Football and Its Players

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Football and Its Players Photo by Ram Kausik

Football and its American counterpart Soccer is the most popular sports in the world. It has beaten out the likes of cricket and basket ball to get to the particular fan favorite position. According to a survey, football videos (goals and bloopers) are more popular and widely circulated than videos involving any other sport. If football is the forerunner of the games, then by comparison, football players are the most prominent of all athletes. This is not just in theory; in fact it is common knowledge that football players rule the roost. They are more sought after; they are more famous; they are definitely richer in terms of wealth; and they definitely have the most gorgeous partners (I am referring to the wives and girlfriends of football players).

Since there is no such thing as bad publicity, below are lists of football players who have made it to the football news in various categories.

The top ten football players in the world in descending order, there are no Indian football players in the list:

• Lionel Messi: He plays forward for the La Liga club FC Barcelona.

• Cristiano Ronaldo: Messi’s arch rival and forward for La Liga club Real Madrid.

• Xavier "Xavi" Hernández i Creus: He is a central midfielder for FC Barcelona.

• Kaka or Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite: He currently plays attacking midfielder for Real Madrid.

• Andrés Iniesta: He is the central midfielder and a winger for FC Barcelona.

• Zlatan Ibrahimović: He is the striker for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain.

• Radamel Falcao: This Colombian football player is currently playing as the striker for Atletico Madrid.

• Robin van Persie:  He is a Dutch footballer who is the striker for Premier Legue club Machester United.

• Andrea Pirlo: He is a Italian player who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Juventus.

• Yaya Touré: He is the midfielder and Vice Captain for Premier League club Manchester City.

• Edinson Cavani: This Uruguayan footballer plays forward for FC Napoli.

With great talent comes a great price tag. Below are a list of players who are considered as the highest paid football players in the world.

• Samuel Eto’o of Anzhi Makhachkala- €20 million

• Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris Saint Germain – €14.5 million

• Wayne Rooney of Manchester United – €13.8 million

• Yaya Toure of Manchester City – €13 million

• Sergio Aguero of Manchester City – €12.5 million

• Didier Drogba of Shanghai Shenhua – €12 million

• Fernando Torres of Chelsea – €10.8 million

• Dario Conca of Guangzhou Evergrande – €10.6 million

• Lionel Messi of Barcelona – €10.5 million

• Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid – €10 million

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