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Golazo 100, males’s soccer gamers ranked: Lionel Messi, Bukayo Saka miss prime 10 as countdown reaches 20-11

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We’re simply someday away from revealing the primary ever winner of the lads’s Golazo 100 and as we unveil the subsequent 10 names on our rankings you’ll be able to have a reasonably clear sense of who can be there or thereabouts after we enter single digits. As for locations 20-11, it is a north London heavy discipline with three Arsenal representatives alongside a rival from Tottenham. This stage additionally consists of the 2 burgeoning younger hopes of the German nationwide staff and the one MLS participant to have made the Golazo 100. You may by no means guess who that’s…

Tomorrow we’ll ship the highest 10, together with our skilled panel’s choose for the most effective participant on the planet. For now, nevertheless, learn on to see the subsequent 10 names in our Golazo 100:

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Make sure to tune into Golazo Community, together with Morning Footy to begin your day with a breakdown of every batch of prime gamers launched every single day. And, in fact, ensure that to take a look at the complete breakdown and evaluation of who was ranked the place and why


20. Son Heung-Min — Winger/Ahead, Tottenham Hotspur


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He could not at all times command the fanfare that others do, however few gamers are as universally revered and extremely appreciated as Son Heung-Min, arguably Tottenham Hotspur’s biggest signing (if excluding academy merchandise) within the final a number of a long time.

The South Korea worldwide had one other standout season in North London, his first after incomes the captain’s armband. He scored 17 targets and notched 10 assists, combining effectively with teammates previous and new in a re-invisioned model below supervisor Ange Postecoglou. Son was amongst the Premier League’s prime attacking stars as soon as once more through the 2023-24 season, rating within the prime 15 in most attacking classes, and inside the prime 4 for assists. He has scored 14-plus targets in all however his first season at Spurs, demonstrating outstanding consistency and rising as probably the greatest finishers of his era.

Tottenham paid a switch price of simply £22 million for Son’s providers in 2015 and practically a decade later, it is clear he surpassed expectations. That is his story in a nutshell — he took an extended, globe-trotting journey to the highest of the sport, turning into each probably the greatest gamers in his membership’s and nation’s historical past and incomes his place amongst the game’s greatest stars. — Pardeep Cattry

19. Robert Lewandowski — Ahead, Barcelona

What’s there to say concerning the Poland worldwide that hasn’t been stated earlier than? At 35 years of age, he is nonetheless an elite striker and one of the constant that we now have ever seen. From each season since 2011-12, he is scored not less than 20 targets, twice hitting not less than 50 and hitting 40 six different instances. Now, it’d really feel like issues have been quiet from him, however a part of that is because of taking part in at an inconsistent Barcelona facet, although he is already notched a La Liga trophy in his two seasons on the membership. Firmly in Actual Madrid‘s shadow, he hasn’t slowed down in any respect whereas in Spain. He is obtained 59 targets at Barca in 95 video games, and he is closing in on 600 profession membership targets. Already Poland’s prime scorer (82 targets), he is obtained 34 greater than the subsequent participant. All that is left for him is worldwide success for his nation, however that is simpler stated than carried out. No matter if it occurs or not, he is one of many biggest strikers of the final couple a long time, and with a pair extra top-level seasons, you’ll be able to put him up within the dialog as one of many biggest and most prolific strikers that we have ever seen. — Roger Gonzalez

18. Jamal Musiala — Midfield, Bayern Munich

One of many new younger stars of the Germany nationwide staff can be trying to put the frustration of the membership season with Bayern Munich behind him this summer time as he targets turning into a nationwide hero. Jamal Musiala may solely be 21 but he performs with the maturity of a veteran and it feels as if he has already been round for kind of a full profession regardless of solely breaking by means of with the Bavarian giants in 2020 and nonetheless taking part in with the Bundesliga outfit’s second string facet till 2021. With 12 targets and 7 assists throughout all competitions, issues may have been a lot worse at a person stage and even Kylian Mbappe stated lately that you simply be taught extra as younger gamers from adversity than you do by merely profitable every time. That’s maybe what Bayern should come to phrases with most below new new boss Vincent Kompany and Musiala will definitely be key to the Belgian’s try to show across the falling large of German soccer. — Jonathan Johnson

17. Martin Odegaard — Midfield, Arsenal


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The usual bearer for the Arsenal revolution, at simply 25 years of age it might be argued that Martin Odegaard has already fulfilled the potential that made him one of the coveted teenagers on the earth a decade in the past. The final two seasons have seen him weigh in with the second most open play probabilities created and third most anticipated assists in Europe’s prime 4 leagues. Not like so many different quantity 10s he’s the type who can lead a ferocious press too. In England, Spain, Germany and Italy, Bruno Fernandes has the second most possession regains within the attacking third for the reason that begin of 2022-23 with 71. Odegaard has 90.

He could not have gotten to carry the most important silverware thus far in his profession however while you observe his mixture of steely willpower and on ball class it’s exhausting to shake the sense that it’s a matter of when, not if, captain Odegaard and his Arsenal costs take the ultimate step. James Benge

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16. Bernardo Silva — Winger/Midfield, Manchester Metropolis

Kind Bernardo Silva underrated into Google Information and you will see that not less than 30 outcomes, maybe extra, from latest years. Even this continuous cry that the Portuguese worldwide is not getting his flowers appears grossly inadequate. For seven years he has been a relentless in Manchester Metropolis’s excellence, a participant of such versatility that Pep Guardiola has trusted him in all places from left again to middle ahead. Each Silva observer can have a favourite model of the good man, for this explicit author it doesn’t get higher than him floating throughout the left flank, merry mayhem following in his wake.

Guardiola hardly ever stints in reward for his gamers however when he describes Silva you realize he’s notably taken. “I may keep right here and speak for 10 minutes on what Bernardo Silva means for me and our staff,” stated the Metropolis boss in October. “He’s a participant that’s past good in all departments – solidarity, intelligence, he understands all the things. We’re in love with him.” — James Benge

15. Florian Wirtz — Midfield, Bayer Leverkusen

In the summertime of 2020 Bayer Leverkusen had practically $100 million to spend on a alternative for Kai Havertz, the most effective homegrown participant the membership had produced in 20 years. They did not have to spend a cent to discover a participant who 4 years later can be the excellent participant in one of many biggest groups the Bundesliga has ever seen, German soccer’s first Invincibles. Wirtz was the X-factor, 18 targets and 20 assists in 49 video games throughout all competitions, the person whose imaginative and prescient and understanding of house introduced the most effective out of these round him.

On the ball, Wirtz has the texture of an old school quantity 10. His staff mates can not help however entrust him with possession, realizing that he would be the one to crack open low blocks. It’s early days but to know if his capturing type will maintain, however when alternatives open up for Wirtz, he tends to take them. Then there’s the business of his off-ball urgent. It is a participant who loves the scraps, his angelic demeanor hiding a extra impudent facet to him. A celebrity already, it’s only a matter of time earlier than he lands at Manchester Metropolis, Actual Madrid or one other hyper-club. When he does they’ll absolutely give him the identical duty Xabi Alonso has. — James Benge

14. Declan Rice — Midfield, Arsenal

Restricted although the historical past of 9 determine switch charges is perhaps, such lofty expenditure hardly ever comes with ensures of success. If something, it could seem that the load of expectations crushes gamers of actual expertise. Not Declan Rice. There is a motive Arsenal followers chant that they obtained him half-price at £105 million. 

The expectation was that the previous West Ham captain would add slightly extra solidity to a backline that had been weak to transitions and clumsy errors. Rice presents them that in spades, his muscular working and immaculate imaginative and prescient for the place the sport is heading permitting him to blot out counters earlier than they’ve even begun. What Arsenal won’t have seen coming is the aim contributions, dramatic late winners in opposition to Manchester United and Luton City, coupled with suprising passing chops he displayed with a superb help in opposition to Bournemouth. Rice has made his new membership a way more efficient outfit in assault and protection. At any worth, that is a discount. — James Benge

13. Antoine Griezmann — Ahead, Atletico Madrid

Even at 33 years of age, the France worldwide was capable of put up one of the full seasons of his profession this previous marketing campaign with Atletico Madrid by contributing 24 targets and 7 assists for Diego Simeone’s males. Antoine Griezmann may additionally star for Les Bleus in Germany this summer time at UEFA Euro 2024 lower than two years on from his star flip on the FIFA 2022 World Cup which led all the way in which to the ultimate. The previous Actual Sociedad man is arguably seeing the advantages of the enforced relaxation that his pricey return from Barcelona entailed and his longevity at worldwide stage was solely lately curtailed by damage at this very late stage in his profession which is testomony to his peak bodily type {and professional} method. We’re additionally now witnessessing Griezmann not solely as an entire participant who can be able to outstanding versatility but in addition as a frontrunner for each membership and nation which might be additional emphasised on German soil this summer time. — Jonathan Johnson

12. Lionel Messi — Ahead, Inter Miami


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The best participant of all-time. About to show 37, taking part in in MLS, and he is nonetheless this excessive on the listing. If that does not describe his greatness, do you want one thing else? After main Argentina to the 2022 World Cup title in Qatar, he completed his time with PSG and made that transfer to Inter Miami the place he has, as anticipated, made defenders appear to be kids. He is obtained 25 targets in 29 video games for the Herons and desires simply 5 extra to grow to be the membership’s all-time main scorer. He led them to their first trophy ever final summer time, they’re one of many favorites to win the Leagues Cup once more, they’ve pretty much as good a shot as anyone to win MLS Cup, and he even had a sport this season the place he had 5 assists in a single half … he additionally scored in that half. Within the shadow of Maradona and Pele for not having achieved worldwide glory, he is obtained that World Cup triumph, and Copa America title, and he is going for one more one this summer time. It actually would not matter what Argentina do in that competitors or within the World Cup in 2026 — he is confirmed to be the best to ever do it, and he continues to make a case as being the most effective participant on the earth. All of the greats — Michael Jordan in basketball, Tom Brady in soccer — they’ve all needed to alter their sport as Father Time approached, and simply because the GOATS do, he is been capable of reinvent himself by means of intelligence and expertise to stay on the very prime of his sport. — Roger Gonzalez

11. Bukayo Saka — Proper Wing, Arsenal

It was December 16, 2020. Arsenal’s winless league run had prolonged into its sixth sport, a tame 1-1 draw in opposition to Southampton. Bukayo Saka, then simply 19, felt compelled to clarify himself. “You deserve extra Arsenal followers”, he tweeted, the damaged coronary heart emoji reflecting the sheer devastation that the person they referred to as ‘little chilli’ shared with the remainder of the fanbase. “We do not however you do,” was the response of many for a participant whose early profession was to be cast by means of setbacks, not simply robust early seasons for his boyhood membership however that penalty miss within the Euro 2020 last and all that got here with it.

Saka carries an almighty weight of expectations. The face of Arsenal for years now, barring damage he’ll cross the 250 look mark for his membership effectively earlier than his twenty fourth birthday — grasp round lengthy sufficient and it’s not inconceivable that David O’Leary’s all time look file can be Saka’s. In all these video games, it’s exhausting to consider one the place he has seemed to be taking it straightforward, to be coasting his method by means of the thundering challenges that appear to hit him each time he takes to the pitch. Saka is aware of that if he performs for the badge on the entrance of his shirt, supporters will always remember the title on the again. Already an Arsenal legend, north London immortality beckons within the years forward. — James Benge



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