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Top 10 Best Football Players 2020

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Who are the best football players in the world?

I bet you will be asking this question as the football community was put to as a standstill amidst the CORONAVIRUS pandemic ravaging the world over.  The weekend cheers of the English premier league (EPL), the Spanish league (La Liga), the Italian league(serial A) have suddenly gone quiet as well as the midweek nights roar and intrigues of the  Europa League, and the champion league all on hold.

The best soccer players of 2020 were still trying to put their FOOT on the gas (BALL) when the wold lockdown hit. With some players infected by the COVID19 virus, the world football governing body FIFA had to advise the different football league to suspend the league, though some matches were played behind-closed-doors without fans.

What is the joy of football without its FANS?

So, it will be ideal for every football lovers to know who the best football players for the 2019/2020 season are. As the season was far from over some leagues and others already knew who the winners will eventually be.

Hence, if you are reading this article it means that you want the same answer as me like the rest of us.


Disclaimer: This article is not a universal ranking of players but we looked at some criteria for which the best footballers have been judged for decades. So, before we delve in proper what are the focal point for choosing a top football player?

5 Ways to Decide Who Is the Best Football Player in the World

The football season 2020 marks the beginning of a new decade for football lovers, and for the world of sports, the 2010s were nothing short of inspiring games and intense competition between the greatest football players for the title of best (Ballon d’Or).

Hence, some of the points are of course obvious so you will truly appreciate the list we have below:

  1. GOALS:

The number of goals scored by these top players for their teams over the year is one of the most obvious things to look at. While it’s not the only skill a soccer player needs, it’s one of the most important, of course. For example, Messi scores on average every 100 minutes and 18 seconds, while Ronaldo scores every 114 minutes and 28 seconds. This does not necessarily mean that he is the best football player. When it comes to scoring goals, things like penalties and assists must also be considered too.


Another important point to consider when rating these top football players will be accuracy. Though there are different accuracy points to score like pass accuracy and shooting accuracy. For example between Ronaldo and Messi With the accuracy of the fit both players rating about the same, the shooting accuracy of Ronaldo slightly higher than that of Messi


How a player behaves when they are on the pitch is arguably almost as important as how they perform. If players are repeatedly getting red and yellow cards, then they are not going to be much good to the rest of their team. In the playing history of both Ronaldo and Messi, Ronaldo has received 9 red cards, where Messi has only got one, and Ronaldo has 97 yellow cards with Messi getting 48.


Interestingly, the fans base of players also contributes to the players’ ranking. Football players have fans around the world, and the demographics of these fans can affect a team’s overall popularity. 87% of people around the world know who Messi is, which shows that he is extremely global, but 92% of people around the world know who Ronaldo is, which shows that Ronaldo is somewhat more famous. A few months ago Ronaldo’s Instagram followers count reached 239 million followers, the highest in the world for an individual.

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Arguably, the top footballers’ salary is seriously a ranking factor, no wonder, Ronaldo was no longer happy at Santiago Bernabeu, his home for almost 10years when he realized his fellow compatriots were earning far higher than he was. Well, that’s at least what the rumors said.

Football players earn a lot of money and their wages can tell a lot about their success as a player. In general, the more they earn, the more desirable they are. Messi currently has £ 800,000 a week on his Barcelona team and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Salary 2020 is reportedly said he earns roughly $663,000 per week with Juventus or roughly $35 million per year.

The fact still remains that, there are so many things to consider when it comes to deciding who the best football player 2020 is.

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Therefore, here are FUTBALLNEWS.COM Top 10 best football players in 2020.

Top 10 Best Football Players 2020

While we assume Ronaldo-Messi rivalry will end this decade, let’s imagine a decade of fierce competition that is encouraged by the astonishing display of youthful skills and strength. And not without the rise of names, without our knowledge, but will certainly become the subject of applause from the fans.

Our full list of the 10 best male soccer players in the world seen in 2020 was largely based on player performance along.

  1. Sadio Mane, Liverpool

Number 10 on our list will be, The newly crowned African footballer of the year 2019 SADIO MANE. He had an impressive 2018/19 season where he lifted with his teammate at Liverpool the height of the European club football trophy, THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE.

The year 2019/20 has also started remarkably for the Senegalese who recently won the FIFA Club World Cup award.

On June 7, 2020, Sadio Mane beat Riyad Mahrez from Manchester City and his teammate Mohamed Salah to become the best football player in Africa. Under the attentive management and supervision of Jürgen Klopp, Mané will definitely experience a spectacular season. Mané is 10 on our list of the Top 10 football players 2020.

  1. Matthijs de Ligt, Juventus

NO.9on our list is the Dutch wonder boy Matthijs De Ligt, who joined Serie A side Juventus in summer 2019. He is a fan favorite. After an impressive exit from the UEFA Nations League final, Cristiano Ronaldo tried to convince the former Ajax skipper to switch to Juventus after witnessing his first-hand defensive performances, De Ligt was an impressive addition to the Italian club’s defensive ranks.

The 2019 Kopa Trophy winner had a fiery race and achieved accomplishments that the defenders shouldn’t. De Ligt is definitely looking to win Serie A in his first season in the league.

  1. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

If he didn’t make this list I wonder who else would have. Mohamed Salah has been in a tough race since arriving in Liverpool. He led Liverpool to the Champions League final in the 2017/18 season, but a shoulder injury in the first half meant he saw his team lose on the side-lines.

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However, he returned in shape to lead the men in red to another Champions League final they had won in the 2018/19 season.

He was also the central figure of the Liverpool team this season when they were aiming for a continental double that they were just missing.

His 2019/20 season started impressively when he won the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. Salah, one of the best footballers in the world, finished second in the “African Player of the Year” category at the last CAF Awards. He wants to win his first EPL title this season.

  1. Frenkie de Jong, Barcelona

The young Dutchman, who recently moved to La liga in Barcelona, had an impressive 2018/19 season with Ajax and led Eredivisie to the UEFA Champions League semi-final in 22 years for the first time.

Their hopes for a continental double were dashed after a semi-final loss to the English team Tottenham Hotspurs. Frenkie De Jong is certainly ready to win his first La Liga title.

  1. Antoine Griezmann, Barcelona

This French player made no. 6 on our list. Antoine Griezmann moved to the La Liga Giants in Barcelona in summer 2019, made an impressive appearance with his team this season.

Griezmann, whose excellence combined with the skills of Barcelona duo Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi is surely the defender’s nightmare this season, has a UEFA Champions League title and a Laliga title in mind.

The fans are still waiting for a wonderful trip for Griezmann in Barcelona.

  1. Eden Hazard, Real Madrid

The Belgian footballer, who recently turned 29, had a wonderful trip with the EPL team, Chelsea, in the 2018/19 season. He led the team to the glory of the Europa League before making headlines in the summer of 2019 after moving to the Spanish club Real Madrid for around 100 million euros.

Eden Hazard, a wonderful addition to the Zinedine Zidane team, is aiming to win the Champions League and the Laliga with Real Madrid this season.

Hazard took 5th place this year for our best soccer player in the world

  1. Neymar Jr, Paris Saint-Germain

In 2019, Neymar Jr., who is above all one of the best footballers, made the headlines, but not for positive reasons. He was charged with rape, a case that has now been closed on the basis of insignificant evidence.

He was also involved in a confrontation with a fan, which resulted in him being removed from the post of captain of the Brazilian team.

There was speculation that the Brazilian player should leave PSG, a decision that was never made. This season Neymar will surely be in top form when he fights for his first championship title with the French PSG club. Therefore, he made our list of top 10 football players in 2020 to watch out for.

  1. Kylian Mbappé, Paris Saint-Germain

Kylian Mbappé had shown the world since his youth that he had the skills of an adult. During the 2018 World Cup, the young man, who was a teenager at the time, played a crucial role in the team’s victory.

Mbappé, considered by several fans as one of the players who will dominate the football scene after the rivalry of Ronaldo and Messi, is sure to strive for his first win in the UEFA Champions League this season. So he is one of the top football players to look out for in 2020.

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus

It was difficult giving him the no.2 position owing to the fact that, he has tasted this game of football from three different leagues and still proves to be an exceptional year in year out. His zest for success in second to known both on and off the pitch.

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He set the bar so high that sometimes I wonder if anyone can beat his kind of dedication.

The Five-time Ballon d’Or winner is not done with the world just yet. Cristiano Ronaldo will try to improve the field with rival Lionel Messi by winning another Ballon d’Or award this season.

So, he definitely a player to watch for in this football season 2020.  Ronaldo, who has only spent one season in Serie A, hopes to win as many titles as possible.

The season has already started impressively, as the football star who has scored many hat-trick in Serie A, has become the only player who also has scored a hat-trick in the English, Spanish and Italian leagues then the World Cup.

  1. Lionel Messi, Barcelona

The football god AKA Lionel Messi deserves the No. 1 spot. The world’s best player Lionel Messi is the only player in history to have won six Ballon d’Or awards.

This season Messi, who has been with La Liga giant Barcelona throughout his professional career, wants to win another championship title and a Champions League with Barcelona.

For the Argentine player, there is also a triple continent on the table. Messi will also try to score as many goals as possible this season and enrich his Ballon d’Or collections.

We also expect Lionel Messi to take first place in the world’s best footballers ranking this year. As he still has what it takes to be the top best football player in 2020.


There are two other players who narrowly missed this list but are sensational to watch on the field of play. No other than:

Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur and Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool

Both players have seen tremendous success over the last two seasons. The English footballer and Spurs striker Harry Kane who just missed the chance to win the best The European club football tournament, the UEFA Champions League 2019, made an impressive start to the 2019/20 season. The 2018 Golden boot World Cup winner will keep an eye on the EPL and Champions League wins.

On the other hand, Virgil van Dijk, who is presented as the best defender in the world in 2019 when he defeated Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to become the male UEFA player of the year, was seen as the main competitor at Ball Or 2019 where he emerged as a finalist.

His contribution to the Liverpool EPL team was remarkable when he led the team to win the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League.

In 2019/20, eyes will be on Van Dijk, who leads Liverpool’s lines of defense to the EPL’s fame.


There you have the top 10 best football players 2020 from your favorite sports news portal FUTBALLNEWS.COM. Hope we spoke your mind. If you disagree with this list you are free to give us your list of top football players 2020 in the comment section.

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  • muhire allan 3 years ago

    Cr7 should have been no. 1 simply because he has tasted the top European leagues and showed exceptional performance unlike. mess who whom we don’t know that he can shine if he joins other top leaugues .

  • Arman 2 years ago

    Yeah Ronaldo is the best by far
    He’s more kind + He’s had different experience with different clubs and is has won 5
    Ballon dor’s (even tough Messi’s got 6 Ronaldo is better than Messi)

  • Faizan Hamid 2 years ago

    Ronaldo IsThe Best Player Ronaldo Ranking Number 1

  • Pieter 2 years ago

    Of you put Hazard in this list & forget de Bruyne you didn’t saw many games this season

  • joachim takawira 2 years ago

    Ha its a lie what more about Robert Lewandowski guys

  • John 2 years ago

    that is fuc.. ing bullshit where is lewandoski

  • Awny Abdelsalam Elhadad 2 years ago

    Huh this is all wrong!!! Where is Roberto lewandasky and Kevin de bruyne and you put greizman and hazard!!!

  • R 2 years ago

    KDB and Lewandowski are better than 3/4 of that list combined. Whoever put this list together needs sacked. Moron.

  • Matamare 2 years ago

    Who wrote this article, the missed some good players on hit best footballer list.

  • Junior 2 years ago

    Rinaldo na ba ba

  • Timex 2 years ago

    All of you are fool the player is hazard

  • Lewy 2 years ago

    whaat? get outtaaa here with this list from 5 yrs back

  • Adeyemi 2 years ago

    Messi is on the list but then did he do much that year though? People just like to push Messi in all top list if he belongs there or not.

    Ronaldo is the better player and will and should be on the list of the top 10 best football players in 2020. Ronaldo carried Manchester United by himself.

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