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Best Football Player in World at Present 2022 - Get Top 10 List

Who is the Number #1 Footballer in the World 2022? 

That is one question that has kept fans across the world divided. With two of the greatest of this generation, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, approaching the twilight years of their careers, new stars are emerging and occupying the imaginations of the fans.


24 Nov 2022, Cristiano Ronaldo is now the only men's football player to score in 5 different Football World Cup editions (2006, 2010, 2014, 2014 and 2022). He overtook Brazil's Pele and Germany's Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler, who scored in 4 different World Cups. Ronaldo scored the opening goal against Ghana in the 2022 Football World Cup match which Portugal eventually won by 3-2.

The football transfer window, which is also in full swing right now, is one of the best places where you can get an idea about emerging talents and future stars. Clubs are not shy of spending millions on securing players that they think are capable of winning them silverware either in the long run or almost immediately. Fans following the transfer window closely will definitely get an idea of who the best football player in the world can be over the next few years or so.


It would also give them an idea about what to expect when they tune in to watch the 2022 Football World Cup in Qatar in four months’ time. It it going to be a treat for football fans and fantasy football players alike.  


Best Football Players to Watch out for 2022 Football World Cup

Here we are going to assess the top 10 famous football players every one of whom can be regarded as the best footballer in the world at this point in time by fans.


Player Name


Total Goals

1Lionel MessiPSG & Argentina798
2Robert LewandowskiBarcelona & Poland634
3Kylian MbappePSG & France260
4Cristiano RonaldoPortugal819
5Kevin de BruyneManchester City & Belgium161
6Mohamed SalahLiverpool & Egypt296
7Karim BenzemaReal Madrid & France447
8Harry KaneTottenham & England328
9Erling HaalandManchester City & Norway199
10Neymar PSG & Brazil432

#1. Lionel Messi (PSG & Argentina) (Total Football Goals: 798)

The Argentine great turned 35 this June but even at his age, the veteran hasn’t lost his ability to weave magic on the pitch. In his first season away from his childhood club Barcelona, Messi finished with 11 goals and 15 assists in 34 appearances overall. 


The Argentine star was used down the flanks by his manager Mauricio Pochettino as he wanted to use Messi’s skills with the ball on his feet. Messi didn’t disappoint, with the 15 goals he set up standing witness to that. He remains one of the best football player in the world based on his achievements and his popularity with the football fans.

#2. Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona & Poland) (Total Football Goals: 634)

One of the greatest-ever players to wear the Polish shirt is the new Barcelona man Robert Lewandowski. Lewandowski ended his eight-year-old association with German giants Bayern Munich earlier this month, moving to Spain to join Barcelona but is expected to maintain the continuity of his form this year. 


Lewandowski’s career in the Bundesliga is decorated with 312 well-crafted goals. Standing 6 feet one inch, Lewandowski gives his teammates an aerial presence inside the opposition box and is good at using both his feet.


#3. Kylian Mbappe (PSG & France) (Total Football Goals: 260)

Mbappe is officially one of the fastest footballers in the world, with an ability to clock a sprint speed of 38km/hour. Paris Saint-Germain’s hard-drawn efforts to keep hold of him this summer is testament to what he brings to the team consisting of the likes of Neymar and Messi. 


PSG trusts Mbappe to run with the ball from the midfield and find the back of the net on a regular basis. The Frenchman finished the season with 39 goals from 46 appearances for his club last season and will be one to count on when France start their World Cup defense in November.

#4. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United & Portugal) (Total Football Goals: 819)

Amidst doubts over his future at his club, Manchester United, Ronaldo remains one of the fans’ darlings. There is almost no silverware that Ronaldo has failed to win over the course of his illustrious career. Having started his career as a winger, the 37-year-old shifted up the pitch and is currently employed as the lone striker both by his club as well as his national team Portugal. 


His country depends a lot on his ability to take their team home from precarious situations. Ronaldo finished last season with 24 goals for Manchester United and was one of the Premier League’s top goal scorers.

#5. Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City & Belgium) (Total Football Goals: 161)

The Manchester City and Belgium playmaker is regarded as one of the best midfielders of the generation. A lot of credit for his development has to go to his current club manager Pep Guardiola, who has nurtured his creative abilities. That in turn has benefitted his country. 


Strikers feel privileged to have him as a supplier to their goals. De Bruyne is just 9 games shy of a three-figure appearance for his country and has scored 24 goals for Die Roten Teufel.

#6. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool & Egypt) (Total Football Goals: 296)

Egyptian international Salah is yet another player that has benefitted from having a good club manager in charge of his development. Salah has been pivotal to Liverpool’s success in recent years, though his contributions to Egypt have failed to bear any fruit so far. 


Starting out as a winger, it was under Jurgen Klopp that he was first used as a part of a three-man attack. Salah has so far scored 156 goals in the Liverpool shirt along with 63 more goals he has set up for his teammates.

#7. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid & France) (Total Football Goals: 447)

Karim Benzama won the Ballon d'Or Award (his first) for 2022, beating the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Mohammad Salah and Robert Lewandowski in the race. One of the main architects of Real Madrid’s winning their 14th Champions League trophy was French striker Karim Benzema. Following the departure of Ronaldo, a void had been created in the Real Madrid attack which the veteran striker has now successfully filled. 


Los Blancos do not simply count on his aerial presence inside the box but also on his ball control and long-range shooting. After a six-year absence from the international scene, Benzema has returned to the scene for his country France and is reinventing his forgotten magic.

#8. Harry Kane (Tottenham & England) (Total Football Goals: 328)

England’s premier striker is yet another name without mentioning whom this list cannot be complete. His almost-perfect chemistry with an Asian Son Heung-min has been largely beneficial for his club Tottenham. They complement each other so well and it often happens that one sets the other up in front of the goal. 


Like many others on this list, Kane also comes with an aerial presence and is almost lethal inside the box. Even for England, Kane’s presence with the captain’s armband assures not just his teammates but also the fans.

#9. Erling Haaland (Manchester City & Norway) (Total Football Goals: 199)

Norway is still a relatively unknown name in the world of international football. But one player from the country that is taking the world by storm is their 6 feet 5-inch striker Erling Haaland. It is really important for a striker to be a physical presence inside the box. Haaland provides his team with that. 


The way Manchester City is planning to play next season, with a lot of importance being given to Haaland can prove to be a crucial signing.

#10. Neymar (PSG & Brazil) (Total Football Goals: 432)

Last but not least is the Brazilian who has seen a lot of his talents being wasted due to multiple injury issues he has had to face over the course of his career. In spite of that, Neymar has remained one of the most popular names in the world of football. His country depends greatly on his abilities with the ball. 


(24 Nov 2022) Neymar picked up an injury to his right ankle and was in tears after Brazil 2-0 win over Serbia in the 2022 Football World Cup on Thursday. Whether he will play again at this year's tournament, hNeymar has to wait for 24 to 48 hours to find out.


He is not just a goal scorer but creates them as well. His dribbling skills are something that many players would be proud of. Though his current situation at his club PSG is vulnerable at the moment, there can be no doubting his abilities.

Best Footballer in the World

Football is becoming more competitive every single day and there is no guarantee that one player being considered the best football player in the world at the moment will be so even in a month’s time. However, that is also improving the overall quality of the game as it is helping in bringing the best out of the players. So in your opinion, who is the best football player in the world?


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