With more than 3.5 billion fans following it on a regular basis, soccer or football can be easily termed as the most popular sport in the world. If you are a soccer fan too, you definitely would have some favourite player that you love to watch whenever you get a chance.
Here in this short article, we will acquaint you with the 5 most popular players of the modern-day soccer era who are loved by millions of soccer fans across the globe.
Cristiano Ronaldo currently plays for the Serie A side Juventus. He is considered the most versatile soccer player ever by many. He also holds the record for scoring the maximum number of goals of all time, as well as the most number of goals (7) scored in a FIFA World Cup. The fearsome striker enjoys a diehard fan following in every part of the world. Making him not only one of the most popular soccer players, but sports persons overall, in the world.
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If anyone wanted to perfectly define the term soccer icon, Lionel Messi is the name that would immediately come to the mind. He is one of the greatest footballers to have graced the beautiful game. Messi took the world by storm ever since he started playing professional soccer. His tremendous run at Barcelona FC made him the player of the year in 2010. No soccer players’ list would ever be complete without a mention of this legend.
Widely recognised as the strongest and the most well-rounded soccer player in the history of the game, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is of Swedish origin and plays in the forward position. He is a very acrobatic player and has often left his fans awestruck with his amazing bicycle kicks. Ibrahimovic is also celebrated as an excellent personality in different parts of the world. At present, he plays for LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States. You can get all the latest on Zlatan Ibrahimovic here.
Hailing from the land of samba and of course football, Brazil, Neymar Da Silva Santos is only 27 year old and is already conquering the soccer world with his extraordinary playing ability. Neymar displays amazing acceleration, agility and speed whenever he steps onto the soccer pitch. He presently plays as a forward for Paris Saint Germain, the French football club, as well as the Brazil’s national football team. Neymar was transferred to Paris Saint Germain from Barcelona FC in a world record transfer deal of € 222 million in the year 2017.
Another former Barcelonian, Andres Iniesta could give goose bumps to any top defender in the world. He is currently employed with Japanese football club Vissel Kobe as a central midfielder. The talented footballer used to be excellent. In fact, the best in the world when it came to controlling the pace and speed of his play. Named the European Player of the Year at Euro 2012, he was also once the chosen captain of Barcelona FC. Alongside other big names like Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Sergio Busquets.