There are thousands of professional soccer players around the world. But only a few of them get to reach that top level – the level that brings worldwide fame and a place in the history books. Here are the six best soccer players in the world right now.
Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich
In 1997 Robert Lewandowski was born in Poland. He started playing soccer when he was 8 years old and got his first professional contract when he was 17. He wasn’t tipped to be a great player but has proven all of his doubters wrong. He’s now one of Bayern Munich’s top goal-scorers and a legend in his native Poland.
Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi is a name that everyone knows. He was born in Rosario, Argentina, and started playing soccer at the age of 4. When he turned 13 he moved to FC Barcelona‘s youth academy, where his talent became apparent to everyone around him. His first game for FC Barcelona was when he was just 17 years old, and he hasn’t stopped scoring since. He is widely thought of as the best player of all time.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus
Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese soccer player who has won over 14 prestigious awards. He started his career at Sporting Lisbon, and when he was 18 moved to Manchester United for $12 million dollars. At Manchester United, he became one of the best players in the world. In 2009, he left Manchester United to play for Real Madrid, where he scored 400 goals in 438 games. Then, in 2018, Cristiano Ronaldo transferred to Juventus from Real Madrid for 105 million euros – this makes him the most expensive soccer transfer ever. If you’re betting on the Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo to score might be a pretty safe call.
Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City
Kevin De Bruyne is a Belgian soccer player who plays for Manchester City. He grew up in Drongen, Belgium with his two brothers and made his debut in the first team of Genk when he was only 18. Manchester City bought Kevin De Bruyne for $76 million dollars after one season at Chelsea, at the time making him the most expensive transfer ever by an English club.
Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund
Erling Haaland is a Norwegian-born soccer player, currently playing for Borussia Dortmund. He started his professional career when he played with Rosenburg and Solvesborg. He is widely tipped to be the next big thing in soccer.
Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint Germain
Kylian Mbappe is a French soccer player who plays for Paris Saint Germain. He started his professional career when he played with several teams in France, reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Youth League three times in a row. Kylian Mbappe was lent to AS Monaco and became a full-time player there. His goal-scoring ability got his attention from all around the world. In 2017 at the age of 19, he signed a contract worth $145 million dollars with Paris Saint Germain, making him one of the most expensive soccer transfers ever.