Top 100 Football Players in the World Right Now

Top 100 football players 2015

After hours of heated debate from the Premier Sports Memorabilia staff over 3 continents, we have come up with a list of the top 100 football players in the world right now.

As always it was almost impossible to split Ronaldo and Messi. The Flea’s impending success in La Liga pushed him over the line in the continuing battle between these two modern legends.

1. Lionel Messi – Barcelona – Forward

Lionel Messi who never played the premier league

2015 was another sensational year for Lionel Messi as he helped Barcelona win the treble including the La Liga and Champions League. He scored 52 goals for club and country in 61 appearances and also chipped in with 26 assists. His partnership with Suarez and Neymar has become one of the deadliest trio’s ever known in world football and he has scored sensational goals time and time again including the individual goal against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey.

2. Cristiano – Real Madrid – Forward

Cristiano Ronaldo signed in Real Madrid jersey

Ronaldo unfortunately comes in at No.2 given that Real Madrid were pipped to the post by Barcelona in the 2 major competitions last season. Ronaldo averaged a goal every game in 2015 with 57 goals from 57 appearances for club and country. Cristiano will be desperate to help Portugal to Euro 2016 success whilst he is still in the peak of his powers.

3. Neymar – Barcelona – Forward

Neymar signed the Barcelona jersey

Neymar is starting to prove what a massive player he could be for Barcelona as the youngest of the 3 amigo’s at the Nou Camp. The 23-year old has scored 14 in 14 La Liga appearances so far this season and will be looking to close the gap on Messi and Ronaldo to be in contention for the Ballon d’Or.

4. Luis Suarez – Barcelona – Forward

Luis Suarez the winning moment at Barcelona

Part of why Barcelona broke the all-time record for most goals in a calendar year in 2015 was due to Luis Suarez who scored 48 of the 180 goals Barcelona scored in all competitions in 2015. Messi also had 48 whilst Neymar had 41 with the 3 contributing 75% of their goals. He finished 2015 with a brace against Real Betis which took his tally to 19 goals in his last 12 games.

5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – PSG – Forward

Zlatan Ibrahimovic playing at PSG

The world’s most expensive player (accumulating all his transfers) has enjoyed another fine year with a excellent start to Ligue 1 this season. He has 15 goals in 14 Ligue 1 games but has been less prolific on the European stage with just 2 goals in 6 Champions League games. Ibrahimovic also helped Sweden qualify for Euro 2016 with 11 goals in 10 games this year. He also won the Swedish Footballer of the Year award for the 9th successive year.

6. Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich – Forward

Bayern Munich’s prolific forward arguably had the highlight of 2015 when he scored a sensational 5 goals in 9 minutes as a second half substitute. With Munich 1-0 down at home to Wolfsburg, Lewandowski’s half time introduction saw him score 5 goals which would break all sorts of records as they went on to win 5-1. He also finished as the top goal scorer in the Euro 2016 qualification group stages with 13 goals for Poland, 4 ahead of his nearest rival and club team mate, Thomas Muller.

7. Gareth Bale – Real Madrid – Forward

The Welsh wizard has struggled this season under the reign of Rafa Benitez which see’s him drop down to No.8. Despite being the world’s most expensive player, Bale was being marked poorly in highly rated Spanish newspaper, ‘Marca’. Despite problems for his club, Bale was however enjoying great success with Wales and was a massive part of Wales qualification for their first major international tournament since 1958. He scored 6 goals in the qualifying games and will have the nations expectations on his shoulders in the summer of 2016.

8. Mesut Ozil – Arsenal – Midfielder

Ozil has plummeted up the rankings after a breathtaking season for Arsenal in the Premier League. He has more than double than any other player with assists (16). After getting a lot of criticism for his work rate when signing from Real Madrid for £42.5million, the Arsenal supporters are now enjoying watching Arsenal’s standout player who not only puts in a shift but also creates a handful of goal scoring opportunities every game.

9. Thomas Muller – Bayern Munich – Forward

The limelight at Bayern Munich has mainly been on Lewandowski but that hasn’t stopped Muller enjoying one of the best years of his career. He has fired in 14 Bundesliga goals in 17 games this season which surpasses all his previous 3 seasons in which he has scored 13 league goals on each occasion. Muller has also taken his record for Germany to 31 goals in 68 games with 5 international goals in 6 games in 2015.

10. Manuel Neuer – Bayern Munich – Goalkeeper

The only goalkeeper to make the top 10. His eccentricity and confidence to play out from the back make him one of the most entertaining goalkeepers to watch but he continues to prove he’s the worlds best goalkeeper with world class saves despite having nothing to do for large periods of matches. His style of play may come across as arrogant but for Pep Guardiola he is the perfect fit with his sweeping abilities.

Here is the rest of the list:

11. Arjen Robben – Bayern Munich – Midfielder
12. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – Forward
13. Paul Pogba – Juventus – Midfielder
14. Eden Hazard – Chelsea – Midfielder

Eden-Hazard-signed-premium-league-jersey
15. Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal – Forward
16. Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City – Midfielder
17. David De Gea – Manchester United – Goalkeeper
18. Ivan Rakitic – Barcelona – Midfielder
19. David Alaba – Bayern Munich – Defender
20. Andres Iniesta – Barcelona – Midfielder
21. Arturo Vidal – Bayern Munich – Midfielder
22. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Borussia Dortmund – Forward
23. Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid – Forward
24. Yaya Toure – Manchester City – Midfielder
25. James Rodriguez – Real Madrid – Midfielder
26. Luka Modric – Real Madrid – Midfielder
27. Douglas Costa – Bayern Munich – Midfielder
28. Toni Kroos – Real Madrid – Midfielder
29. Karim Benzema – Real Madrid – Forward
30. Philipp Lahm – Bayern Munich – Defender
31. Nicolas Otamendi – Manchester City – Midfielder
32. Javier Mascherano – Barcelona – Midfielder
33. David Silva – Manchester City – Midfielder
34. Sergio Busquets – Barcelona – Midfielder
35. Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid – Defender
36. Harry Kane – Tottenham – Forward

harry kane goal celebration
37. Marco Reus – Borussia Dortmund – Forward
38. Thibaut Courtois – Chelsea – Goalkeeper
39. Jerome Boateng – Bayern Munich – Defender
40. Thiago Silva – PSG – Defender
41. Angel Di Maria – PSG – Midfielder
42. Diego Costa – Chelsea – Forward
43. Gerard Pique – Barcelona – Defender
44. Gianluigi Buffon – Juventus – Goalkeeper
45. Gonzalo Higuain – Napoli – Midfielder
46. Willian – Chelsea – Midfielder
47. Raphael Varane – Real Madrid – Defender
48. Marcelo – Real Madrid – Defender
49. Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon – Forward
50. Raheem Sterling – Manchester City – Forward
51. Vincent Kompany – Manchester City – Defender
52. Cesc Fabregas – Chelsea – Midfielder
53. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United – Forward

wayne rooney goal celebration
54. Jordi Alba – Barcelona – Defender
55. Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Borussia Dortmund – Midfielder
56. Petr Cech – Arsenal – Goalkeeper
57. Mario Gotze – Bayern Munich – Midfielder
58. Thiago – Bayern Munich – Midfielder
59. Mauro Icardi – Inter Milan – Forward
60. Isco – Real Madrid – Midfielder
61. Jamie Vardy – Leicester City – Midfielder
62. Laurent Koscielny – Arsenal – Defender
63. Diego Godin – Atletico Madrid – Defender
64. Marco Verratti – PSG – Midfielder
65. Jerome Boateng – Bayern Munich – Defender
66. Carlos Tevez – Boca Juniors – Forward
67. Xabi Alonso – Bayern Munich – Midfielder
68. Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool – Midfielder
69. Edinson Cavani – PSG – Forward
70. Miralem Pjanic – Roma – Midfielder
71. Dani Alves – Barcelona – Defender
72. Hulk – Zenit – Forward
73. Riyad Mahrez – Leicester – Midfielder
74. Keylor Navas – Real Madrid – Goalkeeper
75. Hugo Lloris – Tottenham Hotspur – Goal Keeper
76. Koke – Atletico Madrid – Midfielder
77. Giorgio Chiellini – Juventus – Defender
78. Mats Hummels – Borussia Dortmund – Defender
79. Arda Turan – Barcelona – Midfielder
80. Nolito – Celta Vigo – Midfielder
81. Christian Eriksen – Tottenham Hotspur – Midfield
82. Javier Pastore – PSG – Midfielder
83. Juan Mata – Manchester United – Midfielder
84. Dimitri Payet – West Ham – Midfielder
85. Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus – Defender
86. Danny Drinkwater – Leicester – Midfielder
87. Andrea Pirlo – New York City – Midfielder
88. Francesco Totti – Roma – Forward
89. Nemanja Matic – Chelsea – Midfielder
90. Alvaro Morata – Juventus – Forward
91. Blaise Matuidi – PSG – Midfielder
92. Yacini Brahimi – Porto – Forward
93. Carlos Bacca – AC Milan – Forward
94. William Carvalho – Sporting Lisbon – Midfielder
95. Felipe Anderson – Lazio – Midfielder
96. Claudio Marchisio – Juventus – Midfielder
97. Dele Alli – Tottenham Hotspur – Midfielder
98. Jan Vertongahn – Tottenham Hotspur – Defender
99. Joe Hart – Manchester City – Goalkeeper
100. Bastian Schweinsteiger – Manchester United – Midfielder

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One Response to Top 100 Football Players in the World Right Now

  1. Kathleen May 3, 2016 at 11:30 am #

    Why wasn’t Brendan Hill on your list?

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