It has been another eventful year in the world of soccer again. There was a lot to get excited about, what with the World Cup in the summer and the usual ups and downs of the various leagues throughout the year. In the following post, we wanted to highlight some of the most exciting players in the game right now. So, whether you’re an avid soccer fan or new to the ‘beautiful game’, the team here at Dotcom Magazine have put together a list of who we feel are five of the best players in the soccer world this year.
Kalidou Koulibaly, Napoli, Senegal
He started out as merely being a rather awkward ball of lots of potential to becoming arguably the world’s best defender in a relatively short amount of time. Kalidou, at 26, plays as a center back for Napoli at the moment and is one of the best players in the Serie A and has at least three English Premier League teams trying to entice them to transfer to them. Strong and lean, towering at 6-foot 5-inches, he has already started amassing various accolades to his game. He will likely be in contention for African Player of the Year and secure his third consecutive Serie A player of the year award. A dynamic, versatile and fast player in the air he is the very definition of what a shutdown defender with a real nose for the ball. His passing skills are second to none and the team rely on him to deliver balls out of the back on regular occasions.
Sergio Aguero, Manchester City, Argentina
Sergio Aguero is one of the most amazing strikers playing right now. He is a dangerous threat to his opposition virtually any time he gets the ball. Since he arrived in the English Premier League in 2011 to Manchester city, he has dominated things. Over the course of seven seasons, he’s amassed 143 goals in 206 matches and he has also capped 84 times for Argentina internationally. In the season 2014-2015 he was awarded the Golden Boot.
Jan Oblak, Atletico Madrid, Slovenia
Jan Oblak was always going to feature on our list, somewhere. The 25-year old is by far the best goalkeeper in the world right now and has proven this with three stunning seasons at the net for Atletico Madrid. Although he isn’t quite as big as some of the bigger keepers out there, at just 6-foot 3-inches, what he doesn’t have in height, he makes up for with some of the best instincts in the game. The amazing thing is that he does not appear to have reached his peak yet.
Neymar, Paris St-Germain, Brazil
Neymar would be considered as the undisputed best footballer in the world, if he had played in any other time period than now. It’s unfortunate that he’s robbed of that title because there are so many good players out there right now at the same time. As the most expensive player in the world, he deserves lots of recognition and as he’s just 26 years old, he has plenty of steam and time left in him. He played with Barca for four amazing seasons moved to Paris St Germain after that where he has been since. His strongest asset is his dribbling. He is sheer genius on two legs with a football and can regularly make some of the best defenders in the world look ridiculously inferior. Although he is a goal scorer, he is amazing at finding players who are open. As he is incredibly well-rounded you really can’t pick out what makes him so good, but he has been compared to Pele. That’s all we need to say really.
Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona, Argentina
Lionel Messi is another that is still on track to become the best footballer of all time, if he hasn’t already become that. It’s thought that by the time the 30-year-old retires, there will be no question over that fact. He has some of the most staggering statistics of any player and is the leader in La Liga on a number of different counts – such as goals scored, 382, assists, 149 and goals scored in a single season, 50. Thanks to his low center of gravity, he has unparalleled control over the ball and can work quickly. Instead of making long runs, he darts and spurts in short speed movements. Although he’s a devastating finisher, he is just as amazing at setting up other’s goals. All in all, a sublime player.