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USA Soccer Team will play against Belgium in pre-world cup closed-door friendly

The US men’s National Team (USMNT) has added another friendly match to its world cup preparations. They will take on Belgium on June 12 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The closed –door match will take place just four days before the Americans take on Ghana in world cup 2014.

This agreement will give both national teams some final competitive testing. Pre world cup matches are always good for the main tournament. Already FIFA have announced the event.

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“It will be a kind of training session for each side.”

Belgium Football Federation expressed their expectation per FIFA.

USA Soccer Team expects a full-blown friendly. But it sounds more like a scrimmage. Both the managers should assure their squad to remain sharp. They also need to keep fit both their key players during the final domestic match and after starting the group event of world cup.

Last May in Cleveland, both the teams faced off in a friendly match. USA Soccer Team loses the game. Christian Benteke provided the second half pair of goals which leaned Belgium to a 4-2 win.

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Some believes that match is the main reason for this agreement. That game probably is inspiring both the teams to train together so close to the Brazil world cup 2014.
The USA Soccer Team was set to battle Nigeria, Turkey and Azerbaijan in the United States. These matches were to earn the ticket for the trip to world cup 2014.

Jurgen Klinsmann, the manager for USA Soccer Team has placed a major emphasis on current form. He will make up his line-up decisions based on the friendly matches and training sessions.

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So there are chances of making or breaking of certain players to the final events. The decisions will be provided from the closed-door match probably. The midfield and the outsides of the back line positions are up for grabs.

Many people considers group G as the “Group of Death”, this year. The USA Soccer Team is in a group alongside Portugal, Germany and Ghana. So the United States have to earn three points against the black stars in the opening match. May be this will become the key to survive in group G.

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Belgium is in Group H. They are with Russia, Algeria and South Korea. This group is much easier to navigate. Belgium will definitely hope the final training session with the USA Soccer Team is crisp and clean.

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Top 10 Most Valuable Backup Goalkeepers in Soccer

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

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

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

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

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10 Most Valuable Backup Goalkeepers in Soccer:

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

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

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

10. Pepe Reina

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Present Club: Bayern Munich

Expense: $6.6 million

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

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

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09. Maarten Stekelenburg

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 Present Club: Monaco

Expense: $7.3 million

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

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

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08. Jack Butland

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Present club: Stoke City

Expense: $7.3 million

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

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

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07. Willy Caballero

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Present Club: Manchester City

Expense: $7.3 million

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

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

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06. Michael Agazzi

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Present Club: AC Milan

Expense: $8.8 million

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

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

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05. Michel Vorm

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Present club: Tottenham Hotspur

Expense: $8.8 million

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

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

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04. David Ospina

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Present club: Arsenal

Expense: $10.3 million

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

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

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03. Claudio Bravo

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Present club: Barcelona

Expense: $11.6 million

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

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

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02. Keylor Navas

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Present club: Real Madrid

Expense: $14.6 million

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

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

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01. Petr Cech

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Present club: Chelsea

Expense: $24.9 million

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

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

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Top 10 English Premier League Goalkeepers in 2016

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

Top 10 English Premier League Goalkeepers 2016:

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

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

10. Brad Guzan – Aston Villa F.C.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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06. Tim Howard – Everton F.C.

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

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

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

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

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

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04. Hugo Lloris – Tottenham Hotspur F.C.

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

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

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03. Petr Cech – Chelsea F.C.

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

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

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

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

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

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01. Joe Hart – Manchester City F.C.

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

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

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Top 10 Most Controversial Footballers of All time

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

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

Top 10 most controversial footballers of all time:

10. Rene Higuita

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

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

9: Joey Barton

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

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

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8: Sinisa Mihajlovic

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

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

7: Harald Schumacher

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

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

6: Luis Suarez

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

5: Edmundo

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

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

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

4: John Terry

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

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

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3: Eric Cantona

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

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

2: Paolo Di Canio

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

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

1: Diego Maradona

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

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

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

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Top 10 Best Penalty Takers in Football World

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

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

10 Best Penalty Takers in Football World

10. Andrea Pirlo

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

9. Michael Ballack

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

8. Michel Platini

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

Also Read: Top 10 best free kick takers in football world

7. Steven Gerrard

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

6. Alessandro Del Piero

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

5. Cristiano Ronaldo

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

4. Frank Lampard

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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.

Also Read: Top 10 most successful goalkeepers in soccer world

3. Zinedine Zidane

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

2. Alan Shearer

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

Also read: Top 10 best football players in the world

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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Alex Morgan Net Worth 2015

American women’s soccer history glitters with a sports-bra victory slide and a 1999 FIFA Women’s world cup title. Now, the history’s latest chapter lies at the feet of amazing goal machine and the Goldberg of American female soccer, Alex Morgan.

The shining superstar is graceful and gritty on the field. With her amazing skill and strength, she darts around the defenders to the net and overpowering them. Morgan overwhelms with her attacking style, bringing the defense wall to their knees and fans on their feet. Alex Morgan is a pressure performer with her late goals in Women’s world cup and the summer Olympics matches.

Alex Morgan Net Worth:

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Full name: Alexandra Patricia Morgan
Age: 25 years
Place of Birth: San Dimas, California, United States
Alex Morgan Net worth: $24 Million
Alex Morgan salary: $70,000
Source of income: Soccer
Playing position: striker
Club/National team: Portland Thorns FC, United States

She is an Olympic gold medalist, a WPS and NWSL champion, a US Soccer Female Athlete of the Year and a proud member of the USWNT’s All-time Best XI squad. The glamorous sportswoman is also a social media phenomenon and a marketing icon. Today, we will bring to you Alex Morgan Net Worth in 2015. Let’s have a look at Alex Morgan salary, biography, career and contact information.

Alex Morgan Biography: Career goals

Alex Morgan is a key striker for the United States national soccer team. She is the glittering star with her incredible skill and great techniques with football. Since 2010, the girl appeared in 85 matches for the United States and scored a stunning 51 goals in her career so far. Currently, she also plays soccer for the Portland Thorns FC. She scored 14 goals wearing 33 caps for her club. Her reputation is growing too fast with her goals. She is being the greatest potential in United States Female soccer team.

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Alex Morgan Major Titles: Medals

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Alex Morgan is one of the best players in the American squad. She has earned numerous awards in a very short period of time. Morgan won the 2012 Olympic gold medal in London with the US team. Here are some of her Awards, Medals and Titles won by her-

International:

1. Olympic Gold Medal in 2012
2. FIFA Women’s World Cup: Runner-up, 2011
3. Algarve Cup: 2011, 2013, 2015
4. FIFA under-20 Women’s world cup: 2008
5. Four Nations Tournament: 2011
6. CONCACAF Women’s Championship: 2014

Individual achievements:

1. FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup silver ball: 2008
2. US Soccer Athlete of the Year: 2012
3. 3rd place FIFA World Player of the Year: 2012
4. CONCACAF Player of the Year: 2013

Alex Morgan Net worth: Endorsements Deals

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Alex Morgan has signed endorsements deals with Panasonic, Nike and Coca Cola. She also made a one-year endorsement deal with Bank of America on July 2011. In September of the same year, Alex Morgan co-starred with her national teammate Hope Solo in a TV commercial of ESPN’s SportsCenter. The following year, Morgan along with her teammate Heather Mitts became the brand ambassadors of GNC, which is one of the leading health product companies in United States. Her appearances on behalf of Ubisoft video game promotion earned her a huge amount of money.

Alex Morgan appeared in a television commercial for Bridgestone in 2013. In October of the same year, she made a two-year partnership as the spokesperson for ChapStick. Along with her salary, all these business endorsements have helped a great deal in the increasement of Alex Morgan Net worth 2015.

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Alex Morgan in Media:

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Alex Morgan has been featured in number of sports magazines like Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2012, where she appeared in body paint at the athletic section. In 2013, Morgan appeared in the music issue of ESPN The Magazine replicating Katy Perry’s “One of the Boys” album cover. She also featured on the cover of ESPN Magazine along with her national teammates Sydney Leroux and Abby Wambach.

Alex Morgan also acted in the documentary series of ESPN, “Nine for IX” in 2013, in which she was focused in the success and legacy of the American national team squad that won the title of 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In May 2015, Alex Morgan’s likeness character appeared on popular cartoon show The Simpsons along with Abby Wambach and Christen Press.

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Alex Morgan Personal life:

Alex Morgan married the American soccer team and MLS player, Servando Carrasco on 31 December, 2014. Alex Morgan was given the nickname “Baby Horse” by her teammates of US national soccer team for her incredible speed and running style with the ball. Her father Mike Morgan once said,

“I’m not known anymore as Mike Morgan. I am Alex Morgan’s dad and that’s how I’m introduced”

Her daughter is now frequently introduced as the future of United States soccer team. If Mia Hamm was the past and Abby Wambach is the present of American female soccer, then certainly the next generation of American soccer team will belong to Alex Morgan.

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Alex Morgan contacts: Fan mail address:

Alex Morgan
Portland Thorns FC
Providence Park
1844 Southwest Morrison Street
Portland, OR 97205
USA

Alex Morgan Net worth in 2015 is a remarkable item to select in the recent time, as Alex Morgan is one of the best talented female soccer player in the world. Like other, popular athletes, she has also empowered her earnings with numerous endorsements and television appearances. The Alex Morgan net worth will be flourished with her soccer career, making her one of the highest paid female soccer players in the world.

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Top 10 Fastest Football Players in the World

In the modern era of sports, there are some remarkable revolutions in football too. The changes are introduced to the way in which football clubs set about winning matches after matches. The teams also evolved their tactics and formations, state of art facilities and using advanced equipment. The players have to cope with that modern system as well as with the faster technology. We choose an article about top 10 fastest football players in the world, in which we’ll be able to present you some extraordinary talents with some extreme pace in football.

The speed is very eye-soothing in watching soccer, but pure speed can often tilt the balance of this beautiful game. It is a mere truth that, raw pace and acceleration in football can be almost impossible to stop, no matter how advanced the technologies and tactics have been. It is a dream to every footballer to be faster than others. For this, sometimes they sustain injuries and sometimes they succeed.

Top 10 Fastest Football Players in the World:

The Players we are presenting are enlisted by FIFA in 2015. It may surprise you that neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Arjen Robben are in the top three in this list. FIFA’s governing body prepared the list measuring the top speed of the players across all major leagues during matches in recent times. Thus five EPL players made it into the list of top 10 fastest football players in the world.

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10. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal): 30.1 km/h

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The Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez is currently playing for English Premier League club Arsenal. In the field, when Sanchez runs speedy with the ball, it is hard to catch him. He puzzles the defenders with his amazing pace and strikes the ball powerfully. His speed is recorded almost 30.1 km/h so far, which put Sanchez at no. 10 in the list of top 10 fastest football players in the world.

He has earned over 85 caps for his national side and became the 2nd most capped of all time for Chile. Alexis participated in two FIFA World Cups and 2011 and 2015 Copa America, while winning the later. The winning goal in 2015 Copa America final against Argentina came from his feet, as he executed the penalty in the Panenka style.

Also read: Top 10 best paid Premier League footballers in 2015

9. Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich): 30.4 km/h

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The Dutch professional plays for German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. He is well known for his amazing pace with football. The 31-year old still manages to keep his pace at an average of 30.4 km/h. His fastest speed was recorded in 2014 FIFA World Cup, which is 37 km/h in a match against Spain, where he was helping to mastermind Netherlands’ 5-1 victory.

The forward usually plays at left or right side. Robben’s amazing crossing ability and long-range accuracy make him one of the devastating footballers. So far, he has pocketed 28 goals for the Netherlands. Arjen Robben is at no. 9 in the list of top 10 fastest football players in the world.

8. Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich): 30.7 km/h

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The French professional also plays for German club Bayern Munich primarily as a winger. Ribery is best known for his pace, energy, skill and precise passing ability. He has been described by many as a fast and excellent dribbler. He has great control with the ball.

Ribery is one of the representatives for fast sprinter in football. His name is enlisted at no. 8 in top 10 fastest football players in the world. In the FIFA World Cup 2006 final against Italy, Ribery sprinted at 35 km/h on a counter attack leaving behind Marco Materazzi. The average speed he maintains is 30.7 km/h.

7. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United): 31.2 km/h

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Wayne Rooney is an English professional footballer and captains both the national team and Manchester United. Although he plays as a forward, he also plays at the midfield. So far, the English captain bagged 230 goals for Manchester United, which made him 3rd highest goal-scorer of all time for Manchester United.

He is famous for his insane pace with the ball and his football skill. Rooney reached his highest speed of 20.3 miles per hour at Old Trafford in 2014 in a match against QPR. Now, he is at 7th position in top 10 fastest footballers.

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6. Lionel Messi (Barcelona): 32.5 km/h

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There are few players in the world faster or more agile than him. He is amazing, he is outstanding. I’m talking about the great Lionel Messi. Currently he is one of the greatest footballers in the world. Argentina’s Leo Messi is extraordinary quick on the pitch. His amazing skill with the ball and lethal left foot make him one of the most explosive footballers in the game of football. There is a saying that,

“Messi is faster with the ball at his feet than the defenders are without the ball.”

Lionel Messi ranks at no. 6 in the list of top 10 fastest football players in the world. He is Barcelona’s all-time top goal-scorer with 286 goals. Messi is also the all-time leading goal scorer in the history of UEFA Champions League. Leo Messi is unparallel. He is compared as the true successor of Argentine great Diego Maradona.

Also read: Top 10 best football players in 2015

5. Theo Walcott (Arsenal): 32.7 km/h

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The Arsenal forward also plays for the England National team. The 26-year old youngster was awarded the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2006. His career started with Southampton. Then he joined Arsenal for £5 million in 2006. He was caught on the eyes of Arsene Wenger very soon and established himself as an effective winger for Arsenal.

There are very few players like Walcott who can carry the ball with speed and precision. He is armed with fuel injected pace, which made him every defender’s nightmare. When he tears past his opponents with blistering pace, there is hardly anyone to stop him. Theo Walcott ranks at no. 5 in our list of top 10 fastest football players in the world. The young sprinter clocked 11.52 seconds in 100 meters at the age of just 15.

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4. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid): 33.6 km/h

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Cristiano Ronaldo is a name of a super-sonic running machine and is considered as one of the fastest football players in the world. Ask4sports.com had ran a statistic to enlist the fastest soccer players where Cristiano topped the list, having been clocked 10.9 meters per second or 24.4 miles/h. Professional sprinters like Carl Lewis, Asafa Powel, Usain Bolt usually run at 27-28 miles/h. But, we should keep in mind that, Ronaldo runs on grass, wearing shin guards with a football running on his feet. Cristiano is enlisted at no. 4 in the list of top 10 fastest football players in the world in recent times.

The great Cristiano had received his first FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2008 and then in 2013 and 2014. The Portuguese winger and the Real Madrid special is undoubtedly one of the best soccer players in the world. He is the all-time top goal scorer for Portugal with 55 goals. Cristiano Ronaldo is a true magician in football.

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3. Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur): 33.8 km/h

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Aaron Lennon is currently playing for English club Tottenham Hotspur as a winger along the England National team. The young fella moved to Tottenham in 2005 from Leeds United and since then he has been an important part for the spurs. It has been a regular sight in the Premier League, that Lennon’s whirring legs eating up the turf as he blazes a trail past a opponent. The defenders fear to catch the white and blue flash of this speedy winger.

Aaron Lennon is gifted by an unnatural pace, which is averaged around 33.8 km/h. He makes his place at no. 3 in our list of top 10 fastest football players in the world. The diminutive racer with his petrol burning speed has gained the success by putting the work on the training ground. The striker hasn’t proven himself completely yet.

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2. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid): 34.7 km/h

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Gareth Bale is a professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid and Wales National team. He is best known for striking the ball from distance, astonishing free kicks and his incredible abilities to get past the defenders. Gareth Bale is blessed with tremendous speed and great crossing ability. His exceptional physical quality is totally unmatched to any player.

There may be a lot of speculation about Bale’s future at Real Madrid, but if they want to get rid of him, then they have to find someone faster. According to the study of Mexican club Pachuca (endorsed by FIFA), Bale has clocked a 36.9 km/h speed with the ball and averaged 34.7 km/h, which put him at the 2nd spot in the list of top 10 fastest football players in the world.

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1. Antonio Valencia (Manchester United): 35.1 km/h

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Antonio Valencia is an Ecuadorian national team footballer, who also plays as a right winger for the English club Manchester United.

When, the question is asked, who is the fastest footballer in the world? Most of us would instantly say Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale or Arjen Robben. But, the truth is, they aren’t. It is Antonio Valencia. The 29-year old clocked an amazing speed of 35.1km/h, which put hardly any doubt that he will flourish under Van Gaal’s new tactical changes at Old Trafford.

In a match against Blackburn in 2012, Antonio Valencia set a new world record of becoming the fastest footballer in the world. Professionals of FIFA revealed the calculations regarding the list of world’s fastest footballers, where Valencia topped as the world’s fastest player. He also tops our list of top 10 fastest footballers in the world.

Professionals that are working in the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) revealed the calculations which showed that Antonio Valencia is the world’s fastest player.

In the Blackburn vs. Manchester United game, Antonio Valencia set a new record becoming the best of the fastest football players in the world to run with the ball at 35.1 km per hour.

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Top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-2016

Undoubtedly football is one of the most followed sports in this world. So, it is no surprise, highest level of financing and commercialization should enter this very sporting arena. Though, there is always mixed reactions about this commercialization from spectators around the globe. People now can enjoy a variety of international talent at various domestic leagues. While, they often criticize the highest paid soccer players for being overly paid. Sometimes the reaction is, they don’t worth that much money.

Here we are trying to make a list of 10 highest paid soccer players especially for the year 2016. And we don’t believe to hide the secret that this list is made mostly based on the latest list by Forbes.

According to the magazine, the 29- year old Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo is the leader of this short list. The second ranked is now at no#1 in the list of highest paid soccer players in the world 2016 with an estimated earnings of 80 million USD.

Top 10 Highest Paid Soccer Players 2015:

From last year, the boost is around $30 million for Cristiano Ronaldo. And now on, the Spanish Primera owns the top two spots as Lionel Messi from Barcelona is next with $65 million. Though he is expected to receive a raise of $13 million after the next deal is signed.

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               Top 10 best soccer players in the world 2015

This list of highest paid soccer players is presented here with stars strictly from the Spanish Primera, English Premier League and France’s Ligue 1.

10. Fernando Torres – Atletico Madrid

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Fernando José Torres Sanz is a Spanish professional footballer. He played as a striker for both the Spain National Team and English Club Chelsea. He started his career with Atletico Madrid in 2001.

Torres is now at number 10 in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16. He has an annual earnings of 20 million USD. And he is continuing his sponsor deals with Adidas and Pepsi.

Very recently Torres refused to move for Italy as the Chelsea Boss Jose Mourinho is very keen to keep the 50 million striker for the English Club. He might have planned to play his last match at Stamford Bridge. He came back to join Atletico Madrid last season. His performance is increasing with time.

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Total earnings in 2015-16:

Total Earning Earning Via Salary/Winnings Earning Via Endorsements
21.3 Million USD 17.8 Million USD 3.5 Million USD

Now at this moment he is no longer considered one of the top strikers in the world football. But probably his sponsorship deals still rank him among the highest paid soccer players 2015-16.

9. Yaya Toure – Man City

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Gnégnéri Yaya Touré, known as Yaya Touré, from the Ivory Coast National Team, now plays as a midfielder in Premier League club Manchester City. Formerly this versatile player played as a center back for FC Barcelona. He is renowned for combining passing ability and physical power with technique.

For the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16, he is at number 9. His annual earning is around 21 million USD, of which he receives almost 19.2 million USD from salary and the other 3 million from endorsements.

Toure signed a new 4-year contract to stay at the Etihad Stadium until 2017, last April. He is the captain of Ivory Coast National team. Toure was selected for the African Player of the Year for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. So far, he has scored 53 goals for Manchester City.

Also Read: Top 10 English Premier League transfers in 2016

Total earnings in 2015-16:

Total Earning Earning Via Salary/Winnings Earning Via Endorsements
21.7 Million USD 19.2 Million USD 2.5 Million USD

Yaya Toure was third (just below his teammate) in the last BPL with 20 goals. And naturally his contract is loaded with much more incentives. Definitely his wages can reach sky high next year, especially if Manchester City performs well again.

8. Sergio Aguero – Man City

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Sergio Leonel “Kun” Agüero Del Castillo known professionally as Sergio Agüero is an Argentine professional footballer. He also plays as a striker for Premier League club Manchester City and the Argentina national team. One of the forever legends, Diego Maradona’s Son in law, Aguero started with the European side Atletico Madrid in 2006.

Sergio Aguero is presently representing the 8th position of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16. Recently (on 14th August 2014) he has signed a five year deal with the city for about 42.35 million Euros. And also the Sponsorship deals with companies like Puma, Pepsi and Gillette are facts about being 8th richest soccer player of 2015-16.

His new contract with the English giants will keep him at Manchester City until 2019. Hopefully he will continue his form as one of the key players for the team in English Premier League.

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Total earnings in 2015-16:

Total Earning Earning Via Salary/Winnings Earning Via Endorsements
23.3 Million USD 18.3 Million USD 5 Million USD

Definitely Sergio Aguero is one of them who helped City capture a second EPL title in the last three years. He scored 17 total goals this season, which is fourth most in league for the term.

7. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United

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Wayne Mark Rooney is an English footballer who plays for both Manchester United and the England national team. Recently he was seen as captain for both the teams. Probably he is one of Most Gifted Footballers, England Ever Produced. Undoubtedly he can find his place in the all-time best striker list for England. At the age of only nine, he joined the Everton youth club and finally moved for the United in 2004 summer transfer window. So far, he has scored 192 goals in the English Premier League, which makes him the second most top scorer in EPL. He is currently the most decorated Barclays Premier League player.

And for the updated list of highest paid soccer players 2015-16, Wayne Rooney is the 7th highest paid soccer player in the world. He has a grand total of 23.4 Million USD annual earning. This also includes the 5 Million sponsorship deals.

The famous club rewarded 10-year veteran Rooney with a record 4-year contract extension, which worth up to $104 million.

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Total earnings in 2015-16:

Total Earning Earning Via Salary/Winnings Earning Via Endorsements
23.4 Million USD 18.4 Million USD   5 Million USD

The Red Devils along with Rooney have trudged through a downtrodden English Premier League season. But now with the new manager they are willing for a better prospect. And endorsements from Nike, Samsung and Harper Collins, still keeping the 28-year-old MANU forward in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16.

6. Neymar – Barcelona

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Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer. He plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Brazilian national team as a forward or winger. For the time being he is considered as one of the Most Rising Star in Football Arena.

Neymar started his career with the Brazilian club Santos in 2003. And after rising through ranks, now he is transferred to the Spanish club FC Barcelona last year.

Neymar was transferred with a record €57, which was 10th most expensive transfers in football history. Currently he is at number 6 in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16. Annually he earns almost 34 Million USD. Of which, 16 Million, he receives via sponsorship deals form Nike, Panasonic and Volkswagen.

Neymar announced on 27 May 2013 that he would sign with the FC Barcelona. On June 3rd, Neymar was unveiled by Barcelona and presented at the Nou Camp in front of 56,500 fans, which was a record turnout for a Brazilian player.

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Total earnings in 2015-16:

Total Earning Earning Via Salary/Winnings Earning Via Endorsements
33.6 Million USD 17.6 Million USD 16 Million USD

Probably Neymar is the only player on the list of highest paid soccer players 2015-16, whose endorsements outweighed the salary. The Brazilian superstar has already become a sensation for the Barcelona side. And above all, he is expected to represent Brazil for their sixth World Cup title.

5. Radamel Falcao – Chelsea

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Radamel Falcao García Zárate, commonly known as Radamel Falcao, Falcao García or Falcao in South America, is a Colombian professional footballer. Only a few days ago he was transferred to Manchester United on loan from AS Monaco. He plays as a striker for both the club and the Colombian national team.

He had already travelled so many famous clubs like Lanceros, River Plate, Porto, Atletico Madrid, Monaco and now the big one Manchester United.

The 28 year old Star struck a 5 year deal that doubled his salary with AS Monaco, bankrolled by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev.

He also spent a very successful year with Atletico Madrid, where he scored 34 goals in one season. But Falcao justified the move to the club saying his heart had been with it since his idol Henry had played there. And magically, before that he was not even in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players. Now he is enjoying the 5th position of highest paid soccer players 20115-16.

It is heard that Manchester United is very keen to keep the Colombian star with them, which means they are processing the deal for him. Let’s see what happens, Falcao of Monaco or Falcao of MANU??

Falcao is now playing for Chelsea on loan. He is not having a good form there as he scored only once in his nine games.

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Total earnings in 2015-16:

Total Earning Earning Via Salary/Winnings Earning Via Endorsements
35.4 Million USD 32.4 Million USD 3 Million USD

A serious knee injury derailed him from the season as well as the World Cup 2014, Brazil. But hopefully he will score again for the Red Devils this season.

4. Gareth Bale – Real Madrid

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Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid. He also plays for the Wales national team as a winger. Gareth Bale began his professional career at Southampton as a left back. Very quickly he acclaimed his name as a free kick specialist.

The Spanish giant Real Madrid spent $118 million last September to sign the 24-year old Welshman from Tottenham Hotspur in the year 2013 after Neymar’s move to Barcelona.

Now Bale is at number 4 in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16. He earns around 36.4 Million USD per year, including 11 million via his deals with Adidas, EA Sports, Lucozade.

Bale began his professional career at Southampton. On 25 May 2007, Bale signed a four-year deal with Tottenham. And finally On 1 September 2013, Real Madrid announced that they had reached an agreement for the transfer of Gareth Bale. A six-year deal was signed with an undisclosed fee for the superstar.

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Total earnings in 2015-16:

Total Earning Earning Via Salary/Winnings Earning Via Endorsements
36.4 Million USD 25.4 Million USD 11 Million USD

Definitely the record breaking transfer to Real Madrid puts a lot of pressure on Bale. But we can say he had already proven himself worthy. His winning-wonder goal in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona solidified his place in Europe’s toughest and famous most league.

3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – PSG

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Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer. He plays as a striker for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Swedish national team. Ibrahimovic is the present captain for Swedish national team. Most definitely he is one of the strongest footballer around the world.

He was the player of the year for PSG last year, in which he scored 30 goals one season. Ibra started his career with the Malmo FF in the late 90’s. Then he moved to Ajax and serially there after he played for Juventus, Internazionale, Bercelona, Milan and finally PSG.

Currently Imbrahimovic is the 3rd highest paid soccer player of the top 10 list of highest paid soccer players 2015-16. Annually he earns around 40.4 Million USD. Ibrahimovic is gaining 36.4 Million USD via salary and other 4 Million via commercial deals from sponsors.

Recently he is rewarded one year Extension in his two year contract with PSG.

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Total earnings in 2015-16:

Total Earning Earning Via Salary/Winnings Earning Via Endorsements
40.4 Million USD 36.4 Million USD 4 Million USD

Ibrahimovic is well known for his incredible goals and cockiness on the pitch. Undoubtedly he is responsible to bring back PSG amongst the top clubs in Europe with two consecutive French Ligue 1 titles.

2. Lionel Messi – Barcelona

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Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi Cuccittini, commonly known as Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team.

The Barcelona sensation had received Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations at the age of 21 only. He is definitely one of the greatest soccer players ever in this world. And still if we don’t accept him as the greatest, at least we can consider that he has certain possibilities with so many unbreakable records in his pocket.

Messi started his career with the Spanish giant club FC Barcelona and may be, he is all the through going to end up with them.

After remaining as runner up in 2013 Ballon d’Or award Messi is at number two in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16. He has a grand total earning of 64.1 Million USD per year. He receives 41.7 Million from salary. He also has some real big deals with sponsors like Adidas and Turkish Airline.

Recently Messi helped his team Argentina being runner up at the World Cup 2014, Brazil. He was also awarded with the player of the tournament which is commonly known as the golden ball. As always, he has never stopped surprising and undoubtedly he is ever sensational. Lionel Messi has achieved the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the 5th time in 2016.

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Total earnings in 2015-16:

Total Earning Earning Via Salary/Winnings Earning Via Endorsements
64.7 Million USD 41.7 Million USD 23 Million USD

The Argentine superstar has agreed to a new contract with the club. But he hasn’t signed yet. Most probably his wage is set to rise. Easily he can become no. 1 of highest paid soccer players next year.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid

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Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, OIH, commonly known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and captains the Portugal national team. He is considered one of the most popular Athlete in the world.

Ronaldo became the most expensive player in the world when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009. He won the 2013 Ballon d’Or. And scored amazing 69 goals in only 59 matches for Real Madrid and Portugal.

Now a time, undoubtedly and most definitely Cristiano Ronaldo is at number one in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players 2015-16.

He has a grand total earning of 80 Milliion per year. Of which, 52 Million he earns from salary and the other 28 Million from endorsements. Very recently Real Madrid has awarded Cristiano a 5-year contract worth $206 Million USD. Alongside he has some huge sponsorship contracts with Tag Heuer and underwear labeled CR7. He is at the same time most paid and most popular athlete in the world.

Cristiano Ronaldo started his career as a young player for Andorinha. He played there for two years. And moved to C.D. Nacional. In 1997 he moved to Portuguese giants Sporting CP. Finally in 2003, Ronaldo caught the attention of Manchester United manager sir Alex Ferguson. MANU signed him for 12.2 Million in 2004.

Ronaldo was the first player in England to win all four main PFA and FWA awards in 2007. In 2008 and 2013, he won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award as the best player in the world, the first Portuguese player to win the title twice. On 26th June 2009, Real Madrid confirmed his transfer from Manchester United for 80 Million, which made him the most expensive footballer in history.

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Total earnings in 2015-16:

Total Earning Earning Via Salary/Winnings Earning Via Endorsements
80 Million USD 52 Million USD 28 Million USD

This year the Madrid sensation racked up 31 goals and helped Real Madrid reach the Champions League final with his leadership and otherworldly scoring abilities. Ranking top in salary and endorsements, Ronaldo is by far the highest paid soccer player in the world.

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Other players, who are in the top 100 highest paid soccer players 2014 list, compiled by Forbes.com..

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2016 European Championships are Full of Surprises

The European Championships are in full swing and there have already been plenty of shocks and surprises. Most of the leading favorites are still very much still in the running as we near the end of the group stage. Other prominent teams have grossly underperformed, however, and a few have done shockingly well. This has wreaked havoc on punters looking to cash in on the games but has worked out marvelously well for fans.

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One of the biggest surprises of the tournament so far has been the goings-on in Group F. Neither Portugal nor Austria have managed to win a game yet, and according to FIFA, the two teams are ranked eighth and 10th in the world, respectively. Meanwhile, Hungary and Iceland are punching way above their weight as the 20th and 34th ranked world teams. As of this writing, after two games played Hungary are the leaders of the group with Portugal and Iceland tied for second place. This is the first time Hungary has competed in the tournament since its fourth-place finish in 1972, and the country will surely be looking to regain some of its former glory this year.

The 8th ranked Portuguese squad has looked remarkably limp and the Telegraph noted that Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to make his usual impact on the international stage. In the match against Austria, Ronaldo posted a rare miss in a late penalty shot that careened off of the goal post. The match ultimately ended in a 0-0 draw when the team desperately needed a win. Portugal managed to reach the semifinals in the 2012 Euros and are now very much in danger of failing to even get out of their group.

Austria has never won a game in the UEFA European championship. Since the beginning of the tournament in 1960, the team has actually only qualified for the games once, in 2008. Austria’s next match will be against Iceland and given the way the latter has been playing, it will be an uphill climb for an Austrian team looking more doomed by the minute. On a brighter note, the game might present the best opportunity for the Icemen to come away with a win and a chance to escape the group stage on their first ever Euro outing.

Meanwhile, Belgium (ranked number 2 in the world) will take on Sweden as Zlatan Ibrahimovich and company look to escape Group E. For a player of his calibre, Zlata has never quite produced on the international level in the same way he has for his club and this could be his big break. Belgium has an immensely talented, but still young, squad that already lost its first match against Italy, the current group leaders. Few people expected Italy to perform as well as they have during the tournament with an aging team that has a notable lack of big-name strikers.

Somehow though, the Azzurri have managed to upset the expectations of spectators and are actually looking like one of the best teams of the tournament. Few expected Italy to walk away from Belgium with a win and even the most die-hard footie fans are having a difficult time predicting this year’s games. But if you are looking to keep up with the predictions, the exchange at Betfair has insights for every Euro 2016 match for fans looking to wrap their heads around this year’s field. With several groups still waiting to play their final games and few teams confirmed for advancement, it’s becoming clear that anything could, and probably will, happen.

Since winning the World Cup in 2006, Italy has failed to get past the group stage of the tournament, though they were runners up in the previous Euros in 2012, getting thumped by a dominant Spanish side. But both Italy and Spain are much older now with many of their star players on the wrong side of 30. Italian captain Gianluigi Buffon is a whopping 38 years old and while he’s still one of the world’s best keepers, we can’t imagine him sticking around on the world stage for too much longer. The Italian back line still finds itself relying on aging stalwarts like Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli while the midfield boasts three different players past the three decade mark. These are all world-class players on their best days, but it’ll be a tough sell to sustain a line-up this old throughout the entire tournament.

The Euros have been an absolute spectacle this year, with no one team stepping up and dominating the tournament so far. Of course, these surprises are what make the European championships one of the most exciting tournaments in football and we’re glad that this year is shaping up to be a great one.

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Lionel Messi family holiday in Ibiza Island after Copa shock

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

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Lionel Messi on vacation

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

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Lionel Messi with his family———image credit: www.youtube.com/Re No

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

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Lionel Messi recovers Copa frustrations

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

Also read: Top 10 most amazing facts about Lionel Messi

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

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Top 10 Best Soccer Players in the World 2017-18

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

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

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

Best Soccer Players in the world:

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

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

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

10. Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona)

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

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

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

09. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, MANU)

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic | image credit – Wikimedia/Danyele

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

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

08. Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich)

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Robert Lewandowski | image credit – Wikimedia/Roger Gorączniak

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

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

07. Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich)

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

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

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

06. Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid)

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

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

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

05. Antoine Griezmann (France, Atlético Madrid)

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Antoine Griezmann | image credit – Wikimedia/Carlos RM

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

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

04. Luis Suárez (Uruguay, Barcelona)

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

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

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

03. Neymar (Brazil, PSG)

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Neymar | image credit – Flickr/Antoine Dellenbach

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

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

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

02. Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona)

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

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

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

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

01. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid)

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Cristiano Ronaldo | image credit – Wikimedia/Jan S0L0

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

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

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

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

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Top 10 Best Football Tournaments of the World

The football world glitters with an enormous variety of prizes in different tournaments all over the world. Apart from the huge popularity of domestic leagues, there are some best football tournaments taking place, each of them has a unique claim to fame. Domestic cup tournaments always engage in an invisible competition with International football tournaments for superiority worldwide. All these tournaments, domestic or International, always draw a huge people of different countries. After all it’s all about football. People go crazy to find their teams, to find their heroes at the top.

We have enlisted the top 10 best football tournaments of the world. Many can differ with the list. The list of best football tournaments was made on the basis of their global reputation and sporting challenge.

10 Best Football Tournaments of the World:

10. Copa del Rey

Copa del Rey is also known as “King’s Cup”. It is one of the most prestigious football competitions in Europe. The tournament has a very rich historical background. It is said to be the “Cup of His Majesty the king”. The tournament was founded in 1903, being the oldest football competition in Spain. The Copa del Rey winner team typically goes to the UEFA Europa League. If the winner of the Copa del Rey also qualifies for UEFA Champions League, then it’s been a chance for the losing finalist to enter the Europa League.

Barcelona are the current Copa del Rey champion, winning their 28th Copa del Rey. Barcelona are the leading champions in Copa del Rey, while Real Madrid have 19 wins in this occasion.

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9. FIFA Confederations Cup

It is an International football competition for the national teams and held every four years by FIFA. The tournament was founded in 1992. Brazil is the most successful team in the FIFA Confederations Cup with their 4 titles. Since 2005, Confederations Cup has been held in the country that will host the FIFA World Cup in the following year. It has become a kind of rehearsal tournament for the big game.

As 2014 FIFA World Cup host nation, Brazil took the responsibility to arrange the Confederations Cup in 2013, where they defeated Spain by 3-0 in the final. FIFA Confederations Cup stays at no. 9 in the list of top 10 best football tournaments in the world.

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8. FA Cup

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FA Cup is undoubtedly the most famous domestic football competition in the world. The Football Association Challenge Cup, FA Cup in short is an annual knockout football competition in English football. FA Cup is also the oldest domestic football competition in the world. FA Cup was first held in 1871-72. The FA Cup has produced some iconic moments in English football and is responsible for Wembley’s status as “The Home of Football”. The tournament is open for all English teams. Football clubs from Premier League to amateur village teams, all have their chance to compete here in a common platform. That’s why FA Cup is best known for the possibility for “minnows” from the lower divisions to become the “giant-killers”.

Arsenal are the current FA Cup Champion, beating Aston Villa by 4-0, to win the second in a row. it was Arsenal’s 12th FA Cup title, making them the most successful team in this tournament. Manchester United is just behind Arsenal with 11 titles.

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7. Africa Cup of Nations

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Africa is seemingly a football-loving continent. Africa Cup of Nations is a tournament, which pits Africa’s greatest football nations against each other in a fascinating battle for supremacy. The tournament was first held in 1957. Since 1998, there are 16 teams divided into four groups are participated in this game. The top two teams of each group advance into the knock-out stage of this tournament.

Egypt is the most successful team in the Cup of Nations’ history. They have won the title a record seven times, while Ghana and Cameron have four titles each. The last Africa Cup of Nations was held by Equatorial Guinea in 2015, where Ivory Coast won their title for the second time.

6. UEFA Europa League

UEFA Europa League is regarded as the Champions League’s younger and little less glamorous sibling. Previously, known as the “UEFA Cup”, is an annual football competition organized by UEFA since 1971. European clubs participate in this competition according to their performance in the national leagues and Cup competitions. The UEFA Europa League title is widely distributed among 27 different clubs. 12 among these have won the league more than once.

Sevilla are the most successful teams with four titles in UEFA Europa League. It is one of the major football tournaments in Europe that many famous European clubs take this competition seriously. It ranks at no 6 in the list of top 10 best football tournaments in the world.

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5. Copa Libertadores

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Copa Libertadores is one of the most prestigious football tournament in South America, which is the equivalent of Europe’s Champions League. The competition is started since 1960. Currently, the competition is sponsored by Bridgestone and commonly known as the “Copa Bridgestone Libertadores”. Since its beginning, the competition has commenced in several different formats. Only the champion teams of South American leagues can take part in Copa Libertadores at first. Then in 1966, the rules changed with the runner-up teams getting the opportunity to join the tournament.

Argentine football club Independiente is the most successful club in Copa Libertadores history with 7 titles in their showcase. The reigning champion of this prestigious tournament is the Argentine club San Lorenzo, who won their maiden league title by beating Paraguay’s Nacional. It is truly one of the best football tournaments of the world.

4. Copa America

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South American Football Championship, best known as Copa America, is the oldest continental football competition at the international level. There are twelve teams competing in Copa America at different venues over a period of one month. Mexico, Costa Rica and United states are regularly playing in Copa America since 1993.

Uruguay is the most successful team in Copa America, having won it 15 times, including the last one in 2011. Copa America 2015, will be held in Chile from 11 June-4th July. Jamaica will be the first nation to compete in Copa 2015. Millions of football lovers will be eagerly waiting to watch the tournament in full throttle. So, let’s don’t miss the game.

3. UEFA European Championship

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UEFA European Championship, simply known as “The Euros”, is a massive football competition to determine the continental champion of Europe. The tournament is organized every four years interval since 1960. After FIFA World Cup, it is the second most prestigious football tournament in the world. so far, there are 14 European Championship tournaments, which have been won by nine different European nations.

Germany and Spain are tied with three titles, while France won two. In 2012, the Euro was hosted by Poland and Ukraine, with Spain being the Champion. Spain’s 4-0 win against Italy in the final was a memorable one. The 2016 European Championship will be hosted in France. UEFA European Championship ranks at no 3 in our list of top 10 best football tournaments of the world.

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2. UEFA Champions League

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UEFA Champions League is the most glamorous club competition in the world. it is better known as “Champions League”. The competition is contested by top-division European clubs from all over European continent. It is the most watched annual sporting event in the world in 2013. The Champions League had run since 1955 with multiple entrants from certain countries at the group-stage. Later, another group stage was added to include the runner-up teams of nation’s top level domestic leagues. Europe’s top national leagues currently provide up to four teams for the Champions League competition. The Champions League begins in mid-July every year with three knockout qualifying rounds and a play-off round. The winner of the Champions League qualify for the FIFA Club world Cup and UEFA Super Cup.

Spanish giant Real Madrid is the most successful team in the Champions League with 12 titles. They have also won the last one in June 3 2017 against Juventus (4-1). There is hardly any club competition especially in Europe to match the UEFA Champions League.

1. FIFA World Cup

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There is no greater football tournament than the FIFA World Cup. It stays at no 1 in the list of top 10 best football tournaments of the world. FIFA World Cup is a dream for every living footballer in the world. It is a massive competition, where nations from different continents gather to compete each other. The global tournament was taking place since 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, because of the 2nd World War. The current Champion of FIFA World Cup is Germany, who claimed their fourth world cup title by beating Argentina in 2014 World Cup final. Brazil is the most successful team in the world cup with 5 titles. The next 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held in Russia.

FIFA World Cup is the highest level of football competition in the world. Millions of people all over the world count days to watch the world cup. The competition even exceeds the popularity of Olympic Games in the long run. An amazing 715.1 million people watch the 2014 World Cup finals worldwide and that is obviously an incredible one.

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Top 10 Highest Paying Sports in the World 2017

The world of sports is an entertainment of glamour and glitz. The sports world offers lucrative career options for all those who are talented and who are very much keen to establish themselves. In the recent world, there is hardly anyone who doesn’t look for the highest paying jobs. In this case, sports offer a huge profitable career option for them. All the successful sportsmen are among the highest paid athletes in the world. The lists of highest paid athletes are updating every year by different organizations who evaluate the net worth of the athletes.

One of the most reliable and famous lists is published by the Forbes magazine. The total earnings are calculated is based on the money derived from salary, prize money, endorsements and advertising income. A huge sum of money is generated every year from sports industry. The money is increasing proportionately with the popularity of sports throughout the world.

It is obvious that, the athletes earn enough money from the games and tournaments in the form of team salary, let alone the endorsement deals, in order to put them among the wealthiest stars of the world.

Top 10 Highest Paying Sports of the World 2017:

Today, we will focus on the highest paid sports of the world. Just scroll down to find what is the highest paying sport. Hope you’ll enjoy the top 10 list and most importantly, please don’t forget to give us your valuable comments regarding the list of “Top 10 highest paying sports in the world 2017”.

Let’s find out, what is the highest paying sport in the world 2017?

Highest paid sport No 10: CYCLING

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Back in the year 1899, Charles Minthorn Murphy turned out to be the first cyclist to cover a mile’s distance under a minute’s time. He earned himself a nickname “Mile-a-Minute Murphy”. Cycling is considered as one of the most active sports in the world. However, cycles and other human-powered vehicles have undergone enormous innovations around the years. There are many cycling tournaments that are counted among the highest paying sports events in the world. The famous cyclists get enough money from the tournament earning. Cycling has many formats like, track cycling, BMX, Mountain cycling, road bicycle racing, time trailing etc. Bicycle racing is one of the recognized Olympic sports. Free style BMX cycling is one of the extreme sports in the world.

Moreover, they earn a huge sum of money from various endorsement deals. Legendary as well as the most controversial cyclist of modern days, Lance Armstrong achieved the No. 9 place in the Forbes list of Highest Paid Athletes in 2010 with an income of $28 million. Cycling is the No. 10 in our list of top 10 highest paying sports of the world 2017.

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Highest paid sport No. 9: BASEBALL

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A famous sports columnist, Jayson Stark once described baseball as “a unique paragon of American culture“. Baseball is still among the major sports of United States. More than 2.1 million people from USA alone participate in baseball. The baseball players are among the highest paid athletes in the world, especially because of the huge viewership of MLB. We consider baseball for the No. 9 position in our list of top 10 highest paying sports of the world 2016.

Famous American baseball player named Cecil Fielder was at No. 8 spot in the Forbes list of Richest Players in 1993, while his total annual income was $12.7 million. Another baseball player, Alex Rodriguez attained the 7th place in Forbes list of highest paid athletes in 2003 with a total income of $26 million. In 2004, Alex again marked his name at 9th spot with a total income of $26.2 million and in 2011, it became $35 million while he secured his position.

For thirteen years straight, Major League Baseball has seen its increased revenue in 2015. MLB generated estimated  $9.5 billion in 2015 which is $500 million more than in 2014. The average value of an MLB team is $1.2 billion in the season of 2015-16. The biggest reason behind this economic boost is the proliferation of lucrative media contracts. MLB has made over $12.4 billion TV deal with FOX and TBS. In the recent years, many MLB teams have linked with approximately $1+ TV contracts.

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Highest paid sport No. 8: ICE HOCKEY

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Ice hockey is often referred to as “The Fastest Game on Earth” because of its fast pace. The game is considered among the highest paying sports in the world, with the ice hockey players having secured decent places in the top paid athletes list. The players frequently put themselves in the Forbes’ richest list. In 1994, the eminent ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky achieved the 5th place in Forbes list of highest paid athletes with the income of $13.5 million. Ice hockey is the 8th highest paid sport in our list of top 10 highest paying sports in the world 2016.

The following year, he achieved 10th place in the list with $14.5 million worth of total income. In 1997, another famous ice hockey player, Joe Sakic from Canada achieved the 9th place in Forbes list of richest players, while his net worth was $17.9 million. In 1998, the Russian ice hockey player Sergei Federov attained 3rd place in Forbes list of highest paid athletes with a stunning $29.8 million income.

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Highest paid sport No. 7: TENNIS

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Tennis is one of the most popular sports worldwide and the game is played by millions throughout the world. Tennis is at No. 7 spot in our list of top 10 highest paying sports in the world in 2016. With WTA tours being among the highest paid tennis tournaments of the world, the tennis players quite frequently secure their place in Forbes Richest players list. In 1992, the great tennis player Andre Agassi achieved 6th in the list of highest paid athletes, with a total of $11 million worth of income.

In 1993, it was Jim Courier who achieved the 9th place in the Forbes list of richest players with a total income of $12.6 million. Recent days, the tennis superstar Roger Federer achieved 6th place in richest list of Forbes in 2008, 2010 and 2013, having a net worth of $35 million, $43 million and $71.5 million respectively.

The women tennis players also earn huge sum of money. Just take a look at the WTA prize money ranking in 2017:

WTA Players Nationality Prize Money (singles) Prize Money (Doubles)
Victoria Azarenka Belarus $193,210 $0
Svetlana Kuznetsova Russia $132,110 $2,985
Angelique Kerber Germany $114,390 $12,259
Agnieszka Radwanska Poland $111,163 $0
Monica Puig Puerto Rico $69,315 $0
Carla Suarez Navarro Spain $61,056 $1,851
Alize Cornet France $55,077 $3,415
Alison Riske United States $55,323 $1,312
Samantha Crawford United States $55,306 $0
Belinda Bencic Switzerland $48,677 $3,415

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Highest paid sport No. 6: SOCCER

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Soccer is one of the most excited and popular sports all over the world, especially in Europe. Legendary English footballer David Beckham was inducted in 2004 Forbes list of richest players at No. 8 spot with a total income of $28 million. The following year, he also secured 7th place in Forbes’ list with $32.5 million net worth and again he achieved 6th place in 2007 with $33 million. We have selected soccer for the 6th place in our list of top 10 highest paying sports in the world 2017.

In 2007, Brazilian sensation Ronaldinho achieved 9th place in the Forbes list of richest athletes with the net worth of $31 million. In 2008, it was David Beckham again securing the 2nd place in Forbes list while his net worth was of $50 million. And then comes the age of Cristiano Ronaldo, the legendary Portuguese footballer, who placed 2nd in Forbes 2014 list of highest paid soccer players while Cristiano Ronaldo net worth was of $80 million. Last year, Argentine footballer Lionel Messi with the net worth of $64.7 million achieved the 4th place in the list of highest paid athletes.

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Highest paid sport No. 5: AMERICAN FOOTBALL

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American Football is a widely popular game which is also known for being one of the highest paying sports in the world as the American footballers frequently secure position in the Forbes list of Richest Players. In 1992, the American footballer Joe Montana first achieved 7th place in the Forbes list with $9.5 million income. With the income of $22.5, American Football legend Deion Sanders achieved 3rd place in 1995 list.

In 2004, famous NFL player Peyton Manning secured the 3rd place in the Forbes list of Highest paid athletes with a total income of $42 million. In 2005, Michael Vick with his $37.5 million income, placed 4th in the list. Tom Brady, one of the greatest NFL players of all time, attained the 9th place in Forbes Richest Players list in 2006 with the net worth of $29 million. American Football is at No. 5 in our list of top 10 highest paying sports in the world in 2017.

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Highest paid sport No. 4: GOLF

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One of the greatest golfers of all time and a legendary athlete, Tiger Woods, still holds the record of being in the first place in Forbes list of highest paid athletes for a record 11 times. Tiger Woods topped the Forbes list in 2002 with $69 million, in 2003 with $78 million, in 2004 with $80.3 million, in 2005 with $87 million, in 2006 with $90 million, in 2007 with $100 million, in 2008 $115 million, in 2009 with $110 million, in 2010 with $105 million, in 2011 with $75 million and again in 2013 while Tiger Woods net worth was of $78.1 million.

PGA tour money-leaders in 2017:

PGA tour is the largest platform where the golfers all over the world perform. The players can earn unimaginable amount of money from this golf championship. Thus Golf has become one of the highest paying sports in the world. Here is the leader board:

Ranking Player Earnings
1 Kevin Kisner $2,350,032.00
2 Russell Knox $2,118,160.00
3 Kevin Na $1,797,273.40
4 Justin Thomas $1,734,873.40
5 Graeme McDowell $1,565,100.00
6 Smylie Kaufman $1.562,750.90
7 Fabian Gomez $1,420,193.00
8 Jason Dufner $1,380,025.00
9 Jordan Spieth $1,353,750.00
10 Emiliano Grillo $1,261,742.30

Many years before Tiger Woods, it was Jack Nicklaus, the greatest golfer of all time secured the 3rd place in 1994 Forbes list with $14.8 million and Arnold Palmer achieved the 4th place the same year with a total income of $13.6 million. Golf is a gentlemen’s game and it’s a richest game too. We put Golf at No. 4 in our list of top 10 highest paying sports in the world 2017.

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Highest paid sport No. 3: AUTO RACING

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Various auto racing events like the F1 Grand Prix or Nascar are counted among the highest paying sports in the world. The risks involved in this sport get compromised a bit with a huge winning prize money besides several endorsement deals of reputed sports brands. Auto racing is indeed a millionaires’ game. It makes the sport the 3rd highest paying sport in our list.

The legendary F1 driver Michael Schumacher achieved the first place in 1999 in the Forbes list of richest players with an income of $49 million and again stood first in 2000 with $59 million net worth. In 1992, famous auto racer Ayrton Senna secured the 3rd place in Forbes list of highest paid athletes with $22 million income and the same year another race driver Nigel Mansell achieved the 4th place with a net income of $14.5 million.

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Highest paid sport No. 2: BOXING

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Boxing is one of the dangerous sports in modern times. The game is also reputed for being the best paying sports event in the world. The boxers earn a huge sum of prize money from the tournaments. They also get good amount of profit from Pay-Per-View commissions, endorsements and betting. In 1991, the reputed boxer Mike Tyson first topped the Forbes list of Richest Players with a total income of $28.6 million and again the legendary boxer achieved the same place in 1996 with $75 million net income.

Boxing is considered for the 2nd place in our list of top 10 highest paying sports in the world 2017. In 1992, another boxing legend Evander Holyfield topped the Forbes list of Richest Players with a total $60.5 million income. After a little break, another boxer, Floyd Mayweather topped the Forbes Richest Players list with $85 million worth in 2012 and again he topped the list in 2014 with a net income of $105 million.

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Highest paid sport No. 1: BASKETBALL

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Reputed basketball tournaments like NBA are widely considered among the highest paid sports events around the globe. The participants earn a numerous from their endorsements. Besides, they earn millions as the salaries from their respected teams. Famous basketball player signed shoes and jerseys also boost their income on yearly basis. The greatest basketball player, Michael Jordan topped the Forbes Magazine’s list of highest paid basketball players in 1992, with his income of $35.9 million.

He also topped in 1993 with $36 million, in 1994 with $30.01 million, in 1995 with $43.9 million, in 1997 with $78.3 million, and in 1998 with a total income of $69 million. Another basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal also achieved the 6th place in 1993 in Forbes list of most earning players with the income of $15.2 million and again achieved the 2nd place in 1994 with the net worth of $16.7 million.

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In conclusion,

Sports industry is undoubtedly the right place for an athlete to find great wealth and fame. For the athletes, it is the highest paying jobs in the whole world. That’s why many young people want to build a career in sports, in pursuit of fame and most importantly for money. However, many of them forget that it takes more than just the want for wealth and fame in sports. A true sportsman has to be dedicated to his sport and become really good at it. Only then, the rest of the things will follow as rewards. Sports may be lucrative, but they are challenging too by nature.

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Top 10 Highest Paid Female Soccer Players 2017

There has been a huge payment gap between the sexes, which is still not been completely resolved as of 2017. Women are paid considerably less for the same job in almost all aspects of society but their responsibilities remain as their male co-workers. In cases of most sports, this condition applies for female athletes too. The arena of women soccer is not an exclusion. As a simple consideration, we can count David Beckham while being paid millions of dollars a year, the women in this list only earn thousands of dollars a year for the same career in soccer. And this fact is still true when considering additional money from corporate sponsorship. Famous male soccer players earn millions of dollars more than their female counterparts in soccer cleats endorsement deals.

Of course, there is something more than archetype of sexism. As a matter of fact, we all know, women’s sports aren’t watched by as many people as the male version. Some even may argue that women aren’t taught to stick up for themselves during salary negotiations.

Whatever the reasons, we are trying here to build up a short list of 10 highest paid female soccer players in 2017.

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Top 10 highest paid female soccer players:

Most of the salaries are put together under the National Women’s Soccer League rules, which means players are free to play in other countries while still representing their home countries in international competitions. And most of these richest female soccer players from America. They are also considered to be the most famous players of 2017 women soccer world.

All salaries of these highest paid female soccer players have been converted to their value in United States dollars. Another point to be noted, we are ranking here on estimated yearly salaries for the top paid female soccer players in America 2016.

Let’s check out, who is the highest paid female soccer player in America 2017?

10. Hope Solo – $ 22,000

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Hope Amelia Solo is better known as Hope Solo, one of the attractive most female soccer player from Richland, Washington, United States. She is a proud part of the women’s national football team of the United States. While, the 35 year old goalkeeper is also attached with the famous Seattle Reign club and bears the number 1 on her jersey.

Hope Solo joined Seattle Reign in 2013 and has played 34 matches since then. She began playing for the United States in 2000 and already marked 159 matches in her glorious career. For her skill and performance, she has been conferred with the honors of the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year in 2009. The other two important achievements in her career are considered to be – FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Glove in 2011 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Bronze ball in 2011.

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09. Sarah Huffman – $25,000

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Sarah Huffman is another charming and talented soccer player, who was first noticed for her soccer playing abilities while being student of University of Virginia. She is still one of the top players in at her college since she won the NSCAA All-American, Soccer America MVP, and Virginia State Player of the Year awards so far.

Sarah Huffman started her professional career in the United States with various accolades and awards. She helped lead the Pali Blues in California to an undefeated season in 2012. She was traded to the Portland Thorns in 2014. With an estimated yearly total earning of $25,000, Sarah is considered the 9th in this list of top 10 highest paid female soccer players in America 2017.

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08. Cecilia Santiago – $28,968

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Cecilia Santiago has quickly become a star for the women’s soccer world 2016. Her career started with Club Santos Laguna in 2010. She became more famous in North America when she decided to play for the Boston Breakers in 2013. In this very short period of time currently she is one of the most paid female soccer players in Mexico 2017.

Cecilia has not forgotten about her home country and that is easily figured out considering her achievements as goalkeeper for Mexico. Her skills helped Mexico achieve their first point ever in a Women’s World Cup event when her team tied against England in 2011. She was also the youngest player at the 2008 U20 World Cup in Chile while representing Mexico only at the age of fourteen.

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07. Adriana Leon – $36,422

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Adriana Leon got an athletic scholarship for the University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team at her early age. She was quickly noticed when scoring the only goal for the Fighting Irish when they defeated Stanford Cardinal during the NCAA national championship tournament. And this achievement helped lead to Adriana being transferred to the University of Florida’s women’s soccer team. Her score again helped the Gators win a Southern Conference championship in 2012.

Adriana Leon started her professional career playing for the Boston Breakers before being traded to the Chicago Red Stars in 2013. And Leon has been an integral part of the women’s Canadian soccer team as her international women soccer presence. She is considered at number seven in this list of top 10 highest paid female soccer players in the world 2017.

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06. Rhian Wilkinson – $54,633

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Rhian Wilkinson grew up in an athletically driven Canadian family. Her family very much encouraged her to sharpen her abilities in women soccer. This support system helped Rhian earn a place in the women’s soccer team at the University of Tennessee later. And she became the Offensive Player of the Year for the Lady Vols in 2002. Then she came to play the Norwegian professional league for eight seasons, signed on to the Boston Breakers in the National Women’s Soccer League since 2013.

Her greatest achievements would occur while playing for Canada, when she helped the team win a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games. Again in 2011 another gold medal at the Pan American Games. She also contributed the Canadian women’s team win an Olympic bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic. Such achievements undoubtedly brings her in this highest paid female soccer players list of 2017.

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05. Sydney Leroux – $60,000

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Sydney Leroux was originally pursued in baseball like her parents. Finally she found herself enjoying soccer more when she attended Johnston Heights Secondary School. This led to her living with host families in the United States in order to be able to compete with the United States women’s national soccer team. Sydney quickly became a crucial part of the time and her achievements for the school peaked in her senior year. And now with an estimated $60,000 salary per year she stands at number five of most paid female soccer players in America 2017.

Sydney’s professional career technically started with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2005. She was only fifteen years old at that time. Her ability to score the game winning goal against the Santa Clarita Blue Heat in the Western Conference Final made her the 2011 W-League Rookie of the Year. She was then accepted to play for the Atlanta Beat and Seattle Sounders Women teams in 2012. And successfully joined the most renowned Boston Breakers in 2013.

On the international soccer arena, Sydney’s decision to change her allegiance from Canada to the United States drew a lot of criticism from Canadian fans. But this didn’t stop her from helping the female soccer with extraordinary talent and performance.

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04. Heather O’Reilly – $65,000

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Heather O’Reilly majored in education at the University of North Carolina and played for their women’s soccer team for three years. During her tenure there she scored fifty important goals. Her abilities quickly became noticed by soccer aficionados. Then she played for numerous professional teams, most notable one was for the Boston Breakers for the newly formed National Women’s Soccer League.

Heather’s accomplishments for the U.S. soccer team are most notable since she helped the Americans achieve numerous medals in recent years. She also helped the U.S. earn a bronze medal in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and a gold medal in the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

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03. Alex Morgan – $70,000

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Probably here comes the most famous name in women soccer world right at this moment in America. The ultra-popular Alex Morgan started playing soccer when she was fourteen years old. She was named an NSCAA All-American while in high school. Then she went at the University of California and be the leading scorer for the California Bears. She became the youngest player on the 2011 U.S. team in the FIFA World Cup.

Alex Morgan also played an important part for the U.S. team at the 2012 Summer Olympics by scoring the game winning goal against Canada. Fans may point out that Alex has numerous deals with big corporations such as Coca-Cola which would put her yearly income above $70,000. But again we have to re-inform that this highest paid female soccer players list is based on the annual salary from their club or international teams.

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02. Abby Wambach – $190,000

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Another great and most famous female soccer player in this list, Abby Wambach quickly showed herself to be tougher than most male soccer athletes. Abby had already scored over 140 goals during her tenure as a high school soccer player and was in the top 10 of recruits for women’s soccer. This led to Abby being admitted to the University of Florida so she could play for their women’s soccer team. She won multiple MVP honors and first-team All-American awards.

She had played for numerous teams on a professional level such as the Washington Freedom and the Western New York Flash. She has really shown her abilities on the international stage while playing the U.S. women’s national soccer team. Some of the remarkable achievements are- helping her team win a gold medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics, a gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics and another gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics. All this in total keep her name at stage two of this highest paid female soccer players list 2017.

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01. Marta Vieira – $400,000

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Marta Vieira is currently the most valuable female soccer player in the world 2017. She began her soccer career when she was noticed by Helena Pacheco, another famous Brazilian female soccer coach at the age of fourteen. Marta had played for numerous small clubs in order to gain experience until she finally played for Umea IK (professional Swedish team) in 2004.

Her exceptional abilities helped make her popular to Swedish audiences until she decided to play for the Los Angeles Sol in 2008. Thereafter she went for playing with the Western New York Flash in 2011. Her greatest achievements would be for her home country as she helped Brazil win a silver medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Some even call her the female version of Pele, undoubtedly this is a great consideration for the highest paid female soccer player in our list..

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Lots of Surprises at the Bottom of the EPL Table

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There are two teams attracting attention from soccer fans the world over, two teams that should be doing far better but who are barely holding on at the bottom of the EPL table. And maybe Stoke City’s presence at the bottom isn’t that great of a surprise, but you do not need to understand the lines for soccer to realize that the bottom of the EPL table is simply too pathetic a position for a team like West Ham United.

Situated at the 19th position in the EPL table, Stoke City hasn’t won a single one of its previous six matches. The team only has two draws to show for its efforts. And it isn’t like the road ahead is going to get any easier. Stoke City faces Manchester United on Sunday. Beyond that, they can look forward to matches with Sunderland, Hull City, and Swansea.

Abysmal as Stoke City’s performance might be, though, most eyes are on West Ham United primarily because they did the impossible and stole a top four spot in the previous season.

The first two months of their campaign have only produced disappointment. The one win they managed to steal is complemented by five painful losses. Currently situated at 18th place, the excitement they experienced last season at their brand new stadium has all but faded.

Manager Slaven Bilic is carrying a lot of responsibilities on his shoulders, the least of which are the complaints the so-called soul-less London Stadium is attracting. Bilic’s team clearly had a lot of fun on Monday night during a sanctioned team-bonding night on the town.

However, Bilic was left to answer some difficult questions all on his own the next morning, specifically with regards to whether the team was drunk. West Ham has a match against Middlesborough on Saturday.

Winning that match could take the pressure off the team, especially in light of a pending investigation. If West Ham cannot win on the weekend, they are less likely to fare any better in the coming days considering the difficult matches awaiting them.

From Southampton to Watford, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool to mention but a few, West Ham has a very busy schedule ahead of them. At this point, Stoke City is on the verge of losing the interest and attention of EPL fans.

While Stoke City and West Ham have struggled to find their rhythm, Manchester City seems set on running through the campaign unbeaten; and this is hardly an impossible task to accomplish, what with Pep Guardiola on their side.

Manchester City fans have refused to get excited about all this ‘unbeaten’ talk, instead choosing to wait until Pep gets through his first festive period of English football before they can judge his capabilities.

Over at Manchester United, it is quickly becoming obvious that Jose Mourinho might become the manager that drops Wayne Rooney. Rooney isn’t making Mourinho’s job any easier and, at this moment, Mourinho couldn’t be faulted for throwing Rooney on the sidelines.

The EPL is starting to take shape this season. The true contenders of the year have begun separating themselves from the pack. Only time will tell whether or not some of the losers of the first two months have what it takes to turn their fortunes around.