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Top 100 Footballers of 2019

2019 was yet another eccentric year for football fans, alongside some incredible individual performances but there can only be one winner…

  1. LIONEL MESSI (CAM) (BARCELONA)messi copa del reyAfter a couple of years of being stuck in his nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo’s shadow and having to bear the pain of his rival winning Champions League titles year after year, Lionel Messi clearly had had enough and was determined as he always is to carry his team to the desired Champions League trophy. April had come and it seemed as Barcelona had already routinely wrapped up the La Liga title, but the biggest challenge of all season awaited when they were to meet red-hot Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals. 2 goals in a 3-0 win at the Camp Nou in the first leg had certainly kept the dream alive and Messi had done all he could, only until the impossible occurred a week later at Anfield…final score Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona, Messi’s Barcelona had suffered yet again in the Champions League and the pain would stick with him for the rest of the year. Despite all of this, Messi had finished Champions League top scorer, La Liga top scorer and top scorer across all European leagues so it was of course yet another extraordinary year for the skilful Argentinian and year of change where he had achieved more success than his rival Ronaldo as his 3 year Champions League streak had come to an end at the hands of a young Ajax side. Another season rolls on, another chance for Messi presents itself to captain his boyhood club to Champions League glory…                                                                                                                                                                    
  2. VIRGIL VAN DIJK (CB) (LIVERPOOL)vvdNever could one have imagined that a young ‘nonchalant’ centre back from Celtic would be lifting the Champions League in 5 years time and extraordinarily be contesting against one of the greatest footballers of all time for the ludicrous Ballon D’Or prize. Not many can claim to have as big of an impact on a team as Van Dijk has ultimately had on Liverpool as only Liverpool supporters will know how difficult life used to be with the club languishing in the Europa League spots not so long ago and conceding plenty of goals a season. Suarez was excellent. Torres was exceptional. Gerrard was world-class. Yet none of them were capable of leading Liverpool to major success in this last decade or so. The emergence of Van Dijk certainly has shaken up Liverpool’s defence and given them a lot more confidence at the back which there never used to be in Klopp’s early days with Lovren and Matip. Saying that, it seems as if both Lovren and Matip look improved players alongside Van Dijk which yet again underlines what a massive impact Van Dijk has had on Liverpool…                                                                                                                           
  3. SADIO MANE (LW) (LIVERPOOL)sadio mane ucl From winning the golden boot to single-handedly destructing Bayern Munich in their own backyard, it’s been quite a year for Sadio Mane who has undoubtedly developed into one of the best footballers in the world and now perhaps a class above the likes of Neymar and Hazard. Let alone the individual praise, Mane’s success this year has also helped Liverpool win the most coveted trophy of all, the Champions League as it made its return to Anfield after a long 14 year wait since that miraculous night in Istanbul in 2005. This year, Mane’s finishing and link-up play with Salah and Firmino has vastly improved and now as a result he is more clinical in front of goal than ever before…
  4. KYLIAN MBAPPE (ST) (PSG)mbappe ligue1A 21 year old striker with a World Cup title and 100 games under his belt for one of the best clubs in Europe? Impossible. Well that’s not if you’re Kylian Mbappe. Not even the greats Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry had as many goals as the young French speedster has at his age- a remarkable statistic which just shows that the future of football is set to be in safe hands when Messi and Ronaldo retire. Not only did Mbappe race to the Ligue 1 golden boot this season with an impressive 33 goals in 29 games, but he also spearheaded PSG’s attack strongly through the Champions League as they managed to prevail as group winners in the ‘group of death’ consisting of Liverpool and Napoli, only to fall short in the last 16 at the hands of Solskjaer’s resurgent Man Utd…                                                                                                                                        
  5. ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI (ST) (BAYERN)
  6. RAHEEM STERLING (LW) (MAN CITY)
  7. MOHAMED SALAH (RW) (LIVERPOOL)
  8. CRISTIANO RONALDO (ST) (JUVENTUS)
  9. ALISSON (GK) (LIVERPOOL)
  10. KARIM BENZEMA (ST) (REAL MADRID)
  11. PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (ST) (ARSENAL)
  12. KEVIN DE BRUYNE (CAM) (MAN CITY)
  13. HAKIM ZIYECH (CAM) (AJAX)
  14. EDEN HAZARD (LW) (REAL MADRID)
  15. MATTHIJS DE LIGT (CB) (JUVENTUS)
  16. TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD (RB) (LIVERPOOL)
  17. MARC-ANDRE TER STEGEN (GK) (BARCELONA)
  18. JADON SANCHO (RW) (DORTMUND)
  19. LUKA MODRIC (CM) (REAL MADRID)
  20. ANDREW ROBERTSON (LB) (LIVERPOOL)
  21. SERGIO AGUERO (ST) (MAN CITY)
  22. N’GOLO KANTE (CDM) (CHELSEA)
  23. JAMIE VARDY (ST) (LEICESTER)
  24. AYMERIC LAPORTE (CB) (MAN CITY)
  25. FRENKIE DE JONG (CM) (BARCELONA)
  26. BERNARDO SILVA (CAM) (MAN CITY)
  27. DUSAN TADIC (CAM) (AJAX)
  28. JAN OBLAK (GK) (ATLETICO MADRID)
  29. TIMO WERNER (ST) (RB LEIPZIG)
  30. ROBERTO FIRMINO (ST) (LIVERPOOL)
  31. SON HEUNG-MIN (LW) (TOTTENHAM)
  32. SERGIO RAMOS (CB) (REAL MADRID)
  33. FABINHO (CDM) (LIVERPOOL)
  34. SERGIO BUSQUETS (CDM) (BARCELONA)
  35. ANGEL DI MARIA (RW) (PSG)
  36. EDERSON (GK) (MAN CITY)
  37. MARCO REUS (CAM) (DORTMUND)
  38. GERARD PIQUE (BARCELONA)
  39. SERGE GNABRY (RW) (BAYERN)
  40. DRIES MERTENS (ST) (NAPOLI)
  41. DANI CARVAJAL (RB) (REAL MADRID)
  42. TONI KROOS (CM) (REAL MADRID)
  43. RIYAD MAHREZ (RW) (MAN CITY)
  44. SAMIR HANDANOVIC (GK) (INTER MILAN)
  45. GEORGINIO WIJNALDUM (CM) (LIVERPOOL)
  46. JOSHUA KIMMICH (RB) (BAYERN)
  47. KALIDOU KOUILIBALY (CB) (NAPOLI)
  48. LUIS SUAREZ (ST) (BARCELONA)
  49. NICOLAS PEPE (RW) (ARSENAL)
  50. JAMES MADDISON (CAM) (LEICESTER)
  51. GIORGIO CHIELLINI (CB) (JUVENTUS)
  52. HARRY KANE (ST) (TOTTENHAM)
  53. THIAGO SILVA (CB) (PSG)
  54. ERLING BRAUT HAALAND (ST) (RB SALZBURG)
  55. ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE (ST) (ARSENAL)
  56. MEMPHIS DEPAY (ST) (LYON)
  57. DONNY VAN DE BEEK (CM) (AJAX)
  58. DAVID SILVA (CAM) (MAN CITY)
  59. FERNANDINHO (CDM) (MAN CITY)
  60. CIRO IMMOBILE (ST) (LAZIO)
  61. NEYMAR (LW) (PSG)
  62. JORDAN HENDERSON (CDM) (LIVERPOOL)
  63. ARTHUR (CM) (BARCELONA)
  64. MIRALEM PJANIC (CM) (JUVENTUS)
  65. MARQUINHOS (CB) (PSG)
  66. CASEMIRO (CDM) (REAL MADRID)
  67. ROMELU LUKAKU (ST) (INTER MILAN)
  68. KYLE WALKER (RB) (MAN CITY)
  69. ANDRE ONANA (GK) (AJAX)
  70. AARON WAN-BISSAKA (RB) (MAN UTD)
  71. JORDI ALBA (LB) (BARCELONA)
  72. CARLOS VELA (ST) (LOS ANGELES)
  73. JOAO CANCELO (RB) (MAN CITY)
  74. LAUTARO MARTINEZ (ST) (INTER MILAN)
  75. BERND LENO (GK) (ARSENAL)
  76. RODRI (CDM) (MAN CITY)
  77. MARCUS RASHFORD (ST) (MAN UTD)
  78. ACHRAF HAKIMI (LB) (DORTMUND)
  79. JOAO FELIX (CAM) (ATLETICO MADRID)
  80. LEONARDO BONUCCI (CB) (JUVENTUS)
  81. MATEO KOVACIC (CM) (CHELSEA)
  82. KAI HAVERTZ (CAM) (BAYER LEVERKUSEN)
  83. EDINSON CAVANI (ST) (PSG)
  84. BRUNO FERNANDES (CAM) (SPORTING LISBON)
  85. JULIAN BRANDT (CAM) (DORTMUND)
  86. WOJCIECH SZCZESNY (GK) (JUVENTUS)
  87. ANTONIO RUDIGER (CB) (CHELSEA)
  88. ANTHONY MARTIAL (LW) (MAN UTD)
  89. RAPHAEL VARANE (CB) (REAL MADRID)
  90. FABIO QUAQRIELLA (ST) (SAMPDORIA)
  91. MAURO ICARDI (ST) (INTER)
  92. LUCAS DIGNE (LB) (EVERTON)
  93. PABLO SARABIA (CAM) (PSG)
  94. TAMMY ABRAHAM (ST) (CHELSEA)
  95. GIANLUIGI DONNARUMMA (GK) (AC MILAN)
  96. SANTI CAZORLA (CM) (VILLAREAL)
  97. YOURI TIELEMANS (CM) (LEICESTER)
  98. IDRISSA GUEYE (CDM) (PSG)
  99. BEN FOSTER (GK) (WATFORD)
  100. KRYSTOF PIATEK (ST) (AC MILAN)

 

 

 

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