With football being the most popular sport in the world, it’s safe to say that it’s full of beloved players and teams. However, across the world, there are stars that shine brighter than the rest. Their skill has turned them not only into sporting legends… But also into household names to even the less enthusiastic of people, not just fans. So today I am asking who are the world’s best footballers? Read on to find out who’s passion, skill and determination has allowed them to make an impact on fans and the sport itself.

These players have also gained themselves unthinkable wealth along the way. Additionally, as the sport grows in popularity, it generates more and more money resulting in player transfers and salaries to increase alongside. So let’s take a look at the world’s best footballers and their best matches today. 

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Lionel Messi 

Messi is the current reigning men’s best football player in the world. He has been very successful in the sport ever since he began playing for a Spanish youth team. During his first year there, he was the top goal scorer. He made his career while playing for Barcelona FC and first started his professional career after signing his first senior player contract on his 18th birthday. Also, with his €150 million buy-out lasting up until 2010. When it expired, he decided to continue playing for the team. 

Messi sends the crowd crazy when he graces the pitch with his passion, dedication and undeniable skill. Not only is the holder of the title of the best player in the world… He is also the proud winner of six of the most prestigious single-player award in the world – Ballon d’Or. Messi has given a lot to the sport of football, but he has not gone without as he is currently one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. Not to mention his numerous lucrative sponsorships and endorsement deals. We reviewed Messi’s Footbubbles set a while back. 

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Cristiano Ronaldo 

Next up is none other than Messi’s professional rival, Ronaldo. He has constantly fought to take the top spot for the best male player in the world. However, even without the title, he is undoubtedly one of the greatest players to grace the sport. Ronaldo made his mark on the professional scene playing for Manchester United. Before moving his talents oversea to lending his skills to Real Madrid. Finally, he landed a spot at his current club – Juventus. 

Cristiano Ronaldo has his fair share of professional achievements, such as…

  • 5x winner of best FIFA men’s player 
  • 5x Ballon d’Or winner 
  • 3x UEFA best player in Europe 
  • 19x best scorer 

As well as all of these great career achievements, he has made an amazing fortune from his skills. As well as from sponsorships and endorsements from big brands. Tases include the sports giant Nike, luxury watch brand Tag Heuer and Herbalife. Ronaldo has become immensely famous across the world. So he is not only a household name, but also the most followed person on Instagram, with over 223 million followers. He’s ahead of every other celebrity, such as Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, the Kardashians and also his fellow football stars. 

So which other greats do you think should be included when asking the question, who are the world’s best footballers?

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