The topic of many a pub discussion up and down the land – who is The Best Footballer In The World? the beauty being that it can’t really be quantified and is therefore unanswerable.
Some will have you believe that the miles covered every game by the likes of Yaya Toure, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard make them befitting of the crown, others prefer the lionhearted warriors like John Terry who would run through a brick wall for the cause (aslong as there was a team mate’s WAG at the other side). Whilst we all appreciate what these players bring to the game, they don’t get the blood pumping – at least not mine.
Myself along with many others consider the greatest players in the world are the ones who make you sit up and take notice. The ones who get you on the edge of your seat or leave you open mouthed with a flash of brilliance. Ultimately – the ones who you want to pay your hard earned money to watch. Having been brought up on a strict diet of mediocre second division football (thanks dad!) I have been restricted to watching and admiring these players from afar which in a strange way makes you more appreciative of their genius. Below is my take on the best 5 players currently plying their trade in world football. A pure personal indulgence that is bound to court more controversy than it’s worth, I can already hear the cries of “No Ronaldo?!” already.
By all means feel free to shoot the messenger over on Facebook and let me know who should have been included and why. Why not even send us your top 5? we will compile the results to reveal the GB Posters ultimate top 5.
Tin hat on, here we go….
The man who has everything, skill, speed, agility and bravery – oh and he scores goals by the bucket load too! To do what he does at such a high level week in week out is astonishing and the reason he will without doubt go down as the greatest footballer ever to lace a pair of boots. It is inconceivable to think that anyone will come along and break the many records currently in his grasp. It’s also frightening to consider that at only 24 the best could still be yet to come from the man who joined Barcelona at 11 with a growth hormone deficiency yet still made his full first team debut aged just 16. A genius, pure and simple.
The ying to Messi’s yang and for my money the best midfielder on the planet. His ability to find a pass and effortlessly keep possession has been the catalyst behind his club and country’s continual successes over the past five years where he has collected a European Championship medal, World Cup along with countless domestic trophies. Still not convinced? Check out this guy’s pass completion – mind boggling!
An absolute goal machine. The lanky Uruguayan’s career stats return a very impressive goal every other game. Good in the air, good on the ground and deadly in front of goal – Cavani is a managers dream and I would love to see him tested on one of Europe’s biggest stages. At 25 he still has a big future ahead of him and would undoubtedly would like to add to his very thin portfolio of honours with one of the biggest clubs in the game.
Maicon will still be having nightmares about THAT night in Milan when the Welsh wizard gave him the run around – it was the night the whole world started to sit up and take notice. Agreed he may not have had the best of seasons – assisted by Spurs’ dismal finish to the campaign but at just 22 the winger has the world at his feet and a move to one of football’s super-powers surely awaits. Bale’s pace, balance and goal scoring ability are the reasons Europe’s elite are queuing up their chequebooks already.
Yes a complete wildcard entry – but with very good reason. Mario is the last of a dying breed – the true football character. Gone are the wild child days of George Best, Paul Gascoigne et al and now we are left with post match interviews as dull as dishwater and the now obligatory and extremely tiresome footballers affair gracing the red top’s front pages. Balotelli is a different breed altogether though – reports of indoor firework displays, dressing up as Santa Claus, playing with his iPad on the subs bench and throwing darts at a youth team player! However aside from all this Mario has what it takes to become one of football’s greats, but what makes him such an entertaining figure is that he doesn’t care about the social norms. He’s living life the way he wants to live it and for that I love him. Viva Mario!
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