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Top 10 Sports Leagues in the World

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

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

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Top 10 sports leagues in the world:

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

10. Big Bash League:

Top 10 sports leagues in the world, Big Bash League
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The KFC Big Bash League is an Australian T20 Cricket Tournament. The tournament firstly commenced in 2011. The cricket tournament is participated by the domestic teams in Australia. The Big Bash currently replaced the previous one, the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. The league features only the city-based franchises instead of state teams, which had previously participated in this huge tournament. The top two teams in the Big Bash league will qualify to take part in the Champions League T20.

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

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9. Canadian Football League (CFL):

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Canadian football league ————–image via: www.cfl.ca

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

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

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8. Nippon professional Baseball:

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

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

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

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7. Indian Super League:

Top 10 sports leagues in the world, Indian Super League
Indian Super League champion, Athletico De Kolkata———image via: ibnlive.in.com

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

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

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6. La Liga:

Top 10 sports leagues in the world, La Liga
La Liga, the battle of Messi and ronaldo——–image via: www.101greatgoals.com

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

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

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5. Major League Baseball:

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

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

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4. Australian Football League:

Top 10 sports leagues in the world, Australian Football League
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Australian Football League is the highest level of professional football competition in Australian football. As the sport’s governing body, the AFL is responsible for making the law of the game. Previously, the Australian league was founded as the Victorian Football League (VFL), which had its inaugural season commenced in 1897.

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

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3. English Premier League:

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

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

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2. Bundesliga:

Top 10 sports leagues in the world, Bundesliga
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Bundesliga is a German professional football league with the highest average stadium attendance across the world. Bundesliga is Germany’s primary football competition and is very popular worldwide. This German league is contested by 18 football clubs and the tournament is operated on a system of promotion and relegation. The Bundesliga season usually starts from August to May. All Bundesliga football clubs qualify for the another major tournament, DFB-Pokal and the winner of the Bundesliga qualifies for the DFL-Supercup.

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

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1. National Football League (NFL)

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

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

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

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

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Top 10 Highest Paid NFL Players 2015

American football is one of the most popular sports in America. The game is originated from Rugby and in United States, the game is recognized as just football. Moreover, in another South American country, Canada, the game is known as ‘Gridiron’. The first match of American football was played long ago in 1869. The match was played between the college teams of Princeton and Rutgers. Since then, the professional football and college football are the most popular sports in United States. In 2012, around 70,000 college athletes and about 1.1 million high school athletes took part in American football.

The National Football League, NFL is a football championship, which has earned very much popularity in America. NFL championship is holding the record of highest average attendance of any sports leagues in the world. NFL is also blessed with some huge amount of income, notably about $10 billion income per year.

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Highest Paid NFL Players 2015:

The NFL players are among the highest paid athletes in the world. The players with their sponsor endorsements and annual team salary, become one of the richest in the world. Today, we have enlisted top 10 highest paid NFL players in 2015.

Let’s have a look at the list. If you want to know who is the highest paid NFL player, it is the perfect list you will be looking for.

10. Ben Roethlisberger

Top 10 Highest Paid NFL Players 2015, Ben Roethlisberger
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The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger is at no. 10 in our list of top 10 highest paid NFL players 2015. Before drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2004, he played football for the Miami. The 6 feet 5 inches tall, Ben is currently holding a 6-year contract with Pittsburgh Steelers, which will be valid till 2016. The team contract he signed is presently valued over $87.9 million including the signing bonus of $25.2 million. Now he is earning $14.6 million as an annual team salary in addition with the $33.2 million of guaranteed income.

In the last season of NFL, Ben Roethlisberger bagged a total $18.8 million, which includes $12.1 million basic salary and $6.7 million of restructure bonus. So far, in this year of NFL, his current career earnings have reached over $93.2 million with the release value of $13.5 million.

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9. Ndamukong Suh

Top 10 Highest Paid NFL Players 2015, Ndamukong Suh
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Ndamukong Suh is a Detroit Lions defensive tackle, who started football for the Nebraska. Suh was first drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2010 as a 1st round 2nd overall pick. In the NFL, he is heighted about 6 feet 4 inches and weighed 307 pounds. Suh is currently in a 5-year contract with Detroit Lions, which will leave him as a free agent this year. His contract is worth of $64.5 million with the Detroit Lions. He has now managed to earn $12.9 million yearly average salary along with the guaranteed income of $23.2 million.

In the 2014-15 season of NFL, his earnings have reached to a total of $22.4 million including the basic salary of $12.5 million and $6.2 restructure bonus money. With all these huge amount of money, Ndamukong Suh stays at no. 9 in the list of top 10 highest paid NFL players 2015. So far, this year he has earned $51.5 million where his release value being $19.4 million.

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8. Greg Hardy

Top 10 Highest Paid NFL Players 2015, Greg Hardy
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Greg Hardy is currently playing for Carolina Panthers in NFL as a defensive end. He started his football career playing college football for the Mississippi. Then in 2010 NFL draft, Hardy was picked by the Carolina Panthers as a 6th round 175th overall pick. The 6 feet 4 inches and 290 lb, Greg Hardy has made a 1 year contract with Carolina Panthers and in 2016, he will be a free agent as the contract said. His contract values over $13.1 million and he is earning the amount as an annual income with his team.

In the last season of NFL, he has earned a total cap hit of $13.1 million, which is his basic team salary. In the current NFL season, Greg Hardy’s career earnings have reached to $2.7 million with the release value of $13.1 million. Greg Hardy makes his mark at no. 7 in the list of top 10 highest paid NFL players 2015.

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7. Philip Rivers

Top 10 Highest Paid NFL Players 2015, Philip Rivers
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The current San Diego Chargers player, Philip Rivers plays as a quarterback in National Football League. Firstly, he played college football for the New York City state. Then in 2004, Philip was drafted by the San Diego Chargers as a 1st round 4th overall NFL pickup. He has a height of 6 feet 5 inches and weight of 228 lb as listed in NFL. Currently, he is playing in a 6-year contract with San Diego Chargers. The signing will last up to 2016, leaving him a free agent.

According to the contract, he will earn a total $91.8 million with his current team, which also includes $19.5 million signing bonus. Currently, he earns approximately $15.3 million as an average annual salary in addition with a total $38 million guaranteed income for his contract signing. In the 2014-15 NFL season, Philip Rivers has managed to earn a total cap hit of $16.6 million including $13.8 million basic salary from the team and a total of $1.6 million restructure bonus. In our list of top 10 highest paid NFL players 2015, Philip Rivers makes it to no. 7 with his net worth. He earns about $106.1 million till date in the current season of NFL.

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6. Sam Bradford

Top 10 Highest Paid NFL Players 2015, Sam Bradford
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Sam Bradford is now playing for the St. Louis Rams as an efficient quarterback in NFL. He finished his college football career for the Oklahoma City. Then in 2010, Sam was drafted by the Sam Louis Rams as a 1st round 1st overall selection. He has signed a 6-year contract with his team and the term will be valid up to 2016. The contract he signed for the St. Louis Rams is valued over $78 million, including $17.9 million of signing bonus. Currently, Sam Bradford is earning $13 million as an annual salary and he also has a total of $50 million guaranteed income according to his contract. Sam Bradford is at no. 6 position in our list of top 10 highest paid NFL players 2015.

In the last NFL season, Sam has earned a total cap hit of $17.6 million, which includes the basic salary of $14 million and $3 million of signing bonus. In the current season of NFL, he has earned a total $51 million so far in addition with the releasing value of $7.1 million.

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5. Mike Wallace

Top 10 Highest Paid NFL Players 2015, Mike Wallace
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Mike Wallace started his football career playing for the Mississippi. Currently, he is playing for the Miami Dolphins in the NFL as a wide receiver. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ draftee, Mike Wallace was first picked in the 2009 as a 3rd round 84th overall pick. The 6 feet tall and 200 lb, Mike Wallace is holding the 5-year contract with the Miami Dolphins and the signing will leave him as a free agent in 2018. With around $60 million contract value and $11 million signing bonus, Mike Wallace is at no. 5 in our list of top 10 highest paid NFL players 2015.

According to his contract, he is earning a total of $30 million guaranteed income in addition with $12 million annual team salary. In the 2014/15 season of NFL, he earns a total cap hit of $17.25 million including $15 million basic salary and $2.2 million signing bonus. In the current NFL season, he has earned about $16.6 million so far with the release value of $26.8 million for the Miami Dolphins.

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4. Peyton Manning

Top 10 Highest Paid NFL Players 2015, Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning, the glamour of Football———-image via: www.tribunaitalia.it

Peyton Manning is a NFL quarterback and currently plays for the Denver Broncos. Before drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 1998, Peyton played college football for the Tennessee. He is about 6 feet 5 inches tall with 230 lb. The NFL team Denver Broncos has signed him a 5 year contract which will make him a free agent in 2017. Peyton’s contract with his current team values a total of $96 million where his current annual income is $19.2 million. He also has a total of $58 million guaranteed income with the Denver Broncos.

In the 2014/15 NFL season, he has managed to earn approximately $17.5 million, which includes $15 million of basic salary and $2.5 million as a restructure bonus. Peyton Manning has been selected for the no. 4 position in the list of top 10 highest paid NFL players 2015. In the current season of NFL, his career earning reached to $242.7 million with the $22.5 million of release value.

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3. Eli Manning

Top 10 Highest Paid NFL Players 2015, Eli Manning
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The New York Giant quarterback, Eli Manning is one of the highest paid NFL players 2015 with his no. 3 spot in this list. Eli Manning started his career for Mississippi and was drafted by the New York Giants in 2004 as a 1st round 1st overall pick up. The 6 feet 4 inches tall and 218 lb, Eli is a current contract holder with the New York Giants for 6 years, which will be valid upto 2016. His contract with the New York Giants values about $97.5 million including $13 million of signing bonus.

Eli Manning currently earns $16.2 million per year as an annual team salary and has a total guaranteed income of $35 million according to his contract deal. In the 2014/15 season of NFL, Eli Manning has managed to earn a total cap hit of $20.4 million, which includes $15 million basic salary and another $2.25 million restructure bonus fee. In the current season of NFL, Eli Manning’s earnings have reached to a total $135.1 million with the release value of $7.5 million.

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2. Gerald McCoy

Top 10 Highest Paid NFL Players 2015, Gerald McCoy
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Gerald McCoy is currently playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a defensive tackle in NFL. McCoy started his football career playing college football for the Oklahoma City. The 6 feet 4 inches heighted was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a 1st round 3rd overall pick in the NFL draft of 2010. Gerald McCoy has made a contract for 6 years with his team Tampa Bay Buccaneers which will make him a free agent in 2022. His contract value worth a total of $95.2 million with his current team, which includes $2.5 million of signing bonus.  Gerald McCoy is holding the 2nd place in our list of top 10 highest paid NFL players 2015.

He earns $15.8 million as his average annual salary and also has a guaranteed income of $51.5 million for his contract. In the 2014/15 NFL season, McCoy has earned a total cap hit of $20.8 million, which includes the signing bonus of $1.1 million and a basic team salary of $20.8 million. So far, he is earning $44.4 million with the release value of $20.2 million in the current season of NFL.

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1. Jay Cutler

Top 10 Highest Paid NFL Players 2015, Jay Cutler
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Jay Cutler is a quarterback National Football League player who currently plays for the Chicago Bears. Cutler also played college football for the Vanderbilt University. Denver Broncos drafted him as a 1st round 11th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. The 6 feet 3 inches and 220 lb weighted, Jay Cutler is one of the influential player in NFL. He is now holding a 7 years contract with Chicago Bears and the contract will be valid till 2021. Cutler has earned a total of $ 126.7 million contract value with Chicago Bears.

Now his yearly salary is $ 18.1 million as well as a total guaranteed income of $ 54 million according to his contract. In the 2014-15 NFL season, Jay Cutler has earned a total of $18.5 million, which include $17.5 million as a basic salary and $1 million as a restructure bonus. In the current season of NFL, his earnings till date are $58.2 million where the release value being about $38 million.

Jay Cutler is the most successful NFL player indeed with his enormous income. He is the highest paid NFL player in our list holding the no. 1 place.

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Our top 10 highest paid NFL players 2015 may be extended by including the NFL stars like Brian Orakpo and Adrian Peterson. Orakpo has earned a total $11.4 million where Peterson has managed $14.4 million in the current season of NFL. Hope you’ve enjoyed our list of top 10 highest paid NFL players 2015. Don’t forget to give us your valuable comment in the box below.

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Top 10 Best NFL Quarterbacks of All time

The NFL quarterback is the most glamorous figure in United States. The quarterback is the hope and dreams of his team. He also carries the flag for the entire cities, religions and the way of life. The pressure they live in is unreal. It is a fact that, the Americans look to the NFL gladiator for controlled violence, strength and stamina. The NFL quarterback is the one member of entourage which combines with intelligence, leadership and strategic thought. They are the brute force to control the game and ultimately emerge as victorious.

Sports fans consider the best NFL quarterbacks of all time as icons that define cities and dynasties. In order to be defined as the best quarterbacks of all time, the signal caller must combine top-shelf mechanics with the game-time decision making. Beyond the nuts and bolts of execution, the NFL quarterback must have the ability to win.

Top 10 Best NFL Quarterbacks of All time:

Today, Sporty Ghost will introduce the top 10 best NFL quarterbacks of all time. All of them are very much popular football players and also have achieved much popularity in the course of their career.

Let’s scroll down the list and find the best NFL quarterback of them all.

10: Fran Tarkenton:

Top 10 Best NFL Quarterbacks of All time, Fran Tarkenton
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Fran Tarkenton is better known as the “mobile quarterback”. He was renowned to evade the rushers in the pocket and also scramble to the outside to keep the games alive and drop bombs into the receivers’ hands. He is historically identified with his two separate stints, the Minnesota Vikings and the Purple People Eaters. In fact, the 1970s Minnesota Vikings and Bud Grant are also infamous for losing three separate Super Bowls to Pittsburgh, Miami and Oakland. Fran also performed miserably at the Big Game as the talented Vikings were outclassed along all the fronts.

The Steel Curtain harassed him to go 11 for 26 and passing for 102 yards with 3 interceptions along a quarterback rating of just 14. Nevertheless, the Super Bowl failure can’t dispute the fact that Fran Tarkenton is one of the best NFL quarterbacks of all time. He finished his career with 3,674 rushing yards and retired as a top quarterback in terms of completions (3,686), touchdowns (342) and yardage (47,003).

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9. Otto Graham:

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Otto Graham is one of the greatest winners in any sports. The former running back forged the switch to quarterback at the professional football level. He guided the Cleveland franchise to ten straight titles and four All-American Football Conferences and 3 NFL championships. Otto Graham’s sportsmanship and his staggering feats dominated the American Football more than any dynasty.

Graham claimed 3 titles after the Browns entered the NFL in 1950, which included a 56-10 shellacking of the Detroit Lions. Otto Graham led the AFC and NFL in passing upon 5 separate seasons with his 23,584 passing yards. We put him at the 9th place in our list of top 10 best NFL quarterbacks of all time.

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8. Steve Young:

Top 10 Best NFL Quarterbacks of All time, Steve Young
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Steve Young was never regarded as a Golden Boy. Young ran the option in Connecticut, before he stumbled as a traditional passer at Brigham Young University. Steve Young was ultimately drafted into NFL by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But, they promptly drafted Vinny Testeverde, discarding Steve Young as a bust, just prior to send him off to the San Francisco 49ers. Steve Young didn’t spend his time to take his seat behind 4-times Super Bowl winner Joe Montana. The fiery lefty showed his athletic ability during his spot duty and carried a clipboard for the San Francisco 49ers for the Super Bowl XXIII and XXIV. Steve Young dazzled the coaching staff with his amazing ability to improvise and deftly facilitate the West Coast offense and actually won the MVP award in 1992.

Young was best known for the magical season of 1994, where he led the San Francisco 49ers to a 1303 mark, behind 70% passing, 35 touchdowns through the air and a total of 3,969 yards. He also led the team to destroy the San Diego Chargers by 49-26 in the Super Bowl XXIX by tossing a record 6 TD passes. Thus Steve Young marked his name as one of the best NFL quarterbacks of all time.

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7. Peyton Manning:

Top 10 Best NFL Quarterbacks of All time, Peyton Manning
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Peyton Manning is famous for his stunning consistency as he has been so good for so long. He facilitated the staggering statistical resumes of the receivers at Indianapolis. Prior to his neck injury, Manning had aired out the football for over 3,500 yards with 25 touchdowns for 13 straight NFL seasons and has won AP NFL Player of the Year for 4 times. At 37, Peyton Manning stands poised to finish his career first in passing yards, completions and touchdowns. His career 97.2 quarterback rating stand second only to Steve Young. His 2004 NFL season of 4,557 yards and then a record 49 touchdowns ranked him as one of the best NFL quarterbacks of all time.

Peyton Manning led the 2013 Denver Broncos to 606 points which is remembered as one of the most prolific offenses of all time NFL history which is only to be routed 43-8 in the Super Bowl competition by the Seattle Seahawks.

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6. Johnny Unitas:

Top 10 Best NFL Quarterbacks of All time, Johnny Unitas
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Johnny Unitas laid down the base stone for the modern era of forward passing and quarterback. He also paved the way for Peyton Manning as a star NFL quarterback for the Colts franchise and Unitas has made himself the first and foremost great signal caller in the history of NFL.

Johnny Unitas marched his team Baltimore Colts towards 2 NFL crowns and 1 Super Bowl Championship. Most importantly, he helped usher football into television and the modern era of football by defeating the New York Giants in a 23-17 overtime game as a total 45 million American viewers turned into the NBC broadcast for ‘The Greatest Game Ever Played’ in the history of NFL.

Johnny ultimately went on to revolutionize NFL offense with 40,239 total passing yards and a total of 290 touchdowns, which is now ranking as the 14th and 9th respectively in the NFL history. The no. 6 place has been denoted for him in the list of top 10 best NFL quarterbacks of all time.

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5. Brett Favre:

Top 10 Best NFL Quarterbacks of All time, Brett Favre
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Brett Favre was a very popular NFL figure in the Green Bay Packer franchise. He is best regarded for his joy for football, his imposing arm strength and frozen tundra heroics. The ironman had started a record 297 consecutive regular season and playoff games. Brett Favre finished his NFL career as first in passing completions (6,300) with 71,838 yards and 508 touchdowns. He was awarded as the one Super Bowl chip and AP NFL MVP three times in his career.

Favre is undoubtedly blessed with the strongest arm in the history of NFL. His tendency to ditch the playbook and improvise, often embarrass the gaffes. Brett Favre will remain much beloved in Wisconsin.

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4. Tom Brady:

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Tom Brady is one of the best NFL quarterbacks of all time. The sixth-round draft has already appeared in 5 Super Bowl Championships-winning three of them. The generation’s winner Tom Brady earns tens of millions of dollars annually, nabbing three Super Bowl titles by playing pitch and catch with the teammates like Troy Brown, Kevin Faulk, David Patten, Bethel Johnson and Deion Branch.

Brady has carried the New England Patriots offensive rosters to a new level. The New England signed Wes Welker, Randy Moss and Donte Stallworth in 2007 in order to reload at wide receiver for yet another NFL Super Bowl run. Tom Brady finished the season with a 69% completion with 4,806 yards and a record 50 touchdowns.

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3. Dan Marino:

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Dan Marino is regarded as the greatest pure passer in the history of NFL. He grabs the no. 3 spot in the list of top 10 best NFL quarterbacks of all time. With his quick release ability and delivering the ball into the tight quarters with precision, Dan Marino proved himself to be the greatest quarterbacks in NFL. The 2005 American Football Hall of Famers spent his 17-year football career with the Miami Dolphins and upon retirement, he owned every significant passing record for the Dolphins.

The pitchman performed as a virtual stiff behind the center and his quick release rarely took sacks. Dan Marino was sacked only 6 times in 1988, when he dropped back to pass for 606 attempts. In the 1984 season of NFL, Marino threw for 5,084 yards and a total 48 touchdowns.

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2. John Elway:

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John Elway is every inch golden boy quarterback in this list. He is the son of college coach Jack Elway and emerged as the top recruit in the nation after finishing his stellar high school career in Southern California. Very soon, he established his name to be one of the most dangerous threat to run or pass and finished his amateur football career atop. He was the most physically gifted athlete at that time. John Elway was widely known with his fourth quarter comeback and a record with 47 drives to tie or win the game.

The 37 aged Elway finally achieved the Super Bowl glory by going vintage Orange Crush. The star loaded Denver Broncos repeated as champions the following season of NFL and John Elway finished his career by winning 2 Super Bowl rings alongside a total of 51,475 yards passing.

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1. Joe Montana:

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Most of the football fans recognize the fact that Joe Montana has thwarted nearly every modern era’s claim to the greatness on the field of football. Montana carried the San Francisco 49ers into 4 Super Bowl Championships, claimed 4 MVP awards and won 4 separate Lombardi trophies. His perfect Big Game legacy is impossible to overtake. He is the no. 1 in our list of top 10 best NFL quarterbacks of all time.

Joe Montana, the legend went on 83 for 122 to pass for 1,142 yards and a record 11 touchdowns against zero interception in four Super Bowl games. At the stage of Big game, he translated into an astronomical 127.8 NFL quarterback rating. In 1979 third-round pick, Montana arrived at a middling San Francisco franchise as a scrawny and left as the forefront of the controls to the greatest offensive dynasty in the history of NFL.

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Serie A Top Goal Scorers of All time

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

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

Serie A Top Goal Scorers of All time:

10. Alessandro Del Piero, 188

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

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

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

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9. Giuseppe Signori, 188

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

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

8. Kurt Hamrin, 190

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

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

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

7. Antonio Di Natale, 203

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

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

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

6. Roberto Baggio, 205

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

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

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5. José Altafini, 216

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

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

4. Giuseppe Meazza, 216

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

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

3. Gunnar Nordahl, 225

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

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

2. Francesco Totti, 240

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

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

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1. Silvio Piola, 274

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

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

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Top 10 Most Popular College Sports in the world

Youth is the best time to cherish a dream. If someone wants to be a sportsman, it is the perfect time to show the potential. Sports are best performed by the youngsters. They have the exact fitness and flexibility to perform their best in this regard. This is the main reason to find the talented youngsters in the schools and colleges all around the world. Most of the colleges around the world have their sports team as a part of their co-curricular activities. There are many colleges which are more known for their sports teams to the world. Although, some sports are not so popular at the college level, while some other specific sports have gained huge popularity among the youths.

Here we enlisted the Top 10 most popular college sports in the world. Let’s have a look at the top 10 list which hopefully remind you your college life.

10 Most Popular College Sports in the World:

10. Track and Field

Track and field is a kind of sport that includes many different events. The game involves the competition of individual young athletes in separate events along with the combined one. The United States is well known for hosting different disciplines of track and field for both male and female at the school level. Sponsored by many famous schools, United States has become the home of track and field.

Most of the US schools sent their students in this mega sports event from middle school level through college and feature in a track and field team. USA offers a stunning development in creating big talents through high school track and field. Many US athletes try to build themselves to the Olympic standards from the high school level. The national event of track and field is just the selection process to find the best.

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9. Table Tennis

Table tennis is a widely popular indoor sport especially in the South-East Asian countries. In fact it is the no. 9 in our list of top 10 most popular college sports in the world. Countries like China, Korea, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore etc. practice table tennis at the high school level. This may be the main reason behind their success in the big events like Olympic Games. Table tennis has been a part of Olympic since 1988 and it is governed by the ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation).

The table tennis association was formed in Britain in 1921 and in 1926, it was renamed as International Table Tennis Federation. In United States, the table tennis association was founded in 1933. Besides Olympics, there are several professional table tennis competitions at club levels, like the national league of countries such as China, France, Germany, Austria and Belgium as well as international club team table tennis championships.

8. Volleyball

Volleyball is a notably popular sport in Unites States both at the college and University levels. Volleyball stands at no. 8 spot in our list of top 10 most popular college sports in the world. Most of the Olympic sports offer both sexes to be participated. However, volleyball would be the only sport which is dramatically promoted as female’s game. In the 2013/14 academic year, there were 1064 NCAA volleyball member schools, of which 329 were selected in top level Division I.

NCAA also sponsors volleyball for women at the University level. There were around 16,647 participants across all three divisions in NCAA. There are about 109 schools offering varsity volleyball for men in all three divisions. On the other hand, beach volleyball is gaining popularity day by day, too. In 2012, beach volleyball is sanctioned along with college volleyball in United States for the first time.

7. Tennis

Tennis is a kind of racquet sport which is played between two single player and two teams consisting two players each. Although, it is not a popular sport in Olympic, the game is played at different levels of society by millions of youngsters as a mere source of excitement. There are four Grand Slams in tennis which are widely popular around the world. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) conducts a junior tour to let the young players establish a world ranking as well ATP or WTA tennis ranking.

Most of the young tennis players enter into the big tournaments through ITF. Some reached the ATP tour directly from junior tour. The ITF facilitates the colleges to grow such potentials in many different ways. Tennis is gradually becoming one of the most popular college sports in the world nowadays.

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6. Ice Hockey

Ice hockey is one of the most popular winter sports in the world. The major professional Ice hockey league in North America is known as the NHL. The NHL may not be as popular as NFL or NBA, it is one of the most popular college sports in the world. The followers of this game is gradually increasing at the college level. Junior Ice hockey league in Canada plays a huge impact in developing players for NHL.

The Frozen Four is the most renowned college Ice Hockey tournament at the national level. The game is mainly played in the Northeastern and upper Midwestern of USA and most of the part of Canada.

5. Baseball

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Baseball is the most popular participatory sports in USA. Major League Baseball is the highest level of baseball competition in America. The junior baseball serves mainly as a development system to inspire the young generation. Every American University has its own baseball teams.

The recent stars developed their skill and proved themselves from their very beginning of varsity levels. There are also collegiate summer baseball leagues, taking place in every towns in America. The game has become one of the most popular college sports in the world.

4. Cricket

Cricket is the most popular game especially in the commonwealth countries. The sport has gained its popularity at the college and varsity level. The most schools and colleges in England have their cricket teams. Even in India, the game is well played at the school and college level. The Ranji trophy has become a vital stage for the Indian youngsters.

Great cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar all started their cricket career at the college level and we all know what they did for India later. So, it is really inspiring for the young fellas to follow them and developed themselves as cricketers.

3. Soccer

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College soccer is the most popular sport in US as well as in European countries. The institutions hire full time professional staffs and coaches to teach the students. There are many collegiate soccer associations in US, namely NAIA, NCAA, USCAA, NCCAA etc.

The professional US soccer clubs use to hire talented players after the NCAA college season. Thus the college students get the chance to enter the national level. Soccer is indeed one of the most popular college sports in the world.

2. Basketball

In the recent times, a statistic showed that, around 26 million American are playing basketball since its invention in 1891. Basketball is a popular college game in United States. The professional American basketball league is known as NBA. Various basketball competitions at high school and college level are becoming very much important for the young players.

Every year in March, a 68-college basketball team- tournament is organized called March Madness. The competition decides the NCAA Division I Men’s college basketball championship. Most of the high schools in different states of US declare champions and also harvest a huge fans surrounding the game.

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1. American Football

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American football is simply known as Football in USA. It the most played sport at the school and college levels in United States. The game has been ranked as no 1 in our list of top 10 most popular college sports in the world. American Football has a greatest number of participants at the college levels. The highest national football competition is named NFL (National Football League).

During the fall months in American colleges, the sport gather a millions of fans especially on Friday and Saturday. The fans and the alumni use to very passionate about their own college teams. American football has truly put a great impact in United States’ young society and it is a true sign of their sports development.

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Top 10 Most Controversial Footballers of All time

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

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

Top 10 most controversial footballers of all time:

10. Rene Higuita

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

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

9: Joey Barton

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

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

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8: Sinisa Mihajlovic

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

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

7: Harald Schumacher

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

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

6: Luis Suarez

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

5: Edmundo

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

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

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

4: John Terry

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

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

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3: Eric Cantona

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

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

2: Paolo Di Canio

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

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

1: Diego Maradona

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

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

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

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Top 10 Best Penalty Takers in Football World

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

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

10 Best Penalty Takers in Football World

10. Andrea Pirlo

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

9. Michael Ballack

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

8. Michel Platini

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

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7. Steven Gerrard

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

6. Alessandro Del Piero

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

5. Cristiano Ronaldo

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

4. Frank Lampard

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

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3. Zinedine Zidane

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

2. Alan Shearer

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

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1. Matt Le Tissier

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

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

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Top 10 Richest Sports Club Owners in the World

Sports clubs are kind of organizations of athletic members who participate in the various sports leagues in the world. These are one of the largest commercial networks which are consisting of popular professional players who represent their particular clubs in popular sports leagues and have a huge viewership throughout the world. Signing the top players cost these clubs a huge amount of money every year. The eminent clubs are always willing to take the risk as they all know that with the popular names associated with them, people will watch the game with much more interest. As a result, all these renowned sports clubs earn a great deal of money.

Today, Sporty Ghost brings to you the list of Top 10 Richest Sports Club Owners. Not necessarily, all they had to be sportsmen to be an owner of a sport club, majority of them are high business tycoons. In fact, all of them are not only sports fan but also some intelligent money investors.

Top 10 Richest Sports Club Owners in the World

10. Joe Lewis

Top 10 Richest Sports Club Owners in the World, Tottenham Hotspur
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Joe Lewis is a British businessman who currently owns the English professional football club, Tottenham Hotspur of English Premier League. He is a billionaire with an estimated wealth of $4.2 billion. Joe Lewis is enlisted as the ninth wealthiest person in United Kingdom, according to Forbes. He has established himself as a currency trader back in 1980s and 1990s. He currently lives in Bahamas as a tax exile.

But still, he is an active FX trader. The event, Black Wednesday was thought to be the main reason behind Joe Lewis’s incredible source money. Currently, he is in a process of opening a multi-building center for medical science near Orlando, this year.

9. Micky Arison

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Micky Arison, an Israeli-born American businessman who is currently the owner of NBA’s Miami Heat. Micky is acting as the chairman of Carnival Corporation, which is the largest cruise operator of the world. He was also the CEO of this company, from 1979 to 2013, and then replaced by Arnold W. Donald, who also had served the company for 12 years. Ted Arison, the son of Micky Arison, is the co-founder of Carnival Corporation.

Micky Arison owns two 200 feet long yachts, which have been his home for many years. Likewise, many other big bosses in the world, Micky was also a drop out from University of Miami. He is the 169th wealthiest person in the world, according to Forbes in 2011, with the estimated $5.9 billion money into his account. Micky Arison’s trump card LeBron James is one of the highest paid athletes in the recent time in sports.

8. Richard DeVos

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Richard DeVos is the 60th wealthiest person in the United States and 205th in the world, according to the Forbes’ list in 2012. With a net worth of around $5 billion, Richard DeVos is the owner of Orlando Magic in NBA. The American businessman ranks 8th in our list of top 10 richest sports clubs owners in the world. Along with Jay Van Andel, he is the co-founder of Amway group. It is a multi-purpose American company, which provides the daily dose of American lifestyle.

7. Silvio Berlusconi

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Silvio Berlusconi, the media tycoon and an Italian politician, who served three times as Italian Prime Minister. As a member of our top 10 richest sports club owners in the world, Berlusconi owns the Italian Serie A football club, AC Milan. Forbes ranked him the 141th richest man in the world in 2015, while his net worth was estimated $8.0 billion. For his powerful gesture in all around Italy, he was nicknamed as “The Knight”.

He is also the 12th powerful man in the world, according to Forbes in 2009. However, irrespective of his political power, Silvio Berlusconi is currently facing some allegations due to tax fraud and sexual harassment.

6. Philip Anschutz

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Philip Anschutz is an American entrepreneur, who bought out his father’s drilling company in 1961. The American business tycoon is the co-founder of Major League Soccer in United States. He also owns multiple teams, like Chicago fire, Houston Dynamo, Los Angeles Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes. He also showed his influence in NBA by owning Los Angeles Lakers, and Los Angeles Kings.

In 2014, Forbes magazine enlisted his name as the 38th richest person in the United States with an estimated wealth of $11 billion. He stays at no 6 in the list of top 10 richest sports club owners in the world.

5. Roman Abramovich

Top 10 Richest Sports Club Owners in the World, Chelsea
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A Russian businessman, investor and politician, Roman Abramovich is the current owner of the English Premier League club, Chelsea. He raised a Private investment company named Millhouse LLC, which deals with multiple assets like Russian Aluminum, Aeroflot Russian Airlines, and Russian Oil companies (Gazprom Neft) etc. in 2015, Roman Abramovich has gathered an estimated wealth of around 9.1 billion, which makes him the 12th richest man in Russia. However, the Chelsea owner has gone through some difficult time when he deliberately fired the manager Andre Villas-Boas.

4. Mikhail Prokhorov

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He is a Russian politician, a multi-billionaire and the current owner of NBA team, Brooklyn Nets. He completed his graduation from Moscow Finance Institute. Afterwards, he worked in the financial sector and subsequently, with hardship attained the success of being such a rich man. The metal man was better known for his Norilsk Nickel, which is the world’s largest nickel and palladium producer.

He also owned the largest Gold producing company in Russia, named Polyus Gold. He was a candidate in Russian Presidential election in 2012, where he turned third by getting 7.94% of total vote. With the estimated net wealth of $10.9 billion, Mikhail Prokhorov is the no. 4 in our list of top 10 richest ports club owners in the world.

3. Paul Allen

Paul Allen is a famous Microsoft guy, who is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation along with Bill Gates. He is also a philanthropist, an investor and over all a sports lover. He is the current owner of American professional NBA basketball team Portland Trail Blazers. He also owns a football team, Seattle Seahawks in NFL. Currently, he has marked his name as the 51th richest man in the world with the net worth of $17.5 billion.

As an investor, he has invested millions of dollars into technology companies. He is the founder of Vulcan Inc., which main task is to manage his various business and maintain the philanthropic efforts all around the world.

2. Rinat Akhmetov

Rinat Akhmetov is a Ukrainian business tycoon and is the founder and President of System Capital Management (SCM). In 2015, he was ranked as the 216th wealthiest man in the planet, who has an estimated wealth of 6.5 billion. He is the current owner and President of Ukrainian football club, Shakhtar Donetsk.

During the 2014 Russia-Ukraine pro-conflict, Rinat Akhmetov was said to be the principal financial backer for the militants in Donetsk. But, his role was questionable in this regard. However, his football team, FC Shakhtar Donetsk became the first ever as a Ukrainian team to achieve the UEFA Champions League title in 2009.

1. Mukesh Ambani

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An Indian business tycoon and the managing director of Reliance Industries Limited, Mukesh Ambani, is the current owner of Indian Premier League team Mumbai Indians. He was the 36th most powerful person in the world, according to the Forbes list in 2014. In 2013, he was the richest man in India and second richest man in Asia. He is the 19th richest man in the world with the personal net worth of 23.6 billion.

Mukesh Ambani is also the top man in our list of top 10 richest sports club owners in the world. He has been the richest person of India for six years in a row. He is currently chairpersoning the Board of Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, a leading business school in India.

All these multi-billionaires have one thing in common. They all love sports and like to invest in sports. After all, sports is a good business to invest in. The business can draw a huge profit with its increasing height of popularity. The media coverage, the players, the viewers, all play a vital role in this regard. Some people just want to enjoy the game. Hope, you and I, are among this category.

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Top 10 NFL Leading Scorers of All-time

American football is one of the most popular sports in United States. The game is widely played all over the country. National Football League (NFL) is the professional American football competition. The NFL footballers reach the highest level in football because of their tremendous hard working as well as their athletic ability with extraordinary competitiveness. It must be a great feeling for an American footballer to be on the top. Both mentally and physically, they had to stay strong and face the immense challenge. This popular American sports has produced so many legends over the years and some are notably famous for their style of play.

Today, Sporty Ghost have enlisted the Top 10 NFL Leading Scorers of All-time. All these names are very popular among the football loving Americans. So let’s find out something new about all these football legends.

Top 10 NFL Leading Scorers of All-time

10. Norm Johnson: 1,736

Top 10 NFL Leading Scorers of All-time, Norm Johnson
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The former American football placekicker, Norm Johnson played continuous 18 seasons in NFL. The NFL legend marked his step in different NFL teams throughout his long career. Teams like Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, and Pittsburgh Steelers are grateful to him for his enormous contribution. Norm Johnson finished his football career with 366 of 477 field goals (76%), which gave him a total 1,736 points.

In 2013, he ranked at no. 10 in the list of NFL leading scorers of all-time. During his tenure with the Seattle Seahawks, Johnson endured a nickname “Mr. Automatic. His famous 46-yard field goal in Steelars’ 27-17 Super Bowl loss to Dallas Cowboys was a memorable one.

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9. John Kasay: 1,970

Top 10 NFL Leading Scorers of All-time, John Kasay
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John Kasay is an American football kicker who is one of the most prolific figures in NFL. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks as a 1991 NFL fourth round draft. He held the record for most field goals in a single season which is 37, achieved in 1996 NFL season. Three years later, Olindo Mare broke his record by scoring 39 field goals. Again, the record was broken by Neil Rackers and later by David Akers.

John Kasay holds many records into his name as a placekicker. He ranks second for field goals made from 50+ yards. In 2009, Kasay hit the 400th field goal record. He is the no. 9 in our list of top 10 NFL leading scorers of all-time.

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8. Jason Elam: 1,983

Top 10 NFL Leading Scorers of All-time, Jason Elam
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The former Denver Broncos placekicker, Jason Elam played a total 15 seasons for the Broncos while spent two with the Atlanta Falcons. With Denver Broncos, Elam has won two Super Bowl rings. He is also a three-time Pro Bowl selection. He is famous for the longest field goal in NFL history at 63 yards, while later, Matt Prater broke the record with a 64-yard field goal.

7. George Blanda: 2,002

Top 10 NFL Leading Scorers of All-time, George Blanda
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George Blanda spent more seasons in NFL than any other NFL player, having played 26 season in professional American football. At the time of his retirement, he was the leading scorer than anyone in the history. Before retiring in 1976 at the age of 48, he is the only two players in the NFL history to play in four different decades.

Blanda holds another record of being the most extra point kicker in NFL. George Blanda is a very familiar figure in the NFL hall of fame. The list of top 10 NFL leading scorers of all-time will be truly incomplete without George Blanda.

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6. Matt Stover: 2,004

Top 10 NFL Leading Scorers of All-time, Matt Stover
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The Greek descent, Matt Stover was one of the most accurate kickers in the history of National Football League. Stover played for the Cleveland Browns, the New York Giants, and the Baltimore Ravens. Indianapolis Colts signed him on 2009 as a replacement for the injured kicker Adam Vinatieri. Matt Stover spent his last days in football playing for Baltimore Ravens.

At the time of his retirement in 2011, Stover was the last remaining member of the Cleveland Browns still active in the National Football League. He was the fourth in NFL leading scorers of all-time at his retirement.

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5. John Carney: 2,062

John Carney played in NFL firstly as an undrafted free agent signed by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1987. He also played football for Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants. At the time of his release from New Orleans Saints in 2009, he was the third in NFL leading scorers of all-time list, with 2,044 points. He is the last remaining player from the 1980s who is still active in NFL. His service as a kicking consultant at Saints was widely admired among the fans.

4. Adam Vinatieri: 2,146

Top 10 NFL Leading Scorers of All-time, Adam Vinatieri
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Adam Vinatieri is a placekicker who plays for Indianapolis Colts in NFL. So far, Vinatieri has played five Super Bowl football tournaments in his career. He is the Super Bowl winner in 2001, 2003 and 2004 with the New England Patriots and in 2006 with the Indianapolis Colts. He holds the record of appearing in most Super Bowls (5) and winning the most Super Bowl rings (4) as a placekicker.

At the age of 42, Adam Vinatieri is still an active NFL player. He was nicknamed “Automatic Adam” for his accuracy in kicking the ball. He has scored several match winning field goals in the NFL history. Adam Vinatieri is at No. 4 in our list of top 10 NFL leading scorers of all-time.

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3. Jason Hanson: 2,150

Top 10 NFL Leading Scorers of All-time, Jason Hanson
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He spent his entire 21-year career playing for the Detroit Lions in NFL. The one-club man firstly drafted by the Lions in the 2nd round of the 1992 NFL draft. Hanson is the record holder of being the most game-player with one single team. Before he got retired in 2013, Hanson played over 296 games for the Lions.

In 2012, he broke another record of being with one team for most years (21). This longest tenured Lion scored a stunning 2,150 points during his whole career. He stays at no 3 in our NFL leading scorers’ list.

2. Gary Anderson: 2,434

Gary Anderson was the first NFL kicker to have a perfect regular season in 1998. He successfully made every field goal and every PAT during that season. He was a 1982 NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills as a placekicker. He also signed contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers where he spent 12 long seasons. In 1995-96 season, Gary Anderson signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Again next season, he moved to the San Francisco 49ers. He is particularly renowned for wearing a one-bar face mask throughout his football career. With 2,434 points, Gary Anderson is the 2nd among the NFL leading Scorers of all-time.

1. Morten Anderson: 2,544

He was nicknamed as “The Great Dane”. Morten Anderson holds the record of being the all-time leading scorer in NFL. He is also a highest point scorer for two different rival teams in NFL, New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. Morten spent 13 seasons playing for the Saints, while for Falcons, he spent a combined eight seasons. The NFL kicker officially retired in 2008, holding several records in his hands.

He is the holder of following NFL records:

  • ●Most points in NFL: 2,544
    ● Most game played: 382
    ● Most field goals attempted: 709
    ● Most field goals: 565
    ● Most seasons with 75 or more points: 24
    ● Most consecutive games played by a placekicker: 248
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Top 10 All-time Greatest Records in Copa America

The Copa America is one of the prestigious football tournaments in the world. It is also the oldest football tournament in the world, starting from 1916. Formerly, the competition is known as ‘South American Football Championship’. South America is the region, where the game of football flourished better than any part of the world. Football is kind of a religion in this continent. Some greatest footballers were born here and brought glory for their countries. Footballers like Pele, Maradona, Ronaldo all played their magnificent role in world football. In recent time, Messi, Neymar, Rodriguez, David Luiz are remarkable South American footballers who are shining in the world football.

Copa America 2015 is taking place in Chile from 11 June. Now, we have taken an initiative to enlist the top 10 all-time greatest records in Copa America. Let’s have a look and enjoy.

Top 10 All-time Greatest Records in Copa America:

1. Most Titles

Top 10 All-time Greatest Records in Copa America, most title winner
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Uruguay National team are the most successful nation in the history of Copa America. The Uruguayans have won 15 Copa America titles. Uruguay won the competition defeating Paraguay by 3-0 in the final. Surprisingly, the runner-up Paraguay were able to reach the finals without winning a single game in the competition.

Their success in the final stage was determined by the way of penalty shoot-outs. However, Uruguay earned the right to play in 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil where they finished third.

2. Hosts

Argentina has hosted Copa America more times than any other nations in the South America. The nation arranged the tournament a record nine times with the last one in 2011. Uruguay are at second place having hosted the event seven times and Peru and Chile both share the third place for this record by hosting six tournaments each. On the other hand, Brazil have hosted only four occasions of this competition.

2015 Copa America is hosted by Chile in 9 different venues. As a matter of fact, the tournament was to be held in Brazil. But, after arranging 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2014 FIFA World Cup and preparing for the upcoming summer Olympics in 2016, they decided against hosting Copa America in 2015.

3. All-time top scorers

Top 10 All-time Greatest Records in Copa America, top scorer, Zizinho
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There are two players sharing the record for the most goals scored in the history of Copa America. They are Zizinho of Brazil and Norberto Mendez of Argentina. Both footballers have scored 17 goals in Copa America campaign. Severino Varela of Uruguay and Teodoro Fernandez are jointly placed second with scoring 15 goals each.

Top 10 All-time Greatest Records in Copa America, top scorer, Norberto Mendez
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Agentina’s Norberto Mendez played 33 games for his country and won 3 Copa America titles and 3 Primera Division titles in his career. Zizinho, the Brazilian attacking mid-fielder was great player with his incredible array of offensive skills with both feet as well as extraordinary vision. He made 53 appearances for Brazil and scored 30 goals. Truly, the record is worthy enough to be included in the list of top 10 all-time greatest records in Copa America.

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4. Most appearances by player

Top 10 All-time Greatest Records in Copa America, most appearence, Serjio Livingstone
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The Chilean goalkeeper, Serjio Livingstone held the record of most Copa America appearances. He played 34 Copa America matches, which is more than any other player. He took part in seven South American Championships and one world cup. Livingstone was nicknamed as “El Sapo”, (the Toad) for his trademark posture between the goal-post. The goal-keeper later became a well renowned journalist.

Brazil’s Zizinho is in the second place with 33 appearances while Leonel Alvarez and Carlos Valderrama share the third place with 32 appearances in Copa America.

5. Most successful coach

Top 10 All-time Greatest Records in Copa America, most successful coach, Guillermo Stabile
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The Argentine footballer and manager Guillermo Stabile is the most successful coach in the history of Copa America. He led Argentina to victory in six Copa America tournaments: 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955 and 1957. He coached the Argentine National side in 123 official matches gaining a total 83 victories, which made him one of the few coaches with more than 100 matches in charge of a national team.

As a footballer, Stabile was the top goal scorer of the first FIFA World Cup in 1930. He also played football in France and Italy.

6. Longest match

The longest match in the history of Copa America took place in 1919, in the 3rd Copa America competition, which was held in Brazil. It was a final match, where host Brazil beat Uruguay in the playoff match and claimed their first title. The match lasted a total of two and a half hours.

When the score was level after 90 minutes, it was needed an extra time, which was oddly consisted of four periods of 15 minutes each, not like two halves of 15 minutes as is still usual nowadays. It was a historic match for Brazil as they won their maiden title at home with 1-0 in the playoff against Uruguay.

7. Worst goalkeeper

The worst goalkeeper performance in the history of Copa America came in 1942, at the 17th edition of South American Championship, held in Uruguay. Ecuador goal-keeper Napoleon Medina became the most unlucky man, after conceding a record 31 goals in total. The record is still alive for the most goals ever conceded at a football tournament. Medina nearly broke his own record three years later conceding 27 goals as a goalkeeper.

Argentina’s remarkable victory came here when they beat Ecuador by 12-0. And also Uruguay can claim their most fascinating victory against Ecuador when they too crashed them by 7-0 in the 1942 Copa America competition. The record still remains in the book of Copa America.

8. Most goals in a match

Top 10 All-time Greatest Records in Copa America, most goals, Jose Manuel Monero
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The record for the most goals scored in a Copa America match is five. The record has been accomplished four times in the history of Copa America. Firstly came by Hector Scarone for Uruguay against Bolivia in 1926, Juan Marvezzi for Argentina against Ecuador in 1941, Jose Manuel Monero for Argentina against Ecuador in 1942 and Evaristo de Macedo for Brazil against Colombia in 1957.

9. Longest unbeaten run

Uruguay is the nation holding the record for the longest unbeaten run in Copa America, when it comes to matches in a home nation. They hold the record of unbeaten for 38 matches in Uruguay. The unbeaten matches consist of 31 home victories and 7 draws. The last match Uruguay played at their home was a 1-1 draw against Brazil in 1995.

They became runner-up six times while winning the title a record 17 times. Uruguay’s record is considered to be included in the list of top 10 all-time greatest records in Copa America.

10. Red cards

Most amazingly, the first 21 years of Copa America saw no red cards in any of the matches. Juan Emilio Piriz of Uruguay was the first player to be sent off by straight red card in a match against Chile in 1937.

The first 21 years of the Copa America saw no red cards in any of the matches. The first player to be sent off at the tournament was Juan Emilio Piriz of Uruguay when he was shown a straight red card in a match against Chile in 1937. The Uruguayans lost the game by 0-3 to Chile. So far, a total of 169 red cards have been shown in the history of Copa America.

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Top 10 Worst Sports Disasters in the World

In the wake of tragedy, sports always act as a palliative by giving us excitement and pleasure. It provides us a much needed distraction, but we often tend to forget the dark side of sports. The disasters in sport can take severely ugly forms ranging from miniature riot to excruciating physical damage with mass death. The second anniversary of Boston Marathon bombing has just passed with another anniversary in May 4 of 1949 Superga air accident which claimed the lives of the whole Turin professional soccer team, tragically known as Il Grande Torino.

We have enlisted the top 10 worst sports disasters in the world. All of these incidents are well remarkable in the history of sports. The departed souls will be remembered forever as long as the disaster marks it’s place in the history.

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Top 10 Worst Sports Disasters in the World:

10. Happy Valley Racecourse fire, 1918

Top 10 Worst Sports Disasters in the World, Happy Valley Racecourse fire
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The sport disaster took place on 28th February, 1918. The Happy Valley racecourse in Hong Kong, China was engulfed in an enormous fire which claimed as many as 570 people. Just a few seconds after the fire broke out, the large areas of racecourse stands and booths were collapsed. The exit root became blocked and many people were trapped inside the fire. It was supposedly the main reason of that much of death toll. However, the exact number of deaths was never known as a huge number of people were burnt with such intensity that only remnants were found in the incident place.

The exact origin of the catastrophe is still unknown. But, it was suspected that people engaged in preparing meals on cooking ranges in the sheds nearby must be accidentally caught fire and resulted in one of the worst sports disasters in the world.

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9. Boxing Champion Michael Watson incident, 1991

Top 10 Worst Sports Disasters in the World
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21 September, 1991, was remembered as a Black Day in the history of British Boxing. The incident took place, when a rematch was taken place between an admirable English boxer, Michael Watson and the unpopular Chris Eubank. Notably, Watson lost the super middleweight title earlier that year to Eubank. As the people demanded, three months later, the rematch was held. The boxing match was going fair and fine until 11th round and Watson was visibly outscoring Eubank. Then, suddenly something went wrong and Watson started falling back taking blow after blow onto his face. As the game progressed into the 12th round, poor Watson walked straight into Eubank’s punch several times and eventually he could hardly lift his gloved hands. The match referee finally called for a stop smelling the trouble, but that didn’t restrain Watson collapsing in the ring.

After going through 6 major brain surgeries and 40 days of coma, Michael Watson became the survivor of that fatal incident. Later, he sued the British Boxing Board for lack of proper immediate medications. He ultimately won the damage compensation of £1 million.

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8. Death of Hansie Cronje, 2002

Top 10 Worst Sports Disasters in the World
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The cricket world became speechless on 1 June 2002, when South Africa former captain Hansie Cronje died in a plane crash near George airport along with two pilots. However, two years before the accident, Hansie was accused for match fixing conspiracy. After a subsequent enquiry by the King Commission, he got himself banned for life from all kinds of cricketing activity. The plane crash following the banishment immediately sparked off the conspiracy theories. The plane crash may have been pre-ordained to eliminate Hansie Cronje, who could be a threat for some high-profile people involved in that match fixing. The exact truth is still unknown to the cricket-loving people.

The death of Hansie Cronje is still a mystery, yet more unfortunate than anyone in the cricket. It has been ranked at no. 8 in the list of top 10 worst sports disasters in the world.

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7. The Heysel Riot, 1985

Top 10 Worst Sports Disasters in the World, The Heysel Riot
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On 29 May, 1985, the fans of Juventus and Liverpool-the two biggest clubs in Europe-went literally at war during the European Cup final in Brussels, Belgium. The escaping Juventus fans were pressed against a collapsing wall by the Liverpool hooligans, before the start of the game. Around 39 people were reportedly dead and over 600 were injured in that disaster.

Following Heysel Stadium tragedy, all English football clubs were placed under an indefinite ban by UEFA from all European tournaments (lifted in 1990-91), while Liverpool was excluded for an additional three years banishment. The sports disaster was described as “The darkest hour in the UEFA competitions’ history”.

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6. Ghana Football Tragedy, 2001

Top 10 Worst Sports Disasters in the World, Accra stadium disaster
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A football match was emerged as a tragedy when a Ghana league game between ‘Asante Kotoko’ and ‘Hearts of Oak’ ended into a bloodshed on 9 May, 2001. The home side Hearts of Oak scored two late goals and claimed their victory by 2-1. The troubles was anticipated and extra security measures were ensured accordingly. But the disappointed Kotoko fans started to throw plastic chairs and bottles onto the pitch after the match. Police was to fire the tear gas in order to control the situation, but panic ensued among the people and resulted in death of 127 people due to compressive asphyxia.

After the official investigation, the Accra police department was blamed for over-reacting with indiscriminate firing of plastic bullets and tear gas. Some dishonest officers were also accused and punished accordingly.

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5. The Colourful 11 Disaster, 1989

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The Surinam Airways Flight 764 was departed from Amsterdam to Paramaribo on June 6, 1989 carrying 187 passengers, including a group of Dutch Surinam footballers known as “The Colourful 11”. At the moment of landing, the no. 2 engine of the plane stuck a tree at the height of approximately 25 meters above the ground. When the right wing of the plane stuck another tree, the plane began to roll and impact the ground. 176 passengers were incidentally dead including the the colourful 11 in that aircraft disaster.

Footballers like, Ruud Gullit, Aron Winter, Frank Rijkaard, Bryan Roy, and Regi Blinker were luckily denied permission to travel in that flight. These Dutch footballers survived the disaster by the grace of God.

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4. Kurt Jenson and Others, the curse of Doping, 1960—

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It was even before the Lance Armstrong incident. The illegal use of performance enhancing drugs had brought an enormous dishonor to the cycling world. Kurt Jansen, a Danish cyclist was accused of illegal doping back in 1960 Rome summer Olympics. The accusation came, when he suddenly collapsed to the ground due to an amphetamine overdose. The sports world was shocked again when the doping incidents came into lime light in 2003. Eight eminent cyclist aged between 16-34 years died of heart attack within the 13 months time span. Thorough investigations found that the EPO drug being the culprit behind all these deaths.

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3. The Death of Ayrton Senna, 1994

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Ayrton Senna was considered one of the most successful Formula One drivers in the sports world. Thus, the death of Ayrton Senna was the saddest moment people could ever imagine. It was the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix where Senna lost his control of his car while turning a corner. He crashed into a sidewall after skidding off the race track. Ayrton Senna hurt his head in that fatal race accident, when a piece tie rod penetrated his helmet visor just above the right eye. Senna died due to fatal brain injuries and ruptured temporal artery. The death of Ayrton Senna was probably the greatest lose in the Formula One’s history ever. The tragic event is inducted in our list of top 10 worst sports disasters in the world.

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2. The Munich Olympic massacre, 1972

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The 1972 Munich Olympic tragedy will never be forgotten by the world and pray such disaster never occurs again. A group of Palestinian terrorist named Black September took 11 Israeli athletes into hostage demanding the release of 234 criminals detained in Israeli jails. The terrorists named the attack as ‘Biram’ and ‘Iqrit’ (after two villages). A rescue attempt was initiated instantly which was failed disastrously, leaving all 11 Israeli athletes, 1 German police officer and 5 of the terrorists dead.

Later, the Israeli government launched two major military operations namely, “Operation Spring of Youth” and Operation Wrath of God to hunt down and kill the rest of the terrorists involving the Munich Olympic massacre.

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1. The Superga Tragedy, 1949

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The tragedy took place on 4 May, 1949. The Torino AC football team along with their coaching staff, sports journalists and plane crew were returning from a friendly match. The Fiat G.212 aircraft of Italian airlines lost its control during landing and crashed into the retaining wall at the back of the Basilica of Superga. All 31 people on board were reportedly dead. The day of May 4th is still remembered as “the day when Italian football died”. On the funeral day, nearly a million people took to the streets of Turin and gave a final farewell to the players. The following year, the Italian national team traveled to Brazil by ship to join 1950 FIFA World Cup.

The disaster shook the Italian national team as the 10 of the dead Torino players were playing on the national side. It took Torino as long as 27 years to overcome the damage. The Superga Tragedy is undoubtedly the worst sport disaster in the world. We all pray to God to rest their souls in peace.

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Top 10 Best Female Soccer Players of all time


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Soccer is a kind of sport, which always has been considered for the men only. Soccer is a game of power and agility, where men compete with other equally strong men. They are not even afraid to get all dirty for the game. Over the years, things have been changed and women have proven that they are nothing less than men when it comes to the sport of soccer. Women have shown their strength and skill to handle the game properly and get the football to the goal for a score. Some female footballers have established themselves as famous and popular sports figures among the fans.

As the Women football world cup is going on, we have made a list of top 10 best female soccer players in the world. Let’s take a look at the list and give us your valuable opinion regarding top 10 best female soccer players of all time.

10 Best Female Soccer Players of all time:

10. Michelle Akers

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The former leading American soccer player, Michelle Akers was the most important players for United States during the 1991 and 1999 Women’s world cup victory of USA. Between 1985-1990, Akers scored 15 goals in just 24 matches for USA national team. In the 1991 season, she also scored a record 39 goals in 26 games. 1991 was truly a golden year in her career as she was awarded the Golden boot with top score of 10 goals in 1991 Women’s world cup in China. Her name is inducted at the 10th place in our list of top 10 best female soccer players of all time.

Michelle Akers was named as the FIFA Female Player of the Century and her name is also inducted in the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Finally, she retired from the international football before the 2000 Summer Olympics. She is the second all-time leading goal scorers for US national team with 105 goals in her 153 appearances. She also made 37 assists and 247 points for the United States.


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9. Homare Sawa

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Homare Sawa is the former captain of the Japan women’s national soccer team. Currently, she plays for INAC Kobe Leonessa in the Nadeshiko League Division 1 besides Japanese national team. The attacking mid-fielder led her team to win the Gold medal at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and also won silver at 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She makes her place at no 9 in our list of top 10 best female soccer players of all time.

Last year, Japan won the 2014 AFC Women’s Asian Cup with her incredible help with the team. Sawa scored 6 goals for INAC Kobe Leonessa in her 33 appearances for the club since 2011. She has also flourished her international football career by scoring 83 goals in 200 appearances since 1993. She is one of the most prolific female soccer player in the history of Japanese football.

8. Birgit Prinz

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Birgit Prinz is a former German professional soccer player who played for 1. FFC Frankfurt besides her national team. She is considered as one of the most successful strikers in the history of German football.she grabs the second position at all-time leading top scorers in the FIFA Women’s World Cup with 14 goals (First is now Brazil’s Marta). Birgit Prinz was awarded the FIFA Player of the year in 2003, 2004 and 2005. She got retired from football on 12 August 2011.

Prinz has participated in five FIFA Women’s World Cups and four summer Olympics scoring a total 24 goals in 43 matches. During the 2003-2011, she scored a total of 136 goals in 114 caps for her club 1. FFC Frankfurt. She also scored 128 goals in 214 games for her national sides from 1994-2011. She is considered as one of the top female soccer players in the world.

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7. Kristine Lilly

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Kristine Lilly is a retired American female soccer player who played as a midfielder for her side. She was the most remarkable player for Boston Breakers in Women Professional Soccer league. Kristine Lilly played soccer for her national side for 24 long years and marked her name as the most capped soccer player for the United States national soccer team. We have considered her for the no. 7 place in our list of top 10 best female soccer players of all time.

She took part in five FIFA Women’s World Cups and won the world titles twice in 1996 and 2004. She appeared in a record 352 matches for the United States with 130 goals in her career. Kristine Lilly used to wear the number 13 jersey in her national team, which is currently wore by Alex Morgan.

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6. Nadine Angerer

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The recently retired German professional football goalkeeper, Nadine Angerer was the captain of the German National team. Last year on 13 January, Nadine was awarded FIFA World Player of the Year. She is the first soccer goalkeeper, male or female, to win this prestigious award from FIFA.

Nadine Angerer made her international debut in August 1996, in a match against the Netherlands. Nadine didn’t concede a single goal at 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, setting a record for most consecutive minutes played without conceding a single goal in the history of world cup for 540 minutes. She was named the best goalkeeper in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World cup. Her name is considered for the no. 6th place in the list of top 10 best female soccer players of all time.

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5. Sydney Leroux

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Sydney Leroux is a Canadian-born American professional female soccer player. Besides her national team, she also plays for Western New York Flash in the National Women’s Soccer League. At early ages, she represented Canada at various youth levels. Then she chose to play for the US Women’s national under-20 football team in 2008. She has been a regular member of United States national soccer team since 2012. Sydney Leroux won the gold medal for the national team in 2012 London Olympics.

She has scored 35 goals in 72 matches for her national side. Leroux has played for many different clubs in NWSL in US. For Seattle Reign FC, she scored 5 goals wearing 22 caps and for the Boston Breakers, she scored 11 goals in her 19 appearances. She is one of the best young potentials for the United States national soccer team.

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4. Abby Wambach

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The two-time Olympic gold medalist, Abby Wambach is an American professional soccer player, who was named as the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2012. She has been playing for the national side since 2001. The forward is currently the all-time top goal scorer for the United States with 183 goals in 244 international appearances. At the club level, she also played for Washington Freedom, magic Jack and the Western New York Flash. She is currently in a contract with Seattle Reign FC, although she doesn’t plan to play in 2015 due the preparation for 2015 FIFA Women’s world cup.

She is the six-time winner of the US Soccer athlete of the Year and better known for scoring goals with diving header. The 2012 FIFA Women Soccer player of the Year was awarded to her and she became the first American woman to win that award in last ten years. Abby Wambach is one of the key players for US team in 2015 Women football world cup.

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3. Marta

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Marta da Silva is a famous Brazilian soccer player, who also plays for the Swedish club FC Rosengård. Marta was awarded the FIFA World female player of the year for five consecutive years between 2006-2010. Her name has been selected for the no. 3 place in our list of top 10 best female soccer players of all time. 2007 FIFA women’s world cup was quite significant for her as she won the Golden Ball and Golden Boot in that soccer competition. She was the top scorer with seven goals and made numerous assists.

Marta scored a total 93 goals in her 94 appearances for the Brazil national team. For her current club FC Rosengård, so far she has scored 10 goals in 16 matches in 2014 season. She is one of the vital strength for Brazil in this 2015 Women’s world cup.

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2. Hope Solo

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Hope Solo is an American soccer team goalkeeper and won two-times Olympic gold medals for the United States national team cialis a vendre montreal. She is the regular goalkeeper for the US national side since 2000. She is regarded as one of the best female goalkeeper in the world. Hope Solo is currently holding the US record for the most career shutouts. She has played club football for various teams such as Atlanta Beat, magic Jack, Seattle sounders women and currently in the Seattle Reign.

Her exceptional skill in goalkeeping was unleashed in 2011 FIFA Women’s world cup, while US defeated Brazil in the quarter-final penalty shoot-outs. Solo was awarded the Golden gloves in that tournament for her incredible performance. She stood at no. 2 in our list of top 10 best female soccer players of all time.

1. Alex Morgan

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Alex Morgan is a professional American soccer player, who plays as a striker for the United States female soccer team. Currently, she plays for the Portland Thorns FC, besides her national sides and we consider her as the best female soccer player of all time. Morgan represented the US national team at 2011 FIFA Women’s world cup only at 22 years of age, being the youngest ever for the national side. She scored the match-winning goal in 2012 London Summer Olympics, where they beat Canada to reach the final.

Alex Morgan has played a total 85 games for her national side and scored 51 goals. As in club career, she scored 14 times in 33 appearances for the Portland Thorns FC. 2012 was a remarkable season for Alex Morgan as her 28 goals and 21 stunning assists which makes her the sixth youngest US player to score 20 goals in a single calendar year. Subsequently, her name was inducted as the US Soccer Female Athlete of the Year 2012 and FIFA Player of the Year. She is indeed the best female soccer player in the modern era of football. In our list, Alex Morgan is the no. 1 best soccer player in the world.

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Top 10 Players at the 2015 Women’s World Cup

The 2015 Women’s World Cup is on the way in Canada. It has promised to be a wonderful tournament, which will hopefully take the women’s game to another level. The world’s eyes are now focused on the best players the 2015 Women’s World Cup is to be offering. It is a great chance for the nations to show how much they progressed in the last four years. Japan are currently the reigning world champions, but the teams like Germany, USA, France and Brazil will be a threat to them in this soccer competition.

We have enlisted the top 10 Players, who will make some vital impact in this tournament. Considering their contribution to the club and national team and their recent performances, the list of top 10 Players at the 2015 Women’s World Cup has been made for the football fans. You may differ with us, seeing some popular players out of the list, but in order to make the list we were looking for the players who would not only make a difference this summer but would make people sit up and take notice at them. Here we go-

10 Players at the 2015 Women’s World Cup:

10. Anja Mittag, Germany

Top 10 Players at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, Anja Mittag, Germany
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The Germany national team are thought to be in trouble with the absence of Nadine Kessler and Fatmire Alushi in Canada. It is Anja Mittag, who has taken all the pressure onto her shoulders. However, it is nothing new for the 30-year-old goal machine, who had scored enough goals during the world cup qualifiers. Germany lifted the 2013 European Championships with the courtesy of Anja’s winning goal, proving how important she is for the national side.

Anja Mittag is very capable of scoring goal, playing anywhere in the field. The team work hard to limit the space for her opponents and when they win the ball back, Anja Mittag is already there to play off the shoulder of the last defender, racing through the box to finish with her magical foot. The proven goal scorer for the German side, Anja Mittag is at no. 10 spot in our list of top 10 players at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

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9. Lena Goessling, Germany

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Lena Goessling, the key midfielder for Wolfsburg, led her team to lift the German Bundesliga title last season. She also contributed remarkably in their Champions league success of the previous year. Wolfsburg were faced with two games against Paris Saint-Germain for a place in the Champions league final. In the first leg, the German side went on without their best midfielder and subsequently lost at home by 2-0. And then, with Goessling back, the side beat the French by 2-1 in Paris. Lena Goessling is a priceless asset for the German national team, as she is considering as the main architect of German midfield. The 29-year-old is quick with both her feet and incredible with her unmatched quality with the ball.

She is capable of taking and creating chances. She has a superb influence in the midfield for both her club and country. With Nadine Kessler out for injuries, Goessling is the main hope to step it up in this world cup. It’s a great chance for her to show why she is considered one of the best players in the women soccer. Goessling’s three goals in the world cup qualifying along with her amazing form in the past 12 months, have helped the German side move to the top of the World Women’s soccer ranking.

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8. Christen Press, United States

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Christen Press, the 26-year-old is one of the breakout superstars in this tournament. The world has just started to discover, who the American forward is. The forward has a dramatic history in ascending the success. When Press thought her chances of playing for the USWNT were gone, a sudden move to Sweden changed the course of her career.

Her amazing performance with the Swedish club, Tyreso FF, ultimately made herself suitable for the United States national team. In the 2013 season, Press scored 23 goals for the club and the Golden Boot was awarded to her in the Damallsvenskan. She became the first American ever to win that award in the history of Swedish league. Out there, Christen Press changed her style, improved her vision and developed her skill. She became a more technical player. Her incredible form launched her career to the next level, making her dream debut for the USWNT in 2013. Press scored twice and set up another during her first match against Scotland.

In the second match, while she added the 3rd , Press became the first player to score three goals in her first two games for United States.the California girl has ushered in a new dawn, the one that will hopefully lead the United States team in 2015 Women’s World Cup.

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7. Nilla Fischer, Sweden

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Nilla Fischer, the defensive midfielder for Sweden, is a potential threat for any other teams in 2015 Women’s World Cup. Only Fischer can upset the odds and lead Sweden to their first World Cup victory. Fischer had played most of her career as a defensive midfielder, before legendary Swedish coach Pia Sundhage converted her into a center-back in 2013. It has turned out to be a great decision as the games follows.

Nilla Fischer was awarded Defender of the Year by the Swedish FA in 2013. Her name was also inducted in the short list for the 2013-14 UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe, as her club Wolfsburg lifted the women’s champions league trophy in that season with her spectacular performance. Nilla Fischer is deadly from the set pieces and the most technically gifted footballer who is an inspiration for her team. We have chosen Nilla Fischer for the no. 7 place in the list of top 10 players at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

6. Carli Lloyd, United States

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The 32 years old Carli Lloyd is currently playing at her third world cup and she is starting to be recognized as one of the best players in the USWNT. Lloyd passed some critical time in her career, when she even thought of giving up soccer and then it was the director of soccer operations for the Universal Soccer academy. James Galanis, who turned her into a talented goal-machine. With an unnatural perseverance, she has developed herself to another level.

Even with her 63 goals for the United States, she is far from just a regular goal scorer. Lloyd has the ability to take the pressure on her back and inspire her teammates to victory. She is the one bursting forward who can create chances and can change the course of the game dramatically. She can defend, she can attack, and she can be a leader on the field. She is the one vital weapon for the United States in 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

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5. Aya Miyama, Japan

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Japan have been crowned as the world Champion and AFC champion. Aya Miyama is a Japanese female soccer player, who has won the AFC Women Player of the Year twice. Miyama is an absolute idol of an ideal captain. She is approaching is this 2015 Women’s World Cup with some definite targets, most importantly, to win the title one more time. The time she replaced Homare Sawa as the captain of the national side, the midfielder added an extra attacking thrust to their playing style. She has become a complete leader both on and off the pitch.

Miyama is a technically superb player with her sharp awareness and accurate anticipation, which make her a constant threat for the opponents. Miyama is an efficient player who plays with her head up and can pick a pass with either foot. She is one of the best players in the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

4. Dzsenifer Marozsan, Germany

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She is the daughter of former Hungarian international footballer Janos Marozsan. She has established herself as one of the most talented footballers of football’s new generation. Dzsenifer made her debut in German Bundesliga club Saarbrucken at just 14 years of age and within a year, she scored her first goal, proving herself as one of the young promises. At 17, she moved to Frankfurt to play football at Bundesliga. The young phenomenon lifted the Golden Shoe and was also awarded the Silver ball at the Under-17 world cup in 2008. Four years later, at U-20 World Cup, Dzsenifer Marozsan was also awarded the Best Player of the Tournament.

She has a naturally gifted skill with sublime close control and vision and imagination to create chances out of nothing. She is one of the most promising youngsters in 2015 Women’s World Cup. The young potential is to offer something special this summer.

3. Louisa Necib, France

Top 10 Players at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, Louisa Necib, France
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As one of the best teams in Women’s football, France is under pressure to stand close to the title in 2015 Women’s World Cup. All hope were lost for France, when Louisa Necib got injured in a friendly against United States, but she returned. The 2015 Women’s World Cup has welcomed her as a shining superstar.

Louisa Necib was initially compared as the “Female Zidane”, due to her style of playing football and her background. But, with the time, Necib has built the legacy of her own. She can effortlessly keep the ball to her feet and her magnificent technique and superb understanding of the game make her a complete joy to watch. The best French striker is capable enough to guide France toward the final this summer. She is undoubtedly inducted in our list of top 10 players at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

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2. Lotta Schelin, Sweden

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One of the best female soccer players, Lotta Schelin is very much close to challenge the No. 1 spot in the list of top 10 players at the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Probably, her performance in Canada will surely determine who the best is. In the World Cup qualifying, her 12 goals in 10 matches for Sweden showed exactly what she is capable of. The tall, quick Olympique Lyonnais forward is an unselfish player who has an air of class when in possession.

The 31-year-old has a superb ability of being at the right place at right time and the quickest striker can convert any ball into a marvelous goal. The Swedish striker is someone, who can take Sweden to the final stage of the 2015 Women’s World Cup. . She ranks at no. 2 in top 10 players at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

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1. Marta, Brazil

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Marta of Brazil, probably everyone even with the limited knowledge of women’s soccer have heard the name. She is one of the all-time best goalscorers for Brazil. Marta was awarded FIFA Women’s Player of the Year a record five times and has been nominated in the top three for the past 11 years. She is blessed with outstanding pace and superb technique and even the great Pele used to admire her style of playing soccer.

Marta was able to caught the world’s attention during 2007 Women’s World Cup in China, where she scored seven goals as Brazil finished the competition as runners-up. For her outstanding performance, she was awarded the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe in that tournament. Marta is still top of her game at the age of 29. If Brazil come to as the winner of 2015 Women’s World Cup, Marta would be a true heroine for them. She is surely the no. 1 in our list of top 10 players at the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Let’s see, what Marta brings this summer. The Brazilians are always doubtful.

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Top 10 Transfer Targets of Manchester United in summer 2015

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

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

Transfer Targets of Manchester United in summer 2015:

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

10. Felipe Anderson

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

9. Nicolas Otamendi

Top 10 Transfer Targets of Manchester United in summer 2015, Nicolas Otamendi
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Nicolas Otamendi has established himself as one of the most powerful and devastating center halves for Valencia. He was signed here in the Spanish club from Porto last summer. Otamendi has enjoyed a colourful reputation following a string of impressive performances in Spanish La Liga last season.

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

8. Roberto Firmino

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

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

7. Nathaniel Clyne

Top 10 Transfer Targets of Manchester United in summer 2015, Nathaniel Clyne
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Nathaniel Clyne is currently playing for Southamtpn as a right back. Truly, he is a man in demand. His splendid season for the Southampton has not gone unnoticed and several of Manchester United’s rivals, including Liverpool, are very much interested in acquiring him. The Merseysiders’ measly bid £10 million for his service, but was rejected. Manchester United would have to double that money to make sure Nathaniel Clyne waves goodbye to St. Mary’s and move into Old Trafford.

6. Mats Hummels

Top 10 Transfer Targets of Manchester United in summer 2015, Mats Hummels
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Manchester United truly lack a defence leader and the Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels could be the answer for them. Following Dortmund’s disappointing campaign in the last Bundesliga season, there are lots of questions concerning Hummels performance. But, it is an unavoidable truth that, the United also lack some power in the central defending position at present.

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

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5. Hugo Lloris

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

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

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4. Karim Benzema

Top 10 Transfer Targets of Manchester United in summer 2015, Karim Benzema
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French forward Karim Benzema is constantly tipped to be the fall guy at Santiago Bernabeu. He is most likely to be deemed surplus to requirements for Real. There has been a massive change of plan after the arrival of Rafa Benitez and he is planning to take his side’s front line in a different direction. As a result, after passing some difficult time, Benzema could be on his way out of the Spanish capital. The United, on the other hand, is in need of new additions in front line following the failure of Radamel Falcao’s spell.

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

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3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Top 10 Transfer Targets of Manchester United in summer 2015, Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic | image credit – Wikimedia/Дмитрий Неймырок

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

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2. Paul Pogba

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

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1. Gareth Bale

Top 10 Transfer Targets of Manchester United in summer 2015, Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale | image credit – Wikimedia/DanilaKrotov777

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

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

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Top 10 Richest Sports Brands in the World

The sports industry is a vast field of international business and is becoming commercialized day by day. The sports business is more competitive than the competitions between athletes. The television networks race between themselves to broadcast certain sporting events. In addition, different sports brands also take part in this competition to sponsor some of the biggest stars in sports. All these sports brands are highly concerned with their value and image. The sports brands have attained huge popularity around the world. They are also earning a great deal of money through these businesses.
Our team have got an idea to enlist the top 10 richest sports brands in the world. The list is consisting of some of the premier television networks and also some sports apparel brands. Their net value were calculated as the amount of business they would fetch in an arm length transaction. The list of top 10 richest sports brands in the world is concerned with sports business and does not include any sports franchises. So, here it is-

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Top 10 Richest Sports Brands in the World:

10. MSG Network: $300 Million

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MSG Network HQ—-image credit: Wikipedia/Ilovechoclate

The MSG Network is a regional radio and television service in United States. The network is specially focused on the sports teams from New York City. The TV channel is hereby named after Madison Square Garden (MSG) and they broadcast games of New York Knicks, New York Rangers and WNBA’s New York Liberty alongside the soccer matches played by the New York Red Bulls of MLS.
They has been broadcasting the exclusive events of New York Giants since 2010. The sister of this channel, MSG Plus also broadcast the NHL games with special attention to the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders. The estimated worth of MSG Network in 2013 was increased by $70 million and now it is about $300 million. MSG Network stands at No. 10 in the list of top 10 richest sports brands in the world.

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9. MLBAM: $480 Million

Top 10 Richest Sports Brands in the World
The MLB arena—-image credit: Wikipedia/ Nehrams2020

Major League Baseball Advanced Media, in short MLBAM is a limited partnership business network of the MLB club owners. It is the internet and interactive branch of Major League Baseball and currently based in New York City. MLBAM operates the official website of MLB. The site publishes news, standings, statistics and match schedules. The site also offers live audio and video broadcasts to the subscribers.
The company distributes ESPN’s online sports video, which include the BCS Championship games. MLBAM also owns the websites of WWE and Guns N’ Roses. With estimated $480 million income, MLBAM is at 9th place in the list of top 10 richest sports brands in the world.

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8. NESN: $510 Million

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NESN reporters———image credit: Flickr/Keith Allison

 

NESN stands for New England Sports Network, which is the regional television channel in the six New England states in USA. NESN mainly broadcasts the games of Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins. They also covers the news of regional college basketball games. The channel was launched in 1984 and moved to be the basic cable network later in 2001. They offer a monthly subscription fee of $3.56, which is the 3rd highest fee charged by any regional sports network in United States.
NESN is currently a joint business of Delaware North, who own the Boston Bruins and TD Garden and the Fenway Sports Group, who own the Boston Bruins and English soccer club Liverpool FC. NESN is at No. 8 spot in our list of top 10 richest sports brands in the world.

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7. YES Network: $625 Million

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YES networks base in Yankees game—image credit: Wikipedia/ chris.ptacek

The Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network (YES Network) is the primary broadcasting network of New York Yankee and Brooklyn Nets. The YES Network is officially based in Manhattan. After launching in 2002, YES have spread their network in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and some parts of Pennsylvania. The YES Network have soon gained the popularity and become the most watched regional sports channel in the United States.
The 20% share of YES Network is owned by the Yankee Global Enterprises and the remaining 80% of the company is owned by 21st Century Fox. Global advertisement is the main money source for the YES Network. They earn more percentage of money than any other regional sports network in the world.

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6. Reebok: $1.1 Billion

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Reebok delta logo—image credit: Wikipedia/ReebokUSA

Reebok is the first sports shoe company in this list and they are also the 1st member in the billion club. The company, with a revenue of $1.1 billion, stands at No. 6 in the list of top 10 richest sports brands in the world. Reebok was founded in 1895 in Bolton, England. They have been a subsidiary of another major sports shoe company, Adidas since 2005. In 2012, Reebok earned a profit of $1.2 billion. Their $0.1 billion loss may be attributed that they are no longer the exclusive kit provider for the NFL. Most recently, Reebok seems to be forging multiple partnerships with Spartan Race and Crossfit. Still, Reebok is one of the very popular sports brands throughout the world.

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5. Under Armour: $3.7 Billion

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Jordan Lewis is an Under Armour ambassador—image credit: Wikimedia/Shuffleking

Under Armour is a famous American sportswear and accessories company, which was founded in 1996. They firstly invented the moisture-wicking shirts that were made from microfibers. These clothing helped the athletes a great deal by keeping them dry and preventing discomfort of being in a sweat soaked shirt. In 1999, the Under Armour clothing company got the task of being the outfitter for two Warner Bros movies, Any Given Sunday and The Replacements. They progressed to a new level in 2000, when the company became the outfitter for the XFL. Now, they sponsor the NFL Combine and also branched out to produce other products like athletic shoes. Currently, The Under Armour company earns 12% of their revenue from footwear sales. Under Armour is at No. 5 in the list of top 10 richest sports brands in the world.

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4. Sky Sports: $4.1 Billion

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Sky Sports 24 news studio—-image via: Wikimedia/Morningfrost

The No. 4 spot in our list is allocated for the Sky Sports, which is a group of sports television network. Sky Sports was founded in 1991. The channels are operated by the British Sky Broadcasting company. Sky Sports telecasts news from numerous sports, like soccer, cricket, rugby, darts, golf, boxing, wrestling, formula F1 racing. The Sky Sports News Channel does not need any premium package subscription for the viewers.
Sky Sports network is the most eminent sports channel , broadcasting the English Premier League matches. Sky Sports have dominantly provided sports contents in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Sky Sports television network played a vital role in encouraging England’s top football division to break away from the Football League and form English Premier League in 1992. It is the most influential sports media in Europe.

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3. Adidas: $7.1 Billion

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Adidas outlet in Hongkong—-image credit: Wikimedia/Tungyuemans23

Adidas is a German sports brand that produces sports footwear, jerseys and various accessories. Adidas is a part of Adidas Group (AG), which also includes Reebok, TaylorMade, Rockport and a small percentage of Bayern Munich Football Club. The company was founded by Adolf Dassler, following a split with his brother, who went on to form another Sports brand Puma. Thus the rivalry between Adidas and Puma has started and still remains today.
According to Forbes magazine, Adidas became the only prominent sports brand, which provided over 5,000 sports outfits in 2012 London Olympics. Also, 30% of the medals captured were by athletes wearing Adidas brand. The company has made sponsorship deals with the biggest sports stars in the world, such as Derrick Rose, Steven Gerrard, Dwight Howard, Andy Murray, Robert Griffin III and many more. Adidas is at No. 3 in the list of top 10 richest sports brands in the world.

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2. ESPN: $15 Billion

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ESPN logo——image credit: Wikipedia/ ESPN, Inc.

ESPN stands for “Entertainment and Sports Programming Network”, who often claims to be the worldwide leader in sports. ESPN is owned by the Hearst Corporation and the Walt Disney Company. ESPN sports network broadcasts live events from almost all sports and also live telecasts sport talk shows, sport documentaries and sports news shows. The channel is available on cable and reached to over 85% Americans. The subscription fee is $5.50 per month, which is the highest monthly subscription fee of any cable television network. ESPN was founded in 1979 and headquatered in Bristol, Connecticut.
ESPN is at No. 2 in our list of top 10 richest sports brands in the world. in 2013, the company earned over $6 billion in cable fees. The current net worth of ESPN is about $15 billion and now they have become the largest sports television network in the world.

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1. Nike: $17.3 Billion

Top 10 Richest Sports Brands in the World
The gorgeous Nike Air Max—-image credit: Wikipedia/Beomseok

Here we come, the No. 1 is here. Nike is the No. 1 richest sports brand in the world with a massive $17.3 billion value. They are the worldwide leader in athletic footwear. Nike dominates almost 20% of the sports footwear market and according for Forbes, that Nike has outperformed the Dow Jones United States footwear index by 50% in last five years. After founded in 1964, Nike was initially known as Blue Ribbon Company, which was owned by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight. Later in 1971, the Company changed its name into Nike Inc. It is not just a shoe company, but a global giant in producing various sports accessories. Since 2013, Nike has been the exclusive uniform provider of all NFL teams in USA.
Nike was named after the Greek Goddess, who happened to be the goddess of victory. The company can claim to be victorious in all prospective, specially for being the richest sports brand in the world.

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