Fabinho of Liverpool admitted that it’s just impossible to replace Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool’s center-back Fabinho says he can not completely fill the void left by the star defender Virgil van Dijk after getting a long-term injury during the premier league game.
Van Dijk is set to be out of the rest of the season sustaining a serious knee injury after a challenge from Jordan Pickford during the match against Everton.
Adrian is another player who has taken the position of injured Alisson in his absence. He accepted that it felt strange playing behind a Liverpool defense without the Dutch international(Virgil van Dijk).
However, Jurgen Klopp’s team shown an impressive performance against Ajax on Wednesday. Fabinho together with Joe Gomez stands firm at the back as Liverpool started their Champions League campaign with the win at Amsterdam.
Fabinho told Mirror“Of course, I am not Virgil – he is the best defender in the world right now.”
“The manager said to me I have to talk more to try and organize the team. Sometimes I have to get the second balls and be ready to press. In this role, I must try to do my best.
“When I knew Virgil was out for a long time, I was shocked because first of all, he is the best defender in the world right now. But most of all, he is a leader in the team and in the dressing room.
“He also makes sure the mood is good – a good atmosphere – and we will miss this. But I have got to do a little of what Virgil always does. I must try to organize the team. To talk to the team and try to be a leader.
“Tactically, at center back, I have to always be ready for the long balls. But I will do my best and it was very important for me and the team to keep a clean sheet here.”
“But I will do my best and it was very important for me and the team to keep a clean sheet here.”
It is a devastating blow nonetheless, with keeper Adrian, who has been given the similarly impossible job of replacing Alisson, summing up the shock – and the defiance – in the squad when he said:
“We are going to miss Virgil for this season. It is a big loss for us but it is how we react. We have good players who play in this position with Fabinho and Joe. We have a great squad.”
Van Dijk sent a message to the entire Liverpool squad to boost team spirits before the game played in Amsterdam.
Wijnaldum later said after winning the game, there won’t be any talks with Van Dijk about football in the initial stage of his recovery, no matter how the season is going.
“Virgil sent a message, he wished us good luck in the group chat on Whatsapp, he wished everyone well,” he explained.
“But for me, I don’t think it is the right time to speak with Virgil about football.
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Top 10 Richest Footballers In The World 2021
Footballers earn a lot of money with their profession. In this article, we will check out the top 10 richest footballers in the world in 2021.
Soccer is the most renowned and the followed game around the world. Football is a global sport that is played in over 200 countries worldwide. The game has more than 3.5 billion fans across the planet. The craze of this game is on the next level.
Football is also one of the most-watched sports nowadays. being the most popular games, there are footballers who make a lot of wealth from their profession.
You might have heard about some footballers who are making millions and billions with their profession. Let’s come straight to the point and check out the top 10 richest footballers in the world in 2021.
First, we will talk about the other top 5 richest footballers who unable to make it in the top 10 list.
Other Top 5 Richest Footballers In The World 2021
5 Mohamed Salah (90 Million)
Salah is one of the top players for Liverpool over the years. He joined Liverpool in 2017 for a fee of £36.5 million. Salah was getting a salary of £90,000 per week and the deal to be closed is for 3 years. His master class performance for the club and his contract extension in 2018 helped him to increase his earnings to £220,000 per week.
The contract extension also made Salah one of the highest-paid footballers in the premier league beating the likes of Raheem Sterling, Anthony Martial, Sergio Aguero, Kevin Debruyne, and David De Gea.
The total net worth of Mo Salah estimated around $90 million in 2021.
4 Pele (100 Million)
He may be a retired player but at the peak of his time, he makes a lot of wealth with football. Pele was a national hero and a club legend for Santos. Pele is regarded as one of the best football players of all time.
Pele’s net worth is estimated around $100 million in 2021.
3 Francesco Totti (101.6 Million)
Francesco Totti is one of the most popular names in Italian football history. He is known as the king of Rome. His contribution to his club AS Roma is unmatchable. Totti is an offensive playmaker mostly known for his vision, technique, and goalscoring ability. Totti is considered one of the greatest Italian players and a living legend in Roma.
Francesco Totti’s net worth is estimated at around $101.6 million, making him on the number 13 in our list of richest footballers in the world in 2021.
2 Kylian Mbappe (110 Million)
Mbappe is the best young talent in football. His rise started in Monaco and after that, he never looked back. Kylian joined PSG from Monaco in 2017 on loan however later the Ligue 1 side got impressed with his performance and signed him on a permanent deal of whopping £174 million for his services.
Mbappe is the second most expensive football player just behind his teammate Neymar. He made his debut for France in 2017, at age 18. His performance in the 2018 FIFA World Cup shown that he had a great future ahead. Mbappe became the youngest French player ever to score at a World Cup, and just the second teenager, after the great Pele, to score in a World Cup Final.
Due to many reliable sources, Mbappe’s net worth estimated at around $110 million in 2021.
1 Eden Hazard (120 Million)
Eden Hazard is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a winger or attacking midfielder for La Liga top club Real Madrid. He is known for his world-class dribbling and passing. He was rated as one of the best wingers of his generation.
After winning the Europa League with Chelsea in June 2019, he moved to Real Madrid with a transfer fee of €150 million.
Eden Hazard’s net worth is estimated at around $120 million, making him the top player who unable to make it in the list of top 10 richest footballers in the world in 2021.
Now let’s check out the top 10 richest footballers in the world 2021:-
Top 10 Richest Footballers In The World 2021
10 Mesut Ozil (120 Million)
Mesut Ozil is a German professional footballer who holds the position of an attacking midfielder. Ozil is known for creativity, passing, and vision. The German international is known as one of the best midfielders the world has ever seen. Ozil now moved to Fenerbahçe from Arsenal in 2021.
Ozil also holds the world record for the most German Player of the Year awards(5). Mesut Ozil’s net worth is estimated at around $120 million in 2021.
9 Andres Iniesta (120 Million)
FC Barcelona legendary midfielder and Spain’s most important player in history does not need any introduction in this list. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest midfielders ever grace the footballing pitch. Iniesta was an integral part of Barcelona for so many years, where he served as the captain for three seasons.
He moved to the club Japanese side Vissel Kobe from Barcelona in 2018. Andres Iniesta has an estimated net worth of $120 million in 2021, where most of his earnings came due to a long spell at Camp Nou.
8 Gareth Bale (145 Million)
Gareth Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays in the winger position. He was playing for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, on loan from Real Madrid. This speedster is number eight in our list of richest footballers in the world in 2021.
He has been identified as the Welsh Footballer of the Year a record six times. In 2016, ESPN listed him in twelfth position among the most famous athletes around the world.
Bale’s transfer to Real Madrid from Tottenham broke the previous world record set by Cristiano Ronaldo and became the most expensive signing in the history of club football at that time. Gareth Bale has an estimated net worth of $145 million in 2021.
7 Alexandre Pato (145 Million)
Alexandre Pato is a Brazilian professional footballer who is an active footballer and plays as a forward for Orlando City in Major League Soccer.
Alexandre Pato’s estimated net worth is around $145 Million, making him the 7th richest footballer in the world in 2021.
6 Wayne Rooney (170 Million)
Wayne Rooney is an English legend who played most of his career for the club Manchester United. He is regarded as one of the best footballers of his era. He scored 253 goals for Manchester United which makes him the player with the most goals in Manchester United history.
Rooney’s scored a total of 208 Premier League goals making him the number 2 in the list of top scorers of all time in the history of Premier League. He has also won the England Player of the Year award four times in his career i.e 2008, 2009, 2014, and 2015.
Wayne Rooney’s total net worth is estimated at around $170 million that made him the sixth richest footballer in the world in 2021.
5 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (190 Million)
Zlatan is a Swedish international who plays as a striker for Serie A club AC Milan. Ibrahimovic is widely known as the best striker the world has ever seen. Despite his age, he is still delivering for his club in the league and European competitions. He is one of the most decorated footballers, winning a total of 31 trophies during his career.
Reliable source claim that Zlatan had an estimated net worth of $190 Million. He has sponsorship deals with big brands like sports drinks, Microsoft Xbox, Nivea, and Volvo.
4 Neymar Jr (200 Million)
Neymar Jr. is currently one of the best Brazilian footballers. He plays for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain. He is widely known for his skill moves and his outstanding dribbling ability.
Neymar moves to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona with a record-shattering transfer fee of €222 million, making him the most valuable player ever in the history of football. SportsPro labeled him as one of the most marketable athletes in the world in 2012 and 2013.
Forbes listed him as the world’s third highest-paid athlete in 2020. Neymar’s net worth is estimated at around $200 million in 2021 making him the 4th richest footballer in the world in 2021.
3 Lionel Messi (400 Million)
Lionel Messi himself is a brand, there is no introduction needed for this man in the world of football. He has sponsorship deals with big brands like Adidas, Gatorade, Pepsi, Gillette, and Turkish Airlines.
Messi is currently the third richest footballer in the world in 2021. He has several valuable sponsorship deals with some of the highest-paying brands.
According to Forbes, Lionel Messi is the second billionaire footballer after Cristiano Ronaldo. His estimated net worth in 2021 is $400 million.
2 David Beckham (450 Million)
David Beckham is an English retired professional player. He is rated as one of the greatest footballers ever in the history of football. He is known for his passing ability, crossing, and classic free-kicks. Beckham has been recognized as the greatest midfielders of his generation.
Beckham has always been ranked among the highest earners in football. In 2013 he was ranked as the highest-paid player in the world. David Beckham’s net worth is estimated at around $450 million. This made him the second richest footballer in the world after Cristiano Ronaldo in 2021.
1 Cristiano Ronaldo (500 Million)
Ronaldo means a business that’s how we can describe this man. He is one of the greatest players in the history of football. Ronaldo makes more than €30 Million annually at Juventus.
He also has sponsorship deals with brands like Nike, Herbalife, Dazn, and MTG. Ronaldo also has its own brand which includes 7egend, CR7 Fitness, CR7 Footwear, and CR7 Denim.
Ronaldo was ranked as the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2016 and 2017. He is number 1 in the list of richest football players. His total net worth is estimated at around $500 million in 2021.
Spain Held the Draw vs Greece In the Opening World Cup Qualifying Match
Spain held the frustrating draw vs Greece in the opening fixture of the 2022 world cup qualifier.
It was a hard day for Spain after they were held to a 1-1 draw in their opening fixture against Greece. The game was a qualifying match for the 2022 World Cup which was held on Thursday.
Alvaro Morata was the first player to register his names on the scoresheet after he scored a close-range clinical finish goal against Greece assisted by Dani Olmo just after 32 minutes.
However, things started turning out for Greeks as they gifted a penalty after the substitute Inigo Martinez had been penalized for his rash tackle against the Greek midfielder Giorgos Masouras.
Martinez on the other side was not at all happy with the decision, he insisted to go for VAR for the validity of the decision during the match.
He added, “Obviously, I’m not at all happy. It’s a moment that they make you pay for. We’re not satisfied with the draw and with the implementation of VAR it would’ve been a different story,”.
“It’s a 50-50 challenge and I have to get there to defend it. I can’t hold myself. I pull my leg away after the tackle and I don’t mean to do any damage. He was sharp and stayed down, It’s also strange that the referee took so long to blow it for a penalty. It was the pivotal moment in the game.”
Anastasios Bakasetas has taken the advantage of the penalty and scored it against Spain to astonish Luis Enrique’s side.
Luis Enrique added, “I’m not a fan of the result at all, we wanted that little bit of influence,”. “What I did like was the character and the rhythm of the players, but when we got approaching Greece’s box we weren’t at it.
“We lack to generate more threat. We seize the opponent back into their box but we just didn’t have the fire or conceive the chance you want to make at this level.”
Morata got another chance later in the game but he headed straight to the keeper. Spain was in complete control of the game what they lacked is to convert those chances into goals.
Spain has a game against Georgia in their second qualifier on Sunday. We have to wait and see will Spain does a comeback in the second qualifier.
Top 7 Best Strikers In Premier League 2020/21
Premier League has seen some of the great strikers over the years. Let’s check out the top 7 best strikers in Premier League 2020/21.
The Premier League is one of the top leagues in Europe. It is the most demanding and competing league in the world which makes it more challenging for strikers to cite their dominance. But despite being in the most competitive league, the competition has managed to deliver some of the best strikers the world has ever seen.
The Premier League has been rolling up and down since the start of the season. It’s the same story this season, teams are playing hard in order to be on the top 4 of the Premier League table. The English Premier League still looks to be more open and we can see some ups and downs in the position at the end of the season.
The start of Premier League season 2020-21 has already seen strikers scoring a multitude of goals and today we take a look at some of the best strikers in the Premier League this season.
Although, the current season has seen unaccountable goals and encourages to be the most entertaining Premier League season in history. Mohamed Salah is back where he belongs. The Egyptian is the top scorer in Premier League this season scoring 17 goals out of 28 matches played.
Now let’s check out the best strikers in Premier League 2020/21 season so far.
Best Strikers in Premier League 2020/21
7 Ollie Watkins
Aston Villa star performer has been the backbone of the club since the start of the season. The club signed him from Brentford which proves to be the masterclass signing for Aston Villa. The English international has established himself as one of the best strikers for Aston Villa. He still going strong in the league scoring 10 goals in 27 matches played and leading his club from the front.
Watkins has shown that he has a lot to offer for his club. His performance shows that he is the player to look for in the upcoming season of the Premier League. He has already proved that he has worth every penny and looking to add some more goals as the league progresses through.
6 Alexandre Lacazette
Alexandre Lacazette does not need any introduction in this list. The Arsenal top striker shows again why he has been the best striker in Premier League. It takes some time for Lacazette to be on the top 7 but his magical performance again proved he is worth having in the team.
Lacazette has been the main man for Arsenal for a couple of years and this season he again proved why he is still one of the best strikers of this season. He has scored a total of 10 goals out of the 24 matches he played. There is still a number of games left, let’s see how many goals he will add to his tally after the end of the season.
5 Patrick Bamford
Patrick Bamford just stole the limelight of Premier League this season. What an amazing talent he is, he proved their critics wrong and shows what he is capable of. This Premier league said to be the breakthrough season for him.
Many have doubted his potential after the arrival of record signing Rodrigo Moreno. But Bamford backed his talent and proved his haters wrong. The English international scored a total of 13 goals in 28 appearances for the club. He has been leading from the front and also the top scorer of his club Leeds United.
4 Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy has cemented his place as one of the best strikers in the history of the Premier League. He is also the golden boot winner of the last season and he is capable of retaining the trophy again this season. The Leicester star players have started the season with a bang. The English international has scored a total of 12 goals out of 25 appearances for the club.
Vardy’s strength is his speed and classy finish. He has been the biggest gamechanger of Leicester for so many years and he will continue to do so in the future. He also played a major role when Leicester City won the Premier League title in 2016.
Vardy has a long way to go as the striker and in no mood for retirement. He still has a lot to offer for his club.
3 Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Dominic saw one of the best seasons of his career under the coach Carlo Ancelotti and has been phenomenal throughout the season. He has scored a total of 14 goals out of 25 appearances for the club. He is the leading man for Everton and one of the main reasons for Everton’s improved performance this season.
This man is improving year after year and has a lot of potentials to be one of the best in the future. His finishing, heading, and striking is top-notch this season. Everton is confident that Dominic will continue his form and he would be their main man for the next season.
2 Harry Kane
Harry Kane has been the most consistent striker in the history of the league. He regained his form under Jose Mourinho and the striker is looking in great touch since his return to Tottenham. The English striker has been in brilliant form this season and he is just behind Mohamed Salah in the race of Golden Boot. It would be exciting to see who will win it after the end of the season.
Kane had scored a total of 16 goals in 26 appearances for the club and looking to add more to his tally. He will be looking for the top spot and enjoying his one of the best season under Jose Mourinho.
Kane together with Son Heung-Min forms the most deadly combination in Premier League. It would not be a surprise if he won the golden boot this year.
1 Mohamed Salah
The Egyptian king is back where he belongs. He is the complete striker for the last couple of years. Salah is the top scorer in the Premier League this season. He has scored 17 goals in a total of 28 matches played. Currently, he is the leading goals scorer in Premier League this season.
Mohamed Salah has been phenomenal this season and the leading man for the club. It would also be interesting to see that if Salah can help Liverpool to finish the top 4 in the league. He is also getting competition from Harry Kane for the golden boot race. Let’s see how many goals can Salah add after the end of the season.