The football craze is still high and wild despite the Euros 2020 and Copa America ended. So who do you think are the 13 popular football players of 2021?
As the Euros and Copa America ended and Italy and Argentina respectively were crowned as the champions.
This seems like a pretty good time to sum up, the player’s performance and list 13 popular football players this year.
We are just halfway through this year, but we have had extraordinary performances and games to watch.
So without any further ado, here is the list of 13 popular football players of 2021:
The 13 popular Football players of 2021
13. Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos, the former captain of Real Madrid, is one of the most prominent captains.
Despite not being the part of the Spanish team in the Euros due to injury, he is still one of the most popular and widely respected football players.
Ramos has been in the spotlight for the past few days due to his transfer to the new club, Paris Saint-German. He recently signed a two-year contract with PSG.
It was heartbreaking for the Madrid fans as Ramos has been part of Real Madrid for the last 16 years and was one of the team’s core members.
He played 671 games and scored 101 goals in his time with Real Madrid.
12. Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku is one of the most chaotically pleasing players to watch play football.
He plays for Inter Milan and is one of the most important players for their win in Seria A.
Lukaku was the second-highest scorer in the Seria A, just behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
Recently in the Euro 2020, he scored 4 goals for his country, Belgium.
Unfortunately, they got eliminated in the quarter-finals by Italy with a score of 2-1. Lukaku scored the one goal for Belgium.
11. Harry Kane
Harry Kane, captain of the English team and the highest goal scorer and assist provider in the English Premier League of the 20/21 season.
Kane plays for Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League and is one of the most decorated players in the tournament.
Even in the Euros 2020, Kane was the runner-up for the Golden Boot award, just behind Cristiano Ronaldo. The footballer scored a total of 5 goals for England.
It was heartbreaking for the English team after losing to Italy in the finals in dramatic style. Kane played extremely well, but he was unable to score.
His captaincy and excellent plays led England to the finals, but it was not enough to beat Italy. Thus, he is one of the famous football players of 2021.
10. Joshua Kimmich
Coming at number 10 on our list is Joshua Kimmich, one of this era’s best center-backs and midfielders.
Moreover, he is a crucial part of the German team and also one of the best football players in Bayern Munich.
He is a very versatile player, and under the jurisdiction of Hansi Flick (Bayern’s Manager), he has been evolving at an unusual rate.
Kimmich has been performing extremely well and has been consistent for the past few years. He is also considered to be one of the best defensive midfielders.
Leading Bayern into this new era, he seems to be the team’s backbone, and he is only 26 Years Old.
Even in the euros, with the German Squad, he performed exceptionally well.
Kimmich was also the part of Bayern’s Trebel winning squad in 2020.
9. Virgil Van Dijk
The Liverpool’s center-back, Virgil Van Dijk, is one of the key players in the turnaround of Liverpool’s squad.
Van Dijk is considered one of the best center-backs in the present scene. He played a big part in Liverpool’s win in the 2019 UEFA Champions League.
Virgil was awarded the man of the match in the final game against Tottenham Hotspurs.
Since joining the Liverpool squad in 2018, he has been consistent with his games and stands as a great wall for the strikers of opponent teams.
Unfortunately, he was unable to participate in the Euros due to an ACL injury.
8. Earling Halland
Next on our list is the rising star from Dortmund, Earling Halland. Halland is considered to be the successor of the likes of Ronaldo and Messi.
The Norwegian star has been in the spotlight for the past few years due to his goal-scoring capabilities over the years.
Dortmund signed Halland around the end of 2019 and expected him to be decent, but he exceeded all expectations and outshined everyone on the team.
Halland became a sensational star just in one and a half-season of the Bundesliga.
In the 2020/2021 Bundesliga season, he scored an outstanding number of goals, 27 goals in 28 matches.
7. Saido Mane
We have another Liverpool star on our list, Saido Mane. One of the prominent players in the rise of the Liverpool squad.
After signing the Reds in 2016, Mane has been on the rise and has appeared in 218 games while scoring 97 goals.
Alongside Liverpool, he has won the Premier League (2020), Champions League (2019), UEFA Super Cup (2019), and FIFA Club World Cup (2019).
Moreover, he is quite an intelligent player and goes through the opponent’s defenses by outplaying them. He is also known for his great positioning and decision-making traits.
Mane played a key role in Liverpool’s 2020 Premier League win as he scored 18 goals and provided seven assists in that season.
Next on our list is one who is considered as one of the greatest players of our generation, Neymar.
Neymar is currently playing for Paris Saint-German and formerly played for Barcelona alongside Messi and Suarez.
Despite being one of the highest-rated players, Neymar disappointed his fans with a lackluster performance in the Ligue 1.
PSG also lost the title to Lillie this year. Neymar only appeared in 17 games this season and scored 9 goals.
Likewise, in the recent Copa America tournament, Neymar only scored two goals.
Just a few days ago, Brazil lost to Argentina in the Copa America finals, and Neymar was the part of the Brazilian squad.
Despite losing, he showed his respect to his former teammate, Messi, and congratulated him.
5. Kylian Mbappe
Another rising star who is also considered one of the famous football players is Kylian Mbappe.
Mbappe has been on the rise for the past few years alongside PSG and French teammates.
Despite being extremely young, his talent helps him stay on the top of the game.
Mbappe was the part of the 2018 world cup winning squad of France. He scored 4 goals in the tournament.
The footballer has been a goal-scoring machine for PSG in the past few years, and even in the 20/21 season, Mbappe scored 27 goals and topped the charts of Ligue 1 goal scorers.
Similarly, he was honored with the player of the year award in the 20/21 season as well.
Unfortunately, he did not perform that well in the Euro Cup as he scored no goals and missed a crucial penalty that knocked France out of the tournament.
4. Kevin De Bruyne
Next on our list is another star from English Premier League, Kevin De Bruyne.
He is considered the best midfielder in the EPL. Some might even say that Kevin is the best player in the EPL.
De Bruyne is a vital player for Manchester City’s attack, and he plays the key role in circulating the ball around the pitch and scoring goals.
Moreover, Manchester City felt his importance in the 18/19 season when Kevin was out due to a knee injury.
Kevin is a very well-rounded player with extreme game sense and decision-making ability. He is one of the best playmakers in the game as of now.
De Bruyne came in second in the list of highest assist providers this season, just behind Harry Kane.
Similarly, in the Euros, Kevin played exceptionally well.
Unfortunately, he suffered an injury in the round of 16 against Portugal.
Then, in the quarterfinals against Italy, he could not play to his fullest extent, and Belgium was defeated.
3. Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski, Bayern’s goal-scoring machine and one of the popular football players in the world right now.
He has been the top scorer of Bundesliga for the past four years, with 26 goals.
Alongside Bayern, Lewandowski won the treble in the 2019/20 season and scored 49 goals.
Similarly, he was the most favored player to win the 2020 Ballon D’Or, but the award ceremony was unfortunately canceled due to Covid.
In the Euros, we could not see much of Lewandowski as his team; Poland was eliminated early in the group stage.
2. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is credited for winning Copa America with his Argentinan teammates. Arguably considered the greatest player ever to play the game of football.
He truly performs magic on the pitch, and everyone enjoys watching him play. Even at the age of 34 Years Old, the footballer is still at the top of the game.
He was the top scorer of Copa America and scored a total of 4 goals. He was also the top assist provider of the tournament, with 5 assists to his name.
The fans love Messi all over the world for his extraordinary dribbles and goals that leave everyone astonished.
In addition, Lionel has been playing for his club Barcelona since his career started, last two decades. Messi has appeared in 778 games for Barca and scored 672 goals for the team.
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1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Topping our list of popular football players in the world is none other than Cristiano Ronaldo.
Moreover, Cristiano is often debated against Messi by fans, experts, and players worldwide as the greatest of all time.
Starting his Sporting Clube de Portugal career, he moved on the Manchester United and made a name for himself under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Then he moved to Real Madrid, where he was at his prime and did wonders for the team.
Alongside Real Madrid, Ronaldo won various trophies and broke several world records.
As it stands right now, Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest scorer in the football history with a total of 783 goals.
At the Euros, Cristiano also became the highest international goal scorer after tying his score with Ali Daei.
Despite getting knocked out in the 16th round in the Euro 2020, Cristiano managed to win the Golden Boot award as the top goal scorer of 5.