The best soccer players in the world – who can rise to the top?

Let’s take a look at three of the best soccer players in the world that could take over from the likes of Messi and Ronaldo to  become the next ballon d’or winner.

The aging stars will move over in the next few years and someone will have to step up and be the leading face of football.

So here is where I will show who to look out for, who are the main contenders who have the main qualities attributes and style to make it and rise to the top of the Football world.

Firstly do they need to move to one of the Spanish giants either Real Madrid or Barcelona to have any chance of lifting the covered trophy.

It seems as though no one stands a chance unless you play for those two clubs.

Here is a profile look at the three players most likely

Player profile spotlight on:


Kylian Mbappe Lottin

Nationality: French
Club: Paris Saint Germain (PSG)
Position: Forward
Height: 5ft 10inch
Born on 20 December 1988

A French International from a young age Mbappé has turned himself into one of the rising stars of world football.

His fine technique, electric pace , and ability to dominate, control and influence games means he is a player who will be feared by any opponent

He started his playing career at Monaco in League 1 in France at the age of 15 in 2016.

In his second season he was the star helping his team win the league and he collected the best player and golden boot for goals scored.

His performances did not go unnoticed and he became the second most expensive football transfer ever, and the most expensive teenage transfer about €180 million was paid for his transfer fee.

The step up to playing with better players and the weight of the transfer fee seemed no problem for Kylian as  he was part of a treble winning team in his first year.

Grabbing the league, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue titles, the inaugural Kopa trophy award. He also received nominations for the best player and ballon d’ or, shows he is now getting recognised as a player to watch.

After playing for both the under 17 & under 19s for France he made his senior debut at the age of 18 in 2017.

He stared at the 2018 World Cup become the youngest ever scorer for France at. World Cup , he finished second highest scorer in the tournament and became the youngest ever scorer , after the legendary Pele  in the actual final which helped France to be the eventual winners and lift the trophy.

This earned him best player at the tournament and French player of the year awards .

He has the football world at his feet and big things are expected of him.

In my opinion to win the greatest prize he needs to move and play in a more competitive league but time is on his side if he does decide to move and do this.

It would be a shock in my eyes if he never wins the biggest individual prize in football in the coming years.


Player profile spotlight on:

Raheem stirling


Raheem Shaquille Stirling 
Place of birth: Kingston, Jamaica
Club: Manchester City
Position: Forward
Height: 5 ft 7 in
Born on 8 December 1994

With a low centre of gravity and the fast running pace of a hundred metre sprinter Raheem’s game is constantly moving on to a higher levels. Often coming up with vital assists and big goals, his contribution in games can not be ignored.

He was born in Jamaica and at the age of 5 moved to the United Kingdom.

He started his playing career for Queens Park Rangers then attracted the attention of Liverpool and signed for them in  2010. Five years later and after long running disputes about contracts, and surrounded by contraversey he moved to Manchester City in 2015 for a record fee for an English player £49 million.

He has represented England at different youth levels from under 17’s, under 18’s, under 19’s, and under 21’s. His full international senior debut arrived in 2012. Since then he has been to two FIFA World Cups in 2014 and again in 2018. & the UEFA Euro’s in 2016. His performances in the 2018 World Cup helped England to reach the semi-finals. A feat they had not achieved for many years previously. He is the first name on any England squad sheet these days.

Under the guidance of arguably the best manager in the world, Pep Guardiola at Man City, he has become a vital player for Manchester City helping them to win league titles and major cup competitions
If he consistently scores 20 plus goals a season, finds a way to win the champions league or a major trophy with England then he will surely be talked about as one of the greats of the game.

In my opinion i think he should stay where he is. No need to move to one of the Spanish giants, as he is being guided by the perfect manager for his style of play and is emerging as a leader for both club and Country.

The top honours are not too far away if he continues his form and the nine out of ten peformance he is delivering week in week out these days.

Player profile spotlight on:

Mohamed Salah


Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly
Place of birth: Nagrig, Basyoun, Egypt
Club: Liverpool
Position: Forward
Height: 5 ft 9 in
Born on the 15 June 1992

His constant scoring of goals and high levels of assists while playing for Liverpool has elevated him into the top bracket of world footballers.

He has Lightning quick pace and superb technical ability on the ball and his constant running at defenders and putting the under pressure is proving why he is a level above most playing the game today.

A sharp mind with the ability of being one step ahead of the rest means he is always dangerous during games.

His playing career was started in his native country of Egypt. Then in 2010 he moved to Switzerland to play for Basel. His performance set him apart in his first season bringing him the League title and the golden player award.

The scouts were watching and Chelsea from the English Premier League decided to sign him in 2014 for a fee of £11M. Unfortunately this move did not work out for Salah due to a limited number of appearances. This meant a loan move happened for him to Italy with Fiorentina and Roma, who eventually signed him permanantly for 15 million euros.

He was back to his best in Italy with consistanly high quality performances. This again had the scouts watching him and in 2017 he returned back to the English premier League, this time with Liverpool for a club record fee at the time of £36.9 million.

This  move has proved to be the making of him as he has become the focal point of the team. He broke the Premier League scoring record for a 38 game season with a stunning 32 goals in 36 games. He received the golden boot from the Premier League and awards just kept rolling in.  PFA Players Player of the Year, the Football Writers Player of the Year, PFA fans Player of the Year. This wonder season has elevated him into one of the names being most talked about within football circles.

He has played for Egypt since youth levels and has a bronze medal at the Africa under 20 cup of nations. in 2011 he made his debut for the senior side.

He has single handledly lifted the profile of the Egypt nation side and then qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. For his outstanding performances in 2018 he was named CAF African footballer of the year and BBC African Footballer of the year.

In 2019 he has again scored over 20 goal for the season for Liverpool and has been named in Times Magazine top 1000 most influential people on the planet with him making the cover photo.

More consistant performances, and if he keeps up his unbelievable scoring rate of goal per game then over a few years and he will surely be lifting the ballon d’ or trophy.  He is proving to be a serial trophy winner.

In my opinion he sohould stay where he is with a manager in Jurgen Klopp who is getting the best out of him and a club that loves his style of play.

If he can lift Liverpool to any major trophy then  he would have moved himself right into the one of  the games best players in the Word of football today.

Winning the trophy next is?

Which one of these three amazing players will be footballs next main man?

That is the million dollar question.

All I know is while the legends that are Messi and Ronaldo will keep being mentioned for the top honour as long as they are playing but soon they will move on and then let’s see who steps up and claims the title as the world best Football player

I would love your comments on this topic so please feel free to leave them below.



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6 thoughts on “The best soccer players in the world – who can rise to the top?

  1. Well I’m a die hard Liverpool fan, my great grandad even played for them, so it’s nice to see the Egyptian King up there…but Sterling????

    No way! 

    Miles off the cream of the crop, and even missed out only last night on the player of the year award (to Van Dyke!). Sterling out – Mane in (yep I’m biased).

    1. Hi Chris it could have been quite easy to have put 3 or 4 Liverpool players as candidates to be the next best.

      Virgil can Dijk or marne could well sneak a head of the three I mentioned but I was looking at the players who are picking up the most individual awards and who gets the most media attention

      Good man for being a die hard Liverpool fan. 

      Thanks for the message. 

  2. Hi Matthew, I must say that this article is very interesting and informative. I truly think that Lottin has the potential to be a world winning star. I am a big fan of Ronaldo and it is true that he is a legenday football player but it should not stop others to succeed just like he succeeded.

    1. Hi Daniel if Mbappé moves to a more competitive league then he will probably get close. 

      salah has earned himself the cover of time magazine and a spot in the top 100 most influential people on the planet so he starting to lift himself more into the public’s eyes. 

      This could give him the edge in the near future. 

      Let’s wait and see what happens. 

      Thank you for the comment.

      Take care. 

  3. It’s anyone’s guess really who will be the main men after the legends that are Messi and Ronaldo retire. You’ve certainly mentioned a few really great players, but it could take a few years for some more true legends to show their faces and work their way to the top to legendary status. There always seems to be a little lull after legends retire before the next brilliant players start to shine!

    1. Hi Josie. I agree with you this is not going to happen overnight. Another 3 to 4 years of constant play from all of these players and then who knows? 

      Which new superstar will become the main face of football?

      It will be interesting to watch and se what happens. 

      It will take someone very special to step up to that level.

      Good luck to you. 

      Thank you for taking the time to message me. 

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