Top 5 Football Players, According to Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is one of the best football players in the world, if not the best football player. Messi was pitted continuously against Cristiano Ronaldo.

When asked about who among the rosters of football players now are the best, Messi didn’t hesitate to give five names. How did Messi rank Ronaldo? Was he even on the list?

Let’s find out.

#5 Kylian Mbappe

Currently playing for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Mbappe is the recipient of the Onze d’Or (the French equivalent of the Ballon d’Or) in 2019. He was also the French Ligue 1’s Top Goalscorer and Player of the Year for the 2018-19 season.

He has appeared in 109 games since 2015 and has scored 66 goals in total. Mbappe holds the record of being the youngest scorer in World Cup, at only 19 years old.

Mbappe idolizes Ronaldo and hopes to emulate his playing style and techniques. His football style of play was often compared with that of Thiery Henry.

#4 Neymar

Neymar also plays for PSG, although he was playing football since 2009. He also played for the Brazil national team since 2010. He received the World’s Best Playmaker Bronze award in 2017. 

Dubbed as the next Pele, Neymar has 262 league appearances and with 156 goals. He has excellent playmaking skills as well as creating play chances for his teammates.

Neymar was the third highest-paid athlete, according to Forbes 2019, next to Messi and Ronaldo. Messi primarily inspired him.

#3 Eden Hazard

Hazard is a Belgian football player who recently transferred to Real Madrid. He was playing professionally since 2007 but was already a part of the Belgium national team since 2006, specifically Belgium U15.

Hazard has a total of 392 league appearances with 121 goals. He maintains a 100% penalty record of his 16 penalties, becoming the only football player in Europe who had over 15 penalties and scored all of them.

He was given the Player of the Year award at least eight times. In 2018, Hazard was named the Belgian Sportsman of the Year. He became the new face of FIFA 19, taking over from Ronaldo.

#2 Luis Suarez

Suarez started his senior career in 2005 and has played with five clubs including Liverpool and Barcelona. He was with the latter since 2014.

Despite the dirty tactics associated with his name from diving and stamping to biting, Suarez remains to have remarkable technical abilities in the field. He scores goals through his powerful shot.

He appeared in 439 league matches, with 301 goals. Suarez was named player of the month, season, tournament, and year at least eleven times.

#1 Sergio Aguero

Aguero was playing professional football since 2003. He transferred from Atletico Madrid to Manchester City in 2011 and remained with the club since.

Considered as one of the best strikers of all-time, Aguero is also a prolific goalscorer. He appeared in 469 league matches, scoring a total of 260 goals.

Aguero regards Messi as a brother, as cited in his book, Born to Rise. Messi provided the foreword for the said book.

Messi continued that he and Ronaldo are a different league, so to speak. He ranks Ronaldo as one of the top players beside him.

 

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Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Weds 28th September by @tashason21

Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich – Vicente Calderón at 19:45 live on BT Sport Extra 3

After losing both my Asian Handicap picks in the last minute of 2 separate games last weekend, I am hoping to get back to winning ways on Wednesday as Atletico take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

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Atletico Madrid

Bayern Munich will have their work cut out at the Vicente Calderon as Atletico are a tough side to beat. The Germans suffered a 1-0 defeat on Spanish soil last year in this competition and Atleti will be looking to continue their outstanding home record.

Atleti haven’t been beaten at home in the Champions League for almost a year and have kept 5 consecutive Champions League clean sheets in the process. At the Vicente Calderon, Atletico are a formidable side and they’ve kept 19 clean sheets in their last 24 home games across all competitions.

Diego Simeone’s side started off their Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win away to PSV Eindhoven, although they weren’t at their best.

Atleti are currently 3rd in La Liga, just 2 points off league leaders Real Madrid and are yet to suffer a domestic defeat this campaign.

Antoine Griezmann provides the biggest threat upfront and has started off the season well, scoring 5 goals in 5 league games.

 

Asian Handicap Betting

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Bayern Munich

The German champions have also started off the season on flying form!

Sitting 3 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table, Bayern have won every league match, whilst scoring 15 goals in the process. Carlo Ancelotti’s men have also only conceded 1 league goal (vs. Ingolstadt) and so defensively, the Germans remain solid.

In their first Champions League group game Bayern Munich thrashed Rostov 5-0, with Lewandowski, Kimmich (x2), Muller and Bernat all featuring on the score-sheet.

Last weekend Bayern secured a late 1-0 win away to Hamburg, courtesy of an 88th minute goal scored by Josh  Kimmich. Kimmich has already scored 5 goals across all competitions so far this season and the 21 year-old is proving to be an important player amongst this talented German squad.

Mats Hummels limped off the field at Hamburg after picking up a knee injury, although it turns out that it’s not as bad as it first appeared and he could even make the starting 11 to face Atletico.

Robert Lewandowski remains Bayern Munich’s biggest threat, although they are more than capable of finding the net from all across the pitch.

 

Conclusion

I am expecting Atletico to set up rather defensively against Bayern, just as they did in the same Champions League fixture last campaign. On that occasion it paid off, as Atleti secured a 1-0 win, with Saul Niguez scoring a nice individual goal. Both sides look defensively sound at present and so this is certainly going to be a close one to call! A draw looks like it could be on the cards, but in the current goal scoring form Bayern are in, I think Ancelotti’s side could get the win and therefore I recommend backing Bayern draw no bet.

 

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Bayern Munich +/-0 (Draw No Bet) at 1.81 with Pinnacle 

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @tashason21.

 

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