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Top 10 overrated football players in the world

These players adore adulation and they demand respects. They possibly earn more money in 1 year only by playing football than 99% of adults make it in a lifetime job. Not only that, they have appeared in different products ads, pouted for photo shoots and have given a big thumps up as a part of endorsement deals. They grab supermodel girlfriends, 25 bedroom mansions and even Lamborghini supercars. But the question is “are they really that good?”

Today Sporty ghost brings you the list of top 10 overrated football players in the world. As the list is completely subjective, you people may vehemently disagree and nail a picture of me to your dartboard for simple target practice. Now I think it’s time someone stood up for these players and told them what they really are the top 10 overrated football players in the world.

Top 10 overrated football players in the world:

10. Cristiano Ronaldo

Nicknames: “A Complete Brat”, “The Winker”

Cristiano Ronaldo has earned his enormous popularity throughout the world. He has got numerous fans worldwide. He is undoubtedly a football genius, a skilled footballer. During his staying in Manchester united, he scored stunning 42 goals in a single season and now for Real Madrid, he is still scoring like a goal machine!

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Cristiano Ronaldo———image via: www.flickr.com

Cristiano has lifted every single major piece of silverware in England by the age of 24 (aside Champions league, just for that time period). He has nominated as 2 times PFA player and player of the year for 1 time. Possibly, he deserves more than these.

To the Portuguese side, he is the perfect heir of Luis Figo and he is on course to have an even more legendary career.

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You may ask, why C. Ronaldo in the list of top 10 overrated football players in the world? Is it because he is a brat? Perhaps his mind blowing diving and free kicks from inside his own half and all round meat-headedness becoming annoying after a while. But quite simply the reason is CR7 won both the FIFA Ballon D’or and FIFA World player and the great Lionel Messi did not.

If Cristiano Ronaldo is rated as the best player in the world over Lionel Messi, by definition he is overrated, but obviously by the highest standards available.

9. Petr Cech

Nickname: “The best goalie this side of Buffon”

Petr Cech may be suffering from ‘Edwin Van Der Sar’ syndrome throughout his Chelsea career, but his outstanding clean sheet and defensive record have made him exceptional than others. This could be attributed to a well-organized and disciplined defense as opposed to any indivigual brilliance on his part.

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Petr Cech——image via: caps.ball72.com

However, unlike Van Der Sar, Petr Cech has been consistently hailed as the best goalie this side of Buffon. Petr Cech, the 3 times winner of UEFA’s best goal keeper award winner, is the guy playing in goal for Czech Republic with a far poorer defense side.

In fact since his career ending devastating head injury, Cech has begun to look as a shadow of his former self. Unfortunately, he lost the aggressiveness and psychological edge that a world-class goal keeper needs to.

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It is apparent that, Petr Cech is unlike most people on this list of top 10 overrated football players in the world. Rather he is a humble and decent man. Let’s hope he can come back and regain the confidence that would made him the most overrated football player in the world.

8. Lucas Podolski

Nicknames: “Poldi”, “The Scourge of Faroe Islands”,”The conqueror of Liechtenstein”

Lucas Podolski, the German ‘noob basher’ is merciless when it comes to taking advantage of weaker opponents but will promptly take out the autograph notebook against strong to world class opponents.

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Lucas Podolski, Germany’s secret weapon—-image via: commons.wikimedia.org

In fact, even in Bayern GM Uli Hoeness, he is also known as a noob basher. The reason may be the crown prince of German football was appeared as a failure in his 3 sessions there!

Podolski’s goal scoring record would make an uninformed observer believe he is a class of football.

In fact even Bayern GM Uli Hoeness was moved to call him a noob basher, citing this as the reason the crown prince of German football was a failure in his 3 seasons there.

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Although Podolski was eligible to play for Poland and Germany, he chose to play for the Germans. He first appeared for the German National Team in 2004 and since then he has been an integral part of the squad in all major tournaments. He is the joint fifth –highest goalscorer for Germany, with 47 goals and tied with Rudi Voller and Jurgen Klinsmann.

The 2006 FIFA World Cup best young player and 2008 UEFA Euro silver boot winner, Lucas Podolski is indeed one of the overrated football players in the world.

7. Ronaldinho

Nickname: “The fleet-footed platypus”

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Ronaldinho———-image via: en.wikipedia.org

Ronaldinho’s glittering career leading up to his horrible decline after 2006 World Cup. The thing what isn’t well documented is why Adriano Gailliani paid €21 million for a clearly past it player.

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Nowadays most Brazillians have a notorious self-destruction mode when it comes to careers and the great Ronaldinho is no exception. But Ronaldinho is living on past memories as most top earning footballers and despite a Bronze medel at the last olympics, few could be certain he will add significantly to his previous haul over the upcoming years.

6. Andrea Pirlo

Commonly known as “ the poster boy of everything good and bad and ugly about italian serie A”

When serie A and Italian football is on top of the world inevitably, Andea Pirlo gets a nod in the FIFA World Player or FIFA Ballon D’or running. Moreover, when Serie A is in the toilet, likewise Pirlo’s reputation suffers. Do you wanna know why? The reason is, Pirlo impersonates a lot of the characteristics of Italian Serie A.

Pirlo is languid, slow, positioned defensively and while some parts of his game, like long passing and set pieces are top class, every other part of his game ranges from mediocore to even rubbish. He even plays for a football club that has a typical Italian attitude.

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Andrea Pirlo————-image via: www.flickr.com

From a technical point of view,Pirlo, like Carrick for Manchester United and Xabi Alonso for Liverpool FC, is lacking in the close quarters technique that any complete midfielder should have. May be he lacks some qualities to navigate and create space in the middle of the park for his team. This possibly means one must have a bulldog like Gattuso beside Pirlo or a magician like Ricardo Kaka further up the pitch to make up for what should be provided in one player.

Thus Andrea Pirlo stoutly maintains himself 20 yards back from the battle in front of the back four, rarely busting a gut to get into the opponent’s box.

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When Carlo Ancelotti pushed him further back on the pitch after Inter Milan sold him, he did it because it was a recognition of his weakness, not his strength.

Unlike Carrick who gets hardly any recognition and Xabi Alonso, who gets the recognition he deserves, Pirlo gets much more than these two. And thus he made himself one of the overrated football players in the world.

5. Klass Jaan Huntelaar

Nickname: “ The Hunter”

Dutch league top scorers are notoriously inept outside of Netherlands. Dutch footballers like Dirk Kuyt, Mateja Kezman and Middlesborough’s Alfonso’s 45 goals in 39 games in the Eredivisie’ Alves are most remarkable. Today all of them are more or less suck.

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Huntelaar, “The Hunter”————–image via: sk.wikipedia.org

Why I think Klaas Jaan Huntelaar is particularly one of the overrated football players is simply down to his general abilities in open play. He’s very awkward and despite8/14 in Spain so far I still think the jury board is out until next session. Is Huntelaar the new Marco Van Basten? The technical abilities seems little lacking.

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Apparently, Huntelaar is the only Dutchman, Perez is willing to keep on at the club level. But the omens don’t look good at all, for one he was signed by Predrag Mijatovic and more succinctly he, like Lucas Podolski, looks a bit like a noob basher. As a Dutch international footballer, just about the biggest team he has scored against is Ireland.

4. Adriano

Nicknames: “The booty Basher”, “The Emperor”

For a man that seems lot like he wouldn’t have looked out of place on the set of classic Brazilian movie “City of God” or been one of my sisters former boyfriend, you’d think he would be happier being a multi-million Euro earning professional soccer player in a successful team under the world’s best coach.

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Adriano———–image via: www.sambafoot.com

Not so as it seems.

Adriano was being hailed as the best just 3-4 seasons ago. Like his another teammate Ronaldinho, the world cup was to prove ominous and like any other self-respecting-big-shot Brazilian footballer, he took up his bag and went home for a Party.

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Adriano is simply among the overrated football players in the world. But unlike some of the others in the list, not because he lacks the talent but for he doesn’t show up to games anymore.

3. Dimitar Berbatov

Nicknames: “Berby-Werby”, “The Bulgarian Hitman”

His footballing style has been praised and criticized in equal amounts and rarely does a footballer seem to divide supporters of his current club as Berba does. Even Alex Ferguson had his doubts in Berbatov.

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Dimitar Berbatov——————image via: www.guncel61.com

His club records for Bayer Leverkusen, CSKA Sofia, and Tottenham Hotspur have been top notch and his technical skill and class have been so obvious all throughout his career.

It is quite unbelievable, that even his own countrymen have a mixed (both love and hate) relationship with him. Berbatov was voted 5 times Bulgarian player of the year and has a boasting 41/67 record for Bulgaria National team. But he has recently been indefinitely exiled from the squad due to perceived lack of effort.

And that’s where all the trouble begin…..

Was Berbatov really fit to lead Manchester United frontline? It seems the answer was ‘only if he wanted to..

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When one takes into account an honest workhorse like Tevez, who rightly feels aggrieved at losing his place, its hard to fathom how Ferguson hasn’t thrown a boot at him.

The warning signs were always there. Quite simply Berbatov looks thoroughly disinterested in the game nowadays, and that’s even taking his notorious style into account. But, one thing for sure as much as I rate Berbatov, when he is on song, he is at this stage one of the flops of the season and if he keeps up his behavior it could become feather of him before too long.

2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Nickname: “Ibracadabra”

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic———–image via: www.khelnama.com

As one of the two best paid footballers in the world, Ibrahimovic has been constantly touted by those in Serie A as the “complete forward” and by Jose Mourinho as simply the best. His goal records against England, Spain and Italy take into account suggesting as a serious noob basher material.

Although Ibra won Serie A’s footballer of the year, one really has to ask who he is up against nowadays.

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At the age 27, time is running out for Ibrahimovic to prove he has something else in the secret locker. Man like Jose Mourinho has apparently seen in him things I haven’t found so far. His outstanding performances in the Champions League unfortunately have done nothing to dispel my view that every brace or hat-trick against the likes of Lecce or Atlanta is roughly the equivalent of ½ a goal in the Champions league.

Right now, Zlatan is somebody that give noob bashers a bad name. He made his name in this list of top 10 overrated football players in the world quite simply.

1. David Beckham

Nicknames: “Becks”, “A nice guy”,”Golden balls”

Before some people throw their hands up in disgust and decide to attach my picture to a dartboard, I just want you to know that I genuinely think he’s a great footballer to be overrated. Nobody will forget his performances in the champions league quarter-final involving Real Madrid and Manchester United.

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David Beckham——–image via: retireloaded.com

Beckham is always a humble, decent and professional guy with a childlike fascination with representing England. He is certainly NOT the worst guy you could meet on this list of top 10 overrated football players in the world.

But, Beckham is always something else. Everytime I think of Becks, I heard the scream of Japanese teenage girls in airports…..that awesome Bend it like Beckham movie…the Vogue magazine cover….the ridiculous €250 million deal to sell t-shirts…the list goes on and nothing on it has anything to do with the game that made him famous!

David Beckham has become such a phenomenon off the pitch, that people would think he really was a movie or a popstar. As he is the most well-known footballer arguably, no footballer’s face is as instantly recognizable anywhere in this free world.

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But all these have nothing to do with his stunning footballing ability. It should come as no surprise that much of the demand for David Beckham from clubs since he was sold by a despairing Alex Ferguson.

I’m kind of disappointed that the world’s best sport will forever be associated with Beckham for hundreds of millions of football fans that don’t know much about it. If David Beckham was the man to finally make soccer big in USA, I can only imagine most of the newly acquired football fans there would surely have been getting into football for the wrong reasons.

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10 unknown facts about Lionel Messi

In recent Era of Football, Lionel Messi is arguably the best footballer in the world. Often he is compared to the legends like Pele and Diego Maradona and it won’t be a surprise if Messi overtakes them soon. He has become the most popular football figure in world football. Being a legend is not easy and there always goes something behind it. Here we are to bring you 10 unknown facts about the legend Lionel Messi.

10 unknown facts about Lionel Messi:

1. The birth of a star:

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The little Leo———image via: ejsoccer.com

Lionel Messi was born on June 24, 1987 in Rosario, Argentina and it’s the birthplace of Argentinian revolutionary Che Guevera. His family is of middle class with Italian origin. His father, Jorge worked as a steelworker to make living. But the football gene was within him as he also coached local youth football team.

2. The rough childhood:

Like the other boys around, he was not as healthy and nutritious. Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency at the age of 11. His treatment cost was $900 a month, which is not affordable for his middle class family.

3. The contract:

Messi’s passion for football was never stopped. He was so skillful from his very childhood with football like he is today. FC Barcelona’s sporting director Carles Rexach was so impressed watching his footballing skills that he made Messi at the age of 13, signed for Barcelona on a napkin paper! He wanted to make the deal immediately and at that time there was no paper available on that place. Meanwhile Barcelona took the responsibility to pay his medical bills.

4. At Barcelona:

Messi made his league debut at the age of 17 against RCD Espanyol and became the third youngest player ever to play for Barcelona. That’s not all. He made himself the youngest player ever for Barcelona to score.

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The young Messi——–image via: it-is-revealed.blogspot.com

During 2005/06 season, Lionel Messi began being paid as a first team member in Barcelona. In his Spanish first division League appearance, he scored six goals in 17 matches.

In the summer 2008, Messi inherited No 10 Barca jersey from another great footballer Ronaldinho.

5. His achievements:

Lionel Messi is an Olympic gold medalist in 2008, Beijing along with Argentina football team. For Barcelona he has won six La Ligas, two copas Del Rey, five Supercups, three UEFA Champions Leagues, two Club World Cups and two UEFA Super Cups.

He won record four times FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2009,10,11 and 2012. In 2009, Messi was awarded FIFA World Player of the Year. He also won three European Golden shoe awards.

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Lionel Messi with four Ballon d’Ors——–image via: theeagleonline.com.ng

Messi has become the only player to have scored 25 goals in a calendar year both for his club and his country.

6. His humanitarian activities:

He is the Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF for many years. Messi also works for the people suffering from autism. On March 2013, he donated $812,000 towards the refurbishment of a children’s hospital in his hometown Rosario, Argentina. The child oncology unit at that hospital was renovated with that money. The money was also paying for doctors to travel to Barcelona for better training.

7. His comparisons to legend

Lionel Messi’s stature and playing style have drawn comparisons to the Argentine legend Diego Maradona. Maradona has already declared Messi as his successor. But it was lionel Messi as the first Argentine ever to be named FIFA Player of the year, NOT Maradona! However, the award was created in 1991 and at that point the downfall of Maradona had begun after he picked the World Cup in 1986.

8. His family, his son:

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The sweet family——–image via: wallpaperbarcelona.com

His son Thiago Messi was born on November 2, 2012. Thiago is already an official member of the Newell’s old Boys’ supporters club at the age of 72 hours!

Messi loves this kid so much that he tattooed Thiago’s name and handprints on his left calf. Messi spends most of his pastimes playing with Thiago and his wife Antonella Roccuzzo.

9. He is modest:

Lionel Messi has been a very shy person right from his childhood. This trait of his character continues to until even now. Apparently, he rarely talks on the phone. The most important messages delivered to him and received by him take place through SMS.

10. His goal celebration:

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Messi’s goal celebration————image via: www.sepakbola.com

We saw him raising both hands in the air after scoring a goal as a part of his celebration. This gesture is to pay tribute and thanks to his grandmother who were very much close to him. He lost his grandma at the age of 10. He always believes she is up there and watching him from above. That’s his way of showing that he would always be grateful to her.

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Top 10 all time football legends

Football is the game of passion and footballers are perhaps the most beloved among all kinds of athletes in sports. However, it’s not just love the legendary footballers earn, when they spend some quality time on the football pitch. The great footballers not only earn everyone’s respect, attention and admiration, but also some huge amount of money and fame along with. But this may not always be the scenario after the retirement. Lots of things tend to change when they are not playing on the fields anymore. Sometimes the circumstances become so drastic and dramatic that the footballers have to take jobs which they could never have dreamt of. The Dutch international footballer, Berry Van Aerle choose to be a postman after his retirement. However, not all end on that path, specially the special ones. Some become legends for decades, or even for centuries.

Yes, our today’s article is about them, about the all time football legends. Here, we have made a list of top 10 all time football legends. Some of the list may be dead, but their legends remain still. Please, give your constructional comments about this list.

Top 10 all time football legends

10. Lev Yashin (Russia, Goalkeeper)

Lev Yashin,” the black spider” is considered to be the best goalkeeper in the history of football. He is renowned for his amazing reflexes, dominating figure between the bars and his superior athleticism. Lev Yashin represented Soviet Union from 1954 to 1967.

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Lev Yashin————-image via: www.myfootballfacts.com

Unlike modern footballers, Lev Yashin spent his entire career playing for Dynamo Moscow. In his career, the spider stopped astonishing 150 penalty shots which is the highest among any other goalkeepers. He is the only goalkeeper in the history of football to be awarded European footballer of the Year in 1963. His contribution with the Soviet Union national team is remarkable as USSR won 1956 summer Olympics and 1960 European Championship. In the modern era of football, only two goalkeepers , Iker Casillas of Spain and Gianluigi Buffon of Italy have come close to his achievements.

We are very much proud to put him in the list of top 10 all time football legends.

9. Eusebio (Portugal, Forward)

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Eusebio on the right————–image via: en.wikipedia.org

Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, the Portuguese forward attained the nickname “Black Panther” for scoring predatory goals. The legendary Eusebio scored a stunning total of 733 goals in 745 competitive matches. What an amazing ratio that is!! It is the record that every striker can aspire to. His speed, technique and powerful right footed shots amazed the football world with dignity.

Eusebio led the Portugal team to the third place in 1966 world cup and not only that he won the prestigious Golden Boot award with 9 goals in that world cup tournament. Eusebio was also well known for his humble behavior. He saluted Lev Yashin and Gordon Banks to mark his acknowledgement admiring their goalkeeping skills. When was the last time you saw that kind of gesture from the modern age footballers???

8. Marco Van Basten (Netherlands, Forward)

Marco Van Basten, the famous Dutch footballer is a well-known figure for his spectacular volleys, his soccer intelligence and strength on the ball. Van Basten won European Footballer of the Year 3 times, 1988, 1989 and 1992 accordingly. He won FIFA World Player of the Year in 1992 as well.

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marco van basten——–image via: en.wikipedia.org

Van Basten’s greatest success in the international level was marked in European Championship 1988. With his 5 goals, he was tournament’s top scorer. In that tournament, his hat-trick against England and a spectacular volley against Soviet Union in the finals made him one of the legends. Netherlands went on and won the Euro 1988 trophy.

He scored a total of 218 goals in 280 matches. The record may not be as great as Eusebio’s , but he did it with a career shortened by numerous injuries.

7. Ferenc Puskas (Hungary, Forward)

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ferenc puskas, the Hungarian legend———-image via: www.houseofbrigid.org

Ferenc Puskas, the Hungarian forward was as lethal as Eusebio. His predatory instinct in front of the net made him the master of the game. Having played for Real Madrid and Budapest Honved, Puskas has scored a total of 514 goals in 529 matches, almost a 1:1 ratio!

His goal record for Hungary National team is even better, 84 goals in 85 matches! In 1954, Puskas was nominated for the European Player of the Year. He led his team to the finals of 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland, only to lose to the West Germans in the final.

6. Alfredo Di Stefano (Argentina, forward)

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Alfredo Di Stefano————image via: espana.blogobierno.com

This great Argentine footballer was the catalyst to the domination of Real Madrid in the European Cup in the 1950’s. Stefano was given the nickname “Saeta rubia” (Blond arrow) and he was worth it. His tactical intelligence, stamina and versatility made him one of the legends of soccer. In total 512 competitive matches Di Stefano netted 377 goals. His glory also included his participation in Real Madrid’s five back to back Spanish League title triumphs.

Although, he didn’t have a good international record, his remarkable 5 European Cups and 2 FIFA Ballon d’Or in 1957 and 1959 was more than enough to give him a place in our list of top 10 all time football legends.

5. Michel Platini (France, midfielder)

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Michel Platini, the former French footballer had proudly put his mark as a part of “carré magique” (The magic square in French). Platini was famous for passing ability, his vision and amazing free kicks.

He scored a record 9 goals in 1984 European Championship. Under his leadership, France also went on to win the 1984 Euro. Throughout the career, Platini scored a total of 224 goals in 432 matches. That’s an outstanding record for any midfielder. In his list of achievement, there are 3 FIFA Ballon d’Ors, which is the highest individual award a player can win. He bagged 41 international goals in 72 appearances for France.

Platini grabs No 5 position on our list of top 10 all time football legends.

4. Franz Beckenbauer (Germany, Defender)

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Der Kaiser (The Emperor), as people call the German legend Franz Beckenbauer. With his strong leadership skills and graceful style to play, he remains as the true Emperor in German football. He is one of the two footballers to have ever won the World Cup both as a player and a coach. Beckenbauer led Germany won the World Cup in 1974 and as a coach with Germany he lifted the Cup in 1990.

Two FIFA Ballon d’or and three consecutive European Cups were among his many achievements. You can clearly understand how difficult it was for a defender at that time.

3. Johan Cruyff (Netherlands, Midfielder)

Johan Cruyff is most well-known for being a pioneer of “Total Football” in Dutch National team. Close dribbling, awesome technical ability and fearsome pace with the ball were some of his talents people still admire. Although Cruyff played primarily as a playmaker, he would drift to different positions to confuse the opponents. For a while, he could be a center forward and also drop back to a deep lying midfield position when situation calls for it.

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Johan Cruyff———-image via: en.wikipedia.org

He is another legend who has won FIFA’s prestigious Ballon d’Or three times. There are 291 goals in his bag by appearing 520 games. For the Dutch National team, he scored 33 goals in 42 matches. It is interesting to note that, the Dutch never lost a match in which Johan Cruyff has scored. He played as an integral part of Dutch side when they coasted to the finals against West Germany in 1974 World Cup. The famous “Cruyff Turn” was named after this football legend.

2. Diego Maradona (Argentina, Forward)

Diego Maradona is one of the deadliest Argentine strikers of all time. His infamous “Hand of God” goal against England was one of the historic events in world football. Apart from all these controversies, his dribbling with the ball and his relentless pace amazed all football fans.

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In 1986 World Cup, Diego Maradona lifted the trophy, defeating the strong West German side. His performance in that tournament was awarded by naming him the best player and presenting him the Golden Boot award.

Maradona scored a total 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina National team.

No one can forget his spectacular goal against England when he took the ball from midfield and dribbled from the center to score.

In his club career, Maradona has scored 258 goals in 492 matches. He was bit like a nomad as he played for 6 different clubs in his entire football career. Perhaps you can attribute that to his character as he always gets in trouble with either coaches or even teammates.

1. Pele (Brazil, Striker)

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Pele with his famous bicycle kick——-image via: daedul.wordpress.com

Yes, here we are! Pele, the most legendary soccer player in the football history. Brazil’s pride and the national hero scored a stunning total 1281 goals in 1363 matches.

He is truly the goal machine. People call him “The Black Diamond” or even “ The king of football’. He played for Santos for almost the entire career. With Santos he has a host of titles and he is the record holder in the number of Hat-tricks scored, which is 92!

Pele is the only player in the football history to win three World Cups, he won all of them with style. In 1966 world cup, he was brutally fouled and Brazil were eliminated in the first round of the competition. He came back in 1970 World Cup and was awarded “Player of the Tournament’.

Pele is the living legend of football and here in our list of top 10 all time football legends, Pele is the leader of them all.

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World Football Hall of Fame 2015 Members

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

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

Football Hall of Fame 2015:

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

10. Andrés Iniesta, Spain

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

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

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9. James Rodriguez, Columbia

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

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

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8. Philipp Lahm, Germany

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

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

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7. Robin Van Persie, the Netherlands

World Football Hall of Fame 2015 Members, Robin Van Persie
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Robin Van Persie plays as a striker and captain of the Dutch National Football team. He also plays for English Premier League club Manchester United. For Manchester United, Van Persie has made 92 appearances and scored 48 goals so far. At the international level, he appeared in 96 games for the Netherlands scoring 49 goals. Van Persie was ranked 11th in the Guardian’s list of 100 best players in the world in 2013. 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil was so significant for him and his amazing flying goal against Spain was earned him the nickname “The Flying Dutchman”.

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

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6. Luis Suárez, Uruguay

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

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

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5. Thomas Muller, Germany

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

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

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4. Arjen Robben, the Netherlands

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

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

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3. Neymar Jr., Brazil

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

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

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2. Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

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

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

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1. Lionel Messi, Argentina

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

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

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

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Premier League All time Top Goal Scorers

English premier league is one of the most popular football events in the world. It is the major English professional league football. The English Premier League (EPL) is also known as ‘Barclays Premier League’. The football tournament consists of 20 local English and Wales clubs competing against each other. During every premier league season, the football fans go crazy the fans not only watch the game in the field, but also use to stick to the television screens as these fans are scattered worldwide and therefore can’t reach the actual venue of the game by travelling half the world around.

It is a big deal for an English Premier League footballer to score a single goal in front of such a crowd. But for a great footballer its not even a pressure to play in their own style and set numerous records.

Premier League All time Top Goal Scorers:

Sporty Ghost has taken an initiative to enlist the top 10 scorers in EPL. You may argue with the list, and therefore never forget to give us your valuable comments below. So, let’s take a look at the list of Premier League all time top goal scorers.

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10. Robin Van Persie: 144

Premier League All time Top Goal Scorers, Robin Van Persie
Robin Van Persie, ‘The Flying Dutchman’————image via: www.footballpunt.com

The current Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie is the captain of the Netherlands National team. Most notably, Van Persie enlightened his career especially in the English Premier League. In his EPL career, Van Persie achieved the ‘Player of the Month’ award five times until now. In addition, he also made it to the 11th position in the list of 100 best players in the world by the Guardian in 2013. The Dutch footballer has played for Arsenal and Manchester United in his English Premier League career, scoring 144 goals, which placed him at the 10th place in the premier league all time top goal scorers list. Firstly from 2004 to 2012, Van Persie scored 96 goals in his 194 appearances for Arsenal. From 2012 till now, as a Manchester United striker, he netted 48 goals so far in 92 appearances.

He also showed his outstanding performance at the national level. He scored a stunning 49 goals in 96 appearances for the Netherlands National football team since 2005. In the 2014 FIFA world cup, his remarkable goal against Spain earned him the nickname ‘The flying Dutchman’.

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9. Teddy Sheringham: 146

Premier League All time Top Goal Scorers,Teddy Sheringham
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The former English footballer Teddy Sheringham is currently working as the head coach of West Ham United. He spent 24-year professional career as a renowned forward in the English Premier League. In his EPL career, Teddy had played for Tottenham Hotspur, Nottingham Forest, Manchester United, Portsmouth, and West Ham United. Teddy Sheringham scored a total 146 premier league goals and thus he earned his place at No. 9 in our list of premier league all time top goal scorers.

Teddy scored 98 goals in 236 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur in between 1992 and 1997. And then from 2001 to 2003, he scored 31 goals for Manchester United in 104 appearances. Besides his club career, he has a remarkable performance for the England National team too. In his 51 appearances for English side, he made 11 goals in the national career.

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8. Les Ferdinand: 149

Premier League All time Top Goal Scorers, Les Ferdinand
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The former English player, Les Ferdinand is currently serving as the football coach and Director of English club Queens Park Rangers. He also acted as a coaching stuff along with Tim Sherwood for the Tottenham Hotspur from 2008 to 2014. Les Ferdinand played for Queen Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, West Ham United, Leicester City and Bolton Wanderers during his English Premier League career.

He scored a total of 149 goals in the premier league and that makes him the 8th top goal scorer in premier league. For the Newcastle United, he scored 41 goals in 68 games from 1995-1997. He also scored 33 goals for Tottenham Hotspur in his 118 appearances between 1997 and 2003. As an English striker, Ferdinand was managed to score 5 goals in 17 appearances for the England national side in between 1993 and 1998.

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7. Michael Owen: 150

Premier League All time Top Goal Scorers, Michael Owen
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Michael Owen is a former English footballer and currently he is working as a football analyst on BT Sport football coverage and BBC’s Match of the Day. Michael Owen is the 2001 FIFA Ballon d’Or winner and he is widely regarded as the greatest Liverpool footballer of all time in the history. In his club career, he had played for Liverpool, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City in the Barclays Premier League. With his amazing 150 premier league goals, Michael Owen takes the 7th place in the list of premier league all time top goal scorers.

As a greatest Liverpool striker, Owen scored 118 goals in 216 appearances ranging from 1996-2004. Then from 2004 to 2012, he scored 5 goals for the Manchester United in 31 matches. In his glorious national team performance, Michael Owen was one of the best English footballers with his 40 goals in 89 appearances in between 1998 and 2008.

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6. Robbie Fowler: 162

Premier League All time Top Goal Scorers,
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The former English footballer Robbie Fowler is best known as a natural striker with amazing footwork. During his time with premier league club Liverpool FC, he earned the nickname ‘GOD’ from the Anfield crowd. In his premier league career, Robbie Fowler played for Liverpool, Leeds United and Manchester City. Scoring 162 premier league goals, Robbie Fowler secured the 6th place in the premier league all time top goal scorers.

Among these 162, 120 goals had come in his 236 appearances for Liverpool from1993-2001. For Manchester City, he scored 20 goals in 80 appearances from 2003-2006. Additionally, as an English National footballer he scored 7 goals in 26 caps for the Three Lions from 1996 to 2002.

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5. Thierry Henry: 175

Premier League All time Top Goal Scorers, thierry henry
Thierry Henry, the Gunners’ Gun———–image via: www.flickr.com

French legendary footballer Thierry Henry is the most classical and skillful player in the Barclays Premier League. The legend has become the France’s top goal scorer of all time surpassing Michel Platini in October 2007. In 2013, Henry also won the MLS supporter’ Shield during his time with the New York Red Bulls. He has a total of 175 premier league goals which earned him the 5th spot in the list of premier league all time top goal scorers. In his English Premier league career, Thierry Henry has only played for Arsenal, and managed to scored all his 175 goals in 254 premier league appearances.

From 1999 to 2007, he was an integral part for Arsenal and still is regarded as the greatest Arsenal player in the history. In 2010, he joined the MLS club the New York Red Bulls and till 2014, he scored 51 goals in his 122 appearances for them. As an all time top scorer for the France national team, he scored 51 goals in 123 appearances from 1997 to 2010.

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4. Frank Lampard: 176

Premier League All time Top Goal Scorers, Frank Lampard
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Frank Lampard is currently playing for the English club Manchester City as a central midfielder or attacking midfielder. In 2005, Frank Lampard was elected as the prestigious FWA Footballer of the Year award and also received the FWA Tribute Award in 2010. He played for West Ham United, Chelsea and Manchester United in his EPL career with scoring a total of 176 premier league goals. He is currently at No. 4 in the list of premier league all time top goal scorers.

During his 13 long years (2001-2014) with Chelsea, Lampard scored 147 goals in 429 appearances and for Manchester City, he scored 5 goals so far in 24 appearances since his transfer. He capped 106 international matches for the England national team, from 1999 to 2014 and scored 29 international goals in his career.

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3. Wayne Rooney: 184

Premier League All time Top Goal Scorers, Wayne Rooney
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Wayne Rooney is currently one of the best English forwards who has also been used in various midfield roles. Rooney has achieved the England Player of the Year award three times in his football career and also won the FWA Player of the Year award in 2010. His 184 premier league goals earned him the 3rd place in premier league all time top goal scorers list. He has played for Everton and Manchester United in his premier league career.

Rooney scored 15 goals in 67 matches for Everton, before joining Manchester United in 2004. The rest of his goals (169) came in 333 appearances for Manchester United till now. He is considerably, one of the most influential players for the Manchester United. Besides his English premier league career, Wayne Rooney netted a total 47 goals for England in his 102 international appearances.

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2. Andy Cole: 187

Premier League All time Top Goal Scorers, Andy Cole
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The former English footballer Andy Cole is one of the legendary Manchester United player who has won numerous trophies in his premier league career. He was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year for his outstanding club performances. During his time with premier league, Andy Cole has played for Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United, Fulham, Manchester United, Manchester City and Portsmouth. He grabs the 2nd position in our list of premier league all time top goal scorers with his amazing 187 English Premier league goals.

From 1995 to 2001, Andy Cole played for the Manchester United scoring 93 goals in 195 matches and for the Manchester City, he scored 9 goals in 22 appearances in 2005/06 season of Barclays premier league. He was able to score only a single goal for the England national team from 1995 to 2002, in his 15 international appearances.

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1. Allan Shearer: 260

 All time Top Goal Scorers, Allan Shearer
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Here we come, the table topper in the premier league all time top scorers is Allan Shearer. This retired English footballer is widely regarded as one of the best strikers of the world football. After his retirement, he has worked as a football analyst for the British Broadcasting Corp. Allan Shearer was awarded the Player of the Year by Football Writers’ Association in 1994 and was also awarded the PFA player of the Year in 1995. He played for Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United in his premier league career. Allan Shearer scored a stunning untouchable 260 premier league goals which has secured him at no.1 top goal scorer in the premier league.

For the Blackburn Rovers, he scored 112 goals in 138 appearances from 1992-1996 and scored 148 premier league goals for Newcastle in between 1996 and 2006 in his 303 matches. Alongside his glorious premier league career, he was also a reputed national team player who scored 30 international goals in 63 appearances from 1992 to 2000.

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The English Premier League authority doles out a huge amount of money every year to grab the best footballers all over the world to become the a part of the English premier league clubs. With immense pressure, all these great players perform while in the field, as they not only face the top league club contenders but also do better in the game in front of millions of English football fans worldwide. Those who keep calm and perform to enlist their names in football history, indeed deserve the celebration and the love of millions.

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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

Top 10 Best Penalty Takers in Football World, 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

Top 10 best Penalty takers in the football world, 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

Top 10 Best Penalty Takers in Football World, 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

Top 10 Best Penalty Takers in Football World, 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

Top 10 best Penalty takers in the football world, 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

Top 10 Best Penalty Takers in Football World, 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

Top 10 Best Penalty Takers in Football World, 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 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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5 Potential replacements of Xavi in Barcelona

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

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

5 potential replacements of Xavi in Barcelona:

1. Denis Suarez

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

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

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2. Paul Pogba

5 Potential replacements of Xavi in Barcelona, Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba ; image credit – Wikimedia/Станислав Ведмидь

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

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

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

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3. Isco

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

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

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4. Marco Reus

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

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

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5. Santi Cazorla

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

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Top 10 Real Madrid Legends | Greatest Real Madrid Players

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

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

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

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

10 Real Madrid Legends:

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

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

#Santiago Bernabéu de Yeste (1911 – 1928)

Top 10 Real Madrid Legends | Greatest Real Madrid Players, Santiago Bernabéu
Santiago Bernabéu | image credit – Wikimedia/Nationaal Archief, Den Haag

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

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

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

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

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

#Alfredo Di Stéfano Laulhé (1953-1964)

Alfredo Di Stéfano, Real Madrid players
Alfredo Di Stéfano | image credit – Wikimedia/Puertomenesteo

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

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

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

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

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

#Francisco Gento López (1953-1971)

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

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

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

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

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

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#Ferenc Puskas Biro (1958-1967)

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

Position: Forward
Games played: 262
Goals scored: 242

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

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

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

#Hugo Sánchez (1985-1992)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#Raúl González Blanco (1992 – 2010)

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

Position: Forward
Games played: 741
Goals scored: 323

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

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

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

#Roberto Carlos da Silva (1996 – 2007)

Roberto Carlos, Real Madrid players
Roberto Carlos | image credit – youtube/CRAZY SKILLS

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

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

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

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

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#Iker Casillas Fernández (1999-2015)

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

Position: Goalkeeper
Games played: 725 official matches

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

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

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

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

#Zinedine Zidane (2001-2006)

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

Position: Midfielder
Games played: 227
Goals scored: 49

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

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

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

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

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

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

#Cristiano Ronaldo (2009-Present)

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Position: Wide Forward

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

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

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

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Top 10 Best Sold Soccer Jersey Names

Soccer is not just a sport anymore. Being the most popular sport, it has become business with every possibilities. Along with TV rights and sponsors, selling football shirts is another way of generating revenue for the clubs.

There are giant clubs in Europe. Those are famous for their historical achievements and contract with infamous soccer names. Clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United have perfected the art with their world famous brand names.

Let’s find out, which players are actually generating the most money for their club?

And the best sold soccer jersey names of European club football:

 

10. Shinji Kagawa

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Present Club: Borussia Dortmund

Jersey No: 7 (midfielder)

 

Barclays Premier League is probably the most popular of all leagues for the Asian fans. So when an Asian player is playing in the most popular league in the world, he is not only a national treasure but a continental treasure.

Recently Kagawa is struggling a bit at Manchester United and transferred to Borussia Dortmund, Germany. Still, he is the most famous Asian player in World football right now. Shinji Kagawa – no. 7 is the 10th best sold soccer jersey names at the moment.

 

9. Fernando Torres

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Present Club: AC Milan

Jersey No: 9 (forward)

 

Fernando Torres is another great striker, who already had better years. The Spaniard may not be getting goals for Chelsea. Transferred to AC Milan last season. Still he ranks at the top 10 best sold soccer jersey names and making money for the club.

£50 million record transfer fee from Liverpool to Chelsea is probably another factor for his high sales of soccer t shirts. Undoubtedly he is one of the most famous strikers of Chelsea and AC Milan.

 

8. Sergio Aguero

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Present Club: Manchester City

Jersey No: 16 (forward)

 

Sergio Aguero is undoubtedly Manchester City’s star man. Recently he had gained a huge boost in shirt sales after his last minute winner stole them the Premier League title in 2012. Argentines as well as many City fans have been buying Aguero’s shirt, as he is also one of his nation’s youth sensation. Sergio Aguero – no. 16 is the 8th best sold soccer jersey names at the moment.

 

7. Neymar

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Present Club: Barcelona

Jersey No: 11 (forward)

 

The Brazilian is a hero in his home country. Last season, his move to Barcelona in the summer meant that his shirt sales flew through the roof. At the age of only 21st, he had already proven that he has the potential to become whatever he wants to be.

Barcelona had to count near around (probably more than) £50 million while signing in the Brazilian sensation. But we can assume, the 7th of the top 10 best sold soccer jersey names, has already paid back most of that fee in shirt sales.

 

6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Present Club: Paris St. Germain (PSG)

Jersey No: 10 (forward)

 

The most expensive shirt on the list in terms of paying for each letter. Ibrahimovic is the star man at Paris St. Germain, probably the main man when it comes to sell football shirts from the club.

The Swedish superstar is well known for his personality as well as his football skills. Being at the 6th position of selling football shirts names assures that he has become extremely popular.

 

5. Wayne Rooney

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Present Club: Manchester United

Jersey No: 10 (forward)

 

Manchester United is one of the most popular football team on the planet. And also the second club in selling soccer jerseys per year. They may not be performing as well as they might have liked, MANU still generating a lot of money.

Wayne Rooney can be considered one of this club’s big money machine. Rooney is arguably the most famous member of the united squad that is probably the reason for his high position on this best sold soccer jersey names list.

 

4. Robin Van Persie

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Present Club: Manchester United

Jersey No: 20 (forward)

 

Another Manchester United star. While Rooney might be the most famous, Robin van Persie has shown why he is arguably the most talented of the united squad. He has been the top scorer in the Premier League last season.

Naturally his fans across the planet would rush to get a van Persie t shirt very soon. Popularity of Premier League confirms his 4th rank at the list of top 10 best sold soccer jersey names.

 

3. Mesut Ozil

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Present Club: Arsenal

Jersey No: 8 (midfielder)

 

Mesut Ozil was the big transfer in English football at his time. His £42.5 million move has meant a windfall in shirt sales. Ozil also had impressive impact on the Premier League for Arsenal.

His overall personality made him superstar even being at the giant club Real Madrid. And residing at Arsenal he is the 3rd best sold soccer jersey name of the world.

 

2. Lionel Messi

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Present Club: Barcelona

Jersey No: 10 (forward)

 

The main reason why Messi is second is most likely due to the signing of Neymar. So the shirt sales from Barcelona is now divided by these two sensational football stars.

Surely I will not discuss much about him as I believe players like Messi doesn’t need to be explained. The Argentine is still arguably the best player in the world. Naturally his status will only continue to sell football shirts for Barcelona, which makes him the 2nd of selling soccer jersey names.

 

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

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Present Club: Real Madrid

Jersey No: 7 (forward)

 

As aforementioned, I believe – everyone has already guessed this name before me. It is always going to be a battle between Messi and Ronaldo.

But undoubtedly Cristiano Ronaldo provokes the sensation that much that his fans can’t but buy his jersey. Being the most popular athlete on the planet CR7 is the call for highest sold soccer jersey name at the moment..

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Top 10 Famous Female Soccer Players of All Time

Women have been playing soccer since 1890’s. Women soccer had to face a long road to grow to the point. It was actually during the First World War, when many men were gone to fight, Women Soccer Team in England became massively popular. Female soccer players had started drawing huge crowds already. However, in 1921, Football Association of England banned women’s teams from playing with FA member teams on the field. They were forced to play on the rugby field. But the authority had to lift off the ban in 1971 because of massive popularity of Women soccer.

Women began to create increasing opportunities to play professionally over the 1970s and 1980s. They were thinking of a part time or full time basis and demanding for competition. Very soon the world found a huge fan base developed for women soccer.

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The first formal UEFA Women’s Championship was held in 1982. And the first Women’s World Cup was held in 1991. Olympic also witnessed the Women soccer tournament in 1996. In 1999 world cup final, the United States Women Soccer Team (WNT) won against China in a penalty shootout before 90,000 fans in the Rose Bowl. Probably after that event, women soccer was cemented within the public consciousness. Later it continued to grow with the 21st century sports.

Top 10 Best Female Soccer Players of All Time:

Maximum growth of the Female Soccer has occurred during the last twenty to twenty-five years. Definitely many of the female soccer players have come through the public focus. Talking about women soccer players of all time, we get six different nations representing the list. Another notable thing is the diverse backgrounds of players, which demonstrate the extent to which the sport has grown on an international reputation.

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Some of these famous female soccer players of all time are still playing with famous clubs worldwide. Irrespective of nationality or current playing status, these 10 women soccer players represent the pinnacle of athletic ability in their chosen sport. Most obviously they deserve the celebration and recognition befitting of their talents for women soccer.

Let’s find, who is the best soccer player of all time?

10. Nadine Angerer – Germany

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Teams: German National Team (captain), Portland Thorns FC

Position: Goalkeeper

Awards: FIFA World Player of the Year

Nadine Marejke Angerer is a German professional footballer. She is currently playing for Portland Thorns FC in the NWSL. Notably, Angerer is the Captain of the German Women National Team. She is the most recent FIFA Women’s Player of the Year. Interesting fact is, she is the first goalkeeper to win the Honor – male or female.

Nadine Angerer started her career in 1995. As a starter, she set the record for most consecutive minutes without allowing a goal at 540. Successfully she passed away the entire 2007 World Cup without conceding a single goal. Angerer was the starter for Germany’s two UEFA Women’s Championship victories (2009 and 2013). Another success history for Nadine Angerer is, winning the bronze medal at 2008 Olympic for Germany.

The famous female soccer player spent the bulk of her professional career in Germany. Previously she had played in Sweden and Australia, and also across five different teams. Recently she is moved to the National Women’s Soccer League in the United States for 2014-2015 season. Nadine is at number 10 in the list of top 10 famous female soccer players of all time.

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9. Kristine Lilly – United States

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Teams: United States women’s national soccer team (WNT),

                Boston Breakers (Women’s Professional Soccer – WPS)

Position: Midfielder

Awards: Hermann Award for best female collegiate player

Kristine Lilli has played more international games than any other player in the history of Women Soccer. In total, she had played 352 games for the United States from 1987 to 2010.

Lilly won her first cap for the United States in 1987 while still in high school. She also got the Hermann Award for best female collegiate player in 1991. Lilly played for UNC from 1989-1992 and consecutively won the national championship in all four years. In 2007, she became the first woman soccer player to play in five World Cups. Remarkable she won two of them (1991 and 1999) and finished third in the other three tournaments. She won gold in the 1996 and 2004 Olympics and silver in 2000.

Kristine Lilly has scored a record number 128 goals in her career, which is forth in ranking. She played professionally for two Swedish teams, Tyreso FF in 1994 and KIF Orebro DFF in 2005. Lilly spent most of her professional career with the Boston Breakers in Women’s Professional Soccer from 2001-2003 and again from 2009-2011. She became an assistant coach for the Boston Breakers in 2012 after retirement. Lilly is considered as the 9th best female soccer player of all time.

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8. Sun Wen – China

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Teams: China women’s national football team, Atlanta Beat (WUSA)

Position: Forward

Awards: FIFA Player of the Century, Golden Ball, Golden Boot

Sun Wen is one of the two recipients of the FIFA Player of the Century Award in 2002. Her greatest accomplishment came in the 1999 Women’s Soccer World Cup. Sun Wen led the China Women soccer team at second place finish and won both the Golden Boot and Golden Ball award. She was leading scorer of the tournament.

Wen also won a silver medal during the 1996 Olympics. In that time she scored over 100 goals for China from 1990 until her retirement. She achieved the glory of playing four Women Soccer World Cups and two Olympics.

Sun Wen led China to win the AFC Women’s Asian Cup six times as a female soccer player. She spent most of her career playing for the Atlanta Beat from 2001-2002 and the rest of her professional career with Shanghai Female Soccer Team. This all-time legend of Women Soccer history ranks at number 8 in the list of top 10 famous female soccer players.

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7. Abby Wambach – United States

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Teams: United States women’s national soccer team,

                Western New York Flash, University of Florida

Position: Forward

Awards: US Soccer Athlete of the year, AP Female Athlete of the Year

Abby Wambach has scored more international goals (167) than any male or female soccer player. She started playing soccer for the University of Florida. The University had a three years women’s soccer program when she started. Wambach won a national championship over 15-time champions UNC in 1998. Wambach has played three World Cups in total. Her team finished third in 2003 and 2007, while placed second in 2011. But won gold medals in all the three Olympics she played.

Wambach played professionally alongside another all-time legend female soccer player Mia Hamm on the Washington Freedom from 2002-2003. Together they won title at the latter year before the league folded. And they returned to the team in 2009, when already been part of Women’s Professional Soccer. The team moved to Florida in 2011 and became known as the magic Jack. That time she also served as a player-coach for the team before it folded in 2012.

Abby Ambach currently plays for the Western New York Flash in the National Women’s Soccer League. She has already achieved US Soccer Athlete of the year six times and most recently has won the AP Female Athlete of the Year Award (as a first soccer player). Being one of the all-time famous female soccer players, she was recently selected as the FIFA World Player of the Year for 2012.

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6. Birgit Prinz – Germany

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Teams: FFC Frankfurt, Women German national team

Position: Forward

Awards: FIFA World Player of the year

Birgit Prinz is well known as a three-time FIFA World Player of the year from 2003-2005. Unbelievably she is also four-time runner-up for the award from 2007-2010. No doubt that, Prinz enjoyed a sustained run as one of the very best in Women Soccer. She played more games for Germany than any non-American female soccer player for their international team in history. In total Prinz had played 214 international matches for Germany Women Football National Team.

Her winning achievement list is quite long to describe. UEFA European Championship five times in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2003 and 2007. The Women’s World Cup twice in 2003 and 2007. Notably runner-up in 1995. She and her team won three Olympic bronze medals in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Oh yes, she is also currently tied for the all-time World Cup goal-scoring lead.

Previously Prinz had spent over a decade with FFC Frankfurt from 1998-2011. There she scored 259 goals in 227 matches and won German player of the year eight consecutive years from 2001-2008. Prinz led her team to six Bundesliga titles, eight German Cup victories and three UEFA Women’s Cups. Very recently in 2011, Birgit Prinz has retired from the sport. But her well accomplished legacy undoubtedly keeps him in this list of famous women soccer players of all-time.

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5. Homare Sawa – Japan

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Teams: Japan women’s national football team, INAC Kobe Leonessa

                NTV Beleza (previously Yomimuri Beleza)

Position: Midfielder

Awards: FIFA World Player of the Year

Homare Sawa is one of the greatest midfielders of all-time. Her glorious achievements are considered as captaining Japan to a 2011 Women’s World Cup victory and silver medal in Olympics 2012. She also won the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award for 2012.

Sawa won both the Golden Ball for MVP and Golden Boot as leading scorer in 2011 Women Soccer World Cup. Undoubtedly she is the most capped Japanese player in the nation’s Women Soccer history.

Mainly she spent most of her professional career in the Japanese Nadeshiko League. There she had won eight times with NTV Beleza (previously Yomimuri Beleza). Also another two with INAC Kobe Leonessa. Once she played for three different Women Soccer teams in United States. She is believed the 5th greatest and famous female footballer of all-time.

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4. Michelle Akers – United States

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Teams: United States women’s national soccer team, Tyreso FF (Sweden)

Position: Forward / Midfielder

Awards: FIFA Medal of Merit, FIFA Female Player of the Century

Michelle Akers is the winner of the Golden Boot for most goals in the initial 1991 Women’s World Cup. She won the World Cup both that year and in 1999 with the United States Women national team. Akers started her collegiate career with Central Florida in 1985. There she won the Hermann Trophy as the best female collegiate athlete in 1988.

At the first women world cup year, Akers scored a mind-boggling 39 goals in 26 international games. Unbelievably which was at an average of a goal and a half per game. She was probably more impressive as a midfielder, rather than a forward.

This is another greatest female soccer star with unnatural lengthy winning list. She won the gold medal with the US team in Atlanta in the 1996 Olympics, received the FIFA Medal of Merit (organization’s highest possible honor), FIFA Female Player of the Century Award in 2002.

Michelle Akers spent most of her her career playing internationally. She played only three professional years with Tyreso FF in Sweden. This all-time famous female soccer player retired in 2005.

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3. Christine Sinclair – Canada

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Teams: FC Gold Pride, Western New York Flash, Portland Thorns FC,

                Canadian national women soccer team

Position: Forward

Awards: Canada Soccer Player of the Year, Canadian Athlete of the Year,

                  best NCAA female athlete, best collegiate women’s soccer player

With 148+ international goals, Sinclair stands at number three for famous female soccer players of all-time. As she is only 30 years old, may have the opportunity to catch both Mia Hamm and Wambach before retirement.

Sinclair had appeared over 200 times for Canada and won Canada Soccer Player of the Year eleven times. She also achieved the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canadian Athlete of the Year in 2012. She attained as the leading scorer and became the MVP of the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship. By scoring the winning goal, she helped Canada to win the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup. Though she got the legendary hat-trick in a 4-3 extra-time semi-finals loss to the United States, Canada finally managed to win bronze as their first Olympic medal.

Sinclair dominated in her time at the University of Portland by winning the Hermann Trophy for best collegiate women’s soccer player in 2004-05. She even won the Honda-Broderick Cup in 2005 as the best NCAA female athlete. She is arguably the third female soccer player to do so. She has also won championships with FC Gold Pride and the Western New York Flash of Women’s Professional Soccer. We can consider this legendary athlete as 3rd of our list of top 10 famous female soccer players of all time.

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2. Marta – Brazil

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Teams: Umea IK, Tyreso FF, Los Angeles Sol, FC Gold Pride,

                Western New York Flash, FC Rosengård,

                Brazil Women’s National Team

Position: Forward

Awards: FIFA World Player of the Year (5 times), Golden Boot, Golden Ball

Marta has won the FIFA World Player of the Year award more times (five consecutive times from 2006-2010) than any other female soccer player in history. She helped Brazil finish runner-up in the 2007 Women’s World Cup. She also won both the golden boot and golden ball that tournament. Currently she is the tied first with 14 career Women’s World Cup goals.

Marta has scored at close to a goal per game pace in her international career with Brazil. And also scored more than one goal in her professional club career with Umea IK in Sweden from 2004-2008. She has been playing for several other clubs in Brazil and United States. Some of them are Tyreso FF, Los Angeles Sol, FC Gold Pride and Western New York Flash (2009-2011).

Marta won the league’s scoring title in all three seasons and led each team to the regular season championship. Undoubtedly Marta can be considered as the second best female soccer player of all time.

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1. Mia Hamm – United States

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Teams: Washington Freedom (founding member), 

                 United States women’s national soccer team

Position: Forward

Awards: FIFA Women’s Player of the Year

Though retired in 2004, Mia Hamm still remains the face of the sport to many casual fans. She stands third all-time with 275 international caps for the United States and second all-time with 158 international goals. Hamm won the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002 as the first two years of its existence. She also finished second in both 2003 and 2004 in voting before her retirement. She is one of just two female players to be named to the FIFA 100, commemorating the 125 greatest living soccer players. They were to celebrate FIFA’s 100th anniversary in 2004.

Mia Hamm won the Women’s World Cup twice in 1991 and 1999. Also won the Olympic gold medal twice in 1996 and 2004. She won the NCAA National Championship four times in five years from 1989-1993.

As there were no professional women’s soccer league in the US until 2001. She only played three seasons with the Washington Freedom from 2001-2003. In fact Hamm scored the league’s first ever goal and led Washington to win the league championship in 2003.

One of the most successful and decorated women soccer players, an ambassador and also an icon for the women’s game world. Mia Hamm is an obvious inclusion for any discussion for the greatest female soccer players of all time. Most obviously she occupies the number one spot in this list of top 10 famous female soccer players of all time..

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Ranking Top 10 Fastest goal in Soccer History

Undoubtedly the game of soccer cab spring up a number surprises. Sometimes lower division team are found to be killing the giant premier division teams with record goals. The present day soccer is mostly dominated by the sporting milieu. And also some of the most celebrated individuals on the hallowed turf are considered to be strikers (forwards). Mostly they are known for their scoring prowess on and some of these most popular figureheads have been the ones knocking the goals into the net.

There had been big names like Alfredo di Stefano and Eusebio who recently passed away. Sir Geoff Hurst is another leading English player who is still the only player in history to have scored a hat trick in a FIFA World Cup Final.

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And for a time now, there has been a battle between two of the greatest players to ever grace this planet. We soccer fans very much know these two names, Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. The Portuguese forward has just broken the record of goals scored in a UEFA Champions League campaign. Lionel Messi had the previous record of 15 goals. They are in fact fighting in every possible aspects of football.

Top 10 fastest soccer goals of all time:

Now, when we are talking about fastest goal in soccer history, there are actually plenty to choose from. As Bryan Robson’s goal timed at 27 seconds in the 1982 World Cup. Again Theo Walcott in 20 seconds against Queens Park Rangers. Here we are attempting to count the 10 fastest soccer goals in history.

Let’s find, which one is the fastest goal in soccer history?

10. Jesus Navas

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Team: Manchester City

Elapsed time: 14 seconds

At the end of November 2013, winger Jesus Navas put his side Manchester City 1-0 up in less than 15 seconds. The versatile Spanish winger ensured French goalkeeper and Tottenham number 1 torrid afternoon. This was considered to be the fifth fastest goal in soccer history since the inauguration of the Premier League.

Lloris fluffed his clearance. The initial shot was saved from Sergio Aguero and the follow up was rifled in by Navas from the right hand edge of the box. ManCity went on to notch a 6-0 hammering of Spurs in that game. Now this goal is counted as the 10th fastest goal in soccer.

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09. Dwight Yorke

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Team: Aston Villa

Elapsed time: 13 Seconds

Dwight Yorke is the former Aston Villa and Manchester United striker. He took just 13 seconds to get on the score sheet. He was the part of the treble winning 1999 Manchester United side. Roy Keane and their iconic goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel also with the flamboyant Yorke struck up a wonderful partnership.

However the strike for Aston Villa against Coventry City that puts him on the list of top 10 fastest goal in soccer history. The striker is also acclaimed as one of the fastest soccer players of all time.

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08. Mark Viduka

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Team: Leeds United

Elapsed time: 11.1 Seconds

Mark Viduka is one of the prolific goal scorer in his own right. The former Australian international Mark Viduka made his career in the north of England. He managed to score four goals against the mighty Liverpool during his career with Leeds United.

And in 2001, it was against Charlton Athletic that he found the net in less than 11.5 seconds, which is considered as the 8th fastest goal in soccer history. This is of course a remarkable name in the fastest soccer goals list.

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07. Alan Shearer

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Team: Newcastle United

Elapsed time: 10.4 Seconds

Alan Shearer is an absolute legend in every possible way. He was signed for Newcastle at the time for a club record fee of $25 million. But notably, he forged his own career at Southampton. The Wear star moved to Blackburn Rovers where he won the Premier League title in 1995.

Alan Shearer scored after only 10.4 seconds in a game against Manchester City which has catapulted him as one of the fastest soccer players and this goal as the 7th fastest soccer goal in history.

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06. Ledley King

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Team: Tottenham Hotspur

Elapsed time: 10 Seconds

Of course, it is not just strikers that have the ability to hit the back of the post. The Ex-Tottenham Hotspur defender Ledley King achieved an incredibly quick goal within 10 seconds. His 10 second wonder goal was against Bradford City in 2000-2001 season. Most obviously they were in the highest echelons of soccer for an affordable time period.

Unfortunately, King’s career was plagued by injury and had no choice but to retire. But the 6th fastest goal in soccer history that he made can make him memorable in all time soccer goals list.

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05. Roy Makaay

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Team: Bayern Munich

Elapsed time: 10 Seconds

Dutch international Roy Makaay took again just 10 seconds to make his mark when playing for the Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. He bamboozled former Brazilian player Roberto Carlos who was caught napping in the very first minute of the particular match.

A cross came in from winger Hasan Salihamidžić which was tucked away in style by Makaay. And then go down as one of the fastest Champions League goals ever. This goal is also the 5th fastest goal in soccer history.

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04. Tim Cahill

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Team: New York Red Bulls

Elapsed time: 7 Seconds

Tim Cahill is one of the former Everton players. He took less than 8 seconds to strike on his way to a 3-0 MLS victory against Houston Dynamo. Being one of the fastest soccer players of his time, he is officially recognized in the MLS records books as scoring the fastest goal.

Undoubtedly this is the fastest MLS goal since the league came into fruition. We consider this as the 4th fastest goal in soccer history as we still can afford three more thrilling score information.

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03. Nawaf Al Abed

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Team: Al-Hilal

Elapsed time: 2.4 Seconds

Saudi Arabian soccer player Al Abed lays claim to one of the fastest soccer goals on the planet in 2011. The goal is believed to be the speediest goal in soccer history, which was exactly scored in less than 2.5 seconds. His intelligence spotted the goal keeper off his goal line and took a shot direct from the center.

The result was the ball ended up in the net and Al-Hilal went on to record a 4-0 victory for that game. Here in this list this is the third fastest goal in soccer history. A matter of surprise, what kind of times are elapsed for the other two in this list.

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02. Marc Burrows

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Team: Cowes Sport

Elapsed time: 2 Seconds

Definitely we can figure out a heartfelt story from Marc Burrows. He was playing for the Cowes Sport club at the time and his strike against Eastleigh was recorded at an incredible 2 seconds.

Of course 2/3 seconds goal cannot be scored none other than striking from the center. His one came straight from the kick off after being set up by one of his team mates. Unfortunately the fastest soccer player passed away at the age of 30 after battling cancer in 2009. But still we remember him as producing the 2nd fastest goal in soccer history.

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Fastest Goal in Soccer History:

01. Nicklas Bendtner

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Team: Arsenal

Elapsed time: 1.8 Seconds

Technically this is the quickest goal in soccer to have ever been scored. In fact the goal was scored by a substitute in the Premier League. The Danish international Nicklas Bendtner scored for Arsenal against North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in just 1.8 seconds. Unfortunately he was fined more than $75,000 for showing advertising on his undergarments in 2012.

Nicklas headed his way into the record books after being teed up by a Cesc Fabegras corner. So, can you believe the fastest goal in soccer history came from only a second and a bit of time!!!

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Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth 2015

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

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

Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo Biography:

Full name:                          Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro

Date of birth:                     5 February, 1985

Place of birth:                   Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Total Net Worth:             $300 Million

Net Worth in 2015:         $80 Million

Real Madrid Salary:        $52 Million

Endorsements earning: $28 Million

Current Agent:                   Luis Correia

Agency:                                 Gestifute International

Cristiano Ronaldo Endorsement Incomes:

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

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

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Cristiano Ronaldo Cars:

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

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

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Cristiano and Real Madrid:

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

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

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Cristiano Ronaldo House:

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

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

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Cristiano and His Charity:

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

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

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Cristiano Ronaldo endorsement deals:

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

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Cristiano Ronaldo endorsement ; image credit www.tagheuer.com

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

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Cristiano Ronaldo fashion:

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

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

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Cristiano Ronaldo Awards:

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

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

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Cristiano Ronaldo awards ; image credit www.irishmirror.ie

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

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

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Cristiano Ronaldo Facebook, Twitter

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

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

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In conclusion,

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

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

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Neymar Net Worth 2015

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

Neymar Net Worth 2015

Full name:                             Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior

Birthday:                                5th February, 1992

Birth Place:                            Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil

Total Neymar Net Worth: $80 Million

Neymar Net Worth 2015: $33.6 Million

Barcelona Salary:               $17.6 Million

Endorsements income:     $16 Million

Current Agent:                      Wagner Ribeiro   

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Neymar Net Worth: Overall

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

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

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Neymar’s club salary and endorsements:

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

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

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Neymar is on Cover:

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

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

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

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Neymar Net Worth and Santos:

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

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

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

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

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

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Wise sayings about Neymar Jr

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

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

The Brazilian legendary footballer Pele once said,

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

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He also added,

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

His fellow teammate, Barcelona’s star Xavi stated,

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

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Neymar’s personal life:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Endorsement involved in Neymar Net Worth 2015

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

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

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Neymar in media

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

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

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Neymar, the Musician

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

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

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In conclusion,

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

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Luis Suarez Net Worth in 2014-2015

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

The Transfer

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

Luis Suarez Bio:

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

Family Life:

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

Beginning of his career:

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

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

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

Luis Suarez endorsements and incomes

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

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

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                      Neymar Jr. Net Worth 2015

Luiz Suarez House in United Kingdom:

Woolton House

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

Luis Suarez Exclusive Collection of Cars

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

Luis Suarez Awards – Achievements :

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

Club career:

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

Career Titles Wins :

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

Awards – Honours 2014 :

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

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