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Top 10 strongest teams to win Euro 2016

Euro 2016 has been scheduled to be held in France from 10 June, 2016. It is the most exciting football championship participated by the European football playing nations. The whole world is waiting eagerly to see the strongest sides competing each others in Euro 2016. For the first time, the tournament will be contested by 24 teams. The group stage of the game is consisting of six groups of four teams, which is followed by a knock-out stage of three rounds and ultimately the final. It is the third time France has been hosting UEFA European Championship. The Euro 2016 is the 15th edition of UEFA European Championship. Spain along with host France are the most successful teams in Euro, winning two Euro titles. Now, it is the high time to watch who is the strongest teams to win Euro 2016.

Our Sportyghost team have made a list of most probable winners of upcoming Euro 2016. Each of them are top contenders for the European Championship. After World Cup football, European Championship is considered as the most thrilling football competition in the world. Let’s have a look at the list of top 10 teams to win Euro 2016.

Top 10 strongest teams to win Euro 2016

10. Austria

FIFA Ranking: 10

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Austrian National team——–image credit: Wikimedia/Steindy

Austria is the imminent power house of football. They have been appearing as one of the strongest competitors in Europe. They showed some astonishing performances in the qualifying rounds of Euro 2016, winning 9 of their 10 matches. Bayern Munich’s David Alaba is the Austria’s talisman in their Euro campaign. He is a true sensation and currently is considered as one of the best footballers. David Alaba is a complete player who can play at full-back, centre back or in midfield. He incredibly helped Austria to climb into the top 10 of FIFA ranking for the first time. They will be competing in Group F. The other four teams in this group are Portugal, Iceland and Hungary.

Austria in Euro: It will be their 2nd appearance in Euro. As co-host at Euro 2008, they failed to win a single game in their first tournament.

Key player: Central midfielder- David Alaba. He is a versatile player who can play in nearly 10 positions in the field.

Premier league players: Kevin Wimmer (Tottenham), Christian Fuchs (Leicester City), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City), Sebastian Prodl (Watford)

The Manager:  Former Switzerland international Marcel Koller.

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9. Wales

FIFA Ranking: 17

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Wales national team——–image credit: Wikimedia/Biser Todorov

After a 58-year wait, Wales will be playing their first major football tournament in Euro 2016. It is a true reflection of the brilliant manager Chris Coleman and some awesome players in the squad. They have some real quality in key positions blessed with Aaron Ramsey, Ashley Williams and Gareth Bale, who became the top scorer in Euro qualification with seven goals. The Wales has got an amazing team spirit and they will be certainly one of the strongest teams to win Euro 2016.

Wales in Euro: It is their first appearance in Euro.

Key player: Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale. Notably, he is currently the most expensive player in the world.

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Gareth Bale——–image credit: Wikimedia/Jon Candy

Premier league players: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Andy King (Leicester City), Ben Davies (Tottenham), James Chester (West Brom), Joe Allen (Liverpool), Ashley Williams (Swansea), James Collins (West Ham)

The manager: Chris Coleman, who took over the job in a tough situation after the death of Gary Speed in 2011. He is expecting to expand the contract beyond 2016.

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8. Portugal

FIFA Ranking: 7

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Cristiano Ronaldo for portugal——image credit: DeviantArt/iDioxy

The Portugal side is known by one name, “Cristiano Ronaldo”. He is the only one fighting almost single handedly in the team. With Cristiano’s remarkable performance in the qualifying with five goals, Portugal won seven of their eight matches. They will be the weakest side in the pot if Cristiano sustains any injury, as he did in 2014 World Cup. Portugal have reached at-least the quarter finals in last five European Championships. So, eyes on the Portuguese side as well as Cristiano Ronaldo, who is craving for international success.

Portugal in Euro: Their most remarkable achievement was in 2004, where they became runner-up. They were beaten by Greece on their home soil. The Portuguese side also played semi-finals in 2000 and 2012.

Key player: Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo. He is the top goal scorer for the Portugal with 56 goals. He also scored three hat-tricks in Euro. It will be his forth appearance in this tournaments.

Premier League players: Jose Fonte, Cedric Soares (Southampton), Eder (Swansea)

The Manager: Fernando Santos, 61 who has won his first seven competitive games in charge of Portugal. He has a bright history of coaching career. He led FC Porto winning five major titles.

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7. Poland

FIFA Ranking: 34

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Poland national team———image credit: Wikimedia/Piotr Drabik

Poland were the top scorers in the Euro qualification with 33 goals. The team possesses world class goal machine, Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski. He is currently the most potent center-forward in the world. He scored a stunning 13 goals in the qualification, which is no one ever did. Poland will be making a big impact in Euro 2016. If Robert Lewandowski continues to maintain his form, it will be anything possible for Poland.

Poland in Euro: It is their third consecutive appearance in UEFA European Championship. They finished at group stage in last two Euros.

Key player: Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski. He is undoubtedly the best number nine in the world. He scored 28 goals in 30 matches for his club and nation this season. He has been in a great shape of playing destructive football. Hopefully, Euro 2016 will be his place.

Premier league player: Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea)

The manager: The former Polish international, Adam Nawalka was appointed as manager in October 2013. Euro 2016 will be his first away tournament.

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6. Italy

FIFA Ranking: 15

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Italy national team———image credit: Wikimedia/Biser Todorov

The four-time World Cup champions, Italy is one of the strongest teams to win Euro 2016. They were unbeaten in the Euro qualification with seven wins and three draws in their ten games. The Azzurri’s defence is fortified with Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Cheillini and Leonardo Bonucci. They have also got a hugely talented midfield which is boasted with Andrea Pirlo and Marco Verratti. But, the main problem of Italian side is they lack strikers. Still, Granziano Pelle had shown some prospects with his three qualifying goals. Euro 2016 will be a great challenge for the Azzurri.

Italy in Euro: They won their first Euro title at home in 1968. They are also the finalist in 2000 and 2012 Euro. They failed twice to pass the  group stage (1996, 2004).

Key player: the great Lev Yashin award winner, Gianluigi Buffon. He is literally a unbreakable wall between the post. Moreover, he is the most experienced player of the side. He is the most capped player in Italian football (156).

Premier league players: Matteo Darmain (Manchester United), Granziano Pelle (Southampton)

The manager: the former Juventus coach, Antonio Conte. He replaced Cesare Prandelli after Italy’s failure to pass the group stage in 2014 World cup in Brazil.

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5. England

FIFA Ranking: 9

Roy Hodgson’s men were unbeaten in their Euro qualification. The England team also showed some tremendous prospects in international friendlies. They grabbed a subsequent win over an emotional France and are in a good shape. England team have plenty of individual talents. Forwards like Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane performed extraordinary. But, the persistent worries continue over the form of all-time top scorer Wayne Rooney. Roy Hodgson is planning to introduce numerous combinations at the mid-field since the last World Cup. He tried a completely new one in the match against France and it worked properly. England is a youthful team now and showing some good football. So, let’s see, what England team will bring us in upcoming Euro 2016 in France.

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Wayne Rooney in action———image credit: Wikimedia/Илья Хохлов

England in Euro: England placed 3rd of the four finalist in 1968. As the host of Euro 96, the English reach semi-finals for the first time in Euro. In Euro 2012, they performed their best at the foreign soil, after being unbeaten they lost on penalties in quarter-final against Italy.

Key player: Wayne Rooney is the main key player for England. He scored seven goals in the qualification and still can do a lot for England.

The manager: the 68-year old, Roy Hodgson will the England boss. It will be his third major tournament for England. He has a glorious background of managing 14 clubs and 4 national teams.

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4. Belgium

FIFA Ranking: 1

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Belgium National team——image credit: Wikimedia/Erik Drost

They are the top at FIFA ranking and studded with one of the most talented generations of players. Belgium is undoubtedly is one of the strongest teams to win Euro 2016. The team’s performance was dignified by some amazing players like Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku. It is very hard to find holes in the Belgium squad. They only lack experience for playing at the biggest stage of football. However, their last year world cup performances were overwhelming, going out in the quarterfinals 1-0 to Argentina.

Belgium in Euro: They are qualified for Euro 2016 for the first time since 2002. Belgium were the runner-up in 1980 and stood 3rd in 1972.

Key player: No, it’s not Eden Hazard anymore, it is Kevin de Bruyne, who scored five goals and made three assists in the qualification.

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Kevin de Bruyne ———image via: wikipedia/Erik Drost

Premier league players: Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Tody Alderweireld, Nacer Chadli and Jan Vertonghen (all Tottenham), Kevin de Bruyne and Vincent Kompany (both Manchester City), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Christian Benteke, Simon Mignolet and Divock Origi (all Liverpool), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United)

The manager: Marc Wilmots, the Belgium manager will celebrate four years in charge next June. He took Belgium to the quarter-finals of 2014 world cup.

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3. France

FIFA Ranking: 25

They would have been second in the list of top 10 strongest teams to win Euro 2016. But, the recent scandal in which star striker Karim Benzema being charged with blackmailing his team-mate Mathieu Valbuena, will put France at third. Benzema will possibly miss Euro 2016. That will not be very concerning for the French, because the team is studded with many other stars. Real Madrid defender Rafael Varane, Juventus mid fielder Paul Pogba, Bayern’s Kingsley Coman, Athletico’s Antoine Griezmann, all are thirsty for international success. Every player in the French team is in incredible form and they eagerly want to keep the Euro cup at home. France are always favourite in Euro with their dynamic and athletic midfield.

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French superstar, Paul Pogba———-image credit: Football

France in Euro: France is the last host nation to win the Euro title in 1984. They are also the winner of Euro 2000. Euro 2016 will be their seventh successive European championships.

Key player:  It is Blaise Matuidi. There are many other French players to play the key role, but Matuidi is the main driving force in the French mid-field.

Premier league players: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Oliver Giroud, Mathieu Debuchy, Laurent Koscielny (all Arsenal), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Morgan Schneiderlin, Anthony Martial (both Manchester Unioted), Bacary Sagna, Eliaquim Mangala (both Manchester City), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea).

The manager: Didier Deschamps led France to the world cup quarter-finals in 2014. As a player, Deschamps captained France to victory at 1998 world cup and Euro 2000. It will be a great challenge ahead of him in Euro 2016.

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2. Spain

FIFA Ranking: 3

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Euro 2012 winner Spain ———–image credit: Wikimedia/Илья Хохлов

Spain’s exit in 2014 World cup ended their long term international dominance, but there is no reason to believe that Spain is least favourite in this upcoming Euro 2016. The Spanish side won Euro 2012 by obliterating Italy in the final. The Spanish boss Vicente del Bosque has grown a huge pool of young talents, which include Dani Carvajal, Hector Bellerin, Alvaro Morata, Paco Alcacer etc. The Spanish midfield is graced with Iniesta, Koke, Cazorla, David Silva. They finished top in Group C qualification with nine wins. But the team is no longer as likely to overwhelm the best opposition as they did before. VDB mentioned his side is “practically a finished article”. So, let’s see, what  new generation brings for the Spanish side.

Spain in Euro: They won Euro championship in 1964, 2008 and 2012. It will be their 10th appearance in Euro.

Key player: The 29-year-old, Manchester City playmaker, David Silva will be the key for Spain. He usually roams around the pitch to operate in pockets of space and creates numerous opportunities.

Premier league players: Davis Silva (Manchester City), Diego Coasta, Cesc Fabregas and Pedro (all Chelsea), David de Gea and Juan Mata (Manchester United), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

The manager: Vicente del Bosque is bigwig of Spanish team since 2008. The world cup winner marked a national record of 100th match in charge of Spain in June 2015.

1. Germany

FIFA Ranking: 4

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German national team after winning 2014 FIFA World cup—–image credit: Wikimedia/Agência Brasil

The current world champions are bursting with talented players and must be considered at no. 1 in the list of top 10 strongest teams to win Euro 2016. The German team is blessed with world class players like Scweinsteiger, Ozil, Reus, Gotze and Muller. All of them have elevated football in a new level after winning 2014 world cup defeating Argentina in the final. The German mid-field with Toni Kross , Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil, is the most devastating in the world. Germany is the most balanced team now and they are determined to win their 4th Euro title.

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Germany in Euro: Germany won European Championship three times, in 1972, 1980 and 1996. They are the semifinalist of Euro 2012, where they lost by 2-1 to a Balotelli-inspired Italy.

Key player: Thomas Muller, the “German Goal-machine” without any doubt, is the key for Germany. He scored 31 goals in his 70 appearances for Germany. Muller received the Silver Boot for being 2nd top scorer (5 goals) in 2014 world cup.

Premier league players: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Emre Can (Liverpool)

The manager: Joachim Low, the mastermind of Germany’s 2014 world cup triumph is still managing Germany. He must be targeting to fulfill all major titles as a head coach.

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Lionel Messi family holiday in Ibiza Island after Copa shock

The Argentine and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has taken some off to spend some time with his family before the pre-season starts with Barcelona. He is now enjoying his holidays in a Spanish island, Ibiza for the second day in a row. After spending a hectic last season with Barcelona and his national team, Lionel Messi has been tired enough to start another cycle. Lionel Messi family holiday in Ibiza will be the most memorable for him. However, his Copa America heartbreak with Argentina also played a major role for taking a pause and refresh himself.

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lionel Messi on vacation————-image credit: enjoyv

Lionel Messi on vacation

Lionel Messi is having fun with his life-partner Antonella Roccuzzo and his two young sons-Thiago and Mateo in a luxurious yacht. There are seven other family members along his in this grand family vacation. Although Leo was just found guilty of tax fraud, he isn’t letting it to destroy his summer with family. It is notable that, Messi and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were accused of tax fraud and sentenced 21 months in prison by the Barcelona court. But nothing to worry about for the Messi fans as the sentence can be served under probation.

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Lionel Messi with his family———image credit: No

In Ibiza island, Messi was found in a carefree mode, showering off and playing with his kids. At the time of sunset, he never forget to be along with his lovely wife and takes some photos. He is also seen taking in the sun while going for a dip in the sea. His kids are always with him to make him more refreshed.  Putting aside all the frustration, Lionel Messi is enjoying every moment with his family. He seems to be very happy all the time in the yacht. Lionel Messi family holiday gives the fans a chance to see him more refreshed and energetic.

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Lionel Messi recovers Copa frustrations

The Argentine ace has suffered a grueling season following his nation’s loss in the Copa America final against Chile. It was his third consecutive final defeat and he announced his retirement from international football following yet another frustrating tournament. The Messi fans are shocked at the news expecting he will be back again. However, he will lace up his boots for Barcelona later this month against Celtic.

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Meanwhile, his Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez tipped Leo to make a U-turn and play for his national team once again. Even, the Argentine president talked with him to reconsider the decision and make a return. All football fans are waiting eagerly to see him at Argentina jersey and lead the nation to the world cup glory in the upcoming Russia world cup.

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Top 10 Best Soccer Players in the World 2017-18

Of course, the word ‘best’ is pretty much decisive. And yet very hard to refer some few names as best while confirming the others as not best. Believe me – it’s kind of a mess, finding out the best soccer players in the world. I think there are countless good numbers of players in this sporting arena, who can easily be considered within this best soccer players list 2017-18. Undoubtedly each of the individual readers will find some incredibly necessary replacements of their own stand point in this article.

But as I’m approaching, surely ready to take some risk and at least share my own perspectives for counting these top 10 best soccer players in the world 2017-18. I need to announce one more thing, though this article may seem selective on certain regions, it has actually considered everyone and every position in current soccer world (or you can also call football world depending on your ease of geography).

2017 has been a tremendous year for soccer. Big transfers, shock title winners and also the incredible UEFA Champions League has brought some great soccer impacts on the soccer world. Lots of players have faded, while a great number of others have shone and exploded onto the scene. So, the top 10 best soccer players in the world is basically those names, who have impressed the coming season (2017-2018) combining all common grounds of football.

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Following this article you will definitely notice that the most lacking in superstar talent is at defensive midfielder position. At this very conversation, we must recommend those giant names like – Dunga, Esteban Cambiasso, Gennaro Gattuso and Claude Makelele. At times, when they were in top form and receiving praise for their versatility on both sides in soccer world.

I think it would be a little easier, if we were to find out 50 best soccer players in the world 2017. That would almost fulfill our quest for learning about all those current top talents from Europe’s elite clubs. And of course, sorry again for the certain probability of missing your own choice ‘best!’ soccer players here (who knows! may satisfy too, at least I’ve considerable causes behind picking and also not picking specific names from a bunch of very good footballers with very close competition in achievements and performance statistics).

Let’s check out, who is the best soccer player in the world 20117-18?

10. Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona)

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Andres Iniesta | image credit – Wikimedia/Clément Bucco-Lechat

People often believed, Andres Iniesta’s understanding with club-mate Xavi Hernandez borders on the telepathic sometimes. The surprising eye of the needle passing the pair produce can pierce holes in the most stubborn of rearguards. The modest and never creating problems for the coaches-man is the 10th consideration best soccer players 2017-2018 in our list. His most remarkable is the winner goal against Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup final.

Probably, so far, he has been able to provide the most consistent presence in central midfield. Alongside Spain National team, the 33-year-old is continuing to be a star for the Catalans in 2017. Of course, he had to suffer with the rest of his teammates, as from any perspectives, 2016 was not the year for Barcelona or Spain. But he had utilized his opportunity while winning the five major cup wins (including Champions League 2015) for Barcelona. Still, no player combines his dribbling skills with ability to split open a defense, makes him a true cast for the top 10 best soccer players in the world 2017.

09. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, MANU)

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic | image credit – Wikimedia/Danyele

The future world football fans are definitely going to ask about this one amazing footballer. Their eyes wide with astonishment will surely look for this one’s performance in YouTube or other sources. Yes, social media will reflect Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s clip reel of gob smacking goals. But the most surprising fact is – age appears not to be withering him at all.

Let’s just forget the last world cup from his career and consider the moodiest player in world soccer of his generation. The 9th best soccer player of Sweden is completely unplayable on his game. You can only witness his stunning soccer performance through the fields. Another notable achievement, Ibra has won league titles in Holland, Italy, Spain and France with seven different clubs. And we hope, the soccer world is yet to watch this great charming footballer at different heights in upcoming years after 2017 with Manchester United. The player is often considered as most handsome soccer player in the world.

08. Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich)

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Robert Lewandowski | image credit – Wikimedia/Roger Gorączniak

Robert Lewandowski has dominated since joining the German giant club Bayern Munich in 2014. The most stylish player has already scored 110 goals in 147 total appearances. Before joining at Bayern he also achieved 103 goals in 187 matches with Borussia Dortmund. He is often considered as the pure scorer in the Bundesliga. The 29-year-old was named the 2016-17 Bundesliga player of the year as he had 43 goals in 47 total appearances for Bayern that alone season.

Now a days we know that pure no. 9 don’t actually get the love they were used to, because of the hybrid attacking midfielders moving up the rank. But surely we can consider him one of the best finishers in the soccer world 2017-18. That’s why he has been named to his league’s team of the year in three straight campaigns, and Champions League Team of the Year in two straight.

07. Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich)

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Manuel Neuer | image credit – Wikimedia/Steindy

If it was tough to answer, who is the best soccer player in the world? we find much easier to answer another similar question. Who is the best goalkeeper in the world? Considering the time right now, it is easily decidable that Manuel Neuer stands top of the table. He has been at least closer than any other keeper in 2014, even in 2015 and 2016. He didn’t just help Germany win the World Cup and Bayern the domestic double, his daring antics as last line for club and country he helped redefine the entire concept of modern goalkeeping in soccer world.

His crucial defensive interventions outside his own area and skillful anticipation prompt his national team coach Joachim Löw to describe him as the ‘perfect player’.

The world’s best goalkeeper had revolutionized his position as well as transcending it. The award would be more than just consideration of Ballon d’Or. But surely all this complete achievements let us to keep his name at least at number seven as best soccer player in the world 2017-18.

06. Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid)

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Marcelo | image credit – Wikimedia/Майоров Владимир

The only defender on this list, Marcelo’s selection is sure to create some controversy. But you can easily understand that there is no better playmaker in the world coming forward from the back line in 2017-18. The 29-year-old just finished his 11th season at Real Madrid, capping it off with his fifth La Liga championship, third Champions League title and was named to the FIFA team of the year 2017.

Marcelo was also on the FIFA World Cup Dream Team in 2014, the ESM Team of the Year the last two seasons. Real and Brazil can always rely upon him both going forward and defending. In our consideration he is surely the most skilled defender in the world 2017.

If someone think I’m overvaluing him, just watch what he did during Real’s march to the Champions League title last season.

05. Antoine Griezmann (France, Atlético Madrid)

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Antoine Griezmann | image credit – Wikimedia/Carlos RM

Antoine Griezmann has been firmly establishing himself as one of the premier players in the world. He led the French national team to the final at Euro 2016, and led the competition with six goals, winning the Golden Boot. In fact, he would be rightly named Player of the Tournament. This versatile player can line up as a pure striker, drop back into an attacking midfield role, or even play on the wing.

Griezmann has scored 83 goals in 160 total appearances with Atletico Madrid in only three seasons. He finished third in voting for the Ballon d’Or in 2016, was named La Liga’s Best Player, was named to UEFA’s Team of the Year and was on the Champions League Team of the Season. Only at the age of 26, Griezmann is shooting up this list in his prime. We place this young star as the 5th best soccer player in our list 2017-18.

04. Luis Suárez (Uruguay, Barcelona)

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Luis Suárez | image credit – Wikimedia/Олег Дубина

Luis Suarez had a slow start at Barcelona. This one statement says much about how good Suárez is, the rest of his career, which easily provokes us placing his name at number four in this list of best soccer players2017-18. Suárez’s impact on Liverpool’s electrifying Premier League title challenge came from not just his goals, but his infectious drive and intensity on the field. One of the very few players in the world capable of deciding a game single-handedly. The Uruguay best soccer player also had a decisive impact for his national team at the World Cup.

His individual brilliance assures his name with the extraordinary footballers list, even without any Ballon d’Or achievement. The great player was reported to attempt eight dribbles per game in 2012/2013 season. The 30-year-old has an unbelievable feel for the game and can create scoring chances from nothing.

May be that’s reason why he was able to win the Premier League Golden Boot and be named to the FWA Footballer of the Year in 2014, was on the Champions League Team of the Season twice (2015, 2016), and the FIFPro World XI in 2016. Uruguay’s all-time leading scorer need to attain a lot more to keep his position safe with the Catalans. But the last 2016-2017 session in European football has definitely been a tremendous remark for his individual achievements.

03. Neymar (Brazil, PSG)

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Neymar | image credit – Flickr/Antoine Dellenbach

Arguably the most purely talented player in the world right this moment. The number three of this list of best soccer players 2017 just turned 25. Its unbelievable. It feels like he’s been around forever. The PSG forward is unmatched with the ball at his feet, an absolute wizard with individual skill and dribbling. The Brazilian sensation can also be considered as the world’s best passer in 2017-18.

Since his transfer to PSG this year, Neymar has been an offensive force for the club. He was also one of the key factor for his previous team FC Barcelona. He scored 105 goals in 186 total appearances. He’s already helped Barcelona win two La Liga titles (2015 and 2016), three straight Copa del Rey trophies (2015, 2016, 2017) and a Champions League crown in 2015.

Brazil’s next great leader, finished fifth in 2016 Ballon d’Or voting. He’ll almost assuredly win the award some day, and is on a path to be No. 1 on this list.

02. Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona)

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Lionel Messi | image credit – Wikimedia/Lluís

I know, all you have already guessed the top two places for this list of 10 best soccer players in the world 2017-18. Yes, of course he is Lionel Messi, the incredible five times Ballon d’Or winner of World football is at number two. Believe me, its never been some awards only, I have taken Lionel Messi at the top considering the overall performance of his astonishing career.

Though, the World Cup 2014 was not a good memory for the Argentine. Never has a man been awarded best player at a World Cup and looked so uniquely crestfallen. Yes he carried Argentina to a first World Cup final since 1990, but was still criticized heavily for going missing – particularly in the final during which he spurned a golden chance.

He’s the all-time La Liga leader in goals scored (349), assists (137), goals scored in a La Liga season (50), goals in a club football season in Europe (73) and in a calendar year (91). He has won 29 trophies during his 13 seasons at Barcelona, including eight La Liga championships and four Champions League crowns.

Lionel Messi remains one of the world’s best soccer players, but such is life at football’s sharp end that he had to drop down a place to Cristiano Ronaldo previous year. But now with every possible reason we can remark him as the second-best soccer player in the world 2017.

01. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid)

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Cristiano Ronaldo | image credit – Wikimedia/Jan S0L0

These two have been the top two players in the world for nearly a decade. Since 2008, no one other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or. So what separates the two of them? It was incredibly difficult, but eventually I had to put Ronaldo at the best because of his last years achievement with the National team of Portugal and Real Madrid.

He has been a four times Balon d’Or (last one in 2016) winner. who knows, now with this remarkable season of 2016-2017, winning La Liga and UEFA Champions League 2017 and being the man of the match he can be a sure match for five Balon d’Or. What parameters else can be found other than ending at Ronaldo. He is the highest paid soccer player in the world, best looking footballer, highest earning athlete and now the second best soccer player in the world 2017.

I think there is no one to argue, he has been one of the driving forces in world football throughout the year. In 394 total matches over eight seasons at Real, he’s scored 406 goals. In 265 La Liga appearances, he has scored 285 goals. The 32-year-old proved he was still at the top of his game during the 2016-17 campaign. Ronaldo has scored 622 goals for club and country, which currently ranks sixth all-time.

Who knows where this mighty best soccer player can end his footballing journey. His worldwide fan base confirms his ability and performance consistency, eventually which determines him as the best soccer player in the world 20117-18.