The beautiful game, enjoyed by everyone, will never go out of fashion. This game is full of passion and intensity. In terms of popularity, it is an undisputed winner among all games on earth. Every year, we see an increase in its following and this season is no exception. The race to be the greatest player was tougher than ever and here is the list of the Most Popular Football Players who managed to put themselves ahead of the rest.
He is at number one in this list because of his extraordinary achievements in the football ground. He is the biggest hope for their team and the fans too. Lionel Messi deservedly won the 2012 FIFA Ballondo’r becoming the only player to win this award four times. He scored 60 times in all competitions during the 2013 seasons. Lionel Messi led his team to an incredible run that saw them winning the Spanish championship for the 22nd time with him as the top scorer.
The final two players on this list do not need an introduction. Football lovers are lucky to have two of the greatest players ever playing at the same time in the same league. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are unbelievably talented, have countless records to their names and these both players have justify that they have the ability to lead their teams single-handedly to glory. 2012-2013 seasons were another great year for Ronaldo. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a total of 55 goals in all competitions. However, his fantastic performances could not help his team to win any major trophy.
It’ll not be wrong to say that the Premier League Player of the Year and Young Player of the Season for 2012-2013, Gareth Bale, made spurs one of the best teams in Britain. At times, the team was totally dependent on Bale and he didn’t disappoint the fans. After all, he is the most expensive player on the planet. His squad number was also changed from number 3 to number 11 as he wasn’t restricted to the left-back position only. He is technically gifted, one of the fastest and strongest players in the game and is a proven goalscorer as well.
Neymar brings back the artistic approach to football. This extremely talented 21 years old Brazilian is the kind of player that can break any defence with his amazing skills. He is a technical genius and at his age he is being compared to legends like Pele who himself has called Neymar an “excellent player”. He retained the South American Player of the Year award in 2012. He has now moved to Barcelona where he will only improve playing with the likes of Messi and Iniesta.
Greatest midfielders of all time, this man is still going strong. This “consistently exceptional” player has become a legend for both his country and club. He is influential on and off the ball. His passes are a treat to watch and we cannot deny that he has contributed a lot in making Messi a legend. He was named on three-man shortlist for 2012 Ballon d’Or.