Every football fan wants to know who is the best of all time. We have combined stats and figures to rank the top 20 greatest footballers of all time (GOAT).
Football is the most popular and followed sport all over the world. Football is loved by more than a billion fans all over the world.
In a recent survey, it’s revealed that Football is the most widespread sport with 3.5 billion fans while Cricket coming second with 2.5 billion fans around the world.
Football has seen some legendary players who change the way of playing football. Every player competes as a team and individuals. Competition is a very influential aspect of every sport. Competition is important because it encourages players to achieve great things in their career, it also works as a motivation for the players.
Football has seen some extraordinary talents who have created a lot of records on the football pitch. These records help to recognize the player’s potential and to understand how talented the player is.
Players have made football much interesting and worth watching for fans around the globe.
In this article, we will discuss the Top 20 Greatest Footballers of all time in the game’s history.
Top 20 Greatest Footballers Of All Time
20. David Beckham
David Beckham is one of the best midfielders and one of the greatest footballers of all time. He has part of different clubs including Manchester United, Real Madrid, Milan, La Galaxy, Paris Saint Germain. Beckham is the first English player to win league titles in four different countries – Spain, England, France, and the United States.
He announced his retirement in May 2013. During his 20 year career, he won 19 major trophies. Beckham is popularly Known for his vision of passing, crossing ability, and his memorable free-kick. He was one of the most renowned midfielders of his time. He was well known for his setpiece.
Titles – 6 Premier League Titles, 1 Champions League, 2 FA Cup, 1 La Liga Title, 1 Spanish Super Cup, 2 MLS Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 1 French Cup, 4 English super cup.
Individual Accolades – UEFA – Best Midfielder, UEFA Most Valuable Player, PFA young player of the year.
career Goals – 146 goals in 834 appearances for club and country
Career Assists – 202 career assists for club
19. Paolo Maldini
Paolo Maldini is the legend of an AC Milan and he is known as the goat of defenders. Maldini holds the record for most appearances in Serie A(647), later it was broken by Gianluigi Buffon.
His defending skills were unmatchable on the pitch. Maldini was well known for reading and analyzing the game. He was the most elegant and intelligent player on the pitch. As a defender, his physicality and aggression helped him to win a lot of matches.
Due to his character and passion for the game, he widely referred to as “an icon and gentleman of the game”.
Titles – 5 Champions League, 7 Italian League title, 1 Italian Cup winner, 5 Italian super cup winner, 2 intercontinental cups, 1 FIFA club world cup.
Individual Accolades – Best Defender trophy at the UEFA club football awards, inducted into the Italian Football hall of fame, Serie A defender of the year in 2004
career Goals – 40 goals in 1028 appearances for club and country
Career Assists – 43 career assists for club
18. Mane Garrincha
Mane Garrincha was a Brazilian legend. He is known for his dribbling skills during his career and referred to as one of the greatest dribblers of all time. Garrincha’s popularity in Brazil is insane and some past football fans even see him as a more qualified player than the great Pele. Garrincha is on number 18 in the list of the greatest footballers of all time.
He played an important part in the success of Brazil’s 1958 and 1962 World Cup victories. Garrincha became the first player to win the Golden ball, Golden boot, and world cup in the same tournament. He is enlisted into the Brazilain Hall of fame.
Titles – 1958 and 1962 FIFA World Cup winner
Individual Accolades – FIFA World Cup Golden Ball in 1962, FIFA World Cup Golden Boot in 1962, Best Player of the Brazilian Championship in 1962, Best Player of the Rio-São Paulo Tournament in 1962
career Goals – 114 goals in 395 appearances for club and country
17. Andres Iniesta
Andres Iniesta is a Spanish professional footballer who is the most admired midfielder of his time. He is a product of La Masia and spent most of his professional career in Barcelona. He also captained Barcelona for three years. Andres Iniesta is our pick for number 17 in the list of the top 20 greatest footballers of all time.
Iniesta is one of the best football players of all time and the greatest midfielders of his time.
He made his Barcelona debut aged 18 in 2002. Iniesta was an important part of the Barcelona team that won two historic trebles in 2009 and 2015. Iniesta helped Spain win UEFA Euro 2008. He scored the winning goal in the final against Netherland to help Spain win the world cup in 2010.
Titles – FIFA World Cup winner, UEFA European Championships in 2008 and 2012, 4 UEFA Champions Leagues, 9 La Liga titles, 6 Copa del Rey, 3 FIFA Club World Cup.
Individual Accolades – 2012 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award, 2009 La Liga Best Spanish Player, Golden boot winner in 2014.
career Goals – 70 goals in 805 appearances
Career Assists – 158 career assists for club
Zico is a former Brazilian footballer who played most of his career as an attacking midfielder. He is called as the white Pele due to a similar style of play. Zico is known for his creative play on the pitch, possess exceptional technical skills. Zico is one of the most clinical finishers and best passers of his time. He is one of the greatest players of all time.
Zico was the best player of his time. He was the more dominant player of the late 1970s and early 80s. Pelé said that the only player that came closest to me was Zico”.
Zico scored 48 goals in 71 official matches for Brazil. Zico was preferred as the best player of the year in 1981 and 1983.
Titles – Intercontinental Cup winner is 1981, three Campeonato Brasilerio Serie A titles, Five-time Bola de Prata winner.
Individual Accolades – Copa Libertadores Best Player in 1981, three-time South American Footballer of the Year, top scorer in Flamengo’s history.
career Goals – 525 goals in 771 appearances for club and country
15. George Best
George best was a professional footballer who played as a winger. He spends most of his career at Manchester United. George Best is the best player in the history of Manchester United also regarded as one of the best football players of all time.
He is one of the great players who have never played a single game at the world cup. The Irish football association defined him as the greatest player who has ever played for Northern Ireland.
Titles – European Cup winner in 1968, two Football League First Division titles
Individual Accolades – Ballon d’Or winner in 1968, Golden Foot in 2005, 1967/68 FWA Footballer of the Year award.
career Goals – 260 goals in 742 appearances for club and country
14. Marco van Basten
Marco Van Basten was a former professional player, who played most of his career for Ajax and Ac Milan. He scored 300 goals in his entire career. He played the last match of his football career in 1993. Due to his injury issues, he has to take retirement at an age of 30. He later appointed as the coach of Ajax and the Netherlands national team.
Basten has excellent ball control, flawless headers, and magnificent strikes and volleys.
Titles – UEFA European Championship winner in 1988, 2 European Cups, 3 KNVB Cups, 3 Scudetti, 3 Eredivisie, 2 Capocannoniere.
Individual Accolades – Ballon d’Or winner in 1988, 1989 and 1992, 1992 FIFA World Player of the Year, Dutch Footballer of the Year in 1984/85, UEFA Best Player of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 1992, European Golden Boot winner in 1985–86, World Golden Boot in 1985/86.
career Goals – 301 goals in 431 appearances for club and country
13. Michael Platini
Platini Rated as one of the greatest footballers ever played in the history of the game. He won the Ballon d’Or three times in 1983, 1984, and 1985. Platini played most of his career for the clubs like Nancy, Saint- Etienne, Juventus.
Platini referred to as the best midfield player of all time. His playmaking and game reading is unmatchable. He was an integral part of the France team that won the 1984 European Championship. Platini was a record goalscorer for France until 2007. Platini also possesses the record for most goals (9) scored in the European Championship despite only emerging in the victorious 1984 season.
Titles – UEFA European Championship winner in 1984, 1 Coppa Italia, 1 European Cup, 1 Ligue 1 title, 1 Intercontinental Cup.
Individual Accolades – Ballon d’Or winner in 1983, 1984 and 1985, UEFA European Championship Player of the Tournament in 1984, 2 French Player of the Year award, French Player of the Century.
career Goals – 353 goals in 652 appearances for club and country
12. Roberto Baggio
Baggio is a former Italian professional footballer who essentially played as a second striker or as an attacking midfielder. Baggio was the best technical player with great playmaking skills. He is one of those players who is popular for his curling free kicks, insane dribbling skills, and goalscoring ability.
Baggio played 56 matches for his national team and scored 27 goals for his country. Baggio is the only Italian player to score in three world cups and he holds the record for the most goals scored in world cup tournament for Italy accompanying with and Christian Vieri.
Titles – 2 serie A title, 1 Italian cup winner, 1 Uefa cup winner
Individual Accolades – 1 Fifa Men’s player of the year, 1 Ballon d’or
Career Goals – 278 goals 604 appearances for club and country
Career Assists – 57 career assists
11. Franz Beckenbauer
Beckenbauer is a former German footballer and manager. He was nicknamed Der Kaiser during his playing days. Beckenbauer got his nickname due to elegance on the pitch, dominance, and the way he leads on the field.
He is one of three men, accompanying with Brazil’s Mario Zaggalo and France’s Didier Deschamps to have won the world cup as a player and as a manager. Beckenbauer was the first captain to win the World cup and European Championship with the national team and the European cup at the club level.
Titles – FIFA World Cup winner in 1974, UEFA European Championships winner in 1972, 3 European Cups, UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1966–67, 4 Bundesliga titles, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 4 DFB-Pokals.
Individual Accolades – Ballon d’Or winner in 1972 and 1976, four-time German Footballer of the Year, FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award in 1966.
Career Goals – 112 goals in 857 appearances
Ronaldinho is a former professional footballer who played for the Brazil national team and one of the great players for Barcelona at the club level. He played mostly as an attacking midfielder but was equally successful as a forward and winger. Ronaldinho acknowledged as one of the best skillful players of his generation. Ronaldinho is on number 10 in the list of the greatest footballers of all time.
He is known for his skills and creativity on the pitch. He also gifted with pace and dribbling skills. His overhead kicks, no-look passes, and accuracy from free-kicks are just out of this world. Ronaldinho became the second player after Diego Maradona to receive a standing ovation from Real Madrid fans after scoring two solo goals in 2005-06 el Clasico.
Titles – 2 La Liga titles, world cup winner, 1 Champions league, 1 copa America, 2 Spanish Cups, 1 Italian champion, under 17 world cup champion, 1 confederation cup winner.
Individual Accolades – Ballon d’Or winner in 2005, UEFA Club Forward of the Year in 2005, FIFPro World Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006, FIFA World Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005, World soccer player of the year in 2004 and 2005, UEFA Club Footballer of the Year in 2006.
Career Goals – 313 goals in 816 appearances for club and country
Career Assists – 162 career assists
9. Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane is a former professional football player who played for France national team. Zidane played most of his career as an attacking midfielder. He is one of the most successful managers in the world right now. He Widely considered as one of the greatest midfielders and the best players of all time. Zidane will be our number 9 in the list of the top 20 greatest footballers of all time.
Zidane’s vision and playmaking are above the rest. Zidane is renowned for his skillful play, passing, ball control ability. He sustained many individual records as a player. Zidane’s left-foot volley examined to be one of the most celebrated goals in the history of the competition.
Titles – 1998 FIFA World Cup, 2000 UEFA European Championships, 1 la Liga title, 1 UEFA champions league, 2 Spanish super cups, 2 Italian league title, 1 Italian super cup, 2 UEFA super cup.
Individual Accolades – Ballon d’Or winner in 1998, 3 FIFA World Player of the Year, UEFA Champions League Best Player of the Past 20 Years, UEFA Club Footballer of the Year in 2002, 2000/01 Serie A Footballer of the Year, FIFA World Cup Golden Ball in 2006.
Career Goals – 156 goals in 692 appearances
Career Assists – 115 career assists
8. Ronaldo Nazario
Ronaldo is a retired professional footballer who played for Brazil as a striker. He is rated as the best striker of all time. His move and skills still followed by a lot of players of this generation. He will remain in the top 10 list of the greatest footballers of all time.
Ronaldo begins his football career at Cruzeiro and later went to PSV in 1994. Barcelona signed Ronaldo in 1996 for a world record transfer fees. He becomes the youngest player to win Fifa world player of the year at an age of 20 years and he holds the record to date.
Ronaldo played 98 matches for Brazil and scored 62 goals for his nation. He was one of the most commercial sportsmen in the world during his playing days.
Titles – FIFA World Cup winner in 1994 and 2002, 1 KNVB Cup, 2 La Liga titles, 1 Copa del Rey, 2 Copa America, 1 UEFA Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup.
Individual Accolades – 2 Ballon d’Or, FIFA World Cup Golden Ball in 1998, FIFA World Cup Golden Shoe in 2002, UEFA Club Footballer of the Year in 1997/98, 2 Pichichi, 3 FIFA World Player of the Year, 1996/97 European Golden Shoe, Serie A Footballer of the Year in 1998.
Career Goals – 414 goals 616 appearances for club and country
7. Ferenc Puskas
Ferenc Puskas widely appreciated as one of the greatest players of all time. He is the first footballing superstar in the world. Puskas was unbeatable for his national side scoring 84 goals in 85 international matches for Hungary. He played 4 international matches for Spain. Puskas almost dominated the Spanish and Hungarian league scoring 514 goals in 529 appearances.
Puskas led his national side to the final of the 1954 world cup. He was named as the best player of the tournament for his exceptional performance. He played for Real Madrid and won four pichichis and scored seven goals in two European champions cup final.
Titles – 5 Spanish League titles, 5 Hungarian League titles, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 1 Copa del Rey, 3 European Cups.
Individual Accolades – World Soccer Player of the Year in 1953, Olympic gold medal, European Player of the 20th Century, two-time European Cup top scorer, FIFA World Cup Golden Ball in 1954, 4 Pichichi, four-time Hungarian league top scorer.
Career Goals – 706 goals in 718 appearances for club and country
6. Johan Cruyff
Johan Cruyff was a Dutch professional footballer and mind-blowing coach. Cruyff was the star performer of the 1974 FIFA world cup. Cruyff led Netherland to the final and received the golden ball as the best player of the tournament. He is in the 6th spot in the list of the top 20 greatest footballers of all time.
A feint that was executed by Cruyff in his playing days was named after him, Cruyff turns. His move still used in modern football. Cruyff is well known for his strong technique, speed, dribbling skills, and vision.
Titles – 8 Eredivisie titles, 3 times European Cup winner, 1 La Liga title, 1 Copa del Rey, 6 KNVB Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup
Individual Accolades – 3 Ballon d’Or, FIFA World Cup Golden Ball winner in 1974, 3 Dutch Footballer of the Year winner, Dutch Sportsman of the Year two times.
Career Goals – 435 goals in 750 appearances for club and country
5. Alfredo Di Stefano
Alfredo De Stefano was a professional footballer and a coach. Stefano was rated as one of the best footballers of all time. Stefano Nicknamed “Saeta Rubia” (“Blond Arrow”). He was a powerful player with quick feet, skillful, and one of the most prolific goalscorer as a forward. Stefano’s creativity on the pitch and vision is just outstanding.
Stefano is regarded as a legend for Real Madrid due to his achievements with the club. Stefano was instrumental in Real Madrid domination of the European cup and la Liga in the 1950s. Di Stéfano was a part of the team that won back to back 5 Champions league between 1950 and 1960. He scored in five consecutive European Cup finals for Real Madrid.
Titles – 5 European Cups winner, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 8 La Liga trophy, 1 Copa del Rey.
Individual Accolades – 2 Ballon d’Or, 5 Pichichi, Argentine Primera División top scorer in 1947, 2 time European Cup top scorer.
Career Goals – 510 goals in 700 appearances for club and country
4. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the modern era. Ronaldo plays as a forward and widely rated as one of the greatest players of all time.
Ronaldo started his career with Sporting cp. Later Manchester United signed him in 2003 after seeing his performance. Ronaldo was one of the best players for United. He helped United to win back to back Premier League titles, UEFA Champions League, and the FIFA club world cup. Ronaldo left United for real Madrid for a record transfer fee. He won 15 trophies with Real Madrid including two la Liga titles 2 Copa del Rey and four champions league. Ronaldo becomes the club record goalscorer of all time.
Ronaldo is One of the most commercial athletes of all time. Forbes ranked him as the highest-paid athlete in 2016 and 2017. He is in 4th spot in the list of the top 20 greatest footballers of all time.
Titles – Uefa euro winner, 5 champions league winner,3 premier league titles, 2 la Liga title, 2 Spanish cups. 2 Spanish super cups, 2 Serie A title, 4 club world cup, Portuguese super cup winner, 1 UEFA nations league, 3 UEFA super cup,3 English super cups.
Individual Accolades – 5 FIFA men’s player of the year, 5 Ballon d’Or, 3 UEFA best players, European golden shoe winner three-time, Premier League Player of the season in 2006 and 2007, two times PFA Players’ Player of the Year, 2013/14 La Liga Best Player, FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball in 2016.
Career Goals – 740 goals in 1018 appearances
Career Assists – 224 career assists
3. Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona is a former legendary player who played for Argentina. He was one of the two collective winners of the FIFA player of the 20th-century award. Maradona has the great passing ability, ball control, and dribbling skills. He is the best dribbler of all time. Maradona is the kind of player who can dribble past multiple players with his insane dribbling and ball control. He is in 3rd spot in the list of the top 20 greatest footballers of all time.
He is also a great leader who always led from the front. His presence on the field has a great effect on team performance. Maradona is granted the nickname “El Pibe de Oro” (“The Golden Boy”), a name that totally justifies his talent on the field.
Titles – world cup winner, 1 Spanish cup, 1 Spanish super cup, 2 Serie a, 1 Italian cup winner, 1 Italian super cup winner, 1 UEFA cup winner,
Individual Accolades – South American Footballer of the Year two times in his career, FIFA World Cup Golden Ball in 1986, Serie A Footballer of the Year in 1985, FIFA Goal of the Century.
Career Goals – 344 goals in 681 appearances for club and country
Pele is a retired professional footballer who played as a forward for his national team Brazil. He is known as Black Pearl. He was the most dominant, popular, and the greatest sports figures of the 20th century. Pelé was the highest-paid athlete in the world during his playing days.
International Federation of football history and statistic voted Pele as the world player of the century in 1999. According to the IFFHS, statistics claimed that Pelé is the most flourishing top division scorer of all times with 541 goals in 560 appearances. Pele has a Guinness world record of scoring 1279 goals in 1363 appearances which also include friendly.
Titles – 3 fifa world cup, 2 Copa Libertadores titles, 2 Intercontinental Cups, FIFA World Cup Golden Ball in 1970, intercontinental super cup, 6 Campeonato Brasilerio Serie A titles, Bola de Pratain 1970
Individual Accolades – Most career goals in the history of the game, FIFA Player of the Century, France Football’s greatest FIFA World Cup player, Brazil’s all-time leading goalscorer, Santos’ all-time leading goalscorer, youngest FIFA World Cup winner, top goalscorer in FIFA World Cup finals, FIFA player of the century, FIFA world cup golden ball, 7 time France football Ballon d’Or winner.
Career Goals – 757 goals in 812 official games for club and country
1. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi Often recognized as the best player of this modern era and will remain on top of the list of the top 20 greatest footballers of all time. Messi has spent his whole professional career with Barcelona, where he won record 33 trophies with the club.
Messi was born in Argentina. Due to his love of football Messi relocated to Spain to join Barcelona at age 13. He was an integral part of the Barcelona team who won the first treble in the 2008-09 season.
Messi holds the record of winning four consecutive Ballons d’Or, which is still not broken. He got the captaincy of Barcelona in 2018, and just after one year he won the Ballon d’Or in 2019 for his sizzling performance throughout the season. Messi is the all-time leading goalscorer for his national team Argentina. France Football rated Messi as the world’s highest-paid footballer for five years out of six between 2009 and 2014.
Titles – 4 champions league,10 la Liga,6 Spanish Cups,8 Spanish super cups,3 FIFA club world cup, under 20 world cup champion,3 UEFA super cups,Olympic gold medalist with Argentina.
Individual Accolades – 6 Ballon d’Or, FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009, Barcelona all-time top goalscorer, Argentina’s all-time top goalscorer, La Liga all-time top goalscorer, six-time Pichichi winner, most goals scored in a calendar year(91), UEFA Men’s Player of the Year in 2011 and 2015, La Liga Player of the Year(7), FIFA World Cup Golden Ball in 2014, UEFA Club Footballer of the Year in 2009, five-time European Golden Shoe winner, Copa America golden ball in 2015, UEFA club forward of the year in 2009 and 2019, Golden boy in 2005,
Career Goals – 704 goals in 869 appearances for club and country
Career Assists – 269 career assists
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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.