Live Streaming are already beyond the half-mark of season 2017-18 after witnessing a fair share of excitements, disappointments, joys and sorrows. Ranging from Ronaldo’s drop in form to the rise of Kevin De Bruyne, this season is turning out to be equally exhilarating as the previous one
It has also been a sort of a rollercoaster. While the old guard seems to have diminished a little, new faces have emerged in the game. Some of the best performers from last season have failed to replicate their form this year. Considering the current scenario, a lot of new players have taken the world by storm and it is about time for the list of the best footballers to undergo a change.
That being said, let’s have a look at the five best players in the world at the moment.
5. Eden Hazard
Few would disagree over the prospect of having Eden Hazard in their starting XI. The Belgian has been at his imperious best as usual, although Chelsea’s form has dropped considerably this season.
As of late, Eden Hazard has notched 12 goals and 4 assists in 33 appearances. The Belgian was instrumental in Chelsea’s title-winning campaign last season and is set to play the same role this year, albeit with a change in the club’s aims. The Blues have fallen to the fourth place in the league and they will require him in every game if they want to seal a Champions League place for the next season.
Added to that, Real Madrid are set to test their resolve to keep the 27-year-old this summer. If they do lose him, there’s bound to be a change in the list of the most expensive footballers of all time.
4. Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba was criticized a lot for his irregular performances last season, but the 24-year-old is back with a bang this season. The fact that he would perform well this season was inevitable after he grabbed award of Best Player of the UEFA Europa League last season.
Manchester United’s decision to snap up Nemanja Matic from Chelsea has paid greater dividends and no one has benefited better from that deal than the Frenchman. As expected, he has flourished in an attacking role, becoming probably the most influential figure in the current Manchester United set-up. Pogba has 10 assists and 3 goals under his belt at the moment.
The likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos performing below expected levels have certainly improved his chances of entering this list. However, it would be a sin to think that he can’t make it to the top 10 solely due to his footballing abilities.
3. Harry Kane
Harry Kane might not have won enough silverware, but his performances on the personal level are too hard to ignore. The 24-year-old has achieved some incredible feats this season. He scored more hattricks than Ronaldo and Messi in 2017 and also became the first player to overtake both of them in the Golden Boot race since Edin Dzeko in 2009.
After winning the Premier League Golden Boot for two successive seasons, he is topping the EPL scoring charts. And, it’s not only the league, but the 24-year-old has been equally prolific in all competitions with an outstanding tally of 32 goals in 33 appearances to date.
The Englishman’s dead-eye instincts in front of goal have seen him being linked to a host of top clubs. Should Tottenham fail to win trophies, they will definitely find hard to hold on to Kane, who will wish to decorate his career with major titles at the club level.
Should he decide to move, it won’t be a surprise to see him beating Neymar as the world’s most expensive player.
2. Lionel Messi
Already in his thirties, Lionel Messi’s eyes still show the same hunger and grit they demonstrated in his yesteryears. The Barca hitman has been motoring Barcelona towards victories, not showing even the tiniest sign of slowing down.
The consistency with which he has held the no.1 position is remarkable of course, but his to evolution from a goalscorer to an equally prolific playmaker deserves a worthy mention. As prolific as he is in finding the net, the Barca forward has been astoundingly good at creating chances for his fellow teammates to score.
Holding the top spot in both the goals and the assists charts is a fine testament to his claim as the best footballer at the moment.Messi has 10 assists and 29 goals under his belt right now and those numbers will surely increase massively as the season comes to a close.
Cristiano Ronaldo has underperformed this season and though Neymar is at his imperious best currently, the Brazilian needs to do a lot more to trounce the Argentinian to the Ballon d’Or this year.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t performed well, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t performed at all. Football aficionados certainly need to cut him some slack for his stats.
Scoring 20 goals in 25 appearances in all competitions isn’t exactly disappointing, is it? The truth is. we have become habitual in seeing the 32-year-old scoring so much that the above stat seems average. It can be considered excellent if notched up by any other forward such as Romelu Lukaku or Alvaro Morata.
No doubt the downfall in his outlet of goals is surprising, but what’s more alarming is how barely influential he can be while not scoring regularly.
Staying at the highest level becomes increasingly challenging as years pass by. If Ronaldo aims to be at the top, he definitely needs to follow Lionel Messi and work on the overall aspect of his game.