There is a lot of money in football these days. Many will say football players are overpaid, but nobody can deny they possess exceptional knowledge of football. Let’s take a look at some of the highest money making footballers in the current season.
Cristiano Ronaldo – He’s not only on the top of the highest money making footballers list, but also one of the richest active sportsmen today. His football skills are great, but physical appearance also played a great part in this, as it enabled him a lot of money from commercials and other endorsements.
Men will usually turn their attention only to the quality of football certain players provide on the field, but when it comes to their overall popularity, it is very important to have great looks, as it will enable you more space in commercials and attract more attention in general.
Cristiano Ronaldo is probably the best example of a handsome footballer, and when you look at him, it doesn’t strike you as weird for him to be on the top of the handsome footballers list. The Real Madrid player has been related to many girls, one of the most famous being Irina Shayk, and there were also some rumors that he might be gay.
If you look for best football players in Europe outside the top three leagues, your first stop must be France. Paris Saint Germain is full of exceptional players, but only one is a state-of-the-art – Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Swedish attacker is known for his shots hitting the nets of the opponent’s goal hard, but his words are also sharp and he often doesn’t think through about what he says, which is exactly why he has such a big fanbase. You just can’t be indifferent towards Zlatan, you either love him or hate him, and you have to respect his football skills.
Everybody knows that the most popular football leagues are English Premier League, Spanish Primera Division, and Italian Serie A. However, a lot of quality football is played across Europe, and many other leagues also deserve the attention of viewers.
French Ligue 1 is among high-quality European football leagues, primarily because of Paris Saint-Germain, a dominating force, and the consecutive champion in the last three years. The money that new owners brought enabled PSG to become a force to be reckoned with in France, but also a team that can play against any European side (for example, they eliminated Chelsea in the Champions League last year). Marseille, Monaco, and Lyon are some of the sides that can try to stop Laurent Blanc’s team on the way to success.
Another of the European football leagues you should check out is Eredivisie, the top competition in the Netherlands. PSV Eindhoven is the defending champion and they are expected to lead a big battle with the team that has one most titles in history, Ajax. The German Bundesliga might be another domination spell for Bayern this season, but German teams are famous for their offensive football, and Schalke, Borussia Dortmund, and Borussia Moenchengladbach will certainly show some great games.
This list must be started with Gianluigi Buffon, Italian goalkeeper legend whose current years don’t stop him to guard Juventus’ goal, and he does it brilliantly. There are some other great goalkeepers in Serie A, like Semir Handanovic, Jose Reina, and Diego Lopez, and it is surely not easy for the attackers to score goals when these guys are standing on their way.
Italian football league used to be arguably the finest football league in Europe, and Serie A is on a good way to get back on that track in the last few years. Juventus is the team that dominates the league, they have won the last four titles, which took them to a total of 31 championships they have won, and they don’t intend to stop there.
Goalkeepers from South America are on top here, Claudio Bravo of Barcelona and Keylor Navas of Real Madrid dominate, and one European has joined them – Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid is showing some exceptional skills on goal.
Spanish Primera Division is commonly known as La Liga and it is a competition played for almost ninety years, as it was founded in 1929. Real Madrid is the team that has the most titles in the history of the competition (32), but it also has a tough task for this season – to beat their arch rivals Barcelona, who are the current La Liga holders.
When it comes to best players of EPL in this season, we want to start with David de Gea, Manchester United’s goalkeeper, who has kept a clean sheet in some very tough games. Also, check Joe Hart of Manchester City, Hugo Lloris of Tottenham and Kasper Schmeichel, Leicester’s goalkeeper, an important asset to the team which might end up as the biggest surprise of the Premier League.
Nacho Monreal of Arsenal proved to be a great left back, excellent in defense and a big threat in the offense, as well as during the set pieces. One of other best players of EPL when it comes to defenders is Laurent Koscielny, who has been in charge of Arsenal defensive line for years now. Apart from that, he has great jumping and heading skills which can be useful for free kicks and corners.
Make sure to check out Mesut Ozil, who is playing at his best again after struggling during last season. Arsenal’s midfielder is among the best players of EPL, as well as Nemanja Matic, young Chelsea midfielder who has developed into a true all-around player. Matic is brilliant in stopping the opponent’s attacks, as well as participating in the offense of his own team.
Young Tottenham forward Harry Kane is definitely the one to watch, but you shouldn’t forget talented Romelu Lukaku of Everton, as well as brilliant Olivier Giroud of Arsenal and Sergio Aguero of Man City. Experienced Wayne Rooney is a big threat for goalkeepers for over a decade.
Arsen Wenger has been at Arsenal for almost 20 years and knows the way his team breathes. Although there are some doubters when it comes to his transfer policy, no doubt he’s pulling the best out of his team on the pitch. Claudio Ranieri of Leicester is another experienced coach who knows his way around how to prepare tactics for important games.
Defenders are among the best players of EPL in the captain category. Chelsea believes John Terry, Manchester City chose Vincent Kompany, and Everton’s center back Phil Jagielka is a reliable player for years.
The English Premier League is one of the most popular football leagues in the world. It was founded in 1992 and this is its 24th season, so it is a relatively young competition which has earned big reputation. A total of 20 clubs participate in total of 38 rounds played during the season, and in the current season, the battle for the title is expected to be very exciting until the last minute.