Association football, better known soccer, is a team sport which requires two teams of eleven players whose objective is to score by moving the ball the to the opposing team's goal without using their hands. Played by over 200 million people from over 200 countries, it is the world's most popular sport.
With that, the people who play the game professionally are some of the richest athletes in the world, often signing contracts worth millions of dollars to some of the world's best teams as well as playing for their country.
People come from all over the world and for football players, it is no different. Although there are higher concentrations of footballers coming from certain parts of the world like Spain, France, Brazil, Germany and England, there are also some who come from areas like the Ivory Coast, Sweden, the Netherlands, Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium.
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Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé, is a retired Brazilian professional football player who was widely regarded as the greatest football player of all time. In his career, he his scored over 1280 goals in 1363 games and led his country to win the World Cup multiple times.
Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional football player known for playing forward for teams like LA Galaxy and Manchester United, and was also the captain of the Swedish national team from 2010 until his retirement in 2016.
Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional football player who has won the Ballon d’Or award 5 times and is often called one of the best players of this time. Apart from playing for his national team, he plays for the Spanish club Barcelona, where he has won 30 trophies with them.
Cesc Fàbregas is a Spanish professional footballer who currently plays for both the Spanish national team and Chelsea FC in the British Premier League. He has also played for teams like Arsenal, FC Barcelona and Manchester United.
James Rodriguez is a Colombian professional footballer who currently plays for Bayern Munich as well as being the captain of the Colombian national team. In 2014, he won the Golden Boot at the FIFA World Cup.
Sergio Ramos is a Spanish professional footballer who is currently the captain of the Spanish national team as well as Real Madrid football team. He is often called one of the best defenders in the world and was named to the FIFPro World XI eight times.
Daniel Alvez is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for both the Brazilian national team and Paris Saint-Germain football club. He is the third most expensive defender of all time, joining Barcelona for US $40 million.
Diego Maradona is a retired Argentine professional footballer who has been listed as one of the greatest players of all time. He became the coach of the Argentine national team in 2008, leading them to the 2010 World Cup.
Steven Gerrard is a retired English professional football player and professional football coach. He played central midfielder, where he was both the captain of the Liverpool football team as well as the England national team.
Luis Suárez is a Uruguayan professional football player who currently plays as striker for both the Uruguayan national team and the Spanish club, Barcelona. He is one of the league’s top scorers and was named Dutch footballer of the year in 2010.
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, better known as Ronaldinho, is a former Brazilian footballer who has played for teams like Barcelona, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Grêmio and Flamengo as well as winning several awards including FIFA World Player of the Year and the Ballon d’Or.
Antoine Griezmann is a French professional footballer who currently plays for the French national team and the Spanish club Atlético Madrid. He was one of the top scorers and the Player of the Tournament at the 2016 UEFA European Championship.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer who currently plays for the Portuguese national team as well as the Spanish club, Real Madrid. He has won over 25 trophies in his career, as well as four European Golden Shoes and five Ballon d’Or.
Gerard Pique is a Spanish professional footballer who currently plays for the Spanish national team, as well as FC Barcelona. He, along with his team, has won the UEFA Champions League title two years in a row.
Wayne Rooney is an English profession footballer who currently plays for Everton and the England national football team. He has won every honor available in English football and is one of two players to win the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup and FIFA World Cup.
George Best was an Irish professional footballer who played for Manchester United and the Irish National team. After winning the 1968 European Cup, he was named Footballer of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year.
Zinedine Zidane is a retired French professional footballer and current manager of Real Madrid. He has been named as one of the country’s best players but is most known for headbutting Marco Materazzi in the chest.
Frank Rijkaard is a former Dutch footballer and manager who played as midfielder and defender for the Netherlands national team as well as A.C. Milan and AFC Ajax. He has often been called one of the most stylish players of all time.
Arjen Robben is a Dutch professional footballer who currently plays for Bayern Munich. He has made multiple appearances at the World Cup and was named to the FIFPro World XI.
Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. is a Brazilian professional footballer who currently plays forward for the Brazilian national team and Paris Saint-Germain. He was named as the South American Footballer of the Year and he is currently the world’s most expensive player.
Paul Pogba is a French football player who currently plays for Manchester United as well as the French national team. In 2016, he was listed as one of Europe’s most promising players and was transferred back to the club for $130 million, which at the time was a world record.
Frank Lampard is a former English professional footballer who is the all-time leading goal scorer for Chelsea FC, a club that he played 13 years for. He is often called one of the greatest midfielders of his generation and the club.
Sergio Agüero is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for the Argentine national team and Manchester City FC. In November 2017, he became the club’s all-time highest goal-scorer with a total of 178 goals scored to date.
Gareth Bale is a Welsh professional football player who currently plays for both Real Madrid and the Wales national team. He was ranked as the 12th most famous athlete in the world by ESPN in 2016 and was also a finalist in the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.
Jérôme Boateng is a German professional footballer who plays defender for both the German national team and Bayern Munich. Often called one of the world’s best defenders, he is known for his tacking style and passing ability.
Andrés Iniesta is a Spanish professional footballer who currently plays for both the Spanish national team and FC Barcelona as captain. In the 2010 World Cup, he scored the winning goal against the Netherlands and was named Man of the Match.
Mario Balotelli is an Italian professional footballer who currently plays for OGC Nice and the Italian national team. While he is a very successful player, he has been involved in a number of disciplinary problems with both players and managers.
David Beckham is a former English professional footballer who throughout his 20-year career has played for teams including Manchester United, LA Galaxy, Real Madrid, Milan, Paris Saint Germain and the English national team.
Xavier Creus, simply known as Xavi, is a Spanish professional footballer who currently plays for Al Sadd SC and has also played for the Spanish national team and FC Barcelona. In his total career, he has won over 30 trophies including the 2010 World Cup.
Eden Hazard is a Belgian professional footballer who currently plays for Chelsea and the Belgium national team as a midfielder. He has been called one of the best players in the world for his superior passing skills, speed and technical ability.
Francesco Totti is a former Italian professional footballer who played for both his national team and for A.S. Roma. He has often been nicknamed “The Golden Boy”, “The Eighth King of Rome” and “The Captain” by various sports media.
Arturo Vidal is a Chilean professional footballer who currently plays for Bayern Munich and the Chilean national team. He has earned over 90 caps for his team as well as helping them to win the 2015 Copa América.
Manuel Neuer is a German professional footballer who is the current goalkeeper and captain of Bayern Munich and German national team. He has been called the world’s best goalkeeper and has won the IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper four consecutive years in a row.
Sergio Busquets is a Spanish professional footballer who plays defensive midfielder for FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team. He helped his country to win the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 UEFA European Championship.
Alexis Sánchez is a Chilean professional footballer who plays for Manchester United and the Chilean national team. He is the most expensive Chilean player of all time after a transfer worth $37 million.
Karim Benzema is a French professional footballer who currently plays for FC Real Madrid and the French national team. He has earned over 80 caps and has represented his country at many major international tournaments.
Muset Özil is a German professional footballer who currently plays for Arsenal and the German national team. He made headlines at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where he played an integral role in helping his team to get to the semi-finals.
David Silva is a Spanish professional footballer who currently plays for Manchester City and the Spanish national team. He is a predominantly left-footed player who has three League Cups, an FA Cup and three Premier Leagues under his belt.
Petr Cech is a Czech professional footballer who plays goalkeeper for Arsenal and was also the former captain of the Czech Republic national team. He is the most capped player on the national team and has won several awards for being the best goalkeeper.
Marcelo Vieira, simply known as Marcelo, is a Brazilian professional footballer who currently plays for FC Real Madrid and the Brazilian national team. He has won three UEFA Champions League titles and four La Liga Titles.