The Top 10 Footballers of 2016

From big names like Messi and Ozil, to fresh up-and-comers, who will be the biggest footballing names of 2016? Here are our top ten footballers to watch this year:

10. Mesut Özil (Arsenal, Germany)IMG_2558Much critiqued but also much lauded, Özil remains a key footballing wizard to watch this year, whether or not you think the soon-to-be assists world record holder is worth the hype.

 

9. Sergio Aguero (Man City, Argentina)9. AgueroInjuries held back Argentinian Aguero in 2015, but he still packed the goals in. The joint record holder for most goals in a Premier League match (5 in under 24 minutes) will be watched with interest this year.

 

8. Andres Iniesta (FC Barcelona, Spain)8. IniestaThis Barca player is so good he even earned applause from Real Madrid fans. With a barrage of best player awards and a Ballon d'Or to his name, this guy is playing some great football.

 

7. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich, Germany)7. MullerThis 26 year old has already scored 14 goals for Bayern this season and shares the record for the most FIFA World Cups in which he has scored at least five goals. Prolific.

 

6. Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich, Germany)6. NeuerThe first ever substitute to score five goals in a single game (and to do so in just 9 minutes) this Polish striker is the Euro 2016 qualifier's top scorer and promises plenty more glorious goals in 2016.

 

5. Robert Lewandoski (Bayern Munich, Poland)5. LewThe first ever substitute to score five goals in a single game (and to do so in just 9 minutes) this Polish striker is the Euro 2016 qualifier's top scorer and promises plenty more glorious goals in 2016.

 

4. Christiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Portugal)4. RonaldoTop goal scorer of 2015 (with 55 goals to his name) and long term legend, Ronaldo is still the class act he always was.

 

3. Luis Suarez (FC Barcelona, Uruguay)3. SuarezUruguay's all time record goal-scorer and most controversial sporting figure is an indisputably important player. Don't take your eyes off him, for a number of reasons.

 

2. Neymar (FC Barcelona, Brazil)2 NeymarBrazil's record breaking goalscorer is on impressive form and shows no sign of slowing down. There are even more great things to come in 2016, mark our words.

 

1. Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona, Argentina)1. MessiWho else could top the list but Messi? The 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or winner is Barca's all time top goal scorer and is looking just as good this year.

 

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