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The Best Football Players in the Last 10 Years, According to FIFA

In the last ten years, FIFA awarded the best names in the world of men and women’s football.

Best FIFA Men’s Player

  • 2019 – Lionel Messi
  • 2018 – Luka Modric
  • 2017 – Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2016  – Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2015 – Lionel Messi
  • 2014 – Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2013 – Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2012 – Lionel Messi
  • 2011 – Lionel Messi
  • 2010 – Lionel Messi

Messi and Ronaldo dominate FIFA Men’s Player awards.  This should not come as a surprise, though, because these two big names composed one of the greatest rivalries in football history, if not the most prominent rivalry.

Messi has six Ballon d’Or awards while Ronaldo has five; Messi holds the record for the most Ballon d’Ors. Messi also won his first Ballon d’Or when he was only 22 years old as well as the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009. In 2014, he earned his first Golden Ball.

Ronaldo received his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year when he was 23 years old.

Last year’s Best Men’s Player awardee, Modric, is a breath of fresh air. Modric played for Dinamo Zagreb, a Croatian football club. Right now, he was with Real Madrid.

Modric won the player of the year award for at least five times. While he won his Golden Foot award in 2019, his 2018 is full of accolades also. Aside from winning Best FIFA’s Men’s Player award, he also earned his first Ballon d’Or.

In addition, Modric was 2018 World Soccer Player of the Year, World’s Best Playmaker (IFFHS), Athlete of the Year (AIPS), and Midfielder of the Year (ESPN). He won the ESPN award for three consecutive years.

Best FIFA Women’s Player 

  • 2019 – Megan Rapinoe
  • 2018 – Marta 
  • 2017 – Lieke Martens
  • 2016 – Carli Lloyd
  • 2015 – Carli Lloyd
  • 2014 – Nadine Keßler
  • 2013 – Nadine Angerer
  • 2012 – Abby Wambach
  • 2011 – Homare Sawa
  • 2010 – Marta

The women’s player awards are more heterogeneous than their men’s player awards counterpart. Two names won the award twice in the last ten years, however, and they are Marta and Lloyd.

Known as “Pele in skirts,” Marta holds the record for the most goals scored at World Cup tournaments. FIFA named her as the World Player of the Year from 2006 to 2010. She was also a Golden Ball and Golden Shoe awardee, both of which she received in the same year (2007).

Sports Illustrated her ranked as the #7 in its Top 20 Female Athletes of the Decade (2000-2009). 

Lloyd, on the other hand, won two Olympic gold medals. She was also awarded the FIFA Player of the Year twice, for two consecutive years (2015 and 2016). In 2015, she was the captain of the US soccer team. 

Lloyd was the first woman soccer player to score three goals during the World Cup final, scoring goals in the first 16 minutes of the game. Because of this, she was awarded the Golden Ball.

In 2015, Lloyd was nominated in Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year. She did not win the award, but she won the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year Team Sport award.

In 2016, she was also nominated as the Best Championship Performance from the ESPY award.

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Who do you think will win the 2020 FIFA Best Players Awards? Let us know.

Most Expensive Buyout Clauses in Football

Buyout clauses are that part of the contract that says ‘no, you can’t touch our man.’

In the football world, the buyout (or release) clause skyrockets after the record-breaking buyout of Neymar to Paris Saint Germain. His buyout amounted to €222 million.

If you are meaning to ask what is Lionel Messi’s buyout clause, well, it’s in the tune of roughly €727.8 million. He will be playing for Barcelona through 2021.

Neymar and Messi are not the only football players with astonishing buyout clauses, though. 

Here are other players with expensive buyout clauses in football.

Ousmane Dembélé, Philip Coutinho | €400 million

Neymar left a spot that is sure hard to replace. And so Barcelona started filling up the hole by acquiring Dembélé. The 20-year-old French player has one of the most expensive buyout clauses now.

Coutinho has been an impressive player on the turf. So Barcelona is doing everything in keeping him in the club.

Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Dani Ceballos, James Rodriguez, Gerard Pique | €500 Million

Kroos is a crucial man in Real Madrid’s lineup, sharing the same buyout clause with his teammates, Modric, Rodriguez, and Ceballos.

If Kroos is responsible for balancing the team, Modric’s main role is orchestrating an attack particularly after retrieving the ball. Modric connects the defence and the attack. Modric is also a Ballon d’Or winner. 

Ceballos has yet to prove his worth. The midfielder is known for his excellent performance while on his previous club, Real Betis.

Rodriguez is currently on loan to Bayern Munich. He hasn’t had the opportunities playing for Real Madrid yet, but he still belongs to the club.

Pique, on the other hand, is a seasoned defender that landed him the high buyout clause.

Lionel Messi, Marco Asensio, Isco | €700 million

Messi is doing Messi—with his five Ballon d’Ors and 523 goals out of 602 matches. Enough said.

Asensio is another promising 21-year-older (same with Ceballos) in the list. As early as now, he is a prominent feature in Real Madrid’s attacking line.

Sceptics compare Isco with the playing style of Zinedine Zidane. He may not be always on the starting lineup but when he does play, he delivers a convincing performance that earned the trust of the club’s manager.

Antoine Griezmann | €800 million

Barcelona is depending on its left-footed forward, along with other football superstars in the club of course. He was a team player and has an eye for goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Benzema | €1 billion

People would speculate why Ronaldo has a bigger buyout clause than Messi. But one has to wonder why Gareth Bale and Benzema have bigger buyouts as well.

Bale’s transfer from Tottenham Spurs to Real Madrid was the predecessor to Neymar’s record. Bale’s transfer was valued at €100 million. Indeed, he was Real Madrid’s prized possession.

Benzema has a solid 2018-19 performance. He scored a total of 21 goals at La Liga. He was the top choice striker too.

Going back to Ronaldo, he was Real Madrid’s top scorer. With him on the club, the Los Blancos was able to win all the possible titles there are. He was signed in 2009.

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Messi and Ronaldo truly deserved their buyout clauses. But what about the others? Let us know your thoughts.

3 Highest-Paid Football Players of 2019

Who would’ve known that playing football can be the most lucrative professions out there? 

In July, Forbes released its annual list of the highest-paid athletes in the world. The year 2019 marked the first time that three soccer players appeared in the top three positions.

These three has commanding plays at the field as well as the star power to boot. Here they are.

#3 – Neymar (€92.8 million)

Neymar, whose real name is Neymar da Silva Júnior, currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) as a forward. He has a five-year contract with the club.

Signing in 2017, his transfer from Barcelona to PSG was one of the most expensive transfers. It was valued at €232.5 million, and the French club paid in full.

The bulk of his earnings is because of his paycheck. About €15 million of his total revenues are from his endorsements, however. Neymar has inked a deal with major global sponsors, including Nike, McDonald’s, and Red Bull. He was also the first player to have his Air Jordan sneakers customized by the Swoosh brand.

Neymar is the second most famous athlete in social media, with 124 million followers on Instagram alone. Cristiano Ronaldo has 179 million followers to date.

#2 – Cristiano Ronaldo (€96.4 million)

In 2018, Ronaldo signed a four-year deal with Juventus. The transfer fee was a staggering €112 million. He would also earn €56.5 annually for four years – his reported gross pay for the 2018-19.

Immediately after signing, Juventus made about €53 million by selling Ronaldo jerseys. The club was able to sell 520,000 jerseys within 24 hours. He also has a lifetime contract with Nike, amounting to €894 million. His other major sponsors are EA Sports, American Tourister, and Herbalife.

Ronaldo is a five-time FIFA Football Player of the Year. He also leads goalscoring in the EUFA Champions League.

#1 – Lionel Messi (€112.3 million) 

Messi plays for the FC Barcelona, which he will be playing for through 2021. He signed the new contract in 2017; the contract details were not released publicly. The Spanish club is currently giving him €70 million per season, aside from the bonuses that he was promised and as stipulated in the contract.

Messi and Ronaldo are said to have the most profit-making contracts in football history. After all, they are the only two players who scored over 100 goals in UEFA club competitions.

Joseph Maria Bartomeu, President to Barcelona club, even said that Messi is priceless. Celebrity Net Worth reported his estimated worth at €277 against Forbes €112.3 million.

Going back, he took home €75 million in winnings and salary in 2018. The rest is from endorsements. Messi was the second-highest paid athlete worldwide. 

The Argentinian forward had also signed a lifelong deal with Adidas. He also has sponsorships with Pepsi, Gatorade, Konami, and Huawei. Messi was also the face of Gilette, Tata Motors, and Turkish Airlines. 

In 2020, Messi Experience Park will open in Nanjing, China. It’s a theme park dedicated to the soccer superstar.

 

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