100 Best Soccer Players in the World 2014

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After many hours of (sometimes heated) debates from staff over 3 continents, here is the annual Premier Sports Memorabilia list of the top 100 players of 2014.

It was hard to split Ronaldo and Messi once again in 2014. Ronaldo’s European Champions League triumph pushed him over the line in the continuing battle between these two modern legends.

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1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Winger, Real Madrid and Portugal

At this moment in time, the Real Madrid forward just pips past Lionel Messi. He seems to be getting better and better every year and at 29 years of age is in the peak of his career. Having won 2 Champions League titles with two different clubs, Cristiano went for a world record £80,000,000 fee at the time from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009.

Related product: Cristiano Ronaldo Signed Real Madrid Shirt       

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2. Lionel Messi, Forward, Barcelona and Argentina

Can seem like a magician on the football pitch with his mesmerising feet dazzling defenders. He has the ability to glue the ball to his feet and can seem untouchable at times. His style of play fits the Barcelona system where he has been ever since he was a teenager. Has recently surpassed the all-time goal scorer of La Liga and at the age of just 27, it is frightening to think what Lionel will finish on.

Related product: Lionel Messi Signed Barcelona Shirt

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3. Manuel Neuer, Goalkeeper, Bayern Munich and Germany

The 2014 World Cup winning goalkeeper has recently been shortlisted in the top 3 for the Ballon d’Or, a sensational achievement for a goalkeeper. His confidence at the back often sees him act as the 11th outfielder and it is an accident waiting to happen but his ability as a footballer enables him to pull off risky manoeuvres. Just 28 years of age and has another decade playing at the very top level.

Related product:      Bayern Munich Signed Champions League Winners 2013 Shirt

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4. Gareth Bale, Winger, Real Madrid and Wales

The best ever player to come out of Wales is the Real Madrid winger. He recently eclipsed the world record transfer fee with a £86,000,000 move to Madrid from Tottenham. His left foot is an absolute wand and his pace enables him to leave defenders clutching thin air. Having initially struggled at Tottenham following a move from Southampton, the Welshman has come on leaps and bounds in the past few years.

Related product: Gareth Bale Signed Real Madrid Shirt 2015       

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5. Philipp Lahm, Defender, Bayern Munich and Germany

Germany’s captain continued his development in 2014 under the guidance of tika-taka founding father Pep Guardiola. Between leading Germany to World Cup glory and dominating with Bayern Munich domestically, Lahm continued to show his versatility and leadership and proved to all that he is the complete modern football player. He also had more touched the ball more than any other player (1040) in the 2014 Champions League.

Related product:      Bayern Munich Signed Champions League Winners 2013 Shirt

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6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Forward, PSG and Sweden

The 6’5 centre forward has played for Europe’s most prestigious clubs including: Barcelona, Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Ajax and finally PSG. 318 goals in 590 games in all competitions is evident proof of his goal scoring prowess and is a very controversial character. He has won a staggering 10 league titles with his first coming with Ajax in 2002. From 2004-2011 he won league titles in every season.

Related product: PSG Signed Squad Shirt 2015

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7. Eden Hazard, Winger, Chelsea and Belgium

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has the potential to challenge the likes of Messi and Ronaldo at the top if his displays in the Premier League continue to be consistently high. Of a very similar stature of Messi but is a little more direct than the Argentine. At 23 years of age, the Belgian winger has a very bright future.

Related product: Chelsea Signed Squad Shirt 2015

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8. Sergio Aguero, Forward, Manchester City and Argentina

A born goal scorer and scored one of the most historic moments in the Premier League with a dramatic injury time goal that clinched Manchester City’s first ever title. Averages just over a goal every other game after 426 career appearances and at just 26 years of age, wouldn’t be surprising if one of the Spanish giants gave him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

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9. Luis Suarez, Forward, Barcelona and Uruguay

His position on the leaderboard could be slightly higher if it wasn’t for his eratic behaviour at times. He has had three individual biting incidents which have ruled him with sizeable suspensions that have casted a shadow over his undoubted ability as a footballer. Was part of the Uruguay side to finish 3rd in the 2010 World Cup and his trickery and ball skills in the penalty box is one of the best in the world.

Related product: Barcelona Signed Squad Shirt 2015

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10. Neymar, Forward, Barcelona and Brazil

Was linked with a move to Europe ever since he became a hit for Santos in his native Brazil and elected to join Barcelona. Had a stumbling start but has come on immensely in the past 12 months to back up the claims he could become the closest player to rival Pele as the best ever from Brazil. Forms a lethal trio alongside Messi and Suarez in Europe’s most feared strike force.

Related product: Neymar Signed Barcelona Shirt

11. Angel di Maria, Winger, Manchester United and Argentina

12. James Rodriguez, Midfield, Real Madrid and Colombia

13. Wayne Rooney, Forward, Manchester United and England

Related product: Manchester United Signed 2013 Champions Shirt

14. Thibaut Courtois, Goalkeeper, Chelsea and Belgium

Related product: Chelsea Signed Squad Shirt 2015

15. Andrea Pirlo, Midfield, Juventus and Italy

Related product: Juventus Signed Squad Shirt 2014

16. Toni Kroos, Midfield, Real Madrid and Germany

17. Thomas Muller, Forward, Bayern Munich and Germany

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Related product:      Bayern Munich Signed Champions League Winners 2013 Shirt

18. Diego Costa, Forward, Chelsea and Spain

Related product: Chelsea Signed Squad Shirt 2015

19. Karim Benzema, Forward, Real Madrid and France

20. Carlos Tevez, Forward, Juventus and Argentina

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Related product: Juventus Signed Squad Shirt 2014

21. Andres Iniesta, Midfield, Barcelona and Spain

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22. Luka Modric, Midfield, Real Madrid and Croatia

23. Cesc Fabregas, Midfield, Chelsea and Spain

24. Sergio Ramos, Defender, Real Madrid and Spain

25. Vincent Kompany, Defender, Manchester City and Belgium

26. Robert Lewandowski, Forward, Bayern Munich and Poland

27. Mario Gotze, Midfield, Bayern Munich and Germany

Related product:      Bayern Munich Signed Champions League Winners 2013 Shirt

28. Arjen Robben, Winger, Bayern Munich and Holland

29. Frank Ribery, Winger, Bayern Munich and France

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Related product:      Bayern Munich Signed Champions League Winners 2013 Shirt

30. Xavi, Midfield, Barcelona and Spain

31. Yaya Toure, Midfield, Manchester City and Ivory Coast

32. Radamel Falcao, Forward, Manchester United and Colombia

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33. Hulk, Forward, Zenit St.Petersburg and Brazil

34. Juan Cuadrado, Winger, Fiorentina and Colombia

35. Paul Pogba, Midfield, Juventus and France

36. Isco, Midfield, Real Madrid and Spain

37. Bastian Schweinsteiger, Midfield, Bayern Munich and Germany

38. Hugo Lloris, Goalkeeper, Tottenham and France

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39. Miralem Pjanic Roma and Bosnia-Herzegovina

40. David Silva, Midfield, Manchester City and Spain

41. Giorgio Chiellini, Defender, Juventus and Italy

42. Gonzalo Higuain, Forward, Napoli and Argentina

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Related product: Napoli Diego Maradona Signed Jersey

43. Thiago Silva, Defender, PSG and Brazil

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44. Jordi Alba, Defender, Barcelona and Spain

45. Raphael Varane, Defender, Real Madrid and France

46. Mats Hummels, Defender, Borussia Dortmund and Germany

47. Xabi Alonso, Midfield, Real Madrid and Spain

48. Gianluigi Buffon, Goalkeeper, Juventus and Italy

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49. Edinson Cavani, Forward, PSG and Uruguay

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50. Juan Mata, Midfield, Manchester United and Spain

51. Antoine Griezmann, Winger, Atletico Madrid and France

52. Javier Mascherano, Defender, Barcelona and Argentina

53. Marco Reus, Forward, Borussia Dortmund and Germany

54. Koke, Midfield, Atletico Madrid and Spain

55. Arturo Vidal, Midfield, Juventus and Chile

56. Sergio Busquets, Midfield, Barcelona and Spain

57. Diego Godin, Defender, Atletico Madrid and Uruguay

58. Marcelo, Defender, Real Madrid and Brazil

59. Robin Van Persie, Forward, Manchester United and Holland

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60. David de Gea, Goalkeeper, Manchester United and Spain

61. David Luiz, Defender, PSG and Brazil

62. Marek Hamsik, Midfield, Napoli and Slovakia

63. Mesut Ozil, Midfield, Arsenal and Germany

64. Nemanja Matic, Midfield, Chelsea and Serbia

65. Kevin Strootman, Midfield, Roma and Holland

66. Mario Mandzukic, Forward, Athletico Madrid and Croatia

67. Francesco Totti, Forward, Roma and Italy

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68. Dani Alves, Defender, Barcelona and Brazil

69. Mehdi Benatia, Defender, Bayern Munich and Morocco

70. David Alaba, Defender, Bayern Munich and Austria

71. Ezequiel Lavezzi, Winger, PSG and Argentina

72 Arda Turan, Midfield, Atletico Madrid and Turkey

73. Jerome Boateng, Defender, Bayern Munich and Germany

74. Alexis Sanchez, Winger, Arsenal and Chile

75. Mesut Ozil, Midfield, Arsenal and Germany

76. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Midfield, Borussia Dortmund and Armenia

77. Lucas Moura, Winger, PSG and Brazil

78. Dante, Defender, Bayern Munich and Brazil

79. Ivan Rakitic, Midfield Barcelona and Croatia

80. Raheem Sterling, Winger, Liverpool/ and England

81. Steven Gerrard, Midfield, Liverpool and England

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Related product: Steven Gerrard Signed Liverpool Shirt

82. Antonio Di Natale, Forward, Udinese and Italy

83. Oscar, Midfield, Chelsea and Brazil

84. Blaise Matuidi, Midfield, PSG and France

85. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Forward, Borussia Dortmund/Gabon

86. Pedro, Forward, Barcelona and Spain

87. Didier Drogba, Forward, Chelsea and Ivory Coast

88. Aaron Ramsey, Midfield, Arsenal and Wales

89. Iker Casillas, Goalkeeper, Real Madrid and Spain

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90. Christian Eriksen, Midfield, Tottenham and Denmark

91. Pablo Zabaleta, Defender, Manchester City and Argentina

92. Daniele De Rossi, Midfield, Roma and Italy

93. Nemanja Vidic, Defender, Inter Milan and Serbia

94. Jackson Martinez, Forward, Porto and Colombia

95. Ilkay Gundogan, Midfield, Borussia Dortmund and Germany

93. Branis lavIvanovic, Defender, Chelsea and Serbia

94. Mario Balotelli, Forward, Liverpool and Italy

95. Cesar Azpilicueta, Defender, Chelsea and Spain

96. Leonardo Bonucci, Defender, Juventus and Italy

97. Jan Vertonghen, Defender, Tottenham and Belgium

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