These players are famous for their unique playing style and exceptional ball-handling skills. Apart from these big names, there are many other soccer stars that have made their mark in the sports world with their extraordinary performance over the years.
Here is a list of top 4 most popular soccer players 2016:
1. Manuel Neuer :
He is a German professional soccer player who plays as the goalkeeper for both his club and national teams. Neuer is regarded by many experts, players, pundits and coaches to be the best goalkeeper in the world. He is known for his exceptional shot-stopping abilities, reflexes and quick reactions. He has made over 100 appearances for Germany’s top tier club Bayern Munich. He is the vice-captain of the German national football team. Manuel won his first Golden Glove award in 2014 FIFA World Cup and also helped Germany win their fourth UEFA European Football Championship in 2016 with a 2-0 win against France in Paris.
2. Mesut Oezil :
Mesut Oezil is a German professional soccer player who plays as an attacking midfielder for both his club and national teams. He currently plies his trade at Spanish La Liga team Real Madrid and is known as the assist king of the Bundesliga. Mesut was one of the stars of Germany’s run to the semi-finals in 2010 FIFA World Cup and also instrumental in their victory at 2014 FIFA World Cup. He is known for his exceptional technical ability, pinpoint passing and excellent vision. Mesut has won the Golden Ball award twice-first in 2010 FIFA World Cup and then in UEFA Euro 2012.
3. Andrés Iniesta :
Andrés is a Spanish professional soccer player who plays as the central midfielder for both his club and national teams. He has played very well in FC Barcelona’s midfield for many years. Andrés is regarded by many experts, players, pundits and coaches to be one of the best soccer players of all time. He is known for his exceptional control, dribbling skills and ability to read the game. He has won the ‘Golden Ball’ award twice in UEFA Euro 2012 and 2010 FIFA World Cup. Iniesta is also a member of Spanish squad that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and two UEFA European Football Championships in 2008 and 2012.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic :
Zlatan is a Swedish professional soccer player who plays as a forward for his club and national teams. He has played brilliantly in some of the top clubs in Europe like Barcelona, Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain. Zlatan is famous for his powerful and accurate striking ability, technique and creativity on the ball. He was named by Pele in his FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players. Zlatan joined his current club Paris Saint-Germain in 2012 and has since then become their leading goal scorer. He was the captain of Sweden’s national team until 2016 when he announced his international retirement after a disappointing loss to Belgium at Euro 2016.