in public at Funspot and Billy promptly mails a controversial video tape of himself setting a new record. So, Steve travels to Florida with a hope Billy will face him for the Guinness World records in 2007. Wanna know who will win the record? Then you have to watch it. The king of kong has been picked up for No 4 in our list of top 10 best sports documentaries of all time.

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3. Pumping Iron (1977)

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IMDb: 7.5/10

Directors: George Butler, Robert Fiore

Genres: Documentary/ Sport

Release Date: 31 March 1978

Language: English

Country of Origin: USA

From Gold’s Gym in California to the showdown in Pretoria, both amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for winning the title in 1975 Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia contests in this documentary film. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the five-time world champion defends his Mr. Olympia title against the shy young deaf Lou Ferrigno and Serge Nubret. The ruthless champion psyches out the young lion.

Sardinian Franco who at home in Italy solves a tight parking problem by lifting the car into place, competes in the lightweight class in that competition. Ken Waller and Mike Katz go for the Mr. Universe title while Joe Weider is the marketer. Pumping Iron is at No. 3 in our list of top 10 best sports documentaries of all time.

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2. Hoop Dreams (1994)

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IMDb: 8.3/10

Director: Steve James

Genres: Documentary/ Drama/ Sport

Release Date: 14 October 1994

Country of Origin: USA

There are some stories which need to be finished. Steve James started out making his sports documentary about two promising ballers from the Chicago projects given places at an high school expecting to turn it into a 30-minute masterpiece. 5 years and 250 hours of video footage later, William and Arthur’s pursuit of their NBA dreams- who gradually turn into men before our eyes- remains the most compelling journey on this short film; education, taking in basketball and the grim realities facing kids from PJs.

The kids might not turned themselves into Michael Jordan, but this isn’t so much an emotional slam dunk as well. The documentary is considered to be one of the best basketball documentaries in history. It will be surely unwise to put it away from the list.

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1. When We Were Kings (1996)

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IMDb: 8/10

Director: Leon Gast

Genres: Documentary / Drama/ Sport

Release Date: 14 February 1997

Language: English

Country of Origin: USA

In 1974, at 32 years of age Muhammed Ali thought by many to be past his prime. On other hand, Goerge Forman is ten years younger to him and the World Heavyweight Champion. Promoter Don king wants to make his own name and offers both fighters five million dollars apiece to fight one another. When they accept the best offer, it is King who has only come up with the money. King finds a backer in Mobutu Sese Seko, the dictator of African Zaire and the “Rumble in the Jungle” is set accordingly.

This documentary is a musical festival, featuring the America’s top black sportsmen like James Brown and B.B King and so on. The documentary is ranked one in our list of top 10 best sports documentaries of all time in sports history. Hope you have enjoyed the list. Please give your valuable comments regarding the list of best sports documentaries.

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List of Top 10 Best Sports Magazines of All time

Magazines are periodical publications that are printed or published electronically. The online version of magazine is called online magazine. Generally, magazines are published on a regular schedule and contain a variety of content. Sports magazines are generally financed by advertising, purchase price and prepaid subscriptions. Thus the sports magazines prove themselves as some of the largest mass media in history alongside its huge popularity. The earliest magazine was first published in 1663 in Germany and was called Erbauliche Monaths Unterredungen. It was actually a literature based magazine and since then, the world have seen a huge diversification in the magazine industry.

Starting from the fashion industry to the customer marker, all are covered and featured in various magazines with different names. Sports is not far from them as in 1886, the first sport magazine was published in USA. In recent time, there are vast number of sports magazines publishing throughout the world in which some are globally based and some are regionally based.

List of Top 10 Best Sports Magazines of All time:

For the sports fan, it is always an attraction to have a good copy of a widely popular sports magazine in order to cherish their passion for sports. Sporty Ghost bring to you the list of top 10 Sports Magazines of All time in history of sports.

Just keep asking yourself, which one is the best sport magazine of all time? Scroll down and enjoy.

10. SLAM

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SLAM is the first issue of American basketball oriented sports magazine. It was first published in 1994 as a blend of hardcore sports with hip hop American culture. SLAM is currently owned by Source Interlinked Media which headquartered in New York City, United States. The magazine publishes 10 issues each year. Dennis Page from the Harris Publications stepped first to publish The Slam and the magazine was first purchased by Peterson Publishing in 1988. Source Interlinked Media finally owned the magazine in 2007 and since then they have become the sole publisher of this widely popular basketball magazine.

The Slam has already published a total of 179 issues featuring numerous basketball stars as its covers. But, “A Basketball on Fire” was its first issue which was published in February 2012, without a basketball player on its cover. Besides the printed version, the online version of Slam is also available in the internet. We have selected SLAM as the No. 10 in our list of top 10 sports magazines of all time. Hope, you would agree.

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9. Golf Magazine

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It was April, 1959 when the first issue of Global Golf oriented magazine ‘Golf’ was first published. Eventually, the magazine has become the first golf magazine in history to reach more than one million circulations. Golf magazine is currently owned by Time Inc. and has more than 1.4 million subscribers throughout the world. It was founded by Universal Publishing in 1959 and later purchased by the Times Mirror in 1972. Finally in 2000, Time Inc. acquired the right of the Golf magazine. Since then, the magazine has been publishing under Time Inc.’s banner.

The magazine is widely popular for honoring recent Golfers with their ‘Golfer of the Year’ award. It covers various events and aspects of golf. Beside this, Golf magazine also conducts a yearly survey with their experts to determine the best golf courses in United States and enlists the top 100 Best Golf Courses in the world. Golf magazine is holding No. 9 spot in our list of top 10 sports magazines of all time.

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8. Baseball Digest

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Baseball Digest is America’s first issue of baseball magazine which was first published in August 1942. The magazine has its headquarters in Illinois, United States and it publishes 6 issues per year under the Grandstand Publishing agency. When Sporting News stopped the publication of printed copies, it was the Baseball Digest who became the oldest and longest-running baseball based magazine still active in the world. The idea of Baseball Digest initially came by a young sports journalist of Chicago Daily Times named Herbert F. Simons and he was the chief editor of this magazine till 1963. Since May 2012, Bob Kuenster has been conducting the act as Editor-In-Chief of Baseball Digest.

The magazine is famous for publishing various important baseball events like Major League Baseball. Besides, the magazine also publishes accurate statistics of pitching, batting and fielding of baseball stars. It also has “fans speak out” letters section for the baseball fans. Baseball Digest makes its way at No. 8 in our list of top 10 Sports Magazines of all time.

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7. Tennis

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The first edition of Tennis magazine was published in August 16, 1954. Currently the magazine publishes 8 issues per year and covers various tennis events worldwide. The magazine was first purchased by the New York Times Company in 1967 and till 1997, they were responsible for its publications. Currently, the Tennis magazine is owned by The Miller Publishing agency since 1997 and James Martin is current Chief Editor of this magazine. Throughout the world, tennis magazine has a huge circulation of 603,069 copies per month which was first started ten years ago. The Tennis also has a digital online version besides the printed. The digital version was debuted ten years ago considering the worldwide vast subscribers.

The magazine not only publishes various tennis events, it also publishes the WTA and ATP rankings of the tennis players and schedules the upcoming tennis championships. The former tennis legend, Pete Sampras is one of the owners of Tennis magazine and currently acting as a special consultant. Tennis magazine is indeed one of the best sports magazines in our list grabbing the No. 7 position.

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6. Sporting News

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The former American sports magazine, Sporting News was first published in 1886 and the final printed issue was published in 2012 from USA. Now Sports News has only the digital monthly version which is available on the official Sporting News website. Nevertheless, they didn’t stop publishing the printed copies of the Fantasy Football and Fantasy Baseball Yearbooks. It is one of the ancient sports magazines. In early 1900s, as a weekly magazine, it became one of the dominant American Publications covering various basketball events.

The magazine was so popular that time for which it was nicknamed as “The Bible of Baseball”. Sporting News was owned by Sporting News media and Garry D. Howard is currently serving the job of chief editor of the magazine. The magazine is famous for honoring the sportsmen with various awards such as Athlete of the Year, Sportsman of the Year, Pro-athlete of the Year etc. The eminent Sporting News stays at No. 6 in our list of top 10 Sports magazines of all time.

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5. Inside Sport

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Inside sport is a sports magazine of Australian origin. The first issue was published in 1991. The magazine now mainly covers sporting contents and sports photography by freelance journalists. Besides covering sports, the magazine also concentrates on celebrity models and their stylish photo shoots which include famous Australian models like Imogen Bailey, Jennifer Hawkins, Nicky Whelan and Nikki Visser. Inside Sports is currently owned by Horwitz in Sydney and organizes The inside Sport Model Search each year.

In November 2012, it was reported that the circulation of this magazine had increased as much as 27% after several renovation and redesign in the near past. It was awarded ‘The Magazine of the Year’ in 2000 and 2004. Inside Sports also won the Walkey Award for its impressive sports coverage worldwide. We put the sports magazine at 5th spot in our list of top 10 sports magazines of all time.

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4. Outside

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Another American outdoor sports activities magazine ‘Outside’ first published in September 1977. The current publishing team says about the mission of this magazine,

” Outside Magazine aims to inspire participation in the world outside through award-winning coverage of different sports, people, places, adventures, discoveries, environmental issues, health and fitness.”

The magazine initiated under the supervision of William Randolph, Jann Wenner, and Jack Ford and then took over by Lawrence J. Burke in 1979 who still owns the Outside magazine. Christopher Keyes is currently acting as the editorial chief of this magazine from the house of Mariah Media. The Outside has a huge monthly circulation of 686,623. The Outside magazine always inspires the novice writers.

Famous travel and adventure writers like Sebastian Junger and Jon Krakauer must feel grateful to this sports magazine. Outside remains at No. 4 in our list of top 10 sports magazines of all time.

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3. Runner’s World

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The first issue of Runner’s world was published in 1966 by Bob Anderson. Initially, the magazine had named ‘Distance Running News’ and in 1969 it gained its name as ‘Runner’s World’. Currently, the magazine is solely published by Rodale Press, which has their headquarter in Pennsylvania, United States. David Willey is conducting his role of editorial chief for Runner’s world. The sports magazine went global with the collaboration of the Hearst Corporation in early 1990s and currently the magazine is publishing 14 international editions besides US edition which mainly covers fitness, health, running and Marathons.

With an amazing monthly circulation of 710,618 worldwide, Runner’s World is one of the popular sports magazines in the world. It was nominated for National Magazine Awards three times globally admired for having the ‘Creative Team of the Year’. Runner’s world ranks in 3rd position of our list of top 10 sports magazines of all time.

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2. ESPN The Magazine

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ESPN, the magazine is a American based sports magazine. The first issue of ESPN, The magazine was published on 11 March, 1998 and currently the magazine publishes biweekly by the ESPN Sports network in Bristol, USA. The magazine is better known for providing much more humorous and light-hearted approach to the major sports news than any other sports magazines like Sports Illustrated magazine. ESPN is currently running under the supervision of Chad Milman as Cheif editor and the magazine has more than 2.1 million bi-weekly circulations all over the world. ESPN mainly covers major sports events like NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB.

The famous annual issue of this magazine is called The Body issue which was first published in 2008. The Body issue is widely compared with the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition as both of them features nude, semi-nude and scantily-clad athletes. The magazine also honors rising young athletes with NEXT Athlete Award every year. We have considered ESPN, The magazine for No. 2 place in our list of top 10 sports magazines of all time.

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1. Sports Illustrated magazine

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Sports Illustrated is an American sports magazine which published their first issue on 16 August 1954. It has become the first sports magazine in the history with more than one million circulations worldwide. Sports Illustrated magazine is currently owned by Time Inc. and has gathered more than 3.5 million subscribers all over the world. It is a very popular sports magazine that is read by almost 23 million each week out of which 18 million are men. Sports Illustrated has established themselves as the only sports magazine which won the National Magazine Award twice.

The kids’ version of Sports Illustrated also won the Distinguished Achievement for Excellence in Educational Publishing Award a record 11 times. The most alluring side of this magazine is the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition. The Swimsuit issue was first published in 1964. The edition currently has its own annual publishing event, calendar, video channel and television shows. Sports Illustrated magazine is the No. 1 sport magazine in our list.

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There are many other sports magazines which are mainly fairness-based such as Men’s health, Men’s fitness and Yoga. These sports magazines also cover various aspects of sports worldwide, while many fashion magazines like GQ and FHM also feature numerous athletes on their covers. Sports Weekly, FourFourTwo, World Soccer, and The Skateboard Mag etc. are eminent sports magazines beside these top 10.

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World Football Hall of Fame 2015 Members

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

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

Football Hall of Fame 2015:

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

10. Andrés Iniesta, Spain

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

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

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9. James Rodriguez, Columbia

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

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

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8. Philipp Lahm, Germany

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

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

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7. Robin Van Persie, the Netherlands

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

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

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6. Luis Suárez, Uruguay

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

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

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5. Thomas Muller, Germany

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

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

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4. Arjen Robben, the Netherlands

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

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

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3. Neymar Jr., Brazil

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

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

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2. Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

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

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

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1. Lionel Messi, Argentina

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

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

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

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