Soccer Rankings: Top 6 Best Soccer Players in the World By Continent
Soccer is the most popular sport in the world today.
Players from all over the world in different leagues and confederations are all fighting for the top spot in their native land. South America and Europe have won every FIFA World Cup, and they have the best players in the world today.
Here we take a look at the best soccer player in each continent. Sorry, Antarctica didn't make our list.
There's so much talent to choose from in South America. The continent is home to some of the best soccer players in the world such as Neymar, Claudio Bravo, Thiago Silva and so many others. But Lionel Messi is the No.1 South American soccer player today. Messi is arguably the best La Liga player, and he led Argentina to a World Cup Final appearance in 2014. When it's all said and done, Messi will be one of the all-time greats.
Just like South America, Europe also has plenty of all-time great talent to choose from. Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is widely regarded as the best player in the world today. The Portuguese star is the best finisher in La Liga, and he has one of the highest goal scoring rates in the world. Ronaldo is still just 30 years old, and he has a lot of good soccer remaining. A case could also be made for Germany's own Thomas Muller as well.
Africa has never really made a huge presence at the World Cup, but the large continent is still loaded with soccer talent. Yaya Touré recently led Ivory Coast to a championship victory at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations over Ghana. Touré currently plays for Manchester City of the English Premier League, has successfully been awarded the "African Footballer of the Year" honor the last four consecutive years.
Tim Cahill is the all-time scorer in Australian country and continental level. He has scored five combined goals at the last three consecutive World Cups. Cahill doesn't have the passing or striking abilities of a Messi or Ronaldo, but he does have one of the best headers in the game today. In 2015, he led Australia to their first ever AFC Asian Cup Victory. His best moment came in the quarterfinals when he scored both goals against China in a 2-0 victory.
This is probably the toughest one of all. Landon Donovan recently retired, Jozy Altidore has much to prove, and Clint Dempsey is battling injuries. Just south of the United States, Mexico is home to the best North American player, Javier Hernandez. Hernandez is just 26 years old, and he has already scored in each of the last two World Cups. What makes Hernandez so dangerous is his speed and ability to get open. Currently on loan for Real Madrid, "Chicharito" will indisputably be the leader of Mexican soccer for quite some time.
Keisuke Honda is easily one of the most underrated soccer players in the world today. He doesn't get as much recognition as he should, but not many high-quality Asian players do. Honda has the most World Cup goals in Japanese history, and he led Japan to an AFC Asian Cup championship in 2011. Honda has been a member of AC Milan since 2013.
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