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
- 19. Paolo Maldini
- 18. Mane Garrincha
- 17. Andres Iniesta
- 16. Zico
- 15. George Best
- 14. Marco van Basten
- 13. Michael Platini
- 12. Roberto Baggio
- 11. Franz Beckenbauer
- 10. Ronaldinho
- 9. Zinedine Zidane
- 8. Ronaldo Nazario
- 7. Ferenc Puskas
- 6. Johan Cruyff
- 5. Alfredo Di Stefano
- 4. Cristiano Ronaldo
- 3. Diego Maradona
- 2. Pele
- 1. Lionel Messi
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 Best Football Managers In The World 2021
In this post, we will talk about the top 10 best football managers in the world in 2021.
Football is the only game where managers are equally popular as the players. This is something we have not seen in any of the sports around the world. Managing a football club is not a cup of coffee. It is one of the hardest jobs to do in football.
Nowadays, the success and the failure of the team affect the manager more while comparing it with the players. It takes full determination and powerful grit for a manager to help the team to reach the pinnacle of success.
The Football manager requires expertise to manage the team, developing the young talents, the strength to unite the team, and decisions making capabilities.
So it’s not easy to taste the success of being a manager and even harder to maintain it for a long time. We are combining stats and figures to make the top 10 lists for the best football managers in the world in 2021.
Let’s first discuss the other two football managers who are unable to make it to the top 10 list and then we discuss the top 10 best football managers in the world in 2021.
1 Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho is one of the most decorated football managers of all time. There is no doubt about his abilities in the managing team. However the ‘Special One’, unable to provide such influence during his tenure in Tottenham.
He was sacked by Tottenham in April. It might look like Tottenham has taken a quick step without looking at the influence of Mourinho in the history of the game.
Mourinho has won the UEFA Champions League with Porto. He quickly got the attention and started establishing himself as one of the best managers around the world.
That success earned him a move to England where he coached with Chelsea in 2004. He won two Premier League titles, a FA Cup, and two League Cups in his three seasons at the club.
Mourinho later joined the Italian club Inter Milan, where he won Serie A twice, including a European treble of Serie A, the Coppa Italia, and the UEFA Champions League in 2010, a first for an Italian club.
In 2013, he entered La Liga with Real Madrid and won the league. The other clubs he managed in his career are Manchester United and Tottenham.
Currently, he is the coach of AS Roma and we rate Mourinho as one of the best football managers of all time. However, this man is unable to make the top 10 list of football managers in 2021.
2 Marcelo Bielsa
Marcelo Bielsa is an Argentine professional football manager and the head coach of Premier League club Leeds United. Bielsa has completely transformed the game with his unique tactics and team management.
He has been an influential figure in the world of football. Bielsa has managed several football clubs and also the national teams of Argentina and Chile. Bielsa’s strategy and knowledge of the game make him one of the most influential football managers in the world of football.
Bielsa has done a remarkable job with Leeds united. He has uplifted the morale of the team and completely transformed the team into a match-winner. He is an attacking manager who wants to dominate on the field.
Currently, Leeds United is the club at which he has contributed the most time as a manager in his career. He will surely gonna change the fate of the club in the future.
Top 10 Best Football Managers In The World 2021
10 Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers is one of the most exciting managers of football. He is the coach of Leicester City since 2019. Under his leadership, Leicester City won the FA Cup of 2020-21.
Before Leicester City, he managed Liverpool in June 2012, where he led the team to a runners-up position in the league in the 2013–14 season.
Later he became the manager of Celtic in May 2016 and led Celtic to an undefeated domestic season in his first year, and trebles in both of his first two seasons.
Under his guidance, Leicester has qualified for European football for two consecutive seasons. His works as the coach are admirable by many of the greats of the game. The most decorated manager in the history of the game is Sir Alex Ferguson who holds the record for most trophies(48).
9 Julian Nagelsmann
Julian Nagelsmann is one of the youngest managers of his generation. He managed Hoffenheim when he was at an age of 30. Later he moved to RB Leipzig where he showed some excellent performance being a manager.
Under his leadership, RB Leipzig defeated the Spanish side Atlético Madrid 2–1 in the quarter-finals and sealed their spot in the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in their history.
Nagelsmann became the youngest coach in history to coach a side in the semi-finals. After outstanding results with them, On 27 April 2021, Bayern Munich named Nagelsmann as head coach on a five-year deal, effective from 1 July 2021, replacing Hansi Flick.
Bayern Munich has seen some of the greatest heights in world football under Hansi Flick. So there is a lot of work to do for Julian Nagelsamann to prove his worth at the club. He is number 9 in our list of top 10 best football managers in the world in 2021.
8 Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino is one of the best coaches in football. He is an Argentine professional football manager and former player who is the current head coach of Ligue 1 top club Paris Saint-Germain.
Under his leadership, Tottenham became one of the best teams in the English Premier League. He led Spurs to their first-ever UEFA Champions League final back in 2018-19.
Without a doubt, there is a lot of expectation with him as everyone knows the capabilities of Pochettino. He has a lot to prove for the Paris-Saint Germain. He is number 8 in our list of top 10 best football managers in the world in 2021.
7 Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane does not need any introduction in this list. Zidane has been one of the most successful Real Madrid managers ever in the history of the club. He is one of the greatest football managers in the world right now.
Zidane became the first coach to win the Champions League three times consecutively, won the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup twice each, as well as a La Liga title and a Supercopa de España.
His magical performance with the Real Madrid club helped him to be named Best FIFA Men’s Coach in 2017. He resigned in 2018 but later returned to the club as coach in 2019 and again won La Liga and Supercopa de España titles.
However, his failure at the club in the Champions League impacted him and later Zidane left Real Madrid for a new challenge. He has won a total of 11 trophies at Real Madrid. He is number 7 in our list of top 10 best football managers in the world in 2021.
6 Diego Simeone
It would not be wrong to say that Atletico Madrid’s success is greatly inspired by Diego Simeone. He completely transformed the club since he joined the club in 2011.
He helped the team to be a world-beater. Under his managerial appointment players like Griezmann, Saul, and Oblak became top-class players. That shows how skilled and capable Simeone is for the club. Currently, he is one of the best managers in Europe.
Simeone helped Atletico winning La Liga twice, the Copa del Rey, two UEFA Europa Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups, as well as being runner-up of the UEFA Champions League twice. Simeone is the longest-serving manager in La Liga, having been a part of the club for more than a decade now.
He is surely one of the most successful football managers in the world right now. He is number 6 in our list of top 10 best football managers in the world in 2021.
5 Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte’s masterclass in Inter Milan again shows why he is one of the best managers in the world. He rebuilt the club and helped to win the Serie A title, beating the likes and dominance of Juventus.
Inter Milan ended the club’s 11 years drought. He also helped Inter to reach the UEFA Europa League final but eventually lost the final against Sevilla.
He managed Juventus in 2011 and won three consecutive Serie A titles. Later he took a charge of Chelsea and led the club to the Premier League title in the very first season in charge.
Antonio Conte took over Inter Milan in the year 2019 and after that, he never looked back. Under Antonio Conte’s leadership, Inter Milan breaks the Nine Consecutive years winning streak of the Juventus team.
4 Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool is still a better love story than Twilight. He is a person behind the immense success at the club. He took the managerial role in 2015 and since then he completely transformed the club into one of the best in Europe.
During his reign at the club, Liverpool succeeded to win the Premier League and Champions League. He ended the Liverpool title drought of 30 years. This is something Klopp would be proud of.
Klopp won the UEFA Super Cup and Liverpool’s first FIFA Club World Cup, before giving Liverpool’s first Premier League title. He also won back-to-back FIFA Coach of the Year awards in 2019 and 2020.
Klopp is known for the Gegenpressing style of play where the team, attempts to win back the possession after losing possession. Jurgen Klopp is number 4 in our list of top 10 best football managers in the world in 2021.
3 Hansi Flick
Hansi Flick is the top-rated manager in the world right now. Since taking the role of manager for Bayern Munich, he completely changed the performance of the club.
The club that is struggling in the domestic league came out as a show stopper in European Championships. In his two seasons at Bayern Munich, he helped the club in winning two Bundesliga titles, one UEFA Champions League, DFB-Pokal, DFL-Supercup, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup.
During his management, Bayern Munich completely dominated world football. In 2021, the magic continues and he led the side to a FIFA Club World Cup and another Bundesliga title. The flick is set to replace Löw as the head coach of the German national team after the Euros.
Under Hansi Flick, Bayern Munich becomes one of the most successful teams in the last two years. No team has won more trophies than Bayern Munich since Flick was appointed as a coach for Bayern. Hansi Flick is number 3 in our list of top 10 best football managers in the world in 2021.
2 Thomas Tuchel
The German coach and Champions League, a completely astonishing combination. The interesting fact is that the last three Champions League-winning club is managed by the German coach.
Hansi Flick, Klopp, and now Thomas Tuchel, all have dominated Europe in their respective years. Tuchel has completely transformed Chelsea. When he joined Chelsea, the club was hitting the rock bottom in 10th position in the league.
Under his leadership, Chelsea was able to secure his place at the next Champions League. Chelsea finished the season at 4th position and won the UEFA Champions League in 2021.
He was hired by French club Paris Saint-Germain in 2018, where he helped the club to win two league titles, including a domestic quadruple in his second season, and managed the club to its first UEFA Champions League final.
Tuchel already showed his managing skills at Paris-Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund, while at Chelsea he is on completely next level. He is number 2 in our list of top 10 best football managers in the world in 2021.
1 Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola is the mastermind of football. His tactics, his way of reading the game are completely different than other managers. He is one of the best football managers in the world currently with 31 trophies. Guardiola is just behind Sir Alex Ferguson and Mircea Lucescu in terms of trophy count.
He holds the record for the most consecutive league games won in La Liga, the Bundesliga, and the Premier League. Guardiola has managed some of the big clubs like Barcelona and Bayern Munich as well.
In his first season as the first team manager, he led Barcelona to the treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League. The achievements made Guardiola the youngest manager to win the aforementioned European competition.
Manchester City completely dominated English football and won three league titles in his 4 years at the club. The underdog (Manchester City) now showing the world who is the boss.
Top 10 Best Midfielders In The World 2021
In this post, we will check out the top 10 best midfielders in the world 2021.
Midfielders have one of the most important roles in football. They build up the play and run the game like an engine. The midfielders also play a vital role in defense as well.
Midfielders control the game and create goalscoring opportunities for the strikers and also work in defense by obstructing the opposition attackers to go ahead.
Midfielders work as a touchline between the attack and defense and control the game from the center. The success of the teams is greatly dependent on the involvement of the midfielders on the pitch.
There are top midfielders in the world who have done wonders for their club and country. Today we will list out and outline the top 10 best midfielders in the world in 2021.
Top 10 Best Midfielders In The World 2021
10 Ilkay Gundogan
Gundogan has shown what he is capable of. He became the main man for Manchester City in all competitions. He delivered when needed the most for the club.
The German maestro scored a total of 17 goals with 5 assists in all competitions for Manchester City. His clinical finishing and his hot form helped him to be the top scorer for his club. He helped the club to win the Premier League and Carabao Cup in the 2020/21 season.
Ilkay Gundogan’s potential has never been in doubt since he joined the club but this season he is on another level. He made a huge difference in the turnaround performance of the city in all competitions.
He is creative in passing and the goalscoring came with the added advantage. Surely he is one of the best players of Manchester City this season.
Gundogan has displayed one of the best performances in the center of the field. He is surely one of the best-attacking midfielders around the world. He is number 10 in our list of top 10 best midfielders in the world in 2021.
9 Frenkie De Jong
Barcelona’s young sensation is one of the best young talents around the world. He is one of the best midfielders around the world and he is just 24 now. He is too good for the buildup play and creating chances.
The Dutchman’s control of the ball and his composure is surely something to watch for. He is highly appreciated by the club legend Xavi for his qualities. He is surely the next big thing in Barcelona.
Barcelona has signed De Jong from Ajax in 2019, since then he is continuously improving. He is surely has a long way to go, however, he is showing the world what he is capable of throughout the season.
Under Ronald Koeman, he shifted to another role, and it seems he will going to fire as he already played under Koeman in the national team. He’s no more only a midfielder who can just roam in the center. He has given full freedom by Koeman to burst out while going forward.
The Dutch international scored a total of seven goals with six assists and he is getting better year after year. He is number 9 in our list of top 10 best midfielders in the world in 2021.
8 Thomas Muller
Thomas Muller is surely getting better with age. Just look at his stats from the last four seasons and you realized what he is capable of doing. He is leading the chart again this season in terms of assists and chances created.
Muller has scored 15 goals with 24 assists in 46 matches in all competitions. His stats are just amazing for any midfielders around the world. He is second to none in terms of goal involvement as a midfielder.
Thomas Muller is surely a lot to offer in the upcoming season. His performance is improving season after season. He is surely here to stay despite his age. Muller was one of the integral players for the Flick side who won the treble in the 2019/20 season.
He has the great ability to create chances against any opposition around the world. His contribution to the goals and his passing skills is surely exciting to watch. His offerings to the team have again done wonders for Bayern this season.
7 Luka Modric
The Croatian international and the former ballon d’Or winner proved himself as one of the best midfielders in the world.
His rise from Tottenham to Real Madrid is magical. He is one of the most influential players for the club and the country. He together with Toni Kroos achieved every trophy that someone can only dream of.
The duo was the center of attraction when Real Madrid dominated the Champions League. Modric uses his skills and passing ability to create chances for the forwards. He is also a good dribbler of the ball and a great finisher.
Modric always rated as one of the best midfielders to ever grace the game. Despite his age, he is contributing a lot to the team. His game understanding is par excellence when compared to the other in the midfield position.
His presence in the game really brings a lot for the team. Modric’s vision and his way of creating chances are worthy for any team, he is a complete playmaker.
Modric has scored 6 goals with 6 assists in 48 games for Real Madrid. He is number 7 in our list of top 10 best midfielders in the world in 2021.
6 Toni Kroos
Toni Kroos without a doubt one of the best midfielders the world has ever seen. He has taken the game to great extent since switching to Real Madrid. He is a creator, a free-kick specialist, and the great finisher of the game.
Kroos is the engine that runs Germany and Real Madrid. He was the star player when Madrid is coached under Zinedine Zidane. He has won almost every trophy in club football during his tenure in Real Madrid.
His consistency makes him one of the most influential players on the pitch. In terms of accuracy, passing, creating chances he is second to none. He is a player with a lot of qualities.
Toni Kroos together with Modric has done wonders in the midfield position for Real Madrid in all competitions. Despite his age, he is still prominent in the field. He has scored 3 goals with 12 assists in 42 official matches in 20/21.
His contribution was always important for the club and the country in the major tournaments. He is number 6 in our list of top 10 best midfielders in the world in 2021.
5 Thiago Alcantara
Thiago Alcantara’s story started in Barcelona and his rise to the best can be witnessed in Bayern Munich. He is a top player for Barcelona and Bayern Munich during his reign at both clubs.
His performance over the recent years is just phenomenal, right now he is a part of the Liverpool football club. His intelligence on the field, creative ability are just phenomenal to watch.
He is having strong attributes which include passing, ball control, and defensive play. His pass accuracy is something to look for.
Thiago always remains one of the complete midfielders of his time. A great future is looking ahead for Thiago at Liverpool.
4 Joshua Kimmich
Joshua Kimmich’s performance for Bayern is stupendous. His transition from being a full back to defensive midfielder is tret to watch. He is part of the club in which Bayern won the treble in the 2019/20 season.
He is one of the best players when it comes to the position he plays. His defense is rock-solid, creating ability is top-notch, and attacking is the way he plays on the field. Probably he is one of the best when it comes to playing in the center of the field.
He’s got everything a team needs. One of the best attributes of Kimmich that he can play in any position apart from midfield. The German international is efficient in all roles he played which include a defensive midfielder, and a full-back.
He can defensively win possession, create chances for attackers, and do a lot more than that. Kimmich is also great at man-marking and creating attacking passes.
He has scored 6 goals with 14 assists in 39 matches in the 20/21 season. His passing accuracy is more than 87%. He is number 4 in our list of top 10 best midfielders in the world in 2021.
3 Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes is one of the names highlighted in world football. He is one of the best midfielders of the season. It would not be wrong to say him the next Paul Scholes in making.
He is truly one of the best players for Manchester United in all competitions throughout the season. Bruno is good in creative passing, attacking gameplay. He is one of the best when to comes to finishing and taking Penalty.
His performance shows how important is this player for Manchester United. He has been a hot topic for debate since he joined Manchester United. His impact on the red devils is immediate. He has scored a total of 28 goals with 17 assists in 58 games.
The stats are just incredible for any midfielder around the world. His match-winning performance helped him to be in a limelight. Manchester United is really looking at him as the future of the club.
His presence on the field means a lot for the club and the country. His passing and attacking intelligence are just significant. Bruno’s impactful performances and goalscoring ability make him one of the best midfielders in world football.
2 Ngolo Kante
Ngolo Kante is one of the jewels of Chelsea. He is currently one of the best defensive midfielders and a firm favorite to win UEFA’s best player for his performance in the 20/21 season.
He is also the PFA Player of the Year in 2017. N’golo Kante has been dominant in the Premier League for the last couple of seasons. This season, he is arguably one of the best players for Chelsea.
His extraordinary performance in UEFA Champions League helped Chelsea to win the coveted prize of Europe. He is strong in defense, acceleration, and creating chances. He is in the form of his life in this season.
Kante’s performance is the highlight in all competitions for Chelsea. The French internationals have done it both defensively and offensively. He scored a total of 3 goals and assisted 8, however, it’s not goals and assists that make headlines, it’s his impact as a player who stole the show in 20/21.
1 Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne without a doubt the best midfielder of this generation. He is the most complete midfielder to ever grace the game. He has everything in his game, which includes skill, passing, dribbling, tackle, shoot and creating chances.
His accuracy in passes is unmatchable, he is also one of the best finishers in front of goal. The Belgian international contributes almost every game with his way of playing.
He was the star performer when Manchester City’s won the record-breaking Premier League triumph in 2017/18. De Bruyne was also rated as the best Premier League player for the 2019-2020 season.
De Bruyne is without a doubt one of the best players for Manchester City from the last couple of seasons. He has impressed everyone with his masterclass performance in all competitions.
Kevin De Bruyne has scored 10 goals with 18 assists in 40 matches for the club. He has incredible technique, skill, vision, and crossing accuracy. De Bruyne is also exceptional in long-range passing. He tops our list of the top 10 best midfielders in the world in 2021.
Top 10 Best Strikers In The World 2021
In this post we will check out the top 10 best strikers in the world 2021.
Strikers are known for their goal-scoring ability. They have the capability to peel off defenders and run into space to create havoc for the goalkeepers. Today we will talk about the best strikers in the world in 2021.
Today we will discuss the typical ‘striker’ and ‘forward’ around the world. We have combined stats and figures to outline and rank the top 10 best strikers in the world in 2021.
We’ve compared the stats like goals scored throughout the season, assists, and impact of the player to the team performance and other contributions. So we have done some extensive work to rank the strikers in the top 10 list.
We all know how important strikers are for the team, as scoring goals is not so easy, especially when you are playing against the best teams. That’s why the striker’s role on the field is most important.
On the other side if you see the most expensive players around the world you will notice most players in the top 10 list would-be strikers. That’s how the market goes when it comes to the best strikers in the world.
Strikers have a lot of work to do on the field to help the team to go on top. So without further delay let’s go ahead and check out the top 10 best strikers in the world in 2021.
Top 10 Best Strikers In The World 2021
10 Andre Silva
Andre Silva proved this season why he worth a single penny for Eintracht Frankfurt. Having the worst season earlier with AC Milan, he proved his worth in Bundesliga this season.
Andre Silva has quietly developed as one of the best strikers in the Bundesliga, with the amount of goal he scored this season. It’s taken time for him to pace up, however this season he showed what he is capable of.
Silva has scored 29 goals in 34 appearances with 10 assists for Eintracht Frankfurt this season. Just one of the insane stats from Andre Silva. The man has been amazing in front of the goals, his link-up play with the other payers is astonishing. It would not be wrong to say that he is one of the best signings for the Eintracht frankfurt.
The Portuguese international is in a red hot form and with the performance, in the recent season, the 25-year-old will surely be rated as one of the best strikers in the world right now. He is number 10 in our list of top 10 best strikers in the world in 2021.
- 34 appearances
- 29 goals
- 10 assists
9 Ciro Immobile
Ciro Immobile is one of the exciting talents and one of the best strikers in the Italian league and European football. He is the showstopper for Lazio and one of the most consistent performers for the team.
He has scored a total of 150 goals out of 219 appearances with 42 assists for his club Lazio. No one can deny his goal-scoring ability and his calmness in front of goals.
He again proved his worth this season, scoring a total of 25 goals in 41 appearances with 8 assists throughout the season. His goal-scoring ratio is impeccable, his positioning and skills to past defenders with ease surely makes him one of the top strikers in the game.
His 2019/20 campaign is so astonishing that even Ronaldo is in awe of his talent. He scored 36 goals in the 19/20 season equalling a goal-scoring record with Gino Rossetti who have done it with Torino in 1928–29 and Gonzalo Higuaín for Napoli in 2015–16.
The Italian forward was in form of his life and consistent throughout the majority of the season. He is number 9 in our list of top 10 best strikers in the world in 2021.
- 41 appearances
- 25 goals
- 8 assists
8 Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema is one of the most underrated strikers in world football. Since the departure of Ronaldo, he became the main man for Real Madrid. His recent performance is proof of his worth in the team.
The star-studded trio of BBC is just too hot to handle for any team. Benzema was and will always be an integral part of the team. The French international class, powerful finish, and passing make him a complete striker.
Real Madrid’s dominance in the European competition dips down and the someone who steps up in the situation is Karim Benzema. He is Madrid’s go-to man for every situation.
The French star has directly involved in more than 100 goals since Ronaldo’s departure in 2018. He is certainly one of the best strikers at the moment.
Benzema has also been a part of the ongoing Euro for the French team. He is number 8 in our list of top 10 best strikers in the world in 2021.
- 46 appearances
- 30 goals
- 9 assists
7 Luis Suarez
Atletico’s main man is one of the top strikers in world football over the years. There is no denying the fact that there is still a lot of football left in him.
Barcelona agreed to part ways with his striker due to his age and decline in form however Suarez replied by helping Atletico Madrid to win the La Liga title.
The way he replied to critics and single handily helped Atletico Madrid to win the Spanish title is something to cherish about the Uruguayan. There are some notable strikers this season however the Suarez performance can’t be replaced.
He is still showing no sign of stopping and proving his worth season after season. He is an unpredictable player who can turn any match with his performance.
Barça has now signed Memphis Depay as his replacement and it would be interesting to see Koeman and Depay reuniting again. Laporta has already indicated the more signing going to happen as they are making the team for the future.
- 38 appearances
- 21 goals
- 3 assists
6 Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe is rated as the future superstar of football. He is one of the exciting young talents in world football. He showed what he is capable of since his time at Monaco.
Paris Saint-Germain has signed Kylian Mbapped from Monaco with a record-breaking transfer of €180 million. When it comes to finishing in front of goals, he is the most clinical finisher.
It’s unbelievable for many to believe he is just 22 years old. His speed, finish, skills, and dribbling are top-notch. He is a threat to any defender around the world.
Kylian Mbappé is a forward who can play in different positions however the striker role suits him well. He has equally proved his worth at the national and club level. His performance as a teenager is highly appreciated in the 2018 world cup.
The way he is going he can even reach the Messi-Ronaldo numbers in the future. Mbappe is rumored to have linked up with Real Madrid. However, PSG is in no mood to sell the young sensation. He is number 5 in our list of top 10 best strikers in the world in 2021.
- 47 appearances
- 42 goals
- 11 assists
5 Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo does not need any introduction in this list. He is like a goal poacher, who will pop up when you need it in front of the goal. He is still one of the main men for Juventus and still had a lot to offer on the football pitch.
Nobody is more mentally strong than Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo had scored 101 goals out of 133 matches he played for the club(Juventus). His failure with the club continues and the season goes trophyless for him.
He still had good stats however on a collective level, he failed miserably with the club. Ronaldo had played 44 matches this season and scored 36 goals for Juventus. He has still rated one of the best footballers of all time.
He is one of the players who are equally successful in all three clubs which includes Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus. One of the things which remains constant throughout his career is his goal-scoring ability. He is number 5 in our list of top 10 best strikers in the world in 2021.
- 44 appearances
- 36 goals
- 4 assists
4 Harry Kane
Harry Kane still stood up in the top 5 list when it comes to the strikers. In terms of consistency and goal-scoring, no striker comes close to Hary Kane. He is one of the top players in the Premier League.
It’s just sad to see this man had not won a single trophy in the last couple of years. He has been linked up with Manchester City.
If someone can break Alan Shearer’s goal-scoring record it would be Hary Kane. He is a complete striker with the attributes like speed, passing, and finishing.
The England international is a forward with a range of skills with playmaker ability and can tear apart any defensive line with ease.
Harry Kane is one of the transfer targets of Premier League clubs due to his performances. It would be interesting to see where will Kane goes next season. He is number 4 in our list of top 10 best strikers in the world in 2021.
- 49 appearances
- 33 goals
- 17 assists
3 Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku has been labeled for the striker role. He is totally fit in his position. Lukaku has everything the modern striker needs. He is strong, he has the skills, speed, and power to create threats for any defenders.
The Belgian international scored 30 goals out of 44 games with10 assists. He continues to prove his worth in Serie A and it would not be wrong to say that he is one of the best strikers in world football.
Having a worse stint in Manchester United to one of the best striker in Football, it’s something we do not see often. He fired quickly after moving to Inter Milan and under Conte he lifted the Serie A title in the 20/21 season.
His link-up with his fellow players is outstanding. He is the man for the right moment and right place. His partnership with Lautaro at the club level is brilliant to watch. Other than his strength, he also good at passing ability. Truly, he’s one of the best strikers in the last two years.
Under Antonio Conte, Lukaku regained his form and become an elite performer. The striker had scored 64 goals in 95 appearances for Inter across all seasons.
- 44 appearances
- 30 goals
- 10 assists
2 Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland is one of the players linked up with multiple clubs. It’s nothing to amaze about his linkup, as the player completely worth noticing. He is one of the most demanded players in world football right now.
The young superstar has been in top form and can score at any given time against any opposition. He has proved season after season why he is completely worth noticing.
Haaland is just 20 years old and already became one of the best strikers around the world. He has done it in the club and European competition and the future is looking bright for Haaland.
His arrival at Borussia Dortmund, helped him taking a leap in his game. He could break the records of some of the greats if he continued his form for a long time.
Haaland has scored 41 goals in 41 games with 12 assists for Borussia Dortmund this season. He had some astonishing stats this season.
He is quick with great finishing and top skills. No team can keep quiet Haaland for a long time. He has scored almost against every opponent in club competition. He is number 2 in our list of top 10 best strikers in the world in 2021.
- 41 appearances
- 41 goals
- 12 assists
1 Robert Lewandowski
Nobody has done wonders in recent seasons unless his name is Robert Lewandowski. Players with so many qualities, and he started getting better with age.
2019/20 season turned out the Lewandowski best season where he won the treble with the club and also won the FIFA best player award at the individual level.
He continued his form in the 20/21 season and again came as a top contender when it comes to goal scoring. Lewandowski is continuing to grow as one of the best players in world football.
The Polish international scored 48 goals in 40 games in all competitions this season. One can only describe the stats in one word i.e insane.
Robert Lewandowski continues his goal-scoring run in Euros and he is one of the strikers to look for in the tournament.
Lewandowski has everything to be the best in the world and he currently rated as one of the best strikers in the world. His finishing is flawless, his ball control is unmatchable and goal scoring is out of this world.
He is one of the tops forward in the world and rated number 1 in our list of top 10 strikers in the world in 2021.
- 40 appearances
- 48 goals
- 9 assists